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)


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1 comment:

Rich Hoeg said...

Arrrggh ... I love the topic for your new blog, but lessen up on the use of bold for emphasis! You make you posts hard to read!