Why Contributing to Intellogist Makes Sense

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You may ask: Why would I want to take my valuable time to write or edit articles on Intellogist? How does this benefit me, exactly?

There are several reasons to contribute to Intellogist:

  • Helping to build the Intellogist community pays back (or paying it forward, if you’re a Haley Joel Osmentfan) the knowledge you’ve gained through using Intellogist. The more everyone contributes the more we all learn.
  • Contributing positions you as an expert on Intellogist, a recognized authority on patent search knowledge and tools. Contributing to articles raises your “score” on the site and can get you featured on the main page and blog (as we’ll discuss shortly). When contributing to a “User Experience” section on a Community page, you can create a link to your profile to “sign” your work and lead people to viewing your personal profile, where you’re free to promote yourself and/or business and gain more exposure. EE4Law did a great job giving his impressions on PAT2PDF here.
  • Contributing in the Discussion Forum can also raise your profile as an expert by showing your problem solving skills!

One of the great things about Intellogist is that it’s built on an open-wiki platform. What does this mean for you, the reader? It means you can contribute to our Community Reports, Best Practices, and Glossary to show your expertise and strengthen the patent information community!

User Dgraves did just this (I told you we’d feature a user!), creating an entirely new entry: The Engineering Village Searching Best Practices Article. This article builds on the knowledge within the Engineering Village Intellogist Report and speaks to several search strategies that may be useful within the context of Engineering Village specifically, including:

  • Note non-patent literature (NPL) references on relevant patents then search the authors and their affiliations using Engineering Village (EV) to find other relevant NPL
  • Use EV’s Refine Results option to hone in on the results that really matter by targeting certain databases, authors, author affiliations, controlled vocabulary terms, countries of publication, document types, publication years, and/or classification codes
  • When searching using author’s names, use the last names to get more results and avoid missing data due to use of initials, alternate first names, etc. If needed, use other search terms, classification codes, etc. to knock down the number of hits to a reasonable number

Now you know why posting on Intellogist is such a great idea. If you’re not sure how to get started, no problem! Here’s how to edit an existing page or, for the more adventuresome among you, here’s how to create a new page. If you’d rather start from the beginning, here’s a list of all the Intellogist Help Topics.

Do you have any best practices advice for searching Engineering Village? With free registration to Intellogist, you can contribute and share your expertise.

I know it can be intimidating to edit a wiki for the first time but we are here for you. Just drop me a line in the comments and I will happily answer your questions.

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This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla.

2 Responses

  1. I have some experience, having contributed about 20 articles to Wikipedia.
    1. can I preserve copyright and moral right for my contributions?
    2. can anyone edit (change) what I write? can I object?
    what is the mechanism involved?

  2. Hi Marc,

    1. The Intellogist Terms of Use might be of help to you on this point. If you have any further questions we can read your document and answer them.

    2. Any registered user and/or Intellogist Content Editors can modify what you post on Intellogist. This is the same as Wikipedia’s policy except that one doesn’t have to register on Wikipedia to edit an article. In terms of edit objections, I would say that we haven’t run into this problem as of yet, however, if someone objected to an edit made by someone else, we would ask that the objector to work directly with the other person to resolve the issue (this is similar to what Wikipedia expects). Since we don’t use Talk pages, this will need to be done via the Bulletin Board feature or via the discussion forum if trying to garner community-wide support. Just as with Wikipedia, any user who engages in “edit warring” risks being blocked or banned from editing.

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