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[Jul. 20th, 2014|08:36 am]

I spent a great deal of yesterday afternoon researching my bristly ox-tongue flower. I feel a little disappointed that all the background distills down into such a short essay:


On the other hand, what a delight is the internet to an independent scholar! JStor is opening up a little bit, there is also Christine's discovery of DeepDyve. Admittedly, the paper that changed the scientific name from Linnaeus' name in 1973 is over $40. And it does nothing to change my opinion of the commercial scientific publishing industry to see that the paper is owned by Springer-Verlag.

What would a voodoo doll of a corporation look like? Christine says this is the CEO's purpose.

Google Books and the Biodiversity Heritage Library have been delightful resources; some google search led to BioMed Central ("The open access publisher")</em> led to discovering The Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. (OK, this may be supported by Springer-Verlag, but only after legal requirements for open publishing, i'm sure.)

The essay still needs some work on describing the images, and then a conclusion. I'm thinking of putting it in iBook form, and wrapping up my Borage iBook. I'm also thinking of contributing the work as a "treehouse" in the
Tree of Life web project. Maybe again in Medium, too.


The topic i forgot yesterday had to do with the block of Pu-ehr tea. I think it was a purely ornamental block: poking into it revealed no highly compressed leaves but a greyish powder. Well, i didn't let it get stale, i guess.


I've a thistle to photograph today.

This is also posted at http://elainegrey.dreamwidth.org/515165.html .

From: mopalia
2014-07-21 02:55 am (UTC)
I wanted a paper published in an obscure museum journal, available for a huge sum from a European hosting service I'd never heard of. Z put the request up on Reddit and we had it in hours. FWIW. I'm tired of this closed academia, where people's taxes pay for this stuff, so I feel no guilt.

Edited at 2014-07-21 02:57 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-07-21 02:20 pm (UTC)
I probably even have access through work if it really mattered. Speaking of which, if YOU need something let me know and i'll see if i have access through work.

Santa Clara County libraries also have excellent on line resources. Mountain View isn't part of the consortium so i'd have to pay up to get access that way. Not sure about Sunnyvale.
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