Category Archives: Keeping an eye on

Need a scholarly journal article, rent it

Wired Campus reports on DeepDyve, a company that deals in scholarly publishing with a Netflix-like rental model. It offers articles from traditional publishers as well as open access sources.  Open access articles can be viewed for free while individual “premium” articles (from traditional publishers) can be rented for 24 hour period.  Rental prices start at 99 cents. It’s important to note that articles cannot be printed or downloaded, only viewed on screen.

As with Netflix, monthly subscriptions are available: $9.99/20 articles OR $19.99/unlimited articles.


Some of the things I noticed while searching:

–It does not understand DOIs.  Plugging a DOI into the search box won’t find your article like CrossRef would. In some cases it would list the DOI in the citation, so I knew it was there, but finding it using the search was fruitless.

–The date of publication on some (maybe, all?) records pulled from Medline are wrong.  This could be a simple fix.  DeepDyve appears to be incorrectly using Medline’s DA field (date created) as the date of publication instead of using the DP field (date of publication).  Could make cause confusion for those who require accurate citations.

Here’s an example article that appears in both DeepDyve and Medline:

Frost, R., Hartl, T., Christian, R., & Williams, N. (1995). The value of possessions in compulsive hoarding: patterns of use and attachment. Behaviour Research And Therapy, 33(8), 897-902. (view publisher’s citation)

Deep Dyve’s record has the publication date as being December 6, 1995 while the Medline record has it as November 1995. Here’s part of the field view from Medline that shows where DeepDyve’s date originated:

PMID- 7487849
DA  – 19951206
DCOM- 19951206
VI  – 33
IP  – 8
DP  – 1995 Nov
TI  – The value of possessions in compulsive hoarding: patterns of use and attachment.
PG  – 897-902
SO  – Behav Res Ther. 1995 Nov;33(8):897-902.

–Speaking of citations, where are they? No nicely formatted APA or AMA citations here.  Most of the elements you’ll need will be there, just check the date (see above), or run it through CrossRef to verify. There is also a “Download from publisher” link that should take you to the publisher or source.

–The adjustable document viewer can switch quickly into fullscreen mode and offers zoom control. The big buttons to navigate from page to page are nice and easy to hit.

The service is listed as being in beta so expect kinks along the way.  Will be interested to see how it develops.

A book-like ebook reader from Asus

Computer hardware manufacturer Asus, known to computer geeks for components like motherboards and videocards,  appears to be close to adding an ebook reader to their eee line of netbook and nettop computers.

On the surface, two notable achievements in this planned model make it standout from the rest of the ebook readers on the market:

  1. It’s really book-like.  The eeeReader will have two color screens attached via hinges that allow it to open and close like a book.
  2. The price.  Under $200 according to some reports.

It will be interesting to see what kind of ebook formats will be supported and which vendors owners of the devices will need to use to purchase and download content.

Read more at the Times Online and Wired.

The next One Laptop Per Child computer is a book

Wade Roush at xconomy reports on an announcement by OLPC’s founder Nicholas Negroponte (of MIT’s Media Lab) describing their next generation ebook laptop:

The book-like design of the device “comes from something we’ve learned over the past couple of years—that the book experience is key,” Negroponte said during his presentation this morning. “Some people have asked me why not just give kids cell phones? And in fact there will be 1.2 billion cell phones manufactured this year, and cell phones are of huge consequence in the developing world—but the cell phone is not a learning device. The next generation laptop should be a book.”

2nd generation OLPC device

VuFind: A 2.0PAC

VuFind, an open source project launched by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library, looks to be a very feature-rich overlay to the traditional online catalog. Although still in beta, it appears to be working toward implementing many of the same features that I recently saw in a presentation for the AquaBrowser library catalog overlay. The developer(s)? have Voyager covered and have these fine systems on the roadmap (hopefully in this order as my lib is moving to Sirsi): SirsiDynix, III, Aleph, Evergreen, and Koha.



Keeping an eye on…ScienceHack. It’s a search engine for online science videos (think YouTube) that adds a “peer-reviewed” layer. The about page says that “every video is screened and approved based on accuracy and quality by our scientists” but, as of now, doesn’t provide any names. It’s currently in alpha release.