For some while, I’ve been suggesting making back issues of Anglo-Celtic Roots, BIFHSGO’s quarterly chronicle, full text searchable as a corpus. You can do that on individual issues posted on the BIFHSGO website as pdfs, but not across the whole collection. If you remember something mentioned in an article, but can’t recall the issue it’s a hard slog finding what you recall.
When I mentioned this in reviewing the new BIFHSGO website I received a pointed email from a Director about the need for volunteers.
I thought I might have a workaround to make the search possible. Paper to HTML Converter is “an experimental prototype that aims to render scientific papers in HTML so they can be more easily read by screen readers or on mobile devices. Because of our reliance on statistical machine learning techniques, some errors are inevitable. ”
To try it I downloaded an issue to my computer desktop and submitted it. A minute or so later I got the message “The page isn’t working.” Trying a second earlier issue broke the system.
It isn’t surprising, the system was designed for individual scientific papers, not whole issues. This does show it’s an area of active research.
Suggestions for other (affordable) approaches that would enhance the functionality of the back issues of ACR would be welcome via a comment.