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Dennis D. McDonald
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Digital strategy, collaboration, project management.
Digital strategy, collaboration, project management.

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From the article: "Effective data governance requires planning and resources that are integrated with the parent program's management right from the start. Hoping that important data related decisions related to privacy, ownership, commercialization, sharing, interoperability, and public access will somehow “evolve” without an appropriate level of oversight and control is a recipe for inefficiency at best and political infighting and failure at worst."
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In the US, the NIH and NSF fund a variety of analysis systems that track research portfolios through citation, perhaps they could be used to assess (or predictively model) the impacts of such "blockages."
The background to this story is that Germany and Sweden have been setting a great example to the rest of the world by refusing to let Elsevier walk all over them in negotiations. (My own country, the UK, talked tough and then meekly accepted a deal that basically changed nothing.) Interestingly, Elsevier decided at first not to cut off access to its journals. Why might they have done this? My interpretation, which could be wrong, is that they were afraid of the world seeing that an entire country can walk away from its expensive subscriptions to ScienceDirect, the Elsevier platform, and continue to function without any major inconvenience.

But of course, that left them in an awkward position: if they are letting you read their articles for no charge, then you have no incentive to reach a deal where you will start to pay for them -- quite the reverse. So now they have done what I suppose they had to do and finally cut off access to their papers. This is a very important moment: please, Germans and Swedes, hold firm. If it becomes clear that your academics are suffering badly, then maybe you'll have to do something, but it is in the interests of the whole world that you should do this experiment properly so that we get an idea of how serious the consequences are of not having access. Of course, I'm expecting that they will not be all that serious, which would, in principle at least, hugely improve the bargaining position of everyone who negotiates with Elsevier.
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Weekend posting is a busy one. A two-parter centered on Adam Smith, who should be the central hero of all liberals. But lots of interesting side trips into... applying Asimov's Three Laws to corporations? Applying VALUES and foresight to the "invisible hand"? I worked hard on this series. And the links will keep your mind muscular.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2018/07/re-discovering-adam-smith-controlling.html
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This conservative would take Obama back in a nanosecond
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The daily life of 18 scholars in Emperor Li Shimin's (598-649) think tank before he became emperor (2) - the scholars were offered a banquet by the prince after completed a project.

Note the ancient Chinese style food plate with cover held by a waiter.

Emperor Li Shimin of Tang Dynasty was one of the greatest Chinese monarchs. Following a time-honoured tradition, he set up a think tank since he was a prince. The 18 scholars from his think tank helped him establish one of the most powerful and prosperous dynasties in Chinese history more than 1,000 years ago.

This is an ink painting by Song artist Liu Songnian (刘松年 1174,-1224) centuries later, illustrating the daily life of the 18 scholars behind the man before he ascended to the throne.
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Ancient Chinese cutlery and food cabinet

From left to right: A porcelain rice pot, a teapot placed in a container with hot water to keep the tea warm, a wine jar placed in a bowl with hot water to keep the wine warm, a bamboo food cabinet

A part of an ink painting titled The Portraits of 18 Scholars (十八学士图) by Song Dynasty artist Liu Songnian (刘松年 1174,-1224)

The panting illustrates the daily life of 18 scholars serving at Tang Emperor Li Shimin's (598-649) think tank before he became emperor.
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From the article: "The committee that wrote the report, chaired by Alexa McCray of Harvard University, started with the assumption that open access from the outset of the research process is the most desirable state. The entirety of the research process, from its beginning through archiving of results, data, and tools used, should be made more open—a concept the report calls “open science by design.”"
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One of the fascinating people of the fair, Colonel Edmund Rice, served as commander of the Columbian Guard, the security and safety force that performed policing and fire-patrol duty inside the grounds of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago......
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