A report by Dame Janet Finch argues that there is a powerful “moral” case for publicly funded research to be freely available. BBC reporter Pallab Ghosh provides a good summary of where we are at the moment, and the cases for and against the expansion of free full-text access to publicly funded research.
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Posted in all sciences, biosciences, chemistry, computing, earth sciences, forensics, health sciences, mathematics, pharmacology, physics, psychology, tips, tagged journal articles, journals, research on 25 July 2012| Leave a Comment »
Digital Futures 2011
“14 June 2011, 10.45am – 4pm, Paisley Campus, P Block
- workshops on collaborative business opportunities and funding with UWS
- UWS final year and research students will showcase
their work, and compete for Digital Futures prizes
- Meet senior managers and designers from a range of
Creative Technology companies
- Q&A session offering one of several opportunities to
engage with employers
- Download the digital futures programme (pdf)
This event is supported by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ”
Posted in all sciences, biosciences, computing, environmental and waste management, government publications, tagged bse, climate change, computer games, consultations, research impact, scotland on 3 June 2011| Leave a Comment »
These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:
Includes summaries of recent research breakthroughs, information about strategic impact, bibliometric data, etc.
A lengthy report from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covering the potential impact of climate change on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and power stations.
Covers age-restricted games, taxation, intellectual property, etc.
Scottish Government Consultations
You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.
Cogprints is an online archive for academic papers in any area of cognitive science, including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy and biology. It contains around 3,500 full text journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers.
In this CNN article about “Why we can’t unplug on vacation” Professor Brian Uzzi of Northwestern University, Illinois, discusses why it can be difficult to stop checking your email, even when you are on holiday. He suggests this behaviour is linked to the pyschological principle of variable reinforcement schedules (also known as variable-interval reinforcement schedules):
“when animals — or humans — are rewarded randomly for a particular behavior, it’s harder to get them to stop the behavior than if they had been rewarded consistently for the same behavior.”
The possibility that there might be an urgent or interesting message makes you want to check your email. These messages can arrive at random intervals, therefore you may be experiencing a variable reinforcement schedule.