Research Trends – Big Data

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Research Trends Issue 30 - September 2012 Editorial: Special Issue on Big Data Research Trends is proud to present this Special Issue on the topic of Big Data. Big Data refers to various forms of large information sets that require special computational platforms in order to be analyzed. This issue looks at the ...

Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no

Friday, September 21st, 2012

One of the reasons science librarians prefer subscription-based databases (ie SciFinder or Web of Science) or those offered as a service of the government (ie PubMed) is the nonstandard behavior of Google Scholar when compared to those resources. Google Scholar is not a bibliographic index, it is a search engine. ...

Scholarometer: A Social Framework for Analyzing Impact across Disciplines

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Abstract : The use of quantitative metrics to gauge the impact of scholarly publications, authors, and disciplines is predicated on the availability of reliable usage and annotation data. Citation and download counts are widely available from digital libraries. However, current annotation systems rely on proprietary labels, refer to journals but ...

When research findings explode

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The world of psychology has been rocked by fake and fraudulent scientific data and plagiarism, writes Alok Jha. Dirk Smeesters had spent several years of his career as a social psychologist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam studying how consumers behaved in different situations. Did colour have an effect on what they ...

Knowledge Exchange Virtual Research Environment Knowledge Base

Friday, September 14th, 2012

International Knowledge Base on Virtual Research Environments now released A knowledge base has now been launched providing information on international projects on Virtual Research Environments (VREs). Virtual Research Environments aim to help researchers from all disciplines to work collaboratively by managing the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in carrying out ...

Virtual Research Environments

Friday, September 14th, 2012

VRE Knowledge Base The purpose of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is to help researchers from all disciplines to work collaboratively by managing the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in carrying out research on both small and large scales. This website aims to support funding bodies, institutions and researchers who are ...

Humanities Research Group Working Papers

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Humanities Research Group (HRG) has been publishing this series of Working Papers in the Humanities since 1993. A glance at the titles that have appeared in this series provides a summary of some of the most important and interesting issues to have occupied society in the past two decades, ...

Using Social Media for Research

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Today nearly a Billion people use Facebook, and more than 500 million use Twitter to connect, share and interact with one another. YouTube receives more than 4 Billion video views per day, millions of people blog, and there are than more than 14 million articles on Wikipedia. Social Media today ...

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management

Monday, August 27th, 2012

PDF available of Final report of the LIBER working group on E-Science / Research Data Management. From the Report :- Introduction LIBER installed the ‘E-Science working group’ in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it ...

The long tail of academic publishing and why that isn’t a bad thing

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Universities are foolish to focus on academic superstars at the expense of staff that expand the ‘long tail’ of research. David Glance argues that increasing the numbers of academics who can publish and encouraging collaboration are better fixes than increasing the number of superstars. In 2004, Wired Editor Chris Anderson wrote ...