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News, Web 2.0: A Different Social Networking Tool for Scientists… BioMedExperts

biomedexperts.jpgPhoto courtesy of BioMedExperts.com – Copyright 2008. – All rights reserved.

Yet another foray into the social networking arena was seen this month with the introduction of BioMedExperts.com, a social networking/collaboration site targeted towards individual scientists. The site is co-sponsored by Dell Computer and Collexis, a Dutch software company, and was announced at the 2008 American Library Association Midwinter Conference, held in Philadelphia this week. Click here to read their 2008 press release.

BioMedExperts (BME) displays “pre-generated profiles” of 1.4 million authors and expects to add profiles to 2,000,000 additional scientists over the next few months. Following is another excerpt from the Biomedexperts.com “About” page:

“…Bringing the right researchers together and allowing them to grow their professional network is the ultimate goal of biomedexperts (BME) – the first literature-based social networking platform for the life-science research community. BME is a new online community that connects biomedical researchers to each other through the display and analysis of the networks of co-authors with whom each investigator works to publish scientific papers. The comprehensive system of pre-populated expert profiles, coupled with the ability to analyze all associated professional connections within the co-author network, allows scientists and researchers across organizations the ability to share data and collaborate in ways never before considered”.

Those who have not published in scientific journals can also sign up and join BME.

2008 looks to be an interesting year to observe how thoroughly this new site – supported by commercial dollars – can penetrate an already crowded market of online collaboration tools targeted at scientists. BME sounds similar in scope and purpose to LinkedIn or Sermo… although each of these products addresses a highly-differentiated niche of global users.

Let’s stay tuned as this new product develops.

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