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The Informationist: pm

I’m here at The Informationist: Collaboration between scientists and librarians to support informatics research at the Embassy Suites in DC. It’s sponsored by Elsevier as part of their Research Connect series. (stream of consciousness) Dr John L Schnase, NASA – Science and technology challenges of eco-informatics Workshop 10 years ago about research directions in biodiversity…

The Informationist: AM 2

I’m here at The Informationist: Collaboration between scientists and librarians to support informatics research at the Embassy Suites in DC. It’s sponsored by Elsevier as part of their Research Connect series. (stream of consciousness) Annette Williams, Vanderbilt U Med Ctr – Integrating best evidence into patient care Essentially seemed to be 3 pieces. Within their…

The Informationist: AM 1

I’m here at The Informationist: Collaboration between scientists and librarians to support informatics research at the Embassy Suites in DC. It’s sponsored by Elsevier as part of their Research Connect series. (these are stream of consciousness) Tonna – VP North Am, Academic & Gov’t. Research productivity metrics more important for funding decisions. Data for institute…

trying something crazy

let’s hope i don’t accidentally bring down the whole scienceblogs empire. \[ \begin{aligned} \nabla \times \vec{\mathbf{B}} -\, \frac1c\, \frac{\partial\vec{\mathbf{E}}}{\partial t} & = \frac{4\pi}{c}\vec{\mathbf{j}} \\ \nabla \cdot \vec{\mathbf{E}} & = 4 \pi \rho \\ \nabla \times \vec{\mathbf{E}}\, +\, \frac1c\, \frac{\partial\vec{\mathbf{B}}}{\partial t} & = \vec{\mathbf{0}} \\ \nabla \cdot \vec{\mathbf{B}} & = 0 \end{aligned} \] within text \(\sqrt{3×-1}+(1+x)^2\)

I’m on a sub-sub committee to evaluate evaluation of consideration of adding a new recommender system to our discovery tools across my parent institution’s libraries. The system costs money and programmer time (which we’re very short on), but more importantly, there’s a real estate issue, we already offer some similar tools, and even if the…

Libraries and librarians connect people to information. That’s what we do. So there’s the information part and there’s the connecting part. Librarians gather, collect, license, and purchase information in the form of books, scrolls, artifacts, journals, web pages. And there’s a lot to selecting what to gather and keep and balancing competing demands to get…

Myths abound about how scientists do not talk with the media or communicate with the public and if they do so, it is only because they are required to by funders’ "broader impact" requirements. The evidence, however, does not support this view. This article is another in a series of communications based on a multi-national…

This was originally posted 1/9/2009 on my old blog. Due to popular demand (well 3 requests ), this is a commentary and additional information for my conference paper and presentation: Pikas, C. K. (2008). Detecting Communities in Science Blogs. Paper presented at eScience ’08. IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience, 2008. Indianapolis. 95-102. doi:10.1109/eScience.2008.30 (available…

Sometimes you have to just let go and release something to the wild. I have mentioned on a few occasions a qualitative study I did prior to the network study. To be honest, I think I actually did it in the Fall of 2007 ?! I thought (and was encouraged to believe) that I could…

Random admin stuff

I haven’t been a great team player recently, so this post catches up on some things going on in the world recently. These are in no particular order. The USA Science and Engineering Festival is coming up in the Fall. ScienceBlogs is the official blogging partner and there‚Äôs a blog here to talk about the…