## Educating Games

I am not a researcher in gamification or educational games, but I teach, I teach game development, and I play games. With this background, I’ve been thinking on how current gamification is directed, and especially, how educational games are being created. Gamification First, gamification is considered the solution for engagement, and thus, it is being […]

## On Publishing Quality Journals

I am the editor of Linguamática for more a dozen years. It is a journal on Natural Language Processing, with emphasis on the languages from the Iberian Peninsula. Every time a new issue is published, I use a good amount of hours editing the authors articles. Not just fixing $$\LaTeX$$ glitches, that some authors are […]

## Experimenting eXist-DB on Docker

I’ve been using eXist-DB for some time for the project of the Dicionário da Academia de Ciências de Lisboa, that is being revived from the PDF into TEI, so that a new digital version can be soon released. Recently I needed to update the server where eXist-DB was running, and decided to use a dockerized […]

## Scopus, and other messy services

For a long time that I am against the creation of Journal and Conference indexes, trying to stamp the contributions published or presented on those venues as good or bad. While I agree that there are some conferences that accept mostly every document that they receive, that does not mean that, a distracted researcher, could […]

## Edx + Microsoft Course on R

I participated in some courses in Coursera, with very interesting subjects. For the first time I decided to enroll in a course in edx, and I ended up in a Microsoft Data Camp course on R. The course is very basic, mostly on syntax than in statistics. Good enough. The course is based in 5 […]

## Digital Object Identifier

If you are an academic, you know what DOI are, and you know that a lot of websites are now requiring your publications to have one, so you can refer to them (for example, Publons). DOI are managed by IDF, the International DOI Foundation,  a not-for-profit organization. In the other hand, I am a co-editor […]

## Open-Access Journals

It seems that Havard is fearing the Open-Access journals, and decides to do a false research project to shown that Open-Access Journals accepts bad/wrong papers. They submitted a paper for some Open-Access journals and found out that a high percentage accepted this paper. What is people is claiming now? That Open-Access Journals does not do […]

## Map-Reduce, or why I hate software patents.

In the recent times you should be hearing a lot on map-reduce. I first heard of the term in last year Codebits. Although I wasn’t there, there was a talk with that title. I confess that knowing that map and reduce are common functional operators on different programming languages, I did not look to the […]

## TEI – Well Done!

I will not detail anything about TEI. Sorry. I would just like to let you know that every time I need to work with any TEI subset, I find myself amazed with the quality of their documentation and the details they thought on before writing the standard. Sometimes I just get to me thinking… do […]

## DBLP Bibliography Database and Scientific Publications in Portugal

In Portugal, Universities are rating researchers accordingly with their publications being or not cited on Internet articles databases like DBLP or ISI Web of Knowledge. Basically, if your article is not cited anywhere, then your article is class C. If it is cited in DBLP, it is class B. Finally, if it is present in […]