September 30, 2014

4:01 PM | Premiata Una Catanese Tra Gli Ingegneri Italiani Vincitori Di Un Progetto Di Ricerca In Nord America
La neolaureata Loredana Pagano vincitrice della borsa di studio Cni-IssnafRead more →
3:56 PM | Da oggi a Roma i primi taxi d’Italia 100% elettrici, primo passo verso l’era della mobilità green
URI, 3570 e Nissan hanno presentato le prime vetture a impatto 0. Presto la sperimentazione coinvolgerà anche Firenze, Milano e altre città italiane.Read more →
3:53 PM | La statua di San Michele Arcangelo e del Drago posta in sicurezza nel Museo del Duomo di Orvieto su basi antisismiche dell’ENEA
La statua di bronzo  di San Michele Arcangelo e del Drago, originariamente collocata sulla facciata del Duomo di Orvieto *, dopo il suo recente restauro è stata posta in sicurezza all’interno del Museo dell’Opera del Duomo di Orvieto su un…Read more →
3:40 PM | Scoperta la vera età del lago più antico d’Europa
Lo studio, pubblicato sulla rivista Eos, è stata realizzato da un team internazionale con l’importante contributo dei ricercatori dell’Università di PisaRead more →
3:32 PM | “Behaviourlabs”, Tecnologia A Supporto Della Sanità – Autismo, Arrivano Da Dallas I Robot Firmati Dalla Startup Etnea
Il team siciliano si è classificato al terzo posto al concorso nazionale CNI “Scintille” Via alla commercializzazione degli androidi intelligenti Read more →
3:24 PM | Scoperta una nuova fonte di raggi gamma nell’Universo
La ricerca, a cui ha collaborato anche l’Università di Pisa, è stata pubblicata sull’ultimo numero di agosto della rivista ScienceRead more →
2:55 PM | Cloud Backup
I’m going to come right out and say that Dropbox is not a sufficient backup. If all you have are files in a Dropbox folder that are synced to the cloud, you should not consider your files to be backed … Continue reading →
12:14 PM | Reading Diary: No place to hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. surveillance state by Glenn Greenwald
This is one scary book. Never mind The Exorcist or Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy, this is the real thing. And that’s because unlike those authors’ fevered dreams of gods and devils and vampires and plagues, the nightmare that all of our governments are spying on is really real. And we…

September 29, 2014

2:00 PM | Scholarly articles and other sources about the Ebola outbreak
While there has been some high quality news reporting about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is also easy to find vague, misleading or erroneous information about the disease and the outbreak.... -- Read more on
1:27 PM | The Dash Partners Meeting
This past Thursday, 30 University of California system librarians, developers, and colleagues from nine of the ten campuses assembled at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library for a discussion of the Dash service. If you weren’t aware, Dash is a University of California project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and share […]

September 26, 2014

8:20 PM | Challenges of Self Learning
Submitted by Donna Kafel,  e-Science Coordinator,  University of Massachusetts Medical School Data Visualization, Research Methods in Information, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, Interactive Web Design, Blindspot, the Harvard Edx course “Introduction to Computer Science.” These are just a …read more
4:45 PM | Friday Fun: Night owls are psychopaths, the perils of cat ownership and more: The Ig Nobel Prizes 2014!
The Ig Nobel prizes were awarded last week and as usual they are hilarious. And this time around a Canadian was included! Yay Canada! What are the Ig Nobel prizes? For the uninitiated they are a mock set of awards given out at a lavish ceremony at Harvard every year for interesting and bizarre real…
12:17 PM | Around the Web: Science Policy!
Science Advice: Cultivating the necessary functions in Canada A rough guide to science advice Principles and politics of scientific advice What do policymakers want from academics? Tips for Academics Who Want to Engage Policymakers Top 20 things scientists need to know about policy-making Top 20 things politicians need to know about science 12 things policy-makers…
7:05 AM | Science & Open Access: Ein angespanntes Verhältnis
Ein Jahr nach Bohannons Open Access Sting steht das geplante Open-Access-Journal des Science-Verlags in der Kritk

September 25, 2014

12:06 AM | FlipQuiz: A Great New Teaching Tool
I’m teaching Health Sciences Librarianship for the University of Rhode Island’s Library and Information Studies graduate program this semester. Sometimes, I think we can learn as much being a teacher as we do being a student. In this case, I’ve been learning to use a number of new tools, new concepts, and new ways to teach […]

September 24, 2014

3:33 PM | Tools for evaluating scholarly journals
In an information-rich age, one of my main functions as a librarian isn’t helping people find material, but helping them evaluate the material they find. In the past, I’ve discussed how publishers... -- Read more on

