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The IASSIST Communiqué is a place for discussions and news about all aspects of research data and the professionals responsible for collecting, preserving and providing access to such data. As such, this site welcomes comments on issues that promote preservation and access to data as well as material about best practices in data archiving and data services. While the content of this site does not necessarily represent official positions of IASSIST, we hope that the ideas in these discussions will provoke further debate and will eventually lead to positive outcomes.



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Hi San, Well, the

Hi San, Well, the Publications committee agrees it should go on the IASSIST Publications page, with a link from What's New, at least for a while, and probably also with a small graphic on the home page. I think it might be good to also place it under Tools and Training, since there will be professional current awareness material coming across - anyone agree/disagree? This also raises a point by Ernie Boyko raised on the IASSIST listserv - "When I have been asked where I see blogs fitting in our IASSIST world, I have responded by saying it is somewhere in between our listserv and the IQ. I see it more as a publishing tool than a messaging tool. For those who are more experienced 'bloggers' how do you see it?" I'm not that experienced yet, though I've had a crash course over the last couple of weeks. I did raise a question on the SOSIG Social Science Week blog about the difference between discussion boards and blogs. Andy Ramsden, who authored an entry on What are the potential uses of Blogs in Teaching and Learning? replied, along with others, with this thoughtful response: "In terms of functionality, it could be argued very little, they are both asynchronous, allow for postings and replies. However, at the sense of ownership and the perceptions of those taking part, then I think there is a clear difference. Most discussion boards are owned by that specific community, they tend to be very structured in terms of what is being discussed, and work very well within an FAQ style environment. At a very general level I tend to view them - unless the moderator takes a very active role in maintaining and developing discussion - as being convergent in nature. This is typified by short discussions. On the other hand, I’d suggest that Blogs have the potential to be much more divergent in nature, as each persons owns their own blog, the roles for publishing tend to be determined by the individual. As a consequence the personal expression and reflection has the potential to be greater due to ownership." So back to Ernie's question, yes, I agree our blog is situated somewhere between the journal and the listserv as an additional form of communication between conferences. But it is also related to the website, in that it provides the dynamic newsy aspect we have been desiring since we did the website overhaul. So, as Ann and Ernie have said, "Blog on!" P.S. And thanks to Chuck and Jim for getting this set up for us and to San for agreeing to be the blog editor. If you would like to be a subject editor please contact San as requested on her listserv message dated 28 June, 2005. I do hope we can get this to reflect our international membership and diversity. Note the IASSIST Communique is open for all to read, and for all IASSIST members to participate, by leaving comments. If you would like to contribute a new entry without becoming a subject editor, send it to San Cannon by email for her to post.

Wow! Our own blog! Where

Wow! Our own blog! Where does this go on the website?

Welcome to the blogosphere!

Welcome to the blogosphere! jrj

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