JURN returns


Ooops. I left off all JURN activity for a month, to write a book (Tolkien, 180,000 words), and… the jurn.org webspace has vanished. The webspace hosting service got badly hacked, a while back, and the account details became disconnected from the credit-card details. The site’s still all there, just made inaccessible by the provider. I’m now considering my options, re: switching hosting/domain.

Anyway, while I get it sorted out, JURN is still accessible here:

JURN Search

This is a link to the ‘raw’ CSE page which is maintained by Google, and of course it never goes down. I see that it now offers the options for sort-by-date and image-search, which the fancy front-page was able to offer. It’s not so pretty or easy to remember the URL for, but it does the job.

The Directory of 3,000 arts & humanities journals in JURN can be had on this blog as a saved PDF.

And finally, GRAFT, my beta ‘all known repositories’ search-engine is still accessible, again via the Google-hosted version…

GRAFT : repository search, searching across full-text and records alike.

Update: With a UserScript addon you can integrate JURN right into Google Search. For instructions and links, see my blog post: JURN ‘in a UserScript’.

Update: You can also add JURN to your Bookmarks bar as an Itty.bitty link. An Itty.bitty link is the Web page, encapsulated within the bookmark itself.


DOAJ returns

The DOAJ is back, according to a message yesterday from Clara Armengou, the DOAJ Project and Communications Manager…

Dear community

We are happy to inform that our site is now back to normal and our services have resumed. We are still working on a long-term stability strategy and we will be able to update you on that and also provide a more detailed explanation of our issues soon.

Thank you again for your patience over the last few weeks.

“Google Scholar, Web Of Science, and Scopus: A Systematic Comparison of Citations”

A new preprint on arxiv.org, “Google Scholar, Web Of Science, and Scopus: A Systematic Comparison of Citations in 252 Subject Categories”.

Google Scholar’s… “citation data is essentially a superset of WoS and Scopus, with substantial extra coverage.” This is partly because “Google Scholar is able to pick up citations… “from non-journal sources … including theses, books, conference papers, and unpublished materials … Many were non-English (19%-38%), and they tended to be much less cited than citing sources that were also in Scopus or WoS.”

However, there are also warnings in the conclusions section, especially that in Google Scholar… “some of the citations [come] from Master’s theses”. Also note that Google Scholar’s citation counts were found to be “lower in the Humanities”.

SWF to PNG freeware

Wrestling to view and export Creative Commons .SWF files, without an Adobe Flash installation? The wholly freeware Windows Free Flash Decompiler can open even early-version Flash .SWF files and save to .PNG images with scaling. ffdec_11.1.0_setup.exe is the installer Windows users need.

Useful where games have been made public domain and their art assets released under CC0, such as the Glitch game. Glitch was made and output in Flash 5, which is very old now, but Free Flash Decompiler had no problem with its assets.

Free Flash Decompiler was the only genuine freeware found, after an hour of searching, which could open such Flash 5 .SWFs. It only lacks a batch processing feature.

Google CSE’s are currently un-editable, and forcing “Search the entire Web…”

Google has forcibly turned on “Search the entire Web…” on its Custom Search Engine control panels. It appears that this has switched off the ability to add/edit/delete URLs included in your CSE. Others are complaining about the same problem on the official forum, so it’s not just me. There’s no way to switch it back.

I’m hoping this is temporary and Google is just using this change to swop over a burned-out server. But, for the moment, you may get a slightly different JURN and GRAFT search experience than you expect. Sadly, it means you may see articles from predatory journals appearing in JURN results.

Update: seems to have been fixed, 15th Aug. Obviously it was just a temporary hiatus in order for Google to fix something behind the scenes.

Open Semantic Desktop Search – free desktop search for Windows

Open Semantic Desktop Search an “open source desktop search engine for full text search in documents”, that runs in SOLR on the Windows desktop through Oracle’s free VM VirtualBox. It’s been around since late 2015, and is actively being developed, but they obviously don’t employ a publicist to promote it.

It has a clean Web-like interface, supports the indexing of a great many file-types including .ePUB and .PDF files, even if they’re inside .ZIP files. Though it can’t yet index the Kindle’s .MOBI ebook files, so you’d need to do an overnight mass-conversion to .ePUB or .PDF using the free Calibre software, and your purchased encrypted Kindle files will still need to be searched using Amazon.

Despite being run in a VM (often slow in older Windows PCs), Open Semantic Desktop Search can work on…

“old standard hardware” and “The search engine works even offline or unhosted on a single laptop without need of a intranet or internet connection or a server.”

Though online comments suggest you’ll do best with a modern PC, and those with an over-stuffed hard-drive will need to clear 50Gb of disk-space to accommodate both the software and its resulting index. The disk-space needed may be less if you’re only indexing the folder containing the .PDFs and .ePUBs needed for your PhD or book research.

I haven’t installed and tested it yet, but it’s free and looks good. Apparently it can also auto-OCR inside PDFs that don’t have OCR text, a new feature added in a December 2017 update.

The search-engine software comes packaged in a 2.8Gb .OVA file that you download. This .OVA is a plugin module for the free VM VirtualBox (a 110Mb .EXE download), and the team’s Desktop Search page has instructions on how to plug your .OVA into the installed VM. It seems fairly simple to get it up and running.