Category: Data

Impact Round-Up 22nd March: Data journalism, code as a research object, and the cure for impact factor mania.

Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. The high-profile launch of Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight site (manifesto here), along with similar journalistic ventures like Vox Media, and The Upshot, provide the background for this week’s top recommended read by economist Allison Schrager. The problem with data journalism (Quartz), imparts […]

Dear future NEON data users: Thanks for your input!

While we’ve released some preliminary data from newly constructed field sites, our data portal is a work in progress. We want to know what you, future users of NEON data, are looking for when you search for and download data. We’ve hired a usability firm here in Boulder near headquarters to help us systematically collect your feedback so we can use …

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DOIs and the danger of data “quality”

I’ve just spent a moment looking at guidelines [PDF] from the UK’s National Environment Research Council (NERC) on how NERC funded research can obtain a persistent identifier through the DOI® system. NERC have a data sharing policy, and fund data centres … Continue reading

Content Matters: An Interview with Edward McCain of the Reynolds Journalism Institute

For this installment of the Content Matters interview series of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group I interviewed Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the University of Missouri Libraries. The University of Missouri Libraries joined the NDSA this past summer. Ashenfelder: What is RJI’s relationship to […]

Digital Preservation Pioneer: Sam Brylawski

When Sam Brylawski was a teenager he had to write a paper for his high school American history class about Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” so he did something that was ambitious for a high school student: he traveled to the Library of Congress to examine the composition’s original manuscript in the Gershwin collection. Brylawski found […]

At the AGU meeting, inspiration and camaraderie

At about 8:30 am on the morning of December 4th, in the hallway by the elevator on the ninth floor of a hotel in downtown San Francisco, I met a nicely dressed and impatient woman. “I’ve let two elevator cars go by,” she said, frustrated. “They were packed full of people wearing name tags around …

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DC Representation at AGU 2012

by Matt Mayernik, UCAR/NCAR   The Data Conservancy will be well represented in San Francisco next week, Dec. 3-7, for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. The AGU Fall Meeting brings together around 20,000 scientists, professionals, and educators who …