Over 6,000 new pictures of Rhode Island at the Providence Public Library, in “high resolution”. Sadly the new site has fallen over, possibly due to the traffic from several million H.P. Lovecraft fans on top of the local interest. But a press-release is still accessible on a different URL.
A useful round-up of the “Taxonomy of university presses today”. The article boils down to…
* global presses (major publishers)
* independent success stories (often endowed, major universities)
* experimenters (increasingly open)
* integrated presses (tied to major university libraries)
* hidden presses (merged into university library for budgetary reasons)
* new entrants (“no legacy business to defend”)
* publishers of monographs (“resilient middle”, high-quality, regional-interest)
* publishers of monographs (under-resourced, “hanging on”, “resisting closure”)
During the JURN research I’ve also found a handful of ‘effectively publishers’ of specialist monograph series or diplomatic editions (facsimiles with a scholarly introduction and notes), often tied to a foundation or a museum or to a very long-term archaeological / historical / ecology project.
3,000 new Creative Commons pictures of the collection of the Nationalmuseum Stockholm, now on WikiMedia. Very sharp and hi-res, as 30-60Mb .tif files for the most part.
An Editor-in-Chief is wanted at Fafnir : Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research.
Picture: Rick Mosher.
Google has released the Google Noto Font, the only font to feature all 110,000 Unicode characters and cover 800 languages. The intention is get rid of the “⯐⯐⯐⯐” sometimes encountered while browsing the Web or viewing some types of PDFs. Noto is a 480Mb download. You may not want to install all the language versions of the font, as that may well slow down the loading times of behemoth software such as Photoshop.
Since the font is Open Source, the vast variety of shapes from around the world can also serve as a ‘design-mine’ for graphic designers.
Nearly all of Reginald Piggott’s Maps of Anglo-Saxon England, online at a reasonably large resolution.
Google is removing extended search from its Blogger.com blogs. A blog’s search box used to return additional results from the sidebar blogroll and Web pages your blog had linked to. No more…
However, such capability might make a useful plug-in for WordPress. I couldn’t immediately find such a plugin in a quick search. Possibly it might hook into DuckDuckGo to provide the functionality?
A new blog article on Visualizing Citation Cartels, using the data from an existing case…
“what is uniformly odd about these papers is that they cite their dataset as if each datapoint (paper) required a reference.”
Collaborative Librarianship has a quick survey article “Directory of Open Access Journals: A Bibliometric Study”, looking at the coverage of library and information science journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)…
“It is interesting that no Russian language or languages used in the eastern regions of the former Soviet countries are represented in DOAJ.”
I did a quick DOAJ check. Subject Category: ‘Bibliography. Library science. Information resources’, then filtered by country of publication. The paper’s claim seems to be correct…
Switching to ‘Journal Language: Russian’ has the same result. Perhaps it’s just that there are no Russia-based library journals publishing in open access?
The Museum of Modern Art | MoMA now has a full online catalogue of its exhibitions, from 1929 onwards.
The Trello service has long been very useful for anyone organising the production of a small magazine with a few collaborators. Or a journal publication or even a book. The free non-business account on offer is perfectly capable for magazine production purposes. Now Trello has announced free Dropbox integration, even on the free non-business accounts…
The new free Mythlore Index covers issues 1-128 of the long-lived Mythlore journal, which hosts work on Tolkien and his circle. Also indexes the Tolkien Journal issues 1–18, though not the field-leading scholarship of the Tolkien Studies journal. Mythlore Index also includes a subject index, and is a whopping 420-page PDF.
New from MIT, Ludwig Search is a hybrid between a grammar-checker and a search-engine. It compares your sentence with similar sentences found on major news sites and in PubMed.
MUSE Open is a planned “Open Access (OA) platform for monographs in the humanities and social sciences”, and has just been awarded, a “two-year $938,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop”.
Good news. But now I hope to hear that the other “42,000 books and 650 journals” locked away on MUSE will also be opened up, to the people who paid for their production.
e-manuscripta is a unified portal for finding manuscript material from Swiss libraries and archives. Not just bare records either, but PDFs of scans for public download. It includes over 1,000 maps and plans.
D-PLACE, which stands for ‘Database of Places, Language, Culture, and Environment’. Just launched, with records for 1,400 societies. My test search for ‘Dance’ in ‘Northern Europe’ gave three results, for Icelanders, the Irish and the Sami.
While African research universities often have better commercial journal database access than their counterparts in the West, what of public access to African-focused research? Great to hear an African voice on this, as Africa starts to buckle up for growth and international access. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. of Nigeria says that there is an…
“overwhelming call for the accessibility of African research [about Africa, but that this] has stretched traditional archiving methods.”
With a substantial increase in population and wealth now happening on the continent, he asks if there is now an opportunity…
“for archiving and digitising African-focused research [in order to] make African research accessible on a global scale.”
Let’s hope so. Although the author also suggests a commercial option, seemingly more in terms of access to contemporary and commercial data…
“monetising the whole process through a subscription model for online hosting of knowledge resources – books, research papers, journals, dissertations, and reports to investors, product and policy developers. [With African researchers getting] “a revenue share for each download”.
That might work for useful locally-created data — one might get the article or substantial data summary for free, anywhere in the world. But if you’re outside Africa then you’d buy the data download direct from the researcher, and in affluent nations your university would require you do that as part of your ethics code as a researcher. Though I’m not sure a commercial pay-per-download model would be useful for things like folklore, the arts, oral history and natural history, which might be better funded by a big pan-African consortium of nations, philanthropists and donors. And thus kept freely available.
Retraction Watch needs a part-time editor. Sadly there’s no pay, but lots of kudos.
The increasingly excellent Retraction Watch now has a spin-off, Embargo Watch. At present Embargo Watch seems to be mostly about tracking naughty media organisations which prematurely break embargoes on the reporting of new scientific papers.
There’s also a recent mention of press officers who refuse to write up new papers that have no embargo. I guess maybe the officers rightly think that any daily editor they send the story to will frown and say: “Old news. It was covered yesterday, elsewhere. Next story…”. Hence their work will have been wasted.
I don’t see Embargo Watch doing any tracking of advocacy groups — groups that use a press release about embargoed science to spin their alarmist news agenda across the media and blogosphere, days or even weeks weeks before the paper’s release, while avoiding awkward scrutiny of the actual paper. That sort of coverage in Embargo Watch, and perhaps even before/after comparisons, would also be welcome.