Force11 Blogs


The Digital Public Library of America: Coming Together

Source: Dan Cohen's Blog Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 9:03am

I’m just back from the Digital Public Library of America meeting in Chicago, and like many others I found the experience inspirational. Just two years ago a small group convened at the...


Tweeting out loud: ethics, knowledge and social media in academe

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 3:00am

Traditional and digital methods of dissemination clashed recently when a storm over live-tweeting academic conferences blew up in the US. Melonie Fullick looks at the accusation that academics can...


PDA and the University Press — Final Study Now Available

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 2:30am

Joe Esposito, with his colleagues Kizer Walker and Terry Ehling, has been working on an analysis of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) for the past year. Joe has been posting early drafts of sections...


Authors Aren’t Scientists, Scientists Are Authors — Why Catering to a Role Can Inhibit Robust Publishing

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 2:30am

"Author-service" journals sound like a straightforward proposition, but when you contemplate how authorship is a minority activity by a minority of practicing scientists and science practitioners, it...


Kuali Days 2012

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 8:39am

This week I am posting and tweeting from Kauli Days 2012 in Austin, TX. We have over 800 attendees this year from 40 different u.s. states and 8 countries internationally. See below for a picture of...


Help us to understand more about how research in your discipline has impact in society!

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 3:00am

Calling all university social scientists… Help us to understand more about how research in your discipline has impacts in society. Fill out our short survey here As part of the Impact of Social...


Mapping the Flow of Rejected Manuscripts

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 2:30am

A study of the flow of manuscript submissions reveals a highly structured and efficient network of scientific journals where peer-review plays a critical role in the improvement and slotting of...


Cleaning up the "Formats through tIme" mess

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 9:00am

As I said in this comment on my post Formats through time, time pressure meant that I made enough of a mess of it to need a whole new post to clean up. Below the fold is my attempt to remedy the...


I did this talk at TEDglobal last year. It’s quite… fast.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 7:34am

I did this talk at TEDglobal last year. It’s just hit a million views, and I realised I’ve never posted it online here. Hope you like it! www.ted.com/talks/...


DPLA MidWest Oct 11-12, 2012

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 9:10am

Watch today's DPLA plenary session online now http://dp.la/get-involved/events/dplamidwest/livestream/ Working with many friends to see how DPLA can achieve some very ambitious goals!


DPLA Visual Notetakers

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 9:11am

These guys are like watching live edward tufte or something!  


How and when social scientists in Government contribute to policy

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 3:00am

Are confidence and real world knowledge the key to impacting on government? Mariell Juhlin, Puay Tang and Jordi Molas Gallart find that academics working with government benefit from an ‘expert’...


Acquiring a New Style of Argument — Clay Shirky on Github

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 2:30am

Can the Internet create a new and more cooperative way of arguing? Continue reading »


DId The Good Guys Just Win One?

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 3:00pm

I have been saying for years that the big problem with digital preservation is economic, in that no-one has enough money to do a good job of preserving the stuff that needs to be preserved. Another...


GSK have promised to share all trial data: should we trust them?

Source: Bad Science Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 1:34pm

Briefly: today, several people have asked for my response to this story in the Guardian, celebrating GSK’s promise for more transparency on their trial data.It is always good to hear a drug...


The ABPI claims that all the problems in my book are “historical”. This claim is simply untrue.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:29pm

My book Bad Pharma documents serious ongoing problems in the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, I show how vitally important information from clinical trials is still being withheld from doctors...


What doesn’t kill a coral: A little ash is still a bad thing

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 8:41am

Being buried in lava and piles of ash can quickly kill, whether above ground or underwater, but research published in PLOS ONE last week shows that even small amounts of volcanic ash can have a...


Knowledge mobilisation is a social process: Social media can support indivduals and organisations in research dissemination

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 3:00am

Already an active user of social media, David Phipps has recently been thinking about its potential as an academic tool. He concludes that knowledge mobilisation is continuing to evolve and that...


What Google Did Next

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 2:30am

Google's new initiatives show how impressive their knowledge of knowledge might become, especially if they pull off all the surprising and jaw-dropping mobile initiatives (Glass, driverless cars,...


Second Year of Mason’s Digital History Doctoral Research Awards

Source: Dan Cohen's Blog Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 8:18am

I just wanted to remind potential doctoral students in history that George Mason University and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media have Digital History Research Awards for students...


The Finch Report and RCUK Open Access policy: How can libraries respond?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 3:00am

Open Access is now central to academic publishing, regardless of whether your team colours are green or gold. Ahead of Open Access Week, Natalia Madjarevic writes that she has witnessed increased...


Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:30am

Purchasing a college textbook can be a very expensive proposition. Why are these textbooks so expensive? The reason lies in the very structure of the industry, where instructors make decisions they...


The Google/AAP Settlement: Less Than Meets the Eye?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:30am

AAP and Google have reached a confidential settlement over Google Books. But the larger Authors Guild case remains. Continue reading »


LNCS 7525

Source: Think Links Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 1:00pm

I just received 50 copies of this in the mail today: Literature is so much better in its electronic form but its still fun to get a physical copy. Most importantly, this proceedings represents...


Formats through time

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 9:00am

Two interesting and important recent studies provide support for the case I've been making for at least the last 5 years that Jeff Rothenberg's pre-Web analysis of format obsolescence is itself...