The Book of Trogool

Dorothea Salo

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Belated Zombie Day post

Oh, if I’d only had this picture for Zombie Day… Credit for the photo to UK Serials Group. Credit for the alteration of the speech bubble (you can see the original slide here if you care to) to Steve Lawson. Incidentally, I should have a postprint of an article based on this presentation up shortly.…

Richard Wallis has taken my ribbing in good part, which I appreciate; his response is here and will reward your perusal. He also left a comment here, part of which I will make bold to reproduce: As to RDF underpinning the Linked Data Web – it is only as necessary as HTML was to the…

So, the PepsiCo blog thing. Right. Advance disclaimer: this is me talking, not either of my illustrious co-bloggers. We have not yet made a decision about what to do; one co-blogger is across the pond at a conference and the other is vacationing, so that discussion will have to wait a bit. This is just…

Richard Wallis of Talis (a library-systems vendor) posted The Data Publishing Three-Step to the Talis blog recently. My reaction to this particular brand of reductionism is? shall we say, impolitic. I just want to pat Richard on the head and croon “Who’s the clever boy, then? You are! Yes, you are!” This is terrible of…

I would be utterly remiss in my duties were I not to point out SciBling John Wilbanks’s vitally important new open-access initiative. I pledge my full and free support. After all, my brain is basically purée anyway? (Apologies to those who saw this briefly yesterday. John jumped the, er, gun yesterday, and so did I.)

Much is murky in open access, but this at least is clear: academic libraries have committed different amounts of money and staff toward an open-access future, from a flat zero up to hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth. It’s the zeroes and near-zeroes that concern me (why, hello there, Yale, and hello again, Yale), though…

Introducing co-bloggers!

I am bursting with pride to introduce Sarah Shreeves and Elizabeth Brown as co-bloggers here on Book of Trogool! (You’ll have to excuse me if I go over my exclamation-point quota. I’m just so excited about this!) I will let them tell you about themselves; I’ll just say that Sarah works for the University of…

There is, in fact, more to life than the California vs. NPG battle royale. I know, I’m surprised too. It’s funny because it’s true! Daily Life in an Ivory Basement offers the NSF a data-management plan. Along those same lines, coping with data ranks high in worry factor in this OCLC report on research-related info…

Other people are doing NPG vs. CDL link roundups better than I am, so I’ll limit myself to a few links: Think this is a one-off moment of insanity on NPG’s part? Bernd-Christoph Kaemper demonstrates the pattern. Steve Lawson of Colorado College shares text of an email he sent to faculty at his institution. He…