#LocalBookshops treat their staff well, pay their taxes and don't track their users.
They're the most ethical way of buying physical books, they have selections curated by human beings, and if they don't have a book they can order it in (often within 24 hours).
You can find your local bookshops here:
Super idea for a new year's game jam: the US public domain just got a huge amount of new work (first since 1998) so there's a contest to use those works to inspire new games. https://itch.io/jam/gaming-like-its-1923
I started reading the only kid's novel I've written, to my just turned-8-year-old son. I never finished editing it (like my others) though it's probably older than the kid. I figured it was past time to get some feedback. So far it's primed good questions, laughs, more enjoyment than I expected. The sticking point was the in medias res beginning—he really disliked that abrupt start. I wonder if most kids would feel that way? Maybe too unsettling when you're young not to get some background.
Good points in this article about data and all that shapes its context to not actually be "raw" as implied. https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/why-data-is-never-raw
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) published its response to Europe's Plan S (pushing publishers on #OpenAccess). COAR supports Plan S generally but makes some good critical points on where it should be revised to improve it (mostly dealing with technical processes in repository systems).
My collaborators & I have been working on a little project. It's at the point where we can show it to the world, on the understanding that yes there are errors and rough bits here and there, but with time these will iron out.
So, welcome to the Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment! https://electricarchaeology.ca/2018/12/14/odate-in-perpetual-beta/
How using open data science has worked for the Ocean Health Index. It's impressive how big a difference their open processes have made on their progress. https://opensource.com/article/18/12/protecting-world-oceans #OpenScience #OpenData
#FunkWhale is an open source federated music streaming and storage service.
There's a demo instance using Creative Commons tracks here:
The official "Join Funkwhale" site is here:
You can follow them at:
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 https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=15249 #GCdigital #OpenSource #FreeSoftware
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. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/04/we-have-not-come-here-beg-world-leaders-care-15-year-old-greta-thunberg-tells-cop24
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> The risks and harms of 3rd party tech platforms in academia
> ... sometimes tech companies fail on a major scale that could endanger entire projects ...
> Ruben Cordova used his social media profile as an archive of his research, but his photos of the Met Breuer’s Like Life exhibition triggered Facebook’s censors, who then permanently disabled his profile
Dix principes pour guider les scientifiques, les entreprises et les élus. https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/science/542846/lancement-d-une-declaration-montrealaise-pour-developper-l-intelligence-artificielle-de-maniere-responsable
Article about a group that uses philosophy, art, literature in communicating with homeless people, exploring possibilities. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-exeko-street-philosopher-homeless-1.4916422?cmp=rss
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