I did a little survey today to see what kinds of e-mail or RSS alert services Brandeis scientists (spanning the range from undergrads to faculty) use to learn about new science papers.
About half of them use an alert service. 28% use more than one service, while 20% use a single service. Of the half that don’t use alert services, most of them (42% of total) would consider doing so. Only 10% are turned off by the idea.
Of the services people use, PubMed is the most popular (hardly surprising given how life science heavy we are). Out of 232 responses so far, people said they used alert services from these suppliers:
I’m surprised by the strong showing of individual journals and publishers — who says traditional publishing is dying?
If you need some instructions how to set up alert services, see our wiki.
At one time, we had a lively public technology help forum (on my.brandeis.edu) where a few of us (I miss Rich!) answered questions for Brandeis users brave enough to ask questions in public.
I’m trying to create this atmosphere again. To ask a question in public, go to the new Brandeis Technology Forum (a Google Group) and post it there. You can also email your question to techforum-group AT brandeis.edu
To see recent posts, look at the RSS feed at left.
Update: We’re going to do this, but negotiations are underway about whether we do it within our “Google Apps domain” or without. So we’re holding off a little.
Update 2: We are now doing this inside our “Google Apps domain” and I changed the addresses above. Please post!
Actually, TWiki the Open Source Enterprise Wiki and Web 2.0 Application Platform is even older than that, but our local installation at http://wiki.brandeis.edu/ will be 10 years old come May.
There was at least one software and hardware upgrade along the way, and a few documentation purges (due to executive decisions, not software malfunctions), but it still serves a great purpose in providing collaboratively edited and access-controlled documentation of all sorts to various groups at the university.
Why is there a squirrel here? He’s been the mascot of the Bio Wiki from the start. I’ve always seen my wiki as a place to bury bits of useful technical information with the hope that I’ll be able to sniff them out and dig them up for later use.