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More Editorial Musings
Some more musings on the role of editors in academic journals as a result of a paper I submitted a paper to the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology last year....

posted on: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Online Backup
I blogged last week about having a reliable backup routine for data on a PC. In this I mentioned that I have five copies of my data, including archives and offsite backup....

posted on: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Firefox EXIF Extension
Following on from my blog about the potential use of EXIF headers in JPEGs, I cam across an extension for Firefox called EXIF Viewer. It does what it says on the tin in that it allows you to view EXIF information for JPEGs. This is an early version so it'll be interesting to see how this develops.

posted on: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Exporting References from Endote
I was putting together a relational database recently that needed to contain a table of references. The references themselves were sat in Endnote so I thought it would be straightforward to export them into something like a CSV or Tab-delimited file....

posted on: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

IJRS Journal Article Retractions
Beinga journal editor, I am concerned about the quality of the articles we publish, but have to balance this against the maintenance of a throughput of appropriate material....

posted on: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Backup your data ;)
Ontrack Data Recovery have a rather amusing selection of "Top 10 Data Loss Disasters" from 2006. They include the usual dropped from helicopter, run over and packed in wash bag they seem to crop up regularly....

posted on: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

LaTeX: LaTable
One of the other bits of LaTeX "support" software I've come across in recent weeks is LaTable. Laying out tables, to quote Robbie Coltrane from "Nuns on the Run" when explaining the holy trinity, is "it's a bit of a bugger"....

posted on: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Planetary Geosciences, Geological Society
I've just spent a couple of days at the Geological Society in Picadilly at a conference on Planetary Geosciences....

posted on: Thu, 09 Nov 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

GIS File Formats: how do we distribute data?
One of the other discussions that cropped up at the GRADE meeting was file formats for spatial data in relation to repositories....

posted on: Wed, 01 Nov 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry