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Comparison chart of scientific networks

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At the current digital era with an increasing globalisation a social network is a suitable instrument to stay in contact with colleagues, former colleagues and places of acitivity. Special customised social networks for scientists fulfil the most important functions to the networking and to collaborative working. The significant difference from popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter & Co. are the unique users and the various capabilities of scientific cooperation. This contrasts strongly with the mainstream and is an essential reason to join them. Each of the 12 presented services can score at different fields. Finally it depends on the acceptance by users and on the critical mass of members, which network will become successful.

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Comparison chart of scientific networks

  1. 1. Nature Network ResearchGate myExperiment Sciencestage BestThinking Sciencefeed AtmosPeer Social Networks Epernicus Academia LabRoots Scholarz for Scientists Orwik contacts following Networking groups 1 2 graph status messages to comment status Communication messaging system blog public profile Privacy hide profile delete account bibliography Publications upload 3 3 4 embedded into 5 6 7 Integration transfer to 6 Launch year 2007 2010 2009 2008 2008 2007 2007 2010 2008 2008 2010 2008 Members approx. 120000 125 n/a n/a 4000 3500 25000 n/a 300000 n/a n/a 270000 Authors: Oliver Wunder, Sascha Fricke GEOZON SCIENCE MEDIA Date: 2010-02-19 Licence: CC-BY (1) Mailinglists (2) Forum (3) .doc, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .gif (4) .pdf, .mp3, mpg, mpeg, avi, divx, mp4, flv, wmv, rm, mov, moov, asf, swf, vob (5) Twitter (6) Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed (7) YouTube

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