Higher Education rss

The big data brain drain

This provocative post by Jake VanderPlas argues that “the skills required to be a successful scientific researcher are increasingly indistinguishable from the skills required to be successful in industry” and that important implications follow from this for the future of higher education. There… Read More ›

Academics using kickstarter

I was intrigued to see this great project by Emma Jackson and a collaborator on Kickstarter. It’s fantastic that it seems to have been so successful for them. Is this likely to become more widespread? I find this quite exciting in some respects but… Read More ›

Fast capitalism and peer review

The public debate concerning ‘scare stories’ about statins is an interesting case study for the politics of peer review. It’s an important reminder that these seemingly technical issues of scholarly communication can have important public consequences. The case seems to be framed in… Read More ›