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Brian Tingle
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New #altmetrics analysis manuscript, submitted to PLoS ONE.
by +Jason Priem , me, and Brad Hemminger.

correlations! normalization! factor analysis! clustering! heatmaps!
across more than 20k articles.

Comments/suggestions/etc encouraged.

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The Publishers Association is complaining that the Research Councils UK didn't consult it before drafting a new OA policy.

Hello 1: This is a policy for access to publicly-funded research. Consulting a private interest is not necessary.

Hello 2: The RCUK released its draft for public comment. You're being consulted now, just like the rest of us.

Here are my comments on the draft policy <>.

#oa #openaccess #rcuk

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It's so great to see the Eolas patent struck down. We had firsthand knowledge of this case at O'Reilly, since +Dale Dougherty and +Pei Wei, who worked with us on GNN back in 1992 and 1993, have testified repeatedly in this trial over the past decade or more. Pei's work with Viola (see was clearly prior art, but it took till now for the court system to catch up with that obvious fact.

The current patent system is a terrible tax on invention, as it requires real inventors to spend time in court rather than focusing on making real things happen. We must remember that the patent system was supposed to "promote the progress of science and the useful arts," not to enrich people who know how to work the legal system.

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Stanford professors +Daphne Koller and +Andrew Ng are founding a company Coursera to scale up efforts to educate the world

The job postings at reveal that Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are founding a company. This is what it has to say:

"In Fall 2011, Stanford University’s free online classes (, delivered high quality courses to hundreds of thousands of students in 176 countries around the world. Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are founding a company that is following up on the success of these courses to scale up online education efforts to provide a high quality education to the world."

Some other excerpts from the job postings:

"We see a future where world-leading educators are at the center of the education conversation, and their reach is limitless, bounded only by the curiosity of those who seek their knowledge; where universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and Yale serve millions instead of thousands."

"Our approach will allow universities to provide an alternative to standard lecture classes for on-campus students. We propose a flipped classroom model, in which students use our interactive videos to watch the content in advance, and classroom time is used for a more meaningful and engaging interaction between faculty and students, and between students themselves."

At the time of writing, 6 open job positions were available: Course Support Technician, Senior Web Developer, Software Engineer, Summer Internship, UI/UX Designer, and Web Developer.

Source: Job postings at
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