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Book Review: Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting by Trine Syvertsen

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 2:00am

In Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting, Trine Syvertsen studies the politics of disconnection as a practice of resistance to the intrusion of digital technologies into everyday life,...


Juneteenth – Freedom Day

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:45am

The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1st, 1863, legally freeing 3.5 million enslaved people in the Confederate states. But of course, this executive order from President...


The open scholarship ecosystem faces collapse; it’s also our best hope for a more resilient future

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 5:00am

The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting universities and higher education institutions, reducing budgets and presenting new design challenges that will fundamentally alter how research and...


Happy Juneteenth!

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 2:30am

On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved black Americans were now free. You should note that this liberation occurred two...


Breaking: Peer Review Is Broken!

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 8:00am

The subhead of The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals by Roni Caryn Rabin reads:Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review...


Using Workspaces to accelerate R&D programs

Source: The Science Exchange blog Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 4:26am

Outsourcing an R&D project can be hard. Outsourcing a full R&D program is even harder.R&D programs consist of multiple projects...


Revisiting — On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color in Scholarly Publishing

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 2:30am

We revisit two posts from 2018. These powerful testimonies, by people of color, about their experience of racism in scholarly publishing, clearly show that we have "a great deal of powerful and...


Connecting by Reading: A Selection of Books on Race and Racism, Part 2

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 2:30am

Today's post includes part 2 of books about race and racism. When we read, we learn about each other and open our minds to other perspectives. The post Connecting by Reading: A Selection of Books on...


Supporting Open Source Software

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 8:00am

In the Summer 2020 issue of Usenix's ;login: Dan Geer and George P. Sieniawski have a column entitled Who Will Pay the Piper for Open Source Software Maintenance? (it will be freely available in a...


Behavioural Economics on a Post-It

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 7:40am

The COVID-19 lockdown has rapidly and radically changed academic life, disrupting the normal patterns of teaching and research that define the university. In this post, Adam Oliver reflects on how...


To achieve visible impacts Horizon Europe must connect to local innovation dynamics

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 3:00am

The European Commission aims to use the new Framework Programme for research and innovation – Horizon Europe – to demonstrate to a greater extent than previously that public investments in research...


Connecting by Reading: A Selection of Books About Race and Racism, Part 1

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 2:30am

Today's post features several guest authors reviewing books on racism and anti-racism. When we read, we learn. The post Connecting by Reading: A Selection of Books About Race and Racism, Part 1...


You can publish open access, but ‘big’ journals still act as gatekeepers to discoverability and impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, June 15, 2020 - 3:30am

One of the proposed advantages of open access publication is that it increases the impact of academic research by making it more broadly and easily accessible. Reporting on a natural experiment on...


Educating Ourselves: Ten Quotes from Researchers Exploring Issues Around Race

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, June 15, 2020 - 2:30am

Shocking, sobering and thought-provoking quotes from, and links to, plain language summaries of research relating to systemic or institutionalized racism, white privilege, and related topics. The...


Bay Area Artist Relief Grant Exhibition

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 3:12pm

The Internet Archive and Ever Gold [Projects] are pleased to announce part two of our Bay Area Visual Artist Exhibition Production Relief Grant: an online exhibition featuring the work of thirty...


How Can You Help the Internet Archive?

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 10:55am

With the Internet Archive in the news for the past couple of weeks being mentioned prominently, we’ve had thousands of people discuss us in social media, and contact us directly with strong...


Book Review: Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist by Alexander Zevin

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 2:00am

In Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist, Alexander Zevin traces the 177-year history of the Economist newspaper, positioning the Economist not only as a lens for understanding...


Book Review: Decolonizing Universalism: A Transnational Feminist Ethic by Serene J. Khader

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 2:30am

In Decolonizing Universalism: A Transnational Feminist Ethic, Serene J. Khader unpacks mainstream feminist approaches to women in the Global South – or ‘missionary feminism’ – to shed light on how to...


In ACM Interactions Magazine: Comics as COVID-19 Response: Visualising the Experience of Video-conferencing

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 12:10am

“Comics as COVID-19 Response: Visualising the Experience of Video-conferencing with Ageing Relatives” was published yesterday in ACM Interactions Magazine.… Continue reading In ACM Interactions...


Writing for edited collections represents a model for a creative academic community unfairly rejected by the modern academy

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 - 3:15am

Edited collections, are one of the most disparaged forms of academic writing, often written off as low quality, or a poor career choice. In contrast, Peter Webster argues for the unique benefit of...


We Step Aside: American Histories of Racism and Activism

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 - 2:30am

This week The Scholarly Kitchen is spotlighting research and researchers writing about systemic racism. Today we feature historians writing about American histories of racism. The post We Step Aside...


Revered Buddhist Monk Reflects on Transformational Change

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:24am

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic, before the righteous uprisings for racial justice swept across the world, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi decided to open his new memoir with this quotation...


Impacts of the temporary National Emergency Library and controlled digital lending

Source: Internet Archive Blogs Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:43am

Our team of librarians launched the NEL on March 24 to help those who were disconnected from their physical libraries, and the feedback our team received has been overwhelming. Almost immediately...


The Lockdown Chronicles 40: Daniel

Source: Ernesto Priego's blog Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:00am

Daniel tweets a thread. … Continue reading The Lockdown Chronicles 40: Daniel →


Mbarara team develops app to detect and stop sexual assault

Source: The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:39am

At a recent gender workshop in Mbarara, Uganda, Femi Nzegwu interviewed creators of a new mobile app designed to detect and prevent sexual assault on university campuses and beyond.