Thursday, November 18

Google for Scientists and Scholars and the Rough Trade We Work In

Google Plans New Service for Scientists and Scholars (NY Times, via Technorati)

Beautiful. Ranks search results for a given search string by numbers of citations, and provides a link to the item's "citation ecosystem"—the articles that cite it. Once again, Google earns the hype by being quietly and simply innovative and just plain old incredibly useful. This should really throw some weight behind the open access movement.

Here's something that popped up from my first experimental search on the new doodad: Do Ads Influence Editors? Advertising and content biases in the financial media. Very timely in that our publication did a story last week that touched on a subject a company that advertises with us would rather we not touch upon. I won't get into details—they're not really relevant to me blogging about my job, which doesn't involve ultimate decision-making on this kind of stuff—but the fact is I admire my boss for doing it. We have been issuing declarations of independence in small doses for a while, betting that doing things the old-fashioned way will make readers find us more interesting and useful. Our gimmick? Plowing through public records like EDGAR. Diabolically clever of us, don't you think? The gall of it, using legwork and brainpower to excavate information buried in plain sight. We do the Plain English work so you don't have to.

Here's another interesting little item on coverage of neo-liberalism at war by Australia's financial press (PDF).

Must close. The bastards actually insist, in this age of virtual workplaces, that I show up in person. Must bathe and hit the subway.

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