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The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning

Posted in MOOCs, Reports and White Papers on September 19th, 2013

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning.

Here's an excerpt:

This survey of MOOC and ODL literature aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

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    ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013

    Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on September 17th, 2013

    EDUCAUSE has released the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    See the 2013 report for a full list of key messages, findings, and supporting data.

    • Students recognize the value of technology but still need guidance when it comes to better using it for academics.
    • Students prefer blended learning environments while beginning to experiment with MOOCs.
    • Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.
    • Students value their privacy, and using technology to connect with them has its limits.

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      Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Libraries, Museums, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 28th, 2013

      The Smithsonian has released the Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age by G. Wayne Clough.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The review in this document illustrates how many cultural institutions have already found innovative applications for digital technology, but it is more than just a matter of "using." Digital technology will also change the basics of how these institutions work as we move forward. Collections will be shared across institutions through the linked data cloud; the public will participate in the creative activities of cultural institutions through engagement platforms; and informal education will merge with formal education. Cultural change is never easy, and while an institution might be able to avoid it for a while, this time it will be so big that no one will escape in the long run.

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        Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Media, Licenses, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 27th, 2013

        ARL has released Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

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          e-InfraNet: ‘Open’ as the Default Modus Operandi for Research and Higher Education

          Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on August 21st, 2013

          The the e-InfraNet project has released e-InfraNet: 'Open' as the Default Modus Operandi for Research and Higher Education.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The basis for the policy framework is an overview of the current 'Open' landscape outlining contexts, drivers, achievements and effects of the various 'opens', as well as a number of common issues. Because of this commonality, coordinating the vision and approach can benefit all 'opens' individually, and contribute to the development of 'Open' as the default modus operandi for the research and higher education sectors. A pragmatic approach to the implementation of the vision will ensure the necessary flexibility to adjust for the diversity in the various 'opens' themselves and in their geographic and disciplinary contexts.

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            Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate

            Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers on July 26th, 2013

            The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            In this paper, we use a new set of online research tools to develop a detailed study of the public debate over proposed legislation in the United States that was designed to give prosecutors and copyright holders new tools to pursue suspected online copyright violations. Our study applies a mixed-methods approach by combining text and link analysis with human coding and informal interviews to map the evolution of the controversy over time and to analyze the mobilization, roles, and interactions of various actors.

            This novel, data-driven perspective on the dynamics of the networked public sphere supports an optimistic view of the potential for networked democratic participation, and offers a view of a vibrant, diverse, and decentralized networked public sphere that exhibited broad participation, leveraged topical expertise, and focused public sentiment to shape national public policy.

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              Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 25th, 2013

              The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

              Here's an excerpt:

              Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems are used in both industry and academia to create digital models, whether of engineering designs, archaeological dig sites, or virtual worlds. These models can be of long-lasting significance and importance, particularly if they contain irreplaceable data or relate to long-lived products. This report is primarily aimed at those responsible for archives and repositories with CAD content, but may also be useful for creators of CAD content who want to make their models more amenable to preservation. It begins with an introduction to the historical development and basic concepts of CAD systems, then reviews the most pertinent issues associated with preserving CAD models, and indicates the current state of standardization work in the area. The report goes on to present some recent research of relevance to preserving CAD models before drawing conclusions and making recommendations on how archives should handle the CAD models they accept.

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                Helping to Open Up: Improving Knowledge, Capability and Confidence in Making Research Data More Open

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on July 22nd, 2013

                The Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition has released Helping to Open Up: Improving Knowledge, Capability and Confidence in Making Research Data More Open.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The report describes a framework for how to address this challenge when designing training and support for opening data, within the broader questions of RDM. Recommendations are set out, relating to:

                - putting opening data at the heart of policy

                - putting opening data at the heart of training

                - deepening and broadening the training

                - identifying and disseminating best practice in opening data

                - developing institutional and community support

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