PLoS continues to expand and refine Article-Level Metrics (ALM). This suite of performance measures (including usage statistics, citations, trackbacks from blogs, bookmarks, social media coverage and user comments and ratings) are available on every PLoS
After five years of hosting the PLoS journals on Topaz, the PLoS development team decided earlier in the year that it was time to re-think the platform for the next five years. They came up
Due to scheduled maintenance at our co-location facility, all PLoS websites will be intermittently unavailable on December 21 between 5:00am – 7:00am PST. During the downtime, you can access the PLoS journal archives via PubMed
We will update the PLoS journal websites with the Ambra 1.2 release tonight along with server upgrades. The PLoS journal websites will be down from approximately 6:00pm PDT to 7:00pm PDT. During this time, the
Google Fusion Tables is a new Google labs endeavor that allows people to upload data tables from spreadsheets for sharing and visualizing data online. Google provides the Fusion Tables API for programmatic access to the data content. The PLoS Article Level Metrics data from May 18, 2010 was uploaded to Google Fusion Tables and is publicly available.
Two big events happened recently for the I.T. team. We moved 16 production servers to a new colo facility and upgraded the journal websites to the latest Ambra release.
Last night, we hooked up a new search server to the PLoS journal websites and now search queries are returning results at blazing fast speeds. Now that the new search server is in place, we’re working on a complete UI overhaul for search. We should complete the development in a few weeks and launch the much-improved search UI in May.
UnitedLayer, our collocation facility for the production servers, experienced an outage yesterday. From UnitedLayer: “A series of power brownouts occurred today at 2:56 PM PST due to PG&E instability related to the recent storms. Our 300KVA UPS system is not working as designed, the temporary repairs from last week did not hold. We anticipate a faulty motherboard.”
The PLoS journal websites are experiencing an outage due to a hardware malfunction after our colocation (United Layer) experienced a brown out due to lightning.