Archives for June, 2009

Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration. It isn’t built yet. But if York space scientists and engineers have anything to say about it, it sure will be. Check it out from our internal newsletter, Space elevator designed at York University would reach 20 km above Earth: “For decades, scientists have been grappling to find a more…

Some highlights from the IEEE’s very fine Technology and Society Magazine, v29i2. You’ll need a subscription to the magazine to access it on the IEEE’s site. Those in academic settings might want to especially take a look at Communication technology, emergency alerts, and campus safety. Innovation as energy policy for the world [Policy Perspective] by…

Books I’d like to read

It’s been quite a long time since I did one of these posts, but as the summer reading season approaches I thought I’d highlight a few interesting items that are coming out soon. Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Amazon.ca) In his revolutionary bestseller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace…

Thanks to Mark Spicer for bringing this item to my attention. Note that the site I’m linking to sells printer cartridges, but still has some cool content. The 7 Most Impressive Libraries From Throughout History. Drop by the article, it’s well worth reading. It also has links to each of the libraries. The Great Library…

Cool conferences = mental overload

My brain is completely overloaded at the moment after the two absolutely fabulous conferences I’ve attended in the past week. I’m going to do individual posts about each conference, but I thought I’d give some initial impressions in this post first. As a reminder, the conferences were BookCamp Toronto and Managing Data for Science. First…

Walt is in the house!

It’s with great pleasure that I welcome Walt Crawford and his blog, Walt at Random, to the ScienceBlogs family. I’ve been following Walt’s writings on the library world for a long time, probably at least seven years, and his Cites &Insights ejournal is a terrific source of links and commentary. Interestingly, it was Walt that…

I expect blogging will be lighter than usual between now and next Thursday as I have two conferences coming up. First off, tomorrow here in Toronto I’ll be attended BookCamp Toronto, an unconference on “he future of books, writing, publishing, and the book business in the digital age.” The program looks very interesting and as…

I’ve more or less promised sets of Canadian and jazz songs for this series, but lately I’ve been so entranced with the latest Derek Trucks Band CD, Already Free, that I thought I’d feature a Derek Trucks extended family post, all featuring laid back blues rock. Not only does Trucks release his own music, but…

SciBarCamp Toronto recap

After last year’s success, the organizers put on a another great SciBarCamp show! It was this past May 8th and 9th at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. What is SciBarCamp, you ask? SciBarCamp is a gathering of scientists, artists, and technologists for a day of talks and discussions. The second SciBarCamp event will take…

As you may have noticed, ScienceBlogs is making a concerted effort to engage a broad range of the Information Science community. That community includes librarians, publishing people and scholars who are interested in issues around libraries, information management, scholarly publishing, Open Access, research metrics, human-computer interaction, privacy, intellectual property and a whole host of other…

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