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Do Hamsters Pirate Books?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 2:30am

While the effect of piracy on some book sales is still debatable, college textbooks lose sales when online file-sharing becomes prevalent. A recent examination of the situation in a market outside...


Here’s the foreword to my new book.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:30am

My new book Bad Pharma is out today. I’ll post more about that this afternoon, in particular on what I hope you might do, to change some of the very serious problems described. But first, with...


Woman’s Health and Fitness Series IV: Ovarian Cancer

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 3:56pm

In the last few weeks, we have discussed a range of topics that influence woman’s health and fitness, including obesity, cardiovascular disease and anorexia.  Today, in honor of Ovarian Cancer...


How can universities support local disadvantaged communities?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 3:00am

Public engagement remains one of the most tangible ways universities can demonstrate their impact. Fred Robinson finds that in a time of stretched resources, universities can play a...


Wikipedia’s Writing — Tests Show It’s Too Sophisticated for Its Audience

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 2:30am

Wikipedia aims to be an encyclopedia for everyone, but its core version is too difficult for most readers, and even its Simple English offshoot falls short of its readability goals. Continue reading...


Procrastinate until your heart’s content: we make better decisions when we take our time

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 3:00am

In Wait: The Art of Procrastination, Frank Partnoy argues that decisions of all kinds, whether ‘snap’ or long-term, benefit from being made at the last possible moment. The art of...


Women’s Health and Fitness Series Part III: Anorexia

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 3:01pm

As National Women’s Health and Fitness Day approaches on September 26th, there are only a few more topics left in PLOS ONE’s first blog series. Two recently published papers explore the various...


Talk at "Designing Storage Architectures"

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 9:00am

I gave a talk at the Library of Congress' Designing Storage Architecture workshop entitled The Truth Is Out There: Long-Term Economics in the Cloud. Below the fold is an edited text with links to the...


Digital scholarship, tenure & barometers

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 3:00am

Martin Weller highlights the essential responsibility on the side of the university in institutionalising recognition and reward for academics’ digital activities. Furthermore...


Curiosity About the Breathtaking “Mars Curiosity Descent” Video?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 2:30am

An impressive video of the Mars Curiosity Rover's landing -- from the Rover's perspective -- has been circulating. Now, a "how it was made" video reveals some of what it took to make it. Continue...


Holy crap I just touched my new book!

Source: Bad Science Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 11:56am

I just touched my new book, it is a thing of beauty and power. My advice is to buy one right now, before they all get seized and pulped. In paperback here: amzn.to/N1QJTD And Kindle here: amzn.to/...


LoC Designing Storage Architectures Meeting

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 7:52am

Very good discussion today around all issues of mass-scale storage architectures at the Library of Congress Designing Storage Architectures Meeting. This meeting in its 5 or 6 year has really changed...


Can theories of change help researchers (or their funders) have more impact?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 3:00am

Charities and NGOs are primary users of academic research, playing a significant role in the social impact of research. Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor for Oxfam GB, suggests...


Is PubMed Central Complementing or Competing with Journal Publishers?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 2:30am

Articles deposited into PubMed Central responsible for drawing readers from journal site, a study finds. Continue reading »


Two New Papers

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:00pm

A preprint of our paper The Economics of Long-Term Digital Storage (PDF) is now on-line. It was accepted for the UNESCO conference The Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and...


Worth a Thousand Words: Rediscovering an “Extinct” Species

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:42pm

It’s not every day that you come across a living member of an extinct species. Nathan Whelan, a doctoral student at the University of Alabama, had such a day in 2011, when he found specimens of...


Two Million Members, Two Million Stories

Source: Research Gate Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 7:02am

Today marks a pretty exciting day for all of us here at ResearchGate HQ. We’re welcoming our two millionth member to the network and we couldn’t be happier about it. Back in May 2008 a few...


Five minutes with Prabhakar Raghavan: Big data and social science at Google

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 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. We will...


Online Isn’t Cheap, We Know — But An Environmentally Problematic Energy Hog?!

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 2:30am

A new analysis suggests that energy costs and carbon footprints for online could surpass those of older media types. Oddly, copyright might be part of the solution. Continue reading »


The Final Chapter on XMRV and Prostate Cancer

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 4:53pm

Discovering whether viruses cause cancer is important for public health, since prevention or treatment of these viral infections can avoid a potentially fatal disease. This is underscored by the...


Cash alone will not cure the research market

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 3:00am

Open access developments have necessarily elicited response from the entire scholarly community. Here, David Prosser of Research Libraries UK clarifies the valued role of libraries...


Open Access Embargoes — How Long Is Long Enough?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 2:30am

Most publishers offering delayed free access to journal articles set their embargo period more than a decade ago. Is it time to revisit the access embargo? Continue reading »


Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no.

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 3:02am

Many librarians are still unwilling to fully embrace Google Scholar as a resource. Michelle C. Hamilton, Margaret M. Janz and Alexandra Hauser investigate whether Google Scholar has...


Are Scientists Themselves to Blame for Exaggerated Claims in Science Journalism?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 2:30am

A new study ties problems in abstracts to subsequent exaggerations in the media -- but it's not the big journals that are the major sources. Continue reading »


The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 3:00am

A gradual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place. Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and possibilities of new...