So here we are again… a little delayed due to illness, but better late than never!
This week was rather daunting for me. Most of the research work I do is policy-focused, and one thing I’ve learned about policy makers is that they don’t really care very much about references. So things like Mendeley and cite-u-like are always going to be rather marginal in my work. The groups could be useful, although the most populous ones on Mendeley for both public policy and information science had a grand total of one member each.
Diigo, on the other hand, is brilliant. Whereas I used to haphazardly bookmark to my browser or email links to myself, I can now use my handy little Diigo toolbar app to mark down all those interesting recipes, beautiful knitting patterns – oh, and useful articles on data taxonomies – so that I can get at them from anywhere. Or at least I could if the British Library computer systems would allow me to download the Diigo toolbar app. Sigh. One step at a time.
Finally, LibraryThing. Again, I can’t see much use for this in a research context as it is incredibly rare for me to use books. However, I love that the arduous sign-up process (which, as other Thingers have noted, gets a bit tiresome by the 57th time) is enlivened by asking you to type in a book title or author name rather than a random string of letters. I also think that the site is great in its areas of strength, which is clearly fiction. I looked up A S Byatt’s The Children’s Book – the last book I finished – and it recommended that I try The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver next. Now, funnily enough, I read that book recently as well, and was strongly reminded of it while enjoying A S Byatt. This either shows the power of folksonomies , or that I have a highly unoriginal mind. Or possibly both.