2009 Blog Archive

More activity on semantic publishing

If you saw tweets from @cardcc today, you might realise I’ve been very interested in a couple of recent developments in semantic publishing. I wrote earlier about linking data to journal articles, including David Shotton’s adventures in semantic publishing. David’s work was one of those included in the review article in the Biochemical Journal by Attwod, Kell, McDermott et al (2009).

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Linked Statistics & other data

Someone pointed me to the blog Jeni's Musings, written by Jeni Tennison. I don't know who Jeni is, but there's some really interesting stuff here, with some obvious links to UK Government Data activity.

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Director, The Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

So, time to come fully out into the open, after various coy hints over the past week or so. I'm planning to retire around the start of DCC Phase 3. Adverts are starting to appear with the following text:"We wish to appoint a new Director to take the DCC forward into an exciting third phase, from March 2010. You must be a persuasive advocate for better management of research data on a national and international scale.

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Leadership opportunities

Those interested in leadership in Digital and Data Curation should keep an eye on the relevant UK press and lists over the next week or so for anything of interest...

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Last volume 4 issue of IJDC just published

On Monday this week, we published volume 4, issue 3 of IJDC. From one respect, this was a miracle of speed publishing, as 7 of the peer-reviewed articles had just been delivered the previous week as part of the International Digital Curation Conference. But we also included an independent article, plus 1 peer-reviewed paper and 3 articles with a rather longer gestation, originating in papers at iPres 2008! There are good and bad reasons for that too lengthy delay.

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IDCC 09 Delegate Interview: Melissa Cragin and Allen Renear

Melissa Cragin and Allen Renear [corrected; apologies] from the University of Illinois, who will be chairing IDCC next year in Chicago, give their reactions to IDCC 09 and a hint of their preparations for next year's event in this final, double-act, video interview....

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IDCC 09 Delegate Interview: Neil Grindley

JISC Programme Manager and session chair Neil Grindley gives us his response to IDCC 09 in this quick video interview as the event draws to a close...

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IDCC 09 Keynote: Prof. Ed Seidel

In a content-packed keynote talk, Ed Seidel wanted to give us a preview about what types of project are driving the National Science Foundation's need to think about data, the cyber infrastructure questions, the policy questions and the cultural issues surrounding data that are deeply routed in the scientific community.

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IDCC 09 Keynote: Timo Hannay

Timo Hannay presented a talk entitled 'From Web 2.0 to the Global Database”, providing a publishing perspective on the need for cultural change in scientific communication.

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IDCC 09: Richard Cable Discusses BBC Lab UK and Citizen Science

Richard Cable, the Editor of BBC Lab UK, opened his talk with the traditional representations of science on television (“Science is Fun” vs “blow things up”) in his presentation about the BBC Lab UK initiative – designed to involve the public with science.Cable used this comparison to illustrate that most “citizen science” seems to involve the mass engagement of people with science, whereas Lab UK is aimed at mass participation in science. The project is about new learning: creating scientifically useful surveys and experiments with the BBC audience, online.

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