Thursday, November 8, 2007


WHAT? 2collab


July 2007

WHY?2collab is a social bookmarking site where … [one] can store and organize … [one’s] favorite internet resources – such as blogs, websites, research articles, and more. Then, in private or public groups … [one] can … share … [one’s] bookmarks with others … . Members of groups can evaluate these resources (by rating bookmarks, tagging and adding comments), or add their … [personal] bookmarks. One can browse public groups and bookmarks, but must register … to access the full 2collab functionality … such as creating groups, adding comments, and adding bookmarks


HOW? Any user can access public 2collab content by selecting items from the ‘tags’, ‘groups’, or ‘users’ tabs found on the right side of the service’s homepage. Tags are listed alphabetically with the number of items associated with a particular term or phrase in parentheses to its right (‘blog (21)’). Users are provided initially with a list of the most popular tags, groups, and users, but can display complete lists if desired. If preferred, tags can be displayed as a tag cloud. The site also provides a ‘Search’ box that provides a free-text search capability for all content.

2collab content consists of the private and public bookmarked resources of the 2collab community. The most recent public resources are displayed in the center of the 2collab homepage, in reverse chronological order. Users have the option of reordering 2collab items by the 'number of votes', 'highest rated' , 'number of comments' by selecting these options from a drop-down menu. Only registered users can vote, rate, or comment on an entry by selecting these options associated with each.

Within his/her personal profile, a registered user can create a bookmark for a range of publications and web content. Registration is free and requires only basic identification information. In creating a bookmark, the user can include a full description of the item and tags in addition to the required URL and resource title. By default, bookmarked items are automatically added to an individual’s personal (‘private’ collection), but may also be added to the public collection if desired (‘Make public’). Bookmarks can be shared with one or more groups.

In addition to basic identification data, the bookmark template allows the user to provide ‘optional reference information’ for publications (e.g., ‘reference type’, ‘source title’, ‘article title’, ‘volume, issue, page’, ‘publication date’, ‘authorship’, ‘authors’, ‘ISBN/ISSN’, and ‘DOI’. The ‘reference type’ provides a drop-down menu of publication types (e.g., ‘Journal Article’, ‘Patent’, ‘Dissertation’, ‘E-print’, ‘Web document’, ‘Presentation’, Course Material’, etc.). In addition to using the bookmark template, users can also use a 2collab browser button, if previously activated.

Registered users can also create interests groups (e.g., SciTechNet: Science and Technology Social Networking Services). In creating a group, the user must provide the ‘group name’ and a description of the ‘group interest’ and select the level of ‘group visibility’ (i.e., ‘open public group’ (‘Everyone can see, join and participate in this group); ‘closed public group’ (‘Everyone can see this group. However, an invitation is needed to join and participate in this group’); ‘private group’ (‘Only group members can find and participate in this group. Non-members have to be invited to join’)). In addition, the user can add tags to characterize the group (e.g., science, SciTechNet, social networking services, technology).

Once a group is created, the group owner can invite members to join and add bookmarks for the group. Bookmarks can be adding manually or imported (or exported) using the appropriate function option (‘import bookmark’ ; ‘export bookmark’) found within the user’s profile. Users can subscribe to an RSS/Web feed to receive the “top 20 search results delivered daily.”

2Collab is currently a beta release.

WHO? 2collab is a free service provided by Elsevier and is a collaboration between Scopus [] and ScienceDirect []. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources” and ScienceDirect provides access to significant science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.

The 2collab team includes

  • Michiel van der Heyden (Senior Product Manager)

  • Thijs Willems (Product Manager)

  • Camelia Csora (Product Technology Manager)

  • Eric Bales (Consulting Software Engineer)

  • Shiv Krishnan (Project Manager)

  • Stephan Stipdonk (Interface Architect)

  • Rogier Barendregt (Web Developer)

  • Roy Boverhof (Web Developer)


2collab. Help File. Available at: [] Blog. Available at: [ ]

Thursday, November 1, 2007



WHEN? December 2006

WHY? “is user-driven scientific content: [one] … can share, vote, and comment on articles and news among a global community. is a scientific community: create a profile, assign tags (keywords) to your account, and find and network with other registered users.” is an article repository that allows registered users “… to start a library of scientific research that's important to … [them] --publications … [they’ve] authored, or articles that furthers … [their] research.” was originally launched as with the intent of providing “individuals [with] the opportunity to meet, dialogue, discuss, debate, and interact with other researchers and professionals involved in discovery and process development for the pharmaceutical and bio-based materials industries.” sought to provide “ … a forum to share information, identify opportunities, and seek collaborations with fellow scientists and industry professionals.”
HOW? To use the full functionality of, individuals must be registered. Registration is free and requires only basic identification information; one need not be a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) to join.

As a resource for scientists, users are requested to submit only articles of interest to the community. Contributors should avoid submitting duplicate items by searching before submission. Submissions should include a link to the original item if possible; at minimum an abstract should be provided. A note on the significance of the submission should also be provided [].

Non-registered and registered users can access the Recent Articles’, ‘Featured Articles’, or the ‘Top Community Articles’ groupings, or by an ‘Article tag cloud’ (‘All’, ’46 hours’, ‘This week’, ‘This month’, ‘This year’). A basic listing of contributions in reverse chronological order option is also available as is access to contributions by rating over a variety of periods (i.e., ‘Top today’ , ‘Top last’, ‘7 days’, ‘Top last 30 days’ , ‘All by vote’, ‘All by date’).

Only registered users can vote or comment on a contribution, or access the membership directory.

A ‘Search’ box for free-text searching is available in the upper right-hand corner of the service’s homepage.

WHO? American Chemical Society (

CITE: Linda Wang, “ACS Launches Social Networking Site,” Chemical & Engineering News 84 no. 51 (December 18 2006). Available at: []