Archive last update: 28/05/2011

28/05 Added new:

CILIP briefing, manchester 19/05/2011 (copyright-education/research) 

Copyright- national & international strategies to support education & research, 27/05/2011 

Digital preservation for Health Sciences, Newcastle, 26/05/2011 (managing research data) 


See notes after #list for more info about what this is about. I’ll get round to annotating more archived hashtags with  conference/workshop info over next days. List in no particular order:

Research Data

JISC Managing Research Data  international programme workshop 28-29 th March 2011 Aston UK  (28/03 2:23 pm onwards) + ongoing  (weekly) (closed) (closed) (closed) (weekly)

added 08 may 2011

Open software meeting at EBI 5May  (closed)

DCC Research Data Management Forum Leicester 5-6May  (closed)

added 14 may 2011

UMF Shared Services and the Cloud Programme     symposium 12May London  (closed)

OER  (closed)  (weekly) (closed)

Social Media & Research (closed)

Astronomy (closed)  (closed)

Synthetic Biology

6 academies #synbio3nations symposium tomorrow on #syntheticbiology. have posted the programme here: (closed)

Pachube/”Internet of things” (weekly) (closed) (closed)

Science Policy  (weekly)

Science Communication

UKSG 2011  Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK 4-6 April 2011 + ongoing  (weekly)


# copyright best to follow via twapperkeeper archive 

For tweeps and others coming straight to this page – Scibella is a project to set up a CRIS (see about scibella page for more background) held up at the moment whilst copyright issues are sorted. However, this year, I’ve got into Twitter- at first as a source of UK science policy news- then I realised that Twitter/social media are very much part of what a CRIS needs to cover these days. One problem with Twitter is that with the volume of tweets their indexes now only go back 2 weeks or so. Anything before that is lost to search.  So something Scibella can do -which doesn’t take up too much time – is to archive the tweetstreams for conferences/workshops. Of course I now have the problem of  finding out what’s going on that’s worth archiving! 

To archive I’m  using desktop archivist   open source software running on windows xp pro sp3  with .NET 3.5 SP1 framework installed.  Uses twitter regular “garden hose” search feed so can only go back as far as normal search function from within twitter. Max search number going back is 1500. Another problem is that desktop archivist will only save tweetstreams from simple searches #xyz etc.  Any search using Twitter advanced search functions e.g. since: until: to: from: etc. will bring the results into archivist desktop but the program crashes when you try to save them.  Short of buying MS Visual Studio, learning WFP, and going through the source code I don’t think I can do anything about this problem.

The format the files are in is the default xml output from archivist desktop- to turn them back into full tweet streams with icons,active links etc, will take some xsl/xpath work which I’ll try to do asap. (Or download your own copy of archivist desktop and load them in via “open” option of file menu!)

 Have checked in IE8,Firefox 4, and Chrome (with xml extension) browsers from my windows XP desktop and files can be accessed OK.  However, there could be an XML parsing error with some browsers (thanks to  simonhodson99 for the heads up on this), haven’t yet been able to check with Mac, Iphone, Android etc. So fall back would be save with file name etc. Is that possible from a smartphone?

Hope this is useful. Any feedback on problems/ideas would be welcome.

PS: TwapperKeeper  is an alternative to archivist desktop and is well worth searching to see if your area of interest is covered. For example you’ll find #JISCMRD and #Copyright going back 2 or more years.  Trouble is that from April 2011 Twitter won’t let the web version of TwapperKeeper export data so you can view but can’t save.  If I ever get time,  and tweet archiving looks as if it could be a useful feature of Scibella, I’ll look into installing TwapperKeeper on Scibella’s server so that export is possible.  What would be useful is using either archivist desktop or twapperkeeper to merge xml files to produce sector compilations of workshops etc..

Default xml file out of archivist desktop is:

<TwitterDataModel RateLimitCount=”150” RateLimitStartTime=”2011-04-01T23:29+02:00” ErrorMessage=” ” SearchTerm=”%23jiscmrd” LastId=”53908716243783680” LastUpdate=”2011-04-01T22:29:14.21875+02:00” IconSource=”{x:Null}” State=”Active” xmlns=”clr-namespace:archivist;assembly=archivist” xmlns:x=”“>

<TweetCollection SearchTerm=”{x:Null}” LastId=”{x:Null}” LastUpdate=”0001-01-01“>
  <Tweet BadWord=”{x:Null}” TweetStatus=”Unapproved” Username=”simonhodson99” TweetDate=”2011-04-01T21:56:54+02:00” Status=”RT @cygri: @PaulMiller attacks #linkeddataobsession with triple counts: time to focus on licensing & links: #jiscmrd” TweetID=”53908716243783680” Image=”” />
  <Tweet BadWord=”{x:Null}” TweetStatus=”Unapproved” Username=”kevingashley” TweetDate=”2011-04-01T17:45:45+02:00” Status=”@researchremix #rdap11 looks as if it might be doing a good job – but only have the tweetstream to go on #idcc10 #jiscmrd” TweetID=”53845515334467584” Image=”” />


<Tweet BadWord=”{x:Null}” TweetStatus=”Unapproved” Username=”gklyne” TweetDate=”2011-03-28T14:23:36+02:00” Status=”RT @CameronNeylon: I remain unconvinced that these big data sources are the real challenge. Is the mass of heterogeneous small data that is the issue #jiscmrd” TweetID=”52345089439182849” Image=”” />


  <UserCollection />
  <DataItem Name=”{x:Null}” Date=”2011-04-01” Count=”24” />
  <DataItem Name=”{x:Null}” Date=”2011-03-31” Count=”9” />
  <DataItem Name=”{x:Null}” Date=”2011-03-30” Count=”27” />
  <DataItem Name=”{x:Null}” Date=”2011-03-29” Count=”654” />
  <DataItem Name=”{x:Null}” Date=”2011-03-28” Count=”840” />
  <DataItem Name=”researchremix” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”178” />
  <DataItem Name=”datalibsam” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”169” />
  <DataItem Name=”cardcc” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”161” />
  <DataItem Name=”simonhodson99” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”146” />


<DataItem Name=”mbonett” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”1” /> 

 <DataItem Name=”DafneJansen” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”1” />

  <DataItem Name=”mymarkup” Date=”0001-01-01” Count=”1” />