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!
In lieu of a regular tidbits post this week, I thought I'd highlight the best short writing I've seen in open access over the last year or so. Some of it you'll have seen here before, but as we all know, it takes quite a lot of repetition before the message takes hold.
What's wonderful is that there's a lot of brilliant writing to choose from. What's even more wonderful is that it's not all coming from librarians! What's the most wonderful of all is that this writing is everywhere. It's not just a few rabid bloggers like me. It's not just the faithful vanguard, bless them. Open access isn't quite mainstream yet—but this year it's been putting its foot in the door.
Honorary mention, because it's not directly open-access–related, goes to the University of California's well-phrased refusal to take Nature Publishing Group's price-gouging lying down.
I've missed a lot. Tell me what I've missed in the comments!
I never could get the hang of Thursdays. So have some tidbits:
As always, drop a comment if you see something interesting.
Sorry for the radio silence, folks; my professional life was disrupted this week by a POTUS visit to campus. (Can I put that on my résumé? "Kicked out of my office and my classroom by the POTUS?" Or would that be bad?) That's over now, though, so time for some tidbits!
Drop me a link here if you see something good!
Christine Borgman has a lengthy track record of saying smart and apposite things about scholarly communication and research data. (See my review of her 2007 book here.)
She has done it again, in a conference paper entitled "Research Data: Who will share what, with whom, when, and why?" If you liked my Ariadne article at all, you will love this, I guarantee it. Strongly recommended, so much so that I didn't want to wait for the next tidbits post.
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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First run of tidbits on Scientopia! As you can imagine, I've got a few…
- Even "partly open" data is worlds better than closed: Rare Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer’s. Yet Too Many Researchers Are Reluctant to Share Their Data. How does that work, exactly? Ask fellow Scientopian Proflike Substance, or the researcher hit with an unexpected Freedom of Information request. See also the Mad Biologist's take.
- Pitch in on an open-data citizen-science project! Heather Piwowar explains how. This project is an example of what Gavin Starks means when he says open data require credibility and transparency.
- The tech press is catching on to the legislative fight over open access, and they don't like what they see coming from publishers any more than I do.
- Speaking of Heather, she wants everything OA, right now. If you do too, you might want to read Navigating Publisher Agreements: How to Retain Your Rights without Losing Your Contract. Also look at cultural studies researcher Ted Striphas's honest assessment of his discipline's somewhat dysfunctional relationship with publishing, as well as the Times Higher Ed supplement's fiery take.
- Additional dominoes in the Nature pricing situation: Purdue may have to drop its subscription as well, and Southern Illinois University makes its stance known (PDF).
- There's a lot of talk in data-curation circles about "quality" data, but my own sense is similar to John Erickson's: Data Quality is in its Fitness to the Beholder. How do you get scientists who produce quality data? Pay attention to the culture around them, says the Practical Quant. Also, follow the 10 Rules For Radicals.
- Lots of thought-provoking material at Stanford's Data and Code Sharing Roundtable.
- Absolutely fascinating, and quite comprehensible for the layperson: Solving the genome puzzle.
As always, drop a comment here if you see something the Book of Trogool crowd needs to know about.
There is, in fact, more to life than the California vs. NPG battle royale. I know, I'm surprised too.
- It's funny because it's true! Daily Life in an Ivory Basement offers the NSF a data-management plan.
- Along those same lines, coping with data ranks high in worry factor in this OCLC report on research-related info needs faculty say they have. Rings true, though I don't entirely believe that faculty don't look to the library on copyright; what I believe is that they mostly don't think about it, but on the rare occasion that they do, they look to the library. See also Local scientist learns about digital archiving, among other things. If you need to learn, too, talk to your campus librarians and archivists. This is what we do!
- Remember my jaunt into the wild woolly world of authority control? Here's what happens without it. Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names
- Anecdotal Perceptions of DataSharing from DataOne.
- Astronomy is often credited as pioneering data sharing, but the New York Times asks In the Hunt for Planets, Who Owns the Data?
- Learning from Libraries: The Literacy Challenge of Open Data You know what irritates me? I'll tell you what irritates me. This blog post uses libraries as historical example, quite effectively too, but doesn't even stop to consider that libraries might have something to contribute to contemporaneous data problems.
- A wonderful interview with the Library of Congress's Leslie Johnston, of the NDIIPP web-preservation program.
- A nice open-movements slidedeck from Tracey P. Lauriault: The Secret Life of Data. See also Mark Dahl's notes toward a code4lib talk on creating thematic digital-preservation projects.
- SciBling John Wilbanks talks about scaling open data up through offering technical and legal solutions. See also wise observations on necessary cultural shifts at Wood for the trees. And Effect Measure reminds us what it's about: open science, openly arrived at.
- I loved this: Forensic astronomer solves Walt Whitman mystery. It's a humanities-data approach to the problem!
- O'Reilly Radar asks What is data science? See also Bringing Big Data down to size, from Dataspora.
- Is Secrecy Hurting Drug Research? Anyone smart enough to ask the question knows the answer.
- Seed Magazine profiles Science 2.0 Pioneers.
- Ars Technica reports an attempt to build one database to rule them all, track global temperatures.
- Not all governments have signed on to open data: When public records are less than public: How governments try to use copyright to limit access to data. The feds are working on it, though: NIST workshop takes first steps toward standards for preserving digital data
- Stanford steps forward: Got Data? - New Social Science Data Site | SULAIR
- The Kojo Nnamdi Show talks about Preserving Video Games and Virtual Worlds. See also Ars Technica's article, and kindly note the library involvement.
As always, feel free to drop links I ought to see in comments, or tag them "trogool" on del.icio.us.
Did you miss the tidbits? I rather did.
Please tag something "trogool" on delicious or comment here to bring it to my attention. There may be some waiting for me, in which case I apologize; I haven't had a chance to go through the backfile in a while.
Tuesday seems a good day for tidbits. (I am head-down in my UKSG presentation and class stuff at the moment, so kindly forgive posting slowness.)
As always, drop a comment or use the tag "trogool" on del.icio.us to bring something to my attention. Thanks!