Historische Karten der Sanborn Map Company für die US-Feuerversicherung

www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-074: „The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.“

Website: www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/about-this-collection/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanborn_Maps: „Daniel Alfred Sanborn, a civil engineer and surveyor, began working on fire insurance maps in 1866.“

A century of agriculture research goes online


Cornell University Library collaborated with Kathryn J. Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ (CALS), to release copyright restrictions on more than 1,700 documents published between 1880 and 1996. This material – produced by scholars at CALS, including the Cornell University and New York State Agricultural Experiment Stations, as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension – can now be searched, downloaded and read on HathiTrust, a digital library of more than 15 million volumes, of which Cornell University Library is a partner.

What is Open Peer Review?

„Open peer review is an umbrella term for a number of overlapping ways that peer review models can be adapted in line with the ethos of Open Science, including making reviewer and author identities open, publishing review reports and enabling greater participation in the peer review process. The full list of traits is:

Open identities: Authors and reviewers are aware of each other’s identity

Open reports: Review reports are published alongside the relevant article.

Open participation: The wider community to able to contribute to the review process.

Open interaction: Direct reciprocal discussion between author(s) and reviewers, and/or between reviewers, is allowed and encouraged.

Open pre-review manuscripts: Manuscripts are made immediately available (e.g., via pre-print servers like arXiv) in advance of any formal peer review procedures.

Open final-version commenting: Review or commenting on final “version of record” publications.

Open platforms: Review is de-coupled from publishing in that it is facilitated by a different organizational entity than the venue of publication.“

Tony Ross-Hellauer: What is open peer review? A systematic review [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research 2017, 6:588 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11369.1)

“Pizzagate” and the Nocturnal Ritual Fantasy


„A persistent delusion exists Western culture: that shadowy, conspiratorial groups gather together in secret—preferably at night—to plot the overthrow of society. As part of their plotting, the conspirators supposedly ritually abuse, murder, and consume innocent children.

Ideas about this conspiracy have appeared repeatedly throughout our history. Historian Norman Cohn called this recurrent conspiracy theory “the nocturnal ritual fantasy.” Cohn argues that imperial Romans made these claims against early Christians; later medieval Christian authorities, in turn, made similar allegations against Christian heretics, Jews, and so-called “witches”. Belief in the nocturnal ritual delusion helped to justify deadly violence against these marginalized groups, and, in fact, played an important role in establishing their very marginality.

In all cases, the claims were false. They were nothing more than the imagined behaviour of fantastical enemies that existed more in the minds of those who feared them than in reality. The recent “Pizzagate Conspiracy” that came to a head during and in the wake of the recent American presidential election is a modern form of the nocturnal ritual fantasy. In this modern shape it is just as threatening as its past manifestations, with the threat of violence inherent in those who believe it.“

Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: Colloquium, NYU, May 13-14, 2017, livestream on Facebook

Die New York University veranstaltet ein Kolloqium zum Klimawandel als Herausforderung für  Bibliotheken und Archive, das laut
auf dem Facebook-Auftritt von Litwin Books live übertragen werden wird.

Ankündigung des Kolloqiums:



Preprint Servers

„Colleagues —

You may have seen these interesting posts about preprints on Scholarly Kitchen yesterday and today:

Yesterday’s: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/04/18/stars-aligning-preprints/

Today’s: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/04/19/preprint-server-not-preprint-server/
We took this as an opportunity to articulate the status and direction of OSF Preprints and the branded services it supports with a blog post:


We’d appreciate your comments as always, and your sharing it in your social networks. Also, it offered the occasion to describe the ongoing effort to build moderation workflows on the service, and to announce some of the new partners that will be offering preprint services using the open infrastructure:

LawArXiv — A partnership of Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA), Mid-American Law Library Consortium (MALLCO), NELLCO Law Library Consortium Inc. (NELLCO) and Cornell Law Library
MarXiv: Marine Affairs Research and Education will offer a preprint service for the ocean sciences.
SciELO: SciELO’s preprint service will extend their substantial support of scholarly publishing in Latin America, Portugal, Space, and South Africa.
PaleoArXiv: A community of researchers has organized to offer a preprint service to the paleontology community.
MindArkīv: The Mind & Life Institute will operate MindArkīv to foster preprints in the contemplative sciences.
FUSF: The Focused Ultrasound Foundation will operate a preprint service to accelerate sharing of research related to their funding mission.

Hope you find this discussion useful.


Rusty Speidel
Marketing Director
Center for Open Science“ (SCHOLCOMM-L)

Source: Biology preprints over time

Chaucer hitteth the Web


It has been a warm few days in London and at the British Library we feel that Spring has sprung. Spring is, of course, a time when it rains sweet rain and little birds stay up all night singing amorous songs. Or so Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343–1400) would have us believe. And we see no reason to doubt that this is what happens. So, to celebrate the arrival of Spring, we have digitised one of our manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s collection of pilgrims‘ stories, The Canterbury Tales.

If Books Could Talk


7 videos on the provenance of rare books. „If Books Could Talk is a collaboration between History Corps, a digital public history project from the History Department at the University of Iowa, Special Collections, and the Rita Benton Music Library from the University of Iowa Libraries.“

Altmetrics and Archives

„Altmetrics are an alternative to traditional measurement of the impact of published resources. While altmetrics are primarily used by researchers and institutions to measure the impact of scholarly publications online, they can also be used by archives to measure the impact of their diverse online holdings, including digitized and born-digital collections, digital exhibits, repository websites, and online finding aids. Furthermore, altmetrics may fill a need for user engagement assessments for cultural heritage organizations. This article introduces the concept of altmetrics for archives and discusses barriers to adoption, best practices for collection, and potential further areas of study.“

Kelly, Elizabeth Joan (2017) „Altmetrics and Archives,“ Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 4, Article 1.
Available at: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol4/iss1/1

Journal.fi – New portal for Finnish scholarly Open Access journals?

Journal.fi is a new portal for Finnish scholarly Open Access Journals provided by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies“ (aalto.fi via OATP). This is Fake news!

http://journal.fi/virittaja/article/view/40155 isn’t available Open Access because viewing the PDF is only possible with a login. And you need to see the PDF because the e-text is lacking the German UMLAUTE (ä, ö, ü). It is not clear if the text on the page is the whole text of the article, but in the case of http://journal.fi/virittaja/article/view/52698 (2016) it is clear that only the abstract is free. „Virittäjä“ is a subscription journal.

Not free also:

Free e.g.

Some journals are Open Access, some not.