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Hello, I am Sukhdev Singh from New Delhi (India). I blog here some of the issues, news, happenings and my Web findings on Information Science, Library 2.0, Web 2.0, Open Access and Medical Informatics.

Updated: 2016-08-25T23:55:47.929+05:30


Most Indian Bio-Medical Journals with Top Impact Factors are Open Access Journals


Few days back I got an email giving latest (2010) Impact Factors for Indian Journals according to JCR. I selected Bio-Medical Journals out of these and ranked them according to their Impact Factors. JournalISSNIF (2010)Access TypeJ BIOSCIENCES0250-59911.888OpenINDIAN J MED RES0971-59161.826OpenJ POSTGRAD MED0022-38591.589OpenJ GENET0022-13331.338OpenINDIAN J VIROL0970-28221.133ClosedANN THORAC MED1817-17371.06OpenINDIAN J MED MICROBI0255-08571.006OpenINDIAN J MICROBIOL0046-89910.938ClosedINDIAN J DERMATOL VE0378-63230.932OpenINDIAN PEDIATR0019-60610.9OpenNEUROL INDIA0028-38860.834OpenINDIAN J OPHTHALMOL0301-47380.827OpenJ CANCER RES THER0973-14820.825OpenALLELOPATHY J0971-46930.635ClosedINDIAN J PATHOL MICR0377-49290.57OpenNATL MED J INDIA0970-258X0.541OpenINT J DIABETES DEV C0973-39300.509ClosedINDIAN J PEDIATR0019-54560.502ClosedINDIAN J PHARM SCI0250-474X0.455OpenPHARMACOGN MAG0973-12960.432OpenANN INDIAN ACAD NEUR0972-23270.415OpenINDIAN J PHARMACOL0253-76130.303OpenINDIAN J ORTHOP0019-54130.285OpenINDIAN J PHARM EDUC0019-54640.163Open Contrary to the common myth that open access journals lack quality - the top journals, as can be seen from above table, are Open Access Journals. [...]

Venturing into DSpace


After using EPrints for a repository that has earned me a bit of fame among Indian LIS professionals, I am now venturing into DSpace. Well this does not imply my preference to either of these. So, the news is that I managed to install DSpace (1.6.2) on a RHEL 5 box.Well, to admit, it was not smooth. However the following did helped me:DSpace Installation (Manual) in Redhat LinuxAN ALMOST IDIOT'S GUIDE TO INSTALL AND UPGRADE TO POSTGRESQL 8.4 WITH YUMHowto Install Sun Java (JDK, JRE) on Fedora, CentOS, Red HatJDK InstallationDSpace 1.5.2 installation procedure on CentOS 5.3Installing DSpace on CentOS 5Apache virtual hosting with Tomcat and mod_jkI got struck at two places. First it was problem with 'xml-commons-apis'. It was missing. When I installed it by 'yum install xml-commons-apis', Yum automatically removed Sun Java. I had to re-install Sun Java. Second time I got struck with 'ant fresh_install'. The problem was withDownloading The server was not able to download GeoLiteCity.dat.qz file. I had to cheat 'ant fresh_install' by downloading the file from alternative location and placing it on my server and then tweaking the installation script. Now finally the DSpace 1.6.2 is working for me. But, I have yet started. [...]

Where do Indian Open Access Repositories stand in world ranking?


January 2010 Edition of the "The Ranking Web of World repositories" is now available. Cybermetrics Lab has been bringing out such ranking of open access repositories for past few years.

Ranking of Indian Repositories in top 400 world's repositories is given below:

82 - Indian Institute of Science Bangalore ePrints

148 - Openmed

180 - Indian Statistical Institute Digital Library

218 - Indian Institute of Astrophysics Dspace

245 - National Institute of Oceanography India Digital Repository

278 - Raman Research Institute Digital Repository

370 - National Aerospace Laboratories Institutional Repository

Visibility occupies more weight in their methodology as compared to number of documents in repository.


So, how does India score - Good, bad or just OK?

Being most productive while being idle


How I am most productive while being idle or is it librarianship at its best?Well, do you know what I do while I am doing nothing?I am idle most of the time I commute between my office and residence. It comes out to be about two and half hours on week days. I am also not doing anything while awake in bed but reluctant to come out of my blanket in this Delhi winter. I am also idle while helping my wife in her daily house hold things on Saturdays and Sundays. While washing machine is doing its work I am standing idle waiting to for it to complete its work. Yes, I do nothing except for “playing” with my mobile phone. Yes, it is the same dying model of Sony Ericsson K750i. But it does wonders for me. It connects me to Internet through that old GPRS protocol which now has been outdated with 3G. Thanks, to MTNL, which makes it possible for me to remain connected at very affordable rates. (It charges 1 paisa per 10 KB. 100 paise makes an Indian Rupee and about 46 Rupees makes an US Dollar)“Playing” with mobile phone? Well, my wife may say that! But actually, either I am going through my RSS Subscriptions on Google Reader or logged to Twitter. Apart from these I also check my emails. Yes, I am reading while I am doing ‘nothing’. So, what is so great about that? Well, I also share the best of what I read. On, Twitter, I follow interesting links twittered by people I follow. If I find these worth sharing with my followers, I “RT” (Re-Tweet) these links as such or with my comments. I also tweet other information bits which I happen to discover while browsing net or reading my emails. While on Google Reader, whenever I find some interesting RSS item, I simply click on ‘share’.Now what happens to my ‘shared’ items is interesting and I can call it my ‘productive librarianship’. Yes, “Librarianship”! If you agree with me that selecting, collecting, organizing and archiving objects containing information for re-use comes within the scope of librarianship.Ok, then what happens to my ‘shared items’. Well, first of all, I am using a service called FriendFeed that automatically picks up my shared items from Google Reader. It then further feed these to twitter with my user account. These items along with my RTs and original tweets are available to my followers. So you see I select items and connect my followers and friends to these. Well, not just on twitter but also on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Orkut. Such social networking applications can now integrate twitter with them. However, I was looking for some mechanism to archive my twitter activity as well some time. Recently, I found a way out. I created a blog to archive my twitter activity. Well, it is on a paid server space (I can admit spending some money from my pocket as my wife is not going to read this). I used WordPress as the blogging platform and added a freely available ‘Plugin’ called Twitter Digest. Now, what it does? It automatically pulls out my twitter updates and displays in right hand side-frame. Nothing great, but then it also automatically creates a daily digest of my twitter updates and blogs it as one post per day. So, what started as a piece of information being read and shared on my mobile phone in idle time becomes a part of a blog post.Here, one important aspect should be noted. I would be following only those people whose tweets are of my interest. Further, I would be picking and reading only those links which would appear potentially useful to me. Then after going through these, I would be deciding as which of these could be useful to my followers and thus can be shared. So, here there is lot of filtering going on. As information passes through more and more filters, it gets enriched and authenticated at each level.Just look this from a higher level of abstraction. Information generated in the grey cells (brain) of uncountable number of people connected to internet gets filtered at various stages. Bits that generate [...]

