Thursday, July 21, 2016

QLC Flash on the horizon

Exabytes shipped
Last May in my talk at the Future of Storage workshop I discussed the question of whether flash would displace hard disk as the bulk storage medium. As the graph shows, flash is currently only a small proportion of the total exabytes shipped. How rapidly it could displace hard disk is determined by how rapidly flash manufacturers can increase capacity. Below the fold I revisit this question based on some more recent information about flash technology and the hard disk business.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

More on Terms of Service

When Jefferson Bailey & I finished writing My Web Browser's Terms of Service I thought I was done with the topic, but two recent articles bought it back into focus. Below the fold are links, extracts and comments.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

What is wrong with science?

This is a quick post to flag two articles well worth reading.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Talk at JISC/CNI Workshop

I was invited to give a talk at a workshop convened by JISC and CNI in Oxford. Below the fold, an edited text with links to the sources.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Major Threat is Economic

I've frequently said that the major threat to digital preservation is economic; back in 2013 I posted The Major Threat is Economic. We are reminded of this by the announcement last March that:
The future of the Trove online database is in doubt due to funding cuts to the National Library of Australia.
Trove is the National Library's system:
In 2014, the database's fifth year, an estimated 70,000 people were using the website each day.

Australia Library and Information Association chief executive Sue McKarracher said Trove was a visionary move by the library and had turned into a world-class resource.
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"If you look at things like the digital public libraries in the United States, really a lot of that came from looking at our Trove and seeing what a nation could do investing in a platform that would hold museum, gallery and library archives collections and make them accessible to the world."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Glyn Moody on Open Access

At Ars Technica, Glyn Moody writes Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it? , a long (9 "page") piece examining this question:
What's stopping us? That's the central question that the "open access" movement has been asking, and trying to answer, for the last two decades. Although tremendous progress has been made, with more knowledge freely available now than ever before, there are signs that open access is at a critical point in its development, which could determine whether it will ever succeed
It is a really impressive, accurate, detailed and well-linked history of how we got into the mess we're in, and a must-read despite the length. Below the fold, a couple of comments.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Vienna Principles

This is an excellent piece of work, well worth reading and thinking about:
Between April 2015 and June 2016, members of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) working group “Open Access and Scholarly Communication” met in Vienna to discuss [Open Science]. The main outcome of our considerations is a set of twelve principles that represent the cornerstones of the future scholarly communication system. They are designed to provide a coherent frame of reference for the debate on how to improve the current system. With this document, we are hoping to inspire a widespread discussion towards a shared vision for scholarly communication in the 21st century. 
Their twelve principles are: