Accelerate Science

Elsevier is integrating the world’s most trusted scientific content from ScienceDirect and Scopus into a single platform with productivity-driving enhancements. View this short video to learn more.

via Accelerate Science.

Del.icio.us Finally Gets Some Respect from Yahoo – ReadWriteWeb

Some query types we can imagine being made possible by this integration are:

I do a news search for a topic like the Textron buy-out or golfer Ross Fisher two hot search terms today and BOSS + Delicious shows me which URLs in my list of search results have been tagged “analysis” the most, or “biography.”

Search an index of food blogs for recipes and tell me which of them have been bookmarked the most and have been tagged “Mediterranean” and “vegetarian.” The words Mediterranean and vegetarian may not appear anywhere in the text of the recipe, but human readers can recognize the recipe as fitting into both those categories and tag it as such when bookmarking it.

Look up the links that my blog commenters post along with their comments and show me the top tags that other people have used to categorize those links. Perhaps, more marketers than engineers commented on my last blog post. I’d like to know that. Perhaps, I’ve had an influx of teachers, preachers or veterinarians commenting on my blog lately. Who wouldn’t want to see that kind of data?

from http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/delicious_finally_gets_some_respect_from_yahoo.php


Why study Data Sharing? (+ why share your data) « Research Remix

Presentation with notes

The presentation gives a brief overview of why data sharing is important, why we need to study it, some of what we’ve learned, and what we still don’t know. Spoiler: it concludes with an encouragement to share your own research data.

from http://researchremix.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/why-study-data-sharing-why-share-your-data/

Search Results improved

You always wonder if the searches you run on say Google or any other search engine are finding you everything you want to know. So you get 1000s of results and you skim through maybe the first page results set. Does it really cover what you meant to look for on without distracting you and taking you in another direction?

In my last post i talked about Hakia.The results are presented in a categorized format so there are more chances that i might find something that I had originally intended to look for instead of getting lost in pages of results.

Check out these other sites (and i thank my colleague Jud for pointing them out to me) –

Kosmix : Looks like they approach each search as topic.  When you get to the search results page they seem to pull information from various sources, categorize them like News, Web Search results (from Google), related topics, Media (images, audio, video), Discussions, blogs, references and so on and so forth.

Evri : Very similar. I like how they show you connections from what you searched for and map it to relevant other topic or recent topic on that search term

Yahoo Glue : Another very similar concept. Its another topic page – “all you need, all in one place” is what they say.

I like how they enable users to find information that they intended to look for or perhaps find things they were not looking for but are more relevant to what they wanted to find.

Of course these all appear to be concepts and we have to see how users react to them/use them.