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Paul R. Pival
Calgary, AB
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The other day Google Earth released updated historical imagery, so I thought it'd be neat to take a peek at two spots I know have grown a lot since 1985, the date of the earliest imagery. I also wanted a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Distant Librarian
Yesterday was a pretty good day for Open Data in Alberta. First, the City of Calgary went live with a Socrata version of their Open Data portal. Previously they had been running on some sort of Microsoft SharePoint (my guess)... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Distant Librarian
Mita Williams has an excellent blog post titled Why Libraries Should Maintain the Open Data of Their Communities. It's a long (for a blog post), but important read, and includes an excellent history of how Canadian government data has evolved,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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Surely someone smarter than me can think of something interesting to do with the following? National Research Council peer reviewed publications, 2015 National Research Council peer reviewed publications, 2014 National Research Council peer reviewed publications, 2013 National Research Council peer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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A few weeks ago two new data sets appeared on the Open Data Canada website, WD - Grants and Contributions over $25,000 and Project Geo-Information, which "provides geographical information on projects issued by or on behalf of Western Economic Diversification... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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A new data set was recently released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Land Use for 2010. As I was poking at it I saw that this data set in turn leads to an interactive map in which one can explore... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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GISLounge has a great post called How To Make a Map From Open Data Using a Spreadsheet, which is actually using Google Sheets specifically. Earlier today I also tripped across a post highlighting an excellent visualization of how to choose... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
I received an email from JP letting me know that a link on an old post of mine, The definitive guide to iOS screencasting, was no longer good. He knew that 'cause he'd just finished writing a much more comprehensive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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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 Aug 23, 2016 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