Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes
it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google.


Documentation on Inrupt for developers:


Prepping for . I've been organzing w/ our Office of Research, a Q&A session about how Concordia supports researchers with OA (follows a free screening that we're offering of the Paywall film). More in this news article here concordia.ca/cunews/main/stori

What's the appeal of markdown? I feel like I'm missing something. Every few years I try using a note-taking app or something that relies on it and I've never really figured out why I'd want to use it over, for example, HTML or a WYSIWYG editor. If I want to format some basic text and don't want to mark it up with code, then I like a simplistic WYSIWYG editor. If want to format some text using code, then it seems like Markdown is barely easier than HTML. What am I missing?

Inspiring start to the 2018 Digital Library Federation Forum w/ a talk by Anasuya Sengupta about decolonizing the Internet, good thinking on the perspectives producing & access knowledge. I'm hearing lots of interesting digital scholarship work, & nice to see the Concordia Library with so many other new DLF members welcomed.

If you're in Montreal today and interested in oral history and digital storytelling, drop by the Concordia Webster Library. There are a lot of free exhibits, presentations, and events as part of the Oral History Association’s annual conference. concordia.ca/cuevents/artsci/2

Really enjoyed the Scholarly Communications UnBoxed Activities (SCUBA) at this morning. Led to some good conversations/thinking about possibilities of tools vs. offering services because of tools. Also ways to remove burdens from OA IR depositing. If you're interested, this is a way of getting people together in your institution to develop ways of addressing scholarly communications needs/services. Developed by the UPenn Library drive.google.com/drive/folders

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New NAFTA deal will extend Canadian copyright from 50+ years after death of author, to 70+ years after death. That means 20 more years where cultural works are locked up and unavailable to enter the Public Domain.

Also some signifigant changes to data sovereignty requirements that will especially affect BC and Nova Soctia residents, where privacy laws restrict where personally identifiabe data can be stored. Expect those types of legislative protections to be challenged under this new deal.

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In agreeing to this new or , Canada allows the US to impose its wrong-headed "intellectual property" restrictions. After multiple copyright consultations in Canada & other agreements revealing we don't support these, this shouldn't be acceptable! michaelgeist.ca/2018/10/from-c Look at this alarming section on "intellectual property" ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free

I've been thinking about this CBC news article on having "a right to be forgotten" for information in the public sphere (e.g. search engine results). That implies dangerous things for memory institutions (archives, libraries, museums, etc.). I don't see how erasing history is a good idea. I do see how people need some kind of control over companies keeping private info about them but that's a different situation to information in the public sphere. cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-f

save the date! The Concordia Library Research Forum will be on Friday, 26 April 2019 at the Loyola Jesuit Hall & Conference Centre, in Montreal, Quebec! library.concordia.ca/about/sta
A call for proposals is coming in Dec. 2018!

I just realized that last month (August) marked 20 years since I first launched a web site. I'm not sure what to make of that yet.

I got a book chapter proposal accepted the other day and I'm just thinking of my strategy to do the work now. I'm considering Nanowrimoing it to get a draft done. That's not really the point of Nanowrimo but I don't know that there's any harm.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant for: researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

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"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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