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Archives for May, 2010

I hacked the academy

This post is intended for Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt’s crowdsourced Hacking the Academy book. Arguments about open access usually appeal to altruism, tradition, or economics. Even arguments supposedly aimed at researcher self-interest strike me as curiously abstract, devoid of useful example. I will therefore tell my story about open access, because I hacked the…

Conflagration coming

I’m on record predicting a toll-access journal bloodbath. Anecdotes are not data, one dead swallow doesn’t mean the end of summer, and so on? but I just heard yesterday about a second small independent toll-access journal whose sponsors may be discussing winding it down. This isn’t the scenario I was quite looking for; I expected…

Decisions

I need to lift the iron curtain between this blog and my workplace. I beg your indulgence for one post. As those who read Bora’s interview with me know, I discontinued my previous blog Caveat Lector because I was informed that it was causing significant distress to individuals in my workplace. In my best judgment,…

Tidbits, 13 May 2010

Did you miss the tidbits? I rather did. Data in climate science, and the problem of standardslessness: One database to rule them all, track global temperatures Congratulations to Duke, the latest open-access mandate success! Paolo Mangiafico, on Open Access at Duke University Not all governments are on the open-data bandwagon: When public records are less…

Bon mot?

Saying that large-scale storage is all that’s necessary for data curation is like saying that empty bookshelves are all that’s necessary for a library.

On NSF data plans

Word on the street is that the NSF is planning to ask all grant applicants to submit data-management plans, possibly (though not certainly) starting this fall. Fellow SciBlings the Reveres believe this heralds a new era of open data. I’m not so sanguine, at least not yet. Open data may be the eventual goal; I…

No more can-kicking

Having made it back at last from Scotland despite the ash cloud, and overcome jetlag and (some) to-do list explosion, I finally have leisure to reflect a bit on UKSG 2010. My dominant takeaway is that nearly everyone in the scholarly-publishing ecosystem?publishers and librarians alike?is finally aware that we can’t keep kicking the journal-cost can…