...[M]any repositories have fairly basic functionality. Some don't mind, and see repositories as a way merely to provide open access or to archive the institution's output. This is a pity. Repositioning them, making repositories attractive places to come to for researchers – and to come back to – would greatly help in their potential success. Many are already on that track....
It's easy enough. Have a look at the functionality that can soon be added to any repository (or blog, or personal site, for that matter) and click the 'button' on the upper right hand side of this page that gives you the opportunity to discover more knowledge [PS: referring to the KnewCo ConceptWeb Linker Button on his blog]. Within weeks we hope to make the code for that button publicly and freely available, for anybody to use on any site (watch this space!)....For now, this technology allows you especially to discover knowledge in the main 'domain of its experience', the biomedical areas....
[Clicking the button turns words on the same page into links, which pull up menus to KnewCo-organized knowledge.] The first thing you can do is search further. The search will automatically include synonyms. Even something simple as skinis, when used to search further, automatically expanded into the search argument: "Skin" OR "Integument" OR "cutaneous tissue" OR "skin system" OR "Integumental system".
But you can also see authors and publications that are specifically related to the concept you're looking at. And you can see what all the other concepts are that are connected to this concept, and how they are connected. All connections are explained, and these explanations have links to the original source from which the connections were 'mined'....
Peter Suber at 12/03/2008 12:12:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.