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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ChemRank: ranking scientific literature

Mitch just launched ChemRank, a website where we can comment on and vote thumbs up or down for scientific articles. Good initiative I think. Some thoughts:
  • please include the DOI for each article overview on the front page (see why)
  • make the content opendata, e.g. using the CC license
  • provide a means to refer to other literature to back up comments and ranking
  • provide an API to make mashups (like that of Chemical blogspace for use in Greasemonkey scripts)
  • make the website source code opensource (JSON, RDF come to mind)
  • use microformats where possible (for Operator and FF3)
  • at least provide means for tagging articles
  • provide browsing by journal
  • import articles from Connotea/NatureNetwork/etc

Please consider there as feature requests, and not as critique. Two of these are already listed in the developers wishlist. I will likely come up with more later :)

4 comments:

  1. >please include the DOI for each
    >article overview on the front page

    Done. :)

    >make the content opendata, e.g.
    >using the CC license

    Not sure I know what you mean. The content is user generated, so I wouldn't own it anyways?

    >provide a means to refer to other
    >literature to back up comments and
    >ranking

    You mean a link? Links tend to encourage spamming, but maybe I can enable linking for DOIs only.

    >provide an API to make mashups
    >(like that of Chemical blogspace
    >for use in Greasemonkey scripts)

    That really depends on who is asking. I wouldn't want some unexperienced programmer querying my database every millisecond, just because they didn't know how to code properly. But, I have no problem allowing access to competent people who simply ask me.

    >make the website source code
    >opensource
    You can already view the html from any browser. The only thing not visible is the MySQL query, but that isn't interesting there is no funky math going on behind the scenes.

    >use microformats where possible >(for Operator and FF3)
    Huh, what's that? I viewd the url but don't understand what it is.

    > at least provide means for
    >tagging articles

    Done :) Full functionality will be added tonight most likely.

    >provide browsing by journal

    How can that be extracted from the DOI?

    >import articles from Connotea/NatureNetwork/etc

    Good idea. I've never used those services so that will take some time.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Mitch

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  2. >> make the content opendata, e.g.
    >> using the CC license

    > Not sure I know what you mean. The
    > content is user generated, so I wouldn't
    > own it anyways?

    It basically just comes down to adding a checkbox to allows people choose a license. "CC with no-deriv, attrib" comes to mind. You could even make this the default.

    >> provide a means to refer to other
    >> literature to back up comments and
    >> ranking

    > You mean a link? Links tend to
    > encourage spamming, but maybe I can
    > enable linking for DOIs only.

    That would be enough, and perfectly fullfil my idea.

    >> make the website source code
    >> opensource

    > You can already view the html from any
    > browser. The only thing not visible is
    > the MySQL query ...

    Then please add a license statement to the webpage confirming this. No PHP source in the background? The reason I ask, is that there is a bunch of chemoinformaticians likely interested in providing patches...

    >> use microformats where possible
    >> (for Operator and FF3)

    > Huh, what's that? I viewd the url but > don't understand what it is.

    No problem. Will blog about that later.

    >> provide browsing by journal

    > How can that be extracted from the
    > DOI?

    Ah, good point. The Chemical blogspace software uses CrossRef or something like that, to get the journal name, I think.

    > I've never used those services so that
    > will take some time.

    Sure, no rush :)

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  3. TAGS are online and ready to go. :)

    Mitch

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  4. I've looked into exporting connotea data, but since they don't include the doi but only the url it isn't practical. Also, now you can sort by submitter. I'll also go ahead and use DOI's for identification queries into the database instead of an arbitrary id field.

    Mitch

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