Iterative Development, User-centered Design, and the Fear of Getting it Wrong in Publishing

User-centered design provides a model for improving services, but is the history of print holding publishers back?

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Revisiting: The Multifarious Book

Revisiting a 2017 post: The book is asked to perform many tasks, some of which are not necessarily the best use of the book format, whether in print or electronically. The long-form text, which may be print or digital, is a different matter, and is likely to remain with us and be called “a book” for some time to come.

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Guest Post — Can Technology in the Post-cookie World be Designed to Respect User Privacy?

Minhaj Rais looks at possible solutions for beneficial data mining activities that don’t infringe on user privacy.

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Revisiting: Theory of the E-book

Joe Esposito revisits his 2012 post on the unstated theory of the e-book, which assumes that a book consists only of its text and can be manipulated without regard to the nature and circumstances of its creation. This is only one theory of many, but it is now the prevailing one.

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Guest Post — BioASQ for the Win: Inside the Healthiest Competition You’ve Never Heard Of

A look at BioASQ — an annual competition to develop AI systems to help drive medical progress.

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Guest Post – Starting a Novel Software Journal within the Existing Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem: Technical and Social Lessons

The Journal of Open Source Software was designed from scratch using the principles of open source and software design practices. This has both advantages and disadvantages, particularly with respect to elements of the traditional scholarly publishing ecosystem.

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