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Unpaywall: a site for finding academic papers that are free

The journal Nature recently reported on a website called Unpaywall, developed by computer scientists to help academics demonstrate how much of their work is freely available to download. Launched in 2017, the site has become a really useful place to … Continue reading

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No disruptive searching here

Google’s alleged development of a censored search engine for China has been in the news lately and not least because many Google employees are very unhappy about the prospect of having been kept in the dark about this project, while … Continue reading

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The pleasure of writing: drilling into oil & gas information

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that I’ve contributed articles and reviews to¬†Jinfo (formerly Freepint) quite a number of times over the years. Well, it’s a pleasure to be doing so once again. This time … Continue reading

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New scientist regains independence

New Scientist has announced in its 20 May 2017 issue that it has returned to independent ownership having been owned by Reed Business Information since the early 1970s. It has been bought by Kingston Acquisitions which the FT describes as … Continue reading

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Missing you already…or not?

Happy new year! Here’s an interesting bit of news to start off 2017. An article in Science magazine 6 Jan 2017 describes how hundreds of universities, technical schools and research institutes and public libraries in Germany will be starting the … Continue reading

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Happy to be writing for Jinfo (formerly FreePint) again

So much going on in the world of information and searching and so few posts written. My only excuse is that I’ve been very busy because there is so much going on in the…OK, you can guess the rest! It’s … Continue reading

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Saving libraries and searching skills

Caitlin Moran eloquently expresses in Caitlin’s Moranifesto: Save our Libraries why Libraries still have their place in the age of the internet, and why we shouldn’t be content with just “Googling it”. “Do we all want to be Googlesheep, herded … Continue reading

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Another article in support of open access

I’ve posted several times on the open access movement which aims to end the practice of charging to read academic papers describing research which has usually been publicly funded in the first place. The latest case for open access is … Continue reading

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Default to Google: it’s a hard habit to break

From time to time SearchEngineWatch produces useful reviews of search engines other than Google. Recently DuckDuckGo has been in spotlight. This was a useful article because the author really tried hard to give DuckDuckGo a proper trial and with some … Continue reading

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Let the bells ring out, spreading harmony

An appropriately festive article of especial interest to me (as a bell-ringer, or “campanologist” if you like long words), entitled Ding dong measurement on high, swung into my in-box from ScienceDaily over the weekend and inspired me to think about … Continue reading

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