I’m home sick today, and not precisely looking forward to giving my class tonight because I really do feel wiped out. Fortunately, tidbits posts are easy?
- Denmark ponders the future of the research library. A thoughtful read for librarians; a good skim for scientists wondering how libraries will help them in future.
- Congratulations to Galaxy Zoo for its first published paper based on crowdsourced galaxy-classification data. May there be many more!
- Code is data too, says Chris Wiggins, arguing that you can’t really judge results until you know what’s been done to the data.
- An Economic Argument for Free Primary Data from, of all places, the digital humanities. I wish humanities-digitization projects that support themselves by selling access would consider sunset clauses.
- Archiving video games, which are worthy subjects of cultural inquiry. This is a hard problem.
- Kevin Smith asks why journal publishers think they’re entitled to compensation for articles when their authors and peer-reviewers aren’t.
- Microsoft to Offer U.S. Scientists Free Cloud Computing says the New York Times. Google tried this trick already, and gave up on it in short order. If I were a scientist, considering Microsoft’s track record for supporting its own experiments (PlaysForSure, anyone?), I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw it.
- Gideon Christian ponders Building a Sustainable Framework for Open Access to Research Data through Information and Communication Technologies. Mostly about intellectual-property law as it relates (or doesn’t) to research data.
- Small archive? Research lab wondering how to do this digital preservation thing? Practical Digital Preservation for Small Archives conference-session summary provides some helpful tips, and many links to follow.
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