Google CSE API changes

It looks like Google is set to make some back-end changes to how its Custom Search Engines work, to better suit mobile search users…

“The search space is evolving rapidly and we want to make sure that CSE continues to evolve to meet the needs of your users, whether they are visiting from desktop or mobile devices.”

This means a need for a few API changes, from April 2017. Linked CSE’s will have to be done via the CSE Control Panel (I thought they were already, in part) in future, as will Dynamic Link Extraction. None of these API changes affect JURN. Hopefully the Linked CSEs changes may even make it easier for me to set up new search side-projects for JURN.

TagWalk: The Fashion Search Engine

TagWalk: The Fashion Search Engine is a very nice high-end ‘trends search’ experience for the fashion industry. It kind of feels like you’re using Anna Wintour’s personal search-engine, but it’s public. Extensively tagged by hand, by a small team of ‘industry insider’ curators. It’s fast too. Humdrum academic archive discovery searches could learn a thing or two here, in terms of slick navigation and speed.


The only thing I’d change would be the ability to switch through from womenswear to menswear, so that when you’re looking at Spring/Summer 2017 “tag” in womenswear results, you can instantly flick over to the same “tag” in menswear for visual comparison. I’d also add “hat” and “cap” to the tagging, since they’re currently missing, though that may be because designers are not currently sending hats down the catwalk. At the back is “moodboards”, which I didn’t explore, but I presume you can pull your own custom moodboards of designs.


Added to JURN

Meno istorija ir kritika / Art History & Criticism (latest issue in English and earlier issue partly in English — though Google does not yet have these recent issues indexed)

International Journal of Area Studies (2006-2013)

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (“intersections of global and domestic legal regimes, markets, politics, technologies, and cultures”)

IP Theory (intellectual property law)

Added to JURN

Naniiliqpita (quarterly magazine, on the people and traditions of the Canadian High Arctic)

Indigenous Affairs (and other series published by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs)

Iberoamericana : Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (not to be confused with the Spanish language journal Iberoamericana : America Latina – Espana – Portugal)

Imago Temporis : Medium Aevum (medieval studies in trans-national contexts)

Les Carnets de l’ACoSt : Association for Coroplastic Studies (clay sculpture, hosted on the French but appears to be substantially in English)

Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Zootechnica (animal breeding, many farm articles but also many articles on smaller-scale and niche types of professional and conservation breeding)

200,000 CC0 pictures released by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just placed 200,000 CC0 images of its art and others items in its collection. So far the site is holding up nicely in terms of managing the traffic.


The test files I had from it were large, at around 4000px, and were also crisply photographed. The site’s search works cleanly and a single click downloads the largest file size as a .jpg. The only thing I’d change is to allow a Web browser’s Back button to work with the site’s search results.

Search the Met with CC0 filter on.

SAGE’s free access period

I hope JURN users have been enjoying their free access to all of SAGE’s journal PDFs in January, via JURN’s search results. Thanks to SAGE for making them free, and also for allowing Google Search to index them at the PDF level. We’re now a week into February and their free access continues. I’m checking the free access URL daily, but there may soon come a point where JURN’s SAGE links hit paywalls again — perhaps for as long as 24 hours — before the indexing URL is removed.


UK National Bibliographic Knowledgebase

Newly announced for the UK

“Today Jisc announced that OCLC, the global library cooperative, has been awarded the contract to develop a new national bibliographic knowledgebase (NBK).”

Judging by the initial press-release, the focus seems likely to rest first on cohering UK academia’s metadata management for digital book collections. This will in time…

“enable shared bibliographic metadata to flow into … global search engines”

Hopefully that means Google Search, as well as Google Scholar (which are two separate systems and databases).

From Faceblurgh to Facebook

A quick round-up of some helping hands for a better Facebook experience:

* the vital Facebook Purity plugin has just gone to version 18, restoring blocking of “Sponsored” ad posts in timelines.

* a new Greasemonkey script, Facebook Demetricator tweaks all the fairly pointless “View 33 comments”, “Posted 25 minutes ago” micro-messages and suchlike. Instead you just see a much more relaxed format such as “View comments”, “Posted recently” etc.

* new to me, Unseen for Facebook. Prevents your Web browser from pinging a “Seen” message to Facebook, when you open a message sent via a chat box. Possibly especially useful if your employer starts to use Facebook messaging for business purposes, when you only use Facebook for personal matters.

Added to JURN

Gesnerus : Swiss journal of the history of medicine and sciences (1943-2002, most recent issues partly in English)

SPELL : Swiss papers in English language and literature (1984-2005)

Restored Museum Helveticum to the index (1944-2014, Swiss Journal of Classical Studies. The more recent issues are partly in English, while the most recent two issues are padlocked. Was at with the same volume run, but those URLs now redirect to