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009


Found this on SlideShare.
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View more documents from Jane Hart.

Text Translation on Google Translate


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Google Translate is a tool that allows you to translate text, documents and webpages between over 50 languages.

Handwriting fonts.


Was wondering how people make PPT slides with handwritten fonts. Then I came across this useful post on Rapid eLearning Blog - "Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts". I am yet to try to create a font for my own handwriting. Anyway, there are few common handwritten fonts readily available from other sources.

in reference to:

"Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts"
- Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts » The Rapid eLearning Blog (view on Google Sidewiki)

YouTube Video: Social Media Revolution


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Why Libraries should use and adopt Open Source Software?


I am just back from 12th NATIONAL CONVENTION ON KNOWLEDGE, LIBRARY AND INFORMATION NETWORKING (NACLIN 2009) of DELNET. There, I argued that Open Source Software is best candidate for being used in Libraries. Both Library as well as Open Source Communities have similar ideologies. Computing history has shown us that both hardware and software have very short life span. They tend to get obsolete in no time when compared to Libraries - which are long term entities. Open Source software is a community effort. Thus there would be someone from community to take place of original developers in case they leave the project. Using Open Source Software is as good as legally owning it. Even libraries can sponsor further development. Thus it is worth to use and adopt open source software for long-term gains and continuity.

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Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki


Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars conduct research more efficiently or creatively.




Pazpar2 is a metasearching middleware webservice featuring merging, relevance ranking, record sorting, and faceted results.


Twitter Hindi Reference


`Chidiyaghar` ya phir `Chahchahati Bahar`


Chahchahata Milan

Yeh Bapu ne bola hai. VT bole toh Vaapis Tweet

Trending Topics:
Ubharta Vishay

Soochak Shabd

MKH=Mogambo Khush Hua(Ho Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha)

MLLKH=Mogambo Lot Lot ke Khush Hua

Via Jai Hind: Proud to be an Indian in 'Twitter Hindi Diwas'


24 new features planned for the next release of EPrints


Leslie Carr in his post EPrints and its Development talks about new features planned for the next release of EPrints.


Access to the scientific literature in India


A paper Access to the scientific literature in India uses an evidence-based approach to assess the difficulties faced by developing country scientists in accessing the scientific literature. According to this paper Indian scientists have shorter references lists; they are more likely to cite articles from open access journals and are less likely to cite articles from expensive journals.


Evolution of Librarianship in ICE age.


It talks about how librarianship is changing in this era of WEB 2.0 / Social Web. Hope all of us can fellow the evolution path indicated in the presentation.

Repositories Support Project (RSP)


Repositories Support Project (RSP) is a useful resource to guide establishing, maintaining and promoting Open Access repositories.


New Launch: Open Access Solutions


OPENACCESSSOLUTIONS.COM may be of interest for those who wish to edit, publish and electronically distribute a highly professional OA journal, yet remain independent.


VTLS Announces the Release of VITAL 4.0


Release of VITAL 4.0

VITAL is VTLS' solution for today's digital and institutional repositories. Designed to provide all functions of a repository VITAL provides capabilities to ingest, create, maintain, validate, uniquely identify, secure, preserve and export the contents of institutional collections.


Video on XAMPP - Install Apache, PHP, MySQL without fuss


If you want to try out an Open Source Software that requires LAMP (Linux, Apache, MyQSL and PHP / Perl), here is a simple solution. You don't have to run to a Linux Box. You can try and play with it on your Windows desktop itself. There is a packaged software that will install required files of Apache, MyQSL and PHP / Perl on your windows desktop. It is called XAMPP.

Here is a video that will help in installing this wonderful package.

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Recent article cautioning over-reliance on Impact Factors


Here is yet another article cautioning over reliance on Impact Factors for measuring research impact.

[0902.2183] A principal component analysis of 39 scientific impact measures
..scientific impact is a multi-dimensional construct that can not be adequately measured by any single indicator, although some measures are more suitable than others. The commonly used citation Impact Factor is not positioned at the core of this construct, but at its periphery, and should thus be used with caution..


Open Source for Libraries


Good presentation on Open Source Softwares and issues associated with Open Source model. Surveys few Open Source Softwares that can be used in Libraries. Remember, there are many more.
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View more presentations from Nicole Engard. (tags: opensource open)



novo|seek is an another search engine for PubMed. It claims to retrieve more relevant references with ability to fine tune search query.

RSS and Libraries


RSS and Its Use In Libraries
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