Governance and the Not-for-profit Publisher

treacl - Tony Harewood:

More information on fore-planned directions of CG, SG’s & ‘Invisible Injury’ media.

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

Cover of "The Godfather (Widescreen Editi...

Cover of The Godfather (Widescreen Edition)

At the beginning of Jared Diamond’s magisterial  “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” the author recounts a conversation he had with a native of New Guinea. Why, the New Guinean asks, do the people of the West have so much more “cargo”? “Cargo” is his term for material wealth. Diamond’s answer is that Europe had the three elements of his book’s title on its side. With such advantages, the accumulation of “cargo” was almost inevitable.

I have often reflected on this passage when the question of the relative success of for-profit and not-for-profit (NFP) publishing enterprises comes up. Although there are some conspicuous exceptions, most of the big dogs in scholarly communications are commercial enterprises.  What is it about the for-profit world of publishing that has enabled it to become dominant over its well-intended, hard-working fellows in the NFP camp?

On the face of it, you would have to say that…

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Justice, jails, and the “mentally ill”

treacl - Tony Harewood:

BI often runs parallel to mental illness. Worth taking a further look, if interested.

Originally posted on Hopeworks Community:

We have reaped what we have sown.  If you do not pay for the cost of mental health services you will pay for the consequences of “mental illness.”  Those who raise loud voices and debate what “we can afford to do” might look at the psychiatric hospitals our jails have become and consider for a moment “what we cant afford not to do.”

It is a debate already raging.  There are those who assure us that if we would build bigger and better psychiatric hospitals it would all be okay.  Like many easy answers this one gets betrayed by the facts.

1.  It assumes that things were better when we had bigger and better hospitals.  They werent.  People were not getting the treatment they needed.  They were going there to die.  And the road to their death was littered with abuse, horror, and pain.  The good old days were never…

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The need for speed: Why broadband network upgrades are critical to economic growth

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Much like the debate over whether raising the US federal debt ceiling is the right choice for the country, the networking industry all too regularly engages in a debate about whether the need for faster data connections is real. The significant role of broadband as an economic driver deserves to be elevated to a similar level of attention as progress and innovation are stifled when network capacity is constrained, which doesn’t bode well for consumers, businesses, research communities and the economy on the whole.

High-speed, high-capacity networks are critical to our future because they power the world’s Internet and digital economy. For the most part, networks based on 100G technology have become mainstream to address current demands – and this represents a giant leap forward from traditional network architectures and scale. However, it won’t be long before we need to go beyond 100G and even 400G and start to build…

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Healint Wants To Make Life Better For Stroke Patients

treacl - Tony Harewood:

It will be good to combine this concept, with otter ideas! Great idea for nw.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Mobile health tech startup Healint wants to make life better — and safer — for patients suffering from neurological conditions like strokes, epilepsy and migraines. Their first product, Android app JustShakeIt, is an emergency alert system triggered by shaking a smartphone. You can help its development by signing up for the app’s public beta test.

JustShakeIt is only the beginning for the startup. Healint’s co-founders say their upcoming products will focus on preventative care and helping patients monitor their health between doctor visits. Co-founder Francois Cadiou says Healint is developing predictive analysis tools using smartphone sensors and proprietary algorithms to help identify warning signs for chronic neurological conditions.

The startup has received early funding from JFDI.Asia’s accelerator program, as well as individual investors in India, Europe, Japan and Singapore. It is currently seeking pre-seed funding.

JustShakeIt is designed to let people who are at risk for strokes and other…

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