If you’re a researcher dealing with a lot of online information and you find it difficult to keep on top of what you’ve read and where – even if you use a number of tools already to manage this – then WorldBrain might be your next best friend. It’s literally hot off the presses too.
WorldBrain is a (Re)Search Engine – it’s a search engine for a user’s digital knowledge. First, it allows you to to search all your online searches. This is similar to regular searching in the address bar, browsing history and bookmarks – but this usually only allows searching by title/URL whereas WorldBrain searches much deeper in your online searching e.g. keywords, authors. It also offers the advantage of searching your accounts in other tools and platforms, e.g. Evernote, Google Drive, Mendeley, etc. So you have easier and greater access to the online information you use.
WorldBrain is a Berlin-based project developed by a number of partners, including Mozilla Science Lab. It sets itself very lofty goals:
“We want to work on the goal of an increased (scientific) literacy in our global society through a better information quality on the internet”.
“WorldBrain is an open-source project that aims to battle (scientific) misinformation by developing open source search tools for professional web-researchers like science communicators, STEM students, journalists and librarians and online debaters to find, rate and share qualitative and trustworthy web content/notes with their friends, followers and the public”.
WorldBrain is a simple browser extension. It’s so far only available for Chrome but extensions will be available for Firefox and Safari shortly.
There’s also a handy two minute tutorial video on Youtube: