Eric Frank is the president and co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, Inc., which publishes peer-reviewed online textbooks available under Creative Commons license. He explains his business.
Posts Categorized: Podcasts
Avi Warshavsky builds online textbooks for Center for Educational Technology in Israel. He talks about whether textbooks have a future.
Listen: 20:46 (Also in ogg) The way we search for information on the web has antecedents in the way search works in traditional libraries and research journals. There’s metadata, and there’s also a sense of allowing the content that is most cited to float to the top. So why the library of the future still… Read more »
Robert Darnton, historian and Director of the Harvard Library, talks about the future of books and libraries.
Soo Young Rieh is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. She recently finished a study (funded in part by MacArthur) on how people assess the credibility of sources when they are just searching for information and when they are actually posting information. Her study didn’t focus on a particular age… Read more »
Listen: 20:46 (Also in ogg) How can libraries use the power of metadata — those little molecules of information that help describe the greater work — to help users get more out of their search for resources? Karen Coyle — herself a librarian — has spent decades helping to build an understanding of the incredible… Read more »
Listen: 22:28 (Also in ogg) With the web, people are reading more than ever before you could say. But what are we reading? Likely it’s all short form: blog posts, tweets, status updates. They’re words, but it’s not exactly literature. But innovators attempting to bridge the gap between literacy and the social web have found… Read more »
We’ve had the pleasure of working with Dan Brickley this summer on a spectacularly difficult and interesting project, trying to figure out how to associate content from the Web with the sorts of categories used by libraries. In this podcast, Dan reflects on some of the general issues facing librarians trying to make Web-based distributed… Read more »
Listen: 19:16 (Also in ogg) Some might assume that libraries and museums have outlived their purpose. When every book and archive can be recreated and reinterpreted digitally to create an incredible user experience, how is the physical and human infrastructure of the institution still necessary? It’s a challenging question, but libraries and museums aren’t finding… Read more »
Listen: 25:54 Also in ogg If you’ve worked in technology at all you probably recognize the name “O’Reilly” — it has become practically synonymous with “tech help.” For anyone who has tried to code a line of html, or figure out what the heck that icon on the iPhone screen is, O’Reilly Media has produced… Read more »