The DOAJ has just launched a radical web design makeover. The DOAJ seems to have morphed into a single-box search engine, with all their records made dynamic. The lack of the old Directory might be a problem for student searchers unsure of the correct keywords and spellings, or even of the existence of a journal. There is a sidebar, which sort of serves as a filterable directory — but the usability is rather poor and it is only really usable in conjunction with a keyword search. I suspect the new dynamic results approach also presents problems for Google, since it effectively (unless they do something clever with OAI-PMH harvesting) blocks the Google Search bots from indexing any of the DOAJ’s records as static Web pages?

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