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I might as well call my home office "the library." Some people decorate their walls; I have books. 

It's been about half a year since I posted, below the four books I had been reading on paper. For two of them, I switched back to a Kindle and/or laptop. They were more work related than I'd expected. Connectivity is a factor, but reading offline might also be too relaxing to feel productive.

On paper, fingers reach to search, or to copy/paste before I remember. My first thought was that the urge to be distracted is itself distracting. More than attention span, though, it's the itch to interact, to say or make something in reply.

Once upon a time, I scribbled miles of notes into the margins of my books and journals and papers. Like everyone did and many still do. The Tablet PC rescued me from unsearchable waste a long time ago, but I still find it annoying. Where is the robot that will ingest all my library, files, and notes.

In place of the paper books I shelved, I pulled out an oversized edition of Daumier's Politicians and a cheap but charmingly old copy of Bryant's early poems. Is there still a unique joy in art on paper, or only in unusual form? Don't I want to interact with it? Am I mistaking print for authenticity because that's how I learned to read and write?

I don't know what it is. Yesterday, I got up and went to a dictionary to sort out a word. I don't know what got into me but it was satisfying, like I learnt it better. Maybe by walking over there and taking a minute, I did.
I usually read online or on my Kindle, but these are the four olde fashioned books I have open at the moment. They're on the coffee table in my home office -- more room for stickers there than on my laptop.

In Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel teach fundamentals of journalism but for everyday folks, now that "everyone is a journalist." I am grateful to have gotten to know Kovach a bit, he has long been an #opengov hero of mine. We can thank him personally for standing up to instigate the first sunshine law, leading in no small part to a great turn toward open government. Tie that to journalism and the shift to new media, and you see the future of change that is still beginning in science, with a turn toward #openscience. <>

I am studying up on the IGY for reasons I look forward to sharing soon.

Ready Player One < > is #scifi I can recommend, from a former coworker (thanks Jenn!); haven't seen the film.

I'm rereading a couple bits in The Fourth Paradigm <> which I could not recommend more, and it's free to read. I was there for the release of this first (still only?) CC licensed book from Microsoft, my friend Lee Dirks presiding at MSR in Redmond. Jim Gray, Lee, and other friends have passed away, but their work is very much alive.
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Being a child of the 80's...Ready Player One was pure gold to me.
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The Open Source Beehives project is crowd sourcing a solution to the bee colony collapse problem. We want you to bee the solution!

Join us for a free public event to launch the OSBH crowd funding campaign. We'll be presenting the project, and releasing our two latest hive designs: the Colorado Top Bar v5 and Warré v2.

You can see more about the project at

Please join us in person at Green Spaces in Denver, or via Google Hangouts. If you'd like to host your own Open Source Beehives launch party, you can find all the resource you'll need via the link below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

You can download our launch party resources here:
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Open Tech Collaborative. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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"Science requires openness to flourish," said Neil deGrasse Tyson on +COSMOSonTV.

It was so nice to hear #OpenScience  plugged on  #Cosmos  that we put together this commemorative graphic. cc +Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club
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This tweet:
seems to have struck a nerve. I'd love to hear from others who have left academia and are now doing science communication about their experiences/frustration accessing journals for primary source info, and how paywalls affect the overall quality of science journalism.
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+Grant Jacobs Good post. Yet another dimension of this issue people need to be aware of.
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Obama White House repeats call for public access to publicly-funded research.

From +The White House FY 2015 budget request (p. 41): "By opening up Government-generated assets including data and the fruits of federally funded research and development (R&D) — such as intellectual property and scientific publications — to the public, Government can empower individuals and businesses to significantly increase the public's return on investment in terms of innovation, job creation, and economic prosperity."

h/t +Heather Joseph 

#oa #openaccess #obama
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For his purposes I love what Alex, below is doing already. For researchers looking for a general, daily open notebook, I most often recommend WordPress.

+Open Science offers a version of WordPress customised for notebooks as a free, hosted service at <>. Among many other advantages, there is integration with services like Zotero and Figshare, or of course mainstream services like Flickr and YouTube.
Our university is trialling an Electronic Lab Notebook software, LabArchives. Someone asked me why I won't be using it, FYI here's my answer.

I'm more inclined to support open-source solutions. But open-source type solutions are currently harder to use I think, so for those who don't have the technical know-how and don't have time to acquire such skills, LabArchives may be the way to go.

For myself, I favor Github and also Open Science Framework for code and data archiving, and also for code management in the case of github.  For example, for the project I'm currently working on, I'm in a data analysis phase and am using github for all the version control through R, here: .

For archiving data, I'm currently inclined to use Open Science Framework, e.g. program code and data for experiments associated with an in-revision paper is here :
OSF actually doesn't require technical know-how at all (although they're adding integration with github, which I may use in future), but it's mainly just a place to drop files currently.

Neither GitHub nor OSF have daily-lab-notebook type functionality, but I don't need that because all the parameters and details associated with running a subject in an experiment are automatically saved by my PsychoPy program when I execute it, including a frozen copy of the code at the time it was run and system info.  For those using equipment not integrated together, like say a neuropsychological test done with paper and pencil, an EEG run somewhere else, and a behavioral test, a lab notebook might make more sense.
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