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

Famous people like libraries and librarians!

Famous people like libraries and librarians!

It's nice when people say nice things about you. It's especially nice when, in the midst of budget cuts and job losses and questions about your relevance, famous people make poetic defenses of the job you love.Earlier this week, well known author, journalist and activist Cory Doctorow reminded us of an eloquent defense of libraries and librarians made by British author Neil Gaiman in a 2010 interview.

July 19, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
Starting a conversation about data

Starting a conversation about data

Data - Big or small - is a hot topic in higher education and in academic libraries. Scientists and scholars are collecting, analyzing and sharing increasing amounts of data.

July 16, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
Textbooks and open educational resources

Textbooks and open educational resources

I've spent some time on this blog talking about how scientists communicate with each other - largely through scientific journal articles in scholarly journals.

July 1, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations?

Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations?

Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations? In many cases, yes, at least for Researchblogging.org (RB). Judit Bar-Ilan, Mike Thelwall and I already used RB, a science blogging aggregator for posts citing peer-reviewed research, in our previous article.

June 26, 2013 — Hadas Shema
Pragmatism, Idealism and DeepDyve's Five Minutes in Heaven

Pragmatism, Idealism and DeepDyve's Five Minutes in Heaven

If it is possible, I consider myself to be both an idealist and a pragmatist with regard to scholarly publishing.On the idealist side, I view scientific publishing as a natural extension of the necessity of sharing scientific results with others.

June 5, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
Elite journals: to hell in a handbasket?

Elite journals: to hell in a handbasket?

Once upon a time, journals were made of paper and ink. However, we left the dark ages of dead woods behind us and moved forward to an age in which authors don’t need to publish in journals (but still want to).

May 2, 2013 — Hadas Shema
Database creators take note: have URLs that work

Database creators take note: have URLs that work

I am tired of explaining to students that the URL for a database entry they copied and pasted from their browser won't work. CC-BY-SA image courtesy of Flickr user Takeshi Life Goes On Here is the problem: A student searches for high quality content in a database that the library pays a lot of money for.

April 23, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
The Leiden University Ranking

The Leiden University Ranking

The new Leiden Ranking (LR) has just been published, and I would like to talk a bit about its indicators, what it represents and equally important - what it doesn’t represent.

April 22, 2013 — Hadas Shema

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Beyond XX and XY

Biology. Identity. Equality.