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Archives for January, 2010

Comment policy

I’m getting quite a few more comments here than when I started, which is lovely! To keep the conversation lively and civil, I’ve put together a comment policy, which you can find on the blog’s About page. (I’ll link to it from the sidebar momentarily.) It’s mostly common sense. Moreover, I haven’t had to edit…

Reclaiming ground

(My apologies; this post inadvertently went up prematurely. If you were wondering where I was going with it, please read on!) I met Steve Koch at Science Online 2010, where he wowed me showing off his students’ open-notebook-science work. I love, just love, teachers who do that. I wish the sort of work I typically…

Back in the day, Time Warner merged with AOL. It turned out to be one of the worst merger ideas in the history of merger ideas, and I believe the evidence suggests that most mergers actually turn out to be clunkers! AOL was simply at the top of its orbit, nowhere but downhill to go.…

More on serials

It’s odd to wake up in the morning to discover that I’ve earned a new Nerd Merit Badge. I for one welcome our new Boing Boing overlords readers, and I thank the marvelous Jessamyn West for the shout-out. Now. To clear some things up. It was pointed out in a lengthy comment to the BoingBoinged…

I don’t hear as much curiosity from the research community as I’d like to about what a librarian knows and does, but I do hear some. For that some, I suggest poking through the fourth annual iteration of Librarian Day in the Life. A wide variety of librarians blog, tweet, photograph, and vid about what…

Tidbits, 22 January 2010

Because I scanted you on tidbits for quite some time, have a second tidbits post in a single week! A little library advocacy: Five library resources you should be using. Otherwise-closed data tend to open up in direct proportion to the perceived importance of the problem: GlaxoSmithKline opens up data on anti-malaria compounds. Now let’s…

Again in no particular order, some thoughts and ideas that came to mind during Science Online 2010: I did quite a bit of library advocacy during the conference, and not just during the session dedicated to it! I noticed that I had the best luck when I could define a library service in terms of…

Making headlines in libraryland is EBSCO’s announcement of exclusive access to several popular periodicals in electronic form. (See also this reaction, which includes a partial list of the publications that will be exclusive to EBSCO.) Essentially, libraries who want their patrons to be able to access Time, New Scientist, and other such publications will have…

Tidbits, 20 January 2010

I’m a bit late with these! Sorry about that. Bit busy around me just now. Data-sharing resolutions/requirements announced recently include: the American Naturalist and allied journals (possibly behind paywall, sorry), and the Linguistics Society of America. The calls for open data and data archiving redouble: from mainstream media such as New Scientist, from science bloggers…

One way and another, I heard quite a lot of talk at Science Online 2010 relevant to the interests of institutional-repository managers and (both would-be and actual) data curators. Some of the lessons learned weren’t exactly pleasant, but there’s just no substitute for listening to your non-users to find out why they’re not taking advantage…