[Air-L] New Online Social Network: BioMedExperts

Gerry Mckiernan gerrymck at iastate.edu
Fri Jan 18 10:50:07 PST 2008


A Most Interesting New Social Network - BioMedExperts


Collexis Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CLXS), a leading developer of high
definition search and knowledge discovery software, today announced the
debut of BioMedExperts (http://www.biomedexperts.com) -- the first
online social network of its kind to improve collaboration among
researchers and therefore advance medical science. Collexis launched the
new service with more than 1.4 million pre-generated profiles of its
expected users from across 120 countries and expects to grow by another
two million profiles over the next few months. 


The ability for researchers to collaborate across scientific
disciplines is becoming more and more critical,* said James Coffin,
Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life
Sciences. *By connecting biologists, chemists, clinical researchers
and other scientists from across the globe, BioMedExperts can play a key
role in enabling a new wave of modern science and have tremendous impact
on progress in biomedical research.*

The new service will allow life sciences professionals to connect with
each other, share data, collaborate more efficiently and conduct deep
research across thousands of sources. 

*Where first generation social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn
require users to enter data, BioMedExperts is a life science open
platform that goes to the next level - it continuously captures the
research activity of experts worldwide, serving as a definitive source
to identify relationships to others within the community, either by
topic or geography,* said Bill Kirkland, CEO of Collexis. 

When researchers log on to the service, which is entirely free, they
will have access to approximately 12 million pre-established network
connections, automatically generated from more than 6 million scientific
publications from 6,500 journals. BioMedExperts encompasses almost every
published researcher in the biomedical sciences field worldwide. 


BioMedExperts includes tools that allow users to: 

Search the network of profiles and articles by expert name or keyword
and analyze the profiles of more than 1.4 million scientists by
expertise, region and more 

Customize their own profiles 

Communicate with other members of BioMedExperts - users can invite
others to their own personal network and email experts from within the
entire BioMedExperts community to cultivate and grow professional

Set up article alerts - users can receive alerts on new articles by
topic or by name (for example, users can easily track articles published
by co-authors 


Kirkland added that BioMedExperts is the first in a series of
professional social networks that the company plans to introduce over
the next couple of years that utilizes the proprietary technology. 



A Screenshot  / Lnks / More are available at

BTW: Surely similar online social networking can be created from other
(bibliographic) databases  /sources [?]

Any past/present/future projects that list members may be aware ?



Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011

gerrymck at iastate.edu 

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