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Here is the tool for that - ReadBurner

New tool to evaluate science from developing countries.

'Impact factors' has been used for long to measure science output of research organizations as well that of a country as whole. Now, according to SciDev.Net, UNESCO is now developing a tool to help policymakers to evaluate performance of science in their country. It would be based on a set of nine indicators. These indicators represents environment and infrastructure for research in a country.

This seems to be a better technique for evaluation of science in developing countries. The 'impact factor' based scientometrics does not help much. Impact factors are calculated using 'Web of Science' database. Which has poor representation of journals from developing countries.


The essence of Library 2.0?

Metadata Reference Guide

Metadata Reference Guide: MIT Libraries
A guide to metadata by the Metadata Advisory Group of the MIT Libraries

Exposing yourself for employment through Social and New Media

Blog 'Design, Seo, Blog Marketing Tips' carries a small but interesting post on using Social Media to expose yourself for employment.

- You can write a 'Resume Blog'

- Post your resume in form of a video at YouTube

- Use a powerful networking tool - LinkedIn

- You can also post a profile on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace

Can't say how effective such tools would be in India. However I had been recently offered a position in an ' online greeting messages' company through scrap on my Orkut profile. Linkedln also appears to be a promising tool.


Duplicate articles in MEDLINE

A tale of two citations : Article : Nature is about duplicate articles in MEDLINE.
.."most unethical practices involve substantial reproduction of another study (bringing no novelty to the scientific community) without proper acknowledgement. If such duplicates have different authors, then they may be guilty of plagiarism, whereas papers with overlapping authors may represent self-plagiarism. Simultaneous submission of duplicate articles by the same authors to different journals also violates journal policies"..

Changing the way that research is disseminated - Open Students

Open Students is a new blog started by students for students. "We’re changing the way that research is disseminated. We are Open Students" their tag line - says it all.


Intute - a free resource of selected quality information sites

A network of universities from UK along with other partners has created a free service. It is a collection of selected and evaluated internet resources in all the major domains. The service is called intute. More you may if you like integrate intute service in your own site. Its Virtual Training Suite provides free Internet tutorials to help you learn how to get the best from the Web for your education and research.


Find Indian Laws and Court Judgments

If you are looking for Indian court judgments and the clauses they cite - Indian Kanoon may be the search engine you might need. It has divided law documents in clauses and linked these to court judgments citing them. The search engine automatically determines the most relevant clauses and court judgments.

Made a quick search on 'copyrights' - it showed both the Act and "cites by x judgments" in the search results - somewhat as given below:

Section 52 in THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957
[ View Complete Act ]
... copyright or unless such alterations and omissions are reasonably necessary for the adaptation of the work to the records in question; (k) the causing of a recording embodied in a record to be heard in public by utilising the record, (i
[cited by 2 judgments] - [write about this in forums]

Internet drives up library use

According to Vermont Public Radio, Internet actually drives up library use.


Impact of Web Searching and Social Feedback on Consumer Decision Making

Impact of Web Searching and Social Feedback on Consumer Decision Making: A Prospective Online Experiment | Lau | Journal of Medical Internet Research
.."This research demonstrates that while health care consumers can improve the accuracy of their answers to health care questions after searching quality online resources, their confidence in answers is not a good indicator of the answer being correct. Further, consumers who are not confident in their answers after searching are more likely to be influenced to change their views after feedback with other consumers’ answers"..

Battling Potential Disease Outbreaks Online

Medical News and Health News Blog » Battling Potential Disease Outbreaks Online: Public Health Surveillance In Real Time
.."Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine have found that automated electronic medical laboratory reporting (ELR) improves both the completeness and timeliness of disease surveillance, significantly bettering the odds of stopping the spread of disease. Their study appears in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health"..

Google has a philanthropic arm too

Came to know from ITI Newslinks that Google has a philanthropic arm too.
.." aspires to use the power of information and technology to address the global challenges of our age: climate change, poverty and emerging disease. In collaboration with experienced partners working in each of these fields, we will invest our resources and tap the strengths of Google’s employees and global operations to advance five major initiatives"..




Healthocrates is a a community effort by Doctors, health professional and individuals interested in helping us build, improve and update our database of medical facts.

Google Research to have Open Access to Data ?

