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Tidbits, 22 December 2009

Every time I do a tidbits post, I think to myself, “gosh, that was a lot of tidbits; I’ll never fill up the queue again.” Every time, I’m wrong. The climate-data scandal staggers on: Gavin Baker has another great summary post, from which I particularly appreciated the Climategate article. We also have a climate skeptic…

Tidbits, 9 December 2009

I’m at home today owing to last night’s epic snowfall in Madison shutting down practically the entire university, so it’s time for tidbits! The biggest data story of the week is the climate-data hijacking. Gavin Baker has the best roundup I’ve seen. I also strongly recommend Cameron Neylon’s thought-provoking response. The Digital Curation Blog has…

Tidbits, 2 December 2009

The tidbits folder is out of control, so this linklist may be a bit epic. My apologies! There’s a lot of great discussion in this area of late. Data repositories: the next new wave Steve Hitchcock is sensible, as usual. The answer to “are repositories changing?” is “they already changed,” if one asks Carole Palmer.…

Tidbits, 20 November 2009

Have some Friday tidbits! An important biology dataset is losing NSF funding and may fold. Nor (as the article explains) is it the only one. It is impossible to overstate the desperate gravity of the data-sustainability question. Academic libraries, if we are not the white knights here?and we certainly have been in the past; witness…

By way of amplifying the signal: the 5th International Digital Curation Conference is coming up in London in December. I will be there in spirit only, I fear, but I hope there will be a Twitter hashtag I can follow? Chris Rusbridge has blogged the program. (If I seem more scatterbrained than usual, it’s because…

Tidbits, 9 November 2009

Starting off the week with some juicy tidbits: An extremely nerdy but (for nerds) fascinating examination of XML and its implications for data modeling. Do we have to reduce everything to a relational model? Really? Perhaps not? Notably, it seems to me, this article describes fairly nicely how Fedora works. (For more beating on the…

Tidbits, 23 October 2009

My del.icio.us tag overfloweth? A challenge to libraries from an information science professor: “I wish I could say that libraries were the obvious organization to take care of data? But? they have not been ambitious, they lack the subject area knowledge, they often lack the technical skills.” What say ye, librarian Trogoolies? Cross-disciplinary use of…

Tidbits, 16 September 2009

The Book of Trogool turns another page… Social scientists and medical researchers, pay attention to this: “Anonymized” data really isn’t?and here’s why not. If informaticists aren’t starting to run similar analyses on their own “anonymized” data, they should be. This is a serious concern. One for the humanists: the rather vaguely-named Scholarly Communication Institute Report…

Tidbits, 7 September 2009

Happy Labor Day, US readers. Time to clean out the “toblog” tag on del.icio.us again: Everyone else has already linked to this Wall Street Journal article on data curation, so who am I to go against the tide? My chief takeaway is the trenchant observation that judging the value of data is not straightforward. One…

Tidbits, 24 August 2009

Hello, Monday. My tidbits folder overfloweth. Want to text-mine JSTOR? Looks like you can. Garret McMahon talks about FriendFeed, scholarly communication, and embedded librarianship. Part of the reason I’m here is that I believe, with Garret, that we librarians can’t kvetch about gettin’ no respect if we don’t put ourselves out there in the general…