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also pay @bgcarlisle so they can upgrade the masto server to deal with how many new users are here now patreon.com/theresearchfairy

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Ich arbeite an einer großen Bibliothek/Forschungsinstitution in Hamburg, bin Theoretischer Informatiker und Semantiker, und besessen von Struktur und Strukturen. Ich lass mich jetzt mal auf Mastodon ein und freue mich, bekannte und neue Leute zu entdecken! #neuhier #introduction

Ah listservs, never change! Just joined one and received the following message:

"Welcome to the Listserv for the [X] Librarians, [X]-L. This list has been recently migrated (2009) from servers at [institution] to servers at the [current institution]."

Quasi-decentralized infrastructure that just keeps on ticking! So solid that nobody has even had to review the welcome message for the past decade 🤣

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PLEASE SHARE! I am soliciting stories about working in #HigherEd under austerity. Read more and contribute: t.co/TSwkHuCD0f

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What I enjoy the most is when I finish a course and I publish the materials in the repository of my university with CC-BY license :CreativeCommons:. Many of the materials by my colleagues are closed. The university warns students cannot share them to avoid copyright issues. Regarding my materials, I believe in the future any professor will be able to start from that point, without having to do everything from 0, etc. That means benefits for the students. So, it's good to publish them openly.😄

Low productivity + good news 

I've done almost nothing on my PhD since the first year of coursework, haven't even tried to pass comps yet at 2.5 years in, but a week or so ago won an award for "best practitioner paper" at the CAIS 2020 conference for a paper I co-authored, so I guess I'm not all bad

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Zoom, huhhhh wtf 

Janet Napolitano, former head of Department of Homeland Security and University of California chancellor, just joined Zoom's board of directors

what the fuuuuck

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

On the bright side, I can now uninstall the 450MB Creative Cloud and 2.5GB (!!!!) Acrobat DC.

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

Looks like I'll be purchasing a license to PDF X-Change Editor Plus ($54 USD) to make this thing work. That's the software my supervisor had to use to get his signature on it.

This process is *garbage*.

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

So now I've signed up for an Acrobat Pro DC trial account and downloaded the whole damned Creative Cloud to try and fix the fillable fields so that I can check off the required boxes and add my own digital signature.

And it doesn't work. Won't let me edit the document because there are already digital signatures on it (makes sense but now I have to ask the committee to start over?)

I mean, can't this be a simple web app using university authentication?

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

So as a grad student my committee and I all need to sign a progress report every 12 months. The problem is that it is a PDF form, and while the free-as-in-beer Acrobat Reader theoretically works if all of the boxes are checked off and all the text is filled out before everyone digitally signs off in sequence, inevitably someone signs it by editing the PDF to include an image and that breaks all the fillable fields. 1/2

university, web hosting, performance (lack thereof) 

Wow. One of our uni's research centres maintains a website hosted on Wix that takes 25 seconds to load a single page, and which gets a Lighthouse audit performance score of 5/100.

I understand they prefer the freedom of 3rd party hosting vs. the uni's web constraints, but WTH?

Zoom security, policies 

University IT: Zoom meetings can and should be scheduled with a password to avoid Zoombombing

University president's office, two days later: schedules an all-hands Zoom meeting sans password

Data analysis software 

Trying to convince a colleague who has been blocked for weeks by not having access to SPSS (due to social distancing measures) to try out Python + Pandas or R.

I'm pointing to software-carpentry.org/lessons as a set of reasonable lessons for someone new to programming.

Hoping they will give it a shot!

PhD timelines, family, COVID-19 

I started my doctoral program in 2018-2019.

No, family, my convocation ceremony has not been cancelled due to COVID-19. Could you at least give me four years before you start asking me about convocation?


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While we're all focused on the Corona crisis the US government is quietly pushing an internet #surveillance bill that is aimed at abolishing message encryption:

We should probably pay attention to this and spread awareness even if we are not American: eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/earn

emerald.com outage, paywalls 

Love trying to access a paper behind a paywall, only to get a Cloudfront 504 error.

What was that value that proprietary publishers add, again?

Data analysis tools 

Having gone through the process of learning pandas (I'm a long-time Pythonista) enough to merge, clean, and recode some survey results, I would feel more comfortable loading the data into PostgreSQL and munging the hell out of it there with CTEs, GROUP BYs, and aggregate functions, etc.

But... having a perfectly replicable, automated process from start to finish is nothing to sneeze at.

Basic data analysis (!) 

For the last two weeks our research team has been trying to agree on one number: how many people completed our survey.

I think I've finally convinced them that the number I've given, implemented in Python pandas, is the most correct.

This does not bode well for the real data analysis to follow :/

Data analysis 

So just descriptive stats for now. I haven't even started plotting data yet, but I'm looking forward to that.

So much better than fumbling around in a spreadsheet!

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