Scene: It is 4 am in the morning and the grant is due the next day. You have 12 pages to tell a story that will determine whether or not you can pay your salary and support your lab next year. You delete a sentence on page 5. The document swells to 13 pages. Oh no! The figures have all jumped around! The next paragraph is now in Courier 14 bold! You hit your head against the screen and spend the next hour trying to get everything back in place and the sentence deleted. The next day, you’re tired, irritable and have a broken computer screen.
I was speaking with a colleague recently who, like many of us, had experienced the frustration of trying to support his on-line resources. He has assembled a comprehensive on-line resource, it is used by the community and was used by others to publish their studies. It is not Genbank or EBI; it is one of the thousands of on-line databases created by individuals or small groups that the Neuroscience Information Framework and others have catalogued. My colleague has spent years on this resource, pored over hundreds of references and entered close to a mill
A number of groups, from libraries and universities and academic projects are striving to implement flexible data management systems in order to harness the latest and greatest in semantic web technologies striving to integrate and facilitate breakthrough interdisciplinary analysis.
Citation analysis is the dominate method for research assessment but it is not perfect. Although citation-based metrics have been improved to evaluate research performance more effectively, all the measures have some inherent limitations rooted in the nature of citation practice. Altmetrics is a new movement which tries to find complementary measures for traditional metrics based on scholars’ activities on the social web platforms. In my PhD project I focus on new measure to capture non-traditional research impact based on altmetrics tools.
In the last months we were working on the collaborative educational content authoring platform http://SlideWiki.org
SlideWiki allows to create richly structured presentations comprising slides, self-test questionnaires, illustrations etc.