Index updated: GRAFT: Global Repositories Access – Full-Text. Was current to November 2015, is now current to the end of December 2015. 25 new repositories added.
PDFs of the Organic Eprints subject repository (papers related to research in organic food and farming)
“In the race to open Congress’s secretive think tank, a new trove of confidential research goes public”, says The Washington Post today.
Erm, hardly new I’d say. A hefty 7,000 of the Congressional Research Service Reports have been accessible via JURN for years now.
So, how did JURN do in 2015? Here’s a quick end-of-year summary:
* Added around 450 new titles published in English, over 390 of those having been added since August 2015.
* The JURN Directory now contains links to 3,120 titles (that’s after duplicated links are removed, since some titles are in multiple subject categories).
* Found and added over 350 more eco titles published in English. Created a new openECO A-Z linked listing page for all 600 English-language eco titles in JURN.
* JURN has continued to directly add selected open journals in languages other than English. Many other non-English titles are of course silently and seamlessly added to JURN — via the natural growth of titles in reliable aggregation services such as Scielo, Revues, DOAJ and similar.
* Geology and mapping: Added a further 35 of the larger open geoscience journals, along with about the same number of mapping science journals. JURN’s coverage of geological topics is now excellent, including geological prehistory, paleontology and paleobiology. But note that about 60 minor geoscience titles still remain to be added (mostly these offer national coverage and are from small nations such as Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Hungary, Poland). These smaller titles are being slowly added to JURN.
* Law: JURN had a further large intake of general and specialist law journals in English in 2015.
* Non-English titles: Several new national open journal aggregators were added in 2015, such as those of Turkey and Malaysia. The link to Cyberleninka fulltext was repaired, restoring a swathe of Russian coverage.
* Repository fulltext: Continued selective expansion to cover the fulltext available in suitable open repositories. Special attention was paid to filling in any gaps in coverage of the Commonwealth nations, and to giving Africa (outside South Africa) better repository coverage where possible. Coverage of Arabic language material has also significantly improved, though in most cases the content is simple scans of calligraphic pages and thus is not searchable except via sparse metadata.
* Agency reports: JURN’s very big and thorough intake of eco journals had the side-effect of bringing in many subject repositories on such topics, especially marine and polar, and also national service repositories (Forestry Commission, National Parks Service, NOAA and similar). Also many well-hidden caches of reports and monographs issued by global development or conservation agencies.
* DOAJ: From late July 2015 the DOAJ’s article pages and linked table-of-contents were restored to JURN’s search results. They don’t tend to show up often (Google’s algorithms seem to be doing intelligent on-the-fly de-duplicating and discarding, preferring to surface a direct link to the original article where possible) but occasionally a DOAJ record will serve as a useful backstop for a search with thin results.
NEW FEATURES AND SIDE PROJECTS:
* July saw a couple of new features added to JURN’s search experience, such as it is. Speech input for the search box, and a new Image search option.
* August saw the launch of the full repository search GRAFT (Global Repositories Access — Full Text), based on a week’s work spent combining and thoroughly cleaning/updating various lists of the world’s repositories.
* Launched a paid Microsoft Publisher magazine template, as ‘donationware’ to help out with JURN’s modest running expenses.
* Some of JURN’s more awkward search results are slowly improving and getting easier to scan by eye, re: results with links cryptically titled “open file” or “7tgt4oe.pdf”.
* Of course, Google is also working behind the scenes on improving relevancy ranking, semantics, de-duplication, document title identification, and (most vitally) swiftly removing broken links. A user of JURN should encounter virtually no broken links.
CHECKING, CLEANING, TESTING:
* All the early 2009-10 additions to JURN were checked, getting a complete and very close hand-and-eye scrutiny and weeding. A small handful of undergraduate journals from those early years have been removed from the search index. They remain in the Directory.
* Close scrutiny of all Spanish, Portuguese, South American, Russian and French titles, to determine if they were better covered via results from Scielo, Dialnet or other aggregators. Also manually checked all Italian journals, even though they have no national aggregator.
* Fully auto-checked JURN’s entire URL index for continuing presence on Google Search. Continuing Linkbot checks of the JURN Directory.
* Three detailed group tests were undertaken, running JURN against a long list of other similar search tools.
* Ongoing monitoring of the evidence for claims about allegedly ‘questionable’ or ‘predatory’ journals, including weekly monitoring of the DOAJ’s ‘removed journals’ spreadsheet.
