I'm in Urbana-Champaign this weekend to teach an in-person day for my online collection-development class. I'm looking forward to it; every time I teach I am reminded that students are smarter than I am.
For now, tidbits!
- As world plus dog probably knows already, The Economist tackled the data deluge.
- Adam Christensen gives us the modest, unassuming Data. The foundation for everything on an intelligent, interconnected, instrumented planet.
- Rethinking scholarly communication from the ground up: SciBling John Dupuis asks Are computing journals too slow? and Dan Cohen muses about how best to deconstruct the humanities' reverence for the print codex, while Craig Mod brilliantly deconstructs book design in an iPad world.
- So-called "digital natives" have digital histories; the Library of Congress asks whether and what they think about preserving them. (For more on personal digital preservation, I strongly recommend Microsoft Research's Cathy Marshall. Her two D-Lib articles are wonderful; also keep an eye on her recent presentation at the code4lib conference, which there should shortly be video of.)
- The city of Vancouver is taking digital archiving seriously. No "put floppy disks in the fridge" here (no, seriously, I've seen that hailed as innovative archival practice!). I like what I see of Archivematica.
- Stefano Costa hopes to make data in archaeology open. While there are serious and legitimate concerns about making location data on some finds and digs public—my father the anthropologist used to call himself a "grave-robber and junk-picker" in jest, but there are real robbers out there—in the main, archaeology data is a great target for open.
- Sarah Askew once again explains why the software turned loose on data should be kept and scrutinized, with astronomy as her case study. Good insight into why "one software suite fits all" doesn't work, which should give some web4science developers pause.
- Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Science interviews Stuart Shieber, in a treatment of open access refreshingly free of hyperbole on one side and panic on the other.
As always, if there's a link I should see, comment here or tag it "trogool" on del.icio.us. Thanks!