Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Methodology of QS rankings by Elizabeth Redden

“That a major university ranker with global influence used a paid survey site to collect responses has raised some eyebrows: Brian Leiter, a professor and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago who first posted the professor’s account on his blog, went so far as to call the QS rankings “a fraud on the public.”  Ben Sowter, head of the intelligence unit for the London-based company Quacquarelli Symonds, which creates the rankings, acknowledged that QS contracted with a Utah-based company, Qualtrics, on a trial basis to obtain 400 responses from U.S. academics through a variety of channels, one of which was Opinion Outpost. Sowter said QS has not since that 2012 trial used an approach in which survey respondents received a cash reward, but he defended the general practice of offering modest incentives. “The notion of providing incentives for surveys is not a new one,” he said, adding that this year the company is providing respondents with free downloads of QS reports and that in the past it has entered respondents into drawings for prizes (i.e., an iPad).”


Japan aid to IIT-Hyderabad


Japan will provide $174.8 million (around 870 cr) loan as development aid to the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), the biggest-ever foreign aid to an IIT, which experts said will have a leapfrog effect on the standard of higher education in the state and boost infrastructure.

Armed with the financial aid, IIT-H will erect nine state-of-the-art buildings, including a special technology centre, new academic blocks and a research park.

Authorities will also use some portion of the money to acquire lab equipment and officials said they would expand its current capacity and student strength from existing 1000 plus to more than 7,500 by 2018.

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JURN An academic search engine that indexes almost 4,000 free e-journals in the arts and humanities.

JURN  An academic search engine that indexes almost 4,000+ free e-journals(arts and humanities)

Physical Sciences Case studies: information use and discovery by RIN, IOP, IOPP

The RIN, the Institute of Physics (IOP), Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) have recently published a set of case studies which provide a detailed analysis of how researchers in the physical sciences discover, use, create and manage their information resources.

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Out of Print:Documentary Tackles the Future of Books

Etherpad is an Open Source online editor

Etherpad is an Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time powered by Node.js

The Social Revolution – Remember Us: A KM Blog Thinking Outside The Inbox by Luis Suarez

Altmetric:Wiley Trial Alternative Metrics on Subscription and Open Access Articles

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has launched a trial of Altmetric, a service that tracks and measures the impact of scholarly articles and datasets on both traditional and social media. The six month trial will run on a number of subscription and open access journals published by Wiley including Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, BJU International, Brain and Behavior, Methods in Ecology and Evolution and EMBO Molecular Medicine.



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UNESCO to make its publications available free of charge :Open Access



UNESCO will make its digital publications available to millions of people around the world free-of-charge with an open license. Following a decision by the Organization’s Executive Board in April, UNESCO has become the first member of the United Nations to adopt such an Open Access policy for its publications. The new policy means that anyone will be able to download, translate, adapt, distribute and re-share UNESCO publications and data without paying.

source: UNESCO >>

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