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Sharing is Caring

July 28, 2010 by

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With budget cuts affecting all libraries, it is an unpleasant, but all too common surprise when you no longer have access to a particular journal or database. What then? There is always interlibrary loan. However, there may be cost prohibitions, or the article may not get to you in time. What if you could contact […]

Deadline vs. Inertia: Round 1, Fight!

July 21, 2010 by

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I have to admit, I am of two minds when it comes to deadlines. The cool, rational half of me likes to have things done at least two weeks in advance to allow for revisions, edits, and tweaks at appropriate intervals. This also allows for healthier eating and sleeping habits. The brash, impulsive half of […]

Policy Extraction and Seat Belts : Do Your Part !

July 20, 2010 by

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For the last few weeks I have been extracting elements of data sharing and citation policies into a series of datasets (links below) What I am trying to capture are the essential elements of what is present in current policies. I’ve looked specifically at three categories of journals: Evolutionary Biology http://tables.googlelabs.com/DataSource?snapid=68246 Ecology http://tables.googlelabs.com/DataSource?snapid=68743 And Envrionmental […]

tracing data through the archives

July 13, 2010 by

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Upon tedious perusal of many articles, I’ve come to form some strong opinions on what makes data traceable. At a basic level, I simply wish authors were more clear (it sure would make my data extraction easier!). This requires transparency on the part of the scientist. Not just a willingness to be open, but explicitly […]

Playing to My Strengths

July 9, 2010 by

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In a former life, I was once a fiction writer and amateur music writer. It wasn’t actually so long ago and occasionally I still dabble. However, returning to the narrative format within a more scientific framework may prove to be a larger challenge. For some context: At our mentor/intern meetup this week, we presented our […]

Information Science Detectives

June 30, 2010 by

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“It’s kind of like trying to find someone on Facebook only knowing their hair color and favorite breakfast cereal.” This has been my clumsy way of explaining to my friends exactly what it is I’ve been doing lately and why I can’t come out and play in the tree fort with the other kids. Not […]

Why Share Data?

June 29, 2010 by

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Raw data is the currency of science. It “pays” the publication bills, it fuels the inquiry. But once the publication is obtained and logged on the tenure checklist, what good is data? A busy scientist might say the data has served its purpose and bury it in their cemetery of computer files. Another could argue […]