links for 2010-12-09

  • Note the way the Google founders have first names, while the other authors are restricted to initials. Then, here is the way the same paper appears on Google Scholar (3508 citations):
    The pagerank citation ranking: Bringing order to the web: L Page, S Brin, R Motwani…
    Let me not dwell onto the wisdom of citing three authors in a four author paper, and replacing the fourth one with …. Of course, it is a bit better than another accepted typographic convention where the citation would be: L. Page et al.
  • Besides the major inconvenience of Digital Rights Management (DRM), the other big problem with digital editions of books these days is that there is no standardized pagination for citations. Thankfully, there is a very simple solution to this problem, if only publishers would adopt it: insert page numbers into digital editions to match the print editions.
  • Webcams Galore has compiled links to over 7000 outdoor webcams around the world. It is possible to view the location of each of the webcams on a Google Map.
  • Webcams Galore has compiled links to over 7000 outdoor webcams around the world. It is possible to view the location of each of the webcams on a Google Map.

    To view the Google Map of a webcam just click on the 'Details' link under each listed webcam. The link takes you to a small Google Map displaying the webcam's location.

    If you click on the small map a larger Google Map opens which you can then browse to find webcams throughout the world. If you pan the map then the webcams in the current view are dynamically loaded.

  • Links to examples of various useful things and documentation.
  • [Feb 2009] Users searching full text are more likely to find relevant articles than searching only abstracts. This finding affirms the value of full text collections for text retrieval and provides a starting point for future work in exploring algorithms that take advantage of rapidly-growing digital archives. Experimental results also highlight the need to develop distributed text retrieval algorithms, since full-text articles are significantly longer than abstracts and may require the computational resources of multiple machines
  • It looks to me that if you click on the title, you get taken to a publisher paywall. But in the right-hand column next to many of the hits (5 of 10 on this page) is a link which seems to be an open access pre-print. No? And they actually manage to link right to the PDF too, not to an annoying DSpace/Fedora/Whatever landing page that makes it really confusing to find the additional click to the actual PDF.
    Anyone have any clues as to what’s going on, or how they’re doing it?
    Man, I really wish Google Scholar had an API…
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