Friday, February 29, 2008

PubMed Search Facebook App(s) NOW Available


Just What The Doctor Ordered:

Two (2) Leap Day Facebook Apps for Searching PubMed

[1] Pubface

App Available At


Developer: Ian Napier

[2] PubMed Search

Apps Available At


Profile and Facebook Page Apps

Developers: Jean Song (Stanford), Gillian Mayman (Michigan), Hung Truong (Michigan)

About PubMed

MEDLINE is the largest component of PubMed (, the freely accessible online database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM®). Approximately 5,000 journals published in the United States and more than 80 other countries have been selected and are currently indexed for MEDLINE. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM's controlled vocabulary, the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®).

In addition to MEDLINE citations, PubMed also contains:

  • In-process citations which provide a record for an article before it is indexed with MeSH and added to MEDLINE or converted to out-of-scope status.

  • Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing (when supplied electronically by the publisher).

  • Some OLDMEDLINE citations that have not yet been updated with current vocabulary and converted to MEDLINE status.

  • Citations to articles that are out-of-scope (e.g., covering plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and general chemistry journals, for which the life sciences articles are indexed with MeSH for MEDLINE.

  • Some life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral® and may not yet have been recommended for inclusion in MEDLINE although they have undergone a review by NLM, and some physics journals that were part of a prototype PubMed in the early to mid-1990's.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Technology Review: Value of the 'Social Graph'

Between Friends / Sites Like Facebook are Proving The Value Of The "Social Graph" / By Erica Naone

March / April 2008

The idea of a social graph--a representation of a person's network of friends, family, and acquaintances--gained currency last year as the popularity of online social networks grew: Facebook, for example, claims to have more than 64 million active users, with 250,000 more signing up each day. [snip] The push to understand the nature and potential value of links between people online has led to imaginative ways to represent such networks. Here, we look at some of them.


Comment Flow

Maps of online social networks often reveal little more than the fact that two users have linked to each other's profiles. That type of map becomes meaningless when, as is typical on MySpace, many users have more than 100 such links and sometimes as many as a million, says Dietmar ­Offenhuber, a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab. The Comment Flow visualization he created with associate professor Judith ­Donath traces actual communication between users. ­[snip]

Credit: Dietmar Offenhuber, Judith Donath, MIT Sociable Media Group



IBM's Atlas maps social networks in the workplace; the program's MyNet component can identify users' connections on the basis of their relative positions within the company and their communications by e-mail and instant messenger. The resulting map not only shows contacts (along with their locations and organizations) but also measures how close they are. One view shows particularly close contacts near the center of the diagram and distant ones toward the perimeter. Chris Lamb, senior product manager for IBM's Lotus Connections software, says workers can use the tool to maintain their professional networks. For example, a person might notice an important contact drifting toward the perimeter of the circle and take steps to catch up before the connection fades.

Credit: IBM


Copyright Technology Review 2008.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

SCELC-Net: A Model Online Social Consortial Network

SCLEC Colloquium III

SCLEC- The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) seeks to explore issues related to electronic and digital information and to promote the creation, access, use, management and maintenance of this information for the benefit of faculty and students in the member institutions.

This year its Colloquium will feature sessions on open source federated search and catalog solutions, social networking and libraries, and the future of cataloging.

SCELC Colloquium III Schedule / Wednesday / March 5 2008 /

9:00-10:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration

10:00-10:50 a.m. - Next Generation Discovery: An Alternative to Traditional Federated Searching (Tracy Thompson, NELLCO)

11:00-11:50 a.m. - Do You Really Get What You Pay For? A Comparison of Open Source and For-Purchase Next Generation Catalog Products (Cindi Trainor, Eastern Kentucky University, and Jezmynne Westcott, Claremont College)

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m. - The Future of Cataloging (Karen Coyle, Digital Library Consultant) Karen Coyle

2:00-2:15 p.m. - Coffee Break

2:15-4:15 p.m. - Digital Citizenship: Library Engagement in Online Society

Participatory citizenship is a requirement for true democracy. Citizenship in today's society requires digital engagement. How does the Library facilitate this process? How does an academic library connect with its modern community?

