Back in April 2011 I gave my thoughts on This morning at 7am I received an email about developments of the service: "iamResearcher is excited to announce that we are taking a new direction for our website, we are now creating a new open knowledge network which links all researchers together. This feature will be available in the coming week."

This seems to address the main reservation I had about the service: you have to login in order to access any of the content. It will be interesting to see what is meant by this "open knowledge network" - and I can't help but thing that the service has missed out by being closed for over a year. Surely developers of services which have a social dimension realise the need to start open in order to attract users and then provide access controls once the viability of the service has been demonstrated?   And with the terms and conditions stating that it is not permitted to:

"Use manual or automated software, devices, scripts robots, other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” any web pages or other services contained in the site;"

it seems the service is closed to third-party developers too.

Is this a signal of a move towards more closed environments for researchers, I wonder?
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