Post-truth and information literacy

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Newspaper folded to highlight the word 'truth' CC0, Public Domain

So there’s this phrase being bandied about: “post-truth.” As in, we live in a “post-truth era.” Popular use of the phrase is over a decade old, but its recent ascendancy lead The Oxford English Dictionary to name it Word of the Year for 2016; here’s the OED definition: relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. I mean, we’re at the point where Trump supporters racists are literally saying that “there’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts.” Armchair political scientists and ersatz media commentators are having a field day using post-truth politics to explain everything from contemporary political discourse to Brexit to identity politics to the rise of neo-Nazism to the presidential election and everything in between. “We’ve let sentimentality take precedence over facts and look where that got…

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Upcoming talk at #REBIUN2016: Towards Rubicon: Libraries that turn and face the strange 

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Towards Rubicon: A Story About Libraries That Turn And Face The Strange. That’s the title of my keynote at the annual REBIUN conference at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, November 9th to 11th.

The title reaches for both history and Bowie – two things that I find great for explaining and framing stuff.

I was asked if I would do a talk on struggles and challenges for academic libraries but I find that a bit to gloomy a subject for my taste (I’m a LEGO playing library director after all) but also a theme in lack of some important elements and aspect in the discussion of the future of libraries. Where does challenges come from? Where does opportunities come from? They are mainly driven by changes in our surroundings and changes, if we like them or not, are here to stay. Not much in this world are static (except maybe…

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¿Qué es la “revisión por pares” posterior a la publicación?

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Disambiguating post-publication peer review. Tony Ross-Hellauer 2016-09-14 scholarly communication en OpenAire blog

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Interesante reflexión de Tony Ross en torno a la revisión post publicación en favor de una ciencia más abierta. El autor considera que la revisión abierta implica todo el ciclo de la publicación y diferencia dos procesos: PPR1, Apertura de los manuscritos antes de revisión y  PPR2 o revisión posterior a la publicación. 

La revisión por pares puede tener dos sentidos, uno específico y el otro más general. “Peer Review” es una práctica editorial bien definida íntimamente ligado al proceso de publicación para el aseguramiento de la calidad de los artículos de investigación y otros productos de investigación. Tradicionalmente la revisión comienza cuando un editor envía un manuscrito a los colaboradores expertos en un tema determinado y termina cuando el editor acepta un manuscrito para su publicación. Pero “revisión por pares” representa sólo la crítica y la evaluación de las…

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