Miscellanea

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Introduction – the Honor System

As a new blogger here at Book of Trogool I’d like to thank Dorothea for the opportunity to share in the discussion of evolving issues in technology, libraries, research, and scholarly communication. I’m currently the Scholarly Communications and Library Grants Officer at Binghamton University, in upstate New York. I’ve been a librarian for some time…

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.…

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,…

This is my blog post for Ada Lovelace Day, on which we celebrate technical achievement by women. I’m writing it the day before, and setting it to post at midnight. I hope someone is writing a biography of Henriette Avram. I will be first in line to buy it. I desperately want to know how…

Profile: Dryad

We have a guestblogger today! At my request, Peggy Schaeffer kindly sent me the following introduction to Dryad, which I reproduce as I received it (save for minor formatting details). I will happily pass any questions in the comments on to Peggy for response. —- Dryad is a repository for data underlying scientific publications, with…

I interrupt your regularly-scheduled blog to ask for some help… comments closed on this post so that you’ll comment where it’ll do the most good. — Apologies for duplication, and please forward/repost as appropriate… We are working on comparing four digital-repository software packages (DSpace, ePrints, Fedora, and Zentity) in hopes of helping libraries and other…

Science Online 2010

Blogging is liable to be sparse next week, as I will be at Science Online 2010 to do a workshop about institutional repositories, and talk about libraries generally alongside the inestimable Stephanie Willen Brown. Here are the slides for my half of the latter: So you think you know libraries I’m not doing slides for…

Scholarly legitimacy

I had the honor to participate in a futurist exercise by ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. The short essays they solicited have been placed online; they are well worth perusal. I wish the discussants at ALA’s Midwinter gathering a pleasant and stimulating exchange. With ALCTS’s permission, I include my own entry here…

This is a pushmi-pullyu post. I need some help with an environmental scan, so I’ll get us started and the rest of you smart folks can amplify my knowledge. I want to understand what’s going on where with data curation specifically at the institutional level (no NOAA, no ICPSR, none of that) Stateside. Grant-funded is…

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Checksum

So here’s an interesting problem I ran into today. You have metadata in an XML file. You want to make the file self-describingly self-correcting, so you want to embed its checksum inside it. The problem is, you can’t add the checksum to the XML file without changing the file’s checksum! Is there an XML verification…