Category Archives: Research data

Digital skills – how do we …

The concept of digital skills is a bit slippery.  The term has changed its meaning as the digital universe has expanded. Jisc is currently doing some work in this area, led by Caroline Ingram. I attended an interesting workshop recently … Continue reading

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Book sequences

You may have seen some of my #nimrlibrarybyebye tweets. These were a sequence of tweets showcasing books that we have been transferring to other libraries. Each tweet included a photo of a book or a handful of books. I will … Continue reading

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ReCon 2016 – my favourite small conference

ReCon has become my favourite small conference about publishing and research. It’s held each June in Edinburgh. I attended it in 2015 and really enjoyed it. There were stimulating presentations on non-trivial topics, and plenty of interesting conversations over coffee and lunch. … Continue reading

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Numbers that limit us

The first big number that I remember learning about was Avogadro’s number, N, which is 6.022 x 1023 and represents the number of molecules in one gram-molecule of oxygen. My first chemistry teacher at school, Mr Horkan, was Russian-born and … Continue reading

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Dusty old data

Every now and then I am reminded that, once upon a time, I did a chemistry degree. I still feel some warmth towards the subject, though I have forgotten most of what I learnt. I still remember some of my … Continue reading

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Elsevier and the executable paper

Have you ever wanted to make your paper come alive with data? The results of a recent competition may help that to become a reality. Elsevier are fond of tapping into the scientific community’s ideas on the future of publishing. … Continue reading

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Managing and sharing data

The UK Data Archive (UKDA) has published the third edition of its guide Managing and sharing data. The 36-page guide is available as a free pdf download, or you can request the UKDA to send a print copy. Although written … Continue reading

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My Science Online London 2010 impressions

I attended the Science Online London 2010 conference (SOLo10) last week. There is a round-up of post-conference reports elsewhere on Nature Network.  This word cloud by Simon Cockell gives an idea of the key themes.  My personal highlights are below, … Continue reading

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Copyright, data and research

I have written on copyright before. It is one of those things that are important but very hard to raise much enthusiasm about. Praise is due therefore to the British Library for their latest effort. They have just released a … Continue reading

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Research data – JISC and MRC

The annual JISC conference is a great jamboree of new technologies relevant to teaching, learning and research. It is an event I look forward to each year as there is sure to be something of interest, and every now and … Continue reading

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