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Here's a good effort from the National Observer to expose disinformation campaigns (particularly leading up to the next Canadian federal election). Here's the link to donate & support it: nationalobserver.com/support and here is more information about what they're trying to do nationalobserver.com/2019/04/1

Do you have some thoughts on what :OpenAccess: to knowledge means? The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking your short films, visual art, poetry, short fiction, & creative essays for an anthology (also there's a prize). Deadline: 30 April 2019 wikimediafoundation.org/2019/0

Enjoyed these points on holography, AR, machine learning, and video games with respect to libraries but also (oddly, for the subject) got me thinking more about text-oriented interactions. hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:

Tonight I found out what a transposed instrument is. My son began learning the saxophone a few months ago. I wanted to play along with him on my violin and was pulling my hair out as to why the notes weren't the same. I'm surprised I've lived this long without knowing about this.

Wow, Julian Assange arrested. Many worrisome futures could unfold with respect to press freedoms. ledevoir.com/monde/551935/wiki

We've been in the process of helping our community migrate their citations to Zotero for the past few months. I'm glad that when we did our evaluation of potential tools, we did not go with Elsevier's offer for Mendeley library.stanford.edu/blogs/sta

You can add your WordPress site to the Fediverse by installing an ActivityPub plugin.

This lets anyone on Mastodon etc follow your site, comment on posts and share them on the Fediverse.

There are two WordPress ActivityPub plugins available right now:


AP for WordPress

An example of a WordPress site using Pterotype is WeDistribute:

#Fediverse #ActivityPub #Blogs

I enjoyed reading these perspectives from Ted Underwood on interdisciplinarity when speaking of quantitative research, machine learning approaches, etc. with the humanities. chronicle.com/article/Dear-Hum

Un groupe industriel tout-puissant au Nouveau-Brunswick : la famille Irving, un féodalisme canadien, à lire dans l'édition d'avril, en kiosques. monde-diplomatique.fr/2019/04/

Just heard about this Early Carribbean Digital Archive (ecda.northeastern.edu) which does a really interesting job at extracting non-colonial voices in archival materials from within the records of slave-owners and others. Great start to the CNI/ARL Digital Scholarship Planning workshop at Northeastern! dsg.neu.edu/cni_workshop - @dancohen

Machine learning is becoming more useful for journalists' work as explained in this article. It also cautions journalists to take care in how they employ it. gijn.org/2019/03/19/how-machin

The New England Journal of Medicine seems to be spreading odious commentary on issues. Good rebuttal from Lenny Teytelman protocols.io/groups/protocolsi

Also, although protocols.io is not about publishing articles, that platform is an excellent concept for sharing specific methods from your research work :OpenAccess: . I went to a talk from the CEO (author of the article) last year and was really impressed with the thinking that went into building the platform.

Many good points on reform supporting Canadian innovation in this article (especially on digital locks)! Also concerning and relevant (though not mentioned) there's the issue of the new Canadian change to timeframe for works entering the due to US pressure in the new NAFTA.


#SaveYourInternet : pledge2019.eu/fr

Luttons ensemble contre #Article11 et #Article13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d'auteur.

Faites compter votre voix auprès de vos eurodéputé·e·s.

At supper tonight, my wife was telling our son and I about a talk she'll be giving. She started to explain that she was going to say something about meta humour but the kid burst into laughter before she could finish her sentence.

(For the record, he didn't actually know what meta means, but I've heard comedy is all about timing.)

Does anyone have readings off the top of their head along the lines of "don't refer to computers as 'magic' because it obscures the human decisions and biases and labor that go into making technology"

I want to start picking this bone and would like to be able to point immediately to more well-thought-out arguments ;)

University of California couldn't get Elsevier to agree to universal to UC research so they're not renewing their contracts with Elsevier. Fascinated to see How this plays out. (go bears) news.lib.berkeley.edu/elsevier

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