The Public Policy Group and the Impact of Social Sciences blog  at  the London School of Economics have produced a guide to “show academics and researchers how to get the most out of [Twitter] the micro-blogging site. The guide is designed to lead the novice through the basics of Twitter but also provide tips on how it can aid the teaching and research of the more experienced academic tweeter.”

Amy Mollett, Danielle Moran and Patrick Dunleavy. Using Twitter in University Research, Teaching and Impact Activities: a guide for academics and researchers. LSE Public Policy Group, 2011

 

If you’ve ever wondered about the future of the book, have a look at these:

Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.”  (from Living Books About Life)

Cover photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonwheatley/5128638903/ under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ license.

 

 

 

To celebrate the 2011 release of Beaujolais Nouveau, we’re featuring a link to Metro Wine Map of France (opens in new window) designed by Dr. David Gissen as a wonderful example of mapping and data visualization.

To learn more about geographic information, see GIS Services, a part of Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Koerner Library.

 

Photo credit: Sergei Melkonov at flickr

 

 

Crowd on Canada DayNoon-Hour Intro to RefWorks Workshop
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Woodward Biomedical Library: Teaching Lab – Room B25

Finding and Using Data from the Census of Canada
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM – 11:45AM
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre: Room 318 – Library Computer Lab

Photo: Winston Wong

The  Royal Society (UK) has opened its journal archive to permanent free access. Timed to coincide with Open Access Week, this change provides access to the full text of all papers published more than 70 years ago in Philosophical Transactions, the “word’s first science journal”, and other Society publications.

“Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated account of his electrical kite experiment.  And nestling amongst these illustrious papers, readers willing to delve a little deeper into the archive may find some undiscovered gems from the dawn of the scientific revolution – including accounts of monstrous calves, grisly tales of students being struck by lightning, and early experiments on to how to cool drinks “without the Help of Snow, Ice, Haile, Wind or Niter, and That at Any Time of the Year.”

 

 

Anything You Want to Be
(8 minutes) A biting satire on societal pressures that force women to compromise their individuality and intellectual goals to assume a constantly changing identity of femininity.

It Happens to Us
(32 minutes)  Filmed before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade, United States Supreme Court decision, this film presents personal stories and medical information about abortion with a view that abortion must remain an available choice.

Ripples of Change
(57 minutes) Nanako Kurihara came to the U.S. to escape being trapped as a woman in a repressive Japanese society. In New York she met a woman named Fumiko who had been active in the women’s liberation movement in Japan. After the death of Fumiko, Nanako returned to Japan to find out what ever happened to the women’s movement there.

Betty Tells Her Story
( 22 minutes)    This is the story of Betty and her search for the perfect dress.  The story is told from her perspective with two strikingly different outcomes.  It is both a story of excitement and vulnerability as she expresses her anxiety and feelings of insecurity.

This month, the UBC Library will begin hosting meetings of the newly-rekindled UBC GIS Users Group.  This group will be a gathering of students, researchers, faculty and staff on campus who work in some way with, or are interested in, geographical information systems (or science) (GIS).  The meetings will be held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month in Koerner Library Room 216 at 4:00pm.  There will be a speaker, followed by a trip to Koerner’s Pub for refreshments.

First Meeting:

Wednesday, October 27, 4:00pm
Koerner 216
Presentation: overview of GIS services and facilities provided by UBC Library (including the new GIS/Research Data Lab), followed by tours of the lab

Future Meetings:

At future meetings we are hoping to have students, researchers, faculty and staff from around campus talk about how they are using GIS in their work.  There are a lot of exciting, state-of-the-art projects happening around campus, and this will be a great way for people to share their work and network with other GIS users.

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