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Paul R. Pival
Calgary, AB
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Two seemingly-contradictory open data stories crossed my path today. First, The Scholarly Kitchen notes that Scientific Reports On Track To Become Largest Journal In The World, and one of the reasons may be that the PLOS ONE, the current Largest... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Distant Librarian
Disclaimer: I haven't actually tried either of these, but have heard the results of the first one, and the second one is such a good review it must be worth a look, right? :-) First up, a web-based podcast-recording studio... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
Tara Calishain at ResearchBuzz has posted part 2 of her 3 part series on creating and working with information traps, Setting up and sharing Google alerts. In this post I learned how to automatically create and populate columns in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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Somewhere along the line I subscribed to the JSON feed of the Govt. of Canada Open Data releases, so I get something that looks great in my Feedly list: But when I click through I get the JSON data instead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
Last week the Government of Canada released the latest draft of the new plan on Open Government, and I thought it was pretty good reading! Here are some of the things I learned, or highlighted as particularly interesting: Canada was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
TLDR: 0 Last week I was intrigued when this paper came out: Trust, tribalism and tweets: has political polarization made science a “wedge issue”?. In it, "Hel­muth and his North­eastern col­leagues ana­lyzed the Twitter accounts of U.S. sen­a­tors to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
This 17-page PDF was mentioned in the most recent CARL E-lert, but I can't find much else about it. I can tell you it contained links to several resources I hadn't been aware of. Here's the abstract: This document presents... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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A while back I started using Buffer to schedule posts to my social media accounts. I was always kind of annoyed when someone spammed my twitter feed with 20 posts during the 5 minutes they found themselves on twitter, and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
My colleague Christie pointed me to this interesting bit of research, Survey of scholarly communication tool usage. I'm pretty sure I didn't contribute to the original survey, but over 20,000 scholars did! The survey was run by two librarians from... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
Admittedly I haven't spent lots of time staying up-to-date on screencasting tools, but I have to admit I was surprised that a recent list on MakeUsOf, Record Your Desktop with These 12 Great Screencasting Apps, contained all new stuff to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
Received this email earlier today, and would like you to read it as well. If you're an information professional of any stripe and somehow not aware of Tara's work with ResearchBuzz, now's a perfect time. I currently subscribe to well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
I'm about halfway through an excellent Coursera MOOC called Getting and Cleaning Data, part of my plan to learn R. We were just shown a slide listing a bunch of collections where we could find data sets to play with,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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In the most recent TechSmith newsletter was a link to recent post on their site titled, 13 Tips for Recording Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. In addition to the useful information, it was nice to see the author using screencasts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
Turner, B., Fuchs, C., & Todman, A. (2015). Static vs. Dynamic Tutorials: Applying Usability Principles to Evaluate Online Point-of-Need Instruction. Information Technology & Libraries, 34(4), 30-54. doi:10.6017/ital.v34i4.5831 This article finds "that web usability testing was a useful tutorial-testing tool while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
A week or so ago I came across a series of posts from Spencer Greenhalgh in which he described how he used R to take a large group of collected tweets around the terrorist attacks in Paris in order to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
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This article showed up in the most recent issue of JAL: A Survey of Online Library Tutorials: Guiding Instructional Video Creation to Use in Flipped Classrooms, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages 751-757. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
Earlier this month I happened across a blog post from a company called OpenDataSoft (ODS) in which they described how they put together and mapped a list of over 1,600 Open Data portals around the world. I thought that was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
Rahul Saigal has an excellent step-by-step post on how to extract data from tables in PDFS with Tabula and OpenRefine. I've had great success with Tabula, and am really starting to get excited about OpenRefine as well, having just completed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
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Last month I posted about how Into The River had been banned in New Zealand; it was "illegal to supply the book to anyone or to display the book in or within view of a public place." As of October... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
I picked up a bookmark at my local branch the other day, and just now followed the URL to a new Kickstarter project by the Calgary Public Library Foundation for IdeaLab. They're looking for $100,000 to help fund a makerspace-type... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
I first heard about this on BoingBoing, and followed up with several other articles: Book case study - Into the River New Zealand bans award-winning teenage novel after outcry from Christian group Censorship is alive in New Zealand. I should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
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At The Travelin' Librarian, Michael Sauers alerts us to the fact that Windows 10 includes a built-in screencasting tool! The link to the full original article is http://betanews.com/2015/07/19/windows-10-secret-screen-recording-tool/. There's doesn't appear to be any after-the-fact editing available in this tool,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
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BoingBoing posts about a textile artist who makes scarves and ties that look like the good old due-date slip. S/he offers other designs as well, but why would you bother with those? Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
Totally reproducing a press release here, but there is no affiliate link included, it's just a friendly FYI if you've got kids interested in programming (or like to learn at a kids' level ;-) Summer can be tough on kids,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
My colleague Rob sent a link out about this new 2-page brief from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: a primer for researchers (pdf). So-called predatory publishers are those that lack discernible scholarship, academic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Distant Librarian