Tales from the Terminal Room
February 2013, Issue No. 108
Please Note: This is an archive copy of the newsletter. The information and links that it contains are not updated.
Tales from the Terminal Room ISSN 1467-338X
Tales from the Terminal Room (TFTTR) is an electronic newsletter that includes reviews and comparisons of information sources; useful tools for managing information; technical and access problems on the Net; and news of RBA's training courses and publications. Many of the articles will have already appeared on Karen Blakeman's Blog at http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/
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Embarrassed by some of your first tweets from 2007? Wish you hadn't got involved in that drunken virtual brawl on Twitter last Christmas? There was a time when you could safely assume that those ramblings would be lost in the mists of Twitter's archive never to be seen again. A search on Twitter would only give the last few days worth of postings and Google no longer archives the whole of Twitter. True, the Library of Congress does keep copies of every single tweet for posterity but access is only allowed for serious research purposes. So far, the Library has received about 400 inquiries but has not yet been able to provide access (http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2013/01/update-on-the-twitter-archive-at-the-library-of-congress/). So you can breathe easily again? Unfortunately not.
There are commercial organisations such as Datasift (http://datasift.com/) and Gnip (http://gnip.com/) that charge an arm and a leg for analysing tweets and other social media comments, but the cost puts their services out of the reach of the casual searcher. You may find, though, that your forthright hashtagged tweets at a conference have been recorded for all to see free of charge (Sharing (or Over-Sharing?) at #ILI2012, http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/sharing-or-over-sharing-at-ili2012/). And Twitter, itself, is finally providing access to historical tweets.
You can now download your entire collection. Go to your Twitter home page, click on the cog wheel in the upper right hand corner and select settings.
At the bottom of the Settings page is a link to request your archive.
You should receive an email a few minutes later with a download link. The file is zipped and once you have unpacked it you can browse your tweets by year and month or search the archive using keywords or hashtags.
I have not been able to work out how often you are allowed to download your archive and, rather annoyingly, there is no top-up option.
Twitter also runs searches on its entire archive – sort of. There is no obvious date option at the moment, not even under advanced search, so it is appears to be all or nothing, and it does not give you everything straightaway. I thought I would have a look at the tweets on Internet Librarian International 2009, hashtag #ili2009, and was surprised that there seemed to be so few. I scrolled down to the bottom of the results and saw “You've reached the end of the Top Tweets for #ili2009? with a link to “View all tweets”. Twitter then loaded the remaining tweets as I continued to scroll down the page. About Top Tweets Twitter says:
There are also links at the top of the results page that enable you to view Top, All, and tweets from just ‘People you follow'.
There are in fact advanced search commands that can be used to include a date range in your search (see https://support.twitter.com/articles/71577 for details). Changing my search to #ili2009 since:2009-10-01 until:2009-10-31 did seem to work. I am not convinced, though, that Twitter is giving me everything, even when I choose ‘All'. It's a start and long overdue, but I'm not going to abandon my own archiving strategies just yet.
Two free fact sheets, Google Search Tips (http://www.rba.co.uk/search/GoogleSearchTips.shtml) and Top Search Tips (http://www.rba.co.uk/search/TopSearchTips.shtml) have been updated. They are both available as HTML and PDFs.
A new article is available in the subscribers' area of Search Strategies . “Free Search Tools for Finding Research Information” is a 42 page PDF covering five things you need to know about Google, advanced searching in Google, alternative web search tools, institutional repositories and specialist tools. If you do not wish to purchase an annual subscription for the whole of Search Strategies this article is available for £5.99. See http://www.rba.co.uk/search/ResearchInformationTools.shtml for further details.
Sections of the article are also available separately to subscribers in HTML and PDF format:
This week I was in Canterbury leading a workshop and discussion on Google and Google Scholar for finding research information. Although the emphasis was on Google we also covered other specialist tools designed to search for scientific and research information. We also had an interesting discussion on h-index, other citation indices and services such as ORCID and ResearchGate. The slides for the session are available on authorSTREAM (http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/karenblakeman-1706478-google-scholar-research-information/), Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/KarenBlakeman/scholar-research-information) and temporarily at http://www.rba.co.uk/as/.
Anyone who has attended one of my workshops knows that I ask the group to propose at the end of the session their top tips. These are the Canterbury group's top 10 tips.
1. What's going on?
2. Personalisation and ‘unpersonalisation'
If you use Chrome as your browser, open what is called an incognito window. In the top right hand corner of your screen there is an icon with three lines. Click on it and from the drop down menu select New incognito window. Alternatively press the Ctrl Shift N keys on your keyboard
If you use Firefox, from the menu at the top of the screen select Tools followed by Start Private Browsing.