September 23, 2014

3:37 AM | Reading Diary: The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning Allies, Combating Budget Cuts, and influencing Stakeholders edited by Melissa K. Aho and Erika Bennet
Melissa K. Aho and Erika Bennet’s anthology The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning Allies, Combating Budget Cuts, and influencing Stakeholders is pretty good for what it is, in some ways better than I expected. It’s a guide for maneuvering office politics and advancing your agenda, big and small, with the stakeholders and influencers that matters in your…

September 22, 2014

8:12 PM | Dr. Lawrence Tabak: Enhancing Reproducibility and Transparency of Research Findings
Enhancing Reproducibility and Transparency of Research Findings. Lecture given by Lawrence Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of the NIH Part of the Sanger Series at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,VA  The starting point of Dr. Tabak’s lecture was the editorial he and …read more
1:44 PM | Two job opportunities at Brown University Library
Brown University has two new job opportunities: Physical Sciences Librarian Digital Humanities Librarian Detailed job announcements for these positions are located on the Employment Opportunities page of the Brown University Library website.
1:19 PM | Save the Date for RDAP 2015
The 2015  RDAP (Research Data Access & Preservation) Summit will be held April 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. See RDAP website for further details.

September 19, 2014

3:26 PM | Friday Fun: Comments and chronology on The Great Sonny Rollins Jazz Satire Blowup of 2014
Is jazz satire possible? Can it possibly be funny or even relevant? This question is more immediate and pressing that you would normally imagine in the wake of serial controversies in the jazz world. It all began at the end of July when The New Yorker posted a article in their humour column by Django…

September 17, 2014

5:47 PM | Ecodom, In Occasione Di “Puliamo Il Mondo 2014”, Ricorda Le 5 Regole D’oro Per Disfarsi Di Un Elettrodomestico
Anche quest’anno, Ecodom -  il Consorzio Italiano per il Recupero e Riciclaggio degli Elettrodomestici -  rinnova il proprio sostegno all’iniziativa promossa da Legambiente “Puliamo il Mondo”,  la cui XXII edizione si svolgerà dal 26 al 28 settembre 2014. Con un…Read more →
5:44 PM | App4Mi vince il “Premio dei Premi per l’Innovazione”
  Milano, 17 settembre 2014 - App4Mi, il progetto in ambito smart city del Comune di Milano e RCS MediaGroup, con il supporto dell’incubatore Digital Magics, ha ricevuto oggi il “Premio dei Premi per l’Innovazione” istituito dalla Fondazione per l’Innovazione Tecnologica Cotec, nella categoria Grandi Gruppi.   Conferito dal Presidente della Repubblica italiana…Read more →
5:42 PM | Notte Europea dei ricercatori 2014 – L’ENEA apre i Centri Ricerche di Casaccia e di Frascati
La manifestazione Notte Europea dei Ricercatori 2014,  promossa dalla Commissione Europea con l’obiettivo di avvicinare i cittadini e soprattutto i giovani al mondo della ricerca, avrà luogo venerdì 26 settembre, e quest’anno avrà come tema la sostenibilità. L’ENEA, che opera…Read more →
3:23 PM | Follow the Leader
I read a really interesting post on the Harvard Business Review’s blog yesterday titled, “Convincing Employees to Use New Technology.” Any regular reader of my blog knows that I’m fascinated with new technologies, behavior change, and the intersection of the two. I’m particularly interested in how they come into play in science and in libraries, the […]

September 16, 2014

6:53 PM | Books I’d Like to Read: Making the world a better place
It’s been quite a long while since I’ve done a “books I’d like to read” post, that’s for sure. This fall seems to be have a particularly exciting list of books so I thought I’d pull some of them together (as well as some older books) here for all our enjoyment. These are all books…
12:57 PM | WRT NCTA ads: No.
Net Neutrality FUD all over the place. NCTA has these ads in the WaPo about how 1) you can find everything on the internet and 2) you can't find any reason the internet should be regulated like a utility. No. You can, indeed find many well-reasoned essays on why the internet should be regulated like […]

September 15, 2014

6:48 PM | Teaching Research Data Management at University of Tennesee Knoxville
Check out the newly published article in the Journal of eScience Librarianship, “Planning Data Management Education Initiatives:  Process, Feedback, and Future Directions.” In the article,  Christopher Eaker, Data Curation Librarian at the University of Tennessee Libraries, discusses a one day …read more
5:11 PM | Planning underway for 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency Program
The following announcement was made by George Coulbourne, Supervisory Program Specialist, Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives: The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is planning for …read more
12:40 PM | Maker Faire Rome, attese 600 invenzioni
Gli artigiani del futuro espongono per la seconda volta nella Capitale: ambio spazio ai bambini e alla formazione di giovani talenti della tecnologiaRead more →
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