- Harvard Office for Scholarly CommunicationDirector, 2013 - present
- Harvard Open Access ProjectDirector, 2011 - present
- Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
- Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
- Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
- Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.
My first choice would be to add all my communities to a circle called My Communities, or add them to several circles according to their topics or priority for my time. But G+ doesn't (yet) let us add communities or collections to circles. I've requested this feature elsewhere.
Meantime, how does G+ expect us to solve this problem? Without a solution, we can technically follow many communities, but realistically read just a few.
Microsoft told me on November 12 that someone changed my Skype password. It wasn't me, and I've been trying ever since to verify myself and reclaim the account. Every attempt has failed (long story) and Skype customer service has been smug and useless (second long story). It's been a nightmare. One day I may blog the experience, simply to put it on the public record.
But for now I'm cutting to the chase: Have you received any Skype messages apparently from me since November 12? If so, I hope you can take a moment to let me know. Please use email (email@example.com), not Skype.
Secondary question: Has anyone had any luck in getting responsive responses from a human being at Skype customer service? If so, what's your secret?
#skype, #skypefail, #microsoft, #microsoftfail, #fail,
I'm sure you've heard many suggestions. Humanitarian aid. Yes, by all means. Military aid. Yes, if properly targeted. There are many variations on these two themes.
Here's a suggestion I haven't heard yet. Americans can help the French by articulating the mistakes we made in responding to 9/11.
We don't have to assume that Americans agree on what the mistakes were. In fact, we can assume that we don't agree. But at least we're now free to discuss the question, and -- to start my own list right here -- we were not free to discuss that question in 2001 or for several years afterwards.
We don't have to assume that French people aren't acutely aware of some of these mistakes. But we can assume that ordinary French citizens would welcome the support of ordinary US citizens in documenting these mistakes and arguing against their repetition.
I hope others will join in building the list or expanding the conversation. Here are two contributions of my own.
Reflections on 9/11, One Year Later, September 11, 2002.
Excerpt: "Our country is less free. The government is removing information from the internet and federal repository libraries under the theory that keeping citizens uninformed is a price worth paying for keeping terrorists uninformed. In the USA Patriot Act, Congress gave the executive branch enormous new powers of surveillance, detainment, and secrecy, and many members of Congress admit that they did not have time to read the bill before voting. The Justice Department refuses to disclose how it is using its new powers under the Patriot Act, even to the House Judiciary Committee which oversees the Justice Department. The FBI has lied more than 75 times to the secret intelligence court whose approval is needed for Patriot Act wiretaps and other intercepts. One of our leaders has said that questioning our leaders only gives support to terrorism....I regret the loss of this freedom, but I want to make a different point. I regret above all the widespread acceptance of this loss over the past year. One recent poll shows that nearly half of the American public believes that the First Amendment goes too far in protecting freedom of speech, and another shows that two-thirds support government censorship of the internet even when it doesn't help fight terrorism....If the discussion were allowed to proceed freely, and with adequate information, then it's likely that we'd agree that some of the new limitations on our freedom are temporary necessities to detect threats to the country. But I believe that we'd also agree that some of the new limitations on our freedom have no connection to national security and were cynically enacted using 9/11 as a pretext, and that some were good-faith overreactions that can now be corrected...."
Access to Dangerous Knowledge: Reflections on 9/11 Ten Years Later, November 2, 2012.
Excerpt: "The US hasn't suffered a major terrorist attack in ten years. So why bring this up now? The main reason is that we're one attack away from facing these questions all over again. The next time we face these questions, we'll improvise a new set of answers. We won't be calm, and we won't be in a mood to extract lessons from history. If our experience ten years ago is any guide, our leaders will feel immense pressure to find a set of adequate-looking answers and to appear to be united about them. The national mood will quickly limit our freedom to debate the answers. (Dick Cheney: To question our leaders is to help terrorism.) Those who want to restrict the conversation will do so in the name of the freedom they want to restrict....The US has erred needlessly far on the side of safety. We have studied our response ten years ago and should take note of the conclusions. 'Thomas H. Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 commission, said that three-quarters of the classified material he reviewed for the commission should not have been classified in the first place....' A 2004 study by the Rand Corporation concluded that the U.S. federal government deleted too much previously-OA information from government web sites in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks...A 2007 study by the National Research Council concluded that legitimate security concerns 'do not justify the use of extreme measures that could serve to significantly disrupt the openness that has characterized the U.S. scientific and technology enterprises....' We can be sensitive to danger and [still] think that the United States overreacted badly after 9/11 in restricting access to knowledge. But will we remember this when we need to?"
