Well, the bid was submitted a couple of weeks ago. The name of the proposed project is TwitTOCs and what it proposes is the provision of personalised current awareness enewspapers for researchers and students so that they can be alerted to new scholarly content in a user-friendly way. Not only that, but it will allow them to organise and further personalise the enewspapers, plus share content with colleagues. It will create tweets for journal TOCs, and use a machine learning algorithm to personalise the content and highlight relevant headlines, from selected journal TOC RSS feeds and tweeted TOCs. It could also be extended to include new resources being added to institutional and subject repositories, as long as those repositories produce RSS feeeds for new items.
Current awareness for academics is a really important, yet neglected area of the information environment. TwitTOCs has the potential to very much help researchers and students to keep up-to-date, so I really hope that it gets funded.
Some of the concepts involved in the proposed project were part of ideas I had a while back for something I called ‘Dolphin’, but they’ve been updated to take into account social media and other developments. Dolphin would have been the coolest thing ever, for researchers, but it never got further than the drawing board stage because I was so busy with other things at the time. In fact, I never even wrote down much of it, and some of it is therefore lost. It was also going to incorporate a very clever new way of marketing. Dolphin was the coolest idea I ever had!