In this issue:
Change This • No. 53.01
“What can’t be copied?” Wired Senior Maverick Kevin Kelly says that because the Internet is essentially a copy machine, it is undermining the foundation of our wealth, which is based on the reduplication of information, ideas and media. “When copies are super-abundant, they lose value.” So what can you sell that retains its value? Kelly proposes eight “generatives” (such as trust) that make copies more valuable.
Harvard Business Publishing • December 1, 2008
Putting more smarts into “business intelligence.” Management guru Tom Davenport says we’ve lost sight of the goal of business intelligence, which is to help bolster the decision-making process. He offers 10 suggestions on ways that business intelligence could evolve to better serve that goal.
Strategy+Business (free reg. req’d) • Winter 2008
It’s all about the customer. When confectioner Mars bought Wrigley gum, the goal was not to be the biggest, it was to be the best. When times are uncertain, go back to the basics and think about how you can best serve your customers and then what resources you need to build or acquire to do that. Now that’s a winning strategy.
New York Times • December 7, 2008
Innovation as a team sport. Some business experts say forget about brainstorming—and get on board with “systematic inventive thinking.” Research shows that what we experience as breakthrough thinking is often an evolutionary peer review process. How can you promote systematic inventive thinking in your workplace?
Technology Review • December 5, 2008
The Power of Then. A new tool called Zoetrope makes it easier to track how information such as news stories or product pricing changes over time by allowing users to use a scroll bar to “wind a Web page back” a few hours or a few days, weeks or months to see a series of snapshots of how that page has evolved over time. Think how this could be used to help your patrons track markets, news headlines, gas prices and more.
The Above the Fold commentators wish all Above the Fold subscribers peaceful and restful holidays.
- Promises, Promises
- Blue Ribbon Task Force Reports on Economic Planning for Preservation of Digital Data
- IISG Symposium on Collecting Sources in Social History (semi-live blog)
- New Podcast – "Professional Pivot Point: Regaining Relevance in a Rapidly Changing World"
- Reputation, Refutation, Concentration – Assessing Research Excellence
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or SEI (Search Engine Interoperability) – Managing Resources to Promote Discovery
- Ricky Erway's "Supply and Demand: Special Collections and Digitisation" Article Featured in LIBER Quarterly
- Season's Greetings from OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership
- RLG Programs Meetings at ALA Midwinter, 23–28 January in Denver
- RLG Programs 2009 Annual Partner Meeting, 1–3 June 2009 in Boston