Goat stories and globalised IP

Because I’ve been writing and thinking a lot about historical fiction in medieval Bohemia, YouTube recommended to me the “Old Goat Stories”, animated movies based on central-European fairy tales. At a point in the second one, I imagined myself as a wr…

Goat stories and globalised IP

Anglotech

After first reading about geocaches, it seems to be a nearly inevitable application of data storage and communication technology. A network of thirty satellites in near Earth orbit (Neo) form the global positioning system (GPS). Originally intended for…

Anglotech

Information farming

During research about different publishing models I came across this graph about the cost breakdowns (focusing on published academic journals, unsurprisingly). The section which intrigued me most was the calculation of added cost, if proofreaders and p…

Information farming

Quickly on wikis

This is one of the #23things which links today’s internet with its historical origins. It is based on:”collaborative websites which can be directly edited merely by using a web browser…by anyone with access to it”. That quote comes from Wiktionar…

Quickly on wikis

Hanging out+

Google’s hangouts feature is good value (especially since it’s free). I used it quite often a few years ago, when friends in my gaming group started moving interstate/overseas. Once we discovered that we all had g-mail addresses, this seemed a logical…

Hanging out+

F/b groups

Like many aspiring people aged <35, I use Facebook most days. My use even increased after an evaluation of the 2010 State Election in Victoria found that Facebook posts were the quickest way of disseminating information and receiving responses.They…

F/b groups

Digipubs

What is an e-publication?My first reaction to this question was a few simple criteria: 1.      Any published material available in digital form, incl. books, articles, etc. 2.      Any published materi…

Digipubs

Rare find

I started volunteering in a collection at the Queensland Museum last week. Specifically, I’m in the Science Centre, which was merged with the museum years ago. This was the highlight of my day: a nearly ancient book, still intact, resting comfortably i…

Rare find

Heroic Librarianship

We don’t often associate the work of librarians, archivists, or curators as being particularly heroic. Frequently though, they have been, and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this in the past few weeks. Most recently, this piece alerted me to the “…

Heroic Librarianship

Autobots

You might have already heard before that “librarians are the original search engine”. I certainly have, at least twice since beginning this degree. It got me thinking though about the trend of automating and digitising key functions. Thinking of my own…

Autobots