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Paul R. Pival
Calgary, AB
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I'm nearly done listening to an episode of What On Earth, from the CBC, which talks about a couple of books on climate change that have been written for kids. I know my teenage daughter is anxious about the future... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2022 at The Distant Librarian
Because of my role supporting qualitative data analysis at MPOW, I'm always on the lookout for new transcription tools (see my current list here). The latest issue of the Wonder Tools newsletter introduces several new-to-me automated tools to record conversations.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at The Distant Librarian
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I received an email touting: Exact Editions is providing access to a digital collection of non-fiction books related to the history and culture of Ukraine in support of the Ukrainian people during these difficult times. The collection currently contains 18... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2022 at The Distant Librarian
One of the most well-written podcasts (oh, and I guess it's a radio show too) out there is Terry O'Reilly's Under The Influence. Terry tells stories of how marketing works (and sometimes doesn't), and it's always an entertaining and fascinating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at The Distant Librarian
I have never given a second thought to ensuring I've chosen the correct/most recent version of a creative commons license. That's changed, because I just finished reading Cory Doctorow's post, A Bug in Early Creative Commons Licenses Has Enabled a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2022 at The Distant Librarian
One of my more popular posts from the past few years was Thoughts on building my first bar chart race with Flourish, so HT to @ResearchBuzz, who recently pointed to this post on Hongkiat: 5 Tools to Create Bar Chart... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2022 at The Distant Librarian
It's a premature title, as I don't actually have access to Project Shasta yet, but this announcement makes it sound very similar to Descript: Adobe’s Project Shasta is an AI-powered, web-based audio editor. I have requested access, though, and will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
A big part of my job these days is supporting campus researchers in their use of NVivo, a tool for analyzing qualitative data. While NVivo does offer some data visualization options, in my workshops I describe it as, "Microsoft Office-level".... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Originally noted by ResearchBuzz, from PsyPost: The “Sci-Hub effect” can almost double the citations of research articles, study suggests. The researchers found that articles downloaded from Sci-Hub were cited more frequently compared to articles not downloaded from Sci-Hub. After controlling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
I was alerted to a new(ish?) feature within Google Scholar earlier this week by this blog post: What does this new Google Scholar “Public Access” feature mean for me or my work? More information on the Google Scholar site itself:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Last month, I posted about how a patron request prompted me to collect the historical COVID-19 R-values for Alberta. That data is available on a public Google Sheet, but I had meant to throw up a chart as well. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
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Apparently parts of this have been around for a couple of years, but it just came on my radar last week with this blog post. Did you know that Excel can do lookups from providers like Wolfram, Bing, and Power... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Filed under stuff no citizen should have to do, today I went through pages archived by the Wayback Machine in order to provide a patron with historical R-Value data for COVID-19 for the Province of Alberta. This information is updated... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
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The Data Journalism Handbook has been updated from its original 2012 edition, and is available to purchase or for free download from the publisher. When I first tweeted about this a month ago, @Gersart wondered who was responsible for the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Google just announced what they're calling Google Earth’s biggest update in years. With Timelapse in Google Earth, 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled into an interactive 4D experience. Now anyone can watch time unfold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Just a couple of quick updates. First, in December, I posted about my initial experience with Alberta's new(?) FOIP process. And then I actually submitted that request on January 26. So the fact that I was never notified that my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Well that was a sobering read. A few weeks ago the following post by Barbara Fister was circulated at MPOW: Lizard People in the Library. We were supposed to have a discussion about it, but I wasn't able to make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Here's a good article from the University of Alberta student newspaper: Queering Zoom: students and educators say online learning must be more inclusive. A couple of points and counterpoints: While professors often include anti-harassment and inclusionary policies in their syllabus,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
Well this seems like good news. One of the biggest annoyances of trying to do research on Twitter, IMHO, is the difficulty in obtaining older tweets. There are workarounds, such as using a previously-captured dataset from Documenting the Now, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at The Distant Librarian
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On December 8, I noticed the Govt. of Al... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at The Distant Librarian
For a meeting last week at MPOW we were asked to read Algorithms of Oppression, by Safiya Umoja Noble. As a cis, white male, I found it a good reminder of a lot of stuff I am vaguely aware of,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at The Distant Librarian
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Thank goodness I haven't personally experienced this while teaching / presenting via Zoom, but I have been a participant in a workshop that was Zoom bombed, and that was traumatic enough. I can't even imagine how nasty that would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at The Distant Librarian
Not my original post, but Zapier has a post looking at the best screen recording software in 2020. Definitely useful if you're prepping for online delivery in the months to come! Plenty of choices for Windows, macOS, and even mobile,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at The Distant Librarian
Every few months I get an email from someone looking for some help with the Hydrator tool I wrote about back in 2017. Hydrator is a simple tool to rehydrate twitter ids into full tweets. From the Hydrator GitHub page,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at The Distant Librarian
Earlier this week I was trying to help a student find CO2 emissions data for Alberta going back to 1985, and have so far been unsuccessful. According to the Canadian Greenhouse Gas Measurement Program, measurements began in 1975, at least... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at The Distant Librarian