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RSS feeds to keep up with Science Journals

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Martin Fenner gives an excellent recipe to regularly go through the papers published in the most important journals in your research field…

We are also absolutely convinced that RSS feeds could replace TOC’s email but it is also a fact that RSS adoption is very low in general (less than 10% of companies use them) and especially among Scientists who still prefer emails

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June 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm

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Scientists are not “alpha geeks”

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Many if not most scientists are experienced users of computers and the internet, and use email or public databases such as Pubmed on a daily basis. But few scientists regularly use Web 2.0 tools (…)

Even among those scientists open to blogs, wikis, etc., not everybody wants to follow every technology trend. This could simply be because that would take too much time, but most people probably just don’t care that much about technology. (…)

One easy solution would be to simply wait 10-20 years until most senior scientists are digital natives (those that have grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet or mobile phones), but that seems to be an awfully long time for something this important (…)

Fenner, Martin. How to close the digital divide among scientists. Posted on Sunday 14 of June 2009. online:

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June 23, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Posted in Science 2.0

Pharmas on Social Networks

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According the Washington Post, “A growing number of drug firms are trying their luck with social media tools” such as Facebook, YouTube (Symbicort), Twitter (Novartis), blogs (Alli) and MySpace (Reckitt Benckiser).

One of the early adopters in the pharmaceutical industry was Merck, which posted a Facebook page last year to promote Gardasil (…) Another was GlaxoSmithKline, which used a humorous YouTube video to call awareness to restless legs syndrome…” (…)

The FDA is watching the development with interest.”

Drug Firms Jockey for Space Online. By Francesca Lunzer Kritz, Special to The Washington Post, Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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June 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Scientists & Internet

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it’s not without some irony that the brain child of scientists – the internet – is now developing at such a rate, that we hopelessly outpaced scientists feel the urge to plead to a private company to not abandon us poor scientists. (…) Embarrassingly, I would posit that most of today’s scientists use the internet for science at roughly the level of 1994: Browsing and e-mail. However, this should not keep us from joining the evolution of Web 3.0 and help develop Science 2.0...”

Will science ride the Google Wave into the 21st century?,

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June 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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Companies are embracing Web 2.0 technologies

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This is one of the conclusion of the Watson Wyatt’s 2009 HR Technology Trends Survey:

Only 23% of surveyed companies have deployed Social networking and 14% hve planned to do for the next 24 months… 21% use blogs and 13% plan to use them soon… Only 8% of companies use RSS feeds

A very low adoption…

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June 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

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Methods for comprehensive science literature reviews

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The latest issue of ISTL gives an excellent paper among Tips from the experts.

The Barry N. Brown’s paper outlines “methods of conducting a comprehensive literature review for scientific topics“.

I appreciate especially handouts of the appendix that every researcher should have posted on his/her screen: outlines and tips for conducting an efficient search on databases, a search planner, main sources to know…

Nothing new but really practical…

Barry N. Brown. Research Methods for Comprehensive Science Literature Reviews. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Spring 2009. Online:

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June 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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ScienceBlogs and Science Librarians

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Good news: A new channel has been created on ScienceBlogs: it is called “Information science” and is dedicated to Science librarians and compiling most famous blogs such as Confessions of a science librarian, etc.

Shortcut to:

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June 8, 2009 at 7:12 pm

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