With over 25,000 life science journals and 1 million articles published last year keeping up to date with all the latest research in your field can be a challenge. A new start up at Roslin aims to change this.
With over 25,000 life science journals and 1 million articles published last year keeping up to date with all the latest research in your field can be a challenge. A new start-up at The Roslin Institute aims to change this.
Dipodo.com, developed by James Prendergast, a career track fellow in the Division of Genetics and Genomics, keeps users updated with relevant research by automatically learning their interests through examining the articles in their reference collection.
Dipodo integrates seamlessly with the main online reference managers, Zotero and Mendeley, and also works with all the major desktop reference managers. Having learnt the type of articles a user reads it identifies all similar articles published each day. No more trawling through journal tables of content or running regular searches.
To enable users to more quickly scan through suggested papers, Dipodo also identifies the key sentence from article abstracts so that a user can more quickly see if it is worth digging into the article further. Dipodo also finds blog entries and jobs that match a user’s background, with conferences and funding opportunities being added in the near future. Other features include the ability to find peers with similar interests around the globe, comment on articles, see what others are saying, and easily share interesting papers with colleagues.
Dipodo just won the a University of Edinburgh Enterprise Award (part of the Inspire Launch Grow competition that recognises the top Entrepreneurs across the student and staff population of the University of Edinburgh) and is currently up for the Converge Challenge so James would love to get some feedback on how he can improve it to make it even more useful.