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Dear internet, please stop making videos to tell me things that could be adequately explained in one paragraph of text.

This is nice! It looks like the Government of Canada's Directive on the Management of Information Technology now says "Where possible, use open standards and open source software first" and goes on into detail with more guidance. I'm fully in favour of this sort of thinking, especially since it's a more free and sustainable approach tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx

Anyone worked/published with a micropublication? I'd be curious to know what kind of value you found in it. I went to a talk a while ago about wormbase.org and how they got the publication going (working on peer review, becoming reputable, etc.). Not sure that I'm going anywhere with this but it keeps circling in the back of my mind what some other possibilities for micropublications might be.

Yes! Enough of the nonsense. Greta Thunberg argues to "...take the responsibility they [world leaders] should have taken long ago" on the climate change crisis. commondreams.org/news/2018/12/

Early this morning I dreamt that my alarm was going off. That caused me to wake up 30 minutes earlier than I'd set my alarm for.

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Article about a group that uses philosophy, art, literature in communicating with homeless people, exploring possibilities. cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mo

Creative Commons Global Summit is May 9-11, 2019, in Lisbon. See here for the call for proposals as well as application for scholarship to help offset the cost: summit.creativecommons.org/pro

It's the third Thursday of November, which means it's . A message from Audrey Azoulay (Dir. General of UNESCO) talks about how practising philosophy equips & enables us for understanding & synthesizing knowledge, perceiving meaning & principle, exchanging views, and more. Read it here unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026 and UNESCO's page is here en.unesco.org/commemorations/p

Plusieurs chefs d'états ont publié une lettre au sujet du journalisme. Ils appellent "...à considérer l’espace mondial de la communication et de l’information comme un bien commun de l’humanité, dans lequel doivent être promus la liberté, le pluralisme et l’intégrité des informations."


par Justin Trudeau (Canada), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Emmanuel Macron (France), Saad Hariri (Liban), Erna Solberg (Norvège), Macky Sall (Sénégal), Béji Caïd Essebsi (Tunisie).

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There’s been a lot of concern about “deep fakes,” using machine learning to fabricate video & audio in ways that look & sound convincingly real. A related issue: can we prevent the historical record from being subtly changed without our knowledge? er.educause.edu/articles/2018/

Bookmark: metaknowledge networkslab.org/metaknowledge/ - metaknowledge is a Python3 package for doing computational research in bibliometrics, scientometrics, and network analysis. It can also be easily used to simplify the process of doing systematic reviews in any disciplinary context.

Wow, I just discovered that Zotero is now integrated with Google Docs. I know a lot of people aren't so crazy about Google these days but a huge number of students use Docs to collaborate and until now, there really wasn't a good way to manage citations and references from Google Docs. ❤️ zotero.org/blog/google-docs-in

Halloween is around the corner & it's so I have to make the obvious play on words to mention this new book "Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed" from Concordia prof. Fenwick McKelvey — you can get it from our :oa: repository here spectrum.library.concordia.ca/

We just finished up a really nice discussion, inspired by . Thanks to everyone that participated! paywallthemovie.com

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