Monthly Archives: May 2012

The right to read is the right to mine

UPDATE. I got feedback suggesting that part of principle 2 was inappropriate at this stage and I agree. So I have struck through parts in this post. There is merit in changing emphasis at such an early stage in the … Continue reading

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Guardian article on Content-mining (thanks Alok Jha) makes it mainstream

[I meant to blog this earlier but I have been spending time on writing content-mining software rather than the continued depressing struggle with reactionary commercial publishers of #scholpub.] On 2012-05-24 the Guardian (a/the mainstream liberal daily newspaper in Uk published … Continue reading

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We meet in Berlin to prepare the #schoolofdata

I'm spending an exciting two days in Berlin helping the OKFN/P2PU prepare their School Of Data (SoD) course/s. I'm sure this will turn out to be a seminal event in both Internet education and advancement in "data wrangling". Here's the … Continue reading

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#scholpub should be regulated

I recently asked "What's the difference between Elsevier and British Gas?" I didn't get many answers (it would be nice to have a greater response so I could highlight ideas other than mine). The question could also have replaced "British … Continue reading

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Today we mobilize the forces of academic Freedom

I'm attaching a mail that's going round the academic twittersphere – mobilizing everyone to sign a WhiteHouse (US) petition requiring that all federally funded research be made publicly available. It's a no-brainer. : Find the site below Sign Mail this … Continue reading

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#scholpub , Maxwell and the Laws of Acadynamics

For many days we have been discussing #scholpub on the GOAL mailing list, run by Richard Poynder. Some important issues are coming up and there is now a healthy divergence of views which RP runs well. I'll talk more later, … Continue reading

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Whats’ the difference between Elsevier and British Gas?

This is a serious question and I have a serious answer. See if you can guess it. If so add a comment. You can substitute "FooPub" for "Elsevier" where FooPub is any #scholpub such as ACS, PLoS, Wiley, BMC, etc. … Continue reading

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Data are part of the future; the OKFN’s contribution

I am really excited about the OKF's commitment to data. Most data is lost, badly produced, unclear, etc. The OKFN-P2PU School of Data intends to create a new approach to education for the data-age. I'm very excited to be part … Continue reading

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Towards a manifesto on Open Mining of scholarship

Tomorrow a small group of people interested in "textmining" will have a Skype meeting under the auspices of the OKFN. We have sort-of-pushed this agenda for some years and now it's come to fruition – there is clear public awareness … Continue reading

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