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Taming the flood of literature for researchers

last modified Oct 13, 2014 12:45 PM
Sparrho features in an article in Nature about recommendation services that help researchers keep up with the most important papers without becoming overwhelmed by information.


Sparrho aggregates, distils and recommends the best scientific discoveries so researchers do not have to do the searching. In the article in Nature, titled How to tame the flood of literature (4 September 2014), Ross Mounce, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Bath, UK, says he uses Sparrho.

“The breadth is a real strength,” he says about Sparrho’s recommendations from a keyword-based feed that asks users to train the tool by flagging suggestions as relevant or irrelevant. It includes articles, grants, patents, posters and conference proceedings from all the sciences.

Recommendations are based on connections between similar users. “We’re allowing intelligent curators, humans, to join the scattered dots,” says chief executive Vivian Chan, who co-founded Sparrho after she struggled to keep up with the literature while studying for a biochemistry PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Sparrho, based until recently at the ideaSpace West site, has just moved to offices in London.

Read the full Nature article here.

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