2collab: A review, kinda.
Via Deepak, I hear of Elsevier’s new social bookmarking effort. Bookmarking services are great because they remove the drudgery out of maintaining a list of references or doing a literature review when writing a paper or proposal. 2collab is particularly nice because not only does it show you the references cited by the bookmarked paper, but it shows you papers citing the bookmarked article as well, making it as easy to go forwards as backwards in your literature review. It also shows you else is bookmarking your papers and commenting upon them, which given a large enough user base, can serve as an indicator of popularity/impact of a paper. Surprisingly(for a product from Elsevier), it’s open, free, supports import and export, and there’s going to be a public API.
I export my Zotero library(previously imported from Connotea) and import to 2collab. Nothing happens for quite some time, and when I flip back to the window to see how the import is going, there’s a message saying I needed to log-in to do that operation. I was logged in, but I re-log in and get back to the import page, re-select my .RIS file, and hit the import button again. This time I’m told that it couldn’t recognize 4 of the entries as journal articles, and the other 500+ were seen as duplicates already in my library. OK, so I flip back to my library and see that it’s full of entries, but the number there doesn’t match the number of items in the file I imported, and in fact is missing a few hundred entries.
On the other hand, I’m quite pleased to see as I scroll down the list that the number of citations of each item in Scopus is shown, and clicking the link shows the Scopus page listing all the citations of that item. This is another feature I’ve wanted for some time, but I wonder how complete the index is, given the problems finding my papers. The most serious problem, however, is that none of my tags got imported(the KW field in the .RIS file), so I essentially have a huge list that I can only filter by “most recent”, “highest rated”, or “number of comments”, none of which is any good on a recently imported batch of bookmarks.
I looked for a way to delete the whole library and start over, but I didn’t find it. I sent an email but no reply yet. So, unfortunately, this is where the review has to end. I could just make a new account, but identity is important, and I want that userID. I’ll check back in a couple months to see how things have progressed, but right now I’m thinking that the removal of the beta tag is perhaps a bit soon.
- shows both cited and citing references
- automatically imports your publications
- citing refs and import only works with Scopus
- import strips tags
- some data entry weirdness
- Couldn’t actually start using the service due to an unrecoverable import error
[They’ve finally emailed me to acknowledge the tag import and delete selection bugs, and they say they’re working on them.]
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