#welcome tips for new users as gathered from experience: Show more
Use CWs as subject lines to give others more freedom of choice in what they read.
Help our vision-impaired friends know what we are talking about when we post images by adding a description.
Use #hashtags to make posts discoverable, if desirable.
Mastodon is about community, not celebrity.
It is perfectly fine to have more than one account, especially on different instances. Federation allows one to lessen context collapse this way.
I am planning on more frequently tooting passages from sources I'm reading and I am going to do so thus:
The *public* post will be reference information, comments, content notes, tags;
Interesting pull quotes/passages will be posted as comments in reply with a brief citation, so they are boostable. These will be reflective of things that can be considered in an edifying way, even if my personal opinion differs (a note may or may not indicate this).
Pinning this post for followers new & old.
Hi, I am an academic #librarian, #geospatial information scientist, computer scientist, #linguist (theoretically) and amateur #mathematician into #highered / #education, #public_policy, political theory & economics, societal issues (esp. interested in issues involving #social_emergence), and #systems_science. An #omnipologist if you will. Re-posting and pinning my #introduction for any new folks. alt-tags: #publicpolicy #socialemergence #systemsscience
“By comparing data from 17 countries, we found that while more spending produces more high-quality science, increasing competition for resources does not.
In fact, competitiveness of funding and research quality are negatively correlated.”
PSA: Libraries & the appropriate verb Show more
One may RENT things from a business, but
BORROWS things from library.
Libraries, in general, ARE NOT businesses; they are cultural institutions.
Please enforce this distinction by using the appropriate verb, because the more people think of them as businesses they more likely they are to become businesses — to the detriment of the community in which they are situated.
Thank you for reading.
Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab has finished digitizing 360 years of American case law, and starting today is providing access to 6.4 million legal cases via an API and bulk download https://case.law/
Micro-action my friend in Canada did. She would be happy if you copied it :) http://www.creativaty.ca/
Web standards gripe Show more
Reminder: if your site only works in Chrome, you have a broken site
state surveillance; horrifying; book Show more
“Big Brother’s methods of control have been updated. … The new methods of sugar-coated digital control may show so effective they succeed in undermining critical thinking, autonomy, and self-determination. Not just in China.” — Hendricks & Vestergaard, Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation
In agreeing to this new #NAFTA or #USMCA, 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! http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2018/10/from-copyright-term-to-super-bowl-commercials-breaking-down-the-digital-nafta-deal/ Look at this alarming section on "intellectual property" https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/united-states-mexico-canada-agreement/united-states-mexico
techpol, + Show more
#SB822 is now law. Woot woot!
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. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-freedom-expression-charter-1.4843451
Reminder about Bandcamp & Voting Rights Project 🏛️ 🎤 💵 🗳️ Show more
Bandcamp and a number of music-makers are donating their proceeds today (midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Voting Rights Project.
Music meets Citizenship, what's not to love?
Even if you do not participate today, *please* participate in the US midterm elections, if you are able.
Academic Librarian. Cerebral Hedonist. Problem Solver, Pattern Hunter, Data Wrangler, & Intellectual Explorer. Sometime graphic design dabbler & creative.
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