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Bad Data Examples Appeal

Back in early April, I canvassed the IASSIST list for examples of articles, studies, or any publication that misuses data.  My original message:

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New IQ issue - intro from the editor

The IASSIST Quarterly (IQ Vol. 30 issue 2 - 2006) is now available on the web:

http://iassistdata.org/publications/iq/iqvol30.html

Winter came late in Denmark, but suddenly the situation was normal: snow came and traffic stopped. And now 14 days after spring was here in March. I sat outside in the sun reading articles. Still it's more difficult to write articles outside, we are waiting for the improvements of the computer screens.

Ontario University Libraries Launch New Data Service

The following press release was posted to the IASSIST listserv by Bo Wandschneider on 11 June: Ottawa: June 11, 2007 The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure Initiative (ODESI), which will provide university researchers with unprecedented access to a significant number of datasets in a web-based data extraction system that will be delivered through the highly successful Scholars' Portal model.

This infrastructure will be built on an international metadata standard

The IASSIST 2007 song!

Here it is: music by Leonard Cohen, lyrics by Melanie Wright and company. Now you can sing along to the YouTube video.

Open Data

We made our way to Montreal Where everybody knows f&*% all And no one's gonna tell you "see you later." Admin committee steaming hot Went on and on 'til we asked what Does all this have to do with Open Data?

Chorus: Open Data, Open Data, IASSISTERs / here to cheer / Open Data.

Tuesdays workshops best ones yet One through six were quite a set But what were they about?

It was the best IASSIST ever!

Until next year of course!

This year's conference is done and Anastassia, Susan, and the wonderful Local arrangement folks at McGill are probably breathing a sigh of relief! Lots of informations was presented and some of it was absorbed!

A *really* secure data center

The May 21 issue of Boing Boing describes the InfoBunker, a "Cold War era government command bunker converted into a data center". I realize that they're not referring to the same kind of data center we mean, but it was kind of fun to read about a data center that has "a self-sufficient power systems (six days' worth of diesel fuel; 17,000 gallons of water (for drinking and fire suppression); military-grade NBC air filtration). It's built to withstand a 20-megaton nuclear blast at 2.5 miles, according to the website, and I can believe it. Your data will be intact even if the rest of the Internet has been vaporized."

Submitted by Walter Giesbrecht

Session D3: views from near a plug....

Your trusty blogger attended Data Access Questions:  Open and Shut (session D3).   She assumed that, as an august member of the blogging press, she would be afforded a primo seat.  But no, she again found herself sitting on the floor in the corner, next to another fake potted palm!  Thank heavens the session was moved to a neighboring room—larger and with a microphone. Obviously, a popular session on the challenges of working with data agreements from the perspectives of acquisition and user support. more...

IASSIST 2.0: Blog the conference! (Montreal, May 2007)

This is a starter blog entry for people to share their thoughts and reflections about the conference as we go along and afterwards. Just Add a comment to this post and blog away! If you would like to be a regular blog contributor, talk to San Cannon, the IASSIST Communique editor.

Technology befuddles session C3

So now that I remember my blog password, I have lots to say. I want to extend my congratulations and kudos to my fellow session participants in C3 (New Discovery Tools: Thinking Outside the Catalogue) where we managed to kill 3 laptops and still do 4 outstanding presentations.

Session A1: views from the floor

An overriding theme of the A1 session, Self-Archiving or Self Storage, was empowering data producers to participate in creating and providing metadata for their materials. Another way to describe it: involving researchers in these processes by meeting them where they’re at with the most flexible tools possible. I must also mention that this was an extremely popular session, drawing a standing-room-only crowd. So this roving blogger found a comfy seat in the back of the room on the floor, next to the fake potted palm. Hence, she was unable to see any of the visuals! more...

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

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    Resources

    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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