New Report from Ithaka S+R: “Taking Steps Toward ‘Interactive Learning Online'”

May 2, 2012
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From the Ithaka S+R News Release: Extraordinary pressure is mounting on colleges and universities—especially public universities—to address the ever-increasing growth in the costs of higher education and to improve student learning outcomes. Online learning holds great promise to address these issues, but requires these institutions to operate in substantially different ways. “Barriers to Adoption of […]

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Oregon St. University: Rare, Once-Lost Pioneer Chinese Immigrant Docs Go Online

April 28, 2012
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From Oregon Public Radio: Rare, once-lost historic records about pioneer Chinese immigrants to the Northwest have found a new life online. The digital archive is hosted by Oregon State University. A Chinese-American civic group hopes the document trove can help families locate ancestors gone missing early in the last century. This document collection includes names, […]

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April 25, 2012
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Canadian Government Cuts Funding for Public Internet Access

April 8, 2012
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From Global News: Ottawa is pulling the plug on its support for a program that helps connect Canadians to affordable Internet access at schools, community centres and libraries. Industry Canada sent out letters on Thursday notifying program coordinators it would not renew funding for the Community Access Program or CAP, a service accessed disproportionately by lower-income […]

Rankings: Take at Look at the Independent Publishers Group “Top 100 E-Books” List

April 7, 2012
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We learned about this list by ways of a mention on the IPG News web page. Direct to List See Also: Amazon Removes Kindle Versions of IPG Books After Distributor Declines to Change Selling Terms From Publishers Lunch (February, 2012) [IPG President Mark] Suchomel writes: “Amazon.com is putting pressure on publishers and distributors to change […]

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Open Access To Scientific information: Policy Guidelines Released by UNESCO

April 7, 2012
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From the UNESCO Web Site: Addressing a major concern of Member States, UNESCO has released a new publication entitled Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access to demystify the concept of Open Access and provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place. [Clip] Besides strengthening capacities to adopt Open Access (OA) […]

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Wikipedia’s Official Mobile Apps Say So Long to Google Maps

April 7, 2012
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By Charles Cooper: First it was Foursquare. And then Apple. Now, it’s Wikipedia’s turn to switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap. Wikipedia’s decision, announced in a blog post, is likely to raise more questions about the company’s decision to charge so-called high-volume users of its Maps APIs, which formerly were free. In March, Google started […]

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