The JURN front page has been updated, to reflect the fact that it can now successfully access full-text from far beyond the arts and humanities…
My Project Finder search-engine has updated. It’s a very simple tool for finding crowdfunding projects from across the reputable crowdfunding services. Six dead or very moribund services weeded out, two new ones added.
South Midlands Archaeology (UK, also the earlier Bulletin of Industrial Archaeology in CBA Group 9).
Continent (On “culture, theory, biopolitics, and art”).
Codrul Cosminului (History, some English articles).
American Philatelist (Indexing feature articles only).
Journal of Glaciology (1947-2008, some articles now of historical/political interest).
Open University of Israel’s Open Books library, Pe’er.
OAPEN’s library of open books is now better indexed in JURN, via using an additional variant URL.
I note that Google Scholar’s single author citations pages are now to be found in the main Google Search results…
Although it seems that if a prolific or influential author has two or more pages of citations, only the first will show up in Google Search. For example…
site:scholar.google.com/citations “graham harman”
I’ve widened JURN’s coverage of open science articles, by adding the publisher Hindawi to the indexing mix.
JURN is now experimentally including thesis repository records in search results, via indexing some of the newer and more discriminating global repository search services.
New White Paper from commercial publisher SAGE: Discoverability of Scholarly Content: Accomplishments, Aspirations and Opportunities, written after the moment…
“in 2013, [when commercial paywall] academic content providers around the world were forced to consider alternate methods of open-web discoverability when Google’s primary web search ceased its special treatment of access-controlled scholarly materials”
The consusus here and elsewhere seems to be ‘just add metadata’ to open content, and it will slot right into existing closed discovery systems. Good luck with that one, and don’t forget to shut the stable door.
Interesting comment spotted in the paper, in relation to the oft-heard complaint that Google uses closed proprietary search algorithms…
“The research also noted the variability among [academic library Web-scale] discovery services’ proprietary search algorithms, which — lacking transparency — disallows local customization, which libraries and end users expect.”
Labyrinth (c.1979-2010, Classical Studies)
Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (five year paywall)
Torquere (1999-2004, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association)
At The Edge (eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and culture)
Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis (cultural study of religion)
Anglo Saxonica (English and North American studies, from Portugal)
Organs Everywhere (technologically enhanced humans and their cybernetic assemblages)
A/V Journal (Deleuze Studies, in video format)
Geological Curator (1974-2010, history of geological sample collecting and museum display)
The Amazon Public Data Sets service offers free data storage for useful public domain Big Data sets, on Amazon’s uber-servers. Analysis tools too, it seems.
Elastic Search 1.0 has just released. It’s a search-engine, open source, with four years of development under the hood. Aimed at big businesses, but free. Currently trying to swing itself around to head toward the gap that’s looming due to the shortage of human Big Data analysts. InfoWorld magazine has a straightforward overview.
In an unusual move Google appears to have created its own Custom Search Engine, Custom Search for K-12 Computer Science Education. For the benefit of those outside the USA, “K-12″ isn’t the name of some obscure Linux module. It seems to be U.S. educational jargon indicating: “state schooling for kids aged 5 to 16″.
How to add “Two Page View + Standalone Cover Page” to the internal Firefox PDF viewer:
If you don’t yet have these menu items in your install of the Firefox web browser, then you can update the PDF viewer by installing this addon extension:
Development details on the Mozilla GitHub.