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Conservation mode

Sep 01 2010 Published by under Admin

We're putting scientopia basically in to conservation mode to conserve resources until we get hosting issues squared away. So we'll have no commenting on new posts for a bit. If you'd like to send me an e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com or comment on posts on friendfeed, that would be appreciated.

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One Week Anniversary

Aug 09 2010 Published by under [Etc], Admin

It's been a busy and exciting week here on Scientopia! Lots of new features just in this week (rotating quotes, polling, and the sharing thing at the bottom are the most recent). There were some minor bumps along the way but I think we're all set now.

I've ordered my Scientopia swag (and you can, too).

I was going to try to post more often - particularly for the first week - and I'm happy with my posting rate. Just in case you're in Christina overload, never fear, I'll probably slow down a bit from now on. It has actually been much easier than I expected because there have been so many interesting things going on.

When John and I first got to ScienceBlogs we asked what the readers wanted to know. I'll ask again now - what would you like to know about library and information science? My experience and expertise is basically orthogonal to Dorothea's so if it's in her realm, I'll pass it off to her.

So Happy Anniversary and many happy returns!

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Settling in stuff

Aug 04 2010 Published by under [Etc], Admin

We're still working out a few bugs, thanks for your patience.

  • Comments are now appearing on this blog unmoderated - after I figured out how to do that. Some of my fellow Scientopians intend to take their comments off of moderation but haven't yet ( a few are on vacation or are doing field work or are at funerals so give them a bit of time)
  • The feed is coming out only with a summary even though it's set to provide the full text. This impacts a few of us. fixed
  • There are no categories showing on individual posts.fixed

There are probably a few more things - but as you can see, they're fairly minor, just in conveniences.  Please bear with us and our one overworked technical person! If there's something else that you see causing problems, please let us know.  Thanks!

Edited to correct the name of our site - thanks Carol!

Edited again to reflect how much work has been done - please do keep pointing out anything that you'd like to see done differently.

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Oh Hai! Welcome to my new home!

Aug 02 2010 Published by under Admin

You found me! I'm so excited to be joining this great community. As we go you'll hear more about how we were founded and our vision. Most importantly, we have common purposes, policies, ways to encourage sociability, and best of all, usability. Do these sound familiar? Yep, they're some of the things recommended in the Preece online communities book [*]

Why am I here? Well, I like having my blog to be in a community, but frankly, I'm somewhat uncomfortable with a for-profit type deal. This is a co-operative. Here, I'm among great company, have tech support (all voluntary from the fabulous MarkCC), and have you all.  Plus, I get all of the standard benefits of blogging - personal information management, practice writing, communication within and outside of my field, to network, etc.

I've been blogging since 2004 and I cover various areas of librarianship, information science, and the information industry. Within information science, I have pretty broad interests from information behavior to information retrieval. I'm also interested in science & technology studies (or whatever STS stands for), computer supported collaborative work, and online communities.

[*] Preece, J. (2000). Online communities : designing usability, supporting sociability. New York: Wiley.

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Broke something last night - all fixed now

Jul 16 2010 Published by under Admin

The comments made last night weren't showing up - I think I've fixed that now. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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Got a question?

May 11 2010 Published by under Admin

lolcats and funny pictures
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Someone around here is bound to have an answer! Ask a scibling is back, see this post:
Feel free to ask any library or information questions, too.

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Random admin stuff

Mar 06 2010 Published by under Admin

I haven't been a great team player recently, so this post catches up on some things going on in the world recently. These are in no particular order.

  • The USA Science and Engineering Festival is coming up in the Fall. ScienceBlogs is the official blogging partner and there’s a blog here to talk about the preparations. This is one reason why it’s cool to live near DC – I get to go and wave the flag. (hm. mpow should have some representation, too)
  • 3/14 is fast approaching and there will be a pie bake off. My pies are notoriously tasty but ugly. Unfortunately, you’ll be judging them on looks not taste so I’ll see what I can do.
  • Elsewhere, Nature Blogs has updated their platform – and it’s gorgeous!
  • The National Academies have a communication award with serious cash as a prize. People interested in communicating science with the public should make some nominations.
  • A couple of excellent conferences lately with video and slides posted on line. In particular, check out the Science Commons Symposium which was held in Redmond, Washington on February 20th.
  • The new version of Mendeley is out with lots of cool updates. One of the neatest things is the collaborative pdf annotation with highlighting and sticky notes.
  • There is a lot of discussion about ebooks now – this requires a post of its own – it’s not clear if there’s really anything new at all or if it’s just more of the same bemoaning discovery, use, DRM, platforms, etc. The Highwire survey(pdf) is an example. The CrossRef discussion on The Scholarly Kitchen is another.

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Thank you!

Feb 25 2010 Published by under Admin

This blog is a Research Blogging Awards 2010 Finalist
Research Blogging Awards 2010 Finalist
Thank you for whoever nominated me and thanks for your votes! I'll try to bring more research blogging posts to you in the coming year 🙂

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12-month meme for 2009

Dec 05 2009 Published by under Admin, Off Topic

Getting this from Drugmonkey - the first line from the first post of each month this year. Looks like I should pay attention to having snappy first lines!

The first half of the year is all about preparing for my comprehensive exams and the second half of the year is all about recovering from taking them! Let's hope next year brings a dissertation proposal defense and writing, writing, writing.

January: Finished Yin [link]

February: This is 2 weeks, and really quite paltry. [link]

March: I'm now back into re-reading, so notes will be shorter (and I'm hoping to pick up speed). [link]

April: Very disappointing progress for assorted reasons, not related to the book itself. [link]

May: (all this of course, IMHO, and not representing anyone else - but I'd like to start a conversation) [link]

... this is when I moved to ScienceBlogs ...

June: Please check out and comment on John's post on Looking for Ideas for the Information Science Channel [link]

July: seem to be for Bing, the re-branded "new" search engine from Microsoft. [link]

August: John Wilbanks is brilliant - let's just get that down first. [link]

September: Sometimes so many things come up at the same time it becomes difficult if impossible to ignore. [link]

October: No internet at home (thanks, comcast #fail) and really busy at work... I'll be back soon! [link]

November: On day three [of the 4S conference] I only made two sessions - and the second was incredibly disappointing (I have serious problems with the study design) so I'll just briefly chat about the first, which was pretty awesome. [link]

December: ASME- the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - has a series of journals that are heavily used by mechanical, aerospace, and even civil engineers. [link]

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Whoa, sorry for the time off!

Oct 01 2009 Published by under Admin

Update2 (10/2/2009): and I'm back, and typing in the right box this time. yay! posts to come this weekend.

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