“Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers”

“Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: an international case study on coral-dominated marine protected areas” (preprint, Nov 2017)…

“To assess accessibility of MPA science to decision-makers we conducted a literature search using the database SCOPUS … limiting our search to all ‘articles’ and ‘reviews’ published between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2012. … only 43% of primary scientific articles and 50% of review papers relating to coral dominated MPAs [marine protected areas] were freely accessible to decision makers.”

Although keep in mind here that SCOPUS only has 29.18% coverage of the DOAJ Open Access titles, so is not likely to do well on many types of OA indexing test.

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Parker Library On the Web

Parker Library On the Web. Now in version 2.0, online and public, and with new viewer and a “clearly articulated Creative Commons license”…

“The Parker Library boasts one of the most significant collections of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts written in Latin and Old English as well as impressive holdings in Middle English and Anglo-Norman literature. Open access to those manuscripts means greater opportunities for research and teaching.”

Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet.

“Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.”

Open Source, too. At first it appears to be Android and iOS only, but scroll down and there’s a Windows desktop version on the list. I’m not sure if it scales, so that you can reliably use it for 30 or more people for a peak-time webinar. But it might be worth trying.

Limited Dimensions

Dimensions is a new academic search-engine, whose press-release is today being picked up by the likes of Nature (their financial backers appear to have a stake in it) and The Bookseller.

It’s public, so I gave it a quick test:

  mongolian folk song (choosing the “full data” option).

Getting Dimensions to “Limit to” Open Access and reload results according, was a fiddly multi-click operation. But when this was done, none of the results were relevant. It even managed to surface an article touching on Du Bois (author of the 1903 book Souls of Black Folk), a highly spurious result known to me from previous group tests, and which appears to arise from some antiquated synonym algorithm that states “Mongolian = black”. The best Dimensions could do, in over 100 results, was the tangentially relevant paper “Translocal English in the linguascape of Mongolian popular music”, on the use of the English language in the music scene of post-socialist Mongolia. This article’s record page gave a valid link which eventually got me to the full article at Wiley.

I then removed their OA filter, which actually improved OA results! However the top results were then questionable. The top two results were relevant, but both were from the Canadian Center of Science and Education. The third result was also relevant, but from the Atlantis Press. Despite being OA, none of the sources for these three results are indexed by the DOAJ or JURN. The Scholarly Kitchen suggests that Dimensions users may be finding more such results in their search…

“Dimensions is inclusive in terms of content coverage, rather than curated as is the case for Scopus and Web of Science. Of course, what reads to some as more inclusive can be seen by others as less rigorous selection…”

On both search types the results rapidly devolved into off-topic medical and a few natural-history items, although there was one relevant book review lurking one set of ‘the first 100’ results, and a possibly-relevant chapter. Sadly the review article was found to be on the ‘academia-only’ service Project Muse, and as such all but the first page was blocked to the public. The book chapter on “Tourism and culture in Mongolia” was perhaps at Elsevier, but on arrival Elsevier’s link gave the response that “Your request cannot be processed at this time”, presumably due to my lack of log-on credentials.

If Dimensions had been in my recent group-test based on these keywords, it would have been nowhere in the rankings, with a score of “1” for “Translocal English in the linguascape of Mongolian popular music”. And even then it’s a marginal result, and so I would have been being charitable to Dimensions.

New LIDAR 3D map of the UK

Aircraft equipped with laser scanners are making a new accurate 3D map of the UK, showing everything more than 3 feet wide…

“The new project, starting immediately and running through winter 2018, will cover all of England’s national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) such as the Peak District … the data is expected to be made available for free to the public and industry.”

Previous data sets have been public, and have helped uncover things like ancient Roman roads through the landscape — though were not so detailed or up-to-date as this one will be.

JURN statistics, 2017

Number of journals which this blog noted as newly added to JURN, in 2017: 302.

This compares to 340 English-language journals added to JURN in 2016, so the total is slightly down on 2016. The total wasn’t inflated by a blithe shovel-ware approach, and JURN remains highly curated and monitored.

Perhaps 40% of the newly added titles were in various fields that map onto ‘ecology/nature’, making JURN’s openEco coverage even more comprehensive. Perhaps 10% of 2017’s new titles were gathered to provide an even more comprehensive coverage of national security and defence journals. Of the rest, the majority were arts and humanities, with history featuring fairly strongly.