I never could get the hang of Thursdays. So have some tidbits:
- Some of the best writing I've ever seen on the access crisis: Iris Jastram wonders about The Age of Big Access. See also Library cuts threaten research, despite the suggested remedy (mo' money!) being just exactly wrong. (More money will just get vacuumed up by the same multinationals who are vacuuming it up now. You won't get more access, just a larger bill.)
- Data curation in a student newspaper? Why, yes: Scientists call for experiment reproducibility. See also Alex Holcombe on Nudging scientists to share data more.
- Surprisingly low-key and sensible recommendations for US copyright reform (PDF) from some heavy hitters in the space.
- Wayne Bivens-Tatum gives a better answer to the OA-and-library-mission question than I ever have.
- Congratulations to Heather Piwowar for winning the SIG USE 2010 proposal award for “Tracking data reuse”! This will be a valuable project for those of us evangelizing research-data management.
- Thoughtful, engaging discussion of how to format data for greatest value, and what the value of really rather odd datasets can be: Human Scale Data and Synecdoche. Bryan Lawrence offers many similar suggestions and talks about the social barriers to achieving responsible long-term data management in science.
- EDUCAUSE Review puts the zero-sum game I've long been suspecting with regard to the journals market pretty starkly. Glad I'm not crazy.
As always, drop a comment if you see something interesting.