Force11 Blogs


How to grok BIG DATA? an open and distributed solution

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:31pm

grok: /grok/, /grohk/, vt.Grok is a neologism by author Robert A. Heinlein that coined the term in his best-selling 1961 book Stranger in a Strange Land.From the novel:  "Grok means to...


Prowling Catfish Catch Pigeons on Land

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:14pm

Cats hunt birds, and sea-birds hunt fish.  And in some odd ecological pockets, catfish hunt pigeons. In a study published today by researchers at the University of Toulouse, France, scientists have...


Leading or following: Data and rankings must inform strategic decision making, not drive them

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 3:00am

At yesterday’s Future of Impact conference, Cameron Neylon argued that universities must ask how their research is being re-used, and choose to become the most skilled in using available data to...


As Hybrid Open Access Grows, The Scholarly Community Needs Article-level OA Metadata

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 1:30am

With OA gaining momentum and hybrid and full OA policies becoming more common, article-level metadata and other standard approaches are necessary to facilitate discoverability. Continue reading...


An entry form for DataCite metadata

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 7:08am

DataCite is an international organization responsible for the DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) issued for research datasets.  For each DOI issued, DataCite requires the data publisher to create and...


Revising the DataCite2RDF mapping document

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:40am

The purpose of mapping DataCite metadata elements to ontology terms is to enable DataCite metadata to be published in RDF as Open Linked Data, enabling these metadata to be understood...


Join us online for the Future of Academic Impacts conference!

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

New measurements of academic impact and the growth of digital media has transformed the landscape of academic dissemination. Today, the LSE Impacts of Social Science team will be debating the future...


Six Mistakes Your Sales Reps Are Making

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 1:30am

While your sales reps are doing a great job overall, here are six mistakes that can creep into their interactions with buyers. Continue reading »


Geophysics for All: PLOS ONE at AGU

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 11:15am

The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting has arrived in San Francisco, and PLOS ONE is excited to be there at booth 1137 from Tuesday through Friday. Geophysics is quite a broad field, including...


Research-based policymaking is complicated… or is it?

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

Having an impact on policymaking with your research may seem like an impenetrable dream when academics start of think of the tangled web of policy interactions that they must navigate. Kirsty Newman...


Mobile Access — Publishers Must Catch Up With User Adoption Trends

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 1:30am

Mobile access is reaching an inflection point, but publisher solutions to mobile access are still lagging. Continue reading »


Ask the Chefs: “What’s the Most Important Print Subscription You Haven’t Canceled?”

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 1:30am

Even in the digital age, some print products are hard to give up. What is the allure? Continue reading »


Updating "Cloud vs. Local Storage Costs"

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:00pm

A number of things have changed since I wrote my "Cloud vs. Local Storage Costs" post in June that impact the results:Amazon reduced S3 prices somewhat. As of December 1st, in response to a cut by...


Five Minutes with Neil Carberry,CBI: “To the extent that there is accessible academic work there, it will be used”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 3:00am

Part of PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project focuses on how academic research in the social sciences influences decision-makers in business, government and civil society. Rebecca Mann talked to...


Social Media, the Onion Parody — “And Remember, Any Teenager Could Have Done What We Did”

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 1:30am

Using your brains to think of an idea and your skills to implement it? That's the old-fashioned way. Continue reading »


Researching research: New skills of targeting audiences and networking are now necessary to create impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 3:00am

Correctly targeting your audience and specifically tailoring outputs to policymakers is key to improving the impact of your research. Sarah Lester explains how building contacts and targeted...


Metrics and Meaning — Can We Find Relevance and Quality Without Measurements?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 1:30am

Putting metrics and altmetrics into perspective can help us separate secondary signals from primary signals, and may lead to a greater appreciation of alternatives to metrics, or alt2metrics....


For animals, ‘Value meals’ are not just about quantity

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 2:14pm

Animals that hunt or forage for prey can be just as picky as humans about their food, and recent studies show that their choices are based on the quality of food they consume rather than its...


30 tips for successful academic research and writing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to successful academic writing but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. Deborah...


The Hall of Mirrors — Trying to Explain Why Users Value Free Content Differently

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 1:30am

Why would free content be differentially accessed across versions of it, and across publications? A dive into PLoS data leads to a potentially reassuring answer. Continue reading »


A game for neuroscientists?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:23am

The Society for Neuroscience meeting has come and gone and among my personal highlights was the Neuroinformatics social (the cell death social came in as a close second, but only because of the name...


Numerical indigestion: how much data is really good for us?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 3:00am

We are swimming in ‘big data’ and despite their performances as advocates of data freedom, policymakers don’t seem to bear any responsibility for educating the public on how to read it. Harvey...


Strategic Planning and the Not-for-Profit Publisher

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 1:30am

Strategic planning is an essential activity for not-for-profit publishers, but many organizations approach this activity with dread. This post proposes a better way to think of strategic planning...


Worth a Thousand Words: On Elephants, Literally

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 5:40pm

Ever wonder what purpose the sparse, coarse hairs covering an elephant’s skin serve? Authors from Princeton University wondered the same and recently published their findings in the paper “What Is...


What’s in a name? Academic identity in the metadata age

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 3:00am

Professional identity is everything in academia, so Melissa Terras was shocked to discover the Internet had suddenly made her a specialist in Tarot Symbolism. Google Scholar and other online...