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July 22, 2014

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2:12 PM | Dating Your Data (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Standard)
I’m going to come right out an admit something terribly nerdy: I have a favorite standard. It’s ISO 8601. My having a favorite standard probably doesn’t surprise you, as I am a person who writes a blog on data management … Continue reading →
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12:39 PM | When was the last time you used a print dictionary?
I used to keep a small dictionary in my bedside table, another in the end table near the couch, one on my home office desk and another on my desk at work. I’m rather particular about looking up... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

July 21, 2014

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3:00 PM | Job Opportunities
Below are some recent job opportunities for data librarians.  If you would like to disseminate news about job opportunities at your institution on e-Science Community,  please contact me at donna.kafel@umassmed.edu.  George Washington University:  Data Services Librarian Indiana State University:  Data …read more
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1:36 PM | Spreadsheets Vs. Databases
Submitted by guest contributor Daina Bouquin, Data & Metadata Services Librarian, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, dab2058@med.cornell.edu When do you use a database, and when do you use a spreadsheet? This simple question is key when designing a …read more

July 20, 2014

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9:03 PM | Kindle Unlimited. Distruction? No.
Amazon announced a service where for a monthly fee (currently $9.99) you can read unlimited ebooks a month (from a stock of 600k). John Dupuis has been linking to various stories about it on Twitter. One from Vox suggests the new service might lead to library's destruction what with funding issues what they were a […]

July 18, 2014

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3:37 PM | I'm a coding fool... use of the nuggets mentioned last post
Self-efficacy FTW... may I never crash! Last post I mentioned determining if a string is an element of a character vector and opening Excel files in R. Here's what I was doing and how it worked. I had a directory of xls files downloaded from a research database, one per organization, showing the high level […]
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3:11 PM | Come Together
What an exciting week it’s been! You know those days or moments when you see a lot of groundwork (hard work) start to pay off; like when you see the first tomato appear on the vine or the first sprig of a pepper plant pop up through the dirt? Well, we had one of those […]

July 17, 2014

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2:10 AM | Another little R nugget
Actually 2 - I'm on a tear. Using what I've learned for work! First: is.element(thing,vector) pretty cool, huh? and useful. Found on StackOverflow. Other ideas there, too. Second: Opening an Excel file. Now what you're probably thinking is: "just save as csv or tab delimited and open that the normal way"... well yes, but I've […]

July 16, 2014

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3:20 PM | Lucca: venerdì 18 luglio presentazione della sezione rinnovata “La committenza borghese tra Ottocento e Novecento” al Museo nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
Recenti donazioni ai Musei nazionali di opere della seconda metà del Novecento hanno reso indispensabile un nuovo ordinamento della sezione dedicata al XX secolo. Venerdì 18 luglio alle ore 11 le sale rinnovate al secondo piano del Museo nazionale di…Read more →
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3:16 PM | Ecolight presenta la “Guida rifiuti”: una bussola per le aziende nella gestione dei rifiuti professionali
Dal consorzio una pubblicazione dedicata ad imprese e professionisti per non naufragare in mezzo ad obblighi e prescrizioni. Disponibile online gratuitamenteRead more →
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3:11 PM | Ricercatore italiano negli USA autore di una importante scoperta sui tumori epiteliali del timo
Durante il dottorato si è trasferito negli USA a lavorare presso l’Oncologia Medica dei National Institutes of Health di Bethesda e da lì ha condotto una ricerca internazionale pubblicata alcuni giorni fa su Nature Genetics. Iacopo Petrini, 34 anni, laureato in Medicina e…Read more →

July 15, 2014

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6:47 PM | Unicorn Data Sharing
A few years ago I created a little video about data sharing using an online application called Xtranormal. Alas, the application has gone bust and and it’s hard to access the videos created on that site. As a result I’m adding my video here so you can still enjoy it.

July 14, 2014

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2:00 PM | A crisis of confidence?
A friend recently shared this article. It’s an interesting read that suggests that – education and experience being equal – women are less confident than their male peers, and that this lack of confidence in women negatively impacts their careers. …read more

July 12, 2014

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6:39 PM | Trying another CAQDAS, MaxQDA
CAQDAS: Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (more). Previously, I'd used NVIVO and I found it to be miserable and horribly expensive (I didn't pay, but I would have to this time). I really did most of my work offline with colored pencils, note cards, etc. I am fully willing to admit that I didn't […]
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6:23 PM | Quick note: Now on GitHub
Scripts mentioned previously are now on GitHub with an MIT license which should hopefully be permissive enough. I can't say that anyone would want to use these, but this also backs up my code even better which is useful. I'm using RStudio so probably if/when I do more analysis in R, I'll just use Git […]

July 10, 2014

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8:20 PM | The Doctor is Out
Admit it. We all know a lot better, a lot of the time. People know that sitting around all day isn’t the best thing for one’s health, but here we sit. We know that the label says there are 6 servings of macaroni and cheese in the box, but it really divides better by 2 or […]

