Petites impressions de microcosmes…

Pendant six ans durant les années 1990 j’étais responsable pour Nature Québec/(UQCN d’un projet avec des groupes environnementaux/communautaires sur la côte nord du Honduras. Le projet ciblait le renforcement de ces groupes et la création d’un groupe régional visant à intégrer leurs approches et leurs interventions. Le tout tournait autour de la création par le gouvernement, lors du Sommet de Rio en juin 1992, de nombreuses aires protégées qui ne seraient protégées qu’en fonction d’une…

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Rationalizing the extremes: introducing the citation distribution index

The distribution of citations among the scientific literature is in many respects similar to the distribution of wealth in the Western World: a handful of articles receive most of the citations, while most of the articles receive few or no citations at all. The distribution of citations is indeed highly skewed and not well represented by its average (the so-called “Bill Gates effect” in the wealth distribution analogy). In fact, when the average is computed…

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Not enough information being shared, Waterkeeper says in Pickering Nuclear Generating Station preliminary submission

The current operating licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) is set to expire in August 2018. As Ontario Power Generation (OPG) applies for a licence renewal, Swim Drink Fish received funding to commission expert reviews of local water quality and ecosystem impacts of the PNGS.With expert assistance, Swim Drink Fish planned to submit recommendations for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Tribunal to consider during its review of the PNGS licence conditions.However, Swim…

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Between the ears or between the legs?

How is “policy” defined? And, what role do researchers play in the development of policies? Simon and Deena share their view on how “policy” is defined and the importance of taking research findings a step further, and how to engage politicians and other leaders in our work. Evidence-base leading to policy development, or policy development guiding the evidence-base?As a topic of interest in her field, Deena teaches Simon about transgender rights through Canada’s newly enacted…

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The implication of the Hatch-Waxman Act for universities

“[It is] well-settled, that an experiment with a patented article for the sole purpose of gratifying a philosophical taste, or curiosity, or for mere amusement, is not an infringement of the rights of the patentee.” Poppenhusen v. Falke, 19 F. Cas. 1048, 1049 (C.C.S.D.N.Y. 1861) (No. 11,279) The Hatch-Waxman (Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration) Act of 1984 was created in the United States to shield activities including supplying active ingredients, using research tools, and…

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1findr: discovery for the world of research

As of last week, 1science is offering public access to its 1findr service. 1findr is a discovery and analytics platform for scholarly research, indexing an incredibly wide breadth of peer-reviewed journals. But just how broad is its coverage, and how does 1findr compare to alternative systems? In this post, we’ll measure up 1findr against the (also quite new) Dimensions platform from Digital Science. These two platforms represent new approaches to bibliographic data: 1findr is fed using…

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