Lens.org – detailed review of a new open discovery and citation index | Musings about librarianship

I first read about Lens.org via a tweet on my way back from a conference in April 2018. There seemed to be something in the water at the time, as they was an explosion of new discovery services and idexes in the past few months, including Digital science’s Dimensions, 1Science’s 1Findr, Scilit and the new resurgent challenge to Google Scholar posed by Microsoft Academic….

I have come to realise that Lens might in fact be a far more exciting development than I thought.

While it is true that the scholarly search portion of Lens might be perhaps mostly dominated by the voluminous data from Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG)Lens is far more than the sum of it’s parts by combining open data from half a dozen open data sources.

The other significant thing about Lens that differentiates it from the other search discovery and citation indexes is that it is run by Cambia a non-profit that seems committed to produce a open, free to use alternative to commerically owned and licensed indexes….”

We’re endorsing a proposed copyright treaty that adds educational and research exceptions. Here’s why. – Wikimedia Foundation

“The Wikimedia Foundation, and 15 other civil society and research organizations, have endorsed the Proposed Treaty On Copyright Exceptions For Educational And Research Activities that introduces exceptions and limitations to copyright, supporting open knowledge and the free culture. The proposed treaty will be presented to the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at its 37th session from November 26th-30th….”

Göttingen University Press Platform supports Annotation via Hypothes.is – Hirmeos Project

Within the HIRMEOS project, Göttingen University Press aims to add on its platform new services that allow for deeper interaction with Open Access monographs. The University Press is pleased to announce that now it is possible to annotate all its publications within the browser through the Hypothes.is annotation tool….”

Not Even Attribution | SteveFoerster.com

So why am I so enthusiastic about Creative Commons if I don’t use licenses that contain any of their legal clauses? For starters, because I cheerfully acknowledge that while I’m over on the radical end of the free culture movement, that doesn’t mean the bulk of that movement isn’t also doing great work moving society away from the notion that “all rights reserved” is the only approach to consider.

But also, when they were designing licenses, they didn’t leave people like me out. In addition to their suite of various licenses, they also designed the CC0 waiver, a way of disclaiming copyright to the maximum extent possible in as many jurisdictions as possible, thereby effectively placing it into the public domain, where I want my content to go. I am very grateful for their work to make that an option for me, and for those who are on the fence, I can report from here that I have never suffered any deleterious outcome from having chosen this path over any of the “some rights reserved” alternatives….”

Tipping Points, For-Profit Scientific Publishing, and Closed Science

“Here’s the thing. How can I support a textbook that students will need $214 dollars to buy?  I cannot.  Not as a scientist committed to the tenet that information should be available to all, an educator who believes education is a right not a privilege, a mentor who needs to remove barriers for my students, and lastly someone who came from a lower socioeconomic family, struggled to purchase textbooks, and is now committed to reaching back and pulling others up.  I. CAN. NOT….”

Europe PMC librarian survey 

The Wellcome Trust and other Europe PMC funders have appointed the independent research organisation, Technopolis, to carry out a study examining the value and impact of Europe PMC. We would like to understand who uses Europe PMC and how they do so. To that end, we would be grateful if you could complete a 5 minute questionnaire using the link below….”

ARL, Wikimedia, and Linked Open Data: Draft White Paper Open for Comments through November 30 | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

“In June 2018, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) charged a task force to look at Wikidata. The task force emerged from several years of discussion between ARL and the Wikimedia Foundation on where the two communities can effectively collaborate. The focus on Wikidata and Wikibase came from two points of alignment in particular: interest in linked open data for both library discovery systems and Wikipedia, and advancing a diversity and inclusion agenda in the cultures of both libraries and Wikimedia….”


We have just started with Qeios the path to the necessary revolution in knowledge production, quality check and sharing.

We have built an astonishingly simple integrated system which combines those three distinct phases of the knowledge life-cycle. Besides being freely accessible to everyone, simpler and quicker than the current decoupled system, Qeios‘ most distinctive characteristic is that it’s been speci?cally designed to progressively increase the quality and comparability of the output produced with it….

Qeios can be read 100% free by anyone. There are no economic and technological barriers between knowledge and people with Internet access….”