Geeky: online research tool site

Academics know JSTOR as an online repository for research published in prestigious journals. The repository reaches quite a ways back in the past. The JSTOR project now has an online “data for research” service. From the “about” page to which the previous link points:

Features provided by the site include:

  • Full-text and fielded searching of the entire JSTOR archive using a powerful faceted search interface. Using this interface one can quickly and easily define content of interest through an iterative process of searching and results filtering.
  • Online viewing of document-level data including word frequencies, citations, key terms, and ngrams.
  • Request and download datasets containing word frequencies, citations, key terms, or ngrams associated with the content selected.
  • API for content selection and retrieval.

ADDED: credit for this goes to Amanda French, whose tweet pointed me to the data for search service.

Stand up for open access…

…and voila: you get it! At least, if you are the entire faculty of the Harvard Law School or the School of Education at Stanford. I found this inspirational blog post by John Willinsky by following a post by Michael Nielsen on Friendfeed; it tells you more about the story at Harvard and at Stanford.

I see great potential in the idea that entire University-wide faculties would put pressure on journal publishers to allow the published papers to also appear in open-acess archives. My favorite sentence fragment from the blog post by Willinsky: “if you want Harvard authors in your journal, then these are the terms”.


I did not know this excellent term for charming professors that the Japanese have. I learned it in this interesting article in the New York Times. I have seen the Randy Pausch Last Lecture, mentioned in the article, as I posted before, but there are plenty of additional good examples of professors who are becoming sensations online. I think I need to start preparing a video blog, and I need to do it yesterday…