Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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The Joy of Search

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Daniel Russell was for over ten years the head of search at Google, so a book by him about search raises considerable expectations. His book is written for the common reader, I accept, but it was a bit of a shock …

When was the first public library?

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Imagine the Roman soldiers with their tunics coming to borrow the latest Latin novel [Photo by Pauline Andan on Unsplash]

In the murky early history of libraries, there are several claims that the first public library was established in the ancient Roman Empire. Trying …

A dating site for government research

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Everything ends happily … the idea of a dating site that matches researchers, funders, and policy makers is a great one. So I was excited to try out the new  UK Government-funded Areas of Research

Google: Mind finally united with Brain

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The news this week that Google is merging its two AI initiatives, Deep Mind, and Google Brain caused a stir, but commentators have struggled to interpret this development consistently. According to the Financial Times (““Deep …

Where should I search?

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Subject coverage of some of the collections evaluated. “GSC”, Google Scholar, has the largest collection, fairly evenly spread across subjects. Others, such as PubMed (PMD), are heavily focused on medical subjects.

Choosing where to search is a central part of the …

From Bag-of-Words to BERT and beyond: a hands-on practical

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This is a sparse matrix – most of the elements are zero. Simple, really.

An account of the Search Solutions Conference practical session, 22 November 2022

The annual Search Solutions Conference is not just a great way to keep up …

The Search Solutions Conference

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It was just like old times: for the first time in three years we were talking face to face, rather than feeling locked into the anaesthetized environment of a conference call. At the Search Solutions 2022

The Search Strategies Conference: where next for search?

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The most startling slide from the event: users are not happy with Enterprise Search (from Martin White’s presentation)

Anyone interested in search and discovery is spoilt for choice at present. First, the excellent Haystack conference on open-source search, and now the …

Is discovery the researcher’s dream?

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A 16th-century illustration of Archimedes in his bath – not clear whether this is before or after his great discovery (public domain)

A special issue of UKSG Insights on discovery (Discovery is the Researcher’s Dream)  sounded promising, but it …

Is Google better for research than Google Scholar?

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Figure 1: Search on Google for “academic resources searching”

Sometimes an academic article delivers results that are so much at odds with your common sense that you immediately try to see holes in the argument.

Take, for example, an article in …

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