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Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures -
Everything we have gained by opening content and data will be under threat if we allow the enclosure of scholarly infrastructures. We propose a set of principles by which Open Infrastructures to support the research community could be run and sustained. - Geoffrey Bilder, Jennifer Lin, Cameron Neylon - Cameron Neylon
The problem of expertise: The Brighton/English Touring Theatre production of Stoppard’s Arcadia -
The play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard‘s links entropy and chaos theory, the history of english landscape gardens, romantic literature and idiocies of academia. I’ve always thought of it as Stoppard’s most successful “clever” play, the one that best combines the disparate material he is bringing together into a coherent whole. Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead feels more straightforward, more accessible, although I don’t doubt that many will feel that’s because I’m missing its depths. In the Theatre Royal Brighton/English Touring Theatre production that just closed at the Theatre Royal in Bath the part of Thomasina was played by ... - Cameron Neylon
This week I apparently will mostly be cranky...
...and mostly responding to queries with "FFS, just go and read this thing years ago and get back to me afterwards..." - Cameron Neylon
We had our Steacie Library Hackfest this week. Just finished and it was a huge success. I am uncrankyable this week. #yulhackfest is the hashtag. - John Dupuis from iPhone
That's a plus. I need some of that I think. Ideally energetic enthusiastic people who've actually done some homework... - Cameron Neylon
Other than being buried in gruntwork, I'm actually having a great week! Classes going well (I GOT THROUGH RDF/XML WITHOUT KILLING ANYONE including myself), met an applicant today that I really hope chooses us, got Encode Club off the ground... life's good! - RepoRat
Another tree, a different cat...
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This was actually a cub. There is a picture somewhere in here of a full grown cheetah up in the same tree which just goes to show...cats...trees....high stuff... - Cameron Neylon
Who do you get to say I am? -
There’s an argument I often hear that brings me up short. Not so much short because I don’t have an answer but because I haven’t managed to wrap my head around where it comes from. It generally comes in one of two forms, either “You can’t possibly understand our world because you’re not an X” (where X is either “humanist”, “creative” or “social scientist”) or its close variant “You can’t possibly understand…because you’re a scientist”. There are a couple of reasons why this is odd to me. The first is a ... - Cameron Neylon
I have bitten my tongue on "how is that not an ad hominem argument?" soooooooo many times... - RepoRat
Both ad hominem and usually followed up with "...and because science communication is like this and like that...which I clearly understand" which is somewhat...ironic in its symmetry. - Cameron Neylon
heh. that too. - RepoRat
Loss, time and money -
For my holiday project I’m reading through my old blog posts and trying to track the conversations that they were part of. What is shocking, but not surprising with a little thought, is how many of my current ideas seem to spring into being almost whole in single posts. And just how old some of those posts are. At the some time there is plenty of misunderstanding and rank naivety in there as well. The period from 2007-10 was clearly productive and febrile. The links out from my posts point to ... - Cameron Neylon
Nice overview of the discussions. - Joe
I guess its not surprising but the technology moves on, the problems don't. Quite interesting how many things that I thought were really important to try don't seem worth it any more because they'd be too easy - proof of principle is trivial and doing it well hard work... - Cameron Neylon
Data Capture for the Real World -
Many efforts at building data infrastructures for the “average researcher” have been funded, designed and in some cases even built. Most of them have limited success. Part of the problem has always been building systems that solve problems that the “average researcher” doesn’t know that they have. Issues of curation and metadata are so far beyond the day to day issues that an experimental researcher is focussed on as to be incomprehensible. We clearly need better tools, but they need to be built to deal with the problems that researchers face. ... - Cameron Neylon
There's one more known trick for getting people to improve metadata -- believe it or not, it's putting in *wrong* metadata. Do this right, and it itches people enough that they correct it. FWIW. ;) - RepoRat
Also, I think you and David Rosenthal share a hive mind: - RepoRat
Yep, wrong metadata is a good strategy but it needs to be in the context of "mostly right" and "wow, that just appeared of its own accord?". In this system "wrong" can also be "not quite right enough to drive functionality" which is a great place to be. - Cameron Neylon
The sense of "capture metadata at source" and then add to it as appropriate/necessary seems to be gathering some steam (per Rosenthal piece). Maybe I'll stop being heretic on this sometime ;-) - Cameron Neylon
If were fined $10 every time someone mis-used the term gold #openaccess I think we could fund all of scholarly comms..
