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Richie | Data is not an asset, it’s a liability
"Actionable insight is an asset. Data is a liability. And old data is a non-performing loan."
big-data  data  management  business  business-model  privacy 
september 2015 by tsuomela
The Maximums of Maximums: The Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Other Disasters That Worry Emergency Planners Most - The Atlantic
"The frustrating paradox for disaster planners is that even though people are fascinated by the risk of natural disasters, they seldom do much to prepare for them. That’s a problem that extends from the upper reaches of government down to individual citizens."
risk  disaster  management 
september 2015 by tsuomela
The Hague Declaration
"The Hague Declaration aims to foster agreement about how to best enable access to facts, data and ideas for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age. By removing barriers to accessing and analysing the wealth of data produced by society, we can find answers to great challenges such as climate change, depleting natural resources and globalisation."
data-curation  data  management  sharing  declaration  scholarly-communication 
june 2015 by tsuomela
iRODS (integrated Rule-Oriented Data System)
"The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is an open-source data management software in use at research organizations and government agencies worldwide. iRODS is a production-level distribution aimed at deployment in mission critical environments. It functions independently of storage resources and abstracts data control away from storage devices and device location allowing users to take control of their data. As data volumes grow and data services become more complex, iRODS is increasingly important in data management. The development infrastructure supports exhaustive testing on supported platforms; plug-in support for microservices, storage resources, drivers, and databases; and extensive documentation, training and support services."
infrastructure  data-curation  data  management  cloud-computing  sharing  repository 
december 2014 by tsuomela
"Zenodo is an open dependable home for the long-tail of science, enabling researchers to share and preserve any research outputs in any size, any format and from any science."
data-curation  data-sharing  science  data  management  tool  online  repository 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Islandora Website
"Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework.  Islandora was originally developed by the University of Prince Edward Island's Robertson Library, but is now implemented and contributed to by an ever-growing international community."
open-source  software  preservation  digital  assets  management 
october 2014 by tsuomela
White House launches ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with 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 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 by tsuomela
Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research | The White House
"The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have paid for. That’s why, in a policy memorandum released today, OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. OSTP has been looking into this issue for some time, soliciting broad public input on multiple occasions and convening an interagency working group to develop a policy. The final policy reflects substantial inputs from scientists and scientific organizations, publishers, members of Congress, and other members of the public—over 65 thousand of whom recently signed a We the People petition asking for expanded public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research."
science  government  federal  policy  data-curation  access  data  management 
august 2014 by tsuomela
A common global approach to research interoperability | CASRAI
"The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) is a non-profit standards development organization. We are an international community of leading research funders and institutions collaborating to ensure seamless interoperability of research information. We collectively develop and maintain a common data dictionary and advance best practices for data exchange and reuse between research teams, institutions, and funding agencies throughout the entire life-cycle of research activity."
data  management  research  data-curation 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Current Biology - The Availability of Research Data Declines Rapidly with Article Age
"Policies ensuring that research data are available on public archives are increasingly being implemented at the government [1], funding agency [2,3,4], and journal [5,6] level. These policies are predicated on the idea that authors are poor stewards of their data, particularly over the long term [7], and indeed many studies have found that authors are often unable or unwilling to share their data [8,9,10,11]. However, there are no systematic estimates of how the availability of research data changes with time since publication. We therefore requested data sets from a relatively homogenous set of 516 articles published between 2 and 22 years ago, and found that availability of the data was strongly affected by article age. For papers where the authors gave the status of their data, the odds of a data set being extant fell by 17% per year. In addition, the odds that we could find a working e-mail address for the first, last, or corresponding author fell by 7% per year. Our results reinforce the notion that, in the long term, research data cannot be reliably preserved by individual researchers, and further demonstrate the urgent need for policies mandating data sharing via public archives."
data-curation  data  management  time  research  biology 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Opening a can of data-sharing worms | Absolutely Maybe, Scientific American Blog Network
"Timothy Vines and colleagues did a study on how the reproducibility of data sets in zoology changes through time. They gathered 516 papers published between 1991 and 2011. And then they tried to track the data down. Even tracking down the authors was a challenge, never mind the actual data. As the years went by, a dwindling minority of papers were accompanied by author email addresses that still functioned. Vines’ luck with data was even worse. In the end, only 37% of the data even from papers in 2011 were still findable and retrievable. "
data-sharing  data  management  science  reproduction  accuracy 
september 2013 by tsuomela
Welcome to the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
"The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) was created in 2008 as part of an ongoing mission to meet the challenges of climate change and its effects on wildlife. The earth's climate, including changes in temperature, weather patterns, and precipitation, will likely result in significant effects on our nation's fish and wildlife resources now and in the future. Relatively little scientific information exists on which to base management strategies to help fish and wildlife adapt to climate change. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is meeting this challenge through the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and partnerships with the Department of the Interior's Climate Science Centers (CSCs)."
government  research  data  management  geography  geology  earth-science  climate-change  environment 
september 2013 by tsuomela
The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken - Forbes
"When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure. Nothing fractures corporate culture faster, and eviscerates talent development efforts more rapidly, than rewarding the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Don’t reward technical competency – reward aggregate contribution."
