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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Societies and science

John Dupuis asks some provocative questions; I thought I’d take a stab at answering them, and I encourage fellow SciBlings to do likewise. I quite agree with John when he says that the ferment over publishing models disguises a larger question, “the role of scholarly and professional societies in a changing publishing and social networking…

One of the truisms in data curation is “well, of course we don’t let sensitive data out into the wild woolly world.” We hold sensitive data internally. If we must let it out, we anonymize it; sometimes we anonymize it just on general principles. We’re not as dumb as the Google engineers, after all. Only…

So the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is mired in a rapidly heating controversy over a report that apparently let some dubious information slip through the cracks. Here’s the money quote: The discovery of the glaciers mistake has focused attention on the IPCC’s use of so-called grey literature: reports that do not appear…

The journal impact factor is a sham and a crock and a delusion, let’s just take that as read. (If you don’t care to take that as read, which is a healthy and sane attitude?take no one’s word as gospel, especially not mine!?start here or perhaps here and keep going.) Using it to judge individual…

I don’t hear as much curiosity from the research community as I’d like to about what a librarian knows and does, but I do hear some. For that some, I suggest poking through the fourth annual iteration of Librarian Day in the Life. A wide variety of librarians blog, tweet, photograph, and vid about what…