Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 by avneetrmit

Task 1

3 websites that are predominantly text based and comply with good “digital readability” design are:

1. www.thin.npr.org: The text only version of National Public Radio’s website offers news, radio program details, a full list of stations, transcripts of

parts of various programs, and other information. The pages load very quickly and don’t use tables or columns.

2. www.craigslist.org: The popular website CraigsList has classifieds, forums and event calendars for many different states and cities worldwide.

3. www.wikipedia.com

How Industries fall?

Its possible that large powerful organizations, with access to vast sums of money, and many talented, hardworking people, can simply disappear? Examples of such cases are General Motors, Lehman Brothers etc. At times its not just a single company that goes bankrupt, but rather an entire industry is disrupted.

According to Michael there are two common explanations for the disruption of industries like minicomputers, music, and newspapers.

The first explanation could be that the users in incharge are stupid or not capable and failed to see such a large organistation crumble.

Companies like itunes and last.fm are the wave of the future. Companies need to change and move with changes to adapt and succeed.

The second common explanation for the failure of an entire industry is that the people in charge are malevolent. In that explanation, evil record company and newspaper executives have been screwing over their customers for years, simply to preserve a status quo that they personally find comfortable.

Why online news is killing the newspapers

Some people explain the slow death of newspapers by saying that blogs and other online sources are news parasites, feeding off the original reporting done by the newspapers. That’s false. While it’s true that many blogs don’t do original reporting, it’s equally true that many of the top blogs do excellent original reporting. A good example is the popular technology blog TechCrunch, by most measures one of the top 100 blogs in the world. Started by Michael Arrington in 2005, TechCrunch has rapidly grown, and now employs a large staff. Part of the reason it’s grown is because TechCrunch’s reporting is some of the best in the technology industry, comparable to, say, the technology reporting in the New York Times. Yet whereas the New York Times is wilting financially [2], TechCrunch is thriving, because TechCrunch’s operating costs are far lower, per word, than the New York Times. The result is that not only is the audience for technology news moving away from the technology section of newspapers and toward blogs like TechCrunch, the blogs can undercut the newspaper’s advertising rates. This depresses the price of advertising and causes the advertisers to move away from the newspapers.

Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?

  • Michael claims that in ten to twenty years, scientific publishers will be technology companies.


  • It will be driven as a technology driven company similar to Apple or Google.


  • Those publishers that don’t become technology driven will die off.


  • Websites have started up like SciVee (YouTube for scientists), the Public Library of Science, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, vibrant community sites like OpenWetWare etc. which are a beginning to the way the world is changing.


  • In music, they’re migrating to organizations like Apple. In books, they’re migrating to organizations like Amazon, with the Kindle. In many other areas of media, they’re migrating to Google: Google is becoming the world’s largest media company.


  • All these organizations are run by people with deep technical expertise.


  • When new technologies are being developed, the organizations that win are those that aggressively take risks, put visionary technologists in key decision-making positions, attain a deep organizational mastery of the relevant technologies, and, in most cases, make a lot of mistakes.

Week 4

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 by avneetrmit

1. Did you find relevant articles? What were they? When where they published? Which service did they come from?

 Below are the 3 articles that I found for the first question “The use of computers in the classroom to enhance learning”,

  • “Cyberspace learning for kids” by Jean Hough and Dave Ellis. Published in 1997 found from the Emerald database.
  •  “Beyond Computers In The Classroom: Factors Related To Technology Adoption To Enhance Teaching And Learning” by Janet A Buckenmeyer. Published in April 2010 and the search database used was Proquest.
  • “Advances in Education and Administration” published in 2006 by Karen Swan, Dale Cook, Annette Kratcoski, Yi Mei Lin, Jason Schenker and  Mark van ’t Hooft, Database used was Informit.

 Below are the 3 articles that I found for the second question “Open Access model for academic journal publishers”

  • “Open access jeopardises academic publishers” by Reed chief published in 2004. Proquest database was used to find this article.
  • “The flavors of open access” by Sha Li Zhang, published in 2007. Used Proquest as the search database.
  • “Open access gains momentum” by Howard Falk, published in 2004. Used Informit as the search database.

 2. Navigation

The simplest to navigate was the Emerald database but it did not offer Full text search.

Search type used on all the 4 services for the first question was simple.

For the second question I used complex search on all 4 services. But when I searched as complex, I did not get much relevant material.

 3. Was the bibliographic data useful?

It was useful on all services as it stated key details.

 4. Did you read the abstract before accessing the full text?

Yes, I had to read the abstract to ensure that full text data is relevant to what I am searching.

 5. How was the article presented? HTML, PDF? If more than one format was available, which one did you select? Why?

 On all 4 services data was presented in both HTML and pdf format. I preferred to use the pdf format as it’s easier to read and format is structured in most cases.

 6. Would you read, or attempt to read the article on screen, or would you print it out immediately?

I am now in a habit of reading off the screen rather than printing documents. Most of the data presented on the Internet is sometimes presented in a raw format and hence it’s not worth printing. It’s always easier to screen the documents that are required and I only print when it is necessary.

 7. How standardised was the presentation, ie. do all articles in the service “look” the same?

Yeah pretty much

 8. How did the four services compare? Likes/Dislikes

The easiest search database was Emerald. I found a lot of articles that were relevant only on Emerald and Proquest. EBSCOhost and Informit did seem to bring a lot of searches but the articles that were relevant were already presented to me by Proquest and Emerald.

I also found searching in EBSCOhost a bit hard and not very user friendly.

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 by avneetrmit


Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Hello World, This is my first blog. Hope to add more in future.

It’s the first time I have ever blogged. Setting up a new blog on worldpress.com has been some what easy. Its easy to sign-up and create a new account. Once the account title and domain names are set, the next step is to publish a blog.

I found it a bit hard and did not know how to actually insert text etc to post something on the blog that I just created. I had to play around for a while till I noticed the “edit” hyperlink which allowed me to insert text.

Changing the “Theme” is easy by clicking on “appearance” and selecting the theme that are available. Overall it’s been a good experience in setting up a blog. It’s useful to have a public blog that can be shared with users and they can leave their comments. It also does not require any technical knowledge and the web page is automatically organised with proper indentation.

Information can be distributed instantly by using RSS and pinging. Blogs allow to widely distribute latest news etc

Websites like worldpress.com are useful to public as they are simple and users do not require any anything except time to post their blog and communicate with the world.


Avneet Singh.