#911lessons #FranceAttacks #ParisAttacks
Open textbooks can be just as good (rigorous and effective) as the best non-OA textbooks. Here's a new study confirming it.
We already knew that OA journals can be just as good as the best non-OA journals. But on both fronts (textbooks and journals) there are doubters. Moreover, there are wretched examples of OA textbooks and OA journals, which some mistake (innocently or cynically) for representative examples. So bring on the empirical studies!
Nobody thinks the worst subscription journals are representative of their class, let alone the best specimens of their class. So why do so many people -- so many academics who ought to care about evidence -- make this mistake with OA journals and OA textbooks? I have charitable and uncharitable answers to this question. But here's my charitable answer. Subscription journals have been around long enough for us to discriminate. But we had to learn to discriminate. Undergraduates and young graduate students often think all journals are equivalent in quality and differ only in topic or methodological orientation. But if they stay in the field, they start to see quality differences as well. Many academics are still at the bottom of this learning curve for OA journals and OA textbooks, or their experience is limited to the bottom tiers of quality and doesn't yet extend to the top tiers of quality.
#oa #openaccess #oer
If we only care about the confirmation that comes from replication (as opposed to access for readers), does this mean that most of the time we can replace open access, open data, and open code from the original experiment -- which facilitate replication -- with open data on predictions about the replicability of the experiment?
Between Orland and Penobscot, #Maine.
If you only read the Twitter version of the Open Access Tracking Project ( , @oatp), then you're only seeing a fraction of its total output.
OATP generates RSS, and all the RSS-to-Twitter services we know about abridge the feed.
Since September 2013, OATP has used TwitterFeed, which abridges the feed to five items every 30 minutes. DLVR.IT has the same limit. Feedburner would only abridge it to eight items every 30 minutes, but has the fatal side effect of dropping links.
We don't post more than 5-8 items every 30 minutes around the clock. But we do post in spikes, several times a day, and these posting limits cramp our style and limit coverage for Twitter users.
Does anyone know an RSS-to-Twitter service that doesn't abridge the feed at all? Isn't this a problem that someone has already solved?
Don't forget that you can subscribe to an unabridged version of the OATP feed by RSS <http://goo.gl/1bdgz>, Atom <http://goo.gl/vKg5kJ>, JSONP <http://goo.gl/qe6vQ4>, or email <http://goo.gl/Ketmav>. Or you can view an HTML version of the unabridged feed organized like a blog <http://goo.gl/JyGJG4>, with the most recent items at the top. Or you can go to TagTeam and search the complete OATP database <http://goo.gl/8MJKR1> by tag and/or keyword.
For most users, we recommend the email feed. You'll receive one well-formatted email per day. You can skim it, read it, click through on the parts of interest, delete it, or save it in your email archive for later reading or searching.
Bottom line: Don't let the limitations on the Twitter version of the feed keep you from taking full advantage of OATP's comprehensive coverage of OA-related news and comment.
#oa #openaccess #oatp #tagteam #twitter
Here's why I ask. I follow many Communities and Collections. But I don't want to click on each one separately to see the updates. And my home stream is too full of miscellaneous posts (by topic and by priority) to be useful, especially when time is tight, and time is always tight. Before Communities and Collections, I solved this problem by creating a circle called "1" for top-priority reading. If I only have a little time, I read everything in "1" and move on. Circle "2" is for second-tier items, "3" is for third-tier items, and so on. If I could put Communities and Collections into my existing circles, then it would be easier for me to read the posts I really want to read, and easier to ignore or defer the rest.
From the journal: "The editors of BMC [ ] Evolutionary Biology retract this article due to the decision by the corresponding author, Gangolf Jobb, to change the license to the software described in the article. The software is no longer available to all scientists wishing to use it in certain territories. This breaches the journal’s editorial policy on software availability which has been in effect since the time of publication. The other authors of the article, Arndt von Haeseler and Korbinian Strimmer, have no control over the licensing of the software and support the retraction of this article."
For background, see my post from September 30, 2015.
Kudos to !
Thanks to Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch.
Three African universities have adopted the type of OA policy recommended in the guide: (February 2011), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (March 2012), and the (December 2012). We're hoping the LIASA endorsement will encourage more to do so.
#oa #openaccess #liasa
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