Desktop Research: Essays and Interviews on the Future

The initial listing of predictions about the future has been collected from our previous years' efforts and other recommended sources.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • Beyond Open Access for Academic Publishers
    This article discusses how open access models are being adopted more and more and will soon be the norm. The author argues that widespread adoption of these models will enable publishers to focus on other updates, including innovative ways to deliver content. - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015 While short, this article mentions not only OA, but raises other problems facing the changing publishing landscape, such as challenges with current models of peer review, measures related to impact factors, etc. - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 2, 2015
  • Fear Artificial Stupidity, Not Artificial Intelligence
    The author explains why he believes three fundamental problems explain why computational AI has historically failed to replicate human mentality in all its raw and electro-chemical glory, and will continue to fail.
  • Reading Brainwaves: Technology That’s Fired Up By Thought
    Wearable response technology will become less invasive, Garten predicts. Ironically, it will be able to help people cope with the little irritants that technology now brings. “So your phone will know that you’re asleep and stop running, or your e-mail will know that you’re hyperfocused on something and stop popping up,” she says.
  • The Student Experience and the Future of Libraries
    The student experience will be critical to the future of libraries, which is why libraries must understand student behaviors more deeply. This article gives examples of how libraries are using ethnographic and data-driven insights to test and refine their services. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 26, 2015 - edlef edlef Mar 29, 2015 - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015- rurik.greenall rurik.greenall Mar 29, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015 - cmkeithw cmkeithw Mar 30, 2015 Very important - I tend to view a separation between future of libraries (for students) and future of librarians (supporting researchers) - g.payne g.payne Mar 31, 2015 "How do library systems enable resilient libraries and library service development, and not create barriers to the adoption of new technologies and ways of working?" exactly! - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 2, 2015
  • Ten Questions with the Library Publishing Coalition
    This interview with founding members of the Library Publishing Coalition describes how the organization is progressing towards its goals of deeper collaborations among library publishers, and between library publishers and external partners.- lcshedd lcshedd Apr 2, 2015
  • Ten Theses
    Ten theses describe factors that will shape scientific information infrastructure. One prediction is that technologies will allow researchers to perform less active searching for literature because related literature to their work and studies will be delivered to them proactively. - edlef edlef Mar 29, 2015
  • Watch This Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Evaporate Overnight
    Academic journals are a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide dominated by a handful of publishers, but new open publishers such as the Public Library of Science,, and are creating a significant threat to traditional publishers by reaching more people at no cost. - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015 - ahaar ahaar Apr 23, 2015
  • Why Open Access is the Next Frontier for Science
    This article argues that young scientists need support in new ways of publishing and disseminating, more structured and responsible approaches to the management of the data, and more responsible management of academic and scientific software.- lcshedd lcshedd Apr 2, 2015
  • A 2013 analysis of what I thought was the future of academic libraries from optimistic/pessimistic viewpoints (I no longer work in an academic library) - rurik.greenall rurik.greenall Mar 29, 2015

  • How do you design the library of the future?
    I like this one because it looks at the need to consider both technology and the library as a space. The growth of technology has not diminished the demand for going to the academic library.- david.groenewegen david.groenewegen Mar 29, 2015 - ahaar ahaar Apr 23, 2015 great article