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Some risks with free cloud services

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A ‘more or less” funny experience from a geek.

 

I am a big fan of cloud services. I’ve been migrating more and more of my local services to the cloud. (…)

I also like moving to the cloud because I tend to access my information from a lot of different locations and computers. I work in my main office, my den, my living room, on my tablet, on my laptop, in the studio, in the garage, and so forth. Keeping all my data synchronized on all those machines gets old after a while. (…)

But cloud services have their failings, as well. And I’m not talking about the usual crashes and cyberattacks. 

No, sometimes the service just goes away.

Google users are familiar with the phenomenon. Loyal users of Google Health were disappointed last November when the service was shut down. Del.icio.us users almost lost their minds when it appeared the service was being shuttered by Yahoo, only to have it bought up at the last minute. (…)

And then the author tells how his wife has been disappointed recently loosing a  favorite list management software…

as a conclusion,

Does that mean I’m going to stop using cloud services? Heck no. But I do intend to at least check into the business model of the services I’m using. If it looks like there’s no way it’ll make any money and be a cost drain, I probably will do my best to, at the very least, keep backups, reports, or dumps of any of the data I entrust to the cloud provider.

The silver lining in this tale? Forewarned is forearmed. Now you know you need to be sure you can get your data out before the cloud services dissipate.

Gewirtz, David. The curse of free cloud services: a cautionary tale. ZD Net, May 24, 2012. Available from: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/diy-it/the-curse-of-free-cloud-services-a-cautionary-tale/590?tag=nl.e539 [Accessed 24th of May 2012]

 

 

 

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May 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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Big Data, Big Science, Big Issue!

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A conclusion of a recent symposium comes to:

Andy Powell concluded the day with a few challenges for the next generation of ‘Big Data Scientists‘. No t all data which is big is Big Data; in other words, a large, fast or varying amount of data does not necessarily present a Big Data problem. Secondly, there seems to be confusion about whether dealing with Big Data involves curation, management or analysis – whilst purists would emphasise the latter element, many speakers called for best practice in the first two categories.”

Gaffney, Devin. Big Data, big deal!, Information Today Europe, 11th of May 2012. Available from: http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Big-data-big-deal-82582.aspx [Accessed 23 May 2012]

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May 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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Curation contributes to Information overload (FUMSI)

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A nice piece at FUMSI:

Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Linkedin, Blogger, WordPress, Google+, Pinterest – the number of sites available for individuals to create content seems infinite. And whilst adding an album to Facebook, checking in to Foursquare and posting an update on Twitter is fun, we’re all effectively contributing to digital information overload. (…)

Information overload is usually defined as a situation where an individual can have difficulties understanding an issue and making decisions, which can be caused by the presence of too much information. (…)

Some issues are identified:

  • Overload decreases efficiency as individuals and organisations waste time managing it
  • Information is duplicated easier because of sharing tools
  • Multitasking work environments kill productivity

(…)

The problem of information overload isn’t new, but it’s only in the digital age that more people have come to understand its impact.”

Read the full article at:

Mullan, James. Social media, information overload and careful curation. FUMSI, 4th of May 2012. Available from: http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/find/68725 [Accessed 9th of May 2012]

 

 

 

 

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May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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iPads and Health 2.0: a revolution?

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A good summuary by Medical News Today:

Apple’s iPad is increasingly finding use in health and medicine, with applications ranging from giving individuals instant access to a wealth of reference, educational and personal health information, to helping hospitals streamline their operations, reduce labor costs, improve efficiency, and helping health professionals with analysis and diagnosis.

However, recent reports suggest the touch tablet devices could be doing more than was originally intended, driven by a pressure for change that is is coming from users, as health care providers seize the new tool with renewed passion, and demand more from the technologists.

Some business cases:

  • iPads in Hospitals: Some hospitals have installed kiosks where patients, visitors and medical staff use the securely mounted touchscreen tablet to look up information
  • iPads in Medical Education: Another environment that seems to have taken the iPad to its bosom is medical education. At first it was just a tool that students brought with them of their own initiative: but more and more medical schools are now switching to iPad as the main platform for delivering the curriculum.
  • iPad’s Top Medical Apps: an impressive app is Medscape Mobile, a huge free resource from WebMD and available on several platforms, including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry. It is the leading medical resource most used by healthcare professionals. “The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind boggling and seems to continuously grow with each update. 7,000+ drug references, 3,500+ disease clinical references, 2,500+ clinical images and procedure videos, robust drug interaction tool checker, CME activities, and more.”
  • iPads in Medical Imaging: Medical imaging is a field where one can see how the iPad may one day, and perhaps that day is sooner rather than later, go beyond helping teachers, students patients and doctors communicate more clearly, to being a diagnostic tool.
  • The new iPad
  • What next?

 

Paddock, Catharine. iPads in Health and medicine: more than an information Revolution? Medical News Today, 14th of March 2012, Available from:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242843.php [Accessed 21st of March 2012]

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March 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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When we use social media tools we add value to the technology (Prof. Hazel Hall)

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Human behaviours endure beyond technology. (…)

People want to belong to a community, share questions and ideas and engage with each other and how they use tools to enable this is an infinitely interesting area of research.

Read more about the research being undertaken by Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Soial Informatics here.  You can read more about Hazel Hall here and access the slides from her publications pagehere.

http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Whats-so-social-about-informatics-81376.aspx

 

 

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March 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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Semantic solution for ASM journals

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After Elsevier, Thomson, Springer, Karger, etc.,  TEMIS has signed a licence to improve the search experience in the American Sociaty of Microbiology’s journals platform.

To serve its 40,000 members better, ASM is completely revamping its online content offering, and aggregating at a new site all of its authoritative content, including ASM’s journal titles dating back to 1916, a rapidly expanding image library, 240 book titles, its news magazine Microbe, and eventually abstracts of meetings and educational publications.  

 The organization’s main goal is to enhance access, search, navigation and knowledge discovery at a deeper level of detail–articles, chapters, collections by topic, podcasts and webinars. ASM has identified TEMIS as the best content enrichment solution provider for the scientific publishing community and licensed its platform Luxid® for Content Enrichment and its Biological Entity Relationships Skill Cartridge”.

Press release: http://www.temis.com/index.php?id=99&selt=14&lg=en

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January 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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SpringerLink goes mobile…

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At last, Springer has joined the group of Big STM publishers who have already plunged in the mobility.

“Springer has launched the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform http://www.springerlink.com. The SpringerLink mobile app includes a number of features like personalized notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications“.
Press release: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/pressreleases?SGWID=0-11002-6-1325121-0

At the time writing, almost all of STM publishers offer smartphone and tablet applications to access their content. NLM’s PubMed was the first early adopter in January 2010, followed by Nature in February 2010, and Elsevier’s Sciverse Scopus in May 2010. In 2011, many others have joined the ride, such as Wiley, SciFinder, etc.

Nature was on the first to offer apps to read the famous journal on an iPad. Elsevier has massively invested in applications development, mainly by the way of developers contests. Then, the Sciverse platform proposes an app market (the Application Gallery) to customize the interface.

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January 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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