Gothic networking day for postgraduates and academics at Manchester (UK), 12th July 2014. Including an afternoon of sessions on publishing academic journals in Gothic Studies.
Why we need both discoverability and long Plain English summaries (as well as short abstracts) for open academic work… “The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads”. Admittedly, we are talking about World Bank reports, but in the ‘send a Congressman to sleep’ stakes I guess those can go head-to-head with many other academic papers.
Fluff up your resume with an internship at Nesta in London…
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared today that UK and European Internet users are not acting illegally when simply browsing copyrighted material online.
The equivalent of the USA’s Supreme Court established that users engaged in “Temporary acts of reproduction … which are transient or incidental” (Article 5.1 of the EU Copyright Directive) — such as files automatically copied to a Web browser’s temporary cache and displayed on screen — must not be considered to be making illegal copies. This ruling now applies throughout the UK and Europe.
Earlier this year the EU ruled that hyperlinking to public content is not illegal, and this new ruling seems like the other side of that coin.
GeoDeepDive is software that helps…
geo-scientists extract data that is buried in the text, tables, and figures of journal articles and web sites […] As of today, GeoDeepDive has processed over 36K research papers and 134K web pages
FoRESEE: Future Search Engines 2014, a one day workshop in Germany, 22nd September 2014.
David Prosser at Jisc blogs on the need for action on discoverability…
… 40% of researchers kicked off their project with a trawl through the Internet for material, while only 2% preferred to make a visit to a physical library space. [yet] nearly half of all items within digitised collections are not discoverable via major search engines by their name or title [and, even worse] digitised collections become harder and harder to find over time, for a variety of complex reasons.
“Our estimates show that at least 114 million English-language scholarly documents are accessible on the web, of which Google Scholar has nearly 100 million. Of these, we estimate that at least 27 million (24%) are freely available since they do not require a subscription or payment of any kind.”
I’d say that 27m is probably a large underestimate, given that the two engines used for the study (Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search) are proven to be poor at indexing open repositories and open access journals. Given a few hours of work I could probably winkle out from JURN a list of 100 “big” URLs, which together would put JURN at 25m (primarily in English) — before even starting to tally all the other URLs.
Bealle has a new list, Hijacked journals. Counterfeit websites that mimic or clone legitimate journals.
Open source, open access comics? The great bard of Northampton is on the job, with a little help from NESTA’s Digital R&D Fund…
” Alan Moore said in a statement: … we are assembling teams of the most cutting-edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new capacity for telling comic book stories. It will then be made freely available to all of the exciting emergent talent that is no doubt out there, just waiting to be given access to the technical toolkit that will enable them to create the comics of the future.”
Google, being evil: ceases all RSS feeds from YouTube.
A Thomson ISI / Web of Science study is reported in Nature, dated 26th May 2014, as “Do Open Access journals have impact?”. They concluded that…
“Open Access journals [a selection of 190 titles, “core scientific publications”] can have similar impact to other journals, and prospective authors should not fear publishing in these journals merely because of their access model.”
RSS feed search, by keyword. Tip: paste in the URL, then cut it back to just the main word in the URL. It will usually find the RSS. Or just use site:yoursite.com and it will find all feeds from that site. Incredibly useful.
Why having the data can sometimes be handy: the Financial Times has fisked the Piketty data on Europe…
“The FT [Financial Times] found mistakes and unexplained entries in his spreadsheets, similar to those which last year undermined the work on public debt and growth of Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. … For example, once the FT cleaned up and simplified the data, the European numbers do not show any tendency towards rising wealth inequality after 1970. An independent specialist in measuring inequality shared the FT’s concerns.” – Financial Times.
The DOAJ now has a handy list of journals they’ve removed since the start of 2014. When you load the spreadsheet, switch through to the “Removed” tab to see them.
I wasn’t previously aware that if a journal hasn’t published in the last 12 months, it will be totally removed from the DOAJ, archive TOCs and all. JURN, on the other hand, is happy to index your journal so long as the archives are still online and open.
Says Microsoft: it’s crap, but… ‘hey, there’s a new version coming soon’. No, they’re not talking about the Windows 8.1 KB2919355 debacle and Windows 9, but rather about MS Academic Search…
Asked about the collapse [in the current version], a spokesperson for Microsoft Research declined to address the problem directly, writing in an e-mail:
“Microsoft Academic Search [has] a next-generation version of MAS, which focuses on enhancing the user experience and evolving it from a research project to an integrated offering within Microsoft’s services portfolio. During this transition, Microsoft has maintained the features, functionality, and the ability for third parties to enter new and updated content into the existing search engine, but the majority of our focus has now shifted to this new initiative.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has nearly 400,000 images online, almost all now in ‘just about’ print-res, and…
“that the Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions; these images are now available for scholarly use in any media.”
Above: “A Fury Riding on a Monster”, by Cornelis Saftleven, mid 17th century.
A sample download gave me a 72dpi picture at 3000px on the longest side, which (with a bit of Photoshop work) would just about hold up at A4 size and be able to fill a full page of a print magazine.
Oaddo is an early alpha of a cool new search tool. Imagine that Wikipedia and Pinterest combined to give autocomplete a usability makeover, with Trello acting as the makeup girl. The aim is to help you do deep ‘research search’ when you don’t really know what you’re searching for.
It has an interesting way of allowing your search terms to interact with clustered semantic tags, for drilling down to the best search result. Sort of like a Google autocomplete / autosuggest that’s slowed way down and is largely under your control, and is curated by humans — and as a consequence is not dumb.
Oaddo has a nice clean interface too, which is neatly poised between power and simplicity. The developer Tim Borny has obviously been looking at Trello and Pinterest for inspiration. Although at the moment the discarding of search modifier tags takes two clicks, instead of a fun one-click “fling it to the discard tray” movement.
The other innovation is that it aims to have a democratic user-driven model. That aspect might take Oaddo a long way, provided there’s a critical mass of people — and provided a mechanism can be found to reign in the inevitable SEO spivs, ideological censors, and WikiPolice types.
* Users will ‘vote’ on content, curate content and the database of related terms.
* The community will drive the addition of new features.
So, very interesting. Amid the sea of recent search launches, this is actually one to watch. Here’s Tim Borny’s full explanation…
CultureCase, a new UK overlay service that provides a short plain-English summary of selected academic research on the impacts and effects of the arts and arts policy. There are OA links where possible, but most of the outbound links are to research that’s behind a paywall — which shows why these summaries may be especially useful for bootstrapping arts organisations which need to “make the case” for culture to sceptical bureaucrats. Though, in my experience, one does ideally need access to the original papers and reports since much arts advocacy research tends to rest on shaky foundations. Once you track back the estimates and ‘received wisdom’ factoids to their sources, the case being made can start to totter. This is especially true when people are making numbers claims about the boost to cultural employment or regional tourism income.
CultureCase currently has no links to OA journals on their links page, so I’ve sent them the following list…
Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management
Working Paper Series, The Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies
Current Opinion in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy
Arts Professional (UK, now free)
A Google search shows that CultureCase only have 27 OA articles at present, which can be found via a Google site: search. It would be useful if there was a http://www.culturecase.org/research-category/open-access/ tag which would collect all the open article records onto a single page.
The other problem is that they are linking to JSTOR and calling it ‘open access’ — but most people outside academia don’t have access to JSTOR, or only have very partial access.