business  management  skills  competency  contribution  rewards  measurement  leadership 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Welcome to the Data Documentation Initiative | DDI - Data Documentation Initiative
"Welcome to the Data Documentation Initiative A metadata specification for the social and behavioral sciences  Use DDI to: Document your data across the life cycle Interoperate with others Do Data Intelligently (DDI)!"
data-collection  data  management  social-science  metadata  specification  documentation  xml 
february 2013 by tsuomela
What Your Culture Really Says - Pretty Little State Machine
"Culture is about power dynamics, unspoken priorities and beliefs, mythologies, conflicts, enforcement of social norms, creation of in/out groups and distribution of wealth and control inside companies. Culture is usually ugly. It is as much about the inevitable brokenness and dysfunction of teams as it is about their accomplishments. Culture is exceedingly difficult to talk about honestly. The critique of startup culture that came in large part from the agile movement has been replaced by sanitized, pompous, dishonest slogans."
culture  business  management  power  startup  cliche 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Apple After Steve Jobs: Does a Closed Software Company Need a Genius? : The New Yorker
"So what’s a technology firm to do? Each faces the open/closed question, and here is how to answer it. First and foremost, there will always be a complex tradeoff between closed and open designs, so there is no use being too religious in either direction. It is easy to underestimate open designs (no one thought Wikipedia would work), but even open systems need some points of control. In the end, the better your vision and design skills, the more closed you can try to be. If you think your product designers can duplicate the nearly error-free performance of Jobs over the past twelve years, go for it. But if mere mortals run your firm, or if you’re facing an extremely unpredictable future, the economics of error suggest an open system is safer. Maybe rely on this test: wake up, look in the mirror, and ask yourself, Am I Steve Jobs?"
business  management  open  closed  business-model  innovation  technology  open-source 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Bring back the 40-hour work week -
"What these studies showed, over and over, was that industrial workers have eight good, reliable hours a day in them. On average, you get no more widgets out of a 10-hour day than you do out of an eight-hour day. Likewise, the overall output for the work week will be exactly the same at the end of six days as it would be after five days. So paying hourly workers to stick around once they’ve put in their weekly 40 is basically nothing more than a stupid and abusive way to burn up profits. Let ‘em go home, rest up and come back on Monday. It’s better for everybody."
work  labor  overtime  time  business  neoliberalism  capitalism  management 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Does All Science Need to be Preserved? Do We Need to Save Every Last Data Point? « The Scholarly Kitchen
"There are at present few best practices for managing and curating data. Libraries have developed, over the decades, processes and plans for how to curate an information collection and to “de-accession” (i.e., discard) unwanted or unnecessary content. At this stage in the development of an infrastructure for data management, there is no good understanding of how to curate a data collection. This problem is compounded by the fact that we are generating far more data than we have capacity to store or analyze effectively."
data-curation  big-data  libraries  management  science  meteorology  astronomy  scholarly-communication 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to “The Office”
"Until now, that is. Now, after four years, I’ve finally figured the show out. The Office is not a random series of cynical gags aimed at momentarily alleviating the existential despair of low-level grunts. It is a fully-realized theory of management that falsifies 83.8% of the business section of the bookstore. The theory begins with Hugh MacLeod’s well-known cartoon, Company Hierarchy (below), and its cornerstone is something I will call The Gervais Principle, which supersedes both the Peter Principle and its successor, The Dilbert Principle. Outside of the comic aisle, the only major and significant works consistent with the Gervais Principle are The Organization Man and Images of Organization. "
title(TheOffice)  business  organizations  management  career  sociopathy  success 
july 2012 by tsuomela
A Step-by-Step Guide to Tribal Leadership: Part 1: The Five Stages of Tribal Culture « emergent by design
I just finished reading Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, an amazing book that teaches how to build a better organization in which the best people want to work and make an impact. The book is based on a 10-year research study with 24,000 people across two dozen organizations from around the world.
book  review  management  business  organizations  leadership  tribes  dunbar-number  sociology  communication  stages 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Confessions of a Community College Dean: Collegiality
"I think a more useful approach might be to look at other venues in which educated professionals work, and to see how they handle the talented-but-insufferable. Academe isn’t unique in having egos, or power struggles, or internal politics." Annotated link
academia  personality  management  conflict 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Journal of Public Economic Theory - Managing Climate Change
"Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to announce a special issue of the Journal of Public Economic Theory on Managing Climate Change. This issue is edited by two internationally renowned economists who combine the expertise of economic theory - with its application to issues at the forefront of climate change - and its economic consequences. Editors Roger Guesnerie and (Lord) Nicholas Stern are passionate about their subject and have sought out leading researchers in the area of climate change to contribute to the issue. The contributors include, among others, Professors William Nordhaus of Yale University, Martin Weitzman of Harvard University, Ujjayant Chakravorty, and Thomas Sterner.

The articles in the issue address the timely and undeniably important question of how to evaluate the potential consequences of current economic decisions. Intertemporal values will have a profound effect on any assessment of the issues and on the shaping of policy and must be examined directly. A central issue is the probability of catastrophic future events and how these should be taken into account. Innovation and radical technological change must be at the heart of emissions reductions, but policy to foster the change must be carefully crafted - the pace and time path of emissions reductions are crucial, not just the eventual flow."
climate-change  economics  management 
april 2012 by tsuomela
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