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Open Science Directory

Open Science Directory has been developed by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library. About 13000 scientific journals are listed in this directory. It contains open access journals and journals in the special programs like Hinari, Agora,
OARE etc. Some other
programs like
INASP-PERI and eJDS will also be added in the near future.


Test Speed of your Broadband Internet Connection

Looking for a way to test speed of your Internet Broadband connection. Try It will tell both uploading and downloading speed of your connection.

Blacklight - an open source OPAC

Blacklight is an open source OPAC. Libraries can use it to allow people to search and browse their collections online.

Trooker for Searching Online Videos

Trooker is a useful search engine for finding out videos from various online services like the kind YouTube. [Found via]

Blog on use of social networking sites for Libraries

Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services - is a blog on use of social networking sites for any and all types of library-related programs or services.

Predictive Input System for English and Indian Languagues

Found a wonderful site [via]. It is a service that helps you to save your typing time. It would be especially useful if you are trying to write in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil or Kannada. It is an online predictive input system that anticipates your intention and tries to complete the words for you as you type. It shows you a on-screen keyboard with a suggestions panel.

If you are a registered user, it learns your writing style and suggests you better. You can store your documents online as well as search Internet from words in your documents.


yBook - a freeware ebook reader

yBook - a freeware ebook reader software provides provides a 'paper book' experience on the computer screen: like it shows two pages side-by-side instead of just one page in the middle of the screen.

Social Networking open source resources

Max Kiesler- Strategic Designer - blog has a list of 40 open source resources to get you started building your own social bookmarking, networking, filesharing or search application.

Article on Open Access Science

An article in Scientific American Magazine - "Science 2.0 -- Is Open Access Science the Future?" - is wondering whether elements that are behind the web 2.0. would also apply to Science?


Teens do not consider emails and messaging as writings

In US, a national phone survey of teens and their parents was conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the National Commission on Writing. It would be wrong to label teens as “cut and paste” generation. They take their writing seriously. They consider it as essential skill for success. But as the same time, they do not consider emails and instant messaging as writing.


Platform for social groups to get together - GROU.PS

GROU.PS is a platform for social groups to get together. Choose template and pick all the modules that you want (wiki, blogs, photos, links etc).


Using Google Docs for Conducting Research and Surveys Online - Easy and Simple

If you are doing some research or survey, you know how difficult and time consuming it is to prepare questionnaire, mail it and tabulate the responses.

However, today a number of online survey tools and services are available, like the SurveyMonkey. Unfortunately, there are restrictions for free versions of such online survey tools. If you don’t like restrictions, move on to Google Docs. It is an Online Office suite from Google - - still, it can prove to be a handy tool for conducting research or survey online. Thanks to some new features added to it. These features enable Questionnaire / Survey Forms creation and emailing them directly. The beauty of Google Docs is that there is always a background spreadsheet linked for each such form. The responses to the questions are automatically added to spreadsheet in Google Docs.

With Google Docs, you can create your Online Survey / Research Forms. Send these through Email or simply send the unique URL of the online survey form. Survey participants do not require any Sign-in for filling online survey forms. Their responses can be filled out directly from email client. As already told, responses are automatically added to a Linked Spreadsheet. This spreadsheet can be used to further analyse the responses. It is easy, simple and fun with Google Docs.

For creating a Survey Form, visit Google Docs. Use your Gmail User ID and Password to login. If you do not have an Account with Google, better create it now. Once logged in, select a new spreadsheet. Make it sharable by clicking on “Share” tab. It will prompt to enter the title for the spreadsheet and save it. After that, from available options, select “to fill out a form”. Next step is to create a Survey Form. It is very simple and intuitive. Once the form is complete, you can preview it and send it by emailing it to large number of participants. The Google Docs responds back with a confirmatory email. As the participants start filling up the form, data is captured in a linked spreadsheet at back.

I have created a small presentation for explaining it.

The same is embedded here as well.


Gmail making me to Work Harder - few Extra Tries.

Since last few weeks I am getting the following error frequently:

"Oops... a server error occurred and your email was not sent. (#102)"

This does not seems to be a local Network / Desktop problem. It happens both at Home and Office. Which are connected by two different ISPs.

To send an email I have to make two or three tries. Is it some new strategy to keep me fit? Or I have to change some settings somewhere?


Creating Ticker from RSS Feeds

A librarian desired to display latest news as 'Ticker' on a large Plasma TV. The same was used to show-case the library site with recently acquired material. Adding a News Ticker could make the display screen more attention grabbing.

I suggested a simple solution based on a plug-in that can display RSS Feed as Ticker in Firefox. The solution has been described in the following slide show. A server side RSS Feed display would be a more elegant solution but would require fiddling with site code.


Open Source Software Tools for Medical Professionals

Blog of Online Nursing Degree Directory has few useful articles for health care professionals. It also includes an article by Laura Milligan covering Top 100 Open Source Software Tools for Medical Professionals. Various open source softwares are listed under various categories. That also includes many general purpose softwares.

The categories are:

  • Medical Billing and Electronic Medical Records
  • Antivirus, Security and Privacy
  • Communications
  • Graphics and Imaging
  • Content Management Tools
  • Research and Reference
  • Multimedia
  • Storing Patient Information
  • General Tools that Work for Everyone
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Storing, Sharing and Managing Files
  • For Patients
  • Miscellaneous


open source product for managing electronic information resources

reSearcher is an integrated suite of open source products for locating and managing electronic information resources, designed for use by students and researchers in academic libraries.


Another URL Shortening Tool

NSFW is another URL Shortening Tool. I would still prefer my favorite Snipr as it does not show any intermediately page. Further, Snipr allows me to login and manage my shortened URLs. I can also choose the part of shortened URL.


Surviving the Web Explosion

Tutorial on how to use RSS to stay updated on current developments in your area of specialization or interest.