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Tomorrow we have the Memorial Symposium for Jean-Clause Bradley in Cambridge:http://inmemoriamjcb.wikispaces.com/Jean-Claude+Bradley+Memorial+SymposiumWe have 13 speakers and other items related to JCB. The lecture theatre is nearly full (ca 48 people)** We...
Last week I showed how we can automatically extract data from images. The example was a phylogenetic tree, and although lots of people think these are wonderful, even more will have switched off. So now I’m going to show how we can analyse a “graph”...
Over 10 years ago, when peer-to-peer was an exciting and (through Napster) a liberating idea, I proposed the World Wide Molecular Matrix (Cambridge), (wikipedia) as a new approach to managing scientific information. It was bottom-up, semantic, and allowed scientists...

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No word yet from ACS so some of this is hypothetical – but they are communal hypotheses.It seems the spider trap is part of Atypon software (http://www.atypon.com). From their site:Atypon delivers innovative solutions that revolutionize the way publishers...
 Pandora is a researcher (won’t say where, won’t say when).I don’t know her field – she may be a scientist or a librarian. Shehas been scanning the spreadsheet of the Open Access publications paid for by Wellcome Trust. It’s...
Nearly a year ago I blogged that the Royal Society of Chemistry was charging ca 100 USD per student for re-use of a 2-page “Open Access” article (http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2012/11/06/royal-society-of-chemistry-will-charge-students-for-re-using-gold-open-access-articles...

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I found this short piece from C&EN's Sophie Rovner pretty interesting:Online Access To ACS Publications Is Restored After Some Customers Were Unintentionally Blocked On Wednesday, a blog published information about a security feature that the American...
This post is a response to this post by Rosie Redfield."It's time for open-access advocates and especially publishers to take on the responsibility of informing authors of all the consequences, not just the good ones."I think this is the fundamental disconnect...
Two books have been recently discussed quite vigorously online: A Rant on Strawberries, Open Access Licenses and the Reuse of Published Papers and Apple Academic Press: Predatory publisher of scholarly books.  The publisher Apple Academic Press (Apple...