Friday, 26 September 2008
Although developed for clinical settings, a useful way of communicating critical information concisely and clearly, especially to decision-makers.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
From the article on Times Higher:
"To the maximum extent practicable, information, research and content funded by the Australian governments ... should be made freely available over the internet as part of the global public commons," it says. "This should be done while the Australian Government encourages other countries to reciprocate by making their own contributions to the global digital public commons."
Giving a speech on the report, Mr Carr said that Australia - which produces 3 per cent of the world's research papers - "is and will remain" a net importer of knowledge. As a result, he said, it was in the country's interest to "promote the freest possible flow of information domestically and globally">>
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
From the BBC, "EU launches new hi-tech institute", http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7616641.stm referring to the new European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) which will explore renewable energy and new-generation IT as priorities.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
interestingly, Techwatch have an open call at moment relating to geotagging and mashups:
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
"E-textbooks may not be cheaper than their printed versions, according to a new report in the United States.
The LA Weekly says that the report, from Portland State University and the City Colleges of Chicago, describes e-textbooks as "expensive and impractical for a large portion of the student population".
The report claims that a lack of resale value of the digital textbook and restrictions on printing and online access to some e-books make it unwieldy for some students.
It also found that only one-third of students said they were comfortable reading textbooks on a computer screen. Three-quarters said they would prefer a print textbook to an electronic one if the costs were equal."
Gladwell outlines 3 "agents of change":
- the Law of the Few: "the influence of special kinds of people, people of extraordinary personal connection" which he describes as Connectors (people with extensive networks who can link others together), Mavens (people with extensive information at their fingertips and share with others) and Salesmen (people with persuasion skills that influence others' behaviour).
- the Stickiness Factor : "[...] changing the content of communication, by making a message so memorable that it sticks in someone's mind and compels them to action"
- the Power of Context : recognising that how we behave is strongly determined by our immediate environment