links for 2011-07-22

  • 24 June 211 – HathiTrust is an international partnership of academic and research institutions dedicated to ensuring the preservation and accessibility of the vast record of human knowledge. The partnership owns and operates a digital repository containing millions of public domain and in copyright volumes digitized from partnering institution libraries. The preserved volumes are made available in accordance with copyright law… HathiTrust announced a new initiative in to identify orphan works in HathiTrust…
  • 24 June 2011 – The Stanford Literary Lab, which opened last year […] asks whether computers can recognize literary genres, and […] uses network theory to re-envision plots.
    As its name suggests, the Lit Lab tackles literary problems by scientific means: hypothesis-testing, computational modeling, quantitative analysis. Similar efforts are currently proliferating under the broad rubric of “digital humanities,” but Moretti’s approach is among the more radical. He advocates what he terms “distant reading”: understanding literature not by studying particular texts, but by aggregating and analyzing massive amounts of data.
  • 3 July 2011 – As we said in March and we will say again today: look out Google Scholar. It will be interesting to see if, when, and how they respond now that “Academic” has begun to mature. Whatever happens, the addition of Microsoft Academic is good news for info pros and researchers.
    Academic Search debuted in 2009 with all new technology and not a number of enhancements to the Microsoft Live Academic product that was around several years ago and did a poor job (and that’s being very nice)…
  • 4 July 2011 – As today marks the 40th anniversary of Project Gutenberg we have a special ebook gift for all our volunteers and visitors. Marie Lebert and friends have put together a mini picture guide on the history of Project Gutenberg; from the founding of the project by Michael Hart, to the first native French ebook, the inauguration of the Distributed Proof-readers, to the posting of ebook #30,000.
    This is a PDF ebook and contains 15 pages of images, each accompanied with a short text covering the main milestones throughout PG’s 40 year history.
  • 30 June 2011 – Celebrates the growth of open access in the area of the medical literature. It was only a little more than a decade ago when the medline index was available only to subscribers. Today, not only is PubMed available to all – so are more than 3.3 million free fulltext documents indexed in PubMed. 1,176 journals voluntarily participate in PubMed; on average, one new title is added per day. More than half of these journals are open access…
  • 9 July 2011 – I intend this will be the first of several posts. I often blog in forceful style (rant?) but here will try to be as objective as possible. I’d like to start a discussion and engage responsible STM publishers. I’d like to see if we can define what the basis of publishing is. Why? And how?
    But I am going to start with a strong assertion. STM publishing is seriously broken and getting worse…
  • The enormous amount of data that scholars can generate now can easily overwhelm their desktops and university computing centers […] a new project called Daytona, unveiled at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on Monday. Essentially, it’s a tool—a free one—that connects these data to Microsoft’s giant data centers, and lets scholars run ready-made analytic programs on them. It puts the power of cloud computing at every scholar’s fingertips…
  • 15 July 2011 – PubMEd Central has undergone a facelift or more accurately, an "interface"-lift, to not only enhance its overall look and feel but also provide users with easier access to PMC resources and information.
  • 17 May 2010 — Evernote often gets dismissed as yet another web-clipping or "notebooking" tool (like the ill-fated Google Notebook)—an application used for collecting interesting tidbits of information you may come across on the web. While most will find Evernote's web-clipping abilities useful, Evernote can collect so much more.
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