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Why an announcement of new vendor integrations sparks meh in me

You, like a lot of librarians, may have received 2-10 copies of an email from one of the large library vendor saying that they were introducing a new product that would integrate dissertations, ebooks, and articles for the first time. Beyond the annoyance of the multiple e-mails and the suspicion that they're trying to make us pay for something they...

What do you do: publisher wants a higher increase because you use their journals more

Here's the situation. My larger place of work's electronic resources folks are processing renewals when one digital library comes back and says: your normal increase would be 3% but since your usage increased 24% since last year, it's a 6% increase. Ladies and gentlemen: we do not have an extra 3% to give them, nor did we agree to a usage based subscription...

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Filling in missing data: books

Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash My normal area to do information analysis and bibliometrics is technology - not even really science, but technology. Current project I'm obsessing on (it's actually really cool and interesting and fun) spans political science, history, philosophy, and even some sociology and criminal justice. So I played all my reindeer...

Getting abstracts back from Microsoft Academic's Inverted Index

Some time ago, I posted about using Microsoft Academic to fill in missing data from other searches. Jamie and I were going to do a package to wrap the API, but bureaucracy more or less killed our enthusiasm (well, not his, that would be impossible). Here I am obsessing over a really, really cool bibliometrics project, and have lots of citations missing...

Proliferation of free databases of literature

Google Scholar by now is the big player in free places to search across the literature. There are some oldies that are more specific in coverage: CiteSeer, DBLP, etc. And of course big government specialty: PubMed, Eric, TRID... But now there are lots of other choices, which is mostly a good thing: Microsoft Academic is back being actively developed....

The MacRoberts cite this blog (sorta)

So a quick check of Twitter led me to this very true tweet of Jason's:   I'm perpetually surprised how infrequently the work for MacRoberts and MacRoberts is referenced in discussions around citation-counting, #altmetrics, and academic Taylorism. Agree or disagree, but their work is important and thought-provoking. https://t.co/8yIYq8qxaM — Jason...

An ephemeral platform, used for other than ephemeral, and the death of Storify

As I say in my dissertation and elsewhere, informal scholarly communication in social media is both ephemeral and archival. Maybe this is new because some online traces intended to be for a limited number of recipients for immediate use have longer life and wide reach. Some utterances in social media live on well after the originator intended (for good...

More evidence for the discovery layer as pile of crap metaphor

this Cambridge University Report (pdf) via Aaron Tay page 16: The key insight was the expectation from users that the simple iDiscover search function would automatically return a list of results as sophisticated and relevant as they would expect from other, more powerful search platforms. This led to frustration when, for example, a search for a...

No, vendor, we don't want a pile of crap actually

Large Copper Dung Beetle (Kheper nigroaeneus) on top of its dung ball https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Large_Copper_Dung_Beetle_(Kheper_nigroaeneus)_on_top_of_its_dung_ball_(12615241475).jpg Yes, I have posted about this a number of times, and no this will probably not be too different.   Our vendors have swept up the little competition and...

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