At work

This week I try to get some work done. There's no time to spend extra holidays. This project has been mostly just dealing with numbers. A statistical study as scientists used to say. Although, there's opinion of people hiding behind those numbers. The ultimate question is whether we still need public libraries in our society. I personally think we do. Based on data majority seem to think so.

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16 thoughts on “At work

  1. Well, our result will become published on internet and accessed for free. Maybe not the data, but definitely the results. Some of sources we used are also available in data: http://www.stat.fi/index_en.htmlEDIT: Oh, unfortunately the "main publishing" will be in Finnish ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. I think all the knowledge could be "digitalized" and shared over the Internet. But at that point the State must grant free access to the Internet for everybody. We can see the moving from paper to "memory supports" like the invention of printing at the end of the middle ages. In theory it allows more people to access knowledge, lowering the barriers. Once something is on the Internet, everybody from anywhere, anytime, could read it.But what does not work in the present situation is that the Internet is not "public". So you have "public" knowledge but it is accessible only through private services. To not mention the fact that you need to buy some hardware.It works also in the opposite direction. You see some governments are actively censoring the Internet. Some other are "listening" what people do over there. etc. But once dictators burned the books for the same reason.

  3. The problem is PROFIT. I give you an example: our government is discussing about changing the laws about the service of providing water in order to take it away from city councils (public service) to give it to private contractors (private service). The reason given is while in some places the service works well at reasonable prices, in many others the city councils are wasting big money to provide bad services and then hopefully a private contractor, moved by profit, could be more efficient. But the reasoning could be inverted. Those services that are well maintained and profitable even today as public services will be attractive for private firms that will probably increase the price while lowering the quality, while those services that require big investments to put them in order and aren't profitable (like areas with few customers) won't attract private contractors or they would increase the price A LOT. And then there are connections between the politicians (at any level) and the private firms that would make money from the service.The same goes for the Internet and the TELCOs. Telecom Italia was a public company some time ago, then it was sold (for few money) to private firms because it was said to be losing money and not much strategic for national interests. So now we don't have any public service that could provide telecommunication services to every citizen. The State has got some radio frequencies that could be used for taking the Internet to rural areas? All they do is to rent the frequencies to some private firm or they don't do nothing at all.It is a difficult topic.

  4. All very true and good reasons why printed copy should be made as well and placed in public libraries.

  5. I can't access your data unless I pay a subscription to Telecom Italia (the main national provider) and I don't own a computer.Before the invention of printing, only the VERY rich could afford "books" that were copied by hand one by one. With the printing also the moderately rich could afford printed books and implied some events like the "middle class" rising and the Protestant Reform.Now if you move contents on the Internet the social divide becomes something like city/rural areas (because of Internet coverage) or culture/money/age because the subscription service and the hardware required (like my mom can't use the computer).You consider that accessing your research from Finland could cost 10, accessing it from Italy could cost 100 or 1, depending who is charging for what and how.

  6. There will always be a plenty of space for the libraries in our societies. For real books. Real bookshelves for real books. Real rows of real bookshelves for real books. Real archives with real rows of real bookshelves for real books. And. Count your shadows! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Originally posted by Mimi's Mum:

    And. Count yourshadows!

    ๐Ÿ˜† and I thought I had a bad day!Sami, do you understand Chi squared? I've used it but the "arbitrary" nature of it leaves me a bit :irked: I mean I usually mind my p's and q's but when I see white rabbits with long hairless tails I just go :insane:The age of rock. That's another good one I've always liked. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Originally posted by Lorenzo Celsi:

    I think all the knowledgecould be "digitized" andshared over the Internet.But at that point the Statemust grant free access tothe Internet for everybody.

    if modern libraries went digital and free there would be no means of paying for "free speech". If the government paid, then the government's bureaucracy decides what gets printed. Its a little paradoxical. But, believe me, I find privatization of public social services a real problem. One I am not happy with in a number of areas. Our health coverage is one I do prefer to remain so, though.

  9. Originally posted by Frlmnk:

    Sami, do you understand Chi squared? I've used it but the "arbitrary" nature of it leaves me a bit

    All science is actually rather fishy business! For example what on earth does it actually mean if I can say that in level of 95% of confidence I can say this or that? It is just an agreement that we accept some results as statistically significant on certain level. Then some politicians can rely on that p-value and say: "Hey, since the research proves this is the case, then it means we should/could do that."

  10. This discus here become very hard and i thing this is never ending theme. I like very much your collage on top. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Originally posted by zdenotim:

    I like very much your collage on top.

    Thank you Zdenko ๐Ÿ™‚ As you may noticed, I have used those pictures as background images on table cells. Therefore only glimpse of the originals is displayed. Then I placed transparent PNG images into those cells to provide links for those images.

  12. Originally posted by Serola:

    Then I placedtransparent PNG imagesinto those cells to providelinks for those images.

    That must be why I didn't notice the links! :)I aggree (90 – 100% prob) with your assessment of statistical probability. I think that's why I prefer to see weather maps and not read forecasts.

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