Super bowl Sunday epiphany

Posted On February 4, 2008

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After experimenting with different ways to gather the final bit of information, I finally settled on a process.  Since I could not find any citations that are tagged in PubMed with Connotea/CiteULike, I took another approach; I had always thought the taggers started their searches in PubMed.  If they did not, those citations would not be tagged. 

Plan C:  record the first 10 citations from Connotea & CiteULike (that equals 20) for each tag.  Connotea lists each tag in order from oldest date of tagging to newest date of tagging.  CiteULike does not follow that rule, so it’s first page of tags are not from last month.  I listed the first 10 tags that are indexed in PubMed, no limits put on the PubMed information.  I am trying to discover if social tagging is really a useful social phenomenom. 

Tag/mesh heading “attention” = 8/10 of Connotea citations are indexed with the same term in PubMed,  In addition, this term is the major topic of  all 8.  9/10 of CiteULike citations are indexed with the same term in PubMed.  In addition this term is the major topic of all 9.

Tag/mesh heading “biology” = None of the 20 selected citations are indexed in PubMed with this term. 

I SO wish I had the time to interview the taggers to find out why the particular term was used. 

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