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JournalTOCs reaches 3,020 subscribed MyTOCs users

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As of early this morning, JournalTOCs has 3,020 subscribed users worldwide and since last week we’re growing that figure at roughly five new members per day.

Why our users would want to subscribe to JournalTOCs? The main reason is to be able to save their preferred journals in their own MyTOCs folder. From there they can read their favourite new Tables of Contents (TOCs) at their convenience, or export them as an OPML file into any popular RSS feed reader. Their lists of preferred journals are thus permanently saved.

If you are one of our subscribed users, you are probably aware that saving journals in your MyTOCs folder is easy. From the homepage of JournalTOCs you only need to click the “Save to export your MyTOCs folder” link to export the list of your journals to any RSS reader that supports the OPML file format, such as the popular Google Reader. The complete process involves two steps:

A) First you need to save the content of your MyTOCs folder in an OPML file:

– Click on “Save to export your MyTOCs folder” link

– Save your file in your local disk (by default the file will be called mytocs.opml)

B) Secondly, follow the instructions of your favourite RSS reader to import OPML files. For example, these are the instructions for Google Reader:

1.  Login to Google Reader
2.  Click Settings
3.  Select Reader Settings
4.  Click the Import/Export tab
5.  Browse for your mytocs.opml file
6.  Click Open
7.  Click Upload
8. You will see the following displayed until it is done: Your subscriptions are being imported…

Google Reader Export OPML Setup

Fig. 1 Exporting OPML feeds into Google Reader

While 3,020 is an important milestone, we’re more interested about how we could enable our subscribed users to make even more of their MyTOCs content. Thus, to mark this milestone we have added two new features that are exclusively available for our MyTOCs users:

1.    A new search option that allows subscribed users to search for articles in their favourite journal TOCs (MyTOCs folder) only, and
2.    An alerting service that our users can activate to get email alerts when new issues are published in one of their favourite journals.

We’re proud to have reached this latest milestone, and we very much appreciate our MyTOCs users.  We continue developing JournalTOCs to make it even more productive, convenient and useful.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

September 20th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

JournalTOCs Workshop: Presentation 4 – Bibliosight Project

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The fourth presentation at the JournalTOCs workshop was given by Nick Sheppard, Repository Development Officer for Leeds Metropolitan University.

The presentation introduced the Bibliosight Project and is now available as a slide cast.

JournalTOCs Workshop: Presentation 3 – Testing the First Use Case

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The third presentation at the JournalTOCs workshop was given by Santy Chumbe, the JournalTOCs Project manager, on behalf of Anne Dixon from the British Geological Survey who helped to test the first use case for the JournalTOCs project.

The presentation was entitled Testing the First Use Case and is now available as a slide cast.

Written by lisa

November 25th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

JournalTOCs Workshop: Presentation 2 – Repositories and Alert Services

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The second presentation at the JournalTOCs workshop was given by Jenny Delasalle, Repository Manager at the University of Warwick and Chair of UKCoRR.

The presentation was entitled Repositories and Alert Services and is now available as a slide cast.

Written by lisa

November 25th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

How do you want to be alerted?

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A question which often crops up in our discussions is whether the API should also alert IR managers each time new articles written by academics of their institutions (e.g. Universities) have been identified by the API.; and if so, how?

There are many possible alerting options, from traditional email alerting, to using XMPP to push the new articles to the IR clients so that the IR managers could “see” an instant message about the new content on their own admin interfaces.

It seems that managers work in different ways. On one extreme, one IR manager told me that the last thing she would like is that the API tries to “automatically” update her IR, and she would prefer to have the freedom of querying the API when she wanted. At the other extreme, one IR manager told me that he would like to see the possibility of a higher level of integration between the API and his IR admin interface by being able to “see on his screen” that new articles have been found by the API for him.

This question is also related to the delivery format of our alerts. Some IR managers have indicated their interest in receiving data from the API in a CRIS-able format or in richer RSS formats that include RDF modules such as prism and dc. The MODS schema was also mentioned by some of our IR managers. As we do not have expertise on the IR side, we would like to hear from IR managers about what they think about this question: What is the best way to alert you each time the API finds new content for your IR? Perhaps the answer is that the API should provide a range of alerting options, but which one is “top priority”?

We would like to offer various options but we do not want to overfeed our users! 😉


Written by Santiago Chumbe

September 25th, 2009 at 1:14 pm