Which open mechanisms exist to provide an overview on a given topic?

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asked May 5, 2017 in Open Science by Daniel Mietchen (1,215 points)
If you are new to a research subfield or want to brush up or zoom in or out, it is often hard to get a good overview. Which open tools/ platforms/ etc. exist in this space?

2 Answers

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answered May 13, 2017 by Dilaton (100 points)
edited May 17, 2017 by Dilaton

I often find academic research-level Q&A communities rather helpful when looking for an introduction to or an overview concerning a new topic. However, I only know such communities concerning a limite number of research fields such as

Disclosure: I am among the founders of PhysicsOverflow

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answered May 17, 2017 by Christian Pietsch (270 points)

A clustering search engine can help you group search results in areas you don't know well. So I would suggest you try Open Knowledge Maps which by default uses the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) in the background and clusters the publications that match your query.

Disclosure: I am involved in running BASE.

commented May 17, 2017 by Daniel Mietchen (1,215 points)
Yes, Open Knowledge Maps is one of the two platforms I had in mind when posting the question. I did not want to pull the discussion in a particular direction, though, so decided not to mention them. The other one I had in mind was Wikidata, and especially frontends to it, like

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