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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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Image of a moleculeOpen Babel is a collaborative project that has developed software to convert data between the many different file formats used to store chemical information.  It may be of interest to specialists working in molecular modeling, computational chemistry, etc.

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Digital Futures 2011

Digital Futures 2011

“14 June 2011, 10.45am – 4pm, Paisley Campus, P Block

Digital Futures is UWS’s Student Showcase for Creative Technologies in Computer Animation, Computer Games, Multimedia and Music Technology

  • 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 ”

Text from http://www.uws.ac.uk/schoolsdepts/computing/digitalfutures/index.asp

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009 – 2010 [PDF file]

Includes summaries of recent research breakthroughs, information about strategic impact, bibliometric data, etc.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate [PDF file]

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.

Government response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Report on the Video Games Industry in Scotland [PDF file]

Covers age-restricted games, taxation, intellectual property, etc.

Scottish Government Consultations

Securing the Benefits of Scotland’s Next Energy Revolution: Consultation Responses

Marine Scotland: Scottish Marine Regions: Defining their boundaries Consultation Responses

Consultation Response Summary – Joint Consultation by Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency on a change to BSE Testing of Cattle slaughtered for human consumption

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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UWS currently has a trial of the IEEE computing and engineering database, giving access to more than 2 million journal articles, conference proceedings and standards. More info on the UWS Library News blog:

A 30-day trial for the IEEE Computer Society’s Digital Library (CSDL) and IEEE Electronic Library (IEL) will begin on the 10th January, IEEE have sent the following information regarding the trials: To access the Computing Society database trial please go to the following link: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/home  The trial is authenticated using institutional IP addresses and will therefore only be available on campus. There is a range … Read More

via UWS Library News

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brain scanCogprints 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.

You can search the archive, or browse by subject area.

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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.

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