Monthly Archives: March 2009

Update from Redmond - OREChem and Chem4Word

We are at the Microsoft External Research conference in Redmond, having spent 2 days on the OREChem project. I've been too busy to blog much as tomorrow we are presenting the MS-sponsored OREChem and Chem4Word projects for the first time. … Continue reading

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"should theses be Open?"

Until now most theses reside in a dusty basement or on a supervisor's shelf, but we are in transition to a world where all theses are -potentially - Openly visible to anyone. Surely this is a good idea. In principle, … Continue reading

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libraries of the future - more feedback

I'm grateful to all those who have commented on my posts - from experience I know that most posts get few comments. There is also a considerable ground swell in Twitter and FriendFeed - I gather it's not good practice … Continue reading

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OREChem

I will start to widen out from the library of the future  and bring in chemistry and eScience. Librarians should not switch off as the topics are very relevant. Several in our group are off to Redmond - to two … Continue reading

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library of the future - update

Two quick updates: JISC asked me for a podcast today and we did about 5-7 minutes over Skype. It gives a medium term vision from my point of view. Richard Akerman - thanks - has sent many useful resources, see … Continue reading

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EPSRC anti-grant proposal ("targeted disincentives")

I knew about the following, but now that Nature has reported it I can blog it with thorough anecdotal background. (BTW Nature plays a very useful role in scientific journalism and was a conduit when we were trying to raise … Continue reading

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library of the future? - librarian of the future!

I particularly appreciate the post below. It may have taken some courage to write, and if so well done and in any case many thanks. I have no idea what I shall say at Oxford but I hope to reproduce … Continue reading

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library of the future - feedback 3

March 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm (Edit) Hello Peter, I think there are a number of reasons why librarian response has been muted. Like the others, I think its because of the question you asked: “Who are the librarians of … Continue reading

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future of the library - slaying vampires

Yesterday was a very reassuring day. I had 4 important, carefully argued and presented comments, all of which deserve a full post. Here is Gaynor Backhouse, writing for JISC as a future watcher. (BTW I think libraries should look closely … Continue reading

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ACS Open Choice allows full re-use

Robert Kiley (Wellcome) has - in very timely fashion - answered the discussion about ACS and the NIH policy: ACS Open Choice articles - now in PMC and UKPMC Papers published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) under their Open … Continue reading

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