Google Research site which is all about research carried out by people working for Google, may see major changes soon. At present - only interesting thing that appears there is a partial listing of papers written by 'Googlers'. According to Wired Science - it will soon provide provide free storage space to scientists for open-source scientific datasets. The datasets would would be openly accessible to all.

If this happens - popularity and power of Google platform would boost the realization of open source science dream.

Self Publishing Sites

These are worth looking at:


Sun to Acquire MySQL

Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire MySQL, Developer of the World's Most Popular Open Source Database
.."Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source icon and developer of one of the world's fastest growing open source databases for approximately $1 billion in total consideration"..

Value-added services helps in building successful Instituional Repositories

Miguel Ferreira et. al. has published their experiences of University of Minho institutional repository in their paper "Carrots and Sticks: Some Ideas on How to Create a Successful Institutional Repository" in January/February 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine. According to them - development of a successful repository requires "an adequate promotional plan, development of value-added services for authors, engagement in the international community and definition of a self-archiving mandate policy". I feel value added services are more important in motivating authors to deposit their publications. Institutional repositories can take clue from services like It is a platform where people can upload and share their presentations (PPTs). Value additions like Most Viewed (currently or by varied period duration), Most Downloaded, Most favorites, Number of times a presentation has been viewed and downloaded are wonderful ploys that not only motivates authors but also help viewers to browse through collection. It also allows the visitors to mark a presentation as favorite, tag it and leave comments as well.


myExperiment Virtual Research Environment enables to share digital items associated with a research especially scientific workflows.


Multiple GMail Accounts? Get Gmail Manager

Do you have multiple GMail Accounts? Gmail Manager can make your life easier. It is a Firefox extension with which you can manage multiple GMail accounts and receive mail notifications.


MonkeySee is yet another Video site.

Now a social network for Bio Medical Researchers.

After popularity of Social Networking Platforms like Orkut – number of special networking platform are coming up every day. BioMedExperts - - is one of them. It is especially meant for Biomedical Researchers.

According to its site - “BioMedExperts (BME) is a revolutionary platform to allow scientists and researchers across multiple organizations - and nations - to share data and collaborate in ways never before possible.”

Libraries' computers misused

According to Dallas Morning News Libraries' computers are also used for Viewing hard-core pornography by library users. There is not specific law in Dallas to prevent it. However it does empowers the staff to terminate access to anyone whose usage is not within the scope of library's mission.

Libraries move up with Net Age or become irrelevant

According to a report in a study led Dr Ian Rowlands, libraries must move with the digital times or risk becoming irrelevant. Generation (1990s onwards) which has been brought up in the digital and Internet environment requires easy and simplified access to evaluated Internet resources.


.."Coghead is a 100% web-based system that allows knowledge workers to create their own custom business applications".. - an online photo editor :: online photo editor
With you can edit your photos online using only your browser.

study of Duplicate citations in Medline

Deja vu A study of duplicate citations in Medline -- Errami et al. 24 (2): 243 -- Bioinformatics
.."Duplicate detection via analysis of citations at submission time can be performed by journals now using the eTBLAST tool on the web"..


JeromeDL - e-Library with Semantics

JeromeDL - e-Library with Semantics
.."With JeromeDL's social and semantic services every library user can bookmark interesting books, articles or other materials in semantically annotated directories. Users can allow others to see their bookmarks and annotations and share their knowledge within a social network. JeromeDL can also treat a single library resource as a blog post. Users can comment the content of the resource and reply to others' comments and this way create new knowledge"..

Open access publishing in India

As reported in Yahoo India News, Open access publishing takes off in India. Indian journals are moving to the free open access format of internet publishing. About 38 journals Medical Journals are hosted from medIND site - . A commercial publisher also provide open access to number of medical journal from their individual journal sites. Interesting the best Indian journals as ranked by their impact factors are openly accessible.


Temporary email addresses - Email Forwarding
Do you need a temporary email address longer than four hours? If so, then you can create a email address for a certain duration.

PDF Hammer

PDF Hammer - Free Web Based PDF Editor allows you to edit your PDF files online for free.

Chandler Project

.."Chandler is an open source, standards-based personal information manager (PIM) built around small group collaboration and a core set of information management workflows modelled on Inbox usage patterns and David Allen's GTD methodology"..

