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Are RSS feeds near to death?

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BlogLines, one of the first Rss feeds agregator, will shut down on November 1.

The main reason: “being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people as Twitter and Facebook dominate real-time information flow

What to say to your end-users if you recommended them to set-up their alerts in Bloglines?!…

Bloglines Announcement:

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September 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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Scopus or Web of Science: which should you prefer?

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A very good study that I missed in 2009.

Vieira, Eliszabeth S. and Gomes, José A.N. A comparison of Scopus and Web of science for a typical university. Scientometrics, Vol.81, N°2, 2009, pp. 587-600


“For many years, the ISI Web of Knowledge from Thomson Reuters was the sole publication and citation database covering all areas of science thus becoming an invaluable tool in bibliometric analysis.

In 2004, Elsevier introduced Scopus and this is rapidly becoming a good alternative.(…)

This paper attempts to answer the question that all researchers ask, i.e., what is to be gained by searching both databases? Or, if you are forced to opt for one of them, which should you prefer?”

Some findings:

  • 2/3 of documents are referenced in both databases
  • Coverage of some journals in Scopus can be partial
  • WoS covers mainly North America and Western European
  • Google Scholar has a good coverage for Proceedings, as well as international, non-English language journals
  • Ranking of publications are quite similar in Scopus and WoS, not in Google Scholar
  • Scopus provides the best coverage in Social Sciences
  • There are more journals covered in Scopus than in WoS
  • Most of Journals covered by Scopus and not by WoS have a good citation record and are classified in the area Health Sciences.
  • Most of documents referenced only in WoS are proceeding-like with no citations

“The general conclusion is that Scopus has a larger coverage, representing, on average, 104% of WoS”.

Written by hbasset

September 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

The Crème of the Web: introduction to Patents

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A few nice resources for non-specialists:

  • Official Patent Organization guides:

Inspired by:
Janes, Adrian. Selected sources for patent research. FUMSI, September 2010. Online:

For me, one of the best free sources for non-specialists is:

which is well rated by the experts community Intellogist

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September 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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Researchers believe in trusted peers networks

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Highlights of the ‘Future of Search and Discovery’ survey were recently shared during an Elsevier-hosted webinar.

More than 1,200 academic, government and industry researchers participated in the online survey which was fielded in late June/early July.

Respondents came from 100 countries and 20 fields within the physical sciences and engineering, life, health and social sciences disciplines.

One of the findings was that “eight in ten (81 percent) respondents agree ‘in the next several years, researchers will use knowledge networks (online groups of trusted peers) as a reliable source for filtering and viewing information.

In: Researchers find open data key to future of search and discovery: Elsevier survey 29 Sep 2010 – KnowledgeSpeak, Online:

Elsevier Pres release:

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September 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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The main problem isn’t too much information…

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Scientists are spending too much valuable time digging through content. (…)

The main problem isn’t too much information – researchers welcome the value of added content – but discoverability of the right information.

Researchers want to consume more information but don’t want to sift through irrelevant data.”

Judson Dunham (Elsevier, talking about results of the Future of Search and Discovery survey, which leads Elsevier to design SciVerse).

in Research Information, Issue 50, oct/Nov. 2010, pp. 12-13

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September 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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Your Experts directory with Collexis

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Look at this very nice hompage, made with Collexis/BioMedExperts.

The Johns Hopkins University offers a wonderful promotion of their researchers.

Collexis Community:

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September 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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Tomorrow’s Researchers behaviours

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This unique UK study is focused on the famous Y generation, and on how young researchers behave to find out their information.

Funded by the JISC and the British Library, this 3-year study investigates researchers habits in their digital and physical (library) environment.

One of the confirmation is that “take up of Web 2.0 tools has been slower than expected“, which tends to contradict many clichés.

See also:
Hutchings, Charles & Newman, Joanna. Understanding tomorrow’s needs. Research Information, Issue 50, Oct./Nov. 2010. pp. 11

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September 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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PharmaBiomed Congress: a brilliant programme

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PharmaBiomed will take place in Spain (Seville), from 8th to 10th of November.

The full programme was just released:

I will speak on “Real impact of Web 2.0 on Science business”

Registrations are still open.

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September 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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Clustering search engines: a review

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Xerox was one of the first companies to work on clustering services in the early 2000’s, in their Research center in Grenoble (France).

Many changes happened since then, in the clustering search services: Kartoo, among others, has disappeared.

The authors gives here a good overview of current systems which may allow you to try a more efficient search on the web.

Youngkin, Andrew. Clustering search strategies: an overview and update. FUMSI, September 2010. Online:

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September 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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Re-discover your Nature

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A nice new modern design for the famous weekly journal, which is still very successful (1 million of PDF articles downloaded per month!).

Magazines aren’t dead“! says an editorialist.

See the digital edition:

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September 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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