Trello Inspiration, a fine survey of all the different ways in which one can use the excellent and free Trello service. They missed out magazine and journal production, though.
A fine feature article and photo-story in The Atlantic: “The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS”…
“… the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) … is dedicated to preserving endangered manuscripts on microfilm and in digital format. So far, it has managed to photograph more than 140,000 complete manuscripts, for a total of more than 50,000,000 handwritten pages … 2,000 out of the 6,000 manuscripts digitize[d] in Iraq between 2009 and 2014 have been lost or destroyed. Other manuscripts digitized in Syria may have suffered the same fate.”
Also note their large Lexicon of Manuscript Studies, among the many other features of the website. The Lexicon can also be searched across via Google Search: site:https://www.vhmml.org/lexicon/definition/ keyword
A survey of the state-of-play in providing ‘plain English’ summaries of journal articles. With a spreadsheet list of the titles which currently offer such summaries.
Around two-thirds of the 2016 tranche of the Knowledge Unlatched open books are now available. Back in January I blogged about 106 Knowledge Unlatched titles available in public on OAPEN. Now there are 306 such titles at OAPEN. Though the Unlatched mirror at Hathi seems to be lagging, and today is still showing only 96 results for Unlatched titles with ‘Full View’ available.
OAPEN’s search is a bit basic, but one can kludge a list of the new books by doing a search for “KU Select 2016” which filters for the 200+ new titles.
Here’s my personal pick of the newly opened scholarship…
Before Einstein : The Fourth Dimension in Fin-de-Siecle Literature and Culture. The influence of pre-Relativity four-dimensional theory on culture.
The Origins of Western Notation in revised English translation. The early history of musical notation.
DuckDuckGo‘s Image Search has had another expansion. It was already rather good, and now it’s even better.
Finding Extra Large: Extra Large has been added as a filter. This is the main improvement, though in practice it appears this means 1024px or higher. Whereas for a magazine I’d call Extra Large 2048px or higher and even then it would be too small for a double-page spread. Still, the new filter is much better than the fairly useless old ‘Large’ option, which was as high as the Duck used to be able to fly.
Finding Clipart: ‘Types’ includes ‘Animated’, for all your dancing hamster needs. Perhaps that was there before, but I don’t remember it. Definitely new is ‘Transparent’, allowing searches only for isolated items on a transparent background. Sadly you can’t combine ‘Transparent’ + ‘Photograph’ together, so a simple search tends to be awash with very naff clipart when you add “creative commons attribution” and combine it with ‘Extra Large’. Also ‘Transparent’ often appears to give false positives. Still, it’s nice to see it being tried by a major search engine.
Black and White: You can also search by one of many colours or just black-and-white (greyscale). You can usefully chain ‘Black-and-White’ for a search for large Creative Commons pictures. Though this will tend to pick up blogs where the text is CC but the pictures discussed are not (or are doubtful, perhaps being from that one idiot on Flickr who’s put tens of thousands of superb vintage pictures under CC when they’re not).
There’s also ‘Proportion’ (square, tall, wide).
Possibly the ‘Regions’ filter has also had a makeover, but I never use it so I’m not sure. However I certainly don’t remember it had mini-flags before, or so many nations.
The UK’s Radio Times listings magazine is available online from 1923 to 2009. The magazine was once the nation’s vital weekly TV and radio listings title. When last noted on the JURN blog, back in 2014, I think the new online listings had only extended as far back as the 1960s. Possibly there were also no thumbnail cover-scans back in 2014, but there are now.
You can’t actually click through to hear programmes, due to a combination of the trades unions and the surprising and very regrettable lack of tape archives. So if you do spot gems in the listings, like the 26-part radio history of The British Seafarer (1980) with music and FX by the Radiophonic Workshop… it’s gone forever.
There’s now a unified directory for Google’s open source projects, opensource.google.com.
The All-Sky Survey is extracting observation pictures from old astronomy journals and newsletters, and adding them into existing systems to make them discoverable in an easy manner.
Chronos is a new Gates Foundation website, offering a closed list of open access journals to publish in…
“Gates-funded researchers and Gates employees will use this service [to] search for journals offering open access options”
It’s non-public, and is presumably in the form of a whitelist. It’ll be interesting to see if the list becomes public at some point.