The newly-discovered book-length text by Walt Whitman, Manly Health and Training, has very kindly been published in full today in open access at the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.
A new Medium article, from the head of Ingenta Connect, “Is the Open Access discoverability problem solvable? And whose problem is it?”. It’s a cursory look at the problem, but even then it’s interesting for what it doesn’t say…
* For “institutional librarians” the author seems to imply that their future role is only to be in one-to-one “mentoring and facilitation” of researchers. No mention of anything else, like the big publishers working with librarians to craft and adopt universal OA-status tagging code for discoverability.
* For “scholarly authors” he only suggests academics might become marketeers for their own papers. Frankly, this seems like a waste of their valuable time. Given the salaries that full-time research academics get, they can afford to hire a virtual assistant. To promote four or five papers a year outside of one’s own disciplinary niche, simply go to UpWork (or similar) and hire your personal marketeer at $180 a paper (to get someone of quality, for a day and-a-half of work). One could probably find a way to write the $900 bill off against tax each year. Of course that assumes one is publishing something worth reading, rather than academic shovel-ware intended to tick boxes inside one’s own institution.
* For the big “publishers” the article vaguely suggests they need to embrace openness. Though perhaps only in order to capture it for their own purposes, via a… “drawing-together of all the dispersed OA content silos into one place”. Well, for their own limited set of OA content, the big publishers can solve that on Monday morning if they really want it. They just have to allow the seemingly-stalled Paperity to import the OA-only article feeds of Elsevier, Brill, Degruyter, Wiley and others, so that Paperity has full coverage of all OA articles from the big publishers.
Added NASA’s Spaceport Magazine. The magazine’s Web page also has links to the earlier title Spaceport News, and a 1962 to 2010 index for that title. Also has Web links to all the other free magazines and newsletters from NASA.
The latest Developer version of the Opera browser offers a built-in free VPN with 256-bit encryption. This is very easy to set up and use and enables users to pretend to be in the U.S., Canada or Germany, and thus to get around region-blocking of Web content. The Developer version is 38.0, compared to the mainstream 36.0. Seems to work fine on a quick test — getting me to a version of Bing with German language news insets, via a German IP address.
1.2Mb, just to load Bing’s front page? Ooof.
Update, 12th May:
The new VPN now only works when you open a “Private Window” in Opera…
Bulletin of the National Institute of Ecology (National Institute of Ecology, India)
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (National Institute of Ecology, India)