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. Not with the attitude of the participants, at all – boy, were they enthusiastic. But it has to do with our discussion of peer review. Continue reading “Peer review says “bof””

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 to develop a rating grid for a data journal, define a review model, write a rationale for the journal and find potentially interesting data resources. Follow #dariah on twitter!

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. As I was presenting in the theoretical section, I assumed it was expected from me to go to the bottom of a few basics, so I chose to speak about the concept of author and whether there still was an author as we understand it in the world of digital publications. Continue reading “Fight for gold, excommunications and vampires: a day in the life at Gut Siggen”

By the sea

After the TEI Conference in Vienna and the ESTS/DiXiT conference in Antwerp, I am now staying at Gut Siggen for a conference (rather: work session) on digital scholarly publications this week. It took me a while to find a spot with stable internet access between these thick, old walls but finally found it (and luckily, it comes with a comfortable chair).

Although I won’t be able to enjoy it fully since I have to head back to Berlin tomorrow morning, the concept of the seminars held here is in many ways attractive: one week by the sea to talk, argue, discuss one topic with a group of selected people in an enchanting setting…

This afternoon, I will give a short lightning talk on authorship, in which I will try to sum up some of the papers I gave or publications I contributed to in the last couple of months. Continue reading “By the sea”