Kevin Kelly at the Edge…
In a curious way, Google is all about answers [and] answers are becoming cheap; they’re almost free, and I think what becomes scarce in this kind of place that we’re headed to [in the future] is questions, a really good question, because a really good question can unleash new questions. In a certain sense what becomes really valuable in a world running under Google’s reign, are great questions…”
OpenCon London 2014, an afternoon conference at Imperial College, London, with video links to a bigger event in the USA. On the topics of open access, open education and open data. Specifically aimed at “student and early career researchers”. Free on 26th November 2014, and tickets are still available.
Google Scholar developer Anurag Acharya talks to Nature about the search engine’s future…
the next big thing we would like to do is to get you the articles that you need, but that you don’t know to search for. Can we make serendipity easier? [but] I don’t know how we will make this happen. [...] I don’t think getting our users to ‘train’ a recommendations model will work”
Disney Patents an Authenticity Search Engine… “based on authenticity metric values for web elements”. With 10,000 paid hard-nosed curators and five years, it might be possible to build something that was worth using. I doubt that it’s possible with bots anymore, or Google would have done it.
A good article on the dubious or outdated (Deseret News etc) journal titles that leak into libraries via the ‘open’ journal mega-bundles from commercial aggregators. “Overwhelmed by Open Access: A Plea to Art and Architecture Librarians and Architecture Faculty”…
You may have encountered th[e] sheer volume of periodicals, including some unfamiliar or questionable titles, as you have navigated the online resources of your academic library (or even mine). Even though we have the best of intentions, librarians are partly to blame for this. In order to provide access to as many periodicals as possible, some of us have added packages of hundreds or even thousands of freely accessible online journals to our holdings so that they will show up in our indexes, our library catalogs, and even our databases via a link resolver…
The BBC’s Radio Times magazine now has its historical listings sections online. Worth having, but it’s all been iPad-ized — so not as good as page scans with the articles, interviews and spot art by illustrators. Not added to JURN, but noted here as it may be useful for some historians and media researchers.
The Chinese have just announced that all their public-funded research will be open access 12 months after publication.
A fab new open access site called Paperity has ripped all the Springer.com open access articles from hybrid journals, into a TOCs directory and article pages, along with a basic search tool. I also noticed SAGE Open while trawling through the 2,000 or so titles, but otherwise it seems to be wall-to-wall Springer.com. Almost all the journals are science, but here’s my filtering of just the JURN-related journal titles (and, of those, the ones with at least some OA articles)…
African Archaeological Review
American Journal of Dance Therapy
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Archives and Museum Informatics
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Asian Journal of Business Ethics
Children’s Literature in Education
Continental Philosophy Review
Criminal Law and Philosophy
European Journal of Futures Research
Identity in the Information Society
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
International Journal of Anthropology
International Journal of Hindu Studies
International Journal of Historical Archaeology
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Journal of Archaeological Research
Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Cultural Economics
Journal of Ethics, The
Journal of Indian Philosophy
Journal of Maritime Archaeology
Journal of Philosophical Logic
Journal of Poetry Therapy
Journal of Religion and Health
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of the Knowledge Economy
Journal of World Prehistory
Law and Philosophy
Neophilologus (medieval books and literature)
Philosophy & Technology
Publishing Research Quarterly
Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Review of Religious Research
Sexuality & Culture
Studies in East European Thought
Studies in Philosophy and Education
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
Since these are all indexed by Google, all OA articles from Springer are now showing up on JURN searches (if they weren’t already being brought in via JURN’s indexing of http://www.springeropen.com). I’ve also added the above journal links to the JURN Directory, with a “(via Paperity)” rider.
Ooops. Not content with having its Acrobat PDF reader be an ongoing and huge security risk, it seems Adobe now actively spies on its ebook readers: “Adobe sends your reading logs back to Adobe — in plain text”…
Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader — an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries — actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic … to follow along over readers’ shoulders.
“Learning in an introductory physics MOOC”, an MIT paper…
“In summary, our MOOC produced significant and roughly equal learning for all of the cohorts differentiated along several axes”
So MOOCs work, at least for learning physics. Which is just as well. Since there are few other scalable ways to deliver advanced quality-assured and corruption-free education, for the brightest of the coming 2 billion people who are set to join the middle classes by 2030.
“Most conservation science not available to conservationists” is a new Conservation blogazine article. It riffs on the recent academic paper “Achieving Open Access to Conservation Science” which examined how much…
scientific research published since the year 2000 in 20 conservation science journals is [now] publicly available
They asked how many of those papers had made their way into open repositories. Only 8.68%, it appears.
New file-dropping site, free, and up to 5Gb per file: YDRay.
Excellent article on the success of the subscription model, and the ways it is being refined for online content.
Blinklist, a new non-fiction book summary service. I tried the timely Spillover (scientific look at the history and future trajectory of plagues), and got a clear and well structured 4,800 word summary.
The free trial lasts for three days, then it’s $5 a month for a three-month lock-in. I noted:
* You can’t use their save-to-Kindle button, except via the paid version.
* No RSS feed, to alert you to newly added books.
* A moderate amount of dubious bestseller fluff (Jared Diamond, Naomi Klein, Malcolm Gladwell, etc).
* Currently only 40 new books added per month.
* Strong in ‘the latest business buzz’ and popular science books.
* A noticeable liberal/left bias in selection.
* Really ugly line breaks on the text of the website’s catalogue cards.
* No spoken-word versions of the summaries.
* No rider that similarly digests and impartially evaluates all the pertinent criticisms of the book, from the various reviews.
But it’s certainly an interesting business model, and delivers what it promises. I’ll be interested to see if I get totally locked out of the content when my three-day trial expires, or not.
Spain has legally mandated financial compensation to content owners, for online use of even snippets of content. This is an “inalienable” right and applies to every content producer, which appears to effectively void Creative Commons licenses and ‘fair use’ in Spain. Since even if you want to give something away free as Creative Commons, the law won’t allow that: you will always have the “inalienable” right to suddenly demand payment for a CC-licenced work in Spain, any time you choose. It even forbids linking to content without payment, for anything beyond a hyperlink + minimal anchor text. Given the Spanish-speaking world’s outstanding lead in publishing open access academic journals, this seems a rather perverse position for Spain to take.
8.5% of Wikipedia articles have been written or edited by a bot.
Scholar Ninja, new from Jure Triglav…
I’ve started building a distributed search engine for scholarly literature. … What makes Scholar Ninja unique is that all of its functions (indexing, searching, and distributed server) are contained within a browser extension. [and thus hardened against censorship] “What?”, I can hear you say, “How can that be? Since when can a browser be a server?” Since 3 years ago, when the almighty WebRTC was born. … [Scholar Ninja] is completely contained within a browser extension: install it from the Chrome Web Store. … beware that this is alpha software and may break completely.
Trooclick, a new attempt at an auto-fisker for news facts, as a browser plug-in. Silly name, and still in invitation-only alpha. But it’s an interesting indication that it might be possible to make it work, with a little human curation along the way.
The July 2014 issue of Cites & Insights swings the bell-ropes at the Beall list and the DOAJ, and listens for interesting overlaps and more — with an aim of making…
“the clear case that publishers on Beall’s list are not typical of OA [open access] as a whole or of DOAJ”