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 […]

legile societăţii deschise

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

În legătură cu infrastructura societăţii deschise, ar fi bună o lege, măcar în România, care să facă obligatorie folosirea sistemelor de operare open-source (gen Linux, FreeBSD) în şcoli şi administraţia publică. Asta se poate face treptat: – întâi toate computerele relativ autonome (care nu fac parte dintr’un sistem de aplicaţii bazate pe reţea) trec de […]

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 […]

Hermes 0.9.12 is ready

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

This version managed to convert a couple of hundreds of sample articles from the arxiv-math. Because those sources vary widely in terms of metadata quality (author, date…etc. records), some of the converted articles look a bit messy. That’s the next Hermes version’s job: to get a bit wiser in terms of recovering the metadata, and […]

Hermes-0.9.11 released

Friday, September 8th, 2006

This version managed to convert 160 out of the first 254 from a month of arxiv/math articles, a ratio of 0.63. The articles drawing diagrams or pictures (e.g. using the xy package or similar) were not convertible by this version of Hermes, and I don’t plan on adding support for them anytime soon. The rest […]

Hermes 0.9.10 released

Friday, July 28th, 2006

This release is a step towards handling longtables appropriately (however, the longtable model Hermes will be able to convert has to have the caption and label at the beginning of the environment, followed by , like this: begin{longtable} caption{…} label{…} the & rest of & it end{longtable} This version managed to convert 32 articles out […]

open-access, comments on the TRS list of issues

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

TRS asks (by the way, TRS, please publish your statements in a reusable format, so I can quote your text accurately; printing it on paper, then scanning it and publishing the pdf containing the scan is much more expensive: I waste time retyping your text, somebody’s wasting time by manipulating such non-semantic objects; the modern […]

open-access, there you go

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Just happy that other people too have deep concerns about the open-access issue: Fellows of The Royal Society reacted promptly, with an open letter. (The reader would be able to put things in context by perusing also the links therein, one of which is to the RCUK position statement on research outputs, june 2005.) TRS’s […]


Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

Some organization (The Royal Society, henceforth TRS) has published a position paper on open-access and it’s nagging me. TRS starts with a slow introduction aiming to put the reader in a kind of open-access state for the ideas that follow (by suggesting they are in the open-access camp, but with some nuances): TRS states that […]

semantic libraries

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Why semantic libraries 1.Context The scientific research and its use by the public is strongly affected by the way authors, librarians and publishers interact. The fast evolution of the digital environment brought this interaction in a modern crisis: the scientists use today non-semantic software tools for authoring their articles (tools designed around certain types of […]