NewGenLib is now Open Source Library Management Software

L.J.Haravu, Trustee of Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge Management announced
NewGenLib is now Open Source. NewGenLib is an "Integrated Library Automation and Networking Solution. Modules: Acquisitions, Cataloguing, Serials Management, Circulation, Administration, OPAC, and Reports".It also allows creation of institutional open access (OA) repositories compliant with the OAI-PMH.

The open source binaries and source code can be downloaded from Installation notes and manual for Linux and Windows are also available.


As you look for the domain, it may go to someone else.

Be careful to search for a domain name, it could go as you search. Here is a well illustrated post:

Domain Search Means Domain Registration at Network Solutions : Codswallop

Tuberculosis 2007 - A Free Book on latest research findings, diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis

Amedeo Challenge | Tuberculosis 2007 - Official Announcement
.."As a physician or scientist, try not to miss the train of free medical information! Let people around the world benefit from your knowledge and experience. Remember: The spirit of science is to share information"..

"Science 2.0," - Draft Article

Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk?: Scientific American
"Science 2.0," which describes how researchers are beginning to harness wikis, blogs and other Web 2.0 technologies as a potentially transformative way of doing science.

Open Source Living

Open Source Living
- an archive of the Web's best Open Source software, applications and references for a zero-cost / top quality digital experience.

Tips for conference bloggers - As I understood.

Bruno Giussani - - and Ethan Zuckerman - - has written a document on basic tips on blogging conferences. The document "Tips for conference bloggers" is available in two formats - 6 pages (PDF 485 KB) 3 pages booklet format (PDF 370 KB).

This document is out of their experience of blogging conferences. I am trying to sum up these tips the way I understood.

Start with a fully charged laptop battery and locate yourself where you do not distract other participants. Have name of each speaker with talk title ready from programme schedule.

Extract a mini-biography of speaker from introduction and net along with links to his / her work and affiliated institution. It would be better if you can provide links to speaker’s personal homepage, relevant section of organizational homepage, blog, relevant books and articles written by the speaker and videos if any used by the speaker. For key speakers have a photo (pre-formatted for web) ready.

If you are writing directly online on blogging platform then save your post as draft frequently. If you are using a text editing software ensure that you have proper links later on the blogging interface. Give in mind that you are capturing a commented summary of the talk and normally 20 lines should be enough for a 20 minutes talk. In case your are quoting the speaker – ensure that you do it correctly. You will have to use narratives to compensate for the lack of context for people not present at the venue. Tag the post with standard conference tag and name of the speaker along with other tags. Try to publish your post with 10 minutes of the speech otherwise you may not able to enjoy the conference itself. Mistakes (except for typos) in published posts should be acknowledged and corrected by "strike-through". Collaborate with other bloggers by dividing up the speeches or perspectives and cross-link each other. You can always elaborate your posts latter on by giving links to original ones.


MyDocHub - Your Online Health Community - Review and Rate Your Doctor Experience
.."MyDocHub is an online health community for you and your friends to anonymously review and rate your doctor"..

Nvu - An open source Web Authoring System

Nvu - The Complete Web Authoring System for Linux, Macintosh and Windows
Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.

Need for Newsroom Cultural Change

What's Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change by Steve Outing.
.."What we'd like your magic wand to do, news industry people kept telling me, is change the culture at our company and in our newsroom, because it's holding us back and ensuring our ultimate failure"..

SNEEP to Web 2.0 features to Eprints

..SNEEP is a rapid development project to develop extensions adding further key Web 2.0 features to EPrints..

Rare Diseases Resources

An article by a MS Student - Julie Quetel lists out Rare Diseases Resources.

Precision and Recall in Searches

Entrez and BLAST: Precision and Recall in Searches of NCBI Databases
.."Different types of result sets that can be expected from using different search programs and settings. Also, some unexpected results indicate that the default search settings are not optimal for all searches; an important aspect of searching which information professionals should remember and communicate to researchers"..

Role of Librarians in Bioinformatics

Here is an article which urges Librarians to take interest in Bioinformatics. This is an area where Librarians has a big role to play.

