Archive for the 'scholarly communication' Category

Impostors in science

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Over the last 50 years, we argue that incentives for academic scientists have become increasingly perverse in terms of competition for research funding, development of quantitative metrics to measure performance, and a changing business model for higher education itself. Source: Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives […]

În solidaritate cu Library Genesis ( și Sci-hub (

Monday, November 30th, 2015

In solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub In Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s tale the Little Prince meets a businessman who accumulates stars with the sole purpose of being able to buy more stars. The Little Prince is perplexed. He owns only a flower, which he waters every day. Three volcanoes, which he cleans every week. […]

the capitalist poverty

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Digital Humanist (Data Analyst / Web Developer) (f/m) : “The employment will start on 1 May 2014 and run initially until 31 December 2014.” Why not start on the 1-st of May and run it until a week after? People are so mobile and poor+cheap these days that they would do anything for this kind […]

open-access, again

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Lately, open-access seems to be flourishing somehow, with the condition that those who made money out of publishing, keep making them, and those who paid for the “published” research keep paying twice for it (once for the research to be done, and once for it to be read). That’s why open-access comes in various colours […]

public money, science, libraries, publishers and open-access

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Since 1997 I understood that Internet is making publishing on paper obsolete. That, on the assumption that whatever is published is culture, knowledge. Whatever you see now published on paper is not culture and is not knowledge, is a publishing industry “product”. I am concerned only with the scholarly communication here, namely that one that’s […]

european research, where’s the archive?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I just stumbled on an European research project: Voster, which was about to collect, synthesize etc. some leading projects in the field of virtual enterprise, it lists 24 research projects. Alright, synthesize, sounds good for pedestrians, however, nothing to download. Somebody moved the files, if they were there, and that’s it. Out of those 24 […]

digitization and copyright

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The following is a self-archived copy of a previous reply I sent to an EU consultation on facilitating digitization (january 2006): I have 3 suggestions on facilitating digitization of copyrighted material: (Publicly funded copyright clause) Any copyrighted material that has been produced using public money (directly from a government or indirectly through an agency administering […]

Hermes, paused

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

This is the answer I wrote today to somebody who was interested recently in using Hermes (I fixed the text a bit to make it clearer): It’s nice to hear Hermes still has a relevance here and there, however, I didn’t touch it since Nov. 2006 and I don’t have any plans to get involved […]

theorem: searching means rewriting

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Imagine a network of concepts, each concept naming a combination of words (symbols). Imagine searching for words belonging to that concept through a collection of digital documents containing text. Then each query corresponds to a path through that network, path which reaches a collection of documents. Then each document found can, essentially, be represented (as […]

Guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

You may sign the Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results. It is addressed to the European Commission (you have a choice to sign as an individual or on behalf of your organization). Tell your friends about it: this (the access to the research you financed) is one of the services you paid […]