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Spezify: A Search Tool

August 10, 2009 Leave a comment

spezifySpezify is a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways. It take web search further, away from endless lists of blue text links and towards a more intuitive experience. Spezify mix all media types and make no difference between blogs, videos, micro blogs and images. Everything communicates and helps building the bigger picture. It collects websites and are aiming to use as many relevant, free and open API:s as possible to generate extensive and diverse search results.newageinfoprofessional

Really, it is very interesting and good search tool. For more details please visit:

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OCLC’s Expart Community Experiemnt

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment


 oclcOCLC is introducing the Expert Community Experiment, which enables cataloging members to make more changes to WorldCat records. During the Experiment, members with full-level cataloging authorizations have the ability to improve and upgrade WorldCat master records. The Experiment begins in February 2009 and lasts six months. 

  • Expanded use of expert community catalogers worldcat2
  • Increased capabilities—changes can be made to full-level cataloging records and to more fields in the master record
  • Improved sharing—more libraries making upgrades to master records
  • Timeliness—record edits are made in real time so there’s no waiting for updates to appear in the database
  • Extended portability—network level cataloging for use in the local catalog
  • Increased flexibility—maintenance of WorldCat records can be shared more equally among OCLC staff and member libraries

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January 31, 2009 1 comment

context11A new project called ContextMiner has been created by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The tool lets anyone automate the collection of links to online videos and blogs along with their extensive metadata. Although they’re calling ContextMiner a YouTube archiving tool, it doesn’t actually download the videos off the site…yet. Instead, it extracts the embed, and the provides that to you along with other details like the number of views and what sites are linking to the video.

contect1The tool, a part of the university’s NDIIPP VidArch project, is designed to be a framework that collects, analyzes, and presents contextual information along with the data it archives. To get started with ContextMiner, you create a scheduled, repeated collection activity called a “campaign.” For each campaign, you can enter in details like description and scope, then customize how often the campaign should run (daily, weekly, monthly), among other things. If you want to collect “in-links” – the web sites on the internet linking to the video in question – that is also an option. In addition to scouring YouTube, you can configure ContextMiner to search through the web and blogs, too.


 ContextMiner displays the query results in tabled records. Each record contains hyperlinks: embedded links to YouTube videos, links to blog pages and links to related Web sites.

ContextMiner does not download and archive videos or blog pages; it only links to the Web source. The developers hope to eventually offer tools and policies for exporting and sharing videos, blog pages and metadata.

More information is available at

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Journal Tables of Contents Services

January 7, 2009 Leave a comment

tocs1The ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents service makes it easy for academics, researchers, students and anyone else to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling them to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers.
• ticTOCs – where researchers keep up-to-date
• ticTOCs is easy to use, and it’s free.
• Find 11,717 scholarly journal Table of Contents (TOCs) from 423 publishers.
• View the latest TOC for each journal.
• Link to the full text of 302,616 articles (where institutional or personal subscription allows).
• Export TOC feeds to popular feedreaders.
• Select and save journal titles to view future TOCs (Register to ensure your MyTOCs are permanently saved).
The ticTOCs Consortium consists of: the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute. ticTOCs has been funded under the JISC Users and Innovations programme.




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New tool for repository automation: BibApp

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

The BibApp is a Campus Research Gateway and Expert Finder. BibApp matches researchers on campus with their publication data and mines that data to see collaborations and to find experts in research areas. With BibApp, it’s easy to see what publications can be placed on the Web for greater access and impact. BibApp can push those publications directly into an institutional or other repository.bippapp

BibApp helps in:

  • find experts and current collaborations happening on the campus
  • promote the research of a department, school, or research group
  • increase the visibility of campus research
  • easily reuse publication data


  • Customizable faculty profiles
  • Batch-import citations
  •  Automatic rights-checking through SHERPA/RoMEO
  •  Automatic import packages for your IR
  • Third-party import and editing of citations
  •  Automatic flagging of duplicate citations on impor
  • Name disambiguation for authors that learns over time
  • Authority control for author, publisher, and journal names
  • Book cover images via Google Books
  • Redirection to licensed articles via OpenURL
  • Open Source
  • Faceted search

What are the benefits of BibApp?

For researchers:

  • Promote your research
  • Find collaborators on campus
  • Make your research more accessible
  • Reuse your publication history in other applications

For research groups, departments, and schools:

  • Promote the range of research in your unit
  • Understand the collaborations happening within your unit and others on campus
  • Make the research of your unit more accessible

For librarians:

  • Better understand research happening in your departments
  • Facilitate conversations about author rights with researchers
  • Ease the population of your institutional or other repository
  • Get a clearer picture of scholarly publishing trends on your campus

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Alexa Web Information Service (AIWS)

July 13, 2008 2 comments

The Alexa Web Information Service (AWIS) makes Alexa Internet’s data on Web sites available to researchers and website developers. The various operations offered as a part of AWIS include

o    URL Information,

o    Web Search,

o    Browse Category,

o    Crawl Meta Data.

The Alexa Web Information Service makes Alexa’s vast repository of information about the traffic and structure of the web available to developers.

Service Highlights

  • Gather information about web sites, including traffic data, contact information, related links and more.
  • Access historical traffic data for web sites to analyze growth and understand the effects of specific events on web site traffic
  • Build a web directory into your web site or service using an Alexa enhanced DMOZ-based browse service
  • Access the list of sites linking to any given site

Detailed Description

AWIS provides the following operations, or “actions”:

URL Information

·         The URL Information action gives developers direct access to information pertaining to web pages and sites on the web that Alexa Internet has gathered through its extensive web crawl and web usage analysis. Examples of information that can be accessed are site popularity, related sites, detailed usage/traffic stats, supported character-set/locales, and site contact information. This is most of the data that can be found on the Alexa web site and in the Alexa toolbar, plus additional information that is being made available for the first time with this release.

Historical Traffic

·         The Historical Traffic action gives programmatic access to web site traffic rank, reach, and page views going back five years. Use this action to compare a web site’s popularity over time, identify trends, or display graphs of traffic.

Sites Linking In

·         The Sites Linking In action returns the sites linking to a specified web site.

Browse Category

·         The Browse Category action allows developers to access all of the information available at the Open Directory without the need to download or host the directory database on their own systems. This service returns web pages and sub-categories within a specified category. The returned URLs are filtered through the Alexa traffic data and then ordered by popularity.

Crawl Meta Data

·         The Crawl Meta Data action gives developers access to metadata collected in Alexa’s Web Crawl. For example, a developer can get pages size, checksum, total links, link text, images, frames, and any Javascript-embedded URLs for any page in the crawl.


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ResearchGATE for Scientfic Network

July 4, 2008 Leave a comment

ResearchGATE is a new free of charge Science 2.0 platform designed for the need of researchers. With this new platform we want to change the world of science by providing a global and powerful scientific web-based environment, in which scientists can interact, exchange knowledge and collaborate with researchers of different fields. Sign up and be part of the first scientific network.


  • present yourself and your research projects
  • enroll, expand, and broaden your science network globally
  • exchange know-how and expertise
  • initiate collaboration
  • discuss your research limitation and get positive feedback
  • use our innovative tools and work environments for online collaboration


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