Monthly Archives: April 2010

American army declares war on Microsoft PowerPoint

According to an article today the US Army has declared war on PowerPoint: http://www.metro.co.uk/home/823839-american-army-declares-war-on-microsoft-powerpoint The problem is, apparently, this diagram. I reproduce it without permission but since it is presumably a work of the US government, albeit highly creative, it … Continue reading

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Teaching my computer chemistry

This is a test of dictating a block in a very noisy coffee room. I have just bought a cost effective headset with a noise canceling microphone and so far every word that I have dictated has been faithfully rendered … Continue reading

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Test of publishing Chem4Word to blog

I have left my microphone so this is being typed. Egon Willighagen asked whether it was possible to post documents created with Chem4Word to a blog. Having mastered the process of posting to a blog without chemistry (thanks Sam) I'm … Continue reading

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Examples of Scientific Semantic Web wanted

I am giving a talk on Friday where I want to show the power and wow! of the Semantic Web applied to Science through an online example. I'd be keen on a DBPedia example (along the lines of http://wiki.dbpedia.org/OnlineAccess#h28-5 with … Continue reading

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More on Chem4Word and OpenOffice

I have left my microphone so this is being typed. I had expected – and am glad – that there would be debate on the release of Chem4Word under an Open Source licence. The latest contribution (http://techrights.org/2010/04/28/really-qualifying-as-foss/, (Dr. Roy Schestowitz)) … Continue reading

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How to write good documentation quickly

  As you know we launched the Panton Principles 2 months ago.  There has been a lot of interest and I have been talking with a number of open access and open data publishers to convince them of the value of … Continue reading

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OKCon 2010 thoughts

        A brief blog post with a few thoughts about the okcon conference in London last Saturday. It was a wonderful meeting where I got the feeling that the Open Knowledge Foundation was now a real power … Continue reading

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Can machines understand science?

I am taking a new approach to blogging by dictating my thoughts to the machine. On Friday I am giving a talk called “Can machines understand science?”.  I will argue that the combination of technology and information now allows us … Continue reading

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Chem4Word and Blue Obelisk software

      Egon Willighagen has been a pillar of ODOSOS chemistry and comments yesterday in Chem4Word goes Apache 2.0   Early March I reported about Konstantin's JChemPaint-based chemistry plugin for OpenOffice, but there is competition: Chem4Word. Being for Microsoft … Continue reading

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Is Chem4Word Open Source? Yes (it can be forked)

      I have got a pingback (http://passthesource.org.nz/2010/02/11/enemy-action/ ) from my announcement of Chem4Word (our chemistry Add-in for Word). It is clearly argued and I share many of the sentiments. This is a LONG Reply. A while ago, I … Continue reading

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