July 08, 2014

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3:25 PM | 8 Luglio 2014: Al Via La Giornata Internazionale Del Mar Mediterraneo
Domani 8 luglio 2014 sarà la prima giornata internazionale del Mar Mediterraneo, dedicata quest’anno ai caduti nel nostro Mare. La prima edizione dell’iniziativa – che nasce grazie alla collaborazione di EARTH DAY ITALIA,  ANCIS-LINK,  ASC-CONI e con l’apporto fondamentale della…Read more →
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8:30 AM | Numbers and shares of Open Access Journals in Sociology charging publication fees
 ... an analysis based on data from the Directory of Open Access Journals

July 06, 2014

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4:31 PM | Energia dal mare: Le nuove tecnologie per i mari italiani
Lo sfruttamento dell’energia dal mare rappresenta uno dei punti prioritari del piano d’azione messo a punto dalla Commissione Europea per lo sviluppo della “Blue Economy” che potrà contribuire a rilanciare in maniera sostenibile la crescita economica, favorendo la creazione di…Read more →

July 04, 2014

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3:31 PM | Cosa c’è da cercare dopo la scoperta del bosone di Higgs?
La scoperta del bosone di Higgs chiude gloriosamente mezzo secolo di fisica delle alte energie sancendo in modo inequivocabile la validità della teoria nota come Modello Standard delle interazioni fondamentali. Oggi possiamo affermare che conosciamo come le particelle elementari, i costituenti ultimi della materia,…Read more →
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5:11 AM | Getting blog post content in a usable format for content analysis
So in the past I've just gone to the blogs and saved down posts in whatever format to code (as in analyze). One participant with lots of equations asked me to use screenshots if my method didn't show them adequately. This time I have just a few blogs of interest and I want to go […]

July 03, 2014

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5:05 PM | Sharing economy: combatti la crisi grazie a internet
Possiedi qualcosa e lo metti a disposizione degli altri, chiedendo un contribuito che può variare dal semplice rimborso spese a una cifra più consistente. Con Internet è diventato un gioco da ragazzi. Un gioco divertente, utile e remunerativo. Sharing economy è il…Read more →
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10:49 AM | World Ufo Day 2014
La giornata mondiale degli Ufo (con foto e video) Ripercorriamo gli incontri ravvicinati che appassionano gli amanti di ufologia, nella giornata che celebra il più celebre caso di oggetto volante non identificato Fonte: wired  Al 25 febbraio del 1942 risale…Read more →
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10:11 AM | Caccia al meteorite in Russia
E chi chiamerai? Se siete a caccia di meteoriti non è degli acchiappafantasmi che avete bisogno. Possono però tornarvi utili i ricercatori dell’Ursa Finnish Fireball Network: non sono passati che un paio di mesi dalla notte del 19 aprile, quando un’affascinante palla…Read more →
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10:09 AM | Ricerca italiana: scoperto metodo biotecnologico per produrre energia pulita dalla CO2 e dai materiali di scarto
Il team artefice della scoperta è quello dell’Istituto di chimica biomolecolare del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Icb-Cnr) di Pozzuoli, guidato da Angelo Fontana. Il metodo super tecnologico consiste nel catturare l’anidride carbonica e, grazie alla sintesi dell’idrogeno da fermentazione di…Read more →
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9:07 AM | AssoRinnovabili contro il decreto spalma incentivi del fotovoltaico
AssoRinnovabili si muove a tutela di chi ha investito nel fotovoltaico e lo fa rivolgendosi alle istituzioni, ai comuni e anche al commissario europeo per l’energia, Oettinger, il quale si ritroverebbe perfettamente d’accordo con la posizione dell’associazione.   Nell’ultima nota…Read more →

July 02, 2014

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8:28 PM | (Video sponsorizzato) – Lg lancia Knock Code™ per uno smartphone sempre più pratico e sicuro
Con la funzione Knock On ora è possibile accendere e spegnere il display del tuo smartphone semplicemente toccando lo schermo, con una sequenza di tocchi impostata a tuo piacimento. Sarà possibile creare una combinazione touch partendo da un minimo di…Read more →

June 30, 2014

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7:33 PM | Anonymization Gone Wrong
Recently, New York City released a dataset containing information on over 170 million taxi rides in the city. While this information is a treasure-trove of information for researchers, the dataset itself is problematic due to anonymization gone wrong. This is … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | Around the Apocalyptic Web: The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats
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…
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2:57 PM | Summertime, and the Readin’ is Easy
I have a half-dozen more substantive and/or reflective, work-related blog posts partially written in my drafts box, but it’s summertime and the warm weather, the slower pace, the better parking at work… well it just seems I can’t finish any one of those. So, as I looked at the pile of books on my coffee table […]
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