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Topic: Web 2.0

Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 20 September 2012

Which is a better document standard: pdf or xml?

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Posted in Web 2.0

pdf Which is a better document standard: pdf or xml?

Some time ago I was asked by Oxford University Press to write an article for their Library Magazine about which document format is better: pdf or xml. I defended pdf and following is my text. Martin Fenner defended xml. You can download both contributions as pdf file (!) here.

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Sanli Sanli 5 May 2012

Academia can benefit a lot from a more democratic funding system

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Posted in Ethics, politics, Web 2.0

Much more has been said about the failure of current grant system than that has actually changed. My favorite opinion piece is this one by Peter A. Lawrence. The single-sentence abstract says it all: “The granting system turns young scientists into bureaucrats and then betrays them.” There are a couple of suggestions for improving the funding distribution in that article but the title of a comment by Markus Noll says enough about why nothing is changing: “Scientists in power will never change their system unless forced.”

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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 12 April 2012

Poor quality of slide-sharing services

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Posted in useful software, Web 2.0

rotten bananas Poor quality of slide sharing servicesIn my previous post I discussed a feature I would like to be implemented by slide-sharing services. I am not going to repeat here all the arguments why slide sharing is useful for scientists. I just want to discuss the present quality of the engines used by these services. I consider here SlideShare, authorSTREAM, SlideBoom and Google Docs from the point of view of scientists. Two years ago I pointed out to you that SlideBoom was by far the best. After two years much could have been changed in a world where nowadays everything on the Internet is about sharing.

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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 11 April 2012

Important feature all slide-sharing-services lack

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Posted in Presentations quality, Speaking in public, useful software, Web 2.0

scientific presentation Important feature all slide sharing services lack

Ten years years ago the major computer company Sun  Microsystems advertised in all media with the slogan: “The network is the computer”. And I must admit they knew where they were talking about. They saw the clouds coming. Sun has been taken over by Oracle in 2009.

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