The Necropolitics of COVID-19: Will the COVID-19 pandemic reshape national healthcare systems?

The COVID-19 pandemic has made necropolitics – the politics of life and death – unavoidable . Drawing on the work of Achille Mbembe, Hamish Robertson and Joanne Travaglia argue that, as in previous crises, COVID-19 reveals many of the hidden assumptions underpinning national healthcare systems. As the current crisis continues to bring these assumptions into the mainstream … Continued

Book Review: The Scopus Diaries and the (Il)Logics of Academic Survival by Abel Polese

In The Scopus Diaries and the (Il)Logics of Academic Survival, Abel Polese helps to demystify many of the inner workings of academia for researchers and the challenges that these present through a FAQ format that readers can dip in and out of to explore topics ranging from organising a panel at a conference to arranging … Continued

The public debate around COVID-19 demonstrates our ongoing and misplaced trust in numbers

COVID-19 data and numbers are everywhere. However, these numbers are also a source of debate and subject to vastly different interpretations. Every day we are posed with a question that divides even epidemiologists: what does it really mean that positive cases or mortalities are up or down? Yet the media and the public reads deep … Continued

To rediscover their public value universities can learn from the free culture movement

The culture of acceleration and quantification that arguably defines contemporary academic research is closely related to the information society in which we live and the technologies that support it. In this post Dafne Calvo, argues that the democratic decentralised principles of the free culture movement provide a blueprint for how academics and academic institutions might … Continued

ArcLight presentations from Integrations with ArchivesSpace webinar series

May 13, 2020

by Mark A. Matienzo

Are you curious about ArcLight and how it can integrate with ArchivesSpace and other systems? Learn more from the video below! Mark Matienzo and Gregory Wiedeman (University at Albany) present on ArcLight and ArchivesSpace as part of the Integrations with ArchivesSpace webinar series on May 12, 2020. Mark’s presentation provides background on ArcLight, its community-oriented development, its features, and the importance of integrations, and Greg’s presentation focuses on how University at Albany integrated ArcLight with ArchivesSpace, Hyrax, and Quicksearch to build University at Albany’s archives discovery system.

There is no black and white definition of predatory publishing

The nature and extent of predatory publishing is highly contested. Whilst debates have often focused defining journals and publishers as either predatory or not predatory. Kyle Siler argues that predatory publishing encompasses a spectrum of activities and that by understanding this ambiguity, we can better understand and make value judgements over where legitimacy lies in … Continued