1. Journal TOCs.
5. Various search-engines introduce filters allowing users to filter results for Creative Commons content.
6. Microsoft Academic Search (technology and computing-oriented, beta).
7. SurfClarity : persistent session-to-session URL blocking for your Google search results.
8. Auto-detect and auto-translate Chinese on the web, while keeping page-layouts intact.
10. AWOL’s comprehensive 2009 list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies. Not really a tool, but if you point an on-the-fly CSE at it, it becomes a search-engine that includes more content (e.g. contributor profiles, calls for papers) than the article-level indexing available via JURN.
Gale Reference Reviews has an in-depth review of the DOAJ. In it, Peter Jacso also points out that…
“Strangely, with the exception of Ulrich’s Periodical Directory, none of the subscription-based serials directories offer an option to search for open-access journals.”
Well, I guess it’s official now. The best academic web-curation service is to have funding for record creation and updating completely withdrawn, and will be left to rot…
We regret to inform our users and contributors that JISC has announced that its funding for Intute will be cut with effect from August 2010. […] Our current service level will be maintained until 1 August 2010. After this date, Intute will still be available but with minimal maintenance.
I suppose we should be thankful that there’ll still be a few techies to keep the servers alive.
Devindra Hardawar at Pingdom cranes his neck out from the 10 second time-horizon of Planet Twit, and offers an informed view on where Google might be in ten years time. After Christmas, Google will partly be ranking on how speedily a site responds, so it’s interesting to hear Devindra mention the new fast Google Public DNS service. The gist of his suggestions are:
* faster browsers;
* faster DNS;
* better HTML (version 5) leading to better faster online applications;
* dirt-cheap or free internet access, subsidised by private companies;
* Android dominates mobile devices, leading to VOIP phones;
* Google at the speed-of-light (approaching 1/10th of a second, in search response time).
But, as always, the curation problem may remain fairly intractable…
“Their problem won’t be gathering all the data, it’ll be making sense of it […] it’ll be interesting to see how they tackle the rest of the upcoming deluge.”
Part of this problem is the lack of search skills among the general population. Many people have a hard time self-curating, partly because of problems with search skills. Part of the solution might be for Google to offer a robust and beautifully-designed interactive search-skills online tutorial and test. It might be adaptive/morphing, to prevent cheating.
Added to the JURN site-index today:—
Barroco (Association for Hispanic Baroque Studies)
FORA.tv – Googled: The End of the World As We Know It, a worthwhile one-hour lecture and Q&A with Ken Auletta — who has a new book out, Googled: The End of the World As We Know It. Sadly, the publisher Penguin doesn’t offer free sample chapters, the book is not “limited preview” on Google Books, and Amazon UK doesn’t have a single customer review more than one month after publication — I wonder how much those three facts are hurting pre-Christmas sales? Is this a publisher that’s “doing its job”?
And why is the MP3 download version currently more expensive on Amazon UK than the Audio CD Audiobook version?
“The Indexing of Scholarly Open Access Business Journals” is an article in the new issue of E-JASL…
“In order for the increasing number of open access business journals to achieve credibility and flourish in the academic and professional environments it is not enough for them to simply be published and freely available on the Internet. Researchers need a means to be able to systematically search across the broad spectrum of business journals, and retrieve the articles in their particular areas of research and study. […] It is vital that open access journals be indexed in open access databases because in North America they are often the only databases available to business professionals working alone or for smaller organizations, and even for many policy makers in government. Furthermore, in developing countries, OA journals and OA indexes may be all that universities can afford.”