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Digital Life in 2025

Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies on March 14th, 2014

The Pew Research Center has released Digital Life in 2025.

Here's an excerpt:

To a notable extent, the experts agree on the technology change that lies ahead, even as they disagree about its ramifications. Most believe there will be:

  • A global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric known as the Internet of Things.
  • "Augmented reality" enhancements to the real-world input that people perceive through the use of portable/wearable/implantable technologies.
  • Disruption of business models established in the 20 th century (most notably impacting finance, entertainment, publishers of all sorts, and education).
  • Tagging, databasing, and intelligent analytical mapping of the physical and social realms.

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    MOOC Content Licensing Solution Launched

    Posted in Copyright, Emerging Technologies, Publishing on March 10th, 2014

    The Copyright Clearance Center has Launched the MOOC Content Licensing Solution.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The MOOC Content Licensing Solution uses the current per-page or per-article academic-based pricing rightsholders have established through CCC's Electronic Course Content pay-per-use service. CCC offers digital rights from over 5,000 rightsholders around the world to public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit U.S.-based institutions of higher education that conduct academic MOOCs.

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      "Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality"

      Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries on February 25th, 2014

      ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality."

      Here's an excerpt:

      At a minimum, libraries will need to be prepared to support augmented reality if and when it becomes more prevalent in textbooks and other print materials. But, while these materials are certainly relevant to the work of academic libraries, there are also several interesting library-specific augmented reality tools in use at various institutions. ShelvAR, developed by the Miami University Library, is an excellent example of how augmented reality can increase the efficiency of libraries' existing workflows. Available for use with any iOS or Android device with a camera, this app can scan any tagged library materials and overlay a red X over any item that is out of place on the shelf.

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        NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition

        Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 6th, 2014

        The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning

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          "A Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources"

          Posted in Emerging Technologies on November 6th, 2013

          Judith A. Pirani has published "A Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources" in EDUCAUSE Review.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Massive open online courses (MOOCs) remain higher education's hot and sexy topic, influencing discussion and media, and creating conjecture and controversy. Nearly every publication and pundit has offered a view on the subject, resulting in an avalanche of information for busy IT leaders and others who want to discern what all this means for their institutions.

          This compendium attempts to lend a helping hand, recounting perspectives, research, and resources gleaned from a search of EDUCAUSE and other published sources. It is by no means absolute, but rather aims to provide a starting point of discovery for interested parties.

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            "Text & Data Mining—A Librarian Overview"

            Posted in Emerging Technologies, Licenses on August 23rd, 2013

            IFLA has released "Text & Data Mining—A Librarian Overview" by Ann Okerson.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Text and data mining offers exciting research opportunities over a broad range of fields. . . .

            This paper reviews some of the possibilities for such work and outlines the challenges and the way ahead for librarians. One challenge lies in the terms by which data sets are licensed and made available to academic and other users; librarians need to be proactive in ensuring that these terms are favorable for the kind of use researchers will need and that the resources themselves are available in a format that allows innovative mining-based research. Another challenge is the need to support users who wish to engage in text and data mining with limited experience, especially when they approach data sets made available through library resources. Librarians should develop the expertise to support their users by making data resources available to them on favorable terms and supporting their mining efforts.

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              Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report

              Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries, Privacy, Research Libraries on August 20th, 2013

              IFLA has released Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year's consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment.

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                NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition

                Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 6th, 2012

                The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. . . .

                To create the report, an international body of experts in education, technology, and other fields was convened as an advisory board. The group engaged in discussions around a set of research questions intended to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify a wide array of potential technologies for the report. This dialog was enriched by a wide range of resources, current research, and practice that drew on the expertise of both the NMC community and the communities of the members of the advisory board. These interactions among the advisory board are the focus of the NMC Horizon Report research, and this report details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

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