Monthly Archives: February 2014

Publishing gibberish …

Publishing gibberish (via Nature.com) Depressing article on how hundreds of papers have been withdrawn from peer-reviewed conference proceedings because they were generated by a software program that strings together random phrases of scientific sounding stuff.

Data Visualisation

The topic of data visualization frequently comes up in our conversations. A really well thought out display of data can make the patterns in very complex data sets  immediately apparent. A name that came up at last week’s meeting was…

Virtual Reality Devices

This might be of interest to those of you who are conducting research involving video game immersion. At the moment a device called the Oculus Rift is getting a lot of good press and is shaping up to be the…

New social networks must not be too social

New social networks must not be too social. Louise – this article has some nice distinctions between public/private, nonymous/anonymous, exclusive/broadcast and different timelines. The article itself doesn’t say anything too special, but the distinctions are nice.

Coursera censorship

Coursera made to enforce US sanctions thereby preventing people in countries such as Sudan, Cuba, and Iran from access to open education. People suffering under oppressive regimes get the additional layer of oppression from sanctions that are designed to “help”…