Major Ed-Tech Trends for 2013 – Online Colleges [Infographic]

via Major Ed-Tech Trends for 2013 – Online Colleges

The Digital Shift | Ebooks 2013: New leasing models, cheaper devices, more content

“It was a bit of a roller coaster for libraries and ebooks in 2012…”

via Ebooks 2013: New leasing models, cheaper devices, more content – The Digital Shift.

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eBook Options for Libraries @ (dated June 19, 2012)

A Few Really Good Gamification Articles…Emerging Trend on the Cusp of a Popularity Explosion

A slightly different approach to gamification in schools!  “A new interactive fitness game announced at International CES 2013 brings at-home fitness video games to school. DanceDance Revolution Classroom Edition was made with school physical education class in mind.” via DanceDance Revolution Comes to the Classroom | Mashable.

The article The ‘Gamification’ of Education from Forbes is a great accompanying read.

TechCrunch Gamification: Insights and Emerging Trends discusses some important points about this emerging trend.

The Digital Publishing Explosion – Stephen’s Lighthouse

The Digital Publishing Explosion – Stephen’s Lighthouse.

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Digital Publishing Explosion

Collection of Links: Big Data

Big data is almost on the cusp of the emerging technology hype cycle according to the Gartner 2012 Hype Cycle and according to Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2012 ( What is the ‘big’ deal with big data anyways? Below I have posted links to information resources highlighting a range of issues related to big data.

Gartner defines big data as…”the term adopted by the market to describe extreme information management and processing issues which exceed the capability of traditional information technology along one or multiple dimensions to support the use of the information assets. Throughout 2010 and into 2011, big data has focused primarily on the volume issues of extremely large datasets generated from technology practices such as social media, operational technology, Internet logging and streaming sources. A wide array of hardware and software solutions have emerged to address the partial issue of volume.”

The Data Drive Life by Gary Wolf (April 28, 2010) is a great backgrounder article on how we have come to generate more and more data in our daily lives.

Big Data/Linked Data White Paper from Fujitsu, March 2012

Business Perspective
From Harvard Business Review. The Next Wave of Process Strategy, October 30, 2012 and Big Data Hype (and Reality), October 18, 2012

Significance to Libraries
Data Science: What’s in it for the New Librarian? from Information Space, July 16, 2012

Big data is also about the Internet of Things and Linked Data. Linked Data for Libraries OCLC Video posted August 7, 2012

Defining the “Big” in Big Data by Leslie Johnston at the Library of Congress, May 17, 2012

Importance to Other Industries
Big Data and social media: A match made in heaven?
posted October 23, 2012 at the TechRepublic

Big Data is Transforming Healthcare from Wired Science, October 16, 2012

Big Data Meets BI: Beyond The Hype from Information Week, October 30, 2012

Lists some of the other open source software in the big data space (versus Hadoop) Big Data Right Now: Five Trendy Open Source Technologies from TechCrunch, October 27, 2012

Collection of Links: 3D Printing

With 3D printing becoming ever more popular in the news, I thought I would post links to articles I found most informative about this emerging technology.

The EFF Needs Help Keeping 3D Printing Free from TechCrunch October 27, 2012

Kickstopped: Affordable 3D Printer Put on Hold from WIRED October 26, 2012

The Future of Higher Education: Reshaping Universities Through 3D Printing from Engadget October 19, 2012

Wired’s Chris Anderson: Today’s ‘Maker Movement’ Is The New Industrial Revolution [TCTV] from TechCrunch October 9, 2012

The Next Battle for Internet Freedom Could Be Over 3D Printing from TechCrunch published in August 2012

To Remain Relevant, Libraries Should Help Patrons Create – The Digital Shift from May 2012

Collection of Recent Links: Future Forward

I’m always scanning for what the up and coming future trends are and new innovations in technology. If you are responsible for managing technology in an organization, this activity is essential. You will be better able to manage and even drive change, sound intelligent when speaking to senior management and communicate to peers, patrons and fellow employees the importance and relevance of technology-related topics.

5 Exciting Innovations That Will Change Computing in 2012 from Mashable

Managing Electronic Resources from iLibrarian

The Home 3-D Printer Is More Real Than Ever–And Costs As Much As An iPad from FastCompany

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future from /blog/2012/04/10-changes-to-expect-from-the-library-of-the-future

Tame the Web: Trends & Tech Presentation at PLA for SJSU SLIS « Tame The Web

Trends & Tech Presentation at PLA for SJSU SLIS

via Trends & Tech Presentation at PLA for SJSU SLIS « Tame The Web.

Sound bytes: Don’t let technology “freak you out” and “become more comfortable with chaos.”  Technology = connecting to users. Extend the mission of the library.

Discusses emerging technology trends such as mobile, augmented reality, geo-social (location-based), creation and fabrication spaces (making stories and printing things) and learning 2.0.

Really good, timely presentation applicable to public libraries from one of my favourite blogging librarians.

YouTube Link

GTA Technology Topics, Tips and Tricks: Last GTA 4T Email & 3D Printing

This will be the last GTA Technology Topics, Tips and Tricks post on The Modern MLIS, as my placement as Graduate Technical Assistant at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta is finished.
I think its fitting the last GTA 4T email focus on what’s on the horizon technology-wise. It seems some new technology is announced on a daily, so I am only going to focus on one – 3D printing! For a good report reviewing technologies on the horizon and in the next 3 to 5 years, I suggest looking at the 2012 Horizon Report from EDUCAUSE.
3D printing has fascinated me since I saw a post on Mashable in January stating that Pirate Bay Wants You to Download Physical Objects Now. I had no clue what the headline meant but reading a bit further I realized that 3D printing using lasers was moving out of the realm of fiction into fact and even into mainstream adoption. Although I’m not going to advocate one download anything from PB, what was interesting about what PB was discussing was that they were creating a new category of object called “physibles” where the user can download a blueprint for printing a 3D object. This brought all kinds of questions to my mind. Will 3D objects be copyrighted or considered of intellectual property value? Should printable 3D objects have no copyright? Because if a 3D blueprint is created in the first place then the intent would be to print a 3D object. Like, am I going to get sued for printing a patented car part! There are all sorts of implications for this new technology and I look forward to participating in the discussion. Links to further your 3D printing knowledge are provided below.
Here is a great paper discussing why 3D Printing Will Change the World.
The Fayetteville Free Library Fabrication Lab: Will Fabrication Labs Make Libraries Useful Again from Gizmodo and 3D Printing: Coming to a Library Near Youfrom SmartPlanet
3D Printing from Explaining The Future – Very tech speak!
Libraries and 3D Printing video from CES 2012. Refers to libraries as “hacker spaces” and “maker spaces.”
My personal favourite – Choc Edge 3D Chocolate Printer – world’s first chocolate printer. 🙂
Maybe “Libraries of the Future” will involve having 3D printer “maker spaces.” Discuss.

The 2012 Horizon Report is Now Available

As mentioned at Stephen’s Lighthouse. 2012 Horizon Report from EDUCAUSE and New Media Consortium.

Historical publications of the Horizon Report can be found here.