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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…

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…

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…

Tidbits, 5 March 2010

I’m in Urbana-Champaign this weekend to teach an in-person day for my online collection-development class. I’m looking forward to it; every time I teach I am reminded that students are smarter than I am. For now, tidbits! As world plus dog probably knows already, The Economist tackled the data deluge. Adam Christensen gives us the…

Tidbits, 26 February 2010

It’s Friday! Snack on some tidbits. In the “didn’t anyone teach you to show your work in grade school?” department, we have NIWA unable to justify official temperature record, as well as the radical notion of using actual data to gauge the effectiveness of review boards in stopping unethical research. In the “open is not…

Tidbits, 18 February 2010

I’m home sick today, and not precisely looking forward to giving my class tonight because I really do feel wiped out. Fortunately, tidbits posts are easy? Denmark ponders the future of the research library. A thoughtful read for librarians; a good skim for scientists wondering how libraries will help them in future. Congratulations to Galaxy…

Tidbits, 1 February 2010

Happy Groundhog’s Day Eve! Or something. Jennifer Rohn discusses how suboptimal data management makes downstream tasks such as submitting papers to journals a bit harder. The bit about proprietary image formats is particularly cringe-inducing. Why Cameron Neylon is disappointed with Nature Communications. Nature is a leader among journals; the rest of us need it to…

Tidbits, 22 January 2010

Because I scanted you on tidbits for quite some time, have a second tidbits post in a single week! A little library advocacy: Five library resources you should be using. Otherwise-closed data tend to open up in direct proportion to the perceived importance of the problem: GlaxoSmithKline opens up data on anti-malaria compounds. Now let’s…

Tidbits, 20 January 2010

I’m a bit late with these! Sorry about that. Bit busy around me just now. Data-sharing resolutions/requirements announced recently include: the American Naturalist and allied journals (possibly behind paywall, sorry), and the Linguistics Society of America. The calls for open data and data archiving redouble: from mainstream media such as New Scientist, from science bloggers…

New Year tidbits

Wishing all of us a happy, prosperous, data-filled 2010. Unfortunately behind paywall: Nature says (rightly) that it’s not quite as simple as “throw the data out there.” Combining datasets carelessly may magnify faults in the original, eliminate crucial explanatory variables, or otherwise make a big hash of things. In which economics and computer science walk…