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Archives for December, 2008

SC / Dylan video with Spanish subs

Added to the Japanese version I blogged about recently, the SC video with Jesse Dylan has been subtitled into Spanish. Found via userbarna.net.

SC / Dylan Video – Japanese version

Keita Bando Mr. Komada has translated the SC video done by Jesse Dylan into Japanese. Keita told me about this and has used the service dotsub to add the subtitles to the video directly. See what happens when you empower users? (of course, if he’s given us the slip like that Max Planck journal who…

Spent the morning at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting. It is a massive affair, right across the street from another big one (American Society of Cell Biology, which I’ve also spoken at in years past…). The area around Moscone is filled with dazed science geeks wearing nametags; I spent a few minutes dreaming of…

Always Check The Translation

From the Independent: A respected research institute wanted Chinese classical texts to adorn its journal, something beautiful and elegant, to illustrate a special report on China. Instead, it got a racy flyer extolling the lusty details of stripping housewives in a brothel. Let me be the first to make the joke that I’m all for…

CNI Fall Meeting

I gave a project briefing yesterday at the CNI fall meeting. I talked about our experience in building the Neurocommons project and the release of our RDF distribution for data integration in molecular biology. The meeting was PACKED. 400+ people. I was sad that my briefing was up against the OAI-ORE briefing – that’s a…

One of the hardest parts of the day job is trying to explain why the commons works for science to people. I find that I have to start by explaining what science actually is, how science works, and how that doesn’t take advantage of the possibility of the internet, which means I have to explain…

Autism Speaks – Open Access Policy

The good people at Autism Speaks have announced a major policy shift on open access. Basically they’re saying if you take their money, you have to make the research open. I love this for all sorts of reasons. First, it’s smart. Opening up research to more readers means you increase the chances of someone innovating…

Off Topic: Bacon Costume Missing

Copyrights and open access and curation are all important. But the real tragedy today is that a bacon costume was stolen, in my town of Boston to boot. If you see someone running around dressed like bacon, or more likely, see it in a second-hand costume shop, send email to the nice folks at Bacon…

If you have questions or comments you’d like to see the Digital Curation Centre tackle about Science Commons, here’s your chance. Their next legal watch paper is on us. For those of you who are interested in what I have to say, I’m keynoting their conference tomorrow in Edinburgh. My topic is “how radical sharing…

Getting It Right: WikiPathways

Deciding on the right license for an online community can be a touchy process. Sometimes the community is focused on the organizing principles learned from software. Copyleft has been powerful in growing free software, and is regularly insisted on by online communities that build data, or community science content – not because it makes legal…