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April 25, 2005

Social Bookmarking Reviews

:: The v11 n4, April 2005 issue of D-Lib® Magazine features two interesting articles about social bookmarking. The first, Social Bookmarking Tools (I) - A General Review, provides a detailed review of current SB tools:

This paper reviews some current initiatives, as of early 2005, in providing public link management applications on the Web utilities that are often referred to under the general moniker of 'social bookmarking tools'. There are a couple of things going on here: 1) server-side software aimed specifically at managing links with, crucially, a strong, social networking flavour, and 2) an unabashedly open and unstructured approach to tagging, or user classification, of those links.
The second paper, Social Bookmarking Tools (II) - A Case Study - Connotea, is a review of the bookmarking tool developed by the Nature Publishing Group for use by those working in the scientific community:
Connotea is a free online reference management and social bookmarking service for scientists created by Nature Publishing Group . While somewhat experimental in nature, Connotea already has a large and growing number of users, and is a real, fully functioning service. The label 'experimental' is not meant to imply that the service is any way ephemeral or esoteric, rather that the concept of social bookmarking itself and the application of that concept to reference management are both recent developments. Connotea is under active development, and we are still in the process of discovering how people will use it. In addition to Connotea being a free and public service, the core code is freely available under an open source license.
Connotea was previously mentioned in a post in January 2005. At the time, it had 38 users, and as of today, has 2,304 users.

January 26, 2005

Connotea - Social Bookmarking for Scientists

:: Connotea is a relatively new service that allows for social bookmarking, but with an emphasis on the scientific community.

Connotea is a place to keep links to the articles you read and the websites you use, and a place to find them again. It is also a place where you can discover new articles and websites through sharing your links with other users. By saving your links and references to Connotea they are instantly on the web, which means that they are available to you from any computer and that you can point your friends and colleagues to them. In Connotea, every user's bookmarks are visible both to visitors and to every other user, and different users' libraries are linked together through the use of common tags or common bookmarks.

Connotea was created by Nature Publishing Group's New Technology team. The ideas behind it come from del.icio.us, a general collaborative bookmarking service. Connotea takes this concept and adds some features to tailor it to the needs of scientists. CiteULike is a similar online academic bookmark management service based on del.icio.us, developed independently to Connotea. We're in close contact with CiteULike to ensure that our two systems work well together.

Currently there are 38 users only. Information about the creators of the site is not available, so I have no idea who's behind the project, but I think it's a good idea, another way to share sites and articles with like-minded researchers.