The fragility of digital
, September 6, 2011

Da futurebook:

This does underscore one the vexing problems librarians and archivists are struggling with in this age: the fragility and difficulty of digital as a way of preserving content. Data rot, or the gradual decay of data from the medium that hosts it, is a major issue. CDs, depending on the quality, can be viable as little as five years; flash and hard drives survive about five to 10 years. Even data storage on the cloud is on physical machines somewhere that are vulnerable to power outages, electrical surges, temperature changes, poor insulation and a number of other physical factors that can lead to the degradation of data.

Tom Tivnan

Online su Darwin
Nuove edizioni digitali online / 5 settembre
, September 5, 2011

Sono online due nuovi titoli; si tratta dei libri di Umberto Levra e Francesco Vella.

Ebook sì, no, forse
, August 24, 2011

What are the deeper implications of the shift to ebooks – for us

Let’s forget Publishers … and Authors … and all the companies that want to take over Publishing and Books. That leaves us readers and our books.

We are migrating from books to ebooks and from a curated gatekeeper model to a mix of curation and long tail and ‘anyone can publish’.

What impact does it have on us?



Dopo GScholar, Citations?
, August 22, 2011

All Things Google: Google Scholar Citations

It’s no great secret that many of us here at ProfHacker are heavy users of All Things Google. One of the services I particularly like is Google Scholar; I find it a good starting point for literature searches, and appreciate the ability to set up alerts. Plus, Zoteroworks very well with it.

A few weeks ago, Google introduced a service that should make Scholar even more useful: Google Scholar Citations.

[Da The Chronicle of Higer Education]

Ancora sui digital textbooks
, August 18, 2011

Digital textbooks will save you money and other nonsense

A few weeks back Amazon announced their digital textbook rental program. You can probably recall how many bloggers wrote about how this new program would save students so much money...

[da the Digital Reader]