Voice Principles | Clearleft

This is a great checklist and overview of design principles for designing for voice assistants. It’s complied and created by CelarLeft. https://voiceprinciples.com/ ... (more)

blockchain in STEM - part 2

In my last post I gave an overview of what blockchain is, while also confusing House of Pain and Cypress Hill. (These posts are probably best read whilst listening to either of those songs). In this post I’m going to look at potential use cases for blockchain in STEM and scholarly publishing. Scholarly communications use cases. When thinking about any use cases in STEM I think the questions we need to answer are: ... (more)

Architect, The Killer Serverless Framework – Reify

A nice overview of an npm framework for creating server-less applications on AWS. It abstracts away a lot of the plumbing, which can have upsides and downsides. I’d love to see something equivalent in python. The actual framework is here: https://arc.codes https://blog.reifyworks.com/architect-the-killer-serverless-framework-41565372811b ... (more)

Model Zoo - Pretrained deep learning models for transfer learning, educational purposes, and more

This looks like an interesting corpus of machine learning models. One thing I’d not really thought about before is that we will now need to start thinking about how to publish the actual models that are used in scholarly research. Some of the models on this site provide ways to reference the work (e.g. https://modelzoo.co/model/image-to-image-translation-with-conditional-adversarial-networks). https://modelzoo.co/ ... (more)

OA negotiation manifesto from university of California.

This is a really interesting initiative from the university of California. If the scholarly landscape looked like this then publishers would have to generate revenue entirely from services and derivative open products, rather than from content licensing. Most of the points is the manifesto are fairly unsurprising but two points stood out as interesting to me. Point 10 asks for all metadata to be made available including usage metadata. Are Counter reports sufficient for this, or is anything else needed? ... (more)

Preprints growth rate ten times higher than journal articles - Crossref

Great post looking into stats on preprints in crossref. Headline takeaways, preprint registration into crossref is 10x that of article growth, but it’s hard to read a lot into that as the absolute numbers are so different at the moment 2.4M per month (published articles) vs 10k per month (preprints). There is also some interesting data on preprint citations, preprint citations come in at best at a level of about 10% of the citations to the subsequently published article. ... (more)

Research Software Engineering conference 2018 workshop abstract

About As SAGE is sponsoring the Research Software Engineers conference in September we get to submit a workshop. I’m thrilled to be able to attend this conference. Many years ago I used to write research software in astrophysics. Over the years I have learnt how complex the interplay is between specification, software writing and getting to the heart of user needs. Along with this is the critical question of how we find sustainable models for these kinds of activities. ... (more)


Scholia is an amazing interface into scholarly information held inside id WikiData. It includes information about authors, articles and a very large chunk of the citation graph. You can see an article pate here: https://tools.wmflabs.org/scholia/work/Q24595162. The tool extracts topic information on articles, shows cites and citing articles (and how many citations each of these articles has) https://tools.wmflabs.org/scholia/ ... (more)