Archives for April, 2012

Why DRM is a Toothless Boogeyman, Ebooks are like Video Games, and Amazon is the Winner Shaking Up the Lecture Geist: The most expensive copyright insurance policy in Canadian history Open Letter Regarding the Agreement Reached Between Access Copyright and the AUCC The Library of Utopia (Google Book Search is floundering) Stop Telling Students to…

David Suzuki is a icon for the Canadian environmental movement. He’s like our Al Gore and Rachel Carson all rolled up into one. I read and reviewed his memoirs a while back and they are terrific. When he talks, sensible people listen. This blog post by Suzuki and Ian Hanington hit my in box this…

Klout is kind of evil. Basically, it’s the impact factor for the Web, where this random company uses a mysterious algorithm to quantify and rank people’s standing on social media — Twitter, Facebook, etc. There’s been some interesting commentary about it on teh interwebs these lasts few days, such as It’s terrifying how important your…

Harvard Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing: Major Periodical Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained “No, we can’t” A proposal for the library of the future Harvard: we have a problem Harvard Library: subscriptions too costly, faculty should go open access Could Harvard Library’s “untenable situation” regarding journal costs help move scholars toward open access? Saying…

As I mentioned last week, on Tuesday, April 17 I was part of a workshop on Creative Commons our Scholarly Communications Committee put on for York library staff. My section was on open data and the Panton Principles. While not directly related to Creative Commons, we thought talking a bit about an application area for…

Persistent myths about open access scientific publishing Prepping Grad Students for Jobs Rewarding Teaching Innovation Ask a Stupid Question: Why is there so much anonymity when it comes to the practices of academic discourse? Elite Universities’ Online Play Electronic Textbooks: Why the Rush? Peer review and plagiarism Redesigning the Reference course and Crowdsourcing a library-school…

I am somehow attracted to stories that are both incredibly sad and at the same time incredibly hilarious. A character defect, I know. There must even be some sort of name for the condition, like ludustristophilia. Or something. Anyways, this one really qualifies: 7 inventors killed by their inventions. It’s kind of like the Darwin…

As part of a workshop on Creative Commons, I’m doing a short presentation on Open Data and The Panton Principles this week to various members of our staff. I thought I’d share some of the resources I’ve consulted during my preparations. I’m using textmining of journal articles as a example so I’m including a few…

The Emergence of a Citation Cartel Ask the Chefs: “What’s the Biggest Elephant in the Room?” Review: “How Economics Shapes Science,” by Paula Stephan Interview with Paula Stephan — Economics, Science, and Doing Better Maxing out the curve on ebook adoption Everything you need to know about today’s e-book lawsuit in one post Are Apps…

Yes, well, we’ve all had days like that, where we’ve admired our furry friends’ abilities to wonder through life, tail-wagging, mouth-drooling, yip-yapping. Fortunately, today is not one of those for me as I’m quietly at home preparing for a presentation next week and working on an ebooks post which will hopefully see the light of…

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