Archives for October, 2012

The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment Would you include your blog in your T&P file? The Benefits of Open Data – Evidence from Economic Research and Part II Google Books Litigation Family Tree Anatomy of open access publishing: a study of longitudinal development and internal structure Can…

This is a classic case of “so funny because it’s so almost true that if you didn’t laugh you would stab yourself in the eye but that’s a bad idea because all the hospitals are placebo hospitals and placebos don’t work so well on stab wounds.” From my new best friend, Newsbiscuit: Jeremy Hunt to…

On Naming Names and Calling Out Trolls Gawker, Reddit, Free Speech and Such Millennials: They Aren’t So Tech Savvy After All Project Information Literacy: Inventing the Workplace and How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace The Philosophy of Open Access Impostors, Performers, Professionals – I and II (feeling like an academic…

It seems that Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario really likes me. Two years ago, the Library kindly invited me to speak during their Open Access Week festivities. And this year the Physics Department has also very kindly invited me to be part of their Seminar Series, also to talk about Getting Your Science Online,…

I’m at the Access Conference in Montreal this week starting today, so I’m a bit behind on the readings for the Current/Future State of Higher Education MOOC I’m participating in. I’m hoping a nice long relaxing train ride will give me the opportunity to catch up. Anyways, Week 1 was a great introduction to the…

Fair use: a pseudo-post What Exactly Is Critical Thinking? The NPR Model for Higher Ed Why It’s Time for a Canadian Digitization Strategy Based on Fair Dealing Is Open Access Destroying Academic Publishers? Survey reveals hidden high stress levels and long-hours culture at universities The Time Has Come to Expand the Scope of Conflict for…

C. Scott Findlay, associate professor of biology at the University of Ottawa and a visiting research scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, had a sobering article in the Toronto Star a few days ago. It’s titled Governing in the dark: Ottawa’s dangerous unscientific revolution and it fits right in with my recent seemingly endless…

Everyone should program, or Programming is Hard? Both! Oh No: LinkedIn Just Went Klout On Us Can eTextbooks help save the planet? Preventing the Second Big Deal (not getting locked into big etextbook deals) Generation Y Leads in Book Buying, Says Industry’s Most Comprehensive Report Apress unveils open access book publishing program for the tech…

Longtime readers will know that I’m a big fan of the works of HP Lovecraft. And every once in a while it’s nice to do an eldritch, namelessly horrific take on your typical Friday Fun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve read all of Lovecraft’s original fiction (though not all the collaboration and ghost-written…

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve signed up for a MOOC. MOOC, of course, being Massively Open Online Courses, are all the rage in higher-ed-more-disruptingly-than-thou circles, what with their potential is greatly expand the reach of higher education beyond a campus-bound constituency. But not without criticism, of course. Coursera is a popular example of a company…

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