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Data-security horror stories

I'm afraid we're going to see more data-security horror stories like this in the next few years. It's truly horrific for everyone involved. Rather than point fingers, because there are multiple levels of epic fail in this situation and nobody comes out smelling like roses, I'll try to pull out some more-or-less depersonalized morals-of-the-story: Knowing...

Cowboy and centralized research IT

The question of research-IT provisioning came up in my post on data-security horror stories. I saw some confusion from readers about it, and it's worth examining in detail for other reasons, so here goes. So let's imagine Achaea University for a moment: immense, a diverse research agenda across many disciplines, lots of grants coming in, but some areas...

Friday foolery: Mitigating repository risks

I have some zombie-ish tendencies of my own, so I was most interested to read such a thorough, well-researched investigation of Zombies and Risk to Repositories. I feel ever so much better now that I know how to protect digital assets from the undead hordes. Don't you?

Data-security horror stories

I'm afraid we're going to see more data-security horror stories like this in the next few years. It's truly horrific for everyone involved. Rather than point fingers, because there are multiple levels of epic fail in this situation and nobody comes out smelling like roses, I'll try to pull out some more-or-less depersonalized morals-of-the-story: Knowing...

Pattern?

So I go to a perfectly nice conference last year and get trapped by a volcano. I try to get to OLA Superconference, and there's an epic blizzard. (I'm still going to try to make Top Tech Trends, but my Friday talk is cancelled. Pity. I put a lot of work into that talk.) I dunno if it's safe to go on the conference circuit any more!

The One Schema

I grumbled on FriendFeed today that I wish folks (IT folks in particular) would understand that there is no single metadata schema that works for every kind of data in every form in every situation. If you're building a data repository intending to store many kinds of data from many disciplines, it had better have a metadata model that accommodates...

Friday foolery: Hawking the Library of Congress

I've had a week, folks; as a reward, next week I'm off to a conference with a brand-new talk. (Slides up soon, I hope; they're getting close to done, but they're not there yet, and I still have plenty of patter to write. I'm trying a new presentation technique, which adds a lot to my prep time.) But my week is as nothing to the week the Library of Congress...

Link, don't pass around files

So I heard an interesting question the other day, one that's worth thinking out loud about. Someone asked whether it was legal, copyrightly-speaking, to post a legally open-access article to a public server or service (such as Facebook or FriendFeed), or if one should link instead. The answer, as with most copyright questions, is "it depends." The other...

Library Day in the Life 6

Once a year, librarians get together to tell people what we do all day, because we know that many people have stale, stereotyped, or just plain wrong ideas about what that is. I don't usually talk about my job here, because I've landed myself in hot water over that before, but for Library Day in the Life I'll make an exception. For the record, what...

Friday foolery: have some more Dui!

It's very cold where I am, so what could be better than some dude in shades and aloha shirts rapping about Dui, er, Dewey Decimal? Okay, maybe some things could be better than that. But this isn't all bad!

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