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Tudor Bosman
Maryland gay marriage: Republican explains vote supporting new law - -
Maryland gay marriage: Republican explains vote supporting new law -
"A chance shake-up of Maryland House of Delegates seating assignments brought Republican Wade Kach face to face with gay couples who had come to make the case for a gay marriage law, and might have proved decisive in its final passage through the state's General Assembly on Thursday. In an effort to get the bill to the House floor, a special joint committee was formed and legislators were left scrambling for seats. Kach, who had previously backed attempts to define marriage as between one man and one woman, found a space right next to the witness table. "I [sat] with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love," he said. "When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same sex couples were looking for."" - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
Oh, you mean they're not looking to undermine the very fabric of American society? =p - rönin
Cameron Neylon
On the 10th Anniversary of the Budapest Declaration -
Ten years ago today, the Budapest Declaration was published. The declaration was the output of a meeting held some months earlier, largely through the efforts of Melissa Hagemann, that brought together key players from the, then nascent, Open Access movement. BioMedCentral had been publishing for a year or so, PLoS existed as an open ... - Cameron Neylon
Cameron Neylon
I'm sorry. What world does the publishers association actually live in? Because its not the one I inhabit.
Heather Piwowar
Thread to keep track of publicly-available responses to White House RFI for Data:
Data Policy Watch draft response: - Heather Piwowar
please add if you know of others.... - Heather Piwowar
Need to pick from those for my response. No time to come up with my own. Excellent resource! - Björn Brembs from iPhone
The John Wilbanks response is to the RFI for publications not data, I think. There are indeed lots of responses to the publications RFI available out there.... far fewer data responses. I saw an inventory of publication responses, will try to find and post for reference... - Heather Piwowar
Oops, my bad, didn't read carefully enough. - Bill Hooker
Going to have to write my data one on the train tomorrow I think. No time at the moment. - Cameron Neylon
Friendfeed thread for RFI publication (not data) responses here: - Heather Piwowar
thoughts behind Heather Piwowar's response to the data RFI. Actual response still, um, being written.... - Heather Piwowar
Here's Wilbank's response for data: - Todd Vision
Here's mine (mashed-up from Wilbanks' and Kitware's...) - Björn Brembs
From Alexandria Archive Institute: - Heather Piwowar
Vision+Piwowar response, submitted with 6 minutes to spare :) - Heather Piwowar
JHU Libraries, ARL, SPARC Response - Todd Vision
Council of University LIbrarians http://libraries.universityofc... - Todd Vision
Andrés G. Saravia
Hello, I'm starting a blog about my research as a Physics PhD student. It's brand new and lacks a lot of things but I will keep making it better in the spirit of open science.. Any comments and/or suggestions would be very appreciated.
Congratulations! And major props for you taking leap to open science, love it! - Steve Koch from Android
I added the notebook to the wikipedia article - Steve Koch
However, I note that the list is quite out of date, and it seems impossible to make / keep up to date. Wikipedia editors (e.g. Jean-Claude): what to do? - Steve Koch
If people start using J-C's ONS logos (, surely we could auto-generate a list. Initially it would be small enough that we could hand-curate (plus we'd all want to go look at every new site using the logo). - Bill Hooker
Thanks Steve I really appreciate it. And Bill I like the ONS logos and the idea behind them, I didn't know them but I have now one on my site :) - Andrés G. Saravia
I sent Andy and Anthony a note to add the in their new notebooks. Thanks for reminding us and great idea! - Steve Koch from Android
And btw Andrés, I love the set up of your notebook. The logo fits in great too - Steve Koch from Android
Congratulations, Andrés - you are certainly off for a good start. One thing I am missing in such blog-based notebooks is the version history. Anyone know of an example that actually has it public? - Daniel Mietchen
That's a really good point, Daniel. I literally forgot about that issue when Anthony switched from OWW to Wordpress. You wordpress guys know the answer? Versioning is very important for ONS! - Steve Koch
Its not straightforward in Wordpress to do versioning. I think KnowledgeBlogs achieves this by doing something complex like having a page for each version and a post for the most recent or something along those lines? there are a bunch of cludges basically but its not a native aspect of WP and that is a problem... - Cameron Neylon
Wouldn't it be possible to put the Wordpress installation into a GitHub repository and have each post, comment, edit or moderation trigger an auto-commit? - Daniel Mietchen
Sounds like a good idea to me, Daniel. But I don't have the experience to know. Anyone expert w/github to comment? - Steve Koch from Android
I guess that could work in principle but I'd have no idea about how to go about setting it up on a live server. It also doesn't really solve the central problem of how to make those versions accessible to the casual web viewer. Actually it also occurs to me that the WP content is in a database anyway so its probably not really visible to git in any useful form. - Cameron Neylon
Wordpress post-revision display is a simple solution: (OKF recommends I believe). I think Cameron is correct, you'd have to git-manage cached pages instead (or if making edits in an external editor, you could commit those to git & share them on github where a non-git user could easily review the history, but not an elegant solution). Re: ONS logos, nice discussion here: - Carl Boettiger
John Dupuis
Bobby McFerrin and YoYo Ma's version of the Ave Maria (post inspired by )
When I was young and in training I thought "Oh cool! I'll try to learn that." Heheheheheheh. - lris
A+ - Ali Oz
Jonathan Eisen
Among the strangest official email msgs I have ever received -
"Among"? What are the competitors for the title?!!! - Michael Nielsen
Meg VMeg
I'm in Hawaii.
