Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for September, 2009

It just hit me this morning that new communications journals are sort of less expected right now. In this post I’ll briefly discuss the traditional place of letters or communications publications in scholarly communications (in science) and then weave in some thoughts about pressures on the system to change and where we’re going.* First, this…

Article downloads as a measure of …

quality? popularity? utility? I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about MESUR (a research project that studied how usage statistics – as we call them in the industry – can be a metric like citations are). I’ve also blogged a discussion by MJ Kurtz in which he discusses how usage is very much like citations, if offset. …

Sure Hubble‘s pictures are prettier, but there’s a lot of cool science coming out of the nifty MESSENGER spacecraft.  She’s up for a third Mercury fly-by in two weeks. She’ll go into orbit in 2011 and she’s the first spacecraft there for 30 years! Already we’ve seen her video leaving Earth on a 2005 fly-by.…

Anybody can code

Anybody can code but what just anybody codes can be crap. There’s a real problem in my place of work and probably in other places where you have scientists and engineers who haven’t been formally trained in CS and haven’t taken the time or effort to learn about proper techniques but who are writing a…

So anyone who’s spent any time at all with Google Books (hence forth GB), has probably noted some really bizarre – I mean truly strange -  metadata. Like messed up titles, authors, publication years, oh and categories are totally hit or miss. I frequently take for granted that everyone has seen all of the memes…

Can’t a machine do that?

…’cause I thought I heard of a software and I know people at x conference said and seems like…. I get this all the time. Most recently I did a pretty detailed presentation of some analysis I did. Once I was done, I got the question: can you demo the tool that provided these answers…

Sometimes so many things come up at the same time it becomes difficult if impossible to ignore. Here’s just a brief list: An oceanographer came to me and asked to see a print copy of an AGU journal article. If you’ve followed me here from elsewhere, then you’ll know my place of work was mandated…