[OAI-eprints] Nature's Connotea tagging of OA articles in Eprints
harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Sun Mar 19 16:18:57 EST 2006
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More on Connotea tagging of OA articles in Eprints
Timo Hannay, Linking Up Research Papers Using Tags, You're It!
March 16, 2006.
"Back in my first post to this blog,
I said that over here at Nature http://www.nature.com/
we're interested in the question of "how far tagging can take
us in tackling the (formidable) information organisation needs
of modern science." Today we're starting on a cool (I think) new
experiment that might help provide some early answers. Many of
you are no doubt familiar with Matt Biddulph's wonderful mock-up
pf the BBC Radio 3 website as it might work with embedded
(See in particular Matt's Flash movie here.)
"Inspired by this, we've just released some code
that adds the same type of
functionality (but this time for real) to 'institutional repositories'
(IRs) - websites that scientists and other academics use to share
their work with each other. One general problem with IRs is that,
notwithstanding services like Google Scholar, a lot of their content
isn't very easy to find, and it certainly isn't easy to browse between
related items in different repositories. Our new code aims to improve
things by allowing IR users to tag articles and see links to related
content, all from within the IR web page itself. Behind the scenes,
the software communicates with http://del.icio.us and/or Connotea (Nature's
own social bookmarking service for scientists). http://www.connotea.org/
"Since Connotea is
open source, it will also work with any instance of Connotea Code.
The good folks at the University of Southampton's Electronics
and Computer Science Department have now put this code on their
creating our first real-world installation (yeah!)....
"The recommendations (which are generated based mainly on tag
co-occurrence) already seem OK to me, but they should get better
as more links and tags get entered into the system. There's lots
of different IR software out there, and our code currently only
works with EPrints, which we chose because it's very popular, is
written in a language (Perl) that we're familiar with, and has a
friendly development team just down the road from us.
"If you're the administrator of an EPrints repository then you can
get instructions and code from here.
I'm told that it's a doddle to install."
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