Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Automatic updates on publications, sequences, taxa ...

In the ideal world, I would like to focus on research rather than searching for existing information and keeping this database up-to-date.

Bibliographies: 's "In the News" section based on an RSS feed from UBIO

Semant library at Connotea created by Rod Page is also initiatlly based on UBio's RSS feed, but then allows more refined searches. Detailed explanations are at Rod's semant blog. It would be intersting, if more colleagues would try it out, add more tags and eventually papers the use in their research, and we could get an integration of FORMIS and's reference bibliography of the online catalogue, and through it have acccess to the original online literature. It would also be helpful, if those colleagues self-archiving their papers, which are otherwise not online accessible, could add their link to the semant library. Would ease the process of finding a publication much easier, and warrant a higher chance, that your papers would be read and cited.

New Taxa

Norm Johnson recently installed a very simple new taxon notification alert at the Hymenoptera Name Server / You can sign up at the bottom of the taxa pages you get when searching for a particular taxon, for example at

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Thoughts on the future of antbase

Whilst doing some research for an "open access" newspaper article, I found this interesting piece on Web2.0 by Tim O'Reilly.

One interesting aspect is clearly how to harvest the wisdom of all the users of antbase so we can let antbase grow and improve: what is needed that users contribute?