Archives for November, 2010

A portentous-sounding title for a not-so-portentous post, full of half-baked thoughts and idle musings. I was just thinking about the recent Jounal of Electronic Publishing issue on Reimagining the University Press and without actually reading very much of the issue in question (ignorance is so liberating sometimes…) the most pressing question in my mind was:…

A terrific new edition of The Journal of Electronic Publishing (v13i2), focusing on the future of university presses and, by extension, of scholarly publishing as a whole. A lot of terrific-looking articles: Editor’s Note for Reimagining the University Press by Phil Pochoda Reimagining the University Press: A Checklist for Scholarly Publishers by Peter J. Doughtery…

A few lists with only a few relevant items each. Cleveland Plain Dealer The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant The Telegraph (History) Engines of War: How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways by Christian Wolmar Chasing…

The Story of Electronics: Food for Thought for Gadget Geeks (Story of Electronics video here) Reclaim our Scientific Scholarship (Beyond the PDF) The future of libraries is what we create in the present In praise of scholarships for foreign students Science communication: Scientist as star Cheating and the Generational Divide Is Higher Ed Ready to…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

Yeah, this one’s true. *shudder* From the science fiction news site blastr, Scientists discover unknown lizard species … at lunch buffet. We can only imagine how thrilling it must be for a scientist to discover a previously unknown species. But for a scientist to discover a previously unknown species being served at lunch buffet ……

Best Science Books 2010: Cloud Computing

Another list for your reading and collection development pleasure. This one concentrates on more business-y books so I’ve only chosen the ones that relate more to social media/technology. It’s 10 Business Books In 2010 from Cloud Computing. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can…

Best Science Books 2010: Amazon UK

Another list for your reading and collection development pleasure, drawn from Amazon UK Business, Amazon UK History and Amazon UK Science & Nature. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the…

Via my York University Computer Science & Engineering colleague Andrew Eckford, two contrasting blog posts by two different Harvard computer science profs. One has decided to leave academia for greener pastures at Google and the other has decided to stay. First, Matt Welsh on leaving. There is one simple reason that I’m leaving academia: I…

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