Open Access Week 2018

International Open Access Week spans 22 – 28 of October this year. It’s a great time to find out more about open access initiatives that you can both benefit from and participate in. Open Access enables people to learn from a much greater commons of research and knowledge than would otherwise be possible. It’s a movement very much inline with the missions of libraries and with the research life cycle. Without open access we’re left with a scholarly ecosystem dependent on a few powerful commerci … Continue Reading →

Thing 10: perma.cc experiment

Perma.cc is a great idea, preserving web pages on demand. I just tried it out with the Concordia Library’s Engineering and Computer Science subject guide. http://www.concordia.ca/library/guides/encs.html becomes https://perma.cc/H43N-99J2 … Continue Reading →

Thing 4 – Digital Footprint

Searching for my name results in a lot of what I’d expect. Sites with higher PR, etc. show up first. Always odd when spam-like sites occasionally show up further down the SERPs that are designed to get people clicking on them. I turn off many of my phone settings that are not required for what I want to do. However, in many cases this degrades the richness of the features the phone provides. If these are not valuable or useful to you, it’s a good trade-off.   … Continue Reading →

Thing 3 – Visitor vs. Resident

These are lists of some behaviours that I do, which might be placed along the Internet “visitor” or “resident” spectrum according to White and Le Cornu’s Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. It’s useful to consider these behaviours but I think their article could have made some more significant points than they ventured. Visitor manage finances book travel order food delivery pay taxes and parking tickets find definitions Resident write in my blogs partic … Continue Reading →

First Thing’s First

Posts in this blog category are for participating in Concordia’s first 23 Things. The first thing activity is to send a colleague a link to one of Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About. I found this 7 Things You Should Know About Learning Engineering which talks about engineering design principles for instruction. I sent it to my engineering subject librarian colleague. :-) … Continue Reading →

Paywall Is A Compelling Documentary, Advocates OA

Last Friday night, I watched the new documentary, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. If you’re involved in research, scholarly communication, or even just concerned with the availability of knowledge (especially as it results from public funding), then I recommend watching this film. You can easily stream it and, in-line with its subject matter, it will not cost you anything. Continue reading “Paywall Is A Compelling Documentary, Advocates OA” … Continue Reading →

Switch to a Mastodon Social Network

The Mastodon social network system is the most promising advance I’ve seen recently toward establishing a better, more compelling social networking system. I’ll explain why I think it’s worth leaving closed networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc. for Mastodon. I’d also like to say a little about how Mastodon works and mention something nice for the academic community. Perhaps you use something like Academia.edu? Perhaps you’ve heard of ScholarlyHub.org? Then perhaps you should … Continue Reading →

Try the Engineering Academic Challenge (Concordia Student Event)

The Engineering Academic Challenge asks students to figure out answers to a variety of interesting engineering questions by using databases with Engineering Village and Knovel. There will be an event at Concordia for engineering students to try the challenge (it includes food). Competing against universities from all over the world, you can also win some nice prizes. On Monday, 23 October 2017 go to the Hall building, 7th floor student lounge area, between 11 and 1. Bring your laptop, use one of the computers there, … Continue Reading →