Web2forDev 2007 (VII): Knowledge Sharing for the Research Community (II)

Alioune Thioune, Fatou Dieng Sarr
Dispositif de Collaboration et Partage de Données pour la Communauté Scientifique: Cas du Système d’Information Scientifique et Technique (SIST) du Sénégal [Collaboration and Data Sharing Device por the Scientific Community: Senegal’s Scientific and Technical Information System case]

Twofold goal: make available information about Senegal for everyone and make accessible information from developed countries for Senegal researchers.

Find information: syndicated search

Exchange: discussion fora, wikis

Know and let know: e-mail subscriptions, RSS feeds

More info:

Paul Matthews, Arne Wunder
Evaluation of Google Coop and Social Bookmarking at the Overseas Development Institute

Evaluation/assessment of www.focuss.eu that uses Google Custom Search, fed by users themselves, and also investigate how staff use bookmarking.

The analysis showed that Focuss search engine brought more relevant results than normal (non-custom) Google, being the strength of the custom search engine how it deals with relatively ambiguous terms. Thus, Focuss appears to be a bit more targeted starting point than Google, though it is no replacement for other sources (e.g. journals).

Concerning bookmarking, what are the incentives for and advantages of sharing?

There is a preference for structured over free tagging. Hence, the use of implicit taxonomy is useful and time-saving, though users like both order (taxonomy) and flexibility (free tagging). The value of sharing and reuse is still a thing to be proved — maybe harness in RSS.

More info:
  • Brophy, J. and Bawden, D. (2005). “Is Google enough? Comparison of an internet search engine with academic library resources”, In Aslib Proceedings, 57(6), pp.498 – 512

Web 2.0 for Development related posts (2007)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2007) “Web2forDev 2007 (VII): Knowledge Sharing for the Research Community (II)” In ICTlogy, #48, September 2007. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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