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This one is from the “kids today” file: Dubstep is “extra-terrestrial communication” NASA scientists reveal My musical tastes are pretty catholic, but I gotta admit i don’t get electronic music. NASA today revealed that interstellar communications from an alien lifeform have been mistakenly interpreted as music, spawning a new sub-genre known as ‘Dubstep’. *snip* But…

I’m on my annual summer hiatus for the month of July so I’ll be only publishing my weekly Friday Fun posts as well as re-posting some of the interviews I did a few years ago on the old blog with people from the publishing, library and science worlds. Not that my posting of late has…

A follow up to my post from a couple of days ago. It’s nice to know that sometimes these stories have the potential for happy endings. UVa Digital Archive of Materials Relating to the Resignation of Theresa Sullivan University of Virginia Board Reinstates President University of Virginia Reinstates President After Outcry The Right Way to…

This collection of posts is only the tip of the iceberg of reaction to the ongoing controversy at the University of Virginia. For more, see the first item in the list for a digital archive. I consider this particular crisis a very interesting one to follow, one with implications for all universities and similar in…

WSJ explains the economics behind lending Harry Potter ebooks by Amazon Money Talks — How Audience Priorities and Publishing Incentives Can Lead to Unusual OA Behaviors #scholpub, PeerJ and Tim O’Reilly The coming revolution in STM #scholpub Why doesn’t Moore’s law apply to #scholpub? Who is the Steve Jobs of #scholarlypub? Whence comes the needed…

Why Twitter Matters: Tomorrow’s Knowledge Network Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities If you don’t have social media, you are no one: How social media enriches conferences for some but risks isolating others Twitter: My go-to learning network How Will MOOCs Make Money? Not Free, Not Easy,…

Loud Debate Rages Over N.Y. Library’s Quiet Stacks Shh! Scholars Fight Over Library Plan (more on NYPL renovation plans) Editors With Ethics One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge Disintermediating preservation Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to…

Around the Web: PeerJ-orama

PeerJ Press Release Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ New Publishing Venture Gives Researchers Control Over Access PeerJ launches open access into a new realm An interview with the founders of PeerJ, an innovative new academic publishing startup. PeerJ launches & More PeerJ musings New OA Journal, Backed by O’Reilly, May Disrupt Academic Publishing Pay (less)…

Real cost of the smartphone revolution The rise of libre open access 25,000 signatures and still rolling: Implications of the White House petition Technology Review Goes Digital First Journalism: The best of times, and the worst of times Publishers’ Fallback Position (GSU decision) What Does It Take to Evaluate Teaching? 2012 top ten trends in…

I’ve been posting quite a bit recently on the disastrous record of the current Conservative government here in Canada, especially in regards to how they treat information, science and the environment. Sadly, I have way too many posts in the works along these lines. The other day a post I saw on the Deciphering Science…

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