Force11 Blogs


The Shadow of the MOOC Grows Longer

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:30am

Will massive open online courses (MOOCs) disrupt higher education? With recent announcements, the potential seems to be growing. Continue reading »


Research uptake and impact: are we in danger of overstating ourselves?

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 3:00am

Wary of the pressure that researchers are under to demonstrate impact, Louise Shaxson injects a dose of realism into the debate around what that impact ought to look like. Researchers must provide...


Mendeley, Connotea, and the Perils of Free Services

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 1:30am

Free services and open access are distorting the publishing world. Will the big only get bigger? Continue reading »


Memorial for Aaron Swartz in SF at Internet Archive Thurs 7pm

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:17pm

Dear Friends, Please join us as we gather to remember Aaron Swartz on the evening of Thursday, January 24th.Reception at 7:00pm ESTMemorial at 8:00pm ESTat the Internet Archive300 Funston...


It’s late January; do you know where your resolutions are?

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 10:03am

New Year’s festivities have come and gone, and now, a few weeks into 2013, a few earnestly made resolutions may have fallen by the wayside. If you’re struggling with yours, two PLOS ONE...


Achieving a gender balance in contributors is not so hard: tips for editors and journalists

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:00am

In some areas of online academic discussion and public debate, the under-representation of female voices continues to cause concern. As we enter 2013 and mark fifty years since second wave feminism,...


A New Publishing Ecosystem Emerges

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:30am

A new publishing ecosystem is emerging that includes among its participants O'Reilly Media, Pearson, Safari Books, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, and Liberty Media. This new ecosystem may come to...


Talk at IDCC2013

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 9:00am

At IDCC2013 in Amsterdam I presented the paper Distributed Digital Preservation in the Cloud in which Daniel Vargas and I described an experiment in which we ran a LOCKSS box in Amazon's cloud. Or...


Faculty appointments and the record of scholarship

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 3:00am

Amy Brand, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information at Harvard University, discusses the opaque academic hire environment and concludes that review committees making important...


Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:30am

Dame Janet Finch admits OA will cause problems for learned societies. What does that portend, especially when viewed alongside more backlash? Continue reading »


PubReader — Obscuring Journal Branding for the Sake of Repository Branding

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:30am

A new way to view journal content in PubMed Central casts journal branding aside for a uniform PMC approach. Continue reading »


A martyr for open access scientific publishing?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 6:35pm

By Anita Bandrowski This is not a blog post that I ever imagined writing. Likely many of you have heard that there has been a tragedy in that on January 11, 2013 a very talented young computer...


Dr Jekyll writes – binge writing as a pathological academic condition

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 3:00am

The practice of academic writing has a tendency to be viewed as a pathological condition – with certain behaviour, like writing for extended periods of time, listed as particularly harmful. But...


Is the Home Page Dead?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:30am

As traffic continues to come in through side doors, what is the function of the home page? Continue reading »


Post-Publication Peer-Review Already Exists, Already Has Incentives, and Is Already Robust

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:30am

A recent exhortation to support post-publication peer-review with awards shines a light on the holes in both ideas. Continue reading »


Book Review: Community Research for Participation: From Theory to Method

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 3:00am

This book aims to bridge a major gap in knowledge by considering theoretical and practical issues relating to community research methodologies. The authors have collated a comprehensive and timely...


Quick Survey on Our Email Alerts

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 1:30am

Having trouble getting our email alerts? Please let us know. Continue reading »


The Downside of Sharing: Winter Bugs

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 1:41pm

Unfortunately, increasing numbers of us are experiencing this year’s particularly brutal seasonal flu (most frequently influenza A, subtype H3N2). The CDC’s latest FluView report and US map show...


Podcast interview from Fall CNI 2012

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

Following on from my talk at the 2012 Fall CNI meeting on 11th December Gerry Bayne interviewed me about the economics of using cloud services for preservation. The edited 12-minute MP3 has been...


On "Join Papester Collective 1.0: How to reply to #icanhazpdf in 3 seconds"

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:47pm

I'm totally supporting this potential system theorized some days ago by Micah Allen and his friend Hauke on Allen's Neuroconscience blog . They discuss a quick and reliable strategy to...


Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 3:00am

With all the demands of academia, becoming an active curator on Twitter may sound appealing but just too onerous a task. To help ease such anxiety, Allan Johnson shares his own Twitter workflow and ...


Bad Lip Reading Meets the NFL — Are You Ready for Some Silliness?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 1:30am

With the NFL playoffs at their peak, what better time to have a little fun at the expense of highly paid players? Continue reading »


Major Shifts in Social Sharing Sites — Do Consolidation and Termination Mark the End of an Era?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 1:30am

The herd of social sharing sites in the sciences is being culled. And one -- Mendeley -- may be assimilated by Elsevier. Continue reading »


Add attachments to your messages on ResearchGate

Source: Research Gate Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 5:27am

Sometimes, something very small can make all the difference. A few figures, a dataset or protocol, attached to a private message, for example, might be all you need to move forward in your research...


A great example of Citizen Science

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 5:26am

Crowd-funding isn't anymore  just a domain of independent movie makers. Independent science is starting to exploit this possibility.Here is a great example of Citzen Science![1] What about...