Archives for October, 2009

Twitter & blogs as ways of knowing

A silly title to reflect some overhyped posturing found, guess where, on the Internet. First up, Joe Murphy on librarians and their proper relationship to Twitter: “it’s reprehensible for information professionals not to be on Twitter.” A loaded and diva-dramatic statement like that is a sure sign that Twitter has jumped the shark. Time to…

Library Access to Scholarship

I rarely mention here when Walt Crawford publishes a new issue of his very fine ejournal Cites & Insights, mostly because I sort of assume you all read it already. Of course, that’s probably not true so I’ll remedy the situation partially with this post. The most recent issue is completely (html) devoted to giving…

Yes, The Onion again. It’s only been two weeks since the last one. I just couldn’t help myself. There’s just something about global warming humour that appeals to my sense of the absurd. ZACKENBERG RESEARCH STATION, GREENLAND–Claiming it to be one of the most dramatic and visible signs of climate change to date, researchers said…

On October 1, 2009 librarians and archivists at York University Libraries voted unanimously to adopt the following policy: York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists Librarians and archivists at York University recognize the importance of open access to content creators and researchers in fostering new ideas, creating knowledge and ensuring that it is…

The IEEE Computer Society’s magazine IT Professional has a special issue on Ontologies, OWL, and the Semantic Web (v11i5). There’s lots of very cool-looking stuff, mostly pretty basic. Guest Editor’s Introduction: Ontologies, OWL, and the Semantic Web by Jepsen, Thomas C. Semantic Web Technologies: Ready for Adoption? by Janev, Valentina; Vranes, Sanja Equal Format Databases…

Here Comes Science by the alt-rock band The Might be Giants is a delightful CD/DVD set of kids music and video about…Science! The set comes with both a CD with all the music and a DVD with all the videos wrapped into a show with animated, light-hearted commentary and introduction by the two Giants, John…

Yes, it’s the IgNobel Awards for 2009! Let’s take a look at a couple of the more amusing ones: PEACE PRIZE: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining — by experiment — whether it is better to be smashed over the head with…

In a reputation economy, social media can provide a powerful set of tools for establishing and enhancing your reputation. An enhanced reputation can lead to enhanced opportunities, in the form of job offers or other professional opportunity. Academia is a reputation economy, of course, but really any knowledge economy/creative class job is going to be…

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