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!
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
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.
Plea to authors on titles for conf papers vs. articles
Please don't give the exact same title to your conference paper and journal article.
It can be a little hellish to track down the correct content, and if things get difficult for a researcher, they just might decide to skip over that resource.
(says person who just placed an ILL request for the article and fully expects to get the conf paper...)
Use of MARQUEE tag
Hello, computer science journal homepage straight out of the 90's (but issue 1 in 2005 and still publishing in 2019):
Tech and word processing in academia
I hardly ever see people making actual use of word processor styles in academia, is this just a Korean legal studies thing? (I really hope engineering and the sciences are better at this.) You save yourself soooo much work by taking a few minutes to set things up on a stylesheet, why do people insist on putting themselves through the misery of manually formatting everything and foregoing the benefit of automatic numbering, auto-generated TOC and more?
Icy icy branches day (a photo reply to https://scholar.social/@bgcarlisle/101892154082052918)
Indigenous ally-ship, step one
I used 30 seconds of my allotted 15 minutes to acknowledge that McGill is situated on the traditional meeting grounds of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnabeg nations.
We had four speakers and more attendees than usual for today's seminar so it really needed doing.
Presentation success (patting self on back)
Well I gave a 15 minute presentation summarizing the synthesis of my reading course, including gaps I had identified and NOBODY LAUGHED AT MY BABY STEPS.
Even got to answer one of the audience questions with a "well thank you for asking, I just happen to have a Proposals slide in my appendices!" ta-da moment.
It's weird, I've given a ton of presentations before, but this one really stressed me out.Onwards!
Grad school triumphs
Prof, reviewing the research proposal I submitted as the final assignment for our research design class (iteration #3 for this term), stated that he thought it would probably pass an actual thesis proposal.
That event is still way off in the future but holy heck I needed that validation.
Stay in your lane, self
"Oh but what about incorporating knowledge graphs into technical documentation to support both discovery and writing?"
Stay in your lane, self
No, self. You can't cover all topics of interest such as quality assessments of linked bibliographic data, intersections of bibliographic data and knowledge graphs, and expressing culturally diverse perspectives w/ TK labels through linked data.
Not if you're going to a) get a research proposal accepted and b) follow through on that proposal to c) successfully defend a thesis.
At least before the heat-death of the universe.
Microsoft Word Online
So I clicked "Send feedback" -> "About something I do not like" and wrote:
Word Online seems to be incredibly glitchy just entering text using Firefox on Linux: [summary of bad stuff]. Basically it makes me never want to use Word Online for word processing. These things never happen in Google Docs.
Included a screen shot. Hope they can figure something out.
Microsoft Word Online
This time I added a row to a table, tried to copy an existing row into the new row (to maintain formatting), but things got glitchy. So I hit CTRL-Z and it undid the addition of two rows (!), and then I hit CTRL-Y and it crashed.
PhD student (Information Studies) focusing on linked data in library systems. And systems librarian at a university.
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