Force11 Blogs


When was the last time you asked how your published research was doing?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 2:45am

As citation counts, h-indexes, and impact become increasingly important to matters of funding and promotion, Melissa Terras asks why more scholars are not chasing up publishers to...


Are institutions over-reacting to impact?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 3:00am

It’s understandable that academics whose research area does not lend itself to impact and those whose roles are mainly teaching will feel alienated by the impact agenda. Adam Golberg...


Lets Just Keep Everything Forever In The Cloud

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:00am

Dan Olds at The Register comments on an interview with co-director of the Wharton School Customer Analytics Initiative Dr. Peter Fader:Dr Fader ... coins the terms "data fetish" and "data fetishist...


The Clock says 2022

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 7:30am

The clock says 20:22 which, I note to myself in passing, is also the year. Just finishing putting together my presentation on the Co-Evolution of Research. I’ve even linked to some images in a...


Harvesting and Preserving the Future Web

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 9:00pm

Kris Carpenter Negulescu of the Internet Archive and I organized a half-day workshop on the problems of harvesting and preserving the future Web during the International Internet Preservation...


Catching up

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

This time I'm not going to apologise for the gap in posting; I was on a long-delayed vacation. Below the fold are some links I noticed in the intervals between vacating.Digital PreservationThe...


Dagstuhl: Semantic Data Management

Source: Think Links Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 4:35am

Last week, I was at a seminar on Semantic Data Management at Dagstuhl. A month ago I was at Dagstuhl discussing the principles of provenance. You can read more about the atmosphere and style of a...


Is this the worst government statistic ever created?

Source: Bad Science Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:13pm

I forgot to post this column up last year. It’s a fun one: the Department for Communities and Local Government have produced a truly farcical piece of evidence, and promoted it very hard,...


Introducing the new ResearchGate profile

Source: Research Gate Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 4:13am

We’ve revamped, reworked and redesigned our profile to give you a better way to promote your work, skills and contributions. Here’s a little of what you can expect from our update: About Me: You...


Dave De DH Day Diary

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 5:36pm

March 27th is the day Digital Humanists blog their day, and so here is mine… 8.30am Brisk walk from station to office. Overtaken as ever by colleagues on Bromptons (I should use my bike, need...


COMMIT/ – the start of the story

Source: Think Links Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:31pm

For the last two days, I was at the kickoff for the COMMIT/ Program – a major computer science (i.e. ICT) research initiative in the Netherlands (110 million euros in funding). The entire...


Publications just got a whole lot better...

Source: Research Gate Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 8:18am

We want you to be able to organise and display your academic output in the most efficient way possible, which is why we’ve been hard at work upgrading our publication infrastructure over the past few...


Discussing Open Data

Source: Think Links Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 10:05am

Note this post has been cross posted at The theicecream.org the International Collaboration of Early Career Researchers  This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a mini-symposium...


The Representation of Gender in NIF’s Data Holdings (repost)

Source: NIF Blog Essays Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:27am

The Representation of Gender in NIF’s Data Holdings – Click the link to go to the full PDF document, which includes at the end an interactive chart. The following is the full document,...


The Representation of Gender in NIF’s Data Holdings (repost)

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:27am

The Representation of Gender in NIF’s Data Holdings – Click the link to go to the full PDF document, which includes at the end an interactive chart. The following is the full document,...


What Is Peer Review For?

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 2:00pm

Below the fold is an edited version of a talk I prepared for some discussion of the future of research communication at Stanford, in which I build on my posts on What's Wrong With Research...


Computer Science Unplugged

Source: Think Links Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 2:32am

A really great way to teach computer science without a computer – Computer Science Unplugged . Thanks to Lois Delcambre for the pointer. Filed under: academia Tagged: computer science,...


Thoughts from the Dagstuhl Principles of Provenance Workshop

Source: Think Links Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:48am

Last week, I attended a workshop at Dagstuhl on the Principles of Provenance. Before talking about the content of the workshop itself, it’s worth describing the experience of Dagstuhl. The...


Is there statistical evidence of fraud in the Russian election data?

Source: Bad Science Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 5:14am

James Ball sent me the data for the Russian election vote counts this morning and asked me to test whether it deviates from Benford’s law, a test that can give a hint at whether numbers are the...


Talk at PDA2012

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 2:00pm

I spoke at this year's Personal Digital Archiving conference at the Internet Archive, following on from my panel appearance there a year ago. Below the fold is an edited text of the talk with links...


Founders Fund invest in ResearchGate!

Source: Research Gate Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:02am

Yesterday was a big day for all of us at ResearchGate HQ. We were very pleased to be able to announce the completion of our series B investment round, led by Luke Nosek of the prestigious Founders...


FAST 2012

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 2:00pm

We gave a work-in-progress paper (PDF) and a well-received poster (PDF) on our economic modeling work at the 2012 FAST conference. As usual, the technical sessions featured some very interesting...


Cloud Storage Pricing History

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 2:00pm

The original motivation for my work on the economics of long-term storage was to figure out whether it made sense to use cloud storage for systems such as LOCKSS. Last December I finally got around...


The golden arse beam method.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 9:06am

Ben Goldacre, The Guardian, Saturday 9 July 2011 Since I was a teenager, whenever I have a pivotal life event coming – an exam, or an interview – I perform a ritual. I sit cross-legged on the floor,...


Eliminating Friction

Source: Think Links Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:01pm

Update: A version of this post appeared in SURF magazine (on the back page) in their trendwatching column Technology at its best lets us do what we want to do without being held back by time...