Another reason to move from Chrome to Firefox, it seems. The latest beta of Chrome has removed the site URL…
In the most recent [beta] update [of Chrome] Google appears to have declared war on URLs. The Omnibox a.k.a “address bar” up top doesn’t display URLs in the latest Chrome Canary build, opting instead for an “origin chip”. … That’s not the only change. Since URLs are no longer displayed in the address bar the default text that will be displayed at all times is “Search Google or type URL.”
The American Geophysical Union has just made all its journals open, subject to a two year paywall on its previously non-OA titles…
Starting 1st May , all AGU journal content from 1997 to content published 24 months ago will be made freely available. This change will apply to all articles and supplementary materials from journals that are not already open access, as well as AGU’s weekly newspaper, Eos. It currently represents more than 80,000 journal articles and issues of Eos. Additional content will continue to become open every month, on a 24-month rolling cycle.
Eos and all but three journal titles are published with Wiley (which means they can’t be indexed by JURN, since Wiley jumbles paywall and open content on undifferentiated URLs). Of the non-Wiley titles, Earth and Space Science has yet to publish an issue. Earth Interactions (interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere in global context) is published via the American Meteorological Society. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics is published with Copernicus Publications. These latter two have been indexed by JURN.
One of perils of being sucked into the ludicrous UK Research Assessment Framework (REF) worldview…
…seeing the prizewinning products of the best US universities ruled out of contention for UK jobs, for lack of sufficient “REF-able” outputs
Did Microsoft effectively abandon Microsoft Academic Search to autopilot, sometime last year?
“an unexpected and unnoticed discovery: Microsoft Academic Search is outdated since 2013 … the second part of the working paper aims at advancing some data demonstrating this lack of update. … The data shows an abrupt drop in the number of documents indexed [per year?] from 2,346,228 in 2010 to 8,147 in 2013 and 802 in 2014.”
Quackwatch has a list of journals and magazines it has spotted publishing uncritical articles on things like the latest eating fads, dubious cures, ‘wonder’ health supplements, or fashionable medical pseudo-science. I’m not surprised to see the ubiquitous Huffington Post make the list.
Project Naptha, a free browser plugin to easily copy text from inside a Web picture. Only works with Google Chrome at present, but…
“Depending on the number of sign-ups, a Firefox version may be released in a few weeks”.
Reportedly works on Web-res pictures and at angles, although I’m guessing that the excellent MS Office OneNote: Insert | Screen Clipping | ‘Copy text’ function might work better on tiny text.
Handy for those occasional screen captured TOCs, journal page scans without OCR, Google Books pages, and also for unfunny cats. Don’t like a LOLcat caption? Just…
“Right-click and you can erase the words from an image, edit the words, or even translate it into a different language”
“In 2013, the SciELO Network of national journal collections covered 16 countries, 15 in Ibero-America [South and Central America] plus South Africa, which as a whole, index around 1,000 journal titles and publish more than 40,000 articles a year…”
“A priority action line of SciELO is internationalization that, among other strategies, includes the gradual adoption of the English language for the communication of research with the aim of expanding its international visibility. All article texts must have at least the title, abstract and keywords in English. … journals are increasingly adopting English as either their only language of communication of journal content or are using a multilingual format together with Spanish or Portuguese.”
This new historical survey may interest some: Open-Access Repositories Worldwide, 2005–2012: past growth, current characteristics, and future possibilities…
“This paper reviews the worldwide growth of open-access (OA) repositories, 2005 to 2012, using data collected by the OpenDOAR project. Initial repository development was focused on North America, Western Europe, and Australasia, particularly the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia, followed by Japan. Since 2010, there has been repository growth in East Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe, especially in Taiwan, Brazil, and Poland. During the period, some countries, including France, Italy, and Spain, have maintained steady growth, whereas other countries, notably China and Russia, have experienced limited growth. Globally, repositories are predominantly institutional, multidisciplinary and English-language based. They typically use open-source OAI-compliant software but have immature licensing arrangements. Although the size of repositories is difficult to assess accurately, available data indicate that a small number of large repositories and a large number of small repositories make up the repository landscape.”
I wondered if this also discussed “growth” in terms of “the growth in indexing”. But sadly the article is behind a Wiley paywall (Update: also self-archived). The poor state of repository indexing by Google, and the probable reasons for it, are however addressed in this 2012 paper from the University of Utah: Invisible Institutional Repositories: addressing the low indexing ratios of IRs in Google Scholar.