"See a Need, Fill a Need"
.."A recent study indicates a lack of training opportunities for bioinformatics researchers at U.S. universities. Messersmith et al. (2006) reviewed 239 U.S. university web sites to assess the availability of bioinformatics workshops. Their study focused on training sessions developed and delivered by personnel from campus bioinformatics centers, librarians, or other campus units. Of the 239 universities, 121 universities had medical schools. This study found that only 72 (30%) universities offered introductory and/or advanced workshops. Fifteen of those were provided by libraries; 13 out of the 15 were institutions with a medical school. With regard to the number of institutions in which libraries provided workshops, it should be noted that this number (15) excludes workshops (e.g. "NCBI Field Guide") that may have been hosted by the library. This is a notable fact, knowing that many librarians first efforts to provide bioinformatics training is often through making arrangements to host the "NCBI Field Guide"..



Wikia - Search has been launched and is available for searching. Wikia's concept is based on feedback from the users. They admit that results would be bad to start with. But they expect them to improve rapidly in coming weeks. It unique feature would be "miniarticles" which will appear at the top of the search results.

Jing Project

Jing is a program that instantly captures and shares images and video from desktop to anywhere.

Experiment with new a feature of Google Docs

Learnt about a new features of Google Presentations few days back. Decided to have a hands-on with embeddable feature of "Presentation". Selected a presentation on "Retrieving Bio-Medical Information from Net". The file size of the presentation was beyond the allowed upload limit of 10MB. I broke it into three parts. Uploaded the first part and INSERTED other parts subsequently. It worked and I was able to "publish" the presentation. It provided with an URL and a code for embedding the published presentation. The same has been embedded here.


Wikispaces lets you create Wiki pages

Another URL Shorteners

Online File Sharing - lets you share files with anyone in a matter of seconds — it makes file sharing simple. For any file or folder in your Box, you can create a unique website address (URL) which can be accessed by anyone you give the link to.


AMD Opens 4th R&D Facility in India

According to Techtree AMD has newly announced opening a second research and design facility in Hyderabad, intended to house a growing team of R&D employees focusing on Gen-Next AMD graphics and computing solutions.



Feed Validator

Feed Validator for Atom and RSS can be used to check problems with your feeds in RSS 0.90, 0.91, 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 and Atom.

firstobject XML Editor

firstobject XML Editor is a freeware for editing and parsing of text files. It supports aligning and indenting XML, print, print preview, e-mail sending, text encoding selection and conversion, Unicode character functions, and C++ code generation.



Screencast-O-Matic is the free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!



If you are Web Developer, then you would not like to ignoreWebAppers. It reviews open resources. Some of the resources covered are really good.


Prototype JavaScript framework: Easy Ajax and DOM manipulation for dynamic web applications
Prototype is a JavaScript Framework that aims to ease development of dynamic web applications.


Add Custom Watermark to Images, Free. Protect Your Photos and Images - PicMarkr
PicMarkr lets you to add custom watermark (image or text) to your images online and free.


Design is a suite of web-design and development assistive tools which can be utilised on any web-page.


Open Access rules for government information will expand.

Stephen's Lighthouse: 30 Library Technology Predictions for 2008
.."The DRM wars are just beginning. Open Access rules for government information will expand. The RIAA will suffer loss of financial strength (especially after strongman Valenti's passing) as members rebel over the high cost of RIAA dues and lawsuits against tweens and their own shrinking margins. Suing customers is rarely a good strategy"..



Dapper: The Data Mapper
Easily provide new means for people to access your content (such as RSS).

Establish an Institutional Repository for Your Organization

Carpe Diem: Establish an Institutional Repository for Your Organization |
..Institutional repositories can useful for academic libraries as well as law firm, court and corporate libraries. Depending upon the type of library that you are in, rationales for initiating an institutional repository may differ. Since reputation rankings are a major concern in academia, academic librarians will likely be particularly interested in a repository's potential for increasing exposure of its faculty scholarship. Court, law firm and corporate librarians may be more interested in the archival functions of an institutional repository..

LIS Future: A Library Mentor and Leadership Development Wiki.

LIS Future:A Library Mentor and Leadership Development Wiki - LIS Future
..Wiki is designed to be a collective resource for library mentoring and library leadership ideas, programs, and tools for current and aspiring directors or department heads as well as for students and new librarians preparing for leadership positions..

Mr Bean - Library

A Video showing Mr. Bean in Library as expected.