Thursday, 23 April 2015

Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics

Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics

 Use these ten principles to guide research evaluation, urge Diana Hicks, Paul Wouters and colleagues.


Data are increasingly used to govern science. Research evaluations that were once bespoke and performed by peers are now routine and reliant on metrics1. The problem is that evaluation is now led by the data rather than by judgement. Metrics have proliferated: usually well intentioned, not always well informed, often ill applied. We risk damaging the system with the very tools designed to improve it, as evaluation is increasingly implemented by organizations without knowledge of, or advice on, good practice and interpretation.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mars might have liquid water

Mars might have liquid water – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

 Researchers have long known that there was water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars. The explanation is that the substance perchlorate has been found in the soil, which lowers the freezing point so the water does not freeze into ice, but is liquid and present in very salty salt water – a brine. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature.

Monday, 13 April 2015

UK university leaders lobby Brussels on research cuts

UK university leaders lobby Brussels on research cuts

 More than 50 UK university leaders will travel to Brussels on Monday to lobby European policymakers against possible cuts to research funding.

The group, led by Prof Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University, fears for the future of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research fund.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Mathematical (and Poetic) Offerings From the Land of Saints and Scholars

Mathematical (and Poetic) Offerings From the Land of Saints and Scholars

Interesting aticle which also includes a Reference to the Russell Library and  a piece on De Brún who earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1913, under Émile Picard, and the same year was ordained a priest at the Irish College in Paris. He soon returned to Ireland, first as Professor of Mathematics at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and later as president of University College Galway.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Top 10 authors downloaded from ePrints Feb 2015

Top 10 authors downloaded from ePrints

 An ePrint is an electronic copy of an academic paper. ePrints can be either preprints (a working paper or the version of a paper submitted for peer review) or postprints (the final peer reviewed version, which has been accepted for publishing) or similar material such as book chapters, conference papers, working papers, technical reports and so on.

Maynooth University ePrints Archive is an institutional repository of ePrints which showcases the research output of Maynooth University and St. Patrick's College staff and postgraduate students. This open access ensures the widest possible dissemination and impact for our work in Maynooth and contributes to the growing body of research literature that is now freely available online.

Mars Once Had More Water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean !

NASA Research Suggests Mars Once Had More Water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean | NASA

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Free access to Royal Society Journals until the end of March

350 years of scientific publishing | Royal Society



Philosophical Transactions, first published in 1665, pioneered the concepts of scientific priority and peer review which, together with archiving and dissemination, provide the model for almost 30,000 scientific journals today.
As part of their 350th anniversary celebrations, all Royal Society journals content is free to access until the end of March 2015.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Better use of antibiotics - €1 million Horizon Prize !

Research & Innovation - Horizon Prizes - Better use of Antibiotics

This €1 million prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The challenge is to develop a rapid test that will allow healthcare providers to distinguish at the point of care between patients with upper respiratory tract infections that require antibiotics and those that can be treated safely without antibiotics.

The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?

The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?

In November 2014 members of the Programmable City team from Maynooth University visited the Smart City Expo and Congress in Barcelona.  The organisers have now posted up videos of all of the sessions on their YouTube channel.  Together they make interesting viewing for anyone interested in understanding what is happening with regards to creating smart cities.  Rob Kitchin and Gavin McArdle presented a paper at the Congress entitled, ‘Dublin Dashboard: Open and real-time data and visualizations for citizens, government and companies’.

Monday, 16 February 2015

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

Forcing research to fit the mould of high-impact journals weakens it. Hiring decisions should be based on merit, not impact factor, says Reinhard Werner.

How do we recognize a good scientist? There is an entire industry — bibliometrics — that would have us believe that it is easy: count journal articles, sort them according to the impact factors of the journals, and count all the citations.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Irish horse cheats death through the appliance of science

Irish horse cheats death through the appliance of science

A promising young racehorse facing the prospect of being put down was rescued from death by a bone repair technology developed by scientists in Ireland. The thoroughbred’s jaw was rebuilt and the two-year-old filly is performing well on the racetrack.

The bone repair technology, called HydroxyColl, allows lost or damaged bone to be regrown. It was developed by researchers in the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (Amber) a collaboration involving Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.