Monthly Archives: November 2010

Aix sponsa and the mystery of the ISBN

#jiscopenbib Our local supermarket is now accessible by a splendid new bridge over the Cam (they paid for part of it – and every little helps). There's lots of exciting things here – the Museum of Technology (Victorian sewage pumping … Continue reading

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Beyond the PDF: when should we add semantics

On BTPDF https://sites.google.com/site/beyondthepdf/ here has a lively debate on adding semantics to scientific publications and this is a snapshot of some of my own contributions. The site (and the meeting) are – I think – open to anyone. The idea … Continue reading

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OPSIN on Safari

Very pleased to see an announcement from Chris Swain who has ported OPSIN, out chemical name2structure processor to Safari. See http://homepage.mac.com/swain/Sites/Macinchem/Extensions/opsin_extension.html Opsin Extension The Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics have been at the forefront at developing tools for the … Continue reading

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Why the British Bibliography is Wow!

#jiscopenbib I've posted recently on my Wow! Moment on seeing the British National Bibliography realeased in RDF by JISC and OKF. See http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-bibliography/2010-November/thread.html which already has about 15 posts in less than a day. But isn't the BNB (BTW do … Continue reading

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Don’t mention the War Memorial

#jisc 15/10 You'll have picked up from my posts that I've been going to the Imperial War Museum and talking about War Memorials. Whatever for? Well JISC ran a day for people to find out about their latest capital call … Continue reading

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The British National Bibliography – wow! Try it out

#jiscopenbib #okfn Something truly wonderful arrived in my email a few minutes ago: http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-bibliography/2010-November/000629.html It's an announcement by Will Waites – and every word and character is exciting: Following up on the earlier announcement [1] that the British Library[2] has … Continue reading

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LUCERO : The Open University + JISC Open Data; mouthwatering

A great announcement from the Open University. http://www3.open.ac.uk/media/fullstory.aspx?id=20073 In short, The OU (with the active and welcome involvement of JISC) is exposing its data (which could be anything, but think staff details, courses, research interests, I think) as Linked Open … Continue reading

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English libels laws are used to suppress scientific debate; please get them changed

Stephen Curry (http://blogs.nature.com/scurry/2010/11/10/libel-reform-not-there-yet ) has alerted us to the need to reform the English (sic, it's better in Scotland) libel laws. Briefly, any organization or persons, can practice bad or questionable science and defend themselves from criticism by suing the … Continue reading

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Do clipboards support XML?

Henry Rzepa has an important blog post on whether we can expect to copy data (sic) from one environment to another: http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/rzepa/blog/?p=2874 Excerpts: For those of us who were around in 1985, an important chemical IT innovation occurred. We could … Continue reading

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#quixotechem (Open computational chemistry infrastructure) UPDATE

Our bottom-up infrastructure for Computational Chemistry is going very well. We have enthusiastic weekly meetings which show significant progress each week. I'm going to be demo'ing the concept next month in India (more later). The parser strategy seems to be … Continue reading

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