Big data brings new power to open-source intelligence

The story of Eliot Higgins, a blogger who exploits publicly accessible material to piece together important facts about the Syrian conflict, offers a unique insight into the enormous potential of open-source intelligence. Matthew Moran describes how the networked society has spawned new analytical approaches and opportunities.  In November 2013, the New Yorker published a profile of Eliot Higgins – or Brown Moses as he is known to almost 17,000 Twitter followers. […]

Impact Round-Up 24th May: GitHub for science, research in the national interest, and myths of ‘big data’

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. This week Science have launched a special section, The science of inequality, which brings together a range of social science perspectives and short videos on “the origins, impact, and future of inequality around the world”. All features are currently not paywalled […]

Preview of the Digital Preservation 2014 Program

It’s hard to believe, but this is the tenth year of the annual digital preservation meeting convened by the Library of Congress.  Yes, it really has been 10 years. Registration for this year’s annual meeting, Digital Preservation 2014, (July 22-24) will open next week. Until then, I’m pleased to share with you the draft program […]

The gap between academics and practitioners is a reflection of the underlying tensions of academic belonging.

Jean M. Bartunek and Sara L. Rynes note the recent spike in journal articles across management scholarship seeking to address the divide between academics and practitioners. Whilst there remains relatively little empirical research focused on the issue of a gap, significant attention has been placed on understanding the variety of reasons for the divide. But what is being written probably […]

RDM? Ja bitte! German Rectors’ Conference actively supports Research Data Management

A recommendation published by the German Rectors‘ Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK) asserts that German Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) should take an active role in systematically addressing the challenge of research data management [1]. An association of currently 268 HEIs serving 94% of … Continue reading