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Taiga Forum | Challenging boundaries in academic libraries
"Taiga’s goal is to build a robust community of practice for senior academic library leaders who cross traditional organizational boundaries to focus on creating the future within our organizations. Whether your leadership portfolio includes digital libraries, technical services, public services, information technology, e-research, scholarly communications or collection development, Taiga welcomes all Assistant/Associate University Librarians; Assistant/Associate Deans or Directors; Chief Technology Strategists, or similarly-ranked staff to join the Taiga community. Taiga sponsors annual forums, informal discussions and social networking opportunities at professional meetings; and an engaging online community. Come join our conversations!"
libraries  library  culture  profession  change 
august 2014
Scribe Publications | What About Me?
"According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today’s pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses, while individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives. In What about Me?, Paul Verhaeghe’s main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of thirty years’ acceptance of neo-liberalism, free-market forces, and privatisation, and the resulting relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live."
book  publisher  markets  capitalism  success 
august 2014
AlphaGalileo
"Since its foundation by the UK's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council in 1998, AlphaGalileo has successfully promoted research by supporting communication between researchers, journalists and the public."
research  media  pressrelease 
august 2014
Verification Handbook: homepage
"The Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. In a crisis situation, social networks are overloaded with situational updates, calls for relief, reports of new developments, and rescue information. Reporting the right information is often critical in shaping responses from the public and relief workers; it can literally be a matter of life or death."
user-generated-content  disaster  emergency  social-media  verification  data 
august 2014
Home | The Public School
"THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. It is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything."
education  learning  autodidactic 
august 2014
SPT v6n2 - Thing Knowledge - Function and Truth
"Elsewhere I have argued for a materialist epistemology that I call "thing knowledge." This is an epistemology where the things we make bear our knowledge of the world, on a par with the words we speak. It is an epistemology opposed to the notion that the things we make are only instrumental to the articulation and justification of knowledge expressed in words or equations. Our things do this, but they do more. They bear knowledge themselves, and frequently enough the words we speak serve instrumentally in the articulation and justification of knowledge borne by things."
epistemology  philosophy  objects  knowledge  embodied  cognition 
august 2014
A balancing act: The ideal and the realistic in developing Dryad’s preservation policy | Mannheimer | First Monday
"Data preservation has gained momentum and visibility in connection with the growth in digital data and data sharing policies. The Dryad Repository, a curated general–purpose repository for preserving and sharing the data underlying scientific publications, has taken steps to develop a preservation policy to ensure the long–term persistence of this archived data. In 2013, a Preservation Working Group, consisting of Dryad staff and national and international experts in data management and preservation, was convened to guide the development of a preservation policy. This paper describes the policy development process, outcomes, and lessons learned in the process. To meet Dryad’s specific needs, Dryad’s preservation policy negotiates between the ideal and the realistic, including complying with broader governing policies, matching current practices, and working within system constraints."
data-curation  preservation  repository  online  policy 
august 2014
Academic urban legends
"Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact, based on various forms of rumors. Some of these rumors appear so frequently, and in such complex, colorful, and entertaining ways that we can think of them as academic urban legends. The explanation for this phenomenon is usually that authors have lazily, sloppily, or fraudulently employed sources, and peer reviewers and editors have not discovered these weaknesses in the manuscripts during evaluation. To illustrate this phenomenon, I draw upon a remarkable case in which a decimal point error appears to have misled millions into believing that spinach is a good nutritional source of iron. Through this example, I demonstrate how an academic urban legend can be conceived and born, and can continue to grow and reproduce within academia and beyond."
academic  research  journal  article 
august 2014
On The Invisible Bridge | Easily Distracted
Thoughts on Rick Perlstein book about history of conservatism.
history  conservatism  context  contingency 
august 2014
» The big data brain drain The Sociological Imagination
"This provocative post by Jake VanderPlas argues that “the skills required to be a successful scientific researcher are increasingly indistinguishable from the skills required to be successful in industry” and that important implications follow from this for the future of higher education. There is a “new breed of scientist” that the academic world increasingly struggles to retain:"
big-data  science  business  rewards  incentives 
august 2014
White House launches ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm - The Washington Post
"The White House on Monday announced that it is formally launching a new U.S. Digital Service and that it has hired to lead it Mikey Dickerson, an engineer widely credited with playing a central role in salvaging HealthCare.gov after its disastrous launch. The idea behind the USDS, as the White House has taken to calling it, is institutionalizing the approach that saved the health care site and applying it to the work of the government even before disaster strikes."
federal  government  america  technology  software  development  management 
august 2014
George Packer on Rick Perlstein’s “The Invisible Bridge”
Review of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein
book  review  1970s  history  conservatism  politics  about(RonaldReagan) 
august 2014
Culture Machine
"Culture Machine is an international open-access journal of culture and theory, founded in 1999. Its aim is to be to cultural studies and cultural theory what 'fundamental research' is to the natural sciences: open-ended, non-goal orientated, exploratory and experimental. All contributions to the journal are peer-reviewed."
journal  academic  critical-theory  cultural-theory  theory  culture 
august 2014
Corporate America Hasn’t Been Disrupted | FiveThirtyEight
"The U.S. economy, in other words, has become less flexible, more risk-averse and slower to react to changing circumstances. Maybe it could use a little disruption."
economics  entrepreneurship  future  growth  technology  disruption 
august 2014
A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age - The Atlantic
"Meet Jason Silva, the fast-talking, media-savvy "performance philosopher" who wants you to love the ecstatic future of your mind."
interview  performance  philosophy  video  viral  culture 
august 2014
Text Analysis with Topic Models for the Humanities and Social Sciences — Text Analysis with Topic Models for the Humanities and Social Sciences
"Text Analysis with Topic Models for the Humanities and Social Sciences (TAToM) consists of a series of tutorials covering basic procedures in quantitative text analysis. The tutorials cover the preparation of a text corpus for analysis and the exploration of a collection of texts using topic models and machine learning."
text-analysis  topics  digital-humanities  modeling  semantics 
august 2014
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