Below are my notes from this year’s Access conference held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from September 23-26. Access is always worthwhile, but this year’s was particularly enriching for me, and I greatly enjoyed getting to know a new place, as well.
Please bear in mind that these are spontaneous notes, so any errors, omissions, or weird ranting is likely my own fault. I’ve tried to put my editorializing in italics to distinguish it from the speaker’s thoughts.
“What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been”
Started by sketching a brief history of Access, and noted its influence on other conferences, e.g.- Code4Lib (single track, hackfest, etc.). There are several people working on recording the history of Access, and he noted that that’s not typical for conferences, so worth noting and applauding. Read more…
I presented a segment in the Scholars Portal Webinar Librarian, Publisher today, and thought it might be useful to share the slides I used more broadly. My main point was that it’s reasonable both in terms of cost and effort for libraries who are publishing scholarly content to mint and register DOIs with CrossRef. Doing so has myriad benefits, and sends a strong indication to scholars and readers that one is taking the role of publisher seriously.
This post represents a proof-of-concept test for a tool I recently started using. It's called Draft and bills itself as "easy version control and collaboration for writers." To abuse an oft-employed meme, they had me at version control. Google Docs is a great tool, but for straight up writing and editing, Draft removes nearly all of the mentally cluttering options and lets one just write. Better yet, it makes collaboration utterly painless. And then there's that version control … simply fantastic for those of us who enjoy iterative writing.
It's being developed by Nate Kontny and has been out there for about a month at this point, and he's already added new features. One that particularly appeals to me is the ability to publish directly to WordPress and other platforms, which is how I created this post.
Another great CNI membership meeting is behind us. Saw a wide range of presentations, and found myself wishing as usual that there weren’t so many offered in parallel. As always with these notes, I’ve placed my own editorial comments in italics to differentiate them from the speaker’s words.
Opening Plenary – From the Version of a Record to a Version of the Record
Herbert van de Sompel, Los Alamos NL
Scholarly communication now includes many assets beyond textual articles: datasets, software, blogs, et al. The challenges are to group assets and version them.
Gave a tour of the history of efforts to modernize scholarly communication. Read more…
Thankfully, there’s more to my professional life than fending off nuisance lawsuits. I have a great job here at McMaster, where I get to do many wonderful things. One of the most exciting is serving as the Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.
In that role, the Montana State University Library invited me to their campus recently to speak on digital scholarship and meet with various groups, including one charged with developing a plan for offering similar services. They filmed the talk and put it up on the Tube, so I thought I’d post it here since I’m often asked questions about digital scholarship and what we’re doing here to support it.