Author Archives: robinna

Free access to British publicly funded research

The British government is planning to make all publicly funded research freely accessible by 2014. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/15/free-access-british-scientific-research “British universities now pay around £200m a year in subscription fees to journal publishers, but under the new scheme, authors will pay “article processing charges” (APCs) to have their papers peer reviewed, edited and made freely available online.” This decision comes as a result of the Finch Report, which ...

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Semantic Web Technologies & Social Search (Introduction to Metadata)

This first chapter outlines the book but also includes a nice overview of metadata and how it fits into the web at large (and really all of the records we create). If you are new to metadata or interested in learning how metadata works on the web (& perhaps, try a few projects), you are definitely the audience we were targeting. While the context of ...

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One family’s digital archive (& mine too!)

Really interesting story of one family’s attempt to digitize and archive their photographs (http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2012/07/one-familys-personal-digital-archives-project/))  but what I found most interesting is that their challenges mirror what my family has been through with this process. I also found it interesting that they decided to use Picasa (Google software) for image editing. Both Picasa and Flickr support and retain metadata which is wonderful.  Of course the third party site ...

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Innovate or Die (thoughts on librarianship)

So, a few of us were discussing via various forms of social media, IM’ing – the works – the state of librarianship (post migraine, my brain makes random connections and kind of scattered —  a poor time for coding but a great time for absorbing ideas): Libraries are dreadfully underfunded and understaffed to the point where others are starting to try to do our work ...

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