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Google News: when “good enough” is not enough

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Brilliantly introduced by Robin Neidorf, there is a white paper this month at Freepint that is worth reading . It explains how is could be risky for a company to rely only on free news service.

Free sources of news are increasingly used in the enterprise as “good enough” for most purposes. However, there are times when “good enough” isn’t enough, and it’s essential for a researcher to know when those are… and to have the right tools to hand. (…)

Information professionals report to us that they know premium news providers offer better search, more targeted results, more flexible output options and a host of other features that save them and their client time. (…)

There are plenty of times when “good enough” is distinctly not enough.

Read the full story at:

Neidorf, Robin. News Diligence: When “Good Enough” Just Isn’t, Freepint, 28th of November 2012. Available from:×49.gif







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November 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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How much do you worth (as a free service’s user)?

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May 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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Second version of FreeFullPDF is out!

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(Formerly Knowmade Free Full Text)

A new version of the “10 millions science free full-text articles”  engine…

Faster, with a new design, and more sources in its indexing (ar. 4,500 )…

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April 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Scientific articles: Free Full Text Vs Scholar Google

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A new source that is worth to be tested…

Free full Text , a beta paltform by Knowmade, is based on Google Custom technology, with a search engine indexing over 10 million of free PDFs on science fields.

Our search engine currently indexes the full text scientific articles from more than 120 databases, web editor, open archives and so on. … This figure is constantly changing because we are always expanding the site” told me Brice Sagot, the founder of the French small business.

 At the souce of the project was a frustration regarding the poor indexing of Google Scholar:
Google Scholar is not comprehensive and we have identified certain types of publications are not indexed. For example, in some scientific journals (eg PNAS), in addition to the article, authors can publish “Supporting Information” to specify the materials and methods, new figures show etc.. …. And Google Scholar does not index information that can be very interesting”

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Let’s keep an eye on this promising initiative…

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December 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Science 2.0 sources for students

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The latest issue of TechTrends gives some recommendations for integrating selected web 2.0 accross the curriculum.

For science 2.0, some free tools are cited:

  • To assist in developping concept understanding, a diagramming tool (graphic organizer) called Gliffy
  • To leverage an issue or to write down your knowledge about a problem, use mind mapping tools: MindMeister or Mindomo
  • To collect data and analyze phases of science inquiry projects: Google Docs (MS Word ersatz) and EditGrid (MS Excel ersatz)
  • To present findings with disruptive channels: stunning presentations with Prezi

Oliver, Kevin. Integrating Web 2.0 accross the Curriculum. TechTrends, Vol.54, N°2, March/April 2010, pp.50-60

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May 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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Nice site: FreePatentsOnline

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FreePatentsOnline search engine is one of the most powerful, fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web.

The search allows advanced search techniques such as word stemming, proximity searching, relevancy ranking and search term weighting to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

And, personal account features let you organize, annotate and share documents, and Alerts let you instantly be notified when new documents of interest are published.

My advise: don’t use the the basic form on the homepage (because it searches only on US patents), go directly on advanced search.

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May 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm