Archive for October, 2011

Continual publishing across journals, blogs and social media maximises impact by increasing the size of the ‘academic footprint’.

Friday, October 28th, 2011

'‘Site or Cite’ was, and remains, a terrible pun about how to publish the outputs of research so as to maximise their potential impact. Exactly what could constitute ‘best positioning’ is a complex matter, encompassing issues such as the discoverability, availability and accessibility of publications. Advocating ...

Open access success: be inspired by over thirty compelling stories

Friday, October 28th, 2011

'Open access week 2011 is full of inspiration on the benefits of free immediate access to the results of scholarly research. Now more than 30 compelling stories have been collected together from across Europe showcasing the transformative effects of open access. The stories have been commissioned by Knowledge Exchange, ...

OAPEN-UK explores the challenges of open access scholarly monograph

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The academic monograph is under threat. Increased costs and lower print runs are impacting on the principle means by which researchers share their knowledge and disseminate their findings. The gold standard for academic excellence in many disciplines, the effective dissemination of the monograph has major implications ...

Brian Cox is wrong: blogging your research is not a recipe for disaster

Friday, October 28th, 2011

'A few days ago, the Guardian ran a Q&A session with Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw. Cox and Forshaw are professors of physics at the University of Manchester, both involved in research with the Large Hadron Collider at Cern. Cox is of course well known for ...

Open access and scholarly publishing: is it time to tear down the paywalls?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

'For researchers, not least those in the sciences, being published in the right sort of journals is no vanity project. It’s a matter of huge importance, with very real implications for people’s careers, and by extension their ability to put food on the table. These journals are the sounding board for ...

‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ Winner Announced

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

'Joel Miller, a biomedical engineer at the University of Western Australia in Perth, has won the grand prize in Science's fourth annual "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, a competition that recognizes the best dance interpretations of scientific doctoral work. Miller's entry (seen above), which also notched the ...

Academic knowledge in the digital era: 5 podcasts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

'Academic research and debate seems to be finding a new home online, visible in the growth of academic blogging, tweeting, and the use of open access archives. LSE Impact Blog editor Amy Mollett recommends 5 podcasts and videocasts on the subject of academic knowledge in the digital era.' Read More       Source: LSE

Research supervisors and information literacy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

'Research supervisors can play a crucial role in the effective imparting of relevant skills, knowledge and understanding. But in reality, they often are not able, well-equipped or even predisposed to play such a role. RIN’s Mind the Skills Gap report pointed to the “the widespread perception that ...

In Victory for Open-Education Movement, Blackboard Embraces Sharing

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

'Professors who use Blackboard’s software have long been forced to lock their course materials in an area effectively marked, “For Registered Students Only,” while using the system. Today the company announced plans to add a “Share” button that will let professors make those learning materials free ...

Pragmatic Mapping for the Humanities: Workshop 24-25 Nov 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Pragmatic Mapping for the Humanities: University of Sydney Arts eResearch Workshop Series Thursday 24 - Friday 25 November 2011 1 day workshop Thursday 24 November 2011 1 day data clinic Friday 25 November 2011 Workshop An introduction to low-cost methods for collecting and delivering location data and creating interactive maps on the web. The evolution of ...