Links: SIMBAD Annotations, IDL 8.0, Mendeley Goes Social, and More.

by Kelle on March 5, 2010

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1 Jessica March 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Wow! SIMBAD comments. I can’t tell you how many guide stars people have tried to use only to find that they are binary. Now something can be done with that information!! I wonder what other kind of information people might find useful (e.g. guide star brightness?). This content won’t be published/refereed; how does that impact its trustworthiness?

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2 Marshall March 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Jessica – they’re requiring commenters to authenticate with user accounts of some kind. So presumably they can track edit histories, build up trustworthiness metrics for authors, etc.

Wikipedia for the sky?

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3 Marshall March 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

And yes, having just experimented with it and created my first annotation, it does tag things with user accounts and names. So that’s good.

Also note that as of right now, this only seems to be available at the master Simbad site in France, and has not yet propagated to the US mirror.

(Also, and unrelatedly: Hey, IDL 8.0 actually sounds like a pretty nice update! Gonna make the IDL vs. Python debate a lot more interesting, I suspect.)

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