Posts made in October, 2010

How to create multiple folders with AppleScript

Posted by on Oct 13, 2010 in Documentation, Technology | 0 comments

For a project I needed create 5000 folders. Needless to say that I certainly did not want to do this manually. After searching on Google I combined two AppleScripts. This new script creates multiple folders in the front window.

tell application “Finder” to set the this_folder ¬
to (folder of the front window) as alias
on error — no open folder windows
set the this_folder to path to desktop folder as alias
end try
repeat with i from 1 to 100
tell application “Finder”
make new folder at this_folder with properties {name:”xyz” & i}
end tell
end repeat

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Open PhD Position at HIT Lab NZ and OPI

Posted by on Oct 13, 2010 in Project | 0 comments

The HIT Lab NZ at the Canterbury University (Christchurch, New Zealand) in collaboration with the Institute of Information Processing (Warsaw) has the following vacancy for a PhD student:

Performance Indicators and Visualizations for Polish Science

Project Description

In many countries, quantifiable indicators are being used to assess the success of scientific organizations and individuals. The discussion and implementation of scientific indicators is only starting in Poland, which gives an opportunity to develop a modern system for the assessment of scientific organizations and individuals.

This system should go far beyond the counting of publications and should balance qualitative with quantitative indicators. Such a system should be easy to use and openly available, so that the wide public can make up its own mind about the quality of organizations, individuals and the topics that are being investigated. This approach will help to democratize and objectify discussions that may lead to the future funding policies.

The Institute of Information Processing (OPI) in Warsaw is officially keeping the record of the results of the completed research and R&D projects and will provide access to their databases. The goal of this PhD project is to develop a user-friendly software tool that allows researchers and policy makers to reliably assess the scientific performance of individuals, projects and organizations.

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The Importance of Open Access Publishing

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Documentation, Technology | 0 comments

I was interviewed about Open Access Publishing for the Open Access week. Here is the video:

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Lego Minifigures

Posted by on Oct 8, 2010 in Design | 1 comment

Yesterday I visited Martin Jaspers, who has got an amazing collection of Lego Minifigures. Together we photographed his collection of approximately 1300 figures. Here are some examples of the the results:

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Press coverage in The Economist

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Documentation, Publication | 0 comments

The Economist reported on results on the study of the Nobel prizes. It is the season for it.

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