In Internet Explorer select Tools followed by InPrivate Browsing. If you cannot see InPrivate under Tools try looking under the Safety option.
3. Advanced search commands
Google Scholar commands are more limited – see slide 28 of the presentation.
tells Google that biodiesel must be included in the search and exactly as typed in.
5. Reading Level
6. Date options
Google Scholar handles publication dates differently. On the results page you can select a date range from the menu on the left hand of the page. Alternatively, you can run a Google advanced search and enter your publication years. However, Google Scholar looks for publication years in the area of the document where the date is most likely to be. As a result it may identify a page number or part of an author's address as a year!
7. Google Scholar alerts
If the author has created a profile on Google Scholar, from their profile page you can follow new articles and/or new citations for that author. From past experience I warn you that this is not entirely reliable.
8. Metrics – top publications
9. Microsoft Academic Search – visualisations
10. Mednar visual
The following are some of my recent tweets and retweets. They are selected because they contain links to resources or announcements that may be of general interest. I have unshortened the shortened URLs.
RT @ CharlesOppenh Interesting outcome to Google's legal dispute with French newspaper groups. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21302168
Use Google Image Search to look for the pic you tweeted of a breaking news, if it shows up on a news website, get paid! http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?language=en&country=UK§ion=Photography
Eric Schmidt: Google Will Give Higher Rankings to Content Tied to Verified Profiles - Search Engine Watch http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2241704/Eric-Schmidt-Google-Will-Give-Higher-Rankings-to-Content-Tied-to-Verified-Profiles
RT @ninfield: RIP..The cookie law is ‘dead' | News | .net magazine http://www.netmagazine.com/news/cookie-law-dead-132540
RT @zillman More People Taking Breaks From Facebook. Time To Worry? http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2013/02/05/more-people-taking-breaks-from-facebook-time-to-worry/ << same rate of failure as giving up smoking?
MT @damyantipatel 'Early career researchers may be disadvantaged under the gold model of open access' (via THE) http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=422610&c=1
Times Higher Education - RCUK takes open-access green targets off fast track http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=422609&c=1
RT @LibraryCamp http://docutu.be/ A blog dedicated to documentaries available on YouTube. Bookmark it for a rainy day
MT @theREALwikiman: Guide to using Twitter for academic research. It's embedded here: http://subjectguides.york.ac.uk/content.php?pid=355240&sid=2905371 (bottom left)
MT @briankelly Use of 3rd-Party Research Repository Services (ResearchGate seems v. popular across Russell Group http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/profiling-use-of-third-party-research-repository-services/
RT @ Marketingland : Microsoft's “Scroogled” Campaign Against Gmail Wins 0.002% Of Users by @ dannysullivan http://marketingland.com/microsoft-scroogled-campaign-against-gmail-33471
Analysis of last nights twitter reaction to #bbcqt with @georgegalloway @marycreagh_mp @susankramer & @frasernelson http://jimanning.com/bbcqt14feb/
Oh - dear, no more work today! MT @Philbradley: Opening themes: for TV shows! This does exactly what it says on the tin http://www.openingthemes.tv/
"Weapons of math destruction" Teacher Arrested at JFK http://johnjudyc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/teacher-arrested-at-jfk.html This has been doing the rounds for years but I still love it especially the last sentence
RT @ijclark: My article on the digital divide across Europe for @InfoTodayEU http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=87822&PageNum=1
RT @InfoTodayEu Thomson Reuters revises methodology for identifying highly-cited researchers - Research Information http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1128
RT @briankelly Naming Conventions for Institutional Repositories: Lessons from CORE (is your institution's name hidden http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/naming-conventions-for-institutional-repositories-lessons-from-core/
MT @libram iScienceSearch is a search tool for scientists that want to search for chemical data on the Internet http://www.isciencesearch.com/
Times Higher Education - Peers lament open access 'confusion' http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=422775&c=1
"We're so well educated – but we're useless" guardian.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/mortarboard/2013/feb/25/well-educated-but-useless
RT @dannysullivan: Is The Google+ “Spam-Free” Sign-In Really That Different From Facebook? http://marketingland.com/google-sign-in-facebook-34698
MT @stephendale A guide to the law. A must-read for Tweeps who think injunctions don't apply to social media! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20782257
Workshop: Introduction to Business Research
Workshop: Business Information: Key Web Resources
Workshop: How to Make Google behave: techniques for better results
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