The 2nd SPARC Japan Seminar 2011
"Workshop for contemporary reference management tools"
Time: Decenber 6, 2011, 13:30 - 17:00
Place: National Institute of Informatics

The event was held on Decenber 6, 2011. Around 90 people participated.

Any serious scientific research must take literature and citations seriously. Researchers and students have to manage the relevant articles, referable documents, and contemporary web pages, blogs and tweets so wisely and so efficiently that they may make the most of them in their research and writing. Students and teachers must share the intellectual resources in their classes and laboratories on campus so must research colleagues on the Internet and on campus. In the world where everything is born digital on line, linking and cross references mean seamless access between source materials and their metadata. Bibliography, or citation management system is there to assist those who research and write seriously, but what each tool and system is good at doing is not very obvious.
It is the purpose of this meeting to have a lineup of speakers who provide those systems together with their users so they can share the ideas and insights behind the systems as well as their development projects in quest for further improvements and applications. We hope better tools will lead to better use of scholarly publications in the communities of higher education and advanced research.


* Dr. Victor Henning (Mendeley)

* Mr