Force11 Blogs


Great idea, but for now ORCID doesn’t match how humanities publication works

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 3:00am

ORCID provides a unique identifier for each researcher, managed centrally, in order to distinguish between people and correctly identify outputs. Peter Webster thinks the service is a great idea but...


Libraries and linked data #1: What are linked data?

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:29am

The first of six blog posts about libraries and linked data, bearing this title, is to be found at http://semanticpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/lld1-what-are-linked-data/. A draft of that post...


Taking Issue — A New York Times Editorial Mishandles the OSTP Memorandum

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:30am

The OSTP memorandum is a reasonable step forward for everyone. However, a NYT editorial provides misleading interpretations of its scope and design. Continue reading »


Are Scholarly Societies Still Relevant to Young Researchers? Perhaps Surprisingly, Yes They Are

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:30am

Remaining relevant requires action, and new research suggests it's not too late for these actions to retain younger members, who remain interested in what professional and learned societies can and...


About connecting the dots

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 8:23pm

A couple of years ago, I read Kary Mullis’s autobiography "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field" , and it shaped my life in some aspects. Kary, with his eccentric mood, shows that as one of the major...


Heart Health Awareness Month

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 3:11pm

Before this month comes to a close, let us not forget to honor February as American Heart Month. According to the CDC, heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease...


How to define an Action Potential?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 2:50pm

Dear electrophysiologists, If you could spare about 5 minutes of your time, the INCF electrophysiology task force is attempting to survey the landscape of definitions of the action potential. The...


Facebook's "Cold Storage"

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 9:00am

Last week Facebook announced they are building a couple of "cold storage" data centers:Facebook will move older pictures and back-up photos to new-more energy efficient-data centers, called "cold...


Case studies are a bridge to influence and a versatile method for communicating research findings

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 3:00am

Beyond its publicised use in the Research Excellence Framework, James Harvey considers the wider role of the case study as a research method and underlines its often overlooked function as a tool for...


Tesla, Journalism, and the Limits of Data — A Lesson in Context and Interpretation

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 1:30am

An electric car's data versus a journalist's experiences -- and neither proves sufficient for the task of telling us exactly what happened. Continue reading »


Is It a Tablet? Is It a Laptop? Digging Into the Microsoft Surface RT

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 1:30am

Microsoft's Surface RT marks the software stalwart's entry into the hardware and tablet market. Too bad it's late and awkward. Continue reading »


Open Citations – Indexing PubMed Central OA data

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:57am

As part of our work on the Open Citations extensions project, I have recently been doing one of my favourite things – namely indexing large quantities of data then exploring it. On this project...


Knowledge mobilisation: new insights for theory and practice

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 3:00am

Knowledge creation, flow and promulgation are enmeshed in complex institutional and organisational arrangements. The concern over the under-use of research given this complexity has led to the...


Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research: First Impressions on the US Government’s Policy

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:30am

The public access policy for the OSTP is announced, and it is even-handed, realistic, designed for rapid implementation, and a sign that the OA movement has matured into one that can work...


Confusions in the OSTP OA Policy Memo — Three Monsters and a Gorilla

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:30am

The OSTP public access memorandum provides flexibility across many US federal agencies. The possible complexities combined with current budget realities mean there is much to tame and little to spend...


Book Review: History of Political Theory: An Introduction. Volume 1: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 3:00am

History of Political Theory: An Introduction considers the contributions of the main figures in the history of Western Political Theory. Volume I traces the development of political theory “from the...


Enhancing collaboration and civil benefit through institutional resilience: Five principles to help achieve a longer and more prosperous exchange

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:00am

Ahead of an event next week on developing collaborative research opportunities, we asked speaker Professor aladin aladin to provide his thoughts on strengthening collaborations and engaging with new...


Rewarding Reviewers: Money, Prestige, or Some of Both?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:30am

Are editors, reviewers and authors ready for a commercial solution to peer review? Survey results are in! Continue reading »


Kai Li's FAST Keynote

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 9:00am

Kai Li's keynote at the FAST 2013 conference was entitled Disruptive Innovation: Data Domain Experience. Data Domain was the pioneer of deduplication for backups. I was one of the people Sutter...


Wrapped up in a Book: The Role of Emotional Engagement in Reading

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 8:35am

Have you ever gotten lost in the pages of a good book? If so, you may have been more empathetic afterward. According to new research published in PLOS ONE, reading fiction may affect the reader’s...


The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Microphones and Recorders

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:00am

As part of the on-going series on academic podcasting, Digital Editor Cheryl Brumley explores the technical side of the medium, arguing that the range of recording equipment available makes it easy...


Tweenome on Film: Excellent Video on Crowdsourcing Killer Outbreaks

Source: GigaBlog Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:07am

The BBSRC has just produced an excellent video and article on crowdsourcing killer disease outbreaks very relevant to our recent commentary and blog postings on the OpenAshDB (Ash Dieback disease...


And Now We Are Five — The Scholarly Kitchen Reaches the Half-Decade Mark

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:30am

The Scholarly Kitchen turns five this month. How time flies when you're having fun. Continue reading »


A Cry from the Ivory Tower — An Attempt to Make the Case Against Patents

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:30am

Two economists try to argue the case against patents. But their arguments are undercut by trite examples, a poor understanding of how patents look to inventors and investors, and a misreading of the...


The enterprise university is constructed in opposition to kindness and conducting research is increasingly pressurised and solitary

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:00am

The stark contrast between the kindness experienced in Bali and the manic, hurried pace of the her own academic workplace environment  prompted Claire Aitchison to examine the contemporary ‘...