Memory Failure Detected @timeshighered

A coalition of the willing is battling legal, logistical and technical obstacles to archive the riches of the mercurial World Wide Web for the benefit of future scholars. Zoë Corbyn reports It is 2031 and a researcher wants to study what London's bloggers were saying about the riots taking place in their city in 2011. Many of the relevant websites have long since disappeared, so she turns to the archives to find out what has…

Publishing in a Digital World

There has been much jitteriness among publishers and academic authors of late as both parties grapple with the consequences of digital and cultural change. Speaking at the Modern Language Association of America's annual convention in Los Angeles earlier this year, Leslie Mitchner, of Rutgers University Press, pointed out that new technologies are giving scholars ever more opportunities for research. A project to digitise the entire contents of the Vatican Library, for example, will make reams…

Are Universities Ripe for Transition?

Is human-time running into its hourglass? Or worse, is the hourglass broken and the sand rapidly spilling out? Instead of finally facing up to what is fundamentally wrong with our global society, the picture since Copenhagen (or is it the collapse of Lehmann bros.?), seems to be one where our political and economic leaders, policy-makers and opinion-formers, are not simply bent on avoiding, side-stepping, or even denying outright the crisis of the biosphere but are…

The Virtual Revolution

The programme interviews Ory Okollah from Ushahidi (which means "testimony" in Swahili), Howard Rheingold, Founded of The Well,, John Perry Barlow "you don't need to control people much if you control what they believe", lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Tim Berners-Lee, founder of "the web", w3, Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster, and Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia. Having listened to Dame Professor Wendy Hall (She is a Founding Director,…