Wow, have I ever let the tidbits folder get out of control. Bad me!
I've moved from del.icio.us to Pinboard for the nonce. With the del.icio.us diaspora in full swing, the best way to get me a link of importance is probably to comment here. Speaking of which: I'm getting reports of would-be commenters turned away with 403s. If that's you, would you please drop me a line at dorothea.salo at gmail? I'm trying to get a handle on how widespread the problem is and what might be causing it. Also, I'm really sorry it happened!
- I've run into this problem. It's frustrating. When ethics regulations have unethical consequences: the case of data-sharing
- More like these, please: My open access conversion « Anne Peattie and how do I open … let me count the ways « Ann's Blog and FEATURE: Interview With Jean-Claude Bradley - The Impact of Open Notebook Science.
- People have all the access to the scientific literature they need or want. Uh-huh. Suuuuuure they do. See also If I were a scholarly publisher, which puts the zero-sum game I've been positing about the journal industry pretty starkly. And isn't it nice of The Scientist to notice?
- This is close as anything can be to my feelings on the supplemental-data question: BioMed Central Blog : In defence of supplemental data files: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater
- Nice use of data on a question that's starting to look pressing: Analysis of retractions in PubMed | What You’re Doing Is Rather Desperate
- Yes, we do. Ideas for how to do one? We Need a Research Data Census | December 2010 | Communications of the ACM
- Lefthandedly related: Premise: Open Data: How Not To Cock It Up, Michael Nielsen » The mismeasurement of science, and Scientists call for experiment reproducibility | The Chronicle.
- Parts of a really excellent series on scientific data management from Ars Technica: Jaz drives, spiral notebooks, and SCSI: how we lose scientific data and How science funding is putting scientific data at risk. See also Janne In Osaka: Saving Data for Posterity and Information gulags, intellectual straightjackets [sic], and memory holes (PDF).
- Using data to train students: Introductory Research Course: Replicate a Paper - A Computer Scientist in a Business School
- Data changing disciplines: Jeff Jonas: Big Data. New Physics and Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology - NYTimes.com. I've also been watching the discussion of the Google Books ngrams release, but you probably have too, so I don't need to link to it. Just one thing, though: for pity's sake, people, quit running it down because dinking around with it for less than a week hasn't produced superlatively original results. In most disciplines I know of, dinking around with new methods and data sources to put them through their paces is ordinary calibration.
- Molly Kleinman » Blog Archive » When librarians are obstacles: I wish this weren't true. But it is. See also Eschenfelder on institutions playing dog-in-the-manger with their digital collections.
- On library futures: iNODE » What happens to the mid-major library? Researchers and faculty, you have some choices here. You can keep running libraries down (I am talking to you specifically, Dan Cohen and Amanda French, because both of you do this often in Digital Campus podcasts) or you can help us librarians move our libraries and ourselves toward what is useful to you. Believe me, we're trying—but openly disrespecting us, not to mention talking about us rather than to us, does not make us change faster. If anything, it deprives us of the impetus and resources we need to change; why change if you'll just turn up your noses at us anyway?
- Also on library futures: The mission of research libraries. Thank you, Wayne; that's a better answer to "why open access?" than I've ever mustered. Also, The future of the federal depository libraries. Upright behavior in the face of arguably corrupt governance is like red capes in front of a bull to the librarians I know! Let's do this thing!
- Neat uses of data: What a hundred million calls to 311 reveal about New York and I get to use the word kurtosis again? Happy day!