Removed Palgrave journals from the JURN index, since their generous offer of “all journal articles for free” during March 2014 is finishing today.
Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 (The biodiversitylibrary.org, already indexed by JURN, only has this title to 1923)
Contributions in Science (Journal of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles)
Added all the frontiersin.org journals to JURN, following my reading up on Frontiers Media at Beall and elsewhere. I’m encouraged to see that they’re still in the DOAJ, after the DOAJ’s recent pruning. The ecology related titles at Frontiers include…
New laws in the UK will soon mean that…
scientific Facts can be extracted and published without explicit permission [something that is set to become] law on June 1st.
The Shuttleworth Foundation has a concise round-up of the measures, plus Web links to the British government’s ‘plain English’ PDFs about the new measures. Oh, and that old-fashioned CD-ripping-to-MP3 thing becomes legal too.
Who is JURN for?
* independent scholars and researchers
* students and lecturers in developing nations
* unemployed or retired lecturers
* recent university graduates
* knowledge professionals outside of academia
* business leaders
* public policy makers and planners
* journalists and bloggers
* public intellectuals and ‘think tanks’
* evidence-based campaigners and activists
* amateur historians
* teachers of students aged under 18
* advanced and ambitious students, age 14-18
* home schoolers and grassroots educators
* adjunct or associate university lecturers, seeking a substitute for lost paywall access during the long summer holiday
* university lecturers and students, seeking a straighforward search tool for full-text open access content
Journal of the International Association for Bon Research (Tibetan religion)
Academicus (Articles from Albania)
Philanthropist, The (research on the nonprofit sector in Canada)
“A Google engineer has developed an algorithm that spots breaking news stories on the Web and illustrates them with pictures.”
Nearly 20,000 hi-res maps of America have been released under CC0 by The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library.
Here’s the press release, which has a download link to a free-registration download service containing the hi-res versions and also links to tutorials on how to use the service.
I had a quick look at the full list of Schema.org tags, which are now available in Google CSEs. They can be used to filter the CSE’s site list, serving to “Restrict pages from the above site list to only those that contain [chosen] Schema.org types”. Handy if you have a huge single site of HTML/CSS/XML that you can grep, and you want to prepare it for selective CSE search without having to juggle directories and file names.
It looks to me like those tagging open access scholarly articles would need to be able to chain Schema.org tags into something like…
CreativeWork: ScholarlyArticle: TransferAction: DownloadAction: GiveAction:
Whereas paywall publishers might need something like:
CreativeWork: ScholarlyArticle: TransferAction: DownloadAction: SellAction:
But at present there seems to be only the basic undifferentiated…
Even if there were workable OA additions to Schema.org, there would still the huge problems of: i) persuading people to add the tags to all their ongoing content at the article level, and to do so correctly and consistently; and ii) to have them go back and accurately tag perhaps two decades or more of existing open access articles.
CREATe Working Papers (RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, UK)
TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment (Smart cities / green cities)
From today, D&AD is offering free membership, which allows people access to an online archive of every ad to win a D&AD award [and] free copies of the D&AD annual
Sundry other publications associated with the Botanical Society of the British Isles.
German botanical journals collection, 1753-1914 (Title pages only)
Botanicus.org (Title pages only)
Human Figurations (On the “long-term processes of the development of human society and the human condition”)
Frankel Institute Annual (Judaic Studies)
II Journal (“cultural change, language, literature, communications technology, political and economic development, human rights, and global security”)
Post Identity (Media Studies, Literature)
Michigan Botanist, The (1962-)
World Bank open repository of reports.
Map pages for six-inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map sheets of Great Britain, 1842-1952. Sadly the pages have no block of keywords.
All the six-inch to the mile Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain, 1842-1952. Now free, zoomable, and synced as geo-located historical series onto Google Maps.
It would be nice if they could get a system to extract all the keywords from the map lettering, rectify the (inevitably corrupted) keywords by fuzzy matching each of them against a standard historical gazetteer / place-name list for the area, then inject the hyper-linked names into each map’s page as keywords. That way the maps would be more easily searchable by keyword in Google Search. I’m not sure that’s even possible when old-style text is overlapping with graphical elements, as seen below, but it might be interesting to try…
The modern names of places can, of course, already be looked up. But “Gerrardsfold” for instance, seen above in Cheshire, can only take one to a “Gerrards Fold Barn” in Lancashire when using the service’s modern lookup gazetteer.