Archive for the ‘News’ Category

May 5, 2010 11

SciSurfer: real-time search on journal articles

By in News, Reading, Reference management, Resources, Writing

Tweet Imagine a world where real-time search is the norm. You will get just the information you seek landing on your lap the exact minute it becomes available, without you having to explicitly search for it. Will this change the way you do science? SciSurfer thinks it will. The release cycle of scientific knowledge is [...]

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February 14, 2010 4

Tenure denial starts shooting, kills three. Columbine in the academia?

By in Announcements, News

Tweet This is a quick note that may not surprise most people. Amy Bishop, at University of Alabama  Huntsville, just killed three colleagues and injured some more. It seems that this act may be related to having been denied tenure.  A PhD from Harvard, Amy Bishop had grants, and sat in a startup board, which [...]

September 19, 2009 2

Blogging is not (serious) writing, and that’s a good thing

By in News, Opinion, Uncategorized, Web 2.0, Writing

Tweet Is blogging writing? Of course! You say. I would have said the same, before I encountered Jaron Lanier’s essay: The question of new business models for content creators on the Internet is a profound and difficult topic in itself, but it must at least be pointed out that writing professionally and well takes time [...]


July 6, 2009 3 an interesting way to see trends in science

By in News, Reading, Reference management, Web 2.0

Tweet Maybe I’m getting out of touch, but it’s only now that I found sciencewatch. It’s a service of Thomson Reuters (the makers of Web of Science) that collects and displays statistics on recent trends in science. Example: Aug 2008 – SCHOLARLY USE OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB – Research Front Map – This [...]

June 7, 2009 6

Lawsuit over open-source Zotero dismissed

By in FOSS, News, Social Media, Software

Tweet Good news for FOSS and the entire industry, really. Thomson Reuters claim didn’t hold on court. In an ecosystem where all competitors are launching new creative features every day (Mendeley, Zotero, citeSmart, jabRef, etc), development of endNote seems glacial. EndNote maker’s lawsuit over open-source Zotero dismissed – Ars Technica