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Are you old enough to remember the 1982-1993 TV show Cheers and its theme song lyrics by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo? “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came; you want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same; you want to be where everybody knows your name.” Now imagine the creation of that same kind of community feel, but instead of inside a common location of physicality put the community within the confines of an electronic screen and you have the popular phenomenon of Facebook. “We believe that Facebook represents an understudied offline to online trend in that it originally primarily served a geographically-bound community (the campus). When data were collected for this study, membership was restricted to people with a specific host institution email address, further tying offline networks to onl... (more)

Jon Orwant of Google Books

Jon Orwant is an Engineering Manager at Google, with Google Books under him. He used to be CTO at O’Reilly, and was educated at MIT Media Lab. He’s giving a talk to Harvard’s librarians about his perspective on how libraries might change, a topic he says puts him out on a limb. Title of his talk: “Deriving the library from first principles.” If we were to start from scratch, would they look like today’s? He says no. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Part I: Trends. He says it’s not controversial that patrons are accessing more info online. Foot traffic to libraries is going down. Library budgets are being squeezed. “Public libraries are d... (more)

IBM Bolsters Scientific Research to Improve Healthcare Quality

IBM on Thursday announced plans to enlist some of the company's leading scientists and technologists to help medical practitioners and insurance companies provide high-quality, evidence-based care to patients. As part of this initiative, IBM is collaborating with clinicians in medical institutions and hiring medical doctors to work alongside its researchers to develop new technologies, scientific advancements and business processes for healthcare and insurance providers. Dedicating $100 million over the next three years, the initiative will draw on IBM's leadership in systems integration, services research, cloud computing, analytics and emerging scientific areas - such as nanomedicine and computational biology - to drive innovations that empower practitioners to focus their efforts on patient care. More than 100 researchers across IBM's nine worldwide research labo... (more)

Digital Transformations - The Crossroads Model: Winning with Code Halos

Books and Reviews Three of my colleagues here at Cognizant, Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring, are writing a new book on the subjects of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud), digital and business transformations, and successful strategies for navigating through them.  The concepts in this book resonate with me.  I see enterprise mobility and B2C mobile app strategies as key components.  In this article, we get a sneak preview from the book.   Several weeks ago we outlined the concept  of “Code Halos™” – aka our digital fingerprint – and discussed how   “personal” Code Halos are migrating into enterprise computing. We also analyzed the areas in which “organizational” Code Halos are changing what businesses do and how they do it. In this post we advocate how Code Halos create a repeatable pattern of disruption across a wide range of industries; by studyi... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of September 15, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Mobile sales rose by 133 percent year on year in August to £1.6 billion, underlining the huge growth in consumer awareness and confidence in shopping on smartphone and tablet devices.  The figures, from Capgemini consultancy and UK online retail association IMRG, also found that overall online sales rose by 18 percent in August 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.  Read Origin... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of September 29, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly With the rise of the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices has come a flood of applications designed to help people stay healthy. Now, the FDA will focus on monitoring a handful of apps that turn smartphones into devices, like a heart monitor, or medical attachments that plug into smartphones, like arm cuffs that measure blood pressure.  Read Original Content For people who forget to take their meds—which is about half of us—Janssen Healthcare Innovation has introduced a free mobile app... (more)

Full-text searching Harvard Library: a hacky mashup

I’m a little proud of this, although it’s a total hack job, and not in the good sense.Take it as a library mashup. Harvard Library has 13M items in its collection. Harvard is digitizing many of them, but as of now you cannot do a full text search of them. Google Books had 30M books digitized as of a year ago. You can do full-text searches of them. So, I wrote a little app that lets you search Google Books for text, and then matches up the results with books in Harvard Library. It’s a proof of concept, and I’m counting the concept as proved, or at least as promising. On the other hand, my API key for Google Books only allows 2,000 queries a day, so it’s not practical on the licensing front. This project runs on top of LibraryCloud, an open source library metadata server created by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab that I co-direct (until Sept.). LibraryCloud provide... (more)

Aneesh Chopra and Glen Tullman Join Box as Healthcare Advisors

Box today announced it has brought on Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Glen Tullman, former CEO of Allscripts, to serve as special advisors for the company’s healthcare and life sciences practice. As advisors, Chopra and Tullman will help Box deepen its expertise in the healthcare industry and support the growing number of hospitals, health insurance firms, and medical and pharmaceutical companies on its platform. In the past year, sales in healthcare and life sciences has grown six-fold, with new customers like MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Joseph Health, UnityPoint Health, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and Mount Sinai Health System. "Healthcare is Box's fastest growing vertical, and it’s clear that there’s a remarkable opportunity to improve the way information is captured, managed and shared betwe... (more)

Dr. Leslie Lenert of CDC Speaks on Healthcare IT

During this week's Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum pre-recording, Dr. Leslie Lenert, Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shared some of his thoughts on the future of health care information technology. His comments included the following: The NCPHI is focused on (1) improving the link between public health and our national clinical care systems and (2) automating public health practice. The biggest change in health care information technology is the establishment of two-way communications between public health and the health care system. Health situational awareness is crucial to our ability to monitor public health problems. We must target situational awareness so that it makes a difference in individual patient care. One key to addressing privacy and confidentiality c... (more)

Ulitzer Expands Its Holocaust Research Project Syndication

HEART on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new-media" platform in the world, announced today that the news syndication for the Holocaust Research Project topic on Ulitzer has been expanded to include breaking news from news wires as it happens. HEART on Ulitzer was launched on April 9, 2009. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War. H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as leaflets and books. H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking, and ... (more)

Open Source in a Do-It-Yourself Economy

We have come a long way in the history/archives /library world. The internet and now open source programming is swinging doors & windows wide open for the little guy or gal. The audience can now be wooed and targeted like never before and across the globe to boot! I own a website http://researchhistory.org that utilizes the relatively inexpensive resources of open source programming. As the domain name indicates my site's content is about history. Over many years of experience, I have gained the knowledge of web hosting, programming, and digital history. Digital History is the process of  taking historical materials books, manuscripts, image indexes, maps and more and making them accessible globally. Another key element is making sure your site is an e-commerce site. That way clients can easily navigate and purchase items at will. If you are interested in seeking o... (more)