What’s Going On in the Library? Part 2: The Convergence of Data Repositories and Library Publishers

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

Repsoitory choicesIn my last post, I explored the evolution of the library as publisher movement. The growth of digital publishing and the desire to bring about reform in scholarly communication has led to a rapid expansion of library publishing programs. As I outlined, many of the initial library publishing programs were partly motivated by a desire to disrupt subscription publishing and a feeling that digital publishing ought to be cheaper and faster than traditional print. Many of the early librarian publishers quickly learned, as publishers have had to, that due to increased scale and diversification in publishing outputs, doing digital well is just as costly and arguably more complex than publishing in print.

Undeterred, some librarian publishers have formed collaborative relationships and done extensive market research with university presses, learned societies, and their own academic patrons. As well as supporting the publishing of grey literature and student works, such…

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Here’s the first line of code ever written by a US president

Originally posted on Quartz:

Barack Obama just became the first US president to write a line of computer code (assuming George W. Bush never secretly indulged in PHP). At the White House yesterday, Obama sat down with students who were learning the fundamentals of JavaScript, the popular programming language used to create most web pages.

The line he wrote was:

moveForward(100);

“So I make the F in higher case?” Obama asked, correctly observing that JavaScript is case sensitive. “Semicolon?”

Obama was playing with a Code.org tutorial based on the popular Disney movie Frozen. The function moveForward does what it says on the tin, and 100 refers to the number of pixels. The function is not formally part of JavaScript but written by Code.org for its tutorial.

“This is Elsa?” Obama asked, referring to the movie’s main character.

Obama was promoting Computer Science Education Week and Code.org’s Hour of Code campaign, which encourages kids to try programming for at…

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