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April 02, 2008

Web annotation applications for research

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Web annotation applications allow you to annotate a web page and share the annotations with other people. Diigo does this, of course, but it also does so many other things.

I found SharedCopy is a quick and easy way to see what a simple annotation web application would do. It gives you a bookmarklet you can drag on to your browser, which will allow you to highlight text on the web page you are studying, stick comments and discussion threads on to it, and draw shapes on it. Then remember to save your annotations and you get a URL to their hosted copy of that web page with the overlay of your annotations, which you can then share with your collaborators or contributors. And all that for free and without even having to register for a SharedCopy account!

Although it is hard to tell whether the Gibeo project is still running, the site is still up and can help you to understand the development of this kind of services. Of course there exist many other web annotation systems.

Nevertheless I will continue exploring Diigo, since it seems quite useful for the researcher. It gives the impression of a sophisticated bookmarking service that could potentially become as community social as Facebook.

Diigo just now might be useful for a collaborative project involving commentary about web pages. However, researchers may find it cannot (yet) replace other research tools like Zotero, or even CiteULike.

Metadata made child easy

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This very nice Flash animation explains quite sweetly the concept of metadata for researchers. Congratulations to the producers, who really have thought laterally!

July 17, 2007

All the suppport for your research

Researcher support in academic libraries is a current interest of mine. I would like to hear about different models used in Universities anywhere in the world.

In particular I am interested in how a physical space in a library can integrate into one single hub or point of access all the research support services, including a virtual research environment, that researchers may need. By researchers I mean the whole range from Masters by Research and PhD students to Post-Doctoral and Research Fellows as well as the established academics.

This range of services is not limited to library services, or to the services provided by the institution for its researchers. I am sure there are already many universities where such ideas have developed and are successful.

April 17, 2007

Researchers' use of Academic Libraries and their Services

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The latest RIN report (April 2006) Researchers’ use of Academic Libraries and their Services deserves careful analysis. It is a survey contrasting the views of academic librarians and researchers on the subject of how academic libraries do actually support research and how researchers interact with academic libraries.

Even though the report highlights, among other things, the challenge of making library materials findable for research, it is a different report from the earlier one (November 2006) Researchers and Discovery Services: behaviour, perception and needs.

The survey provides an average among a mix of institutions with very different profiles and priorities (72% of librarians surveyed work for “pre-1992” institutions and 24% work for “post-1992” institutions). For this reason I would recommend to read the appendix before the report itself.

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