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Archives for July, 2009

Tidbits, 29 July 2009

All of today’s tidbits are from one blog! Well, all but one. David Rosenthal on digital preservation. I had this bookmarked to blog about, but? Chris Rusbridge beat me to it, saying everything I would have. Yes, online-versus-offline. Yes, research data in uncommon, niche, and/or proprietary formats. Yes, metadata! And yes, thinking for ourselves. Semantic…

Dividing up the pie

Another thing I meant to call out in the context of the Jupiter-goes-boom event was the nod to data gathered by people who aren’t connected to the formal research enterprise save tangentially. This event was first noted by someone not an astronomer by profession, and the article notes that this is hardly the first time…

There’s a string of “day in the life” librarian posts happening, so I thought I’d throw one in. Today wasn’t a typical day, I suppose? but I don’t really have typical days, especially these days. 6:00-ish am: Wake up, kick the cat off the bed accidentally, get out of bed. 6:20 am: Dressed and etceteraed,…

Tidbits, 25 July 2009

Interesting and perhaps relevant: Jean-Claude Gu├ędon’s examination of power in science. Does e-research destabilize this situation? How? If it doesn’t, should it? Should copyright in academic works be abolished? Makes the obvious point that journal-article authors don’t use copyright for its intended purpose of filthy lucre, and extrapolates from there. What I notice is that…

XML and cows

Because I’ve seen it quoted, misquoted, and usually not attributed at all? ?Converting PDF to XML is a bit like converting hamburgers into cows.” That is the quote I know of. It comes from revered XML developer Michael Kay on the xml-dev mailing list in July 2006. It’s possible Kay got this from somewhere else,…

Irreplaceable data

And we’re back! (With a four-note theme. Wait, that’s Peter Schickele on Beethoven. Never mind.) So yesterday before our enforced break, I asked what we could learn about e-research from a big chunk of space flotsam hitting Jupiter. What had caught my eye was this passage: ? the planetary astronomy community has been filled with…

Back in a tick

I am reliably informed that there will be a server upgrade going on tonight, so ScienceBlogs will be down for the count until it is complete. While I’m gone, have a look at the goings-on around Jupiter, and think about what that means in an e-research context. I’ll be back with my thoughts!

Tidbits, 21 July 2009

Cliff Lynch on institutional repositories. I don’t agree with quite all of it (institutional repositories are here to stay? really? in this budget environment? sez who?), but an hour with Cliff Lynch is always an hour well spent, and I’m completely and unabashedly with him on his cautions about IRs. Margaret Dayhoff, a founder of…

Borgman, Christine L. Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet. MIT Press, 2007. Worldcat page, Powell’s page (no, I get no kickback). This calm, clear volume provides a thorough grounding in the practices of academic researchers around their publications and their data, and how the Internet is?and in many cases, isn’t?changing those…

Evolution or revolution

Lively welcome here at ScienceBlogs, I must say. Two posts, a soft launch, and eighteen comments already! The comments have turned up a question deserving of further discussion. On my first post, commenter Jim Lund said: E-research? Why make a distinction? Today there’s only e-research and archaeology. And on my second, commenter rnb said: Computers…