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In the last year POF has gone from having no mobile apps to 3 Billion pageviews a month on apps & 300 million visits and our mobile traffic continues to grow at 3% a week. In comparison the website has been around since 2003 and only has 160 Million visits a month and 4 billion pageviews. To give a sense of how quickly mobile is taking over online dating 40% of our signups are now via a mobile device in the US up from under 10% at the start of last year.
The Web is dead, or at least in decline, declares Wired editor Chris Anderson in the magazine’s September cover story . The article is anchored by the startling infographic above, which shows the proportion of different types of traffic on the Internet. The Web, HTML traffic visible though a browser, is only about a quarter (23%) of the overall traffic, down from about half a decade ago. It’s been pushed down by peer-to-peer (23%), video (51%), and other types of apps which use the Internet for transport but are not browser-based. It’s not clear what exactly Wired is counting as video, but presumably it is not all of the Flash video on YouTube which is very much part of the Web. Setting aside whether Wired massaged the numbers to make its chart look pretty, Anderson’s larger point is that increasingly we are consuming information via apps other than the browser.
Who’s to Blame: Us As much as we love the open, unfettered Web, we’re abandoning it for simpler, sleeker services that just work. by Chris Anderson You wake up and check your email on your bedside iPad — that’s one app.
Researchers are not only relying more on libraries, but they seem to be reading more, according to Donald W King, distinguished research professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill. King addressed an audience at the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2007 conference, held from May 28 to June 2 in Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia. He replicated a previous study he did with Carol Tenopir from the University of Tennessee, explaining that this increased usage was caused by a decrease in personal collections, more articles being read than can be identified by online bibliographic searches, along with broadened access to articles through electronic …
The opportunities and competitive demands of scholarship in this new environment are here to stay. Practices that made sense in the print environment must now be reconsidered and adapted to the possibilities of digital scholarship: "Digital scholarship is becoming pervasive in the humanities and must be recognized as a legitimate scholarly endeavor," a Modern Language Association report asserts.
In 1990 Ernest Boyer made an important contribution to the literature of higher education by authoring the book Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate . Boyer’s material was based on the results of a 1989 survey of faculty across the nation sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Boyer said we must “…break out of the tired old teaching versus research debate and define, in more creative ways, what it means to be a scholar”. He described four types of scholarship in order to expand higher education’s thinking about what it meant to produce scholarly work; it needn’t be defined only by scholarly monographs or publications in high-impact peer review journals. Boyer suggested that teaching, application, and integration (of existing knowledge) could be as important to the advancement of knowledge and higher eduction as the scholarship of discovery.
The Brown University Library and the TAPAS Project are seeking a developer to lead the technical implementation of the TAPAS service. Working with other members of the Brown Digital Repository development team, the developer will install and customize an instance of Islandora (Drupal and Fedora), and will develop functionality for publishing, describing, analyzing, visualizing, and sharing scholarly texts. The developer will collaborate with Brown systems and development staff, staff at Wheaton College, and other TAPAS participants, to create, refine, and implement ideas for building the service, and will work with those groups to test and roll out new web applications.