This is Paul R. Pival's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Paul R. Pival's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Paul R. Pival
Calgary, AB
Recent Activity
Here is an archive of tweets from this year's Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB) conference. You can search and filter the results here, and explore nifty visualizations here. All this courtesy of the excellent (and free) TAGS project. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
While I had actually read the article in question shortly after it first came out, I was unaware of the fallout until earlier this morning. This is a story you should be aware of. How I learned of it: Investigation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
Almost exactly a year ago I took a quick look at three automated transcription tools, and today there's another one to add to the mix, though this one's not free. NVivo has launched an automated transcription service and I'm impressed!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
The 7th edition of the Designing Libraries conference just wrapped up here at the U of Calgary, and I thought it'd be fun to capture the tweets using the hashtag #designinglibraries, so here you go: Here's the full archive (457... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
I first read about it on Reddit, followed shortly by the CANLIB-DATA Listserv, but as of today Google has a new search engine dedicated to research data sets, the cleverly-named Google Dataset Search. The good: Surfacing this stuff is great!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
The Atlantic recently posted a fascinating article looking at the problem of reproducibility in the field of psychology: Online Bettors Can Sniff Out Weak Psychology Studies So why can't the journals that publish them? Ed Yong breaks down the new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
I subscribe to The Daily, from Statistics Canada, and was intrigued earlier this week when they announced that Canadian Cancer Statistics 2018 would be released the following day. This was the first time I remembered seeing StatsCan announce that something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
AnyDesk is totally new to me, so I thought I'd make note of Gizmodo's post on 3 Simple, Free Apps for Accessing Your Home Computer From Anywhere. I use Chrome Remote Desktop at least weekly, and have used TeamViewer to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
Colleagues at work pointed to this long read on Medium: Open Access Knowledge: Digital Style Guide. In it, Patrick Dunleavy makes the case that, whenever possible, academic citations should point to "free" online versions of resources rather than the archaic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at The Distant Librarian
One of my all-time favourite open source tools is Open Refine, which "is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data." Today... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
One of my hats these days has me supporting students and faculty in the use of NVivo, a piece of software used for qualitative data analysis. Often people are wanting to analyze the text of recorded interviews, and of course... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Somehow I wasn't subscribed to the Google Scholar blog already, and missed last week's announcement that they'd made some tweaks to the interface of Google Scholar. Today though I was presented with a big link under the search box to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Lifehacker has a post describing how to Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar. Sounds great, except I recently switched back to Firefox after many years away, so found that there are a pair of extensions for FF that allow... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Until the end of 2017, de Gruyter is offering free access to its Rights, Action, and Social Responsibility ebook Collection for "all students and faculty". You do have to register, and it appears that when I did so, I did... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Thanks to a tip from my colleague Dani I learned that Factiva has recently added a filter for fake news. Like many things with Factiva (IMHO), it's not terribly intuitive to find, so here are the steps. You can either... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
I spent a couple hours today helping a student look for a shape file of the First People's Language Map of B. C. (or anything even close to it). No luck, but feel free to chime in if you know... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Some time ago I learned about from a post on ResearchBuzz. Since then, it's grown a bit, and I've been receiving useful weekly updates to a few hashtags I like to follow on the Twitter. In a nutshell, rather... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
For the past couple of weeks I've been helping a student gather a collection of historical tweets, based on specific hashtags. You may be aware that Twitter's search API limits searches to only the past week or so, which sucks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Last month I railed on the new Wayback Machine plugin for Chrome. Well they've been busy, and the current version solves many of my nitpicks on the initial version. has a post detailing 6 ways you can save pages... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Over the weekend Ed Summers released a tool called diffengine that monitors an RSS feed and then posts captures of any changed text to Twitter. It's meant for monitoring news sites, but could be used for anything that has an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Feb 2, 2017 update: improvements have been made! The other day I saw a headline about a new extension for the Chrome browser from the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine. I had initially ignored this, assuming it was the same thing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at The Distant Librarian
Having had this tab opened for what seems like forever, I finally got around to running some tests of autoEdit 2, an open-source automatic transcription tool (automatically creates a text file from a given audio or video file). This tool... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
As I did last year, I have captured all the tweets from this year's Semantic Web in Libraries conference using the TAGS tool for Google Sheets. As of this posting there are 630 tweets with the hashtag #SWIB, 573 of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
Over at the Apples with Many Seeds blog, which is attached to our Education Library, Tammy and Paula are putting together a great book list for this holiday season. Want to impress the young folk in your life with an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at The Distant Librarian
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 Dec 1, 2016 at The Distant Librarian