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Mendeley December 11, 2008

Posted by CK in Research, Software.
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More good news from eScience’08. During the poster session today, I got to meet with the founder of Mendeley, Jan Reichelt. Merely the idea of having something like Mendeley gives me a warm, cosy feeling that someday I will not have to dig through citations for finding the papers that make sense for my research work, but rather the papers will automagically come to my attention (apologies to those who hate the word “automagically”). If this takes off, it could be the best thing created after the snooze button. The idea, in a few words, is to have something like Last.FM for research papers, i.e. match your library’s profile to that of other users, and then make relevant suggestions to you about papers to read or even people (researchers) to contact. On the same time, it is a full bibliographic manager.

Mendeley is still in beta, and has a few problems, but Jan says that they should have a much more stable version rolled out this Monday. I will wait until then and try it out — I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Just as I was getting used to mighty BibDesk


FireStatus October 8, 2008

Posted by CK in Software.
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I must say that I’m not too much into social networks and the like. I used to have a Facebook account, which I deleted. However, countless other people are using them on a daily basis, so those of you who are fans of Firefox will probably find great use in FireStatus. FireStatus is an extension that will let you monitor status updates of your friends in multiple networks (currently supported: Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed) and also post your status updates on them. It has been developed by three old-time friends from the university. As I am familiar with their work and expertise, I’m sure FireStatus will constantly grow better and more feature-rich.

Some more info about the extension at the authors’ sites: here, here and here.