If that included every time somebody looks at a journal's page misdefining gold OA, I think you might be right. - Walt Crawford
It's true - but I'm getting much more irritable with stuff coming out of institutions on this (or from "experts") - Cameron Neylon
welcome to my so-called (prior professional) life. I had to swallow that BS from sooooooooooooo many people... - RepoRat
And another $10 for every time someone says, "But what about the poor publishers?" - John Dupuis
and another $10 for "it's not sustaaaaaaaaaaaaaainable" - RepoRat
And $1 for every time Sandy Thatcher brings up university press monographs. So low cause otherwise it would bring down the world financial system. - John Dupuis
Ugh, we gotta stop this, because I am thinking THINGS I SHOULD NOT BE THINKING about the opportunities for mayhem in the NASIG/SSP co-day (I am going to NASIG).* - RepoRat
* disclaimer: things I would not ever actually do, but are still fun to think about, in a wistfully evil sort of way - RepoRat
Because you never know what's going to just slip out by accident ;-) - John Dupuis
Yeah, it might be a knife.* - RepoRat
* disclaimer: I never carry a knife when traveling. Like the TSA would even let me, sheesh. - RepoRat
Interesting - lags between online availability & official pub date inflate Impact Factor. cc @ctitusbrown
oh, clever (of the publishers). evil and stupid (of Thomson). - RepoRat
it's really Roach Motel writ large -- I've been known to open OA talks with the koan "how does your paper get cited twice in the same journal issue in which it appears? post a preprint!" - RepoRat
suggests that one thing the CrossMark initiative should track across versions is date of availability. - RepoRat
Crossref is looking at a duplicative works standard that might cover some of this. The same game is also being played with embargoes. It might be available online but you have to wait a year for it to be "officially published" - Cameron Neylon
yeah, what BS -- I mean, ADDED VALUE. - RepoRat
A corollary is that encouraging preprint deposit should also inflate IF as long as cites to preprints are captured (as they are in ArXiv)
RT @OKFN: #France Prefers to Pay (twice) for Papers by Its Researchers – by @okfnFr's @MaliciaRogue @Pclanglais #openacess
I love it when a plan comes together. Article info aggregation from APC returns by @cottagelabs for #JiscMonitor
RT @andypowe11: why education is, and isn't, like baseball - by @mweller -
RT @Klangable: The comicbook artist who drew the strip that Lichtenstein’s ‘Whaam!’ was based upon has made a comic about it
RT @SpotOnLondon: New tools for Science - Find out more at @SpotOnLondon Workshop "Measuring social impact" #solo14alt
.@hamslaai TBH publishers not helping but they're adding to existing murk. Seen it more misused by university types and "experts"
If were fined $10 every time someone mis-used the term gold #openaccess they we could fund all of scholarly comms..
Wow - increase in info on jrnl pricing just keeps on coming. Elsevier deal with Fr via @MaliciaRogue & @Dorialexander
The @SpotOnLondon conference this Fri/Sat now free! If you care about research communication you should be there!
Great to see @CrossRefNews and @datacite working together to improve data citation to and from the wider literature -
Does anyone have an up to date figure for subscription market share (by $) of the big trad publishers?
no, sorry. it's a very interesting question. - RepoRat
Generally available in those reports people pay thousands of dollars for...I'm looking at a back of the envelope calculation that gives a jaw dropping result, but I need those figures to confirm... - Cameron Neylon
Ok, not quite so jaw dropping...or maybe...arrgggh...can't get quite the numbers I need to pin this down... - Cameron Neylon
Besides "by $" it would also be interesting to have "by number of pubs" or "by number of journals", because the first I biased towards expensive journals... - Egon Willighagen
Yes, that's kind of my point in this case. Basically I'm trying to calculate how much orgs or countries could do with money saved by subscription cancellations. Often I've got total subscriptions but not by publisher, or by publisher but not the total so I can't calculate proportions... - Cameron Neylon
Yeah, trade secrets... - Egon Willighagen
RT @SpotOnLondon: Keep an eye on @SpotOnLondon updates and book your it's FREE!!! #solo14
Anyone out there in Cambridge (UK) interested in meeting up for a drink this evening? Unexpectedly free...
RT @rmounce: @CameronNeylon here's a link to the German github APC data btw: Good to see you again :)
RT @SpotOnLondon: Drum roll please!!! The programme for SpotOn London 2014 has reached it's final form! Check it out here: #solo14
Closer integration for @PLOS submissions with Dryad for more effective #datasharing
Policy, practice and problems: UK university cultures and responses to open access | Ngoding -
Policy, practice and problems: UK university cultures and responses to open access | Ngoding - Cameron Neylon
High throughput sequencing for neuroscience | Cryptogenomicon -
"Scripting is a fundamental lab skill, like pipetting" via @marc_rr - Cameron Neylon
To some a citation is worth $3 per year | Bits of DNA -
Those US News and World Report rankings are terrible and you should never give them any credence: via @lpachter - Cameron Neylon
New CSIRO software opens Windows to science | CSIRO -
Workspace workflow platform. See #eRes2014 Tags: eRes2014 - Cameron Neylon
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