* JURN’s daily number of users continues to climb, though the huge spikes seen in previous years seem to have been evened out and lost among the constant traffic.
Proceedings of the British Academy (1966-2002)
Trans-kom : Journal of Translation and Technical Communication Research (partly in English)
Various open publications caches of the United Nations Environment Programme
Regional Seas Series Reports (United Nations)
Tweaked and refined the indexing for PLOS.
SLIS Connecting (journal of the School of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi)
Primary Source, The (Society of Mississippi Archivists)
Charrette (for architectural educators)
Gulf and Caribbean Research (marine and coastal science)
Journal of Insect Science (the version at Oxford University Press Journals)
Oral Histories section at the Manhattan Project Voices website.
A quick note on the increasing tendency to wrongly use “Master’s degree”, instead of “Masters degree”, when referring to the Masters degree (the degree of the masters, not the degree of a master). Tonight I spotted “Master’s” occurring throughout the government consultation document on UK postgraduate loans. Open access to old books makes past usage into a sound and easily consulted guide, for those disinclined to open a dictionary. 60 seconds with Google Books, for instance, shows…
” … as in the case of a Masters degree” (Oxford University Calendar, 1850).
“the Masters degree to begin …” (The American Journal of Education, 1873).
A Study of All Masters Degree Graduates of The New York School of Social Work (1954).
Standards for Professional Masters Degree Programs (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, 1988).
The Masters Degree by Coursework (Australian Government Public Service, 1995).
Distance Education and the Masters Degree in Canada (University of Alberta, 1998).
One can also refer to a collection of “Masters’ theses” in America, it seems, though here in the UK I’ve only ever known of “Masters’ dissertations”.
New England Journal of Public Policy (has a scattering of articles of interest to the humanities)
Odisea : Revista de Estudios Ingleses (English studies from Spain, about half the articles are in English)
Open journals at the national hub Mongolia Journals Online, currently:
Journal of International Studies
Mongolian Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Mongolian Journal of Chemistry
Mongolian Journal of International Affairs
Proceedings of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Manchester Region History Review back issues are now free on the Internet Archive, albeit as PDFs via the Wayback Machine. Tables-of-contents noted below, so as to be able to at least get titles into JURN.
Volume 17 Number 2 – Nineteenth-century Literary Manchester, 2006
Early-Nineteenth Century Theatre in Manchester.
William Harrison Ainsworth: Manchester’s Historical Novelist.
Charting the Manchester Tributary of the Golden Stream: Leary’s History of the Manchester Periodical Press.
George Bradshaw and Bradshaw’s Manchester Journal, 1841-1843.
Ben Brierley’s Journal.
The Cotton Factory Times, 1885-1937.
Livesey Collection, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
The Language and Literature Library, Manchester.
The Character of Hat Works.
The Lancashire Authors’ Association.
Volume 17 Number 1, 2004
Why Manchester? Why the Pankhursts? Why 1903? Reflections on the Centenary of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
Representations and Remembrances of Scientists in Manchester.
Northern Identities: Five Autobiographies of Inter-War Childhoods.
Cobden and Manchester.
‘Typical’ Conscientious Objectors – A Better Class of Conscience? No-Conscription Fellowship Image Management and the Manchester Contribution 1916-18.
Popular Playgrounds: Blackpool and Coney Island, c1880-1970.
The Computerised Local Image Collection at Manchester Archives and Local Studies.
Heywood Free Library.
Imperial War Museum North – War and Conflict: New Perspectives in the North.
Bury Local History Society.
Volume 16, 2002-3
Richard Carlile and the female reformers of Manchester.
John Dalton’s summer holiday of 1840.
Manchester and Liverpool public houses compared, 1840-1914.
The press and the system built developments of inner-city Manchester.
Mangoes to Moss side: Caribbean migration to Manchester in the 1950s and 1960s.
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations archive and Education Trust.
Local studies in Blackburn.
The Museum at Touchstones, Rochdale.
Old ordnance survey maps: the Godfrey edition.
Volume 15, 2001
The Origins of the Manchester and Salford Reformatory for Juvenile Criminals.
The Co-Operative Movement and Food Adulteration in the Nineteenth Century.
The Building of the Barton High-Level Bridge.
