I\’m Too Sexy for My Master\’s Thesis

super sexy wednesday 8

Posted in history,scholarship,tools by Rae on 28 June 2006

Digital History Hacks has a fabulous roundup of Digital History Blogs. While I’m Too Sexy might not technically be a digital history blog, my posts certainly display a strong interest in using technology to aid research and writing, not to mention my interest in new publishing models. Hmph. And Wah.


Institutional Strategies and Policies for Electronic Theses and Dissertations:

Almost without exception, students produce theses and dissertations in electronic formats, and it would seem that an institutional electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) program would be the rule and not the exception. In the United States, however, ETD programs have been slow to gain ground; other countries are far ahead in implementing comprehensive strategies for the creation of and access to ETDs. The focus of this bulletin is on the development of institutional policies to address ETDs and the changes needed in academic culture to implement robust ETD programs. The value of ETDs as institutional intellectual assets is also explored.

(via Open Access News)


In Digital Age, Advancing a Flexible Copyright System:

So closely is copyright associated with the phrase “all rights reserved” that some people have difficulty imagining any other system. But an unusual global alliance of artists, scientists and lawyers, meeting here over the weekend, has been working in recent years to forge a “creative commons” that allows artists to decide which rights they want to retain and which they would rather share.

It always amazes me how long it takes the NYTimes to catch on. They might be a good source of new news, but they’re often a bit slow to cover cultural movements. But, better late than never.


Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office:

This add-in enables you to embed a Creative Commons license into a document that you create using the popular applications: Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, or Microsoft Office Excel. With a Creative Commons license, authors can express their intentions regarding how their works may be used by others.

(via the Creative Commons Blog)


Let’s Reverse the Pattern of Secrecy:

On May 2, 2006, Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (S.2695) requiring every federal agency with an annual extramural research budget of $100 million or more to implement a public access policy that is consistent with and advances the federal purpose of the respective agency. Help make sure that you have access to vital scientific advancements and other discoveries that could protect you and your family! Tell your Senator to co-sponsor S.2695 today!

I completed the form and sent it to friends and family, as well. Even if you decide not to fill out the form, at least click the link above to learn about this important issue.


Read Roy Rosenzweig’s essay, “Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past.” While Sanger isn’t particularly happy with the results of Wikipedia, he is quite excited about his new project, Textop.


The June 2006 issue of D-Lib Magazine is up. In case you don’t know:

D-Lib Magazine is a solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.


Israel’s Education Ministry still not recognizing Yeshiva University degrees:

YU degrees are accepted by Harvard, Yale and any number of top-notch American universities – and so it is an Israeli ministry alone that refuses to acknowledge them for salary purposes.

(via Failed Messiah)


Snakes, Planes and the Triumph of Ironic Appreciation:

Like many PopMatters readers, I suspect, I tend to keep a sheaf or two of Hellenistic Judaic texts on the nightstand for light bedtime reading. You can only breeze through so much James Joyce before you start to feel like you’re slumming. Imagine my surprise when, in a section of passages presaging the end of the world, I came across the following:

And lo, unto the land of Babel shall come a man, one like unto the Son of man, clothed with rich garment down to the foot, and girt about the ears with a Kangol cap. And he shall be called Samuel, son of Jack, with an “L” in there somewhere, and speaking with a great voice, as of a blasphemous trumpet, he shall banish yon serpents from the sky…

When I read this I thought: Sonofa . . . they’re talking about Snakes on a Plane!

(via PaleoJudaica)


Mary Martin McLaughlin, 87, a Scholar of the Middle Ages, Is Dead:

Mary Martin McLaughlin, an internationally renowned scholar of the Middle Ages who spent the last four decades working almost entirely outside the academy, died on June 8 at her home in Millbrook, N.Y. She was 87.

For the last 40 years, Ms. McLaughlin labored over two books, to be published posthumously, that colleagues describe as her masterworks. One is the first full biography of Héloïse, the lover and later wife of the 12th-century French philosopher Peter Abélard. The other is the first English translation of the complete correspondence of Héloïse and Abélard.


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