ScienceSeeker on Google Currents, SciVerse and ImpactStory

ScienceSeeker is not just a website to find interesting science posts, it’s a huge open database, and we are constantly working on new and better ways to let you access and filter it, here are some of the cool things that you can do with our API:

Google Currents

Google Currents

Currents Edition QR link

Scan this QR link to get the Google Currents app.

If you visited ScienceSeeker from your tablet or phone lately, or if you were playing around with the size of your browser window, you probably noticed that our new design is responsive, it adapts to the size of your screen, you can visit the same page from any device and it will change appropriately. If that’s not enough, our editor Raphael Ndem has something for you, the Google Currents Edition of ScienceSeeker, an app for your mobile device that will let you browse our feeds and read the amazing scientific content online on a magazine format.

SciVerse

Sciverse app

ScienceSeeker has worked with OpenHelix to bring you a SciVerse app that lets you generate citations for the peer-reviewed article your are viewing or find other posts talking about it. To read more about how it works, you can visit OpenHelix’s blog post

ImpactStory

ImpactStory

The ImpactStory team has integrated ScienceSeeker into their code to help you find all the blog posts citing a peer-reviewed article

Launching the ScienceSeeker search API

ScienceSeeker API logo

Today, we are launching version 2.1 of ScienceSeeker. We have enhanced the site in many ways, but the big new feature is our new search API. You can use this tool to find anything in our database of over 1,000 blogs and 120,000 posts. We added a variety of options to let you sort by things like title, summary, number of recommendations, or even posts talking about a specific peer-reviewed article.

This release provides the foundation and most basic feature: search functionality. It can be used by developers interested in creating something using ScienceSeeker; we are planning to release a user interface for it shortly.

Here are some of examples of the things you can do with this new tool:

For more information about the search and filters, and how you can use them in your application or website, visit our API documentation page or contact us for questions and requests.

Searching ScienceSeeker blogs

ScienceSeeker is developing an API to allow other services to access
our database, and we’d like your input as we proceed. The details of
an API can be complex, but the concept is simple: It’s a way that
websites, applications, and other services can use our data to build
additional functionality. For example, a journal might want to show
its readers how frequently their articles are being cited by blogs,
and when our API is complete, they could use ScienceSeeker’s database
to find out.

The API consists of a single web request to the search application. All
search parameters will be contained within that request, as parameters
in the URL. The search application will return XML-encoded data which
will contain relevant search results.

You can search for blogs, for posts, or for topics. For example, you
might want to search for all blogs which contain “Skeptic” in the title,
or all posts with a topic of “Deep Sea Dive”. (You can’t search blogs
and posts at the same time; you have to select one type of object to
search.)

The supported list of search queries, or “filters,” is still in
development. We expect to support searching by title, topic, summary
text, citation, URL, posts to a blog with a specific title or topic, and
some other filters.

We are also in the process of developing a second means of accessing the
API, which would support more complicated queries with AND, OR, and NOT
syntax. For now, multiple filters in a query will be considered to be
“AND”ed together.

The documentation for the API is not solidified yet, but is available
for reading
. Feedback is welcome!