Wendy Shook

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Friday Links for November 21, 2014

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Historic first landing on a comet! Check out the ESA Rosetta project page http://rosetta.esa.int/ or read a summary at NPR.org NPR

10 bad technology decisions that can come back to haunt you – As organizations build their tech roadmap for the years ahead, the wrong choices and strategies could have unfortunate repercussions. Here are some pitfalls to watch out for.

The art of data visualization – a brief essay and excellent video. “There are enormously beautiful visualizations but it’s as a by-product of the truth and the goodness of the information.” –Edward Tufte at around 0:50 in the video

Friday Links, September 12th, 2014

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It isn’t every day a new genus – or perhaps a new phylum – is discovered! Read more at PLOS|one

10 ways the iPhone 6 could give Android a run for its money - The iPhone 6 was revealed on September 9, 2014. Find out what features should have Android developers scrambling to pick up the slack.


Friday Links – June 27, 2014

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Middlebury Observatory

Observatory public nights return to Bicentennial Hall! Five nights are scheduled throughout the summer (weather permitting). See the press release at http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/478245

Something New in the Great Hall

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Construction workers have been busy this week in the Great Hall, just outside Armstrong Library. Work is not yet completed, but here’s a hint:


Don’t forget your refillable cup!

Friday Links – March 28, 2014

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The faces of libraries change, but we still love them:
From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond from Pew Research Internet Project

How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement is a good read for anyone considering the use of video in an instructional context. For a more in depth analysis see Philip Guo’s published paper How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos.

Manuscripts of Lichfield Cathedral - 3D renderings of sixteen pages of the 8th-century St Chad Gospels: https://lichfield.as.uky.edu/models/gallery

3D printing: 10 companies using it in ground-breaking ways – A growing number of innovative companies are experimenting with 3D printers, propelling the technology closer to the mainstream market.

Fetch … the comfy chairs!

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Armstrong Library has new, comfy chairs and ottomans, just right for curling up with a well thumbed copy of Newton’s Principia,  finishing  your next assignment with your feet up, or just sitting back and enjoying the view (tweeting optional).

A cozy corner in Armstrong.

A cozy corner in Armstrong.


Research Data Managment Implemenation Workshop, March 2013

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A Research Data Management Implementation Workshop was held on March 13-14, 2013, with Alison Darrow (SRO) and Wendy Shook (LIS) attending selected webcasts.

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Take away points:

  • There is a lot of energy behind data management, and many good standards and tools being developed, but the field is in a constant state of flux.
  • Despite that energy, there is significant frustration. Funding agencies are providing objective outcomes, but not implementation guidance. They are waiting to see what consensus comes from the field, while users and providers are looking for some kind of direction or expectation from funding agencies to get them started. (I’d like to point out that this is a tremendous opportunity for the data management community to contribute to standards and best practices!)
  • There is emphasis on big data, in part due to volumes produced and dollars consumed, but that emphasis leaves smaller implementations feeling isolated, even though small data are valuable assets that require as much attention as big data do.
  • A variety of data management models were discussed, each with staunch proponents, but I expect the reality to be custom approaches taking the most useful element of each model.

An excellent collection of position papers are available at https://rdmi.uchicago.edu/page/submitted-experience-and-position-papers