Posts Tagged Connotea

Article-level metrics getting attention

The very interesting publication Article-Level Metrics and the Evolution of Scientific Impact Export by Cameron Neylon and Shirley Wu (PLoS Biol 2009(Nov); 7(11): e1000242 [Epub 2009(Nov 17)][PubMed Citation]) is receiving attention on FriendFeed [here] and Topsy [here] and has been bookmarked on Connotea [here].

There’s also a related blog post, A brief analysis of commenting at BMC, PLoS, and BMJ by Shirley Wu on her blog, I was lost but now I live here, November 18, 2009. Excerpt:

One of the many issues Cameron and I touched on was the problem of commenting. Most people probably aren’t aware of the problem; after all, commenting is alive and well on the internet in most places you look! But click over to PLoS or BioMed Central (BMC) and the comment sections are the digital equivalent of rolling tumbleweed.

Comment: A major long-term benefit of OA seems likely to be the development of a much more efficient and equitable system that will make full use of the potential of the Internet to facilitate the quality-filtration of new knowledge. The available set of relevant online resources continues to evolve rapidly.


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Exploring OA-related tags on Twitter and FriendFeed

In a previous post, I commented that I’m experimenting with Twitter as an adjunct to the two blogs that I edit (this one, and Cancer Stem Cell News). I’m also in the early stages of experimenting with FriendFeed. For more information about these two sites, see the Wikipedia entries for Twitter and FriendFeed. Twitter is “a free social networking and micro-blogging service“, while FriendFeed is a “real-time feed aggregator” that uses “your existing social network as a tool for discovering interesting information“.

A hashtag that’s used on both sites is #OpenAccess. Results of a Twitter search for #OpenAccess revealed that a number of Twitterers have added this hashtag to “tweets” that are related to OA. (Tweets are micro-blog posts on Twitter. “Tweeps” are Twitter persons, or followers of Twitterers). See: Twitter Types – what kind of Tweep are you?).

[The next two paragraphs were revised on July 16, 2009, to remove outdated text and links, and to add some new information]:

Results of a FriendFeed search for #OpenAccess also reveals posts that have been hashtagged #OpenAccess (or #openaccess). There’s some overlap between the results of a Twitter search for this hashtag, compared with the results of a FriendFeed search for the same hashtag. Such overlap will occur if the Twitterer is also a member of FriendFeed.

The social bookmarking site Delicious (see Wikipedia entry) can also be searched for the hashtag #OpenAccess. When this search was done (on July 16, 2009), only one recent bookmark tagged #openaccess was found. It was bookmarked by Keita Bando.  Another social bookmarking site is Connotea (see Wikipedia entry) . I’ve found (on July 16, 2009) only one use of a Connotea bookmark by Keita Bando on Delicious. It’s a bookmark of this shortened URL: (which links to: The open access tracking project (OATP), Peter Suber, Open Access News, April 16, 2009). [End of revised section].

More about the OATP is available from a section of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #133, May 2, 2009. The purpose of the OATP is to use tags on Connotea in a collaborative effort to track new OA developments worldwide. For example, there’s a pipe, based on Yahoo Pipes, which starts with a Connotea feed of the most recent 100 items tagged and then removes any duplicates. An RSS feed is available (OATP 100 items no dups) via (for example) Google Reader.

Comment: Yahoo Pipes is quite a remarkable resource. For example, I’ve built a pipe which combines a Twitter search for #OpenAccess (the most recent 15 items) with the OATP pipe (but with only the most recent 15 items from Connotea, no duplicates) sorted by publication date in descending order. It shouldn’t be difficult to build a pipe that would display a combined total number of items larger than 30.

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