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Demo Web Clients for nature.com OpenSearch

Demo Web Clients for nature.com OpenSearch

(Click image to enlarge.) [Update – 2009.10.05: This post (2. Clients) is one of three. See also: 1. Service, 3. Widgets.] The previous post described the nature.com OpenSearch service. Prior to that I posted on our new desktop widgets which use one of the XML interfaces – specifically the RSS feed. Here we wanted to also show what can be done in the browser itself. We’ve created a small gallery of demo clients which all use the text-based JSON interface (or rather JSONP for cross-site scripting purposes). You can find the demos here: http://nurture.nature.com/opensearch/apps These demo apps show how the  … Read more

nature.com OpenSearch

nature.com OpenSearch

(Click image to enlarge.) [Update – 2009.10.05: This post (1. Service) is one of three. See also: 2. Clients, 3. Widgets.] Earlier this week we soft-launched a new service: nature.com OpenSearch. Simply put, nature.com OpenSearch provides a structured resource discovery facility for content hosted on nature.com. In effect, this is a sister service to our regular nature.com search service which allows a user to query nature.com and browse the result sets. By contrast, the new service allows applications to query nature.com and to fetch the results back in formats of their choosing. The diagram above attempts to compare the existing  … Read more

Desktop Widgets: nature.com search

Desktop Widgets: nature.com search

[Update – 2009.10.05: This post (3. Widgets) is one of three. See also: 1. Service, 2. Clients.] The newly launched nature.com OpenSearch web service (which I’ll discuss in a separate post) is an interface that provides distributed access to search on the nature.com platform. Specifically, the interface allows for structured queries from remote clients as well as for structured responses, and implements two compatible industry standards for search: OpenSearch and SRU (Search and Retrieval via URL) As a practical demonstration of this distributed access we have developed a nature.com search desktop widget which is a small standalone app that runs  … Read more

WikiProteins – are a million minds listening?

A couple of days ago Barend Mons and colleagues published an article in Genome Biology about WikiProteins – a new way of asking a “million minds to annotate a million [biomedical] concepts”. On the face of it, it seems like an fine idea: combine text mining and other database trawling (Medline, GO, UniProt and others), distill some concept maps from that (Knowlets, they call them) and invite scientists to chip in via a wiki.  Read more

BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

Here’s a new scientific search engine that let’s you choose to search only freely available content: http://base.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/index_english.html. It mostly indexes material published using OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), but it includes some standard websites too. There’s a list of the content providers — which includes a number of publishers.  Read more