Using Microsoft Word with git 25 Aug 2014

One of the major challenges of writing a journal article is to keep track of versions - both the different versions you create as the document progresses, and to merge in the changes made by your collaborators. For most academics Microsoft Word is the default writing tool, and it is both very good and very bad in this. Very good because the track changes feature makes it easy to see what has changed since the last version and who made the changes. Very bad because this feature is built around keeping everything in a single Word document, so that only one person can work on on a manuscript at a time. This usually means sending manuscripts around by email, and being very careful about not confusing different versions of the document, which requires creativity.

Introducing Rakali 18 Aug 2014

In July and August I attended the Open Knowledge Festival and Wikimania. At both events I had many interesting discussions around open source tools for open access scholarly publishing, and I was part of a panel on that topic at Wikimania last Sunday. Some of my thoughts were summarized in a blog post a few weeks ago (Build Roads not Stagecoaches). Today I am happy to announce the first public release of a tool that hopefully contributes to making publishing of open content a bit easier.

Visualizing Scholarly Content 09 Aug 2014

One topic I will cover this Sunday in a presentation on Open Scholarship Tools at Wikimania 2014 together with Ian Mulvany is visualization.

What is a DOI? 06 Aug 2014

This Sunday Ian Mulvany and I will do a presentation on Open Scholarship Tools at Wikimania 2014 in London.

Fragment Identifiers and DOIs 02 Aug 2014

Before all our content turned digital, we already used page numbers to describe a specific section of a book or longer document, with older manuscripts using the folio before that. Page numbers have transitioned to electronic books with readers such as the Kindle supporting them eventually.

One Ring to Rule them All 30 Jul 2014

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Don't Reinvent the Wheel 24 Jul 2014

In a post last week I talked about roads and stagecoaches, and how work on scholarly infrastructure can often be more important than building customer-facing apps. One important aspect of that infrastruture work is to not duplicate efforts.

Build Roads not Stagecoaches 18 Jul 2014

I attended the Open Knowledge Festival this week and I had a blast. For three days (I also attended the fringe event csv,conf on Tuesday) I listed to wonderful presentations and was involved in great discussions - both within sessions, but more importantly all the informal discussions between and after sessions.

Literate Blogging 04 Apr 2014

Literate programming is a methodology that combines a programming language with a documentation language, thereby making programs more robust, more portable, more easily maintained, and arguably more fun to write than programs that are written only in a high-level language. The main idea is to treat a program as a piece of literature, addressed to human beings rather than to a computer. The program is also viewed as a hypertext document, rather like the World Wide Web.

Continuous Publishing 10 Mar 2014

Earlier this week Björn Brembs wrote in a blog post (What Is The Difference Between Text, Data And Code?): To sum it up: our intellectual output today manifests itself in code, data and text.

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