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Deleted the Working Draft Depository group (only 2 members, no activity, and a function of doubtful value). Also recently: added link to the country focus group for Malaysia, in our country pages index. Use $100 worth of free advertsing provided by LinkedIn. Tried three variants at first, then switched to the better two. This probably led to about 4-5 new members joining over a period of a week, for a cost of about $20-25 per member. It is probably worth trying further variations of an advertisement, to see if the response rate can be improved. It seems to be a much better service for our network than Google Ads, doubtless due the generally professional-level membership of LinkedIn.
Moderated two new groups added by Lachezar Hristov Filchev, namely Landscape ecology and Remote sensing. members of the Research Cooperative are welcome to apply. Initially, at least, the Remote sensing group is open ot specialists in the field, while the Landscape ecology group is open to all.
I did meet two representatives from Comscore.com. They use panels of participating companies or organisations in different areas of economic activity in order to provide benchmarks for the performance of individual websites (and specific positions within websites). This allows them to rate the value of websites for advertising purposes, and this in turn allows website owners to set a rational price for advertisers. Unfortunately, there is no benchmark for the performance of online social networks like ours.
Added a page introducing social network research efforts by various institutions and projects. See our Social networks focus group. Next week, I plan to meet a representative from Comscore.com to learn about their website analysis tools, just to see if there is anything that might be useful for developing our own network website.
Ning has recently announced that their networking system (Ning 2.0) will be redesigned over the next few months and our network will have to move to the new system (Ning 3.0) somehow. This is likely to be a major technical challenge for our network.
The prospect has caused me a lot of anxiety. On the other hand, the new system might prove to be better, even if we lose a lot of content in the transition. Nothing is clear at the moment.
As a kind of distraction therapy, today, I bought a set of new domains that may be useful for the Research Cooperative: publishscience.org, publishscience.net, publishscience.info, and publishscience.co
With these we may be able to set up a new trial network at publishscience.org, and get feedback from new members before moving all our existing members to the new system.
Using publishscience.org as a domain name for the new Research Cooperative might also help members understand more clearly that our network is about getting science published.
Our Rocket Hub fundraising campaign finished last week. It was a flop (three donations were kindly made), but those of us involved did learn some useful lessons from the effort.
For the last several days I have been swamped with new member application requests at the Research Cooperative. Around 500 new members have joined in the last two weeks, following a mailout by our sponsor, Medlist. New groups added recently include Research Co-op Malaysia, and The Clockks Archive (support group for an long-term archive of published material).
Received confirmation that Dr Christian Corda is willing to continue serving as a founding member of our International Board of Advisors (which currently has just 2 members). Visited Rocket Hub 'crowd-funding' site to see our fundraising project. The project has 58 days left to run (full period is 70 days). $170 has been raised so far.
Created country focus group for Mexico (Research Co-op Mexico). Checked and reoriganised internal links for Co-op coordination and Project coordination pages. Submitted statement on open access issues to UK House of Lords, and copied to Co-op blog. Corresponded with Julia Schumann (UK member) about possibility of organising a meeting for beer, research and writing in London, for members living in London or nearby.
Reorganised the sub-tabs in the "Meet People" menu, and added new tab for the new "Indexers" occupation group.
Visited Rocket Hub 'crowd-funding' site to see our fundraising project. The project has 62 days left to run (the full period is 70 days). Only $90 has been raised so far, but some useful things have been learned already.
PJM returned to work at the National Museum of Ethnology.
Last updated by Peter J. Matthews May 16.