A few weeks ago, however, Chuck Jones sent me an invitation so I took another look. What caught my eye was the papers that users have uploaded. I'm always on the look out for digital content that I can't find elsewhere so the site's role as a central point for the discovery of articles, etc. is very useful.
Here's an incomplete list of some of my fellow "Academicians" whose scholarship I've downloaded:
- Paul Arthur
- Sinclair Bell
- Pedro Carretero
- Steven Ellis
- Stefan Heidemann
- Lynne Lancaster
- Andrew Meadows
- Luis Ortega
Not everything is perfect about the site. The 'Department Viewer' - for want of a better name - relies on Flash. That's lame and doesn't work on an iPad. And I'm not sure the developers have realized that the papers are a real asset. It would be nice to be able to see all papers listed by people I'm following. Or all papers from a single department. And more liberal spreading around of "Follow this Person" buttons would be nice. If I'm looking at the page for a particular paper, I should be able to single-click to follow its author.
If you're interested, come join the fun. And remember to link to your digital scholarship. As you can tell, I think that's the real utility of the site.