Looks like most of the server disturbance is history. This is a good thing! We shall celebrate with tidbits.
- Lots of daring talk about how scholarly publishing will, can, and should change lately. With the existing system, relays Chris Dickerman from a Dave Parry talk entitled "Burn the Boats/Books", you’re not published, you’re privated. Archivology lucidly discusses Open Folklore, Open Access, and the Future of Scholarly Publishing. Tenured Radical asks What Would It Take To Reform Scholarly Publishing?
- Plenty of fun copyright talk as well. Kevin Smith asks What is an author to do? when the publisher holds copyright, but the publisher has mangled the author's text? The Commonwealth of Learning has a fantastic Introducing Copyright primer which I foresee I will be using again.
- In less happy news, university presses are shuttering in notable numbers of late. One of them, Rice University Press, looked like a bold experiment, but as with many such, it was all but set up to fail. Chris Kelty details How Not to Run a University Press (or How Sausage is Made).
- Nuts-and-bolts time: Fellow Scientopian Prof-Like Substance asks How much data should PIs check? Quora offers advice on how to become a data scientist. GigaOm gives us Meet the Big Data Equivalent of the LAMP Stack. Interesting, but to me it ain't the LAMP stack until it's simple enough for non-deities to run. Finally, the Incremental Project notes a lot of organizational confusion around data management, which only makes data-management problems harder to solve.
- Data, data, who's got the data? Heather Piwowar asks Dear publisher, is the data open? Bio-IT World suggests Making Large-Scale Proteomics Data Widely Available. The Yale Law School Roundtable says we all ought to have the data, and research policies and publishing decisions should reflect that decision. (Now, has anyone communicated this to Yale's libraries?) And Pete Warden exhorts us to Remember you're a Womble: use the data you have wisely and well!
- Science Commons offers a no-nonsense guide to Opening the Door to campus open-access policies. Let's all leaflet our campuses with this during Open Access Week next month!
- Lots of talk about peer review, too, and I wish I'd captured more links for you, but here's this, at least, from fellow Scientopian Melody Dye: Eyes Wide Shut : The Anonymous Workings of Peer Review.
- For its breadth and impact, Does the web make experts dumb? is my must-read pick. So many of these asymmetries seem to be invisible to those who create them, and those that aren't invisible are actively pursued as competitive advantages. It makes me sad.
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