AIP UniPHY unveils sleek new graphical interface and enhanced functionality
Melville, NY, November 30, 2009 – The American Institute of Physics (AIP) today announced the launch of Release 2 of the AIP UniPHY professional networking site for physical scientists. Developed in partnership with Collexis Holdings, Inc., a leading developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software, this latest release sports an enhanced design and new, more powerful features to further assist physical science researchers worldwide to connect and collaborate.
The enhancements to AIP UniPHY are far reaching, highlighted by a more streamlined and user-friendly interface, complete with a new layout and new graphics. Researchers will find the changes substantive, including the CV section, where researchers can display their professional profiles, including education, work histories, and current research interests. In addition, a blog, managed by AIP, offers helpful information on how to get maximum use from the site.
"Today's generation of scientists entering research in university and corporate and government facilities has grown up using Web tools, such as instant messaging, blogging and social networking. We want to give them these same tools as their desire for them inevitably spills over into their professional lives," said John Haynes, AIP's Vice President, Publishing. "We launched AIP UniPHY to fill a void we perceived in professional and scientific networking. The positive feedback we have received and the 10,000 members that have registered with AIP UniPHY in the two short months since its launch confirm that there was a real need for the site."
To improve functionality on the AIP UniPHY site, Collexis and AIP have incorporated additional features, including the ability for users to upload photos, link to social bookmarking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious, and a "People you might know" feature, which lists researchers that have collaborated with one's co-authors.
"We are very pleased with the new features and enhancements of our next generation Social Community platform developed together with AIP UniPHY and feedback from the research community," said Mario Diwersy, Chief Technology Officer of Collexis. "New key functionalities and the enhanced visualization will certainly help the user community to augment their ability to connect and collaborate with their fellow physicist, which in turn will indeed push primary research and foster new ideas and papers."
AIP UniPHY continues to enable researchers to explore the networks that connect them with more than 275,000 colleagues from more than 100 countries. They can discover the research each of these individuals has conducted and identify each co-author with whom the investigator has worked. AIP UniPHY reveals with whom each of these co-authors has collaborated, as well.
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