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Science and Curation: the New Practice of Web 2.0

Science and Curation: the New Practice of Web 2.0 | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

The Internet now makes it possible to publish and share billions of data items every day, accessible to over 2 billion people worldwide. This mass of information makes it difficult, when searching, to extract the relevant and useful information from the background noise. It should be added that these searches are time-consuming and can take much longer than the time we actually have to spend on them. Today, Google and specialized search engines such as Google Scholar are based on established algorithms. But are these algorithms sufficiently in line with users’ needs? What if the web needed a human brain to select and put forward the relevant information and not just the information based on “popularity” and lexical and semantic operations? (...) - by Célya Gruson-Daniel, MyScienceWork blog, 29 October 2012


This article is a translation of “Science et curation : nouvelle pratique du Web 2.0

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Social media tips for scientists

Social media tips for scientists | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it
For many scientists, the thought of spending time on social media sites is distinctly unappealing. To some it’s just a question of time: why add to that to-do list which is already long enough? For others it’s more to do with social media itself, finding the idea of sharing thoughts and ideas with the whole world pointless or self-indulgent.


If that sounds like you, it might be time to reconsider your options – social media includes much more than the usual suspects like Facebook and Twitter, and there are even sites dedicated to academics. Indeed, a vast number of scientists are using social media for tremendous gains – whether that be forming new contacts and collaborations, sharing ideas, communicating science, inspiring others or just entertaining them. Why not join them? (...) - by Catherine de Lange, Naturejobs, 28 Sep 2012

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Vers une “data-sociologie” ? Tour d’horizon des techniques de collecte automatisée de données sur le web

Vers une “data-sociologie” ? Tour d’horizon des techniques de collecte automatisée de données sur le web | Science 2.0 news | Scoop.it

Ces vingt dernières années ont vu le développement de techniques et d’outils informatiques qui permettent d’automatiser la collecte et la mise en forme de données, en particulier celles provenant d’internet[1]. Plus puissantes et plus faciles d’accès, ils sont aussi de plus en plus utilisés dans de nombreuses professions. Leur diffusion intéresse donc les chercheurs en sciences sociales, à la fois parce qu’elles permettent de collecter rapidement des informations sur divers aspects du monde social, mais aussi parce qu’elle conteste un peu plus leur monopole dans la production de données quantitatives. On se propose ici de réaliser un rapide tour d’horizon sur cette question qui souligne le potentiel, et évoque certains enjeux, du recours croissant à ces méthodes pour nos disciplines. (...) - Par Alexandre Hobeika et Étienne Ollion via Pierre Merklé sur Quanti, 3 octobre 2012

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