Information Science

Science Journals Have Passed Their Expiration Date — It’s Time for the Publishing Platform An interview with Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar lead engineer (2006) Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future Google Scholar Is Doing Just Fine, Says Google What if Google killed Scholar? Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient: Ten years after…

Guest Post: Matthew Heberger Pacific Institute, Oakland, California New monthly water use data for California water utilities shows that residential water use varies widely around the state, and that the response to the drought has been uneven. Moreover, in some areas, residential use averages more than 500 gallons per person per day, indicating that we…

I just got this press release for the Texas Freedom Nettwork, passing the good news on to you: PUBLISHERS REMOVE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM FROM TEXAS TEXTBOOKS; PUT EDUCATION AHEAD OF POLITICS Texas State Board of Education must still vote on adopting the revised textbooks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2014 Publishers have agreed to correct…

Against Productivity How to Escape The Age of Mediocrity Re-imagining the McGill University Library and Archives – Feasibility Study (scope report here, planning page here) Surprising Gadgets, Not Just Books, Are Ready for Checkout at College Libraries Commodification of the information profession: A critique of Higher Education under neoliberalism Understanding Facebook’s lost generation of teens…

The fallout of the Great Sonny Rollins Jazz Satire Blowup of 2014 is still reverberating through the jazz community, prompting new uproars and bouncing off a surprising number of new jazz eruptions in the wider culture. Definitely interesting times to be a jazz fan, if not always for the right reasons. Some cool stuff going…

I have a son who’s currently a third year physics undergrad and another son who’s in first year philosophy. As you can imagine, I may occasionally pass along a link or two to them pointing to stuff on the web I think they might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised…

Sad news today: Tom Magliozzi, one of Cambridge Massachusetts greatest gifts to public radio (and Cambridge has given a LOT of gifts to public radio) died today. Car talk was, verily, one of the best things ever. I have one Car Talk story and this is as good a time as any to tell it.…

This past Tuesday I gave a talk as part of the York University Department of Science & Technology Studies‘ STS Seminar Series. Not surprisingly, my talk was centred on the work I’ve done as a chronicler of Canadian science policy issues. The title and abstract of my talk are: Evidence vs. Ideology: The Canadian Conservative…

Life’s Blueprint

A new book will make you stop and think about the relationship between the microscopic world and the one we pass by every day. Life’s Blueprint – The Science and Art of Embryo Creation; Benny Shilo, Yale University Press, 174 pages. When a stem cell divides, one daughter maintains the stem cell fate while the…

It has been a year since I last updated my chronological listing of the Harper Conservative government’s war on science. The newly updated master list is here, where you can also read more about this project in general. The previous update from October 2013 is here. Some preliminary metrics about the impact of that original…