Guest Post — Do Libraries Still Dream Unified Dreams? Part 2

Today’s post looks at loosely coupled software and services that together could be used to create a modular library system. What are the merits, and flaws, of such an approach and what can libraries (and technology providers) do to remedy some of the less desired effects of such strategies?

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Building a Tool to Find Translated Scientific Articles

You know an article exists, but cannot read its language. So you go to our tool, paste the Digital Object Identifier of the article and get a list with translated versions. You manage your articles in a reference manager and notice that an article on your reading list is now also available in your mother tongue. You are really enthusiastic about a new article that was just published…


Learning to Make Collaborative Guides with Open Access

The students of the Open Knowledge course at Hochschule Hannover made a book The Open Science Guide of Guides with a series of rapid production ‘book dashes’. The project was a partnership with GenR and the Open Science Lab, TIB. Lessons were learned on all sides — the students had a non-stop tour of open science tools and services that you chain together to make a modern book…


Announcing the Single Source Publishing Community Launch!

The Single Source Publishing Community (SSPC) is focused on scholarly publishing and is a meeting place for researchers, educators, publishers, and software developers. The community looks to help Single Source Publishing (SSP) technology to work better for Open Access, Open Science, in learning, and for Bibliodiversity. Drop in on our discussion board, join the monthly ‘SSPC Show & Tell’ sessions…


Open Biomaterials Research

  In this Guest Blog, Guest Editors from the Open Biomaterials Research Collection discuss the range of research topics featured in the collection, their contributions to open science and promotion of reproducibility via shared protocols in biomaterials research.

Do you want to know you can measure DNA contour lengths using ImageJ?  Perhaps you want to stain a C. Elegans embryo for imaging?  Or possibly, you might want to test whether or not you have gotten an immune response using ELISA?

Martin Fitzpatrick sends word of a cool collection of open access scientific protocols called  For the uninitiated, protocols are the recipes that scientists use to carry out experiments in a reproducible way.  The list of protocols posted to to date has a number of interesting and important biochemistry and biology experiments.

There’s also a neat companion site called which concentrates on many of the same things we do – the use of open source software in the sciences.