John Dupuis

One of the key faults of the Harper Conservatives’ science policy was their emphasis on applied research to the detriment of basic, curiosity driven research. Obviously there needs to be a balance between any government’s approach to those two kinds of research, neither polar opposite is appropriate. But the Conservatives were way out of wack…

The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review Scholarly Communications: Less of a market, more like general taxation? “We don’t need OA in our field, everything is on arXiv”. Nope. When is the Library Open? and the PS Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too…

I’ll be attending upcoming Canadian Library Association National Forum, a kind of sunset conference as CLA reimagines and recreates itself. The idea is to take the pulse of Canadian librarians on the important issues in the library-related landscape. I’ll be curating the session on Canada’s National Digital Strategy, including presentations by me and two others,…

The record exec, his massive record collection and a future where records won’t matter What an opera review spiked by the National Post really tells us Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy I’ve sold all my CDs. Can I live without those cracked plastic cases of magic and memories? Apple Terminating Music Downloads ‘Within…

Main event. Definitely. Elsevier’s acquisition of the open access journal article and working papers repository and online community Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is definitely a case of Elsevier tipping their hand and giving us all a peek at their real long term strategy. Much more so than their whack-a-mole antics with Sci-Hub and other…

The town of Fort McMurray, Alberta and it’s surrounding region are experiencing a horrific wildfire. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. The absolute most important thing in the short and medium term is to take care of the people of Fort McMurray. Yes, Fort McMurray is the hub of tar sands…

I have a son who’s currently a fourth year physics undergrad who is headed more the direction of math rather than physics for the possibility of grad school. As you can imagine, I may occasionally pass along a link or two to him pointing to stuff on the web I think they might find particularly…

And by blame, I mean “blame.” Yesterday the flagship journal of the AAAS, Science, published a series of feature and editorial articles on Sci-Hub, the unauthorized article sharing site. Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone The frustrated science student behind Sci-Hub My love-hate of Sci-Hub It’s a Sci-Hub world data set Overall, the articles are pretty…

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now Reframing The Economics Debate Could Lead To More Action To Fight Climate Change Abandon hype in climate models The Future Role of Economics in the IPCC Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets: study The Unsexy Climate Solution That’s a Total No-Brainer…

Or at least a certain corner of Canadian politics. For some definitions of “blow up.” For those not followong Canadian politics, our more-or-less socialist party, The New Democratic Party, recently held a policy convention where they also held a leadership review vote. The current leader, Tom Mulcair, lost the vote and as a result the…

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