“The Microsoft Academic Graph is a heterogeneous graph containing scientific publication records, citation relationships between those publications, as well as authors, institutions, journals and conference “venues” and fields of study. This data is available as a set of zipped text files … The file size is ~37GB.”
Open Library of Humanities has just landed a grant for $741,000…
“Birkbeck, University of London has been awarded a three-year grant of $741,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to cement and expand a new model for open-access publishing in the humanities disciplines.”
This is to be centred on making a peer-reviewed open access…
“mega-journal, multi-journal and books platform for the humanities”, “with no author-facing charges”.
No full-text search and access at the OLH, as yet. But it looks like many major university libraries are signing up in principle.
Juan Pablo Alperin, “The Public Impact of Latin America’s Approach to Open Access”, June 2015.
“It is evident that the degree of adoption of the OA models is fairly extensive [in Latin America], although there are no exact figures. … The highest estimate, although not based on a rigorous study, comes from the director of SciELO, an expert in scholarly communications in Latin America, who suggests that 95% of all online journals published within the region are fully OA. Unfortunately, none of the databases that collect subscription information provide an adequate sample from which to gather a more exact estimate.”
“The underlying assumption, found repeatedly in the OA literature, is that the OA portals in Latin America are seen as contributing to “development” by extending the readership and circulation of Latin American research, thereby connecting them to a global “system of science” [but until now] nobody has attempted to verify the underlying assumption that there is interest from a broader community of readers in accessing research from developing regions.”
The DOAJ has removed a very large list of journal titles from the publisher SCIRP (Scientific Research Publishing Inc.), along with the titles of SCIRP’s Chinese associate publisher Hans Publishers Inc., citing alleged “Editorial misconduct” from both publishers.
Neither publisher was directly indexed in JURN.
Imaggeo : the open access geosciences image repository. A very large hi-res selection, but sadly users can’t filter by CC licence type. I’d say they need a new category: ‘Commercial use allowed’, so that print media workers can easily find a hi-res image to illustrate a science or eco news item.
CREDO has shared key findings from its 2014 survey of U.S. students (2,600) and faculty (500) on perceptions of student research skills.
The popular Calibre ebook software now includes a means to search inside all the ebooks on your devices. Find it in: Preferences | Miscellaneous.
A new PeerJ article claims to have looked at the indexing of 481 biomedical open access journals. It’s claimed that 86.7% were found to be listed in the DOAJ, while 36.5% were indexed in PubMed Central. However, given the level of detail in the paper itself, it seems odd to find that there’s no list given of the journal titles and URLs checked. They’re certainly not in the supplemental data file which is very misleadingly titled “All journals listed in the included databases, along with journal data”.
I’ve just found out about the leftist Radical Open Access Conference in Coventry, UK, happening now…
“Two days of critical discussion and debate in support of an ‘alternative’ vision for open access and scholarly communication. The aim of the conference is to explore some of the intellectually and politically exciting ways of understanding open access that are currently available internationally. A particular emphasis is placed on those that have emerged in recent years in the arts, humanities and social sciences. … the conference will endeavour to strengthen alliances between the open access movement and other struggles …”
A positive review of JURN in The Manitoban, student newspaper of the University of Manitoba, Canada.
Wolfram has an Image Identification Project with a simple “search and ID” tool.
Omeka 2.3 has been released. And if you missed 2.2 in late 2014, it was labelled as a “major upgrade”.
Omeka is a complete WordPress-like digital collections management system, for academics. I note that their hosted Omeka service at Omeka.net now offers the option of a free single site with 500Mb and five themes.
The DOAJ has announced that, sometime in 2015, “every single article entry in DOAJ will have, once again, its own landing page”, and each page will also have enhanced metadata to make it more Google Scholar friendly.
In a WordPress.com blog, you can now use a Greasemonkey script to get you past the dumb and childish “Beep Beep Boop” method of posting to your blog. Seems to work fine in the Firefox browser, as starting a new blog post takes me to the full-featured Classic editor. Why is this script needed?…
“on March 13, 2015, the preference setting for the choice of [WordPress.com blog] editor, which was implemented by a cookie through a link back to the classic editor, was removed.”
Bald’s Leechbook, an ancient leather-bound Old English manuscript from the 10th century, which is kept in the British Library in London, has yielded a potent new weapon against the MRSA ‘superbug’.
Over 3,000 scanned volumes from 336 Historical American Medical Journals. Not added to JURN, but noted here.
SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private space fleet, has started to place its mission and craft pictures online, under Creative Commons Attribution.
Google’s StreetView views inside art museums are having some of the public domain paintings painted out, due to copyright claims.
The world’s first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society of London, was published on 6th March 1665. 350 years later, it’s still behind a padlock symbol on Hathi…