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2009 State of the Blogosphere by Technorati

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Some findings:

Who are the Bloggers?

  • 72% of the respondents to this survey, hobbyists say that they blog for fun
  • 75% of them blog to share their expertise, while 72% blog to attract new clients for their business
  • The smallest cohort, representing just 4% of respondents, pros say they “blog full-time for a company or organization
  • Only 3% of Bloggers themselves comment other blogs!
  • Shortcut to: roduction/

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October 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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Quote: “Any idiot can start a journal on the web”

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No comment!

 Alex Williamson, a former publishing director of the British Medical Journal, quoted in: Editor quits after journal accepts bogus science article,, 18 June, 2009

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October 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Journals

What is the future role of InfoPros?

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A French study shows that

Their increasing activities are linked to :

  • watching functions (monitoring solutions, crawlers, etc.)
  • Intranet-web sites development
  • End-users training
  • Projects management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Records Management, etc.

Decreasing functions are: search on behalf of end-users, physical
library management, etc.
In French:

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October 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Posted in InfoPros

ManyEyes: an amazing visualization tool

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A wonderful vizualisation tool, provided at no charge (after
registration) by IBM.

Upload a data set(a text, Excel sheets, etc.) and it will give you
powerful graphs, tags clouds, world maps, etc.

It might help Researchers to read faster dozens of articles, to
interpretate raw datas, to edit wonderfull graph, to communicate

Applications for bibliometrics are also numerous.

Be careful: everything you publish is visible by everyone on the Web!

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October 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Are Science web sites popular?

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Not so much, apparently!!!

According Alexa Internet (combination of average daily visitors and pageviews each month):

  • PubMed (incl. NIH) is the most popular science-related web sites, with a 404 th place
  • ScienceDirect, the biggest ejournals platform: 1,147 th
  •, the most awarded scientific journal, is ranked 3,128 th!
  • ScienceBogs, the largest conversation about science on the web, is ranked 4,908 th!
  • INIST, the French Research body: 4,923 th
  • Connotea, the historical social bookmarking: 6,679 th
  • Web of Science (incl. ISI Knowledge): 14,882 th
  • BioMedCentral, the major open access resource: 22,678 th
  • Scopus, the largest bibliographical database: 25,187 th
  • Scirus, the best search engine for science: 38,353 th
  • BioMedExperts, SciTopics, NovoSeek, 2Collab, Research Blogging, etc. don’t appear on this database!!!

On 21rst of October 2009, Source:

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October 21, 2009 at 8:23 pm

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Scopus Value Story 09 on Slideshare

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A Marketing course by Elsevier!

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October 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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Web 2.0 fails to excite today’s researchers

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An excellent article from David Stuart about low adoption of web 2.0 technologies by academics:

It is hard to imagine a group more suited to the opportunities of Web 2.0 technologies than academics (…) Unfortunately there are few signs that academics are really embracing the new opportunities offered by Web 2.0.
Many academics’ idea of online collaboration is still emailing the findings they have arrived at independently to one another
Despite all the innovation though, the embracement of new technologies is mostly underwhelming. Elsevier’s survey of academic faculty last year showed an expectation amongst the scientific community that social media will play an increasingly important role in the coming years. However, there seems to be a long way to go

The indications are that, in general, academics are a rather conservative group who despite the potential benefits of new technologies are reluctant to risk the status quo” (…)
Although academics seem to want to benefit from open access, they do not want to have to go to the trouble of depositing their papers in repositories” (…)
However, looking at a few of the many social networking sites you will quickly realise how small a proportion they actually are, with the same faces appearing on site after site

The author explains also why big scientific publishers invested a few of these technologies: “New methods of publishing not only potentially threaten their current business model, but could potentially transform the very nature of the research process and the journal article

Stuart, David. Web 2.0 fails to excite today’s researchers. Research Information, October/November 2009. pp. 16-17

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October 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm