Mendeley

I’ve just had Mendeley_com start to follow me on Twitter. Not quite sure how they found me, but Mendeley itself claims to be social software for managing & storing research papers. In itself, perhaps it’s not that new, there are other academically slanted social bookmarking etc., tools (e.g. Connotea, Scholar [which can be integrated with Blackboard, which may make it less useful for researchers, but potentially more useful for student researchers] or CiteUlike).
The guys (and they do all seem to be guys) who’ve set this up seem to primarily be UK based (so a little interesting to see how few UK researchers have registered so far.) They say that they’re trying to work with some of the founders of Skype & Last.fm – who clearly were good at getting networks working.
I’ll register.

Glide OS

I’m just testing GlideOS. It apparently offers you 10GB of storage free, it’s possible to create documents & presentations, to email them to people; to share the desktop with up to 5 users (for free).

It uses popups for the various tools; Firefox though, didn’t let me know it had blocked them, so I was a bit mystified until I tried IE. (It needs Flash 9+, though that wasn’t the problem for me) The “write” & “present” save files as .html; I was able to email them (it sets up an email account on creation), to set up a meeting with the presentation already loaded. The meeting feature seems fairly powerful – appears to offer 4 video streams, as well as text chat, sharing of files etc. There is also “The Cube”, which seems to be a video/music/bookmark sharing facility – though once I’d started a video & moved on to look at the bookmarks, I couldn’t shut it up! Oh, and you can create a website too. Probably more as well …

Seems quite powerful.

Issuu – You Publish

Issuu is another document sharing site. Like Scribd it’s for sharing published documents, rather than providing a service to enable creating the document, as Think Free or Zoho do.

Issuu at the moment only allows pdf files, but it’s got an interesting way of viewing them – just like a book. The interface rather reminded me of some of the options in the International Children’s Digital Library.

Via: Ignatia de Waard