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12 March 2011 No Comment

A round-up of information news from the wider world

Reading In Practice – Extending students reading and learning through community engagement
A project by the HEA last year, encouraged students to get more involved in reading, by working with the wider community. 14 students took part in placements in a series of 40 weekly literature workshops in diverse settings, such as a dementia care setting, a hospital ward for the elderly, a drug rehabilitation unit and a school. After a short training period the reading group assistants generated reading material which contributed to themed reading packs which could be used by future facilitators.
To read more about this project, go to the Higher Education Academy website

E-journals: Their Use, Value and Impact
An interesting two-part report, from the Research Information

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Network, takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and outcomes.

The Royal Statistical Society launched a campaign last year called ‘Getstats’ which aims to improve our skills in understanding and using data. Although it looks like the initial thrust of the campaign is over, you can still see the informative launch presentations and materials on the Getstats blog.

International scientific collaboration for the visual learner
A map portraying scientific collaboration across the world has been created by Olivier Beauchesne at Science Metrix.

Wiley Wires Interdisciplinary Reviews
Linked to the aforementioned map, is a multi-award winning resource called Wiley Wires which focuses on ‘high-impact topics at the interfaces of the traditional research fields’. Wiley describe the content as a cross between the immediacy and high visibility of online review journals and the structure, authority and coverage of encyclopaedias. Authors are invited to contribute and matched with other authors in their field to encourage collaboration. Coverage includes medical and scientific topics; and is available through the University of Northampton via Wiley.

Historical reading on the latest technology

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The British Library have revealed their first mobile app. It is called Treasures and will give you some amazing historical gems, such as rare manuscripts, as well as audio and video material.

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