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deborah ([personal profile] deborah) wrote2010-06-14 03:23 pm

Nature versus Nurture. And by "nurture" I mean "the amazing University of California libraries"

It's international "closing tabs so therefore linkspam" day. Actually, that was a month ago -- if you noticed the links at the bottom of this post are fairly dated, that's why.

Scholarly Publishing: California Versus Nature, Institutional Repositories, Humanities scholarship

  1. Dorothea Salo has some of the best around that I've seen of the smackdown between the University of California/CDL and Nature Publishing Group: "California throws the gauntlet in NPG's face", "Musings on worms turning", and "Gauntlet volleying". Via Dorothea, I also learned Bethany Nowviskie's amazing analogy for the entire situation: "fight club soap". I'm over in this corner, waving pom-poms for California.

  2. "Sudden Thoughts and Second Thoughts" on ACRLog, posits that it seems inappropriate that Capella University has put out a press release about their Primo-based institutional repository. I disagree, I think. One thing we all know is that we have abundantly failed thus far to let even faculty, let alone students and the general public, understand what repositories are, that they exist, and that they are valuable. Capella's attempt is a valid experiment. Goodness knows not many other communication methods have worked.

    If we avoid using popular modes of communication because they appear tacky (and I don't deny that it appears tacky), then we have only ourselves to blame if nobody knows we exist.

  3. Christine Borgman's "The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities" provides food for thought. Goodness knows I wish I had field-specific repositories in which I could deposit my scholarship. A lot of the digital humanities work I've seen up until this point involves the question of data in the humanities, but there is value added from digital scholarship even for those of us who don't work with data.

Librarians and archivists: no longer advanced

"serialization vs metadata schema/vocabulary" makes what I think is an incredibly important point: At one point, library cataloging was ahead of everyone else in structured data modelling, we were kind of the only game in town. That point ended around 50 years ago. And we’re still data modelling like computers don’t exist, forget data modelling for the web in particular. There are still challenges and unanswered questions, I don’t (some on code4lib might disagree) think these are all answered questions. But there are answered questions, you can’t engage with this without understanding the lessons of 50 years of data modelling for the computer environment, and that’s what discussions on NGC4Lib and RDA-L often seem to be doing to me.

Now, I think it's equally important to say that computer people often think that they invented the concept of information management, and don't listen to librarians and archivists when they talk about about classification from at least a century's worth of hard-fought knowledge. But it's amazing how hidebound library science is. It's amazing to me how loyally is tied to the crazy-ahead-of-the-game-when-they-were-created systems like MARC and EAD and Z39.50. I know I've ranted about this before, but XMLMARC? Really? Who thought that was a good idea?

Polymers for fuel cell technologies

Awesome thing at my university: "Polymers for fuel cell technologies". Four undergraduate interns are describing their summer research project on polymers for fuel cell technologies. Orthogonal to the science or the topic of the video, all four students are deaf or hard of hearing, and the science and the video is communicated via ASL. And thank you, Tufts Jumble, for presenting the video as being about the science. Because it is.

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