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[ANN] Social Bookmarking Tools (I & II) - in D-Lib Magazine

From: Hammond, Tony <T.Hammond@nature.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 19:01:26 +0100
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Hi All:

A pair of papers just published today in D-Lib Magazine [1] by Nature
Publishing Group (NPG) [2] may be of interest to this list:

* Social Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review [3]
* Social Bookmarking Tools (II): A Case Study - Connotea [4]

* Editorial - Personalized Information Organization [5]

These papers describe the current state of play with respect to the new crop
of web-based bookmark managers - tools such as del.icio.us and Flickr are
well-known exemplars of the genre. These papers describe how such tools can
be specialized as web-based reference managers. Connotea [6] is NPG's own
contribution of a reference manager tool for scientists whereby bookmarks
can be stored online and tagged with user-supplied labels for easy later
retrieval. Citation metadata is also supplied automatically by Connotea for
a growing number of online journals and books services. Bookmarked
references can be shared with other users and can be publicly commented
upon. In fact, whole discussion threads can be built up around individual
bookmarked references. (The papers are set up as living examples with their
own reference lists available online both for comment and further
additions.) Import/export opportunities within Connotea include RSS and RIS
- support for other formats is under development.

Connotea is a free online reference management and social bookmarking
service for scientists created by NPG. While somewhat experimental, Connotea
already has a large and growing user base and is a fully functioning
service. The label 'experimental' is not meant to imply that the service is
any way ephemeral or esoteric, rather that the concept of social bookmarking
itself and the application of that concept to reference management are both
very recent developments. Connotea is under active development, and we are
still in the process of discovering how it can be used to full effect. As
well as being a free and public service, the core code to Connotea is freely
available under an open source license [7]. Moreover there are two public
mailing lists: connotea-discuss [8] which is a public forum for discussion
on matters relating to the Connotea service, and connotea-code-devel [9]
which is aimed at developers working with the Connotea source code.


D-Lib Magazine [1] is a solely electronic publication with a primary focus
on digital library research and development, including but not limited to
new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.
D-Lib Magazine is produced by the Corporation for National Research
Initiatives (CNRI), has been sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research
Project Agency (DARPA), and is currently being funded by the National
Science Foundation (NSF).

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) [2] is the scientific publishing arm of
Macmillan Publishers Ltd, combining the excellence of Nature, Nature
Research Journals, Nature Reviews Journals, NPG Academic Journals and NPG
Reference publications, to provide the world's premier information resource
for the basic biological and physical sciences. NPG is a global company,
with headquarters in London and offices in Paris, Munich, New Delhi, Tokyo,
Melbourne, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, New York and Boston. 


Tony Hammond

New Technology, Nature Publishing Group
4 Crinan Street, London N1 9XW, UK 


[1] http://www.dlib.org/
[2] http://npg.nature.com/
[3] http://www.dlib.org/dlib/april05/hammond/04hammond.html
[4] http://www.dlib.org/dlib/april05/lund/04lund.html
[5] http://dlib.org/dlib/april05/04editorial.html
[6] http://wwww.connotea.org/
[7] http://connotea.sourceforge.net/
[8] https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/connotea-discuss
[9] https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/connotea-code-devel

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