Monthly Archives: January 2012

What have the Publishers ever done for us? And do we need them?

Tim Gowers has used Spike Milligan as an inspiration for challenging Elsevier: http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/elsevier-my-part-in-its-downfall/ . British satire is one of the things that keeps us going. I'll use the equally irreverent Pythons in "Life of Brian" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python%27s_Life_of_Brian ). From WP There … Continue reading

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Panton Fellowships: What they are about and how to apply

#pantonfellowships #pantonprinciples In 2010 we launched the Principles of Open Scientific Data and, because we met more than once in the Panton Arms we called them the "Panton Principles". Since then "Panton" has started to become a brand for Openness. … Continue reading

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Marcus Hanwell: The way ahead for CML and the community

#semphyssci Marcus Hanwell (Kitware) reported from the #semphyssci working group which was looking at how to grow the development and use of CML in the community. One of the great excitements of the Workshop is the agreement among participants that … Continue reading

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Andrew Walker: Fantastic Mr FoX II

#semphyssci Andrew Walker (video http://vimeo.com/35562270 ) presented "FoX, CML, and semantic tools for atomistic simulation" at the Semantic Physical Science symposium. Andrew has taken on from Toby White as the "Doctor Who" of FoX, the FORTRAN library for managing XML … Continue reading

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Martin Dove: The value of CML in managing simulations and data; “the best kept secret” is out

#semphyssci Martin Dove and I have collaborated for malmost all the time that I have been at Cambridge. It's fair to say that we wouldn't have had a lot the progress in CML without Martin's encouragement, collaboration, getting funding, and … Continue reading

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Brian McMahon: Publishing Semantic Crystallography; EVERY science (data) publisher should watch this ALL THE WAY through

#semphyssci I owe a huge debt to the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and Brian McMahon. Quite simply they are the best semantic scientific publishers of the current century. They also have the best community-base for scientific publishing that I … Continue reading

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BibSoup: It’s here! How to create and populate your own Bibserver

I am really excited about BibSoup. It didn't really click till last night how easy and powerful it is. I think it will be very important. Here's a summary and then we show you how YOU can use it. It … Continue reading

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Cameron Neylon at Semantic Physical Science; Software philosophy, why the RWA is wrong, and how we change the publishing market

#semphyssci Cameron Neylon gave one of the first talks at Semantic Physical Science. No slides, just analysis and passion. Some of this has been published in his blog (http://cameronneylon.net/blog/ip-contributions-to-scientific-papers-by-publishers-an-open-letter-to-rep-maloney-and-issa/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ScienceInTheOpen+%28Science+in+the+open%29 ) Cameron, like me, knows that Semantic science depends on people … Continue reading

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BibSoup! A new OPEN approach to managing personal and group bibliographies

We have just finished 3 hectic days of "sprint" (design, coding, documentation, testing, deployment) on the JISC/OKF Openbiblio2 project in Cambridge. This is an Open international project, with major input from Jim Pitman in Berkeley, and offered to anyone interested … Continue reading

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Open Update

I am snowed under with things that I have to do and want to do. I therefore cannot give as much attention to others, so I will comment briefly on them below My main focus now is on these areas … Continue reading

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