Author Archives: robinna

Respect and the arts – thoughts on Sarah Jones

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Sarah Jones incident. By all accounts, Sarah Jones was doing her job appropriately and responsibly, but it seems that she was put into a dangerous situation by those in charge. It’s possible that she may have very well saved others’ lives – if the train derailed because of the camera equipment and bed on the track, it would ...

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Information Literacy Standards in Higher Ed – Draft and survey request

Framework draft for Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Ed: http://acrl.ala.org/ilstandards/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Framework-for-IL-for-HE-Draft-1-Part-1.pdf Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCVY3GW It will be interesting to see how these mesh with the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/visualliteracy Time to provide some feedback and your thoughts.

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Wow – nonsense / fake articles appear in Science and Nature

Wowsa… “SCIgen is supposed to be a lark: its creators claim at the top of the homepage that “Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.” But as Nature News and others reported, two major science publishers, Springer and IEEE, are in the process of removing more than 120 published studies from their databases after they were discovered to be SCIgen-generated nonsense. Eric ...

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Programming advice

So, someone asked me how I learned all of the web stuff that I know. It’s a combination of a lot of different resources but what I finally realized is the secret to everything (perhaps, even life itself): All you really need to understand is the structure, some of the basic commands, and how the code works. With that and a good cheatsheet, you can ...

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3D technology – the next industrial revolution

As schools across the country are beginning to prepare children for what some have called “the next industrial revolution” by assimilating 3D printing technology into their curriculum, toy manufacturing giant Hasbro is planning to incorporate the technology into kids’ playtime. More here and here References:http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/3d-systems-hasbro-team-bring-3d-printing-playtime http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/17/hasbro-3d-printing-children-kids

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U.S. Copyright Office seeks comments on orphan works & mass digitization under U.S. copyright law

“Background: The Copyright Office is reviewing the issue of orphan works [1] under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to advise Congress on potential legislative solutions. As part of its current review, the Office is considering recent developments in the legal and business environments regarding orphan works in the context of: (1) occasional or isolated uses of orphan ...

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