Academic Search Engines

Docear 1.1.1 Beta with Academic Search Feature

As you may know, Docear features a recommender system for academic literature. To find out which papers you might be interested in, the recommender system parses your mind maps and compares them to our digital library with currently about 1.8 million academic articles. While this is helpful and might point you to papers relevant for your general research goals, you will sometimes have to find information on a specific topic and hence search directly. Based on our knowledge about recommender systems and some user requests, we decided to implement a direct search feature on our digital library. I am very grateful to Keystone, who supported me in visiting Dr. Georgia Kapitsaki at the University of Cyprus (UCY) in Nicosia for a full month to work on this idea. Dr. Kapitsaki's has already supported us in our work on Docear's recommender system in July 2013. Her knowledge about the inner mechanics and her ideas on the the search engine were essential for the implementation and the research part of the project.

How to use it

You can access the search feature from Docear's ribbon bar ("Search and Filter > Documents > Online search") or by double-clicking the "Online search" entry in Docear's workspace panel. Since both the recommender system and the personalized search engine make use of your mind maps. you need to enable the recommendation service in Docear. Screenshot from 2014-07-07 15:19:39 After opening the search page, you will see
  • a text box for your search query,
  • a "Search" button, and
  • several buttons below the text box reflecting search terms you might be interested in. If Docear does not have enough data to decide about your interests, this part remains empty.
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By Joeran Beel, ago
Developers

Docear’s users donate $434 in two years (i.e. ~4 Cent per user)

As you probably know, Docear is free and open source. As you might know as well, we do accept donations. Today, we would like to share some statistics with you about the amount of donations we received. Actually, in the past two years, we received 434 US$ (~340€) from from 33 donators. That's not a lot, given that Docear has several thousands of active users. However, it's also no surprise and to be honest, we ourselves hardly ever donate for other software tools, so we cannot blame anyone for not donating to Docear (even if he should heavily use it). The average donation we received was 13.16$ (median was 10$), the highest donation was 50$, the smallest 1$, standard deviation 11.04$. The following chart shows the individual and cumulated donations. Sometimes, we don't receive any recommendations for several month, sometimes we get multiple ones within a week or so. (more…)

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Developers

Who wants to develop Docear4LibreOffice or Docear4OpenOffice?

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By Joeran Beel, ago
Developers

Docear welcomes Georgia M. Kapitsaki, a visiting researcher from Cyprus, who will be supporting us with our recommender system

Yesterday we welcomed Dr. Georgia M. Kapitsaki here in our main office in Magdeburg, Germany. Georgia is from the University of Cyprus and will stay one month with us. Her main interest lies in our research-paper recommender system and she will support us in improving our recommender system and performing some research. We are really excited to have her with us and are grateful to Erasmus who is supporting her stay. If you would be interested in visiting us and working or researching on Docear, let us know. We have many interesting projects to work on  :-). Georgia is also giving some lectures at  Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg. The first lecture about model-driven engineering  was already yesterday but you could still join her Read more…

By Joeran Beel, ago
business

We offer a paid internship for Bachelor students from Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

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By Joeran Beel, ago
Developers

Bachelor students: Do a paid internship in software engineering or statistics here at Docear

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By Joeran Beel, ago
Developers

The second Freeplane/Docear Developer Conference: User Friendliness, Collaboration and Scripting

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By Joeran Beel, ago