SQL #3237

The post I refer most to on nostuff.org is the one where I explain – badly – how to do find/replace in SQL. It says a lot. As I say there, SQL is one of those simple things I rarely use, but when I do often feel the easy way to do something is out …

Facebook Pages move to Timeline

Facebook is moving Pages to the new Timeline style view. It seems obvious when you think about it, as a Page’s profile is not that much different to a person’s profile, but I didn’t see it coming. I’m not one of those people who rants about every Facebook change, partly because I rarely use it, …

The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge on Vimeo

via vimeo.com Brilliant video about Open Access, Copyright, Youtube, remixing and more. Split in to two parts, the first half looks at scholarly publishing. The second focuses mainly on youtube, it’s affect on society and the issues around copyright. It stresses the differences between *professional* *copying* and * amateur* *remixing*

Assessment framework and guidance on submissions

via http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/2011/02_11/#exec 2. The REF will be a process of expert review. Expert sub-panels for each of 36 units of assessment (UOAs) will carry out the assessment, working under the leadership and guidance of four main panels. 3. In October 2012 the four UK higher education funding bodies will invite UK higher education institutions to make …

javascript and yui ; new tricks old dog

I’ve somehow managed to get through most of my life without using javascript.  I’m not proud, but have always needed to use server side stuff such as php and perl rather than anything flash at the front end. I’ve used other people’s javascript and made small little changes but that’s all. With one of our …

MARC::Record and UTF

I was pulling my hair out trying to work with some MARC files ready for importing in to a system (actually it was a pre-import script I was using for vufind). The files were around 90 thousand records in size, but they would only import a subset of these.  My first step was to try …

An Interview with Sara Adamson, University of Sussex – CASE Social Media

Members of the CASE social media task force are interviewing colleagues at institutions they thought were using social media effectively. Below, Marina Pedreira-Vilarino, deputy development director at the University of Sussex, interviews colleague Sara Adamson, corporate editor with the university’s publications and branding team. MP-V: What social media initiatives is the University of Sussex currently …

Hello

A few things on the web recently have discussed posterous and tumblr as a good middle ground between twitter and full blogging. It’s been commented that traditional blogging can feel too ‘heavy weight’ – aimed at large carefully constructed posts. As much as I love WordPress, I agree. So I’m going to experiment with using …