Manchester Liberalism and the Unionist Secession 1886-95.
Two Tales of a City: Salford in Regional Film Making c.1957-1973.
The North-West Film Archive.
The Portico Library, Manchester.
The Lion Saltworks, Cheshire.
The Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.
Volume 14, 2000
Union First, Politics After: Oldham Cotton Unions and the Labour Party before 1914.
The Labour Party in Manchester and Salford before the First World War: A Case of Unequal Development.
Labour Vanguard, Tory Bastion, or the Triumph of New Liberalism? Manchester Politics 1900 to 1914 in comparative perspective.
The Stockport By-Election of 1920: The Labour Party and the Problem of Irish Self-Determinism.
Salford Labour: A Party in Waiting 1919-1932.
The Politics of Place: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Politics in Four Lancashire Cotton Textile Towns, 1919-1939.
Irish Catholics in South-East Lancashire: A Conflict of Loyalties?.
Mancunians’ Perceptions of Labour in the Second World War.
The Lancashire Coalfield 1945-1972: NUM-Labour Party Hegemony and Industrial Change.
The Labour History Archive and Study Centre – Ten Years on.
The Pump House People’s History Museum.
The North West Labour History Group.
Volume 13, 1999
Centres and Peripheries: Reflections on Place Identity and Sense of Belonging in a North Derbyshire Cotton Town.
Manchester Liberalism and the 1918 General Election.
Manchester Women and their Leisure: Changing Experiences 1920-1960.
Lancashire and the Cotton-Mill in late Victorian Fiction.
A Manchester Business Leader: W.M. Carr and the British Gas Supply Industry.
Henry Whaite – the Manchester Banner Maker.
Macclesfield Museums Service.
The North-West Gas Historical Society.
Volume 12, 1998
Obituary: Edmund Frow 1906-1997.
Margaret Ashton: Manchester’s ‘First Lady’.
The Rise and Fall of Manchester’s “Set of Infernal Miscreants”: Radicalism in 1790s Manchester.
Rev. William Nunn and the Bennett Street Sunday School Manchester 1817-1924.
Civic Identity, Custom and Commerce: Victorian Market Halls in the Manchester Region.
Survival Strategies in Mid-Nineteenth Century Bolton.
Reconstructing Manchester’s Little Italy.
The Archetypal Irish Cellar Dweller.
Father Robert Canavan.
The Talbot Library.
Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery.
The Manchester Civic Society.
Volume 11, 1997
Terror on the Streets of Late Victorian Salford and Manchester: The Scuttling Menace.
The Politics of Public Space in Manchester, 1896-1919.
The Early Cotton Industry in New Mills, Derbyshire.
Pills, Pamphlets and Politics: The Career of Peter Murray McDouall (1814-1854).
Neither Inattentive Learners Nor Forgetful Guests: The Iwakura Embassy in the North-West, 1872.
Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service.
Wigan’s History Shop.
Manchester Geographical Society – Past and Present.
Volume 10, 1996
Anatomy of a Religious Revival: Stockport Methodists in the 1790s.
Describing Manchester Poetically: Philip Connell’s ‘A Winter Night in Manchester’.
Popular Platform Religion: Arthur Mursell at the Free Trade Hall 1857-1866.
The ‘Smoke Nuisance’ and Environmental Reformers in Late Victorian Manchester.
Glen Mill: The International History of a Local POW Camp During World War II.
‘A Nasty Outbreak’: Anti-Jewish Disturbances in 1947.
Municipal Enterprise in Pursuit of Profit: Manchester Airport 1945-78.
The Manchester Region History Review: The Shape of the Next Decade?
Lancashire County Cricket Club Library.
The Chetham Society.
Edward Salomons – A Sociable Architect.
Volume 9, 1995
Parks for the People: The Development of Public Parks in Victorian Manchester.
Newly Awakened Taste: The Relationship Between An Artist and His Patron.
Footpath Protection Societies in Mid-Nineteenth Century Textile Lancashire.
Handloom Weavers and Popular Politics in Bolton, c.1825-1850.
Lancashire Since 1900: Recent Research on Cotton.
Health and Safety in the Cotton Industry: A Literature Survey.
Labour in the Lancashire Cotton Industry.
“It Was Worse Than Alcatraz”: Working for Ford at Trafford Park.
Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society.
Oldham Local Studies Library and Archives Service.
Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington.
Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Archive.
Volume 8, 1994
The Ship Canal: Raising the Standard for Popular Capitalism.
Samuel Bamford and Middleton Rushbearing.
The Blackpool Landlady Revisited.
Factory Fiction in the Cotton Factory Times.
The Baron and the Brewer: Political Subsidy and the Last Years of the Manchester Courier.
L. S. Lowry and the Heritage Movement.
Charity and the ‘Market’: The Case of Henshaw’s Blind Asylum.
Victorian Hayfield as seen through the Census Returns.
Manchester Solicitors: Forgotten Provincials in the Development of a Professional Myth.
Local Studies in Chorley.
Clitheroe Castle Museum.
Lancashire Local History Federation.
James Reilly: An Artisan Manufacturer in Victorian Manchester.
Volume 7 – Ancoats Special Edition, 1993
Introduction: ‘More than an Example’: Ancoats in Historical Perspective.
‘A Densely Populated and Unlovely Tract’: The Residential Development of Ancoats.
The Mills of Ancoats.
Housing Factory Workers: Ancoats in the Early Nineteenth Century.
Family Survival Strategies in Mid-Victorian Ancoats.
Charles Rowley and the Ancoats Recreation Movement, 1876-1914.
The Manchester University Settlement in Ancoats, 1895-1909.
Art and Social Regeneration: The Ancoats Art Museum.
From Dispensary to Hospital: Medicine, Community and Workplace in Ancoats, 1828-1948.
Ancoats and the Manchester Slums in Two Late Victorian Novels.
A Note on A.V. Roe and the Brownsfield Mill, Ancoats.
Ancoats: Protecting the Unprotectable?
The Devil in Ancoats: Images of Childhood.
The Greater Manchester Country Record Office.
Portland Basin Industrial Heritage Centre.
Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society.
Volume 6, 1992
A Divided Middle Class: Bolton 1790-1850.
`Invading Manchester’: Responses to the Salvation Army 1878-1900.
The Padiham Power Loom Weavers’ Strike of 1859.
Gilbert Kirlew and the Development of Crippled Children’s Societies in Victorian Manchester and Salford.
The Battle for the Standard: The Bimetallic Movement in Manchester.
William Stokes (1803-1881).
Self-Help in Manchester Jewry: The Provincial Independent Tontine Society.
`You Couldn’t Help But Know’: Public and Private Space in the Lives of Working Class Women, 1918-1939.
The Manchester Peace Manifesto 1936-37.
University of Salford Library and Archives.
An Eighteenth-Century Coal Mining Account Book for New Mills.
Manchester Jewish Museum.
Eccles Local History Society.
John Milson Rhodes, 1847-1909: Chorlton Guardian and Didsbury Doctor.
Volume 5 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 1991/92
Bolton and the Cinema: From Mass-Observation to the Diary of a Nobody.
Lydia Becker: Pioneer Orator of the Women’s Movement.
Manchester’s German Gentlemen: Immigrant Institutions in a Provincial City 1840-1920.
Archives of the Working Class Movement: A National Collection in Manchester.
Local Studies in Middleton.
‘To Investigate, Instruct and Inspire’: The History and Development of Bury Museum.
Stockport Historical Society.
Volume 5 Number 1, Spring/Summer 1991
Scientists in Humble Life: The Artisan Naturalists of South Lancashire.
Manchester Peace Conference of 1853.
Joseph Hanson: The Weaver’s Friend.
The Historian and the Computer: The Example of Styal.
The Co-Operative Union Library.
130 Years of Stockport Museum, “The Chairman was authorised to buy an Umbrella Stand”.
Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society.
Volume 4 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 1990/91
Manchester’s First Cinemas 1896-1914.
Manchester Origins of the English Orange Order.
A Village School and its Master: St James’ School, Sutton 1887-1925.
The Memorandum Book of a Cheshire Yeoman, John Ryle of High Greaves, Etchells, 1649-1721.
Barclays Bank Archive.
Local Studies in Cheshire.
Helmshore Textile Museums.
Northern Mill Engine Society.
Volume 4 Number 1, Spring/Summer 1990
News from Oldham: Edwin Butterworth and the Manchester Press, 1829-1848.
Drink and Illicit Distillation in Nineteenth-Century Manchester.
Anti-Fascist Activity in Manchester in the 1930s.
