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Cited By

googlescholarA researcher asked me a question yesterday at the Medical Education poster session at Towsley Center regarding statistics for “cited by” searches.  In case you don’t know what a Cited By search is, these are searches where you determine how many times and by whom your work has been cited.  raditional Cited By searches are conducted using database tools such as Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) or Scopus (Elsevier).  However, as we all know, these resources are only available to those institutions that can afford these extremely expensive products.

Google Scholar (U of M proxy here) is an excellent alternative.  It’s available to the general public for free.  As well all know, this makes me very happy.  More importantly, if you are publishing in non-traditional methods like Open Access journals or to blogs, wikis, online only publications, then Google Scholar may be the only resource that is able to track who is citing you.

Google considers Google Scholar to be Beta, but hey, we know that Google’s beta is often better than anyone else’s production products. Have fun!

June 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

UM Extends Partnership with Google

First, as an aside, read more about Google’s logo today.  I know I’m behind because I didn’t know anything about the Doodle4Google project, but I think kids are pretty amazing.

Now, down to other business.  University of Michigan is extending its partnership with Google in regards to the digitization of books.  I know that there are a lot of conflicting views about this partnership in the first place.  I’ve talked about this issue in a previous posting.  It looks like the University Library gets more “stuff” out of this extended agreement including but not limited to:

  • Authority to review institutional subscription pricing
  • Sharing of public domain works for non-commercial purposes
  • Sharing of public doman works for users with print disabilities

You can find more information about the amendment here.  Or if you’re the legal document type, you can read the amendment, itself.

May 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Mass Digitization and the Google Monopoly

monopolyA fascinating discussion has begun regarding the Google settlement to digitize mass volumes of books.  As you know, I’ve already stepped onto my soapbox MANY times in regards to this issue.  Robert Darnton published an essay on the topic which has received much press, but I believe that Paul Courant’s response is even more impressive.  Let’s face it, Google’s settlement is not ideal.  However, without fundamental policy put into place, how else are we supposed to cope?  Information should be free for all, but idealism is not reality. 

I constantly argue with my cubemate about the “evil empire”.  Google, Microsoft, Intel?…  Take your pick!  Each is flawed.  But isn’t trying to do something, better than doing nothing, especially when the system is so egregiously flawed?  We want to consume information. We need to consume information (think broad NLP implications here). We should have access to information. My 2 cents. Again.

February 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm 2 comments


The sneak peak version of Medpedia is available.  A collaborative effort by leading medical schools, this site will cover medical conditions, diseases and more.  Unlike Wikipedia, Medpedia will only allow selected people to contribute content.

August 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Bioinformatics Conferences

A list of upcoming bioinformatics conferences from Conference Alerts.

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