Monthly Archives: January 2004

UK research funding

An interesting report has just appeared which profiles research funding in UK higher education. It notes the growing concentration of funding in a smaller number of institutions, the dominance of science funding, and the smaller scale of UK activity when compared to that in US universities. The report is discussed at Education news & jobs … Continue reading UK research funding

Wireless access on the go

Jon Udell describes his experiences looking for wireless access in his relatives’ hometown, and being questioned by the police for sitting in a running car outside a local school. Is it conceivable that a small town might designate a well-known AP for public access, including drive-through use? The public library would be the obvious candidate. … Continue reading Wireless access on the go

SPARC Open Access Newsletter

It is difficult to keep track of the ‘open access’ discussion. An important source is the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, now edited by Peter Suber. The current issue contains an overview of 2003 developments. Open access in 2003 The many-copy problem and the many-copy solution What’s the ullage of your library? Coming up later this … Continue reading SPARC Open Access Newsletter


The word of the day on is neoteric. The illustrative quote is: Electronic books, they say, are asking them to make a mental transition — to veer from their ingrained appreciation for the printed books that fill our nation’s more than 120,000 public, academic and special interest libraries — to depend on a neoteric … Continue reading Neoteric

Research at OSU

I was the guest of Tom Rosol, interim Vice President for Research at OSU, at the OSU-Purdue game last year. I was interested to read his summary of research support activities at OSU for this year, presented to the OSU Board of Trustees. OSU accounts for 40% of university R&D spending in Ohio; the other … Continue reading Research at OSU

Sir Tim

As has been widely reported, Tim Berners Lee has accepted a knighthood. Buckingham Palace said this week that Berners-Lee, 48, a British citizen who lives in the United States, got the honor because of his “services to the global development of the Internet.” [Queen to Knight Early Web Innovator]