Monthly Archives: December 2010


The first Internet search engine I used, back in about 1990, was Archie. This was an index of content hosted across the internet on ftp servers; mostly software but there were documents and databases too.  Archie didn’t feel much like … Continue reading

Posted in Searching | 11 Comments

Hurtling towards Christmas

We are speeding towards 25 December, being sucked inexorably into the black hole of Christmas – that infinite mass of festivity and self-indulgence that you can only escape from if you are equipped with the Scrooge-on factor. Usually I like … Continue reading

Posted in Froth | 7 Comments

Fees, subscriptions and the messy business of payments

Martin Fenner has posted on Gobbledygook about submission fees and open access, drawing attention to the release of a report on submission fees that was commissioned by Knowledge Exchange, a partnership of JISC (United Kingdom), SURF (Netherlands), DEFF (Denmark) and … Continue reading

Posted in Journal publishing, Open Access | 9 Comments

Trading places

I started blogging on Nature Network in August 2008 but this will be my last post here. I am grateful to Nature Network for helping to get me started with blogging. I started as a reader and occasional commenter here, … Continue reading

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Out, out damned print!

We all like to grumble about Safety Departments. They are a wonderful source of red tape – always fussing over unsound practices and health and safety rules.  I think safety officers tend to have a slightly obsessive nature. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Future of Libraries, Libraries and librarians | Tagged | 8 Comments

Patience please!

I am just getting started on OT. Please be patient for a day or two.

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