aloha - jambina
so jealous. - holly #ravingfangirl
They still have California Pizza Kitchen here! - Meg VMeg
noooooooooooooooooooooooo - Meg VMeg
Did you fly or take a boat there? - Joe
I flew! - Meg VMeg
Andy Maloney
If you do search for deuterium-depleted water on your google, how many pages until Anthony's notebook shows up? Assuming your google is more neutral than mine... I agree misinformation is an issue, but I think ONS overall helps much more than hurts. I think it's tempting, but wrong to worry about concealing results for benefit of public. Those who would misuse will misuse and mislead regardless of whether they find good data, bad data, or no data. - Steve Koch from Android
The Royal Society, has made its historical journal permanently free to access online -
The Royal Society, has made its historical journal permanently free to access online
"The world's oldest scientific academy, the Royal Society, has made its historical journal, which includes about 60,000 scientific papers, permanently free to access online. (...) Its archives offer a fascinating window on the history of scientific progress over the last few centuries. Nestling amongst illustrious papers by Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin are some undiscovered gems from the dawn of the scientific revolution, including gruesome tales of students being struck by lightning and experimental blood transfusions." - Amira from Bookmarklet
Excellent news! :) - Jenny
Archive of All Online Issues 1665-1887 http://rstl.royalsocietypublis... January 1887 - Present http://rstb.royalsocietypublis... - Amira
Christina Pikas
OT: New project for the spring -
Woohoo! - Marie
Mega congrats - suelibrarian
Congrats!!! - Katy S
Congratulations! - Björn Brembs
thank you all! - Christina Pikas
Bill Hooker
Resharing because the end of the month is looming: There have been many conversations in this space concerning the value to Open Science of having people on the inside -- able to move up the traditional tenure foodchain and still advocate for openness. Please consider helping Steve Koch become one of those people.
You'll need to go to the linked post for full context; briefly, there's a draft letter in support of Steve's tenure case here ( that his Open Science peeps can sign. This is not a substitute for the traditional individual letters of support, but an entirely appropriate supplement to same given that Steve is making Open Science a big part of his case. - Bill Hooker
thanks for posting this, i lost track of it and i never saw the actual letter. - Christina Pikas
Made some mods and signed the letter. Not sure whether adding additional positions helps much? - Cameron Neylon
Thanks Cameron! I like the mods you made. - Bill Hooker
signed! - Björn Brembs
Added a sentence and signed. Apologies for the delay. Lending one's signature to something like this is no small thing, and I just had to find a few minutes to check the text of the letter, which I think is good. The very best of luck, Steve. - Matthew Todd
Signed. Good luck, Steve! - Michael Nielsen
Just saw this thread. Thank you everyone! - Steve Koch
Heather Piwowar
from @researchremix. Feedback wanted! Draft boilerplate text for journal policy on data citation:
Heather Piwowar
Draft boilerplate text for journal policy on data citation -
Heather Piwowar
Thoughts on simple-as-possible journal citation policy for data? Please contribute on blog or g+
Machine Learning - Stanford University -
Machine Learning - Stanford University
"A bold experiment in distributed education, "Machine Learning" will be offered free and online to students worldwide during the fall of 2011. Students will have access to lecture videos, lecture notes, receive regular feedback on progress, and receive answers to questions." - viltrio from Bookmarklet
Heather Piwowar
Pitching "research for more effective research" conference idea to o'reilly, with others. Sponsor+attendee list ideas? #scifoo
unconference, you must mean - Matthew Todd
Deepak Singh
Twitter to open source Hadoop-like tool -
Ilya Grigorik
Protocol Buffers, Avro, Thrift & MessagePack -
Ilya Grigorik
Protocol Buffers, Avro, Thrift & MessagePack - -
Pawel Szczesny
Daniel becomes Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science.
