Announcing Hosts and Projects for Next Round of NDSR

Some good news coming out of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program – the host institutions and projects for the upcoming year have now been announced!  The NDSR, an initiative to develop new professionals in digital stewardship through funded, post-graduate residencies, is wrapping up the first successful year of the program, held in 10 different […]

Thomas Piketty’s Capital changed the global discussion about inequality because of its great data – now make it open.

The rich data informing Thomas Piketty’s landmark research in Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been instrumental to its success. Ulrich Atz argues it is highly commendable that Piketty has made attempts to share the data files. But none of this data is explicitly open for reuse and fails to be available in machine-readable formats. Without an open licence it is not clear whether […]

Spring Training in Florida

I recently returned from a week of training in Florida. No, not for baseball, but for Big Data. More specifically, how to collect samples for NEON’s Terrestrial Observation System. You know…insects, plants, soils, microbes, mammals, and pathogens. With a push of a button, you’ll be able to access data about all of these things: their …

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Academic citation practices need to be modernized so that all references are digital and lead to full texts.

Researchers and academics spend a lot of time documenting the sources of the ideas, methods and evidence they have drawn on in their own writings. But Patrick Dunleavy writes that our existing citation and referencing practices are now woefully out of date and no longer fit for purpose. The whole scholarly purpose of citing sources has changed around us, but […]