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Yes, some employees are rejecting SharePoint

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SharePoint is unquestionably a success from a licensing perspective, but dig behind the firewall and the picture looks more chequered. For example in a uSamp survey last year, 80 percent of organizations using SharePoint said employees continue to share documents as email attachments. (…)

Even where SharePoint is used, people aren’t truly collaborating with it. Team sites are often really document graveyards where content is stored once collaboration has stopped. Other social features such as blogs and My Sites have very low adoption rates or just pockets of activity. Even celebrated case studies are not about widespread adoption but localized success stories. (…)

To a large extent this rejection is passive, i.e. it’s a failure to adopt born of inertia rather than tasting the SharePoint sprouts and then spitting them out. This comes from years of ingrained habits about what workplace collaboration is: email, attachments and network drives. That in itself is not SharePoint’s fault – Google Wave hit similar challenges, for example. (…)

However SharePoint doesn’t help either. It’s highly complex, and some of the collaboration patterns are quite sophisticated, such as metadata, versioning and workflow. It makes it hard to selectively switch these elements off so that people can learn progressively. Moreover, the user interface is particularly unpleasant. It’s fiddly and lacks the visual appeal of modern websites. (…)

None of these issues are insurmountable

Read further:

Are employees rejecting SharePoint? Melcrum, Available for free until 14th of September 2012 from:

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September 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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Searching by chemical structures into a SharePoint environment

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Authors of this article have assembled different features to allow a user to search by chemical structures or reactions into the company content managed by SharePoint.

The use of SharePoint® collaboration software for content management has become a critical part of today’s drug discovery process. SharePoint 2010 software has laid a foundation which enables researchers to collaborate and search on various contents.

The amount of data generated during a transition of a single compound from preclinical discovery to commercialization can easily range in terabytes, thus there is a greater demand of a chemically aware search algorithm that supplements SharePoint which enables researchers to query for information in a more intuitive and effective way.

Thus by supplementing SharePoint with Chemically Aware™ features provides a great value to the pharmaceutical and biotech companies and makes drug discovery more efficient. Using several tools we have integrated SharePoint with chemical, compound, and reaction databases, thereby improving the traditional search engine capability and enhancing the user experience. (…)

CASP uses SharePoint software to run most of its processes, but to get the chemically rich features it uses tools like Accelrys JDraw and Pipeline Pilot to help render the chemical structure and help search documents with embedded chemical structures. Using the Accelrys Direct cartridge, one can perform various types of structure searches like Sub Structure similarity, Flex match, or exact structure similarity. One can also connect to the Pipeline Pilot protocol and retrieve information like IUPAC name, or any of the molecular properties in a SharePoint database list.

Read the full article at:

Tallapragada K, Chewning J, Kombo D, Ludwick B. Making SharePoint® Chemically Aware™. J Cheminform. 2012 Jan 12;4(1):1. Available from: [Accessed 9th July 2012]

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July 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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Mendeley is “a serious player in the academic industry”

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Financial and ideological backing from EUREKA Eurostars, an R&D initiative funded by the European Community and the UK’s Technology Strategy Board, has reportedly helped rapidly establish Mendeley as a serious player in the academic industry.

The Eurostars project brought together Mendeley with the Estonian Technology Competence Centre in Electronics-, Info- and Communication Technologies (ELIKO) and Austria’s Competence Centre for Knowledge Management (Know-Center). Building on their complementary fields of expertise, the three organisations collaborated with one another to produce a number of Web 2.0 services for researchers that operate efficiently at large scale. The services leverage the wisdom gained from crowdsourcing in combination with exploiting modern semantic technologies (e.g. Latent Dirichlet Allocation) to produce novel tools that provide researchers with information on the impact of their research. This is done in real time.

The resulting technological improvements and subsequent funding received from Eurostars and the UK Technology Strategy Board have allowed Mendeley to create a database of more than 225 million indexed documents. Mendeley has also signed up over 1.6 million users from across academia and industry world-wide. It has now reportedly become the largest crowd-sourced academic research database in the world.

EUREKA Eurostars is the first European funding and support programme specifically directed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working in R&D. Since 2009, the UK funding body, the Technology Strategy Board, has invested over £3 million into projects as part of the Eurostars programme.

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May 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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Swets launches a smart manifesto for Mendeley

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To support the launch of its Mendeley special edition, Swets has just released a subtile and very smart booklet that presents different challenges of the libraries in the digital age. It comes as well to define how social media have taken an important place into the research workflow.

More and more students and researchers are turning to Mendeley to help facilitate their research. Mendeley’s unique, user-led research environment combines a powerful reference management tool with sophisticated social networking software. With more than 1.4 million active users, Mendeley has transformed the academic research landscape, creating new pathways for collaboration among students, professors and their peers around the world“.

A comparison table demonstrates how the collaborative and free tool Mendeley is equal or better than paying or free competitors (Endnote, Zotero, Refworks).

The white paper is free of charge:

Swets. White paper: Where is the library in the digital workflow of research? Research in the age of social media. 2012. 18 p.

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March 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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SharePoint: 2 curated pages

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November 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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Business Intelligence for SharePoint

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A product review in VIP Report.

The target customers of Intelligence Plaza are primarily decision-makers, top management, strategic planning, business development, sales and marketing, research and development and market intelligence professionals.

Intelligence Plaza aggregates information from RSS sources and search results. It does function as a content management system (CMS).

Intelligence Plaza (GIA, Finland) is very well integrated with SharePoint. Not only does it interface with SharePoint, it also has the ability to integrate a “lightweight” Intelligence Plaza interface into SharePoint.

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Brown, Scott. Focus on: Intelligence Plaza. VIP Magazine, Issue 94, September 2011. ISBN: 978-1-907594-85-4



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October 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

EasyBib: an iPhone App

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EasyBib, the web bibliography maker, announces the release on an app for iPhone.

Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to’s popular bibliography management service.

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May 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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