Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Oxford University Press comes up with a research site

Possibly useful to the more serious scholars out there -- according to Ars Technica, Oxford University Press has created what they see as the solution for scholars drowning in data: the Oxford Bibliographies Online. The key notion (not unique to OUP, but they're in a good position to do it well) is to put online some well-linked, carefully vetted and reviewed bibliographies in specific subject areas.

Mind, it's far from a panacea. It's remarkably expensive (almost $300/year), necessarily limited in scope (only four topic areas available at initial rollout), and currently appears to be slashdotted all to hell. (Actually, I have a nasty suspicion that some geek got offended at the idea of such an anti-"democratic" move, and has DDoD'ed them, but we'll see.) I suspect that it's never going to be all that much better than a good printed bibliography, of which there are many. But at least in theory this seems like a potentially useful new service, at least to those doing serious research in fields that are covered by it...

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