Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for November, 2009

Are chemists really grinches?

With well known and respected open science projects coming out of chemistry as well as cool tools like pubchem and emolecules… it seems a bit unfair of me to ask if chemists are grinches. But there has been and there continues to be a lot of study of data/information/knowledge sharing in chemistry – or, really,…

It seems like there was nothing new from the established publishers for a while – nothing with their core business.  Some experimented with ways to communicate and most updated content management systems, but it seemed like most weren’t touching their standard models.  PLOS’ experiments met with raised eyebrows and skepticism, but now, looks like others…

Let me start by quoting an e-mail Dawn Pointer McCleskey sent to the SLA-DC listserv today (I have her permission). This is in reply to an e-mail from a younger member who mentioned how teachers and nurses have reclaimed their place and have formed very active and well-respected communities without giving up their identities. (I…

I got back from the SLA conference last June to the whole lab in a crisis. It passed and in e-mail, I got a notice that my SLA renewal was over due. Which is funny because I routed all the paperwork at the same time as my conference registration paperwork (we have an office that…

From PostSecret

http://postsecret.blogspot.com/2009/11/sunday-secrets_15.html via Andrew on FriendFeed. (don’t sue me, I’m just the messenger!) Even if it isn’t true, it’s sort of funny and now all I can see is my kitchen sink strainer (not a toilet).

Thursday was a half day covering first the cyberinfrastructure and then some discussions of another system that can provide lessons learned to the RSN (reminder: regional scale nodes, the long cabled sensors). My notes are (of course) at work, but I’ll reconstruct some of what I heard. I would recommend interested folks consult the final…

And now for something completely different I am attending the Ocean Observatories Initiative Science Workshop in Baltimore. Today was the first day and there’s a half day tomorrow. OOI is big science in its purest form.  It’s multi-decade, multi-hundred million dollar facility for studying the ocean. In Europe, they have ESONET and in Japan, they…

How do you balance robust enterprise IT services with computer science as a research area? This post has been floating around in my head for a while – I even had this started but lost the draft in a tragic overnight OIT loaner laptop reboot. I can’t actually answer this question, and trying to has…

There’s a nice rebuttal of the Sirsi Dynix anti-open source white paper done by Mark Leggott that just came out (I found it via Jason Griffey). More thoughtful than some. There are so many misconceptions on both sides of this. First, open source is not free. You do need people to install and maintain it…

Free IS and CS books online

One of the great things about my interests overlapping computer science is that computer scientists believe in self archiving and making their work freely available on the web. The scientometric parts of IS are that way, too, but the L of the LIS… well, that’s just sad (except for Dorothea, her stuff is available). I…