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Christina's LIS Rant
Thursday, January 27, 2005
  A couple of new products
A9's new yellow pages. Pointed out by WashPost's TechNews e-mail newsletter. Here's the full article. (free reg req, find via a database using this citation: David A. Vise, "Web Yellow Page Search Gets Image Boost" Washington Post (Thursday, January 27, 2005): E01. )

Pretty cool. Allows you to see the neighboring businesses (... I forget the name, but I know it's right next to my favorite restaurant...), pictures of some businesses in some large markets, and allows you to phone the business directly through Amazon. Very nice. We just need to have GPS on our phone, or image matching so that you can take a picture of the business in front of you and find their number, reviews, or where you are!

And now on to something completely different...

Randy pointed out a new social bookmarking product developed by the active Nature Publishing Group's New Technology team* called Connotea . It is something like CiteULike mixed with del.icio.us but for scientists. Beyond the typical del.icio.us features, it's supposed to scrape more bibliographic information from Nature publications and PubMed. CiteULike didn't work that well for me, but I'm willing to try this and see. They are also trying to work out how to get it to import RIS files (exported from bibliographic managers like ProCite and from research databases).

* Timo Hannay is the leader of that team. He presented at Online on "Syndicating and Personalising Content Using RSS" and recently published an article in D-Lib on "The Role of RSS in Science Publishing: Syndication and Annotation on the Web."

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Comments:
Thanks for the mention of Connotea -- I hope you find it useful. We're looking for feedback about what works and what's missing, so please let us know.

Thanks,
Ben Lund
connotea@nature.com
 
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