CommComm posted on August 2, 2011 19:37

This article talks about the "advent" of mobile technology rising up through the doubts surrounding who'd actually adopt to it. Obviously, smartphones have risen up to the challenge and are at the point where "mobile learning professionals" dot the map.

What drove the engine of smartphone use? What was perceived as an obstacle, but is no longer? Consider this quote: "The other week when our home received a Bed, Bath and Beyond flyer and the cover was iPad accessories".

 

http://floatlearning.com/2011/08/mobile-in-the-mainstream/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FloatMobileLearning+%28Float+Mobile+Learning%29

 

 

Alonzo LaMont


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CommComm posted on July 22, 2011 20:14

If you haven't stumbled upon Elizabeth Tracey's, (Dir. of Electronic Media for Johns Hopkins Medicine) PodBlog then I suggest you do so ASAP. I met with Elizabeth this week and listened with very open ears about how she started podcasting at Hopkins. She self-started the whole process 7 years ago with Rick Lange (Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and Vice Chairman of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center), and their audience has grown enormously.

Elizabeth and Rick are quite the pair in terms of personality and medical knowledge quotients. She recognized the void that could be filled with the right audio presentation, and while she certainly can hold her own with a variety of topics, Rick adds his own folksy flair and wide breath of experience.  Elizabeth also finds time to be Director of the Johns Hopkins HealthNewsfeed radio service, a daily one-minute objective medical news program broadcast throughout the United States and internationally via the Voice of America. 

 

Here's the latest from Elizabeth's PodBlog.

 

http://podblog.blogs.hopkinsmedicine.org/


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CommComm posted on June 22, 2011 23:24

EBSCO Publishing enables full-text searching of ScienceDirect

Copyright (c) 2011 EBSCO Publishing

Summary Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing. ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 21, 2011— Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

"We recognize that our users are accessing information in many different ways," says Yukun Harsono, Senior Vice President, Search & Discovery, Academic and Government Markets at Elsevier. "The addition of full-text articles and eBook chapters from SciVerse ScienceDirect to EBSCO Discovery Service stems from our continuous commitment to ensure that the content we provide is available and easily found through the discovery platforms our customers use."

President of EBSCO Publishing Tim Collins says the size and the scope of the content that ScienceDirect indexing provides combined with the ease of search that EBSCO Discovery Service offers end users should make a significant difference for researchers. "We have seen impressive usage statistics for content providers once they are searchable in EBSCO Discovery Service. Adding full text searching from Elsevier means EDS now has full text searching for the largest journal publishers in the world. EBSCO believes strongly that the best discovery experience is one that combines full text searching with searching of high quality subject indexing from controlled vocabularies. EDS is the only service with that approach."

Elsevier joins a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Oxford University Press, World Book, ABC-CLIO, and many others.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (www.ebscohost.com/discovery/eds-news), and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There's simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet (www.thelancet.com) and Cell (www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com), SciVerse Scopus (www.scopus.com), Reaxys (www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (www.mdconsult.com) and Nursing Consult (www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite (www.scival.com) and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (www.medai.com), which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 300 databases and nearly 300,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides institutions with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

---Alonzo LaMont


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CommComm posted on May 31, 2011 19:18

A must-read for anyone who wonders "what's the big deal?" Thanks Stella.

 

http://chronicle.com/article/A-Professors-Fight-Over/127700/

 

Alonzo LaMont


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CommComm posted on May 30, 2011 07:46

The page is busy, but it does give a taste of the potential benefits...

 

http://lifehacker.com/5805317/webmd-for-iphone-and-android-is-a-dynamic-mobile-health-compendium

 

 

Alonzo Lamont


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CommComm posted on May 27, 2011 18:29
Lately, especially with the rise in Tornados, there's been continuing conflict between amateur storm-chasers and genuine scientists. Watching this Video, it appears that things have gotten out of hand. Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on May 26, 2011 22:23
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CommComm posted on May 25, 2011 18:19
Ideas seem welcome for the Brave New World. Alonzo LaMont

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