Semantic Scholar

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has released a new semantic search engine that uses machine learning to pick out important words and phrases and to identify overview papers for a topic. Additional novel features include marking “influential” cited references and extracting figures to display in search results. A long term ambition is creating a “service that can read through the scientific literature to identify useful hypotheses and experiments”. The current scope is open access computer science papers.

for more see: Artificial-intelligence institute launches free science search engine (Nature: doi:10.1038/nature.2015.18703) and

GitXiv — Collaborative Open Computer Science

GitXiv is a space to share collaborative open computer science projects. Countless Github and arXiv links are floating around the web. Its hard to keep track of these gems. GitXiv attempts to solve this problem by offering a collaboratively curated feed of projects. Each project is conveniently presented as arXiv + Github + Links + Discussion. Members can submit their findings and let the community rank and discuss it. A regular newsletter makes it easy to stay up-to-date on recent advancements. It´s free and open.”

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Nobel Prize Winner in the Stacks

Nobel Prize

Jean Tirole, the freshly minted 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, is well represented in the Dartmouth College Library Collections.The list of books he has authored or co-authored can be found in the Library Catalog. The full-text of his articles and working papers can be found in several of the databases the Library makes available to the Dartmouth Community. His most frequently cited article, “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation,” was published in the July 2003 issue of The Review of Economic Studies and is available in the JSTOR database.The Library’s Economics Research Guide is a useful tool for exploring his other work.

Big Research Data: NIH and DataOne

From the announcement: “Wide-ranging National Institutes of Health grants announced today will develop new strategies to analyze and leverage the explosion of increasingly complex biomedical data sets, often referred to as Big Data. These NIH multi-institute awards constitute an initial investment of nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014 by NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020, pending available funds.” Read More. (FY14 Awards)


DataONE: the Data Observation Network for Earth is a distributed cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and accessible Earth observational data. DataONE has dramatically increased the discoverability and accessibility of diverse yet interrelated Earth and environmental science data. In doing so, it has enhanced the efficiency of research and enabled scientists, policy makers and others to more easily address complex questions about our environment and our role within it.” Read More.

About Research Data Management

Amongst the many writings, now on a daily basis, about research data management comes this from Digital Science.

In particular I noticed their research report that asks questions such as “do discovery layers increase usage?” (the answer is “generally, yes, but…”) and “what keeps researchers awake at night?” (including increasing competition for faculty positions and mandates to make research output open and freely available).

A very thoughtful presentation and report, and a publication series that’s worth following!

Three Short Reads

Three I’ve recently come across

Fresh look and further refinement for Google Scholar Profiles

On a related note here’s a discussion of Google Scholar research metrics compared to other products in the market.

Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference though I don’t understand why the author finds predictive analytics “creepy”.

Libraries and Kindles with a good perspective on the work of libraries and publishers in an information environment increasingly influenced and dominated by corporate players such as Amazon.



The Future of Libraries

Proquest has a short post entitled “The future of libraries” on its corporate blog.

Among the comments was this statement:

“Libraries used to be defined by their collections, but increasingly, they are defined by the role they play in assisting their institution to meet its larger mission.

An apt observation in light of the changes and shifts unfolding across the academic and research library landscape.



Altmetrics and Scholarly Impact

“Peer review still plays a critical role in evaluating science, but citation-based bibliometric indicators are becoming increasingly important. This chapter looks at a novel set of indicators that can complement both citation analysis and peer review. Altmetrics use indicators gathered in the real-time Social Web to provide immediate feedback about scholarly works.”

see also
Altmetrics Collection on PLOS

and ImpactStory