links for 2010-12-10

  • 7 Dec 2010 – Knowing what you've read and what you haven't and then being able to find the relevant paper can still be a challenge. You could, for example, just maintain a folder on your hard drive to which you download all your PDFs, and then take the time to rename them (something like "first author journal year.pdf" or whatever). But that still requires you to remember details like the author's name, rather than focusing on the content […] Mendeley acts as a library manager for your PDFs
  • 7 Dec 2010 – After many delays Google has finally got into the bookselling business. Its eBooks store is only available in the United States for now, but it is far more ambitious in scope than might have been imagined. I had thought that the search giant might dip a toe in the water with free titles and some of the out-of-print books it has been scanning under its controversial Google Books programme. In fact, it appears to have a wide selection of current titles at keen prices…
  • 8 Dec 2010 – Google Operating System points to a blog post from October by Googler Daniel Russell about an undocumented search operator, "around (x)." […] Bing has a very robust set of advanced search operators that include near:(x) and norelax:(x) […] Exalead also offers a near operator, they call it NEXT (the default is 15 words in either directions but NEXT(x) is also possible)…
  • This presentation touches a number of the workshop topics. It will demonstrate systems developed at the Australian Digital Futures Institute for scholarly workflows. It is intended to spark discussion about issues and challenges in taking Scholarship beyond the PDF. It covers the following tasks: (a) managing draft documents and local data sets together, (b) formatting draft documents with as much robust, interoperable semantics as possible, using a word processor, so they can become part of a rich human and machine readable web of research practice and (c) pre-publication collaboration with immediate collaborators and via the web using annotation systems that have potential for use post-publication as well…
  • 7 Dec 2010 – By the time Google eBookstore finally launched on Monday, it was already being touted as a revolution in the marketplace for digital books. It offers more titles – nearly 3 million free, public domain books and "hundreds of thousands" of newer books available for purchase – than any other retailer, and promises every customer "seamless" cloud-based access to their personal e-book library from (almost) any device, no matter where they are.
    Whether these features will mean much to the average e-book reader, however, is another matter…

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