JSTOR Daily: An Epidemic of Retractions

JSTOR Daily: An Epidemic of Retractions. “Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis’s new book, Fraud in the Lab: The High Stakes of Scientific Research (translated by Nicholas Elliott) tackles the issue of scientific fraud head-on, with some tough love for the scientific community. The book should be read by everyone interested in the sciences. Chevassus-au-Louis offers a welcome reminder that scientists are human, too, subject to the temptations of ambition, to career pressures, and to plain old greed.”

Linn’s Stamp News: Linn’s digital archive grows, includes issues back to 2008

Linn’s Stamp News: Linn’s digital archive grows, includes issues back to 2008. “… the real highlight for me is the expansion of the digital archive (found by accessing your digital edition, clicking on the arrow at the top of the issue shown, and then clicking on the archive icon which is beside the magnifying glass). Previously this archive of issues of Linn’s Stamp News was from 2014 to date, now it goes back to 2008. We intend to add to that archive. Because Linn’s was founded in 1928, there are more than 90 years of content for us to eventually include as part of this new digital resource.”

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture. “Go with me here. Janeites can be seen as internet culture avant la lettre—what Sebastian Heath, an archaeologist and professor of computational humanities and Roman archaeology at New York University, calls a ‘self-digitizing community.’ OK, yes, the Arpanet and packet switching don’t figure much in the misadventures of Emma Woodhouse or the Bennet sisters. But the Janeites represent a critical plot point in the evolution of online sociology.”

The Manual of Digital Earth: An open access publication to advance the creation of a Digital Earth (Group on Earth Observations)

Group on Earth Observations (GEO): The Manual of Digital Earth: An open access publication to advance the creation of a Digital Earth. “‘Digital Earth’ is a global initiative to create a comprehensive virtual representation of our planet. As digital technologies advance, this vision is quickly becoming a reality. The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) has just published a new open source book to help advance the creation of Digital Earth.”

Interesting Engineering: Internet Archivists Working Hard to Keep a “Pirate Bay of Science” Available Online

Interesting Engineering: Internet Archivists Working Hard to Keep a “Pirate Bay of Science” Available Online. “Scientific material is hard to come by online unless you’re ready to pay a pretty penny to access it. Many scientific papers and books are indeed available in an online format, however, they typically hide behind paywalls, leaving them unread by many. Two sites have been trying to remedy the situation by pirating scientific papers: Library Genesis (LibGen) and Sci-Hub. The issue is that sites like these have real problems staying online for legal and logistical hosting purposes. Now, a new project by data hoarders and freedom of information activists is trying to bring long-term stability to LibGen.”

DigitalNC: Microfilmed Newspaper Nominations Selected for Digitization, 2019-2020

DigitalNC: Microfilmed Newspaper Nominations Selected for Digitization, 2019-2020. “Back in August, we announced our annual call for microfilmed newspaper digitization. We asked institutions throughout North Carolina to nominate papers they’d like to see added to DigitalNC. As it is every year, it was an incredibly tough choice – we are typically able to choose between 40-60 reels out of over a thousand nominated.”

Boston Herald: Greek-Americans look to preserve historic archive

Boston Herald: Greek-Americans look to preserve historic archive. “The remaining copies of newspapers documenting 50 years of the Greek American community are falling apart at the seams, threatening the loss of the history ingrained in the contents of its pages. ‘They are literally crumbling like filo dough left on the kitchen counter,’ former editor-in-chief Nancy Agris Savage said of the The Hellenic Chronicle archive. ‘The Greek-American community has just exploded in the United States and the history of it is about to disappear if we don’t do something about it.'”