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Article Level Metrics - how reliable are they? (I prefer to read the paper)

I am on the board of a wonderful community voluntary organization - the Crystallography Open Database (COD)¬†http://www.crystallography.net/ . For 10 years it has been collecting crystal structures from the literature and making them Open - more than 300,000. It's the … Continue reading

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I urge my MEPs to reform European Copyright - please do the same

I have written to my members of The European Parliament to argue for reform of Copyright to allow Text and Data Mining (TDM, "ContentMining") for commercial and non-commercial purposes. This issue has been very high-profile this year and Commissioner Oettinger … Continue reading

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ContentMining: My Video to Shuttleworth about our proposed next year

I have had two very generous years of funding from the Shuttleworth Foundation to develop TheContentMine. Funding is in yearly chunks and each Fellow must reapply if s/he wants another year (up to 3). The mission is simple: change the … Continue reading

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Content-mining; Why do Universities agree to restrictive publisher contracts?

[I published a general blog about the impasse between digital scholars and the Toll-Access publishers http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2015/11/22/content-mining-rights-versus-licences/ . This is followed by a series of detailed posts which look at the details and consequences https://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2015/11/22/content-mining-why-do-publishers-insist-on-apis-and-forbid-screen-scraping/ This is the second] If you … Continue reading

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Content-mining; Why do Publishers insist on APIs and forbid screen scraping?

[I published a general blog about the impasse between digital scholars and the Toll-Access publishers http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2015/11/22/content-mining-rights-versus-licences/ . This is the first of a number of posts which look at the details and consequences] Chris Hartgerink described how Elsevier have stopped … Continue reading

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Content-mining; Rights versus Licences

[I intend to follow with several more detailed posts.] Last week was a critical point for those who regard the scholarly literature as a public good, rather than a business. Those who care must now speak out, for if they … Continue reading

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Extracting 100 million facts from the Scientific literature -1

In TheContentMine, funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, we aim to extract 100 million facts from the scientific literature. That's a large number so here's our thinking.... What is a fact? Common Mist Frog (Litoria rheocola) of northern Australia. Credit: Damon … Continue reading

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Should Wikipedia work with Elsevier?

This story has erupted in the last 2 days - if it had been earlier I would have covered it at my talk to Wikipedia Science]. TL;DR. Elsevier has granted accounts to 45 top editors at Wikipedia so they can … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and Wikidata. Massive Open resources for Science.

I think Wikipedia is a wonderful creation of the XXIst Century, the Digital Enlightenment. It has arisen out of the massive cultural change enabled by digital freedom - the technical ability for over half the world (and hopefully soon almost … Continue reading

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Announce: Microbial Supertree through ContentMining

I haven't blogged for some time as I have been writing Liberation Software (software to make knowledge and people free). Now we (Ross Mounce, Matt Wills and I) have got our first significant scientific result - a supertree: I am … Continue reading

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