Monthly Archives: June 2012

Drug Discovery course at Nijmegen – hands-on

I've spent a day and a half at Nijmegen, and have given a presentation on Semantic Science. Since much of the course is hands on, I've put together 3 simple web-based examples: Find a recent synthetic chemistry paper (anywhere – … Continue reading

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YOU must Support Intellectual Property Reform in UK

The UK government commissioned the Hargreaves report into Intellectual Property Reform and their recommendations (summarised by RLUK) were: Professor Hargreaves' Review made a number of important recommendations, including that exceptions at national level should include format shifting (vital for preservation), … Continue reading

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#scholpub, PeerJ and Tim O’Reilly

I've trailed this post over the last two days. Who / what will be the major revolution in for-profit (FP) #scholpub? (I'm not forgetting PLoS and eLIFE, but I think that there will be a place for responsible private sector … Continue reading

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The coming revolution in STM #scholpub

I have prophesied that there will be a revolution in STM #scholpub and now I can put some flesh on the bones. If we look at current #scholpub – as the Finch report did – and ask how do we … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t Moore’s law apply to #scholpub?

Here's a well-known graph: I've taken it from Wikipedia where it is CC-BY [1] and hacked the captions out, Try to guess what it is before clicking this link. Moore's law is an observation that technology drives cost reduction in … Continue reading

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Who is the Steve Jobs of #scholarlypub? Whence comes the needed disruption?

There are many ways that commercial markets evolve – response to customers, new technology, new political systems, fiscal measures. And individual entrepreneurs. Like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, mark Zuckerman. You all know who these are , … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Finch report

Today the long-awaited and heavily leaked Finch report on Open Access came out. It's 92+ pages (http://www.researchinfonet.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Finch-Group-report-executive-summary-FINAL-VERSION.pdf ) Cameron Neylon has read it so I'll take his analysis rather than depressing myself by reading it in full. http://cameronneylon.net/blog/first-thoughts-on-the-finch-report-good-steps-but-missed-opportunities/ It's been … Continue reading

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Does Open Access cause Cancer or cure it?

If you come from the UK you may guess where this is heading. The Daily Mail. The Daily mail is a popular newspaper which is renowned among scientists for reporting one day that X causes cancer and the next day … Continue reading

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#springergate: My “academic mess of pottage” – what I got for my birth/copyright; and some questions for Springer to answer

Those of us brought up in the Abrahamic tradition know the story of "the mess of pottage" – the phrase the King James bible uses for the transfer of birthright from Esau to Jacob. If you don't know the story … Continue reading

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#springergate: Springer replies and I comment

Just over a week ago I came across http://springerimages.com and stated publicly that some of my material had been recopyrighted by Springer and my legal and moral rights had been violated. Discussions ensued on this blog and on https://plus.google.com/101714021929763578604/posts/5d9Q5BJgzL7 (Springer's … Continue reading

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