ushering in the era of 3D holographic computing. Microsoft announced the HoloLens with the release of Microsoft 10. In related news, Google Glass takes another "magic leap" with the release of its own augmented reality platform and applications. Microsoft, Google and others are on the leading edge in the era of augmented reality systems that promise to transform our everyday experiences from the ordinary into the extraordinary.
With the Microsoft HoloLens, "What you “see” is a smart version of augmented reality, confined to a rectangle about the size of a large phablet, about six inches in front of your face. Within that the magic happens: Virtual images spring to life. But the HoloLens “knows” where they are, so that you can walk around them, kneel, or stand over them, and they remain in place. It’s uncanny. And a Kinect-like depth camera mounted in the HoloLens can “scan” the objects around you, too.
There are several ways way of interacting with what you see. “Clicks” are triggered by holding your hand out a short distance from your face, and raising and lowering your index finger in a gesture. It then “clicks” where you’re looking, using a cursor that follows your gaze. You can also issue commands to the HoloLens, which can double as macros."
he Google Glass augmented reality demo "purports to show “just another day” at MagicLeap’s office. It involves tanks plowing through walls. The video also shows a virtual weapons placed on a real-life desk that you can interact with, plus YouTube and Gmail apps that appear to float in midair—perhaps to show how augmented reality has uses outside of gaming."
founder & creative force behind GestureTek Inc., the inventors, pioneers and world leaders for over 24 years in video gesture control computing devices. Along with Francis MacDougall they invented and patented "full body immersive virtual reality", where the user's image appears on screen and interacts with the surrounding animation. Thousands of systems have been used in public video games, entertainment and education environments, as well as rehabilitation.
Augmented reality promises to make our man-machine interactions more natural and human-like while offering novel and never-before-possible virtual environments superimposed on the real world to enhance our daily lives. Whether augmented reality represents additional layers of complication in our lives or something truly wonderful useful remains to be seen. I predict that augmented reality may just be the next historic game-changer in graphic user interfaces since we moved from the keyboard to the mouse.
You can check out demos of these augmented reality innovations in the video panels below.
International Open Access Week will be celebrated October 20 - 26, 2014. Activities at universities around the world will promote the merits of open access in scholarly communications to students and faculty. The 2014 OA theme is "Generation Open".
What Is Open Access?
Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the Open Access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it. For more details visit the We Support Open Access flyer (pdf).
Access to knowledge is power!
Hover over each book below to learn a bit about its history.
Guidelines to compare Institutional Repository Software as part of the their Open Access Strategy. It compares the features of the major platforms and is intended to help libraries focus on which features will help facilitate the success of their repository.
Institutional Repositories (IRs) were first developed as an online solution for collecting, preserving, and disseminating the scholarship of universities, colleges, and other research institutions.
The current publication compares the five most widely adopted IR platforms: Digital Commons, Dspace, Eprints, Fedora, and Islandora.
Librarians can now compare platforms by focusing on the critical features that will address their needs and make their repositories successful. This comprehensive overview and comparison of the major institutional platforms is a welcome resource among the IR librarian's toolkit!
Hypothes.is". Its developers ask you to imagine...
According to developers,
Hypothes.is is a new standard for annotating digital documents and must may transform the world as we know it.
This year's theme for National Library Week, April 14-20, 2013 is "Library as Community - The Importance of Libraries and Librarians in our Everyday Life". Hagen explores recent trends in public libraries and celebrates their importance in our local communities and daily lives in Renaissance Man - Open Access and Social Justice Advocacy Blog. Read more...
[26 October 2012 - Morgantown, WV / Lima, Peru]
2012 has been a year with many legislative discussions, (particularly in the USA but also internationally) about proposed changes to intellectual property law, with much of the script written by the commercial media giants. Therefore it is more important than ever that we become educated and educate others about open access to prevent draconian legislation from stripping away the fair use rights to which academics have become accustomed. Legislation in the USA. has been shelved for post-election debate, so we haven't seen the last of the commercial media hydra rear its ugly heads to threaten the rights of individuals. As authors and educators, we need to become advocates of our own intellectual property as well, and demand open access for our published works whenever possible.
The concept of open access has many facets. The creators of PHD Comics released a video titled "What is Open Access" by the creators of PHD Comics (see video panel below) which explains in comprehensive yet simple terms why open access is important to the future of human progress.*
To further breakdown the notion of open access, Renaissance Scholarly Communications owner and consultant John H. Hagen delivered a keynote address for an online Latin American Open Access Week Conference hosted by the Pontifical Catholic University - Lima, Peru on Wednesday, October 24th. Hagen's presentation titled "Fear and Loathing in Academia 2.0" provided an overview of the history of scholarly communications, the present state of scholarly publishing, resources to advocate for open access as well as how the convergence of technologies and increasing transparency and access to information and resources will provide for an abundant future. A copy of the Powerpoint presentation is available for download.
Springer is expanding its open access (OA) program
by offering a fully open
SpringerOpen books give authors and editors in all areas of science the opportunity to publish open access with the same high standards they are used to at Springer.
“Many of our authors, editors and societies have
asked us for an open access option for books,” said Bettina Goerner, Manager Open Access at Springer. “The increasing interest in publishing open access books in the
The copyright for the entire open access book
including every c apter remains with the editor/author. SpringerOpen books are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license. This
SpringerOpen Book titles will be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the discovery service for OA books which increases visibility and findability of Springer’s OA books.
“Books are the next logical focus in the
progression of open access, and this initiative from Springer helps to establish open access as a viable publishing model for scholarly books,” said Eelco Ferwerda, Director of the
Springer began publishing individual open access
papers through its Springer Open Choice model in 2004. Since then, the publishing group has refined and extended this publication model. In 2008 Springer acquired
*Springer Science+Business Media* (www.springer.com) is a
leading global scientific publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via
*For more information visit:* www.springeropen.com/books
Thursday, July 5, 2012 /
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Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication is a quarterly, peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives.
JLSC provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship.
The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication is a shared intellectual space for scholarly communication librarians, institutional repository managers, digital archivists, digital data managers and related professionals.
The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video).
JLSC is published by Pacific University Library. Pacific University (Oregon).
John H. Hagen, consultant for Renaissance Scholarly Communications serves as a peer reviewer for this seminal publication. Articles published in JLSC have helped to build communities of practice which provides a test-bed for the development of best practices in the area of electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) program management, institutional repository development, intellectual property rights and counsel as well as advocacy and support for open access to the “common stock of knowledge”.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 /
Digital Scholarship (http://bit.ly/172mLs) has released the Research Data Curation Bibliography. It includes over 100 selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.
The Research Data Curation Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey Jr. includes selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. For broader coverage of the digital curation literature, see the author's Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010.
The "digital curation" concept is still evolving. In "Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps toward Success," Christopher A. Lee and Helen R. Tibbo define digital curation as follows:
This bibliography does not cover books, digital media works (such as MP3 files), editorials, e-mail messages, interviews, letters to the editor, presentation slides or transcripts, unpublished e-prints, or weblog postings. Coverage of technical reports is very selective.
Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, italicized links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.
Such links, even to publisher versions and versions in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories, are subject to change. URLs may alter without warning (or automatic forwarding) or they may disappear altogether. Inclusion of links to works on authors' personal websites is highly selective. Note that e prints and published articles may not be identical.
This resource is available online at http://digital-scholarship.org/rdcb/rdcb.htm.