Book Review: Oral History off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice by Anna Sheftel and Stacey Zembrzycki

Most discussions of oral history method are rooted in abstract ideas about what interviewing should be and should achieve. However, interviews are ultimately personal interactions between human beings, and rarely conform to a methodological ideal. The struggles interviewers face while … Continue reading

Impact Round-Up 1st February: Privacy and open data, publication bias, and the mechanization of scholarship.

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. 1. Are Blogs Inherently Un-Professional? asks Stephen Saideman in response to the International Studies Association’s proposal to bar editorial members from … Continue reading

The Latest from the NDSR: Presenting at ALA Midwinter

The following is a guest post by Julia Blase, National Digital Stewardship Resident at the National Security Archive. In case you hadn’t heard, the ALA Midwinter Meeting took place in Philadelphia last weekend, attended by around 12,000 librarians and exhibitors. If you didn’t attend, or didn’t have friends there to take notes for you, the Twitter […]

The case for greater transparency in experimental and social science research

Proving public value can be an especially difficult task when high-profile cases of fraud in social science disciplines emerge. Rose McDermott makes the case for greater transparency in both the production and review of social science to restore the legitimacy … Continue reading