Tuesday, January 25, 2005
No YOU Tool

So it's been a busy day learning about tools. Parsers, taggers, interfaces...all such fun. See it's all part of the next stage of my work, and I'm looking outside to a reference corpus...a la the British National Corpus. As with much research, I'm not sure I can really say what I'm doing with it, but that leads me onto a new thing...let's link and discuss...

So according to an article on the BBC, academics are really taking to blogs. Mostly they are being used as tools for teaching and research and sharing of information, much like this blog. Of course, no mention of those of us diligently studying blogs themselves. pfft. The article is all about Universities encouraging students and staff to blog. Anyway, they come with warnings:
"This type of technology is very open and easy to instigate and that often means in the rush to use it, the bigger questions on the most effective ways to use the technology without creating legal and reputational issues for the institution are forgotten or end up being asked too late."
Of course, the biggest worry of blogs is that someone might say something naughty. I just think that is a bit strange because staff and students have been able to make potentially reputation destroying webpages for years. The part that more concerns me is the publishing of sensitive information.

Not just sensitive I suppose, in the sense of telling the world your research ideas, but many journals and conferences do not accept previously published work. So, if one was to post their results, along with say an informal discussion, does that count?

One could argue that since this has not been a problem with personal/academic webpages, it would not be the same with blogs. However, who really updates their webpage every other day? An academic probably changes their webpage only to add publications, or brief summary details of new project. In blogs, they are being encouraged to express their thoughts far more regularly. Or am I just being paranoid.

I think this is quite interesting, but it's a great shame that you can't leave comments. If you are inspired to say anything, mail me, and I'll post it.

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