Are you tired of writing a paper, based on real experiments? SciGen could come to the rescue, at least if you do computer science research. SciGen is a program that creates random papers, complete with results, discussion, graphs and references. Some of these random papers have been accepted at conferences or even for publication.
SciGen is of course a hoax. There are other famous hoaxes in science, including the 1996 Alan Sokal paper “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity”.
What do these hoaxes have in common? They randomly generate pseudo-scientific language. Important ingredients are buzzword frequently used in the field and standard phrases. If we look carefully, we find examples of this random-talk in our own work as well.
Infrastructure Tips for the Non-Profit Startup
When I started as DataCite Technical Director four months ago, my first post (Fenner, 2015) on this blog was about what I called Data-Driven Development. The post included a lot of ideas on how to approach development and technical infrastructure. ...
Using Jupyter Notebooks with GraphQL and the PID Graph
Two weeks ago DataCite announced the pre-release version of a GraphQL API [Fenner (2019)]. GraphQL simplifies complex queries that for example want to retrieve information about the authors, funding and data citations for a dataset with a DataCite DOI. ...
Using YAML Frontmatter with CSV
CSV (comma-separated values) is a popular file format for data. It is popular because it is very simple: CSV is text-based and any application that can open text files can read or write CSV. This makes it a good fit for digital preservation. ...