Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for December, 2009

In the past few years a number of large electronic resources have gone through rather dramatic interface changes – mostly for the better, mostly desperately needed. Some typical things added are faceted presentation of search results, more personalization options, better ways to save and share items, cleaner design, green. I don’t know why but everyone…

The other day when I had to be at a stupid training session off site very early in the morning, I stepped on my iphone in the dark. It apparently slid out of my purse. Sigh. It turned on, but the glass was shattered on the front. So I looked around and you could get…

One thing that kind of bugs me is that people answer the question “what impact has your funding had" with things like “I hired 3 postdocs and 2 support staff.” Dr Lane talked about this at the workshop, but to some extent, I don’t think her solution actually got at the bigger problem: societal impact.…

One of the open problems in article level metrics is how to automate, quantify, and describe the exposure an article has had in popular science pieces in newspapers and general science magazines. Peter Binfield (PLoS) and Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka. (European Research Council) both brought this up at the NSF Workshop I attended yesterday. I agree that…

stream of consciousness notes from this meeting I attended in DC, Wednesday December 16, 2009 Final panel Oren Beit-Arie (Ex Libris Group), Todd Carpenter (NISO),Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC),Tony Hey (Microsoft Research),Clifford Lynch (CNI),Don Waters (Andrew W. Mellon foundation) introduction from Cliff Lynch – gets requests for tenure reviews – he takes these very seriously. Got one…

Continuing stream of consciousness notes from this workshop held in DC, Wednesday December 16, 2009 Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka. (European Research Council) – intertwined research funding structures at national and European level. At the national level two main funding modes – institutional (block research funding of higher ed institutions), and competitive. Orgs structured at European level –…

this continues my stream of consciousness notes from the workshop held in DC, December 16, 2009. Peter Binfield (PLOS) – article level metrics. Not talking about OA, not talking about journal level.  Journal is just packaging, and shouldn’t necessarily judge articles by the packaging. PLoS ONE has half a percent to all the publications that…

Continuing my stream of consciousness notes from this meeting in DC, Wednesday, December 16, 2009. Jevin D West (U Washington, Eigenfactor) – biology and bibliometrics. biology has a lot of problems that are studied looking at networks. From ecosystems to genomes. They want to take these huge networks and be able to tell stories. The…

I attended this one-day workshop in DC on Wednesday, December 16, 2009. These are stream of consciousness notes. Herbert Van de Sompel (LANL) – intro – Lots of metrics: some accepted in some areas and not others, some widely available on platforms in the information industry and others not. How are these metrics selected? Why…

I’ve weighed in a few times on how to build online communities or support scientists online, but it’s really worth paying attention to when you get an actual scientist who is also very involved in and interested in social software tell you what he thinks. Cameron Neylon did just that in a recent blog post…