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November 26, 2014

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10:14 PM | Best Science Books 2014: Amazon.com Top 100 Editors Picks
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…
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8:15 PM | Is this peer reviewed? Predatory journals and the transparency of peer review.
A few days ago, we learned that another spoof paper (PDF) had been accepted to an ostensibly peer reviewed journal. The paper was a simple repetition of the words “Get me off your f***ing mailing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:37 PM | Continuing value and viability of specialized research databases
There was an interesting thread yesterday on the PAMnet listserv regarding "core" databases in Mathematics and which could be cut to save money. One response was that it's better to search full text anyway (I couldn't disagree more). Ben Wagner expressed concern that Google Scholar was going to drive all of the databases out of […]
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1:01 AM | Best Science Books 2014: Globe and Mail 100
As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…

November 23, 2014

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11:22 PM | The invisible web is still there, and it is probably larger than ever
Book review: Devine, J., & Egger-Sider, F. (2014). Going beyond Google again : strategies for using and teaching the Invisible Web. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association. ISBN 9781555708986, 180p. The invisible web, as we know it, dates back to at least 2001. In that year both Sherman & Price (2001) as […] The post The invisible web is still there, and it is probably larger than ever appeared first on WoW! Wouter on the Web.

November 21, 2014

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3:52 PM | Why Not Us?
A couple of weeks ago, Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, issued a gracious and thoughtful statement on the announcement of Donald Lindberg’s retirement as Director of the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Lindberg has held this post for more than 30 years and as any and everyone knows, the past 30 […]

November 20, 2014

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2:13 PM | New England Science Boot Camp is heading Downeast!
The upcoming 2015 New England Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19 on the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Plans for session topics and activities are currently underway and will be announced in the next few …read more
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1:09 PM | Around the ScholComm Web: Science Journals Have Passed Their Expiration Date, A Decade of Google Scholar and more
Science Journals Have Passed Their Expiration Date — It’s Time for the Publishing Platform An interview with Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar lead engineer (2006) Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future Google Scholar Is Doing Just Fine, Says Google What if Google killed Scholar? Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient: Ten years after…

November 18, 2014

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6:07 PM | Transparenz bei Open-Access-Publikationsgebühren
... deutsche Einrichtungen stellen Informationen zu Gebühren offen bereit

November 17, 2014

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9:15 PM | Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2014: tra i premiati anche un italiano (video sponsorizzato)
Dal 1976 il programma Rolex Awards for Enterprise ha sostenuto 130 progetti che, grazie all’intraprendenza dei propri ideatori, hanno migliorato la vita nelle comunità di appartenenza e del mondo intero. I premi sono assegnati in cinque aree: scienza e salute, tecnologia applicata,…Read more →

November 14, 2014

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1:00 PM | Around the Apocalyptic Web: Against productivity, How to escape the age of mediocrity and more
Against Productivity How to Escape The Age of Mediocrity Re-imagining the McGill University Library and Archives – Feasibility Study (scope report here, planning page here) Surprising Gadgets, Not Just Books, Are Ready for Checkout at College Libraries Commodification of the information profession: A critique of Higher Education under neoliberalism Understanding Facebook’s lost generation of teens…

November 13, 2014

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6:47 PM | Preserving scholarly information: LOCKSS, CLOCKKS, and portico
While the switch from print to digital publishing has been embraced by younger researchers and students, older faculty are a little more nervous about the impact of this (nearly complete) transition.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:57 PM | Broader Impacts and Data Management Plans
By Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist, Brown University The National Science Foundation (NSF) explains that Data Management Plans are to be “reviewed as an integral part of the proposal, coming under Intellectual Merit or Broader Impacts or both, as …read more

November 12, 2014

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4:39 PM | November 2014: recent job postings
From around the web (mostly from the ALA job list): here’s a list of recent job openings that may be of interest to the e-Science Community: California State University, East Bay Library:  Health Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian California State …read more

November 11, 2014

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3:28 PM | How to Share Your Research Data
With so many new policies from funding agencies and journals requiring data sharing, it’s growing more likely that you will encounter a data sharing mandate at some point in time. However, it can be difficult to know how to comply … Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

