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I've currently got my follows locked down but please feel free to send me a follow request. I'm always excited for new followers, but I probably won't approve your follow request unless you have an informative bio/an intro toot/a reasonable number of toots/I know you, or at least some way of knowing what you're interested in.

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I should probably do a little (re)introduction. I lead on research data stuff at the British Library, including supporting internal researchers and services for BL users.

- I run the UK DataCite Consortium :doi:
- I'm a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow
- I'm passionately into all things open, especially open research
- I contribute to communities like,,,

The university I graduated from basically stole my Raspberry Pi. I submitted a Pi inside a PS1 case and a USB controller as part of my BA thesis, with the expectation that I'm going to receive it back at some point, but I've been emailing them every once in a while about it for the past like two years and they keep telling me they're gonna look for it and then nothing happens, rinse and repeat.

I'm starting to believe that I'm going to have to go there in person to recover it, but the trip there and back would be like 500 euros cause it's in the UK and I'm in Romania 🙃

Does anyone have any ideas what I could do about this?

2 Questions for my resource description frens:

1) is the RDA toolkit really behind a paywall?
And if so

2) why is it? isn’t that gatekeeping people from being able to “do RDA”?

I'm one of those edge cases that thinks encodings & formats are political, bc the act of bounding what and how things should exist just... is... but beyond a few format art pieces I don't know any good way to teach them. do I know anyone that does?

web browser poll, curiosity 

So, what #web #browser do you use? #Firefox, #Safari, #Chrome, or #Vivaldi? If you are using something else please reply - there's only 4 slots for polls, so I had to limit the choices. Please #boost to get a better response on this poll.

Have you been working on some awesome research & been itching to share it with others in a relaxed, interdisciplinary environment?

Well then, is for you!

We're accepting abstracts for presentations until the 1st of July!

Moderators & participants are also needed.

Check out this site for more information:

online talk advice wanted 

If I do a talk, it will be the first time that I am responsible for setting up the video room. I'm thinking about using Jitsi. Either <> or a free trial of <>. If I do the latter, I can have captions and a transcript (if I understand their offer properly). Does anybody have any thoughts or advice?


Top conference tip: presentations in many fields become a lot more coherent when you mentally replace "artificial intelligence" and "machine learning" with "a statistical approach" 😉

Are you a researcher? If so, I'd be eternally grateful if you would consider completing this questionnaire about PIDs. It doesn't matter if you know or don't know what PIDs are because all views are equally important in this work! :-) #research #academia #PhD #scholcomm

Hmm, prerecorded soundtracks being used in this lightning poster session (60 seconds per speaker).

+ Non-native English speakers can use text-to-speech tools to communicate their message clearly
+ No-one goes over time

- At least one person has recorded their talk long and then simply sped up the audio to fit 60 seconds, which I found very hard to process

I've spent 30+ years unconsciously supressing stims so I'm only just learning how beneficial stimming is to me for various things. I'm starting to understand different stims as valuable in different situations: emotional regulation stimming is very different from focus-aiding stimming.

What stims do folks find useful particularly for helping you focus when you're an otherwise passive observer of e.g. a lecture/presentation? :boost_requested:

Part of my concern with this is the move towards fully integrated online conference "platforms" in the last 2 years, which try to provide everything all in one place but generally feel hastily thrown together and end up as silos where all conversation dies as soon as the conference is over.

Events that have done this well imho are ones that already had thriving chat spaces (mainly Slack or Discord 🤢 but also IRC/Matrix/etc).

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I guess the point is that I'm never going to recreate the feeling I had from early twitter, when mostly the folks on there were the same early-adopters that were in the conferences I was attending which made the community quite focused.

Now conference twitter is more large numbers of people (including me!) sharing quite similar observations about the presentations, mostly quoting/paraphrasing rather than commenting. Useful if you're not at the conference, otherwise fairly boring.

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Hmm, hashtags don't work so well for conferences on fediverse do they? What's the best way to do it? A guppe group maybe?

I guess one answer is "don't, the fediverse isn't like that" and I partly agree with that perspective because conference Twitter today is largely an extension of the events main physical and virtual spaces. It's the information by backchannel aspect that I miss.

His point here being that the focus in research is more and more on novelty and impact and "success" and marketable products, and there is little interest in maintaining what is already serving us well or in documenting the Exciting New Thing to enable its future maintenance.

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William Kilbride of the Digital Preservation Coalition keynoting at this year.

"[Preservation/archives are] constantly cleaning up after the neoliberal economics of the 1980's and 90's" :BlobCatHeart:

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