The pain of foreign names

Our original intention with Greycite (n.d.a) was to build a tool which can provide bibliographic metadata for any URL, to support my own kcite referencing tool (n.d.b) While it still fulfils this function, it also turns out to be a useful, general-purpose tool for investigating the metadata in various web pages. And this reveals some interesting results. We discovered a nice example of this recently while adding RIS support.

Overlays over arXiv

Much has been said about overlay journals (n.d.a/) The idea is simple; the journal essentially becomes a selector, a channel, with the paper itself being hosted elsewhere, such as arXiv.

Archiving of Scientific Material

In this article, I consider the practical issues with archiving of scientific material placed on the web; I will describe the motivation for doing this, the background and consider the various mechanisms for doing so.

Open Access Response to HEFCE

HEFCE is currently asking for feedback on the role of Open Access in the next REF. While I have a a number of technical suggestions, I think that the biggest and best contribution that the next HEFCE could make to the next REF is to state pubically that all journal/conference/venue metadata be removed from papers before they are sent for review.