Sunday, April 01, 2007

SSRN Joins with YouTube to Measure Faculty Downloads

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Over on TaxProf Blog, I report the exciting news of the partnership between SSRN and YouTube to combine paper downloads with video downloads to more comprehensively measure the impact of faculty scholarship. According to a press release from Bernie Black, Managing Director of SSRN:

"SSRN's mission has always been to facilitate scholarly communication between authors and their readers using the latest technological tools. With the explosion in the use of video as a communications device, SSRN is delighted to partner with YouTube in measuring the influence of faculty scholarly work through video. By including video downloads in our monthly law school and law faculty rankings, SSRN hopes to encourage faculty to embrace this new tool for disseminating their scholarly work."

Update: For those of you who did not click on the SSRN press release or otherwise catch on due to the April 1 date on the post, it was an April Fool's joke.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nancy Rapoport said...

Loved that--and I expect that particular April Fool's Day joke to initiate a spate of "theory videos" (law profs rapping on their research).

Word.

4/02/2007 9:20 AM  
Anonymous harrisonj@law.ufl.edu said...

Actually I am pretty sure we are only months away from Brain Networking. I saw it in the Times. At any time with a click of your mouse you will be able to tune into the thoughts of any other person. As for scholarship this will eliminate the pesky chores of actually writing anything down, submitting or downloading. We will ranked by the number of times people click on us. Think good thoughts!

4/02/2007 7:19 PM  

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