the pirate bay conspiracy, shared CC by narghee-la A crony sent me notice of this talk happening next week here at UBC: Adrian Johns: “The Intellectual Property Defense Industry and the Crisis of Information” October 20, 2011 – 5:00pm; Dodson Room (302) I. K. Barber Learning Centre With the rise of the information economy has […]Read more "Piracy"
fuzzy copyright shared CC by PugnoM “…and has given notice to Access Copyright (AC) that it will not operate under the interim tariff after August 31, 2011.” This is a fairly huge development here at UBC, as we are joining twenty-six other Canadian institutions in opting out, and in doing so will need to get […]Read more "“The University of British Columbia is transitioning to a new copyright environment…”"
I was unfamiliar with how mycorrhizal networks connect the roots of trees, facilitating the sharing of resources. Dr. Suzanne Simard writes: Graduate student Kevin Beiler has uncovered the extent and architecture of this network through the use of new molecular tools that can distinguish the DNA of one fungal individual from another, or of one […]Read more "Do trees communicate? Networks, networks…"
From the same people who brought you the Vancouver cycling route planner… some nifty visualizations measuring the ‘bikeability’ of the city. Uh, what? We created a bikeability index, based on five components identified in the Cycling in Cities opinion survey as important to cyclists, then explored in focus groups and validated by travel behaviours. These […]Read more "More bike-friendly open data goodness from UBC"
Happy European Fish Week everybody! To celebrate, The Guardian publishes this visualization (via David McCandless of Information is Beautiful) that illustrates the depletion of fish biomass in the oceans. In homage to #ds106, here is the animated gif version: This daily dose of doom-mongering is drawn from a study conducted by Dr Villy Christensen and […]Read more "Sometimes information is ugly, no matter how it looks"