Category Archives: Information

A Punctuation Deficit?

Are we punctuation deprived? Yes, we have all the usual suspects: . , ! ‘ ? ; and others (including the : that began the list). But does it seem like enough? BTW I’m no expert on this. A friend … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading (Status Report)

You might remember my plan to read only open access (OA) articles during this year. You may be wondering, “how’s that going for you?” Well, not too well. In fact, it has been a complete failure. And as you may … Continue reading

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Why (Scholarly) Happiness is a Warm (Just Off the Printer) Gun

It’s a gun. A printed gun. And it is the most important scholarly “publication” I have encountered for some time. Recently Matt Ratto (Director of the Critical Making Lab at the iSchool, University of Toronto; @mattratto) has received a lot … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Academic Librarianship

This past September I was invited to give a talk as part of the BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series. As part of the invitation I gave the same talk at Simon Fraser University one day and at the University … Continue reading

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Beyond Literacy: What I’ve Been Up To …

I’m terrified. In the best way possible…. For some time I’ve been working on a project about the idea of “post-literacy.” It’s a positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic exploration of the end of literacy (and the rise of some more profound … Continue reading

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The Value of Human Capital in the Social Network

Facebook just acquired Instagram for a whopping $1 billion. Why? And what does this mean? My two cents. Almost everyone agrees that FB didn’t do this for Instagram’s technology; its just not that innovative. Most people think that the key … Continue reading

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ORION THINK Conference 2012

ORION is the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network. The focus is on innovation. The Think Conference is ORION’s new annual meeting format and I am encouraging you to attend. [Full disclosure: I’m on the ORION Board of Directors] Here’s … Continue reading

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Towards Post Literacy: Machine Intelligence

My colleague John Miedema and I are having a discussion about the future of literacy. It’s part of a more formal debate to be held at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference in February. Join us. These exchanges are the warm-up. … Continue reading

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SOPA Strike

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Too Big to Know and the Research Works Act

I’m about half way into David Weinberger’s new book, Too Big to Know. So far, fabulous. Lots to think about. Weinberger’s premise is that “web form knowledge” (as opposed to “book form knowledge”) is transforming how knowledge is understood, maintained, … Continue reading

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