Rice University Press Gets Connexions

As money-strapped university presses shut down nationwide, Rice University is turning to technology to bring its press back to life as the first fully digital university press in the United States.Using the open-source e-publishing platform Connexions, Rice University Press is returning from a decade-long hiatus to explore models of peer-reviewed scholarship for the 21st century. The technology offers authors a way to use multimedia — audio files, live hyperlinks or moving images — to craft dynamic scholarly arguments, and to publish on-demand original works in fields of study that are increasingly constrained by print publishing.

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Rice will be staffing and operating this as a traditional press with an editorial board and peer review of submissions.  It breaks new ground in offering publications for free on web under Creative Commons licensing.  On demand print copies will be available for a fee.  No launch date has ben set.  The Connexions project grew up at Rice and is used by the University for distance learning programs.

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MediaCommons: Nice Theory…

if:book: introducing MediaCommons – The fun-loving folks over at the Institue for the Future of the Book launched another project today. Well, really it’s a blog post announcing the pending launch of another project. Sigh… Something beyond a blog post would be nice here. I notice that the boss wonders about Sophie (BTW, I’d link to the FOTB website and the Sophie project except that the page contains some sort of hideous java plugin banner at the top that crashes Firefox 1.5 and annoys IE6, also, there isn’t anything about Sophie there beyond a couple of PDFs outlining what it might be) an earlier FOTB project that has yet to see the light of day. It seems to me that these folks are long on ideas and short on applications, which is ok, I guess. I’d much rather see something concrete.

<rant> One of the things that does bug me about this is the amount of play it is getting across the web from the Chronicle of Higher Education to Ars Technica. It would be nice if something that actually exists and works, like Classcaster and the Legal Education Podcasting Project, got some mention.  As a developer of tools in the educational technology field I do get tired of hearing about all of these great things that get trumpeted across the web only to never see the light of day when the actual working tools I develop are rarley mentioned outside of the small world I work in.</rant>

Well, back to work on something interesting and useful.

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Itsy-bitsy Teeny-weeny Memory

While similar in some ways to RFID—radio frequency identification—chips, there are key differences in Memory Spot technology in data transfer rates, storage and security.The chip can transfer data at 10 megabits per second, 10 times faster than Bluetooth wireless technology, comparable to Wi-Fi rates and far faster than RFID. Also, HP has managed to store up to 4 megabits in working prototypes of the chip, far more than an RFID chip can store.

HP Labs Touts Tiny Wireless Chip for Broad Uses

The Memory Spot is about the size of a match head and is powered by inductive coupling. Data transfer requires a reader that touches or is within a millimeter of the spot.

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