The Book of Trogool

Dorothea Salo

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…

Hiatus continues, and an onion

My husband and I have been stranded by the ash cloud from Iceland. We are well-housed thanks to good friends and the strength of weak ties, so there is no need to worry about us. With luck, we’ll be able to get home Tuesday the 27th. Blogging will continue to be sporadic until we’re home.…

Hello from Scotland!

I’m just back from lunch, after giving my UKSG talk first thing this morning. Here are slides plus notes: Who owns our work? (notes) I’m aware that some of the notes are cut off owing to font size; I’ll fix that as soon as I have a free minute. I also have slides only up,…

Hiatus

I am off to bonnie Scotland tomorrow for the UK Serials Group conference. I’ll also be jogging down to Bath to meet some of the fine people at UKOLN and talk data. There’s a tremendous amount happening rather fast around serials at present; I wish I had time to blog it all, but I don’t?I…

Data longa, tractatus brevis

Dan Cohen has an extraordinarily worthwhile post recounting his talk at the Shape of Things to Come conference at Virginia (which I kept my eye on via Twitter; it looked like a good ‘un). I see no point in rehashing his post; Dan knows whereof he speaks and expresses himself with a lucidity I can’t…

Introducing… Curatr!

Not good at organizing your thoughts, much less your research notes? Think publishing your data should be as easy as falling off the couch? Yes, well, me too. So I’ve built a new site to do it all for you, and I’m calling it Curatr. Built on all the shiniest and most proprietary technologies, from…

Tidbits, 30 March 2010

Tuesday seems a good day for tidbits. (I am head-down in my UKSG presentation and class stuff at the moment, so kindly forgive posting slowness.) One argument I rarely see made for open access that should perhaps be made more often is that it reduces friction in both accessing and providing information. Want to reduce…