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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…

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…

Musings on worms turning

So I’m turning over the California/NPG situation in my head, because I?okay, because I’m obsessive, are you happy now? (Just don’t ask how late I was sending email last night.) The very cynical portion of my brain notes that it’s almost certainly easier to persuade faculty to inaction than action. California didn’t try to use…

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.

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…

OA publishers: just use HTML!

I was reading the latest issue of the Journal of Digital Information today, and I found myself wishing I could turn the Readability bookmarklet loose on half its PDF-only articles. I’m sorry, authors. I know you tried, but those PDFs are terrible-looking. Times New Roman, really? (The one in Arial is the worst, though.) Could…

A shift in focus

I’ve altered the tagline on this blog slightly, to reflect where it seems to be going. (I am not in control here; I am merely the author-function! Sorry, sorry, lit-crit joke.) At the same time, I’ve been thinking a lot about library collections, what’s in them and how it gets there. (I’m teaching a graduate…

Turf… wars?

I have a very lengthy post in pickle that is taking me some time to work through. Forgive me; sometimes that’s what blogging is for, though it’s tough on the posting rate. In the meantime, a small thought about improving interaction patterns between scientists and librarians, something I still very much think is necessary for…

Perhaps shockingly, I don’t plan to so much as try to wade through all seven-hundred-odd pages of this report on scholarly-publishing practices. It’s thorough, it’s well-documented, it’s decently-written? and based on the executive summary (itself weighing in at a hefty 20 pages), it won’t tell me a thing I don’t already know. Academia is conservative.…

Reclaiming ground

(My apologies; this post inadvertently went up prematurely. If you were wondering where I was going with it, please read on!) I met Steve Koch at Science Online 2010, where he wowed me showing off his students’ open-notebook-science work. I love, just love, teachers who do that. I wish the sort of work I typically…