@ksteimel I predict you will love Montréal. You're arriving at a great time to experience the city! I've been here for eight months and am on my way back to pack up and move back home this week.
It will be great to be with my family again but I will miss the city...
I was about to recommend zenodo.org as a data repository then discovered it has been down for over three hours. #notGoodTiming.
@bgcarlisle Alternate handle: "The research fury"
Archiving conference programs
So you might think a PhD symposium on information studies research might a) archive the website & program and b) include links for presenters and their presentations but (at least in my most recent anecdotal case) you would be wrong.
I went ahead and saved the current site in the Wayback Machine, sent my links to the organizers, and suggested they might want to create folders for each year of the symposium. But I'm sure they're tired!
@Petzlux Unfortunately there's also plenty of garbage to be found behind paywalls. A paywall is not a good proxy for authority or legitimacy.
Academic writing: word counts
@mmin For sure. Much of this is shaped by the expected audience: when the audience is "just a prof" with the goal of "complete an assignment" and the final destination of your work is a recycling bin, method #1 is understandable.
But when you're hoping to share your work with experts (peers? whoa) and trying to meet the constraints of the journal/conference/grant, wow, does that ever shift your focus.
Or at least it does for me.
Academic writing: word counts
My relationship to "word count" has shifted over time
Before: start writing a day or two before a deadline (or a few hours...) stop writing when I reach the expected word count, slap on a title, intro, and conclusion that seem to match, done
Now: write everything I need to say, see I've doubled the expected word count, spend days revising/cutting/crafting and worrying about the removal of so much context and qualifiers
Rapid decay of the academic web
@RaoOfPhysics Good idea! I'll suggest that if they respond to my email.
They might also be able to get the URL fixed, or at least redirect to Zenodo or wherever.
@bgcarlisle Yeah I gave up on it and just use the phone app :/
Tech company mention
@bgcarlisle RIght, from the article:
"If the wake word is not heard, the audio is discarded.
But if the wake word is detected, the audio is kept and recording continues so that the customer's request can be sent to the voice recognition service."
So as long as we trust the companies that the devices (including phones) are doing just that, and not "recording everything", we're all right?
Interlibrary loan hijinks
Called it. Despite including the journal title, vol/iss, pub date, and pages in the ILL request, I received the conference paper of the same name (but different date, pages, pub venue...) instead of the journal article.
I had even put the DOI in the comments field.
But at least it was really fast? Less than 20 hour turnaround time for a request issued on a Sunday.
@acka47 Hey thanks for the interest! NA PhD programs (generally) require a year of coursework, then comprehensive exams on your subject area, then a concrete research proposal before launching into real research. I'm just wrapping up the coursework portion.
Long way of saying: my objective is to develop methods for assessing the quality of linked bibliographic data (specifically BIBFRAME)… but that could change :)
Tech and word processing in academia
@jhlee Yes, maybe not as coursework, but at least as workshops.
Possibly covering Word/LibreOffice, w/ Latex where applicable, and Markdown/Asciidoc for the keen.
Would be nice to integrate citation management software (Zotero, etc) as well. Libraries tend to give those workshops but supervisors need to push their students to get there...
PhD student (Information Studies) focusing on linked data in library systems. And systems librarian at a university.
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