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In a recent post on his Whatever blog, science fiction writer John Scalzi makes some very fine points related to the ongoing controversy surrounding the way Amazon treats various publishers and how this affects authors. He makes great points throughout the post and with a little tweaking we can very easily apply his remarks to…

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats Facebook’s massive psychology experiment likely illegal Facebook and Engineering the Public College graduates earn more, but that doesn’t prove college is worth it Mirrortocracy: The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture Google’s latest empire-building tactic: cheap phones How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts…

I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries. There’s a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I’d aggregate some of those here. Of course I’ve very likely missed a few, so…

There’s been a lot around the intertubes the last few months about journal pricing and who pays what and why and reactions all around. I thought I’d gather a bit of that here for posterity, starting with the Timothy Gowers post on the UK Elsevier Big Deal numbers up to the most recent item in…

Faithful readers of this blog may recall that back in March I posted a set of slides I had prepared for a presentation to a class of undergraduate computer science majors, basically outlining what open science is and challenging them to use their talents to make science work better. Usually I don’t post the presentation…

Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? In One Stunning Graphic, NASA Shows Us What Climate Change Will Do to Earth by 2099 Exxon Mobil’s response to climate change is consummate arrogance We Should Be in a Rage Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the…

I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries. There’s a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I’d aggregate some of those here. Of course I’ve very likely missed a few, so…

Publishing may be a button, but publishing isn’t all we need The Vacuum Shouts Back: Postpublication Peer Review on Social Media bioRxiv: The preprint server for biology Debt, Pensions and Capitalisation: Funding schol comms innovation How to maximise usage of digital collections Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals How to energize…

Up to Here With Trolls? This Is What It’s Like To Be a Woman at a Bitcoin Meet-up An Open Letter to Brogrammers So You’ve Got Yourself a Policy. Now What? Technology’s Man Problem Why the ‘Open’ Internet Is So Closed to Women The Brutal Ageism of Tech Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely…

As part of the celebrations for Canada’s upcomming 150th birthday, the Canadian federal government has released its Digital Canada 150 strategy paper, and while it`s not all bad, at the same time there is not an awful lot to recommend it. Especially considering it was four years in the making. My sense is that its…

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