Some news sites are starting to totally block access if they auto-detect an advertisement blocker in your Web browser. In the news today is Bild (seems to be a big downmarket German newspaper, a bit like the UK’s Daily Mail) which has added such a block.
A couple of bypass methods:
1. One current bypass option is to install the UserScript anti-adblock-killer and then load a subscription to the anti-adblock-killer filter list into your browser’s ad-blocker. The script hasn’t yet added tweaks for http://www.bild.de, but it seems very actively updated and so it can only be a matter of time.
Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development (1964-2015, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
I’ve added a new section on the JURN FAQ page: “I’m a linguist or country specialist. JURN wants to return mostly English results when I search using words in another language. How do I fix this?”…
JURN does ‘auto-translate + add synonyms’ when a user searches using non-English keywords, while also auto-detecting your home nation. For instance, if you search from the UK for the single word…
مقارنة (Arabic, meaning: comparison, comparative)
… then the UK user sees search results containing مقارنة OR comparison OR comparative, with English language results predominating. Search instead for “مقارنة” (in inverted commas) and the majority of the search results are in Arabic.
This automatic nation-detection feature makes results more useful, for most people. But it may present a problem for linguists or country specialists who regularly search JURN, or for those who are part of a diaspora living outside their home nation. One solution might be to spoof your IP address via a free Web browser add-on, such as the easy-to-use Hola. Hola allows you to bypass the petty national restrictions that can be placed on access to Web content, by making you appear to be in another nation.
The viral promo for the new blockbuster entry in the Assassin’s Creed videogame series is… a search engine. A rather amusing one too, on the topic of mid Victorian England (interestingly, their choice of 1868 is also the date I chose for my novel of Victorian England). ‘The Engine of the 19th Century’ knew who Babbage was, and had amusing results for Canal and Bicycle, as well as links to ‘recent news stories’ from the era — presumably these are linked to the game’s backstory.
I’ve started going back through the indexing URLs that were added to JURN in 2009 / 2010. I’m checking ‘possibly broken’ candidates manually, by loading the root site in Firefox and then drilling down to the fulltext articles. JURN’s various automated checks (an annual ‘is it still in Google?’ check of the entire URL set, and a weekly linkrot test of the JURN Directory) are quite good at detecting linkrot, but the 2009 / 2010 ‘back end’ is now benefiting from a thorough scrubbing. Some old/small conference proceedings archives are also being removed.
North American Fauna (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1889-2014)
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
JURN is now indexing more than 500 free/open journals on eco/nature topics. That’s just the English-language titles — there are also many more in other languages, as well as many titles in ornithology (birds) that haven’t yet been added to the A-Z.
Biawak : journal of varanid biology and husbandry (monitor lizards)
Prommalia : Journal for Zoological Taxonomists (Zoological Survey of India)
Electronic Green Journal (UCLA)
Fungal Conservation (International Society for Fungal Conservation)
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae (Department of Entomology, National Museum, Czech Republic)
Arquivos Entomoloxicos (beetles of Spain)
Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (Canada’s arthropod fauna)
Herpetology Notes (Societas Europaea Herpetologica, amphibians and reptiles)
Fishery Bulletin (1881-2015)
Law, Environment and Development Journal (SOAS, London)
Stedelijk Studies (Museum Studies)
Social Media + Society (indexed via Paperity)
Sequitur (Art History)
Waikato Islamic Studies Review (University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, New Zealand)
African Natural History (Iziko Museums of South Africa)
Chironomus : newsletter of chironomidae research (non-biting midges)
Fauna Norvegica (Nordic fauna)
International Journal of Myriapodology (millipedes, centipedes, velvet worms)
Invertebrate Survival Journal (survival and defense mechanisms of invertebrates)
MorphoMuseuM (journal of 3d computer models of vertebrates)
ARLIS/Norden (Added to JURN Directory only, as it’s totally blocked from Google by a robots.txt)
JISC has commissioned a new September 2015 Spotlight Literature Review on scholarly discovery, which is available now in PDF. Short, but to-the-point…
in most cases staff over-estimate the extent to which users use different library services, in some cases very greatly. […] overall they think, it seems mistakenly, that the library discovery layer attracts very similar usage to Google Scholar”
one recent ethnographic study of student research behaviour (Dalal et al, 2015) highlights the low levels of information literacy skills displayed by many undergraduates even after library training in research skills [… they still had] very basic search techniques and poor search strategies [and a] Failure to locate the full text of articles.”
I’m interested in serendipity’s role in online search, and so I was pleased that the report pointed me to the December 2014 Library Journal article “Serendipitous Discovery: Is it Getting Harder?”. I was also rather tickled to discover that the word ‘serendipity’ was invented by Horace Walpole.
Problems in Music Pedagogy (Latvia)
Architecture and Urban Planning (One of the Series publications of Riga Technical University, Latvia)
Humanities and Social Sciences (One of the Series publications of Riga Technical University, Latvia. Appears to have a regular interest in the history of Baltic science and engineering)
Baltic Journal of Coleopterology (Baltic Coleopterological Society, Latvia/Poland. Beetles of the Baltics)
Baltic Forestry (Latvia, Lithuania)
Anthropozoologica (Natural History Museum, Paris. The “relationship between man and animal, from the origins up to modern times.” Open Access on the museum’s page, though it initially appears not to be OA there — and is actually paywalled by its parallel BioOne version)
Adansonia (Natural History Museum, Paris. Plant biology, focus on vascular plants biodiversity. Open Access on the museum’s page, though it initially appears not to be OA there — and is actually paywalled by its parallel BioOne version)
Zoosystema (Natural History Museum, Paris. Animal biodiversity, systematics. Open Access on the museum’s page, though it initially appears not to be OA there — and is actually paywalled by its parallel BioOne version)
Dendrobiology (trees and woody shrubs)
Park Science (National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior)
Times Higher on allegedly rampant thesis plagiarism / ghost-writing in Russia…
PhD forgery is now an “integral part of Russia’s statehood”, rather than a “fringe phenomenon”, according to the analysis published in Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, a quarterly newsletter published by the country’s National Research University Higher School of Economics.”
Mass-production of PhDs is generally centred in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where “conveyor [belt] units” were found for “PhDifying” politicians, public officials and teachers”
NASA has kindly placed over 8,000 Moon Landing photos on Flickr, made by NASA astronauts during the Apollo missions. Hi-res too, at over 4000px. The pictures are at the Project Apollo Archive albums.
WordPress.com appears to have some really screwy ‘new post’ problems at present. After publication every new post is stuck in ‘Draft mode’ and looses any Categories assigned to it — until the user does a “Quick Edit” on it to fix these errors. Even then, the post becomes unable to be edited further, seemingly because of some kind of ‘Saved draft’ loop problem that has arisen.
Update: Very strange. Seems to have been a Firefox addon. Safe mode in Firefox got WordPress.com working properly again. I then re-enabled the addons a few at a time, deleting a couple as I went along. It seems fine now, after a number of test posts. Oddly the problem also prevented login to the password change/reset page on WordPress.com. Well, whatever it was, it’s gone now.