The changing of knowledge ecologies

Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting knowledge in academic research

Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis and Liam Magee

Chandos Publishing, 2011

“This book addresses the question of how knowledge is currently documented, and may soon be documented in the context of what it calls ‘semantic publishing’. This takes two forms: a more narrowly and technically defined ‘semantic web’; as well as a broader notion of semantic publishing. This book examines the ways in which knowledge is currently represented in journal articles and books. By contrast, it goes on to explore the potential impacts of semantic publishing on academic research and authorship. It sets this in the context of changing knowledge ecologies: the way research is done; the way knowledge is represented and; the modes of knowledge access used by researchers, students and the general public.”

Teaching and Learning — with a DIY attitude

DIY U : edupunks, edupreneurs, and the coming transformation of higher education
Anya Kamenetz

White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2010 (available through HELIN)

Kamenetz argues that universities must radically change the way higher education is delivered and explains that institutions’ futures lie in personal learning networks and paths, blending experiential and digital approaches as open-source educational models

Case studies on digital scholarship and tenure

Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process

Deborah Lines Anderson, ed., M.E. Sharpe, 2004.  (available through HELIN)

“Andersen (information science and policy, State U. of New York at Albany) presents 13 papers that look at various aspects of the evaluation of digital media activities. The development of digital policies and procedures at academic institutions are explored in a series of case studies. The topic is mostly limited to projects in the social sciences and the humanities.”

A rising population and a sunny future if the proper steps are taken

The next hundred million : America in 2050

Joel Kotkin
New York : Penguin Press, 2010
“In stark contrast to the rest of the world’s advanced nations, the United States is growing at a record rate and, according to census projections, will be home to four hundred million Americans by 2050. This projected rise in population is the strongest indicator of our long-term economic strength, Joel Kotkin believes, and will make us more diverse and more competitive than any nation on earth.Drawing on prodigious research, firsthand reportage, and historical analysis, The Next Hundred Million reveals how this unprecedented growth will take physical shape and change the face of America. The majority of the additional hundred million Americans will find their homes in suburbia, though the suburbs of tomorrow will not resemble the Levittowns of the 1950s or the sprawling exurbs of the late twentieth century. The suburbs of the twenty-first century will be less reliant on major cities for jobs and other amenities and, as a result, more energy efficient. Suburbs will also be the melting pots of the future as more and more immigrants opt for dispersed living over crowded inner cities and the majority in the United States becomes nonwhite by 2050.In coming decades, urbanites will flock in far greater numbers to affordable, vast, and autoreliant metropolitan areas-such as Houston, Phoenix, and Las Vegas-than to glamorous but expensive industrial cities, such as New York and Chicago. Kotkin also foresees that the twenty-first century will be marked by a resurgence of the American heartland, far less isolated in the digital era and a crucial source of renewable fuels and real estate for a growing population. But in both big cities and small towns across the country, we will see what Kotkin calls “the new localism”-a greater emphasis on family ties and local community, enabled by online networks and the increasing numbers of Americans working from home.The Next Hundred Million provides a vivid snapshot of America in 2050 by focusing not on power brokers, policy disputes, or abstract trends, but rather on the evolution of the more intimate units of American society-families, towns, neighborhoods, industries. It is upon the success or failure of these communities, Kotkin argues, that the American future rests.”

Business meets Web 2.0

Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World

Matthew Fraser and  Soumitra Dutta.  Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2008

(ordered for PC)

“The rise of social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo is changing the way we see ourselves, how we interact with each other, how we work and how we do business on a daily basis. Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom explores the powerful forces driving the social networking revolution, the impact of these profound changes, and the far reaching consequences of social networking. Detailing the way social networks affects both individuals and societies as a whole, the book offers a detailed focus on the ways social networking affects the world of business and work. The generation entering the workforce today – and entering boardrooms everywhere – is fully engaged with social networking and its uses. Rather than feeling threatened and paranoid, today’s business leaders need to understand this phenomenon, accept that it won’t go away, and embrace its power in the world of business. ”

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