links for 2010-11-24

  • [Nov 2010] A four-part series of articles on the World Policy Institute's blog introduces this distressing thought: "With easy storage made even easier by cheap disk space, our ability to create and save information has outpaced our ability to think critically about the theory and practice of archiving it." Will this increase in materials force a democratizing of information and impress that on future historians or will it create an epochal informational garbage dump where real understanding will defy human and machine thought?
  • [Nov 2010] Dr Peter Murray-Rust (of Cambridge University) and his team have produced CML4Word (or as Microsoft call it, Chemistry add-in for Word). At its heart is data integrity, making it easier to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas, and 2-D depictions, within Microsoft Office Word. Additionally, it enables the creation of inline “chemical zones,” the rendering of print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures, and the ability to store and expose chemical information in a semantically rich manner. Check out Murray-Rust's prolific campaigning blog at
  • [23 Nov 2010] …“how do browsers and the web actually work? What is HTML5 — or HTML, for that matter? What do terms like “cookies” or “cloud computing” even mean? More practically, how can we keep ourselves safe from security threats like viruses when we’re online? To help answer these questions, we collaborated with the wonderful illustrator Christoph Niemann to publish an online guidebook called “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web.”…
  • [18 Nov 2010] Anyone in the world can now access over 14 million digitised books, maps, photographs, paintings, film and music clips from cultural institutions across Europe through Europe's digital library Europeana. Launched in 2008 with two million objects, Europeana has already passed the initial target for 2010 of 10 million objects…
  • [Serials Review vol36, no4, Dec2010, pp221-226 – via ejournals@cambridge] More than five years after its debut, Google Scholar is able to retrieve all scholarly publications from databases and Web sites that are open to Google Scholar.
    Subscription-based abstracts and indexes that are not open to Google Scholar still have some unique contents, but these unique contents are primarily non-scholarly journal materials, such as trade journal articles, conference presentations, reports, pamphlets, etc…
  • [Serials Review, vol36, no2, June2010, pp79-85 – via ejournals@cambridge] With 94.4% of journals' tables of contents and/or article abstracts and keywords posted freely on the Internet and with all kinds of free services based on the free contents, such as email alerts, RSS, API, free search services from publishers' native search engines, general and specialized search engines (Google, Yahoo! or Google Scholar) and free databases, subscription-based A&I services naturally are no longer the only place for finding journal articles. In fact, studies and statistics one18 after another19 find that users prefer free search services to library databases…

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