The future of Google Scholar

There is an interesting interview out in Nature where Richard van Noorden interviewed Anurag Acharya from Google Scholar: Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future : Nature News & Comment.  Definitley worth a look.  It has tidbits on the past, present and future of Google Scholar.

There are also some follow ups to this.  For example on Twitter I saw the following exchange:


I am in general agreement here that the cmmnity needs to start thinking about an open alternative.  Yes, I like Google Scholar (e.g., see my post on the Google Scholar blog: Using Google Scholar in Scholarly Workflows that I wrote in honor of the 10th Anniversary og GS.  But the lack of an API interface and the givng in to publishers demands seems lame.  So I do think we need to start to build up new strategies.  //

Connotea is closing

Just got this email … not sure what the full story is behind it but Connotea is closing ….

Connotea is closing

Connotea,’s social bookmarking site, is closing on March 12th, 2013. We would like to thank you for your patience with and support for the site.

To enable you to export your bookmarks to an alternative service, we are providing a tool to make the process as easy as possible. Connotea will be available until March 12th, 2013 and you are strongly encouraged to download your bookmarks before this date as your library will not be accessible afterwards.

The Connotea Export Tool will convert your bookmarks into two formats that should be compatible with most common browsers or reference management systems:

  • HTML – compatible with most browsers
  • RIS – compatible with most reference management systems.

You will be able to log in to the Connotea Export Tool by using your Connotea username and password and following the instructions on screen. Once you have downloaded your HTML and/or RIS file, please refer to the instructions for your browser and/or reference management system to import your bookmarks.

Access the Connotea Export Tool.

As Connotea stores a large amount of data, in some cases it may take over an hour for your bookmarks file to be generated. If you experience any problems with exporting your bookmarks, or have any other questions or queries, please contact Marta Rolak