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11:21 PM | Music Mondays: Gaga, Bennett, Bowie & Blue: The jazz conversation continues
The fallout of the Great Sonny Rollins Jazz Satire Blowup of 2014 is still reverberating through the jazz community, prompting new uproars and bouncing off a surprising number of new jazz eruptions in the wider culture. Definitely interesting times to be a jazz fan, if not always for the right reasons. Some cool stuff going…
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4:33 PM | Librarians: Perfectly Aligned to be Opportunity Makers
I subscribe to a couple of TED Talks feeds and thanks to that, I found a link in my email this morning to a talk by Kare Anderson, a columnist for Forbes who writes about how and why people make connections with one another. I took the 10 minutes required to watch the talk and […]

November 07, 2014

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9:45 PM | Upcoming workshops: Addressing the Emerging Needs of the Research Ecosystem: Tufts University
The following announcement has been posted on behalf of the Boston Library Consortium and Digital Science. For information about the workshop or to register, please contact Susan Stearns at sstearns@blc.org Addressing the Emerging Needs of the Research Ecosystem: An Invitation …read more
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9:45 PM | Upcoming Digital Science workshops at Tufts and UMass Medical School
The following announcement has been posted on behalf of the Boston Library Consortium and Digital Science. For information about the workshop or to register, please contact Susan Stearns at sstearns@blc.org Addressing the Emerging Needs of the Research Ecosystem: An Invitation …read more
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5:37 PM | Learning About Git
Submitted by guest contributor Daina Bouquin, Data & Metadata Services Librarian, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, dab2058@med.cornell.edu The role of the data librarian extends far beyond helping researchers write data management plans. Rather, librarians working where data-intensive science …read more

November 05, 2014

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1:18 PM | Cool linky stuff for science undergrads (13): The rise of astrostatistics
I have a son who’s currently a third year physics undergrad and another son who’s in first year philosophy. As you can imagine, I may occasionally pass along a link or two to them pointing to stuff on the web I think they might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised…

November 03, 2014

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3:58 PM | Announcing The Dash Tool: Data Sharing Made Easy
We are pleased to announce the launch of Dash – a new self-service tool from the UC Curation Center (UC3) and partners that allows researchers to describe, upload, and share their research data. Dash helps researchers perform the following tasks: Prepare data for curation by reviewing best practice guidance for the creation or acquisition of […]

October 31, 2014

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5:52 PM | My talk: Evidence vs. Ideology: The Canadian Conservative Government’s War on Science
This past Tuesday I gave a talk as part of the York University Department of Science & Technology Studies‘ STS Seminar Series. Not surprisingly, my talk was centred on the work I’ve done as a chronicler of Canadian science policy issues. The title and abstract of my talk are: Evidence vs. Ideology: The Canadian Conservative…
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5:50 PM | My personal information management strategies
I have systems set up to help me keep track of most of my personal information (files, images, etc.). Sometimes, these systems break down, especially when I get busy or overwhelmed. I spent 30... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:50 PM | Data: Do You Care? The DLM Survey
We all know that data is important for research. So how can we quantify that? How can you get credit for the data you produce? What do you want to know about how your data is used? If you are a researcher or data manager, we want to hear from you. Take this 5-10 minute […]

October 28, 2014

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2:48 PM | GSE: ecco le tabelle per il calcolo dei nuovi incentivi rimodulati dal 2015
Il GSE, ente erogatore degli incentivi per il fotovoltaico, ha pubblicato le tabelle per il calcolo della rimodulazione dei contributi per i grandi impianti fotovoltaici esistenti, ai sensi del Decreto del Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico del 17 ottobre 2014, in…Read more →
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2:25 PM | Where to Start with Data Management
Managing your research data well feels like a big task. There are so many practices that make up good data management that there are whole classes (Oregon State, University of Minnesota) and curricula (NECDMC, MANTRA) on the topic. There’s even … Continue reading →

October 27, 2014

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9:12 PM | Where the Buffalo Roam: Adventures in Health Sciences Librarianship in North Dakota
I’ve been on the road a LOT this month, traveling to North Dakota and Maine and, later this week, Virginia. It’s been a full schedule and I’ve missed catching up with my blog post each week. Here’s an attempt to begin filling in the holes. Last year, I was invited by members of the Program […]
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