March 31, 2015

11:53 AM | Another dissertation on science blogs
Any readers interested in my work (and you'd probably have to be following me for a while to even know what that is), will probably be interested in that of Paige Brown Jarreau. She's a PhD Candidate at LSU and is defending any day now. She did a massive set of interviews and a survey […]
5:48 AM | Some perspective on “predatory” open access journals
Predatory open access journals seem to be a hot topic these days. In fact, there seems to be kind of a moral panic surrounding them. I would like to counter the admittedly shocking and scary stories around that moral panic by pointing out that perhaps we shouldn’t be worrying so much about a fairly small…

March 27, 2015

6:40 PM | Turning the Tables
Earlier today, a very nice first year medical student came by my office and apologetically asked me if I could tell her where the offices of our Institutional Review Board people are. I don’t work in the library anymore, you might recall, and now my office sits in a maze of other offices on the […]
5:40 AM | Reading Diary: Graphic novel catchup: Laika, Neurocomic, In Real Life and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change
Here’s a bunch of graphic novels I’ve read in the last while that are well worth your time reading and acquiring for your library! Abadzis, Nick. Laika. New York: First Second, 2007. 208pp. ISBN-13: 978-1596431010 Laika by Nick Abadzis in a fantastic graphic novel recounting the life of the first dog in space, the Russian…

March 19, 2015

7:04 PM | The Diversity of Data Management : Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship Webcast
The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA is hosting a viewing of the MLA webcast, The Diversity of Data Management:  Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship, on Wednesday, April 22 from 2-3:30 pm. …read more
9:17 AM | Approda a Genova il tour Fai Spazio di Ecolight per la gestione sostenibile dei rifiuti professionali
Dal 20 al 29 marzo alla fiera campionaria Primavera il pensiero va all’ambiente. Il consorzio leader nella gestione dei RAEE presenta nel capoluogo ligure il servizio dedicato ai rifiuti aziendaliRead more →
1:44 AM | OAuth in TwitteR much easier now, whew!
Not like I should be messing with this at this point, but I wanted to retrieve a tweet to provide evidence for a point. Anyway, instead of the like 50 step process in the past, you now follow the instructions in the TwitterR readme: with the exception of you now put your access token […]

March 18, 2015

1:48 PM | Eclissi di sole del 20 marzo: si rischia il blackout fotovoltaico
Arriva l’eclissi di sole e poterà con sè oltre alla solita bellezza della scienza forse anche qualche problemino di tipo elettrico. Sarà infatti a rischio l’approvvigionamento energetico dell’Europa, che ormai assorbe una considerevole parte da fonti rinnovabili fotovoltaiche. Per tale…Read more →
1:30 PM | Xylella fastidiosa e forse imbattibile
L’economia salentina rischia la paralisi, a causa del batterio invincibile che negli ultimi mesi sta facendo parlare di sè tutto il mondo dell’agricoltura. La Commissione Ue impone l’abbattimento di tutti gli olivi del Salento colpiti dal terribile batterio. Tutto il…Read more →
12:58 PM | Seconda edizione del Premio DNA 2015: l’Ordine dei Biologi premia la ricerca scientifica
I tre vincitori verranno premiati allo stand espositivo dell’ONB all’Expo di Milano l’ultimo week end di giugno 2015. Ai premiati andrà la statuetta a forma di DNA e un assegno per finanziare le ricerche scientifiche. La scadenza del bando è prevista per il primo aprileRead more →

March 17, 2015

8:47 PM | Reading Diary: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow
While I was reading Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, I was reminded of a quote of his that I blogged about a few years ago: The people in Makers experience a world in which technology giveth and taketh away. They live through the fallacy of the record…

March 16, 2015

1:17 AM | Do too - I'll show YOU!
Lookin' for some lit as one does when one is supposed to be writing instead of adding to the impossible list of things to double back to add to the lit review... Via who-cited-who and Scholar, ended up on a TandF page. Looked interesting - right click, reload through proxy for my place of work. […]

March 12, 2015

6:58 PM | Polar and Ellipsoid Graphs in iGraph in R
I'm still working to do some additional graphs for the project mentioned in this earlier post. It was too crowded with the Fruchterman Reingold layout, so my customer suggested we do a circular layout with one category in the center and the remaining on the outer ring. I said sure! But when I went to […]
5:10 AM | Around the Web: Love in the time of austerity and other stories of library apocalypse
Love in in the time of austerity: Library advocacy in tough times Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job Google’s slow fade with librarians The Library is Not for Studying Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy Check this out: Halifax councillor proposes finding a new name for libraries MLS Required…

March 11, 2015

4:25 AM | Around the Web: What is the Internet of Things and other reports relevant to libraries and librarianship
I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries and higher education. 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…

March 10, 2015

9:32 PM | HHS responds to the 2013 OSTP Memo: NIH and Data Management Plans
Submitted by guest contributor Daina Bouquin, Data & Metadata Services Librarian, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, In response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) 2013 memo regarding public access to federally funded research, five …read more
5:35 AM | Reading Diary: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein
We live in a k-cup culture. Focused on the near term but willfully blind to the longer term implications of our daily decisions. Just before the holidays I was watching the CBC TV show Power and Politics and they were discussing a bunch of “Top 5s” in an end-of year story. You know the type,…

March 09, 2015

1:20 PM | Let’s Clean Up Europe, da oggi aperte le iscrizioni!
Roma, 9 marzo 2015 – Da oggi è possibile iscrivere la propria azione per partecipare alla seconda edizione di Let’s Clean Up Europe, la campagna europea contro il littering e l’abbandono dei rifiuti (   Tutti coloro che vogliono proporre…Read more →

March 06, 2015

4:22 PM | Stay Put!
I read a couple of good blog posts this morning, over on the Medical Library Association’s blog, “Full Speed Ahead.” The first was by MLA President, Linda Walton, called, “The Time for Change is Now.” It offers a nice summary of the organization’s new strategic goals, each of which contains some level of a call […]

March 05, 2015

9:46 PM | Siemens Sirius Act – Mockumentary (video sponsorizzato)
Finalmente ci siamo. Tutti parlano di questa stella misteriosa, semplicemente bella e luminosa senza bisogno di altri effetti speciali. Scoprila anche tu. E’ la nuova tecnologia Siemens Sirius Act, efficace, moderna, facile da usare. Una sola parola per definirla: perfezione.…Read more →

March 02, 2015

7:41 PM | Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications
Finally, the Canadian government’s Tri-Agency funding councils (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) have released the consolidated final version of it’s open access policy. The draft version came out some time ago. The consultation process garnered quite a few responses, which the Tri-Agencies were kind enough to summarize for us. And finally it is here. I have to…
4:54 PM | MCE presenta una nuova iniziativa per spiegare ai cittadini le parole chiave del vivere sostenibile
Smart city, diagnosi ed efficienza energetica sono i temi raccontati in 3 videoRead more →
3:38 PM | IDCC 15 – Part 2 (It’s a big conference)
Last week in her blog post, Margaret discussed the twitter feed from the International Data Curation Conference (IDCC) that took place on Feb 9th to the 12th. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and participate this year, …read more
1:31 PM | Flagship Grafene: il trasferimento all’industria nei prossimi dieci anni
Entro 10 anni sul mercato e in 3 anni già i primi prototipi. Questi i traguardi indicati nella roadmap del progetto Flagship Grafene. Investimento europeo di 1 miliardo. L’Italia tra i primi paesi coinvolti nell’iniziativa. Focus su produzione, energia, elettronica e applicazioni biomedicali ed elettronica 'fredda'Read more →
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