Through a concerted effort, hackers gain access to the databases of six publishers that together control access to the majority of subscription-based biomedical journal articles. This group makes copies of every article from every journal [23.6 million articles in total] and releases them into the public domain. Subsets of articles are mirrored in anonymous peer-to-peer networks, creating a decentralized and multiply-redundant repository… we speculate that a disruptive change is more likely to come from a Biblioleaks scenario — a small number of massive breaches, potentially from outside academia — rather than en masse civil disobedience from within academic communities.
Google has released all its old Google Street View pictures, so we can travel back in time….
We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world. If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons. Now with Street View, you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan. You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.
The Bing search engine is now offering predictions…
“… teams within Bing have been experimenting with useful ways that we can harness the power of Bing to model outcomes of events. … Today we are bringing these insights directly to our search results pages. Based on a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter, we are unveiling an experiment we’ve built to give you our prediction of the outcome of a given event.”
The front cover of the latest Smithsonian magazine also heralds the Future Studies meme…
Wikimedia Commons now has over 1,000 new public-domain images of paintings from Google Art. Since they’re from ‘Google Maps’-style zoomable tiles, some of the complete images are up to 30,000px in dimension.
PhilPapers is the free index and search tool that comprehensively tracks philosophy papers online (paywall, open, and ‘citations only’). They’re now calling for supporting subscriptions from academic institions, and will restrict feature access for those who don’t subscribe…
“To sustain PhilPapers in the long run, we need financial support for new technical and administrative staff. … the best way forward is a model involving annual subscriptions for large institutions. Starting on 1st July 2014, the PhilPapers Foundation requires that research and teaching institutions offering a B.A. or higher degree in philosophy subscribe to PhilPapers in order to have the right of access to its index. … Access … remains free for individuals accessing PhilPapers from home. Institutions that do not subscribe will have their access limited in various ways.”
Great idea. It’ll be really interesting to see what they restrict, how they do it, and if it actually works.
A handy list of the free/open journals included in Highwire.
The 6th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing is to be hosted by UNESCO in Paris, 17th–19th September 2014. The 2013 conference presentations are online free as video and audio.
For the 2014 event it’d be great to hear someone talking frankly about “the spectre at the feast” of open access, by which I mean discoverability by search. Imagine the citation advantage and impact OA could have, if only more people could easily find it.
The Good Judgment Project is a four year study organized as part of a government-sponsored forecasting tournament. It is currently moving its 3,000 signed-up citizen ‘future forecasters’ toward the close of its season three, in which…
Thousands of people around the world predict global events. Their collective forecasts are surprisingly accurate.
They have to do a whole load of research of course, it’s not fortune-telling. Hope they know about JURN. They tend to work in teams of about twelve, but the delightfully named Dart-Throwing Chimp is one of those leading the pack. He…
would have qualified for ‘superforecaster’ status in Season 3 had he not joined our research team [to help craft better questions]
The background to this is the broad failure of intelligence-led prediction based on closed information, a topic that can be explored in an accessible manner by listening to the 90-minute Long Now Foundation talk “Why Foxes Are Better Forecasters Than Hedgehogs”.
The Good Judgment Project seems to suggest the best results may come from finding ways to reliably blend the aggregated ‘wisdom of the crowd’ + human-curated Big Data computer models + autonomous bots + time-served human experts. I predict that the area of practical ‘predictive intelligence’ is one that the average researcher is going to be hearing a lot more about over the coming years.
And it might be a field for the Arts and Humanities to pitch a tent in, re: the abilities of creative industries in cultural trend spotting and meme tracking, our advanced ethical tools, the skill-sets of digital humanists, the abundant lessons to be distilled from history, the insights of ethnography and suchlike.
Walt Crawford fisks the John Bohannon open access sting and its later reporting, in the May 2014 Cites & Insights.
New laws in the UK will soon mean that…
scientific Facts can be extracted and published without explicit permission [something that is set to become] law on June 1st.
The Shuttleworth Foundation has a concise round-up of the measures, plus Web links to the British government’s ‘plain English’ PDFs about the new measures. Oh, and that old-fashioned CD-ripping-to-MP3 thing becomes legal too.