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rhiaro ... tampering ...

Week in review: 13 - 19 Feb

🏷 week in review travel food linked research

Penang Hill Forest Challenge

Today bengo and I inadvertently hiked the Penang Hill Forest Challenge ('the longest trail in Penang'). I had pieced together two other hiking trails and filled a gap in the middle, but it turns out that if you do this from the other end, it has an official name. Here is the GPS trace.

Anyway, we started from home, and walked to the Botanical Gardens (about an hour). We took the 1500 steps route up Penang Hill, using Path A to reach the top (about 2.5 hours) where we relaxed with fruit and fruit juice for a while.

We walked along Summit Road to Western Hill. There's a trail on the left going down, after about 20 minutes. We first missed it and continued down the road, which quickly became signposted as private property. We backtracked; the actual trial is pretty well signposted.

From there there was lots of climbing - up and down - supported by a rope most of the way. Lots. Of. Climbing. And another hill. Then some more climbing. Oh look another hill. And a vertical slope. And some scrambling. And another hill. And so on. We encountered only 3 other groups of hikers on the way. There were a few points for nice views, but mostly trees. And hills. And another hill. But just because I was cursing every step doesn't mean I wasn't having fun.

4 hours later, the beautiful sight of local families splashing in pools nearby the Teluk Bahang Dam welcomed us. We dived in and sat in small waterfalls until our legs came back. The pools are in a nice park, which also houses the Forestry Museum. It was very peaceful.

Once we'd recovered, we walked up the road to see the Dam and reservoir. Then we backed up and followed the road to Teluk Bahang village. We stuck our thumbs out but nobody stopped.

We forged ahead to the beach, and immediately encountered Cat Beach - a cat shelter on a small, beautiful, secluded beach. Run by volunteers, in exchange for housing. I paddled, and hung out with the cats for a while. I think I see... my future.

We stopped for vegetable fried rice at a small stall, then caught the 101 bus home.

Complete set of photos here.

🏷 Penang hiking Malaysia beach travel

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Effecting change in academic publishing

Academic publishing is a hostage of a commercial industry. You've no doubt read a few million and a half thinkpieces and committments about how:

People have been writing about this stuff for literally decades. The Open Access movement isn't much younger than the Web itself. And yet.

Don't worry, people aren't only writing about it. People are building things too. Things like:

Another list

There are so many different angles to approach this from, and so many things that need to change in sync. We need:

  • to make research outputs digestable and learnable;
  • to connect ideas and people;
  • to chain things together - provenance, derivation, inspiration;
  • to connect people and make collaboration easy;
  • for people to not be afraid to publish work in progress, or share half-baked ideas;
  • ways to ascertain quality of scientific output - repeatability, verifiability, and qualifications of the researcher - to know if something is good;
  • to acknowledge people for their labour, particularly peer-review; to encourage quality reviews and ongoing conversations;
  • to give researchers control over their work;
  • to make research discoverable;
  • to aggregate relevant progjects and publications;
  • to congregate communities for discussion and development;
  • to preserve work for the future.

A puzzle that needs piecing together

There are many pieces to the puzzle. There are many people working on these pieces, or components which could be part of a piece. Maybe not even in the context of improving academic publishing.

Are you one of them? If you count yourself amongst the academic community and you're frustrated by the state of publishing - or working to change it - or just working on something that could be applied to improve it - there are some things you can do right now to help roll this ball...

  1. Write about your experiences.
  2. Write about your ideas for change.
  3. Write about your action for change.

Then: show up in Portoroz, Slovenia, at the end of May and talk about it with other people who care.

The big picture is big

The big picture is big. We need lots of people with broad and niche expertise to address this properly. No one research group, project, or even discipline (and certainly not individual person) is going to be able to shift this alone.

The first workshop for enabling decentralised scholarly communication, is co-located with the 2017 Extended Semantic Web Conference (but by no means limited to SemWeb people, or even computer scientists).

We're eschewing the formal conference proceedings and encouraging you all to publish contributions online, at a domain of your choice (but ideally one you trust or control). Specifically, write about (any or all of):

  1. Why you don't publish all of your work on the Web, open access, today (a few paragraphs, like a blog post).
  2. What you're working on that might plug into a future ecosystem for academic publishing (even if you're not finished or not sure how it fits yet - that's what we'll discuss in person).
  3. Challenges (or solutions!) specific to your discipline or field regarding open access or online publishing of research and results.

See you in Portoroz!

🏷 linked research https://linkedresearch.org publishing science academia

Post created with https://rhiaro.co.uk/sloph

IRL I am Amy

On twitter I am @rhiaro

I store code on github and bitbucket

By email I am amy@rhiaro.co.uk

is at home since

🍴 The last thing I ate was Mahogany leaf fried rice, Chinese tea (Kek Lok Si),

💰 The last thing I acquired was Bus 203, for 2myr,

🗭 The last thing I scribbled was about food,

+ The last collection I added to was https://i.amy.gy/2016-penang/ (59 items)

📄 The last article I wrote was Week in review: 13 - 19 Feb

🔁 The last thing I liked was https://twitter.com/csarven/status/821727587303129090

The last trip I planned was from Langkawi on 2017-02-04T10:30:00+08:00 to George_Town,_Penang at 2017-02-04T14:30:00+08:00

The last thing I liked was http://blog.bengo.is/2017/02/12/one-month-in-the-philippines/

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