John Worrall of Oldham. Directory-Publisher to Lancashire and to the World, 1868-1970.
Museum of Science and Industry Library and Record Centre.
The Victorian Society: Manchester Group.
Volume 3 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 1989/90
`Set Down in a Large Manufacturing Town’: Sojourning Poor in Early Nineteenth-Century Manchester.
Beatrice Webb and Bacup.
The Bolton Engineers’ Strike of 1887.
Audenshaw Tribunal in the First World War.
Fire Insurance Plans.
The Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.
The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society.
Local Studies in Stockport.
Volume 3 Number 1 – Peterloo Special Edition, Spring/Summer 1989
Manchester, Peterloo and the Radical Challenge.
Prelude to Peterloo: Warrington Radicalism 1775-1819.
The Power of Print: Graphic Images of Peterloo.
The Poems of Peterloo.
A Constable’s Eye-View Re-assessed.
The Casualties of Peterloo.
Postscript to Peterloo.
Peterloo and the Historians.
Thompson on Peterloo.
Working Class Movement Library.
Labour History in the North-West.
Volume 2 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 1988/89
The Lancashire Anti-German Riots of May 1915.
The Salford Gas Scandal of 1887.
John Edward Thornton: A Forgotten Mancunian.
Mapping Manchester’s Sewers: The Engineering Archives Project.
New Mills Local History Society.
Volume 2 Number 1, Spring/Summer 1988
Manchester City Council and the Development of Air Raid Precautions 1935-1939.
The Double Life of Friedrich Engels.
Local Labour Parties in Manchester and Salford and the Communist Question in the 1920s.
Photography – An Image of Local History.
Local Studies in the Lancashire Library: Collections in Rossendale District.
Manchester Early Dwellings Research Group.
The Museum of the Manchesters.
Volume 1 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 1987/88
Saturday Night Markets in Manchester and Salford 1840-1939.
The Remarkable Legacy of L. S. Lowry.
Pear Mill 1907-1929: A Stockport Cotton Spinning Company.
Film and the Local Historian: The North West Film Archive.
Altrincham Library Local History Collection.
Ellenroad: The Revival of a Sleeping Giant.
Salford Mining Museum.
Volume 1 Number 1, Spring 1987
The Catholic Whit Walk in Manchester and Salford, 1890-1939.
Annot Robinson: A Forgotten Manchester Suffragette.
The Search for a ‘Really Smart Sheet’: The Conservatives and the Popular Press in Edwardian Manchester.
Parish registers in the Salford Hundred of Lancashire.
Tameside Local Studies Library.
The Greater Manchester Police Museum.
Manchester Women’s History Group.
The UMass Boston Bookshelf. A set of repository records for their books, as an integral part the main scholarworks.umb.edu repository at the University of Massachusetts Boston. No free PDFs there, but erm… commercial links to Amazon labelled “Buy this Submission”. Is the university that desperate for money, that they need to turn their supposedly open repository into a bookshop?
Romance eReview (literature of the Spanish, French and Italians)
“Hidden Online Surveillance: What Librarians Should Know to Protect Their Own Privacy and That of Their Patrons” is open access in the latest issue of the journal Information Technology and Libraries (Library & Information Technology Association / Boston College). Mostly about cookies and commercial tracking, but a useful primer on a small part of the problem.
Oh dear, the French legislators are once again proposing a ban on a bit of the Internet. Will French governments ever understand the Internet? Or realise how foolish they look to the rest of the world, when their idiot proposals crash and burn? This time around they want a national ban on the use of the encrypted TOR browser.
The legislators obviously haven’t bothered to read the TOR website for even five minutes, or they would have found the list of the browser’s plugins. It seems obvious that all a French ban would do is to provoke countermeasures, such as the deployment of TOR plugins like SkypeMorph. It cloaks the encrypted TOR browsing stream and makes it look like Skype, to your service provider. It’s already been developed and tested, but has not been deployed. But the SkypeMorph source code is out there. So, even if the original author doesn’t want to release it publicly, then someone else could. Encryption is an arms race that the censors and ban-it-now -ers can never win in a free society, but they never seem to realise that.
Nor does it seem that the legislators have read the French constitution recently, since the French civil liberties organisations say that such a ban would violate the constitution.
Update, 15th Dec: press reports have since appeared saying that the French have backed down for now, while apparently blaming the security services for being over-zealous.