Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Chromium Blog: Bringing improved PDF support to Google Chrome

Chromium Blog: Bringing improved PDF support to Google Chrome: Millions of web users rely on PDF files every day to consume a wide variety of text and media content. To enable this, a number of plug-ins ...

sounds good but .. trying to access ejournals on my institute's network I encountered this error message.

We have implemented a temporary block on Google Chrome's access to Libraries' e-resources for the following reason: The built-in PDF plug-in API in Chrome (which reportedly improves the browser's support for PDF: http://blog.chromium.org/2010/06/bringing-improved-pdf-support-to-google.html) results in the same PDF document being downloaded multiple times. This method of downloading PDF files currently interfers with the method used by e-resources publishers and our library proxy violation prevention system to detect systematic and massive downloading, causing both the publishers and the library proxy to mistakenly consider it as a violation. We have encountered a number of false alarms before we activated the block.

We have since explored the possible solution(s) to this new problem. We found that the workaround to resolve this would involve significant structural system change and costs to the Library. While we continue to actively source for other more cost effective solutions and alternatives, we advise Chrome users to use other web browsers to access our e-resources in the meantime.

We seek your understanding in this matter and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

This moment reminds of the adage
'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'
BUT if u ask me, publishers should have a different channel for massive download for automated literature search and data mining. I mean ppl access your journal and leaving keyword search online in a variety of places should be good for you right? What's more if it's subscription based. Somebody paid for it already. If u wish to charge more, just implement a different download channel for data miners.
I wonder if open access journals try to limit data miners as well ... hmmm something to ask around ...

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