Wikipedia is to shut down for 24 hours (5am GMT Weds to 5AM GMT Thurs), in protest against the new copyright legislation being pushed by big publishers in the USA — the SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and the PIPA (the Protect Intellectual Property Act). Also very worrying is the Research Works Act.
WordPress Academic People List. A directory plugin for WordPress that’s actively developed, and is currently at version 0.4.1…
“Provides the ability to profile users academically and create categories of academic people. View a list of projects, publications, and research areas.”
The paywalled JSTOR service is set to offer 70 of its 1,400 journals for free, albeit hedged around with restrictions. But…
“if it works out, JSTOR says, it could expand the program to most or nearly all of the database” […] says it has been turning people away from seeing an article 150 million times a year”
The service already offers public-domain articles (before 1923) for free.
Amazon has made available new Send to Kindle desktop Windows software. It works a lot like Instapaper, but can send any file found via your Windows Explorer.
PDF features in the banner, but I’ve not yet seen how badly it mangles PDFs on conversion. Possibly Amazon may not try to covert at all, but rather just send PDFs ‘as found’? That’s fine for the Kindle Fire tablet, but PDFs are a pain to view on the Kindle ereader.
You also get a ‘Send to Kindle…’ option in all “Print” dialogues, including that of your Web browser.
A handy new four-page advocacy briefing sheet from Research Libraries UK Open access: impact for researchers, universities and society. Although note that it doesn’t mention the poor level of indexing and search findability.
Some interesting new data mining projects are shortly to get underway. They’re aimed at making ‘smart’ software bots that make life easier for researchers…
* automated tracking/mapping of topic lifecycles, across all forms of scholarly discussion
* automatic identifying of common forms of argument used in different disciplines
* software to automatically generate Dewey Decimal Classification-based tags from existing repository metadata
* software to automatically generate links to texts discussing the same persons, places and events
I’d say No.3 has a good chance of success.
Just published, details of the number of open access ejournals in the state-controlled Chinese National Knowledge Information (CNKI) database…
“We identified and analysed the 147 journals offering open access (OA) among the 2960 scholarly journals indexed by the Chinese National Knowledge Information (CNKI) database in the humanities and social sciences”
Dehau Hu. “The availability of open access journals in the humanities and social sciences in China“. Online at the Journal of Information Science, 4th January 2012.
In 2009 it was reported there were “1,856 print journals in the humanities” in the CNKI. It indexes journals from 1915 onwards. The pages were apparently until recently ‘hard’ scanned images of pages, in order to prevent keyword searches of full-text. No journal publication outside of the CNKI is permitted. PDFs are now available via this service.
Previously on JURN blog…
Lifehacker has instructions on how to prevent Google+ from distorting your Google Search results.
JURN Search has been fully checked for the continuing presence of indexed articles on Google Search results, via the use of adapted software meant for checking SEO backlinks in the Google index. The last such in-depth ‘linkrot’ check on the article URL index was undertaken in July 2011. Repairs have been made where needed, and around 100 URLs have been either fixed or deleted. 14 new titles have been added.
Beall’s List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers, new 2012 Edition.
The JURN Directory has been checked by Linkbot for dead or moved links. Removed five dead or vanished journals: Notitiae Cantus; Journal of Media Psychology; Grassroots Editor; Journal of the Int’l Guild of Musicians in Dance (is now members only), and Arkeotek (old DOAJ records now lead nowhere). Six broken URLs were fixed. Added ten new titles.
List of Society Publishers With Open Access Journals, second edition (Dec 2011). There are about 50 listed in the arts and humanities.
JURN’s “A short guide to free academic search” page was refreshed and link-checked today.
An interesting new Nov 2011 journal article…
Sian Evans, Hilary Thompson, and Alex Watkins. “Discovering Open Access Art History: A Comparative Study of the Indexing of Open Access Art Journals” (PDF full-text link).
The researchers found 30 art history titles listed in the DOAJ directory. They then looked for the presence of these in Art Full Text, ARTbibliographies Modern, Art & Architecture Complete, and Bibliography of the History of Art / International Bibliography of Art. They found that only 6 of the 30 DOAJ titles were being indexed by these commercial databases. But half the time the actual full-text article was still inaccessible…
“50% of the time [in the commercial databases] there was no indication that the article could be read for free, nor was the full text provided”
By contrast, Google Scholar indexed 15 of the 30 DOAJ art history titles, and provided handy click-through links to full-text articles, albeit at the price of jumbling them in among results from a host of paywalled results drawn from commercial databases, Google Books, and the like.
Of course, JURN indexes all 30 — and the JURN Directory currently links to more than 60 titles in the art history category. Plus journals in museology and heritage conservation, and also the wider collection of history journals.
It was also interesting to read in the article that…
“No study regarding the indexing of open access journals has yet been conducted in the arts”.
Is there really not a single librarian, or even an OA advocate, in the entire world who is or has been interested in such matters?
Sadly, the authors find that…
“the vast majority of open access art scholarship remains undiscoverable for specialists in the field.”
With the seeming demise of the too-long awaited Ion Book Scanner device (now vanished from both Amazon and the Ion website), those seeking to efficiently scan their private libraries might like to look at the DIY Book Scanner website…
It has plans, shopping lists, photos of items needed, and well… just about everything. If you can’t build it yourself, anyone on a decent salary should be able to find the funds to pay a couple of their neighborhood hobbyists to build one for them. It looks transportable, so perhaps a group of academics could pool their cash to get one built, then share the scanner.
Annotum is now available. First mooted in March 2011, it’s now a new WordPress theme that aims to deliver a….
* simple, robust, easy-to-use authoring system to create and edit scholarly articles
* an editorial review and publishing system that can be used to submit, review, and publish scholarly articles
An open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress, built on the Carringon Theme framework. Annotum provides a complete, open-access scholarly journal production system including peer-review, workflow, and advanced editing and formatting features such as structured figures, equations, PubMed and CrossRef reference import, and structured XML input and output compatible with the National Library of Medicine’s Journal Article DTD.
Could be especially useful for university librarians who have journal management foisted on them?
A British Academy event in London Open Access: The New Future of Academic Publishing?, on 12th January 2012.
So, now we know why journalist name authority was removed from Google News results. The evil curse of Google+ -ification of search…
“Google+ is the new SEO. Just look at what it’s done to Google News. In the name of highlighting authors, it now pulls in Google+ profiles [from Google’s new competitor to Facebook]. It doesn’t let the author choose, say, her own website as her profile. If she wants a clickable, personal link on Google News, she has to use Google+.”
I have no problem with Google trying to take on Facebook (competition is something which seems to be destined to improve Facebook, a service I intend to stick with). But the Google+ and other distortions of search results are becoming very annoying.
A new Google feature you might have missed in the rush to Christmas. Google has a new “Verbatim” option, which bypasses the appallingly dumb second-guessing that gives results that assume “and” is what you meant when you typed “India”, or that “biography” is what you meant when you typed “bibliography”…
With Verbatim turned on, we’ll use the literal words you entered without making improvements such as…
* making automatic spelling corrections
* personalizing your search by using information such as sites you’ve visited before
* including synonyms of your search terms (matching “car” when you search [automotive])
* finding results that match similar terms to those in your query (finding results related to “floral delivery” when you search [flower shops])
* searching for words with the same stem like “running” when you’ve typed [run]
* making some of your terms optional, like “circa” in [the scarecrow circa 1963]
Great though this is to see, it confirms that people who actually want to do proper search are now second-class citizens in the Googlesphere.