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Thoughts and analysis related to science information, data, publication and culture.

10 science information things to be thankful for

10 science information things to be thankful for

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA, a time to be thankful for, well, just about anything. It is my favorite of all the major holidays because it involves mostly food and not a lot of stuff (gifts, decorations, etc.) Here is my list of the science information things that I am thankful for this year: [...]

November 27, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
The Open Access Button: Discovering when and where researchers hit paywalls

The Open Access Button: Discovering when and where researchers hit paywalls

Last week, an intriguing new tool for researchers was launched, the Open Access Button. The Button has two main goals: Track when and where researchers encounter publisher pay walls (articles unavailable because the user hasn’t paid a subscription or access fee).

November 25, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
Vestiges of print publication in scientific journals

Vestiges of print publication in scientific journals

The first scientific journals were published in the late 17th century, and these print publications changed very little over time. Developments in printing technology, distribution and the advent of the commercial publisher all impacted the process, but the basic form was easily recognizable.

November 12, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
The prettiest information resources: Geologic maps

The prettiest information resources: Geologic maps

Today is Geologic Map Day, which gives me a great excuse to write about one of the most interesting, beautiful and informative information sources available, the geologic map.

October 18, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
A few funny* things about citations

A few funny* things about citations

In honor of the recent Ig Nobel prizes, awarded for achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think,” I present a few funny* things about scholarly citations.

September 17, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
Citing data (without tearing your hair out)

Citing data (without tearing your hair out)

The changing nature of how and where scientists share raw data has sparked a growing need for guidelines on how to cite these increasingly available datasets.

August 23, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger

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