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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...


Tide Pools and Terrorists

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 2:00pm

There's an article in the current issue of Stanford's alumni magazine that discusses, in a very accessible way, many of the concepts people need to think about when designing systems for long-term...


Domain Name Persistence

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:00am

Last December a useful workshop on Domain Name Persistence was held in conjunction with the 7th International Digital Curation Conference. My comments on the need for persistent domain names are...


The 5 Stars of Online Journal Articles

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 2:00am

David Shotton, another participant in last summer's Dagstuhl workshop on Future of Research Communications, has an important article in D-Lib entitledThe Five Stars of Online Journal Articles — a...


Yahoo's HTML5 Tools

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 2:00am

Last August I wrote about the way HTML5 would accelerate the transition of the Web from static to dynamic content, from a document model to a programming environment. Now, via Slashdot, we learn of...


Mass-Market Scholarly Communication Revisted

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 8:00pm

The very first post to this blog in 2007 was entitled "Mass-Market Scholarly Communication". Its main point was:Blogs are bringing the tools of scholarly communication to the mass market, and with...


Educause Live Session on Kuali OLE 1.18.12

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7:36am

Just in case you are like me and can not get enough on the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE), please join us tomorrow Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 1pm eastern - http://net.educause.edu/LIVE1202 ...


5 Things I learned in Socal in January

Source: Think Links Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:23am

I had a nice opportunity to start out this year with a visit to the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in Southern California’s beautiful Marina del Rey .  I did my postdoc with Yolanda Gil...


Five Stars Ontology

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 10:22am

To accompany today’s publication in D-Lib Magazine of the article The Five Stars of Online Journal Articles – a framework for article evaluation highlighted in the previous post, I have...


Five Stars article published in D-Lib Magazine

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9:48am

I recently posted a brief description of  an article entitled The Five Stars of Journal Articles, pointing to a preprint of this article in Nature Preceedings.  This is to announce that a revised and...


Getting Beyond Marketing: Scan and Tell

Source: Victoria Stodden Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 5:57pm

I love this idea: http://nomoresopa.com/wp/. It’s an Android app that allows you to scan a product’s barcode and it will tell you whether the company that makes the product supports the...


Generations – A Tribute to Prof DW Barron (1935 – 2012)

Source: E-research a Nature Network Blog Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 10:48am

In his Inaugural Lecture at University of Southampton in 1971, Professor of Computation David W Barron (DWB) described himself as “only a second-generation computer man”, because those...


These Guardian / Independent stories are dodgy. Traps in data journalism.

Source: Bad Science Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 5:56am

Here’s an interesting problem with data analysis in general, and so, by extension, data journalism: you have to be careful about assuming that the numbers you’ve got access to…...


Adding cloud storage to the economic model

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

The next stage in building the economic model of long-term storage is to add the ability to model cloud storage, and to use it to investigate the circumstances under which it is cheaper than local...


Undergrads + 7 weeks = Semantic Web Mashups

Source: Think Links Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 11:27am

The VU University Amsterdam computer science department has been a pioneer at putting structured data and Semantic Web into the undergraduate curriculum through our Web-based Knowledge Representation...


Say hello to our new Live Feed

Source: Research Gate Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 8:41am

From the people and topics to the conferences and publications you follow, we want to make it easy for to keep up-to-date with everything related to your field. So to ensure that you never miss out...


VU Videos

Source: Think Links Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 10:50am

It’s nice to see where I work (VU University Amsterdam) putting out some nifty promotional videos on YouTube. Here are two from the Computer Science department and the Network Institute both of...