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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 and UNESCO's page is here

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?

Bookmark: 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. ❤️

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

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

Hey, qualitative researchers! Try out the first release of this *FREE* and *OPEN SOURCE* qualitative research tool, Taguette!

This is the first ever release of Taguette and dev is ongoing. You can read more: & look at the roadmap:

Installers for macOS and Windows are here: and so are installation instructions for folks on Linux!

It's :oa: - Here's the Concordia Library web pages to find out how you can take advantage of resources & contribute to the research ecosystem:

Looking for chapter authors for some parts of an Introduction to open textbook I'm helping to edit. Also looking for editor for Aesthetics section. Open textbook is free of cost, licensed to allow re-use (CC BY). This is a volunteer activity; we have no money, sadly, but a lot of enthusiasm!

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

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.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform 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.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"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 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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