IBM Develops Full-text Digitization System for National Diet Library of Japan
The prototype technology, created by IBM Research, allows full-text digitization of Japanese literature to be quickly realized through expansive recognition of Japanese characters and enabling users to collaboratively review and correct language characters, script and structure. Additionally, the full-text digitization system is designed to promote future international collaborations and standardization of libraries around the world.
From www-03.ibm.com, August 03, 2011
South Korea Gives USD2 Billion to Turn all Textbooks Digital
Following a pilot project reported last year in The Chronicle, the South Korean education ministry said it would invest USD2 billion to turn all print textbooks into digital form, store them on a cloud-based network, and supply them to students on tablet computers by 2015.
From chronicle.com, August 03, 2011
Universities Join Together to Support Open-Access Policies
The University of Kansas has had a faculty-approved open-access mandate in place since 2009. What it hasn’t had is a group of like-minded institutions to share ideas with about how to support such policies. Today Kansas and 21 other universities and colleges announced that they’re joining forces to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi. The new group will “collaborate and share implementation strategies, and advocate on a national level,” it said in a statement.
From chronicle.com, August 03, 2011
Break to Include: Panel Discussions on the World Report on Disability
Following the Launch of the World Report on Disability on June 9, 2011 a panel discussion was held at the United Nation, New York. Panel moderation duties were shared by the coauthors. The first panel was chaired by Aleksandra Posarac, Lead Economics and Team Leader of the HDNSP Disability & Development Team at the World Bank. The first panel addressed the substantive chapters. Each chapter was summarized by either an Editorial Committee member or a chapter author and discussed by a guest speaker. Questions were solicited from the large assembly for further discussion.
From web.worldbank.org, August 03, 2011
mHealth USA: Government Launches USD80K Contest for Best Cancer Prevention Mobile App
It was announced recently that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has launched a contest with an $80,000 cash prize to whoever can develop the best consumer mobile application to help prevent and control cancer.
From www.mobilemarketingwatch.com, August 03, 2011
Opinion: Closed Captioning - Getting Your Lines Right
As lecture capture and distance learning take hold in higher ed, colleges pursue different approaches to the issue of closed captioning and transcription.
From campustechnology.com, August 02, 2011
Thailand: i-CREATe 2011 - Exhibition Highlights Technology to Aid People with Impaired Hearing and Eyesight
Technology has come to the aid of people with disabilities, thanks to the ingenuity of university students whose gadgets, soon to go on view at i-CREATe 2011, could help bridge gaps in their communication with other people and enable them to do their daily chores on their own.
From www.bangkokpost.com, August 02, 2011
Scientists Devise Mind-Controlled Car Braking System
A new technology could one day enable cars to automatically apply the brakes the moment a driver thinks about stopping.
From http://www.digitaltrends.com, August 02, 2011
Review: Google Plus Keyboard Accessibility
Social media in general has major accessibility problems. Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook all certainly need improvement. Google's latest attempt at social media, Google Plus, launched a short time ago. This time, Google says they "considered accessibility of Google+ from day 1". Although it's a much better attempt at accessibility than the ill-fated Google Wave, Google Plus still has a lot of room for improvement.
From webaxe.blogspot.com, August 02, 2011
Mobile to Help Create High-Definition Health System
Dr. Brigitte Piniewski is convinced that mobile and wireless technologies can bring the kinds of improvements in population health that policymakers can only dream of. “I really think that’s where the vision is at,” she says.
From mobihealthnews.com, August 01, 2011