Needed: an easy three-click “WordPress to ebook” service that works on any free WordPress.com blog account. Such a thing doesn’t currently seem to exist. I can only find ebook plugins for install on third-party hosted installs of WordPress, or which need WordPress.com’s £240 per year Business account upgrade (which allows use of plugins).
The Google CSE team is obviously updating with some tweaked code, on the front-end of the Custom Search Engines (CSEs).
As a result, JURN’s custom “click to search button” has become a small generic-looking one done in .SVG code. This is smaller and tighter than I’d like, and has replaced JURN’s nice custom .JPG button.
This “click to search” button still works fine, so it’s only an aesthetic change…
I’ll leave it a few days before jiggling the CSS to try to get the custom button back, just in case Google decides to revert the changes.
GRAFT has updated with a new batch of repository URLs added. Search across full-text and records alike, in 4,723 repositories.
In the last week or so Google has made some slight changes to the default styling templates for CSEs, resulting in the numbered pagination links at the foot of the search results becoming very small and grey. This has now been fixed on JURN, and your per-page links to more search results should now look like this. They should be far more easily selectable now, and especially for touch-screen users…
My thanks to Amit Agarwal of India, for the elegant snippet of commented CSS for the .gsc-cursor-page element. If you have the same problem with your own CSE, this snippet goes in the style header of your page. Colours are controlled elsewhere, in the ‘Look & Feel’ | Customise | Refinement section of your CSE admin dashboard.
Changes may not show up until you and your users refresh your main page a few times, due to Web browser caching.
GRAFT has also had the same fix applied.
Also add padding for the pagination row, by adding the following to your CSS style (I have mine in the page itself)…
An example of the strange ways in which search serendipity can (and often does) work…
Ahead of the release of Zbrush 2019, I was searching for “npr” 3d shader in: Google Search | ‘Last Month’.
On the second page of results, I discover the ‘moved and lost from JURN a year ago’ archive of the RAF’s Air Power journals.
A search for “npr” 3d shader has nothing to do with the British Royal Air Force. ‘NPR’ being non-photorealistic rendering with ‘3D’ computer models that have been fitted with ‘shader’ materials, to make them look like hand-drawn cartoons when they’re rendered into graphical form. The results were arising because the same keywords were shared.
Air Power et al will be back in JURN soon.
The NME. Was there ever a weekly publication that had such a perfect confluence of writers, attitude, cultural flux, zeitgeist, popular mass appeal, content and photography? But where can one find scans of the NME music paper in its ‘golden era’ 1978-1984 run, from the Winter of Discontent to the defeat of the Miners’ Strikes?
Sadly it appears there’s still no facsimile archive, and copies sell for £10 per weekly issue on eBay. At 2019, here’s my run-through of the options:
1. The Rock’s Back Pages archive website appears to have full-text for the NME‘s ‘most important’ reviews and interviews from that period, though stripped of their inky grandeur and surrounding context and strapped into a mundane generic Web page format. As if the plain text was all that was important about such a monumental cultural and historical artefact. Back Pages appears to be pitched mainly at subscribing universities, and apparently about half in the UK currently have a subscription. Personal subscriptions are available, but cost £150 a year or £70 for three months. Even the ‘free’ articles require registration to view…
2. The British Library appeared to have facsimile page scans of the NME for 1946-2000 until about 2013, when a blog post appeared touting their “Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive 1880-2000, an “exclusive database”. But even then you could only access it in person at their London reading room. In the Archive’s current format, the NME appears to have been removed from the titles list (see the full spreadsheet for the Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive).
3. The pirates don’t seem to have yet filled the resulting public void, with their own torrent of complete scans of vintage copies of the NME. Possibly the oversized nature of the weekly newsprint NME is rather offputting, requiring a large scanner. Nor would the likely fragility of the newsprint encourage use of an automated sheet-feeder. Nor do scans of individual copies seem to have quietly filtered into Archive.org.
4. What about a CD set of scans, perhaps issued pre-Internet in the 1990s? No, that doesn’t seem to have happened.
That appears to be the state of play in 2019.
There’s a new type of Creative Commons / GPL -like content licence. The General Asset License Information (GAL) is specifically for… “digital assets, shared or sold with the intent of being used within larger works”. Think low-poly 3D models for building new videogames with, that sort of thing.
As I read it (and I’m not a lawyer), GAL is not for final works. Rather it permits use of what the digital entertainment production industries often call ‘assets’, ‘content’, ‘merchant resources’, ‘stock’, and similar terms. A videogame partly made with GAL assets could be sold commercially and protected as a commercial product in the market. Even while the GAL parts of the game remained free for others to re-use again under GAL. The GAL seems to be aimed at allowing a creative maker to be generous with their free content, without forcing them to go to CC-BY or CC0. Presumably GAL content would not be purloined, aggregated and sold on by the Alamy-like companies, since GAL would only permit re-use as a part of a larger indivisible whole product.
Looks good to me.
GRAFT has updated with another 40 repository URLs. Search across full-text and records alike, in 4,680 repositories.
Super. I’ve realised, and just in time, that JURN is 10 years old tomorrow!
JURN was launched by me in working form on 3rd February 2009, and then went onto the new Jurn.org domain on 5th February 2009. Initially the search-tool only had a mere 951 arts and humanities journal titles, indexed and full-text searchable at the article level. The fledgling JURN Directory followed shortly after. JURN certainly wasn’t the search behemoth it is now, after a decade of often very intensive work on it, but the launch caused a ripple of interest and some enduring inbound links.
As users and readers of this blog will know, JURN has been constantly maintained, repaired and expanded since then. All the work has been done unpaid. Despite very sparse donations each year (some years with nothing at all), over a decade JURN has just about ‘broken even’ in terms of paying for domain and hosting costs.
Several new services have been added since launch, such as the comprehensive repository search GRAFT (‘Global Research Access, Full-Text’) and the OpenEco A-Z journal directory. The scope of JURN’s journal indexing has also expanded a little beyond arts and humanities journals, to strong coverage of business and law journals, and journals on all aspects of the natural world. As always, predatory titles and publishers are excluded.
JURN continues and OA continues to grow, so… onward to 2029!
The JURN directory of scholarly ejournals in the arts & humanities has been link-checked and updated.