Category Archives: Library 2.0

SciTopics launched!!! Congratulations to the SciTopics team!

SciTopics Homepage

SciTopics is a free, wiki-like service for the scientific community, where scientific experts summarize specific scientific topics, and where links to the latest, most relevant journal literature and web sources are presented on one page.”  Originally born as Scirus Topic Pages Beta, Scitopics has come of age.  Currently there are 650 pages and many more are currently being worked on.  For more details, check it out for yourself or read more about it in this Information Today article.

links for 2008-09-25

  • via ALDirect – It frustrates me when I can’t leave comments. See post: on Democracy, Trust, and Libraries. I also discuss this issue in my Master’s Paper.
  • “There’s something important in there for the science community, creating an online identity is of growing importance, whether you do it through your lab’s web page, your set of tagged articles on Digg, your blog about your research or personal interests or your photos on Flickr. When people are interested in asking you to give a talk, hiring you, joining your lab, or collaborating with you, they’re going to look you up via Google, and as the Times article points out, there’s a danger in not participating, and thus not controlling your online image”
  • SmallWorlds project at U. of Leicester: “This project will facilitate the construction of online professional networks using freely available Web 2.0 tools to support the development of early career stage laboratory scientists in the Life and Physical Sciences. We will do this by guiding and encouraging development of clustered small world networks.”
  • Press release from NIH
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  • “Amid a national debate over the influence of industry money on medical research and practice, two pharmaceutical giants say they will begin publicly reporting payments they make to outside doctors.”
  • “Dr. Zerhouni was chosen after President Bush announced strict limits on federal financing of stem-cell research, and the White House made clear that Dr. Zerhouni was expected to support this policy. But in 2004 and 2005, Dr. Zerhouni told Congress that the president’s policy was hindering scientific progress.”
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Managing Your Identity Online – 10/15/2007 – netConnect

I have an article out in the Fall edition of Library Journal’s quarterly Internet supplement netConnect (about the Internet, published in print)!

Managing Your Identity Online – 10/15/2007 – netConnect - The article is about online identity and claimID with a sidebar on OpenID. The article breaks down into the following sections (brief excerpts are provided).

  • Introduction to claimID and online identity

    A new breed of web services have started providing ordinary web users with the tools they need to take back control of their online identity.

  • Permanent information online

    However, with the rising popularity of blogging and the explosion of social networking sites such as Friendster and MySpace, googling potential employees quickly became commonplace. Stutzman and Russell recognized that, while particular services such as MySpace may come and go (see “My Space or Your Space,” LJ netConnect, Fall 2006. p. 8–12), social web services are here to stay. More important, a whole generation is destined to scatter personal and professional information around the web for the rest of their lives.

  • Who are you?

    If your name is John Smith and someone googles you, it’s not unlikely that the googler can mistakenly think certain information discovered (divorce, etc.) is yours. Wouldn’t it be helpful if there were a method to explain which John Smith you are?

  • Taking control

    In the claimID FAQ, Stutzman and Russell explain that they embraced “simplicity and standards” when designing the concept. The common thread connecting all the online identity signifiers together is that they all have a web address. Consequently, they decided the simplest way to manage an online identity was by enabling users to create a list of web addresses related to their identity.

  • Standards for identity

    Once Stutzman and Russell had enabled users to create and sort an annotated list of web sites related to their identity, they turned to emerging identity standards to add additional value to the list. They first implemented MicroID, an open standard that provides a way to verify that the person who owns a claimID profile also “owns” the content to which they are linking.

  • Authority control

    In Web 2.0 applications, a centralized cataloging system can break down because of the sheer quantity of user-generated content. This has led to collecting user-generated tags instead of subject headings. Similarly, claimID’s methods hint at future decentralized systems for authority records.

  • Using OpenID on the Web (sidebar)

    The OpenID standard makes it possible for a user with a claimID profile to use this identity elsewhere on the web. OpenID is a decentralized URL-based identity system that allows users to log into web sites with a URL instead of a username or email.

When you get a chance please check out the article and shoot me your questions and/or feedback. I would also like to thank the founders of claimID, Fred Stutzman and Terrell Russell for taking the time to answer my questions and to Jay Datema for the opportunity to write the article.