Added 600 Oral Histories from the IEEE Global History Network of the IEEE History Center.
The appalingly bad new re-design of the U.S. Web edition of Wired magazine has removed their online archive. JURN was previously able to index just the tables of contents for each archive issue. As this is no longer possible, I’ve switched to indexing just the feature articles of the U.K. edition of Wired, via the wildcard URL http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/20*/*/features/ Not an academic journal of course, but I think it’s important to leaven JURN a little in fast-moving areas such as contemporary fine art and new technologies, through judiciously adding quality in-depth accounts of/by actual practitioners.
Temporarily added all Palgrave Macmillan journals to JURN, following their kind offer of free public access for the month of March. My access tests show free seamless public access to the articles, without having to sign up for a trial.
What if Google Search could demote websites containing a large number of incorrect facts?
Global Tides (peer-reviewed undergraduate journal at Pepperdine)
Notey is a new topic-focused blog finding directory. Yeah, I know… but it just reportedly raised $1.6 million in funding.
It has a slick iPad-focussed design, so on a widescreen desktop PC I hit some clunky navigation points a few times. Top of the ‘recent blog posts’ pile on entering was “40+ Insanely Clever Products Your Dog Deserves To Own”, which suggests the marketeers are already in Notey, via marketeering blog-a-zine articles.
The search box is hidden away, as if they’re ashamed of it. The search experience is not great. I searched for “Lovecraft” (H.P. Lovecraft, famous horror and SF author, on whose life I’m an expert) and the results were incredibly poor. A Google search for…
… reveals more of the semantic messiness, and the ways that the database is being skewed by the vast cloud of fanboy crapware that now surrounds the man and his fiction.
Sadly Notey doesn’t look like the new Technorati to me, and nor is it of much used to academics seeking a specialist single-topic blog. For discovery of single-topic blogs Google is still your friend, and the following Google Search modifier still works despite Google having abandoned a dedicated blog search box…
Free version of Microsoft Office OneNote. It’s of interest to scholars working with older documents or Google Books pages, who need to quickly and accurately OCR snippets of online scans. It has industry leading OCR for small text in archival scanned documents (Insert | Screen Clipping | Recognize Text), a benefit of Microsoft’s massive investment in typography R&D in the 1990s and 2000s.
Nature & Faune (United Nations on behalf of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission)
Unasylva (The United Nations F.A.O.’s forestry journal)
Journal of Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives and its successor Land Tenure Journal (The United Nations F.A.O.)
“[In a sample of] 3.5 million scholarly articles published between 1997 and 2012 [there is an] alarming link rot ratio for all three corpora: 13% of arXiv, 22% of Elsevier, and 14% of PMC articles published in 2012 suffer from link rot. These numbers only increase for older articles, for example, for articles published in 2005 the corresponding numbers are 18%, 41%, and 36%.”