Welsh Newspapers Online, free and public. It’s pleasingly fast, and the user can filter for English / Welsh, News (vs. adverts), and by Decade. Many newspapers carried syndicated articles and news which also appeared in their English counterparts. This can be useful, as the English newspaper archives are behind paywalls.
Beall’s List 1.2, an add-on for the Firefox Web browser, running from a January 2017 version of the List. Add-on last updated 10th June 2017.
Installed and tested. When you hit a Listed site, you get a simple warning…
Ojennus, P. (2017), “Open Access and the Humanities: The Case of Classics Journals”, Library Resources & Technical Services 61 (2), pp. 81-92. A thorough paper with the focus on 213 journals in Greek and Roman studies, active at Nov 2015 – Feb 2016.
Overview of the Biodiversity Heritage Library: Recent Activities” (Powerpoint, June 2017). It opens with a general introduction to the service, and only becomes relevant to the “Recent Activities” bit of the title from slide 36 through 46.
Initial prototypes of both SOLR and ElasticSearch full-text search installations were created … about 8Tb disk space (1.6Tb on high-speed SSD) for the [ElasticSearch] Search Index and the OCR text.
The new WordPress 4.8 update (available via your self-hosted dashboard now) introduces four new or improved sidebar widgets…
This 4.8 update still works with the very useful Redirect from the new WordPress.com editor to the classic WordPress editor UserScript, which can be installed in your Greasemonkey-enabled Web browser.
Full-text volumes of the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, freely available on Archive.org at June 2017:
The Archive.org ‘sort by date published’ then gives a sorted pre-1922 list of the volumes available in full-text.
Beaker is a new peer-to-peer Web browser…
“Create and share websites for free, with no advertising and no third-party services, directly from your browser. Visitors to your site rehost your files automatically on the peer-to-peer network. No blockchain required.”
“… it looks like Scopus added around 400 open access journals after January 2016, then another 270 after January 2017, and finally removed around 1,000 after February 1st, 2017. Removing around 1,000 open access journals is big deal. That’s almost a quarter of all the open access journals Scopus has in their collection…”
Concludes after some investigations that…
“… Scopus over-reported and mislead its customers about how many open access journals they indexed.”
I can add, from a previous post here on the JURN blog, that…
“Scopus had 60 OA arts & humanities titles in English at June 2015, a fact discoverable via their new OA tagging [in their summer 2015 master spreadsheet]. Though, after sorting, that Scopus category also included such ‘tres arty’ titles as Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration and Asian Social Science.”
If you have ‘linked’ or on-the-fly Google Custom Search Engines, note that they will have stopped working a week or so ago. As planned and announced, at around the end of May 2017 Google withdrew the ‘linked’ CSE option (self-hosted, and a pain to set up and admin). They also withdrew the ‘cref’ URL-path item, which was what enabled an on-the-fly CSE from any page of Web links (handy, but not that often). It’s a pity to see the latter go, but apparently it’s part of a modernisation of the CSE service.
JURN’s various ongoing search projects are not affected by the changes, as GRAFT has been ported. But if you’re affected, then you now need to either: i) port your search tool’s URLs into a full free CSE, via Google’s CSE console (easiest way is .tsv files containing 500-URL chunks of your list, must be less than 30Kb per .tsv); or ii) use the free DuckDuckGo CSE functionality to get a quick CSE which only runs over a handful of URLs. The current drawback of the DuckDuckGo CSE service is that the Duck may not yet have had a good quack at some of the obscure academic sites you may want in your CSE.