Happy days. - science3point0
W00t! - Björn Brembs
This means that there will be a need for reviewers of existing content, and for suggestions on topics that are not yet covered. I take the above as applications for at least one of these two options :-) - Daniel Mietchen
Obviously! - Björn Brembs from iPhone
This is great news! Congratulations. - Marcus D. Hanwell
Cameron Neylon
Wears the passion? Yes it does rather… -
Quite some months ago an article in Cancer Therapy and Biology by Scott Kern of Johns Hopkins kicked up an almighty online stink. The article entitled "Where's the passion" bemoaned the lack of hard core dedication amongst the younger researchers that the author saw around him. This article got a lot of people very ... - Cameron Neylon
John Dupuis
RT @mathewi: “Are we becoming slaves to the “like” button?"
I couldn't help myself... - Michael Nielsen
The like button *made* you click it. - John Dupuis
I, er, like the last paragraph: "So is there a subtle or even overt pressure exerted by all the like buttons and retweeting we see around us? Sure there is. But it wasn’t invented by social networking, and it won’t disappear even if we get rid of Twitter and Facebook. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to resist that pressure to conform — it just means we should be aware that it’s part of the way human beings operate, whether they are online or not." - John Dupuis
Just tested out "The alpha release of Annotum, the scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress" - The demo site can be seen at if you want to try it out- Its being discussed at the 'Wordpress for scientists' google group:
That Google group seems to have the wrong idea about a thing or two. Sent a message to the list... - Mr. Gunn
Cameron Neylon
I love this statistic 40% of unique readers at PubMedCentral are 'general public'. Real evidence of demand for OA: Heather Joseph at #oai7
how did they know people were "general public" and not coming from hospitals or small doctors practices? I see that they know not coming from .edus. - Christina Pikas
I do 90% of my research at home. - Andrew Lang
Christina, Andrew++ (good points!) - Egon Willighagen
Key point is that 25% where recognizably from research institutions and 40% from (I think) consumer web supply ip ranges. Unless researchers on average do twice as much of their retrieval at home I think that's pretty compelling evidence of some demand. Exactly what the demand is remains an open question of course. But it would be good to have better data... - Cameron Neylon
Cameron, actually... I think a good deal of access I do from outside desk hours... could not say the ratio, but 50/50 does not sounds unreasonable to me... reason: during office hours I have meetings, and have less time to keep up with literature. That phenomenon does not sound unreasonable to me either. - Egon Willighagen
Pawel Szczesny
This is The Open Science: Annotation of E.coli O104:H4 Genome on GitHub, sequence data under CC0.
Contributions come from industry and academia. - Pawel Szczesny
Some of the analyses are of very low quality, or simply wrong (mainly from the company that set up this wiki). Nevertheless some consensus appears to emerge, as more experts join in. - Pawel Szczesny
Well, fork off then! :) - Egon Willighagen
The analyses are in the wiki? GitHub Wikis can be forked, though only through Git itself. - Mike Chelen
John Dupuis
My presentation for Scholarship in the Public Eye: The Case for Social Media -
Ben Casnocha
Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors | NeuroTribes -
Roderic Page
Would you give me a grant? An experiment in Open Science -
Have often toyed with this. Do you know that by doing this you're not invalidating the proposal on a technicality? - Matthew Todd
I've never had a problem with this. There isn't an ingelfinger rule for grants that I've ever seen - Cameron Neylon
Rosie Redfield has done this, too -- she may have looked into Mat's question. - Bill Hooker
I'm assuming, perhaps foolishly, that NERC doesn't have a policy on this. If it did, I can't see why being open is a problem. - Roderic Page
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