Author: Anne Baillot

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OPEN – Contribution to the AGATE Workshop January 16th, 2017

This is the text of my contribution to the Workshop “Open – Connective – Sustainable” Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear President Hatt, Dear Academy Representatives & Guests, I am honored and happy to have this opportunity to respond to Ulrike Wuttke and by doing so to proceed with the opening session of this workshop. There is nothing more adequate to open such a day than to start thinking about the very concept of openness. In my response, I will first take a short historical glimpse back in the history of the institution hosting today’s event. Then I will take a more...

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Peer review says “bof”

There are some words that are hard to translate in every language. Giving a sense of the French “bof” is one of these tricky cases. Basically, it means something close to “so-so”, but it is better impersonated by the Comics figure of Achille Talon (there is a section of the English wikipedia article on Achille Talon dealing with his favourite quotes that tries to grasp the essence of “bof” as well). “Bof” is an attitude of indifference, disdain, not wanting to acknowledge reality. And “bof” has to do with the data journals session at the Prague DARIAH HaS Winter School I taught yesterday....

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Data Journals at the Prague winter school

I have the great pleasure to be in Prague for the DARIAH/HaS winter school on Data Citation this week. Tomorrow, I will talk about data journals (are they going to save us from the wrongdoings of pre-publication peer reviews?) and will present the episciences platform for overlay journals with the help of my French colleagues Marie Puren, who will help out in the hands-on session, and Maud Medves, who has been helping me set up the sandbox over the past weeks. Winter school participants (and the speakers willing to play with us in the data journal sandbox) will have the opportunity...

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Fight for gold, excommunications and vampires: a day in the life at Gut Siggen

While the conference (which I also mentioned in my previous post) is aiming at a manifesto-esque text production on the future of digital scholarly publishing, I had to leave this morning and promised a contribution in the form of a blogpost. The following hence recapitulates the content of my presentation of yesterday, some of the following discussion (partly integrated in my argument to make it more explicit), and puts these in the wider context of the topic addressed at Gut Siggen. I could have talked about reputation, about peer review, about blogging, but there were other experts to talk about that....