Social Networks: SCELC-Net: A Model Online Social Consortial Network (Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University Library)

Over the past several years, online social networking sites have become pervasive within a variety of personal and professional communities. In this presentation, we will provide an overview and analysis of key features and functionalities of Facebook, one of the more popular social network services among academic communities. [snip]

We will conclude with speculation on the potential application of online social networking services such as 2collab,, and the Nature Network, as the framework for the creation of SCELC-Net, the next generation Web presence of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium.

Moving Forward: Tools and Trends for Today's (and Tomorrow's) Libraries (Cindi Trainor, Eastern Kentucky University)

Librarian as Avatar: A Second Life for You? (Marsha Schnirring, Occidental College)

SCELC Member Institutions




SCELC Colloquium III / Abstracts and Speaker Biosketches


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Collaborative Scholarly Writing By/In Digital Communities


I am greatly interested in Collaborative Scholarly Writing by/in Digital Communities.


[BTW: Digital Communities Can Be Online Communities / Online Social Networks / Virtual Communities of Practice / Etc.]

A Premier Example of What I Seek Is The Braided Learning E-Journal Found Within MirandaNet, A Virtual Community of Practice


"The Braided Learning E-Journal provides an environment for MirandaNet fellows and others ***to develop work openly and collaboratively, sharing resources and allowing comments in the form of peer reviews and structured discussions***."


Examples of Formal As Well As Informal Collaborative Scholarly Writing (CSW) Are Of Interest.

BTW-1: I am particularly interested in CSW by undergraduate / graduate students in any Higher Education Institution, preferably within the context of a Digital Community/Environment.

I Strongly Recommend A Visit to MirandaNet, As It Is An Outstanding Example Of A Virtual Community of Practice


[Thanks, Dr John P. Cuthell, Research and Implementation Director, MirandaNet Academy]

BTW-2: Examples Of Other Outstanding, MultiFaceted Virtual Communities Of Practice / Online Communities / Online Social Networks / Etc. Are Also Of Great Interest.




Sunday, February 10, 2008

Similarities/Differences Online Communities/Online Social Networks/Virtual Communities of Practice


I Need To Tap The Wisdom Of The Web ...

I am interested in the Similarities / Differences of the following related phenomena:

Online Communities

Online Social Networks

Virtual Communities of Practice

I am also interested in Any and All Significant



***Research*** about

>>Virtual Communities of Practice<<

>>Online Communities<<

[I Have Online Social Networks More/Less Covered[:-)]

BTW: I am aware of the Most Excellent Work of danah boyd []




Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hoover's Connect: A Business Networking Tool

Hoover’s Launches Business Networking Tool

Hoover’s, Inc., a D&B company, announced the official launch of Hoover’s Connect, a business networking tool that helps users get introduced to and establish relationships with targeted prospects.[ vpHomePage.action]


Hoover’s Connect is designed to provide an effective, nonintrusive way for its users to connect to a person through someone the prospect may already have a strong relationship with and who is therefore best suited to make that introduction.


Hoover’s Connect is easy to use. When the user goes to a particular Hoover’s company record and clicks the "Connect" button, various referral paths appear that highlight the strongest path within that user’s network. The service allows users to build their networks actively (by inviting colleagues to join) as well as passively (through an Outlook plug-in that applies unique social networking algorithms to automatically rate relationship strength).

The company says that what distinguishes Hoover’s Connect from other professional business networking tools is its ability to identify users’ strongest relationships by evaluating their Outlook systems such as email and calendars. The service then assesses the strength of those connections and rates them accordingly, all while maintaining customer privacy.

Hoover’s Connect lets users evaluate in advance the potential of a particular networking opportunity and tailor communications accordingly, ultimately enhancing the success of online relationship building.

A demonstration is available

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

ACS Spring 2008: Online Social Networks: Swiss Army Information Tools

NAME: Gerry McKiernan

INSTITUTION: Iowa State University Library

PAPER ID: 1163097

PAPER TITLE: "Online social networks: Swiss Army information tools" (final paper number: 7)

DIVISION: Division of Chemical Information

SESSION: Transformation of Library Services in the Digital Age

SESSION START TIME: Sunday, April 6, 2008, 8:30 AM


DAY & TIME OF PRESENTATION: Sunday, April 6, 2008 from 11:15 AM to 11:40 AM

LOCATION: Marriott Convention Center, Room: Blaine Kern C

ABSTRACT: As of July 2007, Facebook [] , a social networking service launched in February 2004, had the largest number of registered users among college-focused sites. There are now more than an estimated 40 million users, an increase of more than 30 million in just over a year. As characterized by Wikipedia, a “social network service focuses on the building … [of] communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others …”


We believe that social networking services, such as Facebook, are not only excellent environments to foster and facilitate contact and communication among members of a local community, but also prime venues in which library and librarian services can be more actively and visibly promoted. This presentation will provide an overview of Facebook features and describe local and national library outreach projects using Facebook functionalities




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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Association/Organizational Virtual Communities of Practice?


As many may be aware, there are several changes being considered in the Public Library Association (PLA) Bylaws.

A major proposed change is the creation of various Communities of Practice to replace PLA committees:

"Communities of Practice will replace many of the PLA Committees. Communities of Practice will be virtual groups that are interest- focused and member-driven. Members will have the power to create groups, as well as morph and/or disband them at their discretion. This will allow all 11,000+ members, many who are not able to travel to in-person committee meetings, to get involved with the organization and the public library issues they care about most. Communities of Practice, should the members choose, will still be able to meet in-person at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter."


Communities of Practice (CoP) Overview

For a forthcoming presentation, I am greatly interest in learning of Any and All Past, Present and/Future Association/Organizational Virtual Communities of Practice, particularly those of the Online Social Networking Kind.

Note: At this time, I am only interested in *Virtual* Association / Organizational Communities of Practice.

I am also interested in Any and All relevant literature, Web sites, blogs, wikis, etc.

Please submit Any and All Contributions as a comment to this posting.



Sunday, February 3, 2008

Twine: The Semantic Web Is Here!

Our Facebook Friend Sarah Miller, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington is interviewed in the February 3 2008 NYTimes about Twine "a revolutionary new way to share, organize, and find information" [].

An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots


HOW often have you wasted time searching through page after page of e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds and YouTube videos on your computer, trying to find an important item?

If the answer is "too often," a San Francisco company, Radar Networks, is testing a free, Web-based application, called Twine, that may provide some robotic secretarial help in organizing and retrieving documents.

Twine can scan almost any electronic document for the names of people, places, businesses and many other entities that its algorithms recognize.

Then it does something unusual: it automatically tags or marks all of these items in orange and transfers them to an index on the right side of the screen. This index grows with every document you view, as the program adds subjects that it can recognize or infer from their context.

Customers have individual accounts on Twine’s Web site, where they save URLs or other information. They can make their collections, or "twines," private, share them in groups with other members having common interests like politics or fashion, or even make the twines public.


Twine is based on technologies created for the developing semantic Web — foreseen as a smarter Web where machines may someday be able to process the meaning of words and phrases in documents and even routinely answer direct questions.

Sarah Miller, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, became a member of Twine’s test group in November, partly because she and her husband, Ethan, a doctoral candidate, needed a place to organize all the documents they wanted to share with each other about teaching and learning.

Ms. Miller likes Twine’s mechanized tagging abilities.

"If I save the URL of a Web page into my Twine account," she said, "Twine will skim the page and turn it into tags automatically. It’s a way to tie together things that my husband and I find over days, and months and years."

Twine has an option that allows people to do their own descriptive tagging, just as they might, for instance, use the Web service to assign labels to Web sites to help keep track of them.


Other users are also glad to let Twine do the tagging. Carla Thompson, a senior analyst at the Guidewire Group, a marketing research firm in San Francisco and a member of Twine’s beta group, makes good use of the automatic feature.

Ms. Thompson is also interested in Twine’s social networking capabilities. She joined a group that discusses the semantic Web, and she says the documents she has learned about at Twine have been wide-ranging and helpful. "I hope to make the site a one-stop shop for learning about the semantic Web," she said.

Mr. Spivack [founder and chief executive of Radar Networks] says he hopes that many people will use the site to pool information. “The site is for connecting knowledge around interests, and having useful discussions,” he said, “not just for socializing.”


Ms. Thompson of the Guidewire Group is hopeful about Twine and related programs. “I like the idea of a smarter Web that can do more than show us a funny YouTube video or blog posting,” she said. “The Web really does need more meaning and intelligence.”

Photo(s): Marie-Susanne Langille for The New York Times