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January 6, 2012

Gary Stager, Stager-to-Go, January 6, 2012.

I get where Gary Stager is coming from. Learning is not the same as remembering. By the same token, I made myself a set of flash cards this week as an aid to remember my past participles in French. So there's another side to it.

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Observations on use of mobile devices at airports and train stations
Maish Nichani, Pebble Road, January 6, 2012.

Pretty informal, but an interesting look at how people read their iPads and mobile devices (I'm like the guy all hunched over, because I don't see that well).

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Help Preserve the Canadian Public Domain: Speak Out on the Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations
Michael Geist, Weblog, January 6, 2012.

Michael Geist writes, "the Canadian government filed notice of a public consultation on December 31, 2011 on the possible Canadian entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, trade talks that could result in an extension in the term of copyright that would mean nothing new would enter the Canadian public domain until 2032 or beyond." This comes just afer authors like Ernest Hemingway entered the public domain in Canada. Geist notes, "Canada's term of copyright meets the international standard of life of the author plus 50 years, which has now become a competitive advantage when compared to the United States, Australia, and Europe, which have copyright terms that extend an additional 20 years (without any evidence of additional public benefits)."

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The Year Ahead in IT, 2012
Lev Gonick, Inside Higher Ed, January 6, 2012.

Quite an interesting column from Lev Gonick summarizing major trends in networking and education. "We can spend the next 25 years in 'business as usual mode' attempting to build the infrastructure for big science on each of our university campuses and reinforce the patterns of securing funding, building platforms, and supporting analytical services. We will also miss the train. There is simply no way we can afford to create redundant infrastructure to support the next generation of science, discovery, and innovation. Three-letter federal funding agencies, state economic development and education organizations, research and education networks, research scientists, and of course our higher education leaders, including our CIO community, should join and challenge Net+ to quickly set its sights on the development of an unprecedented collaborative set of platform technologies." If they will let me, that's what I'd like to spend the next few years doing here at NRC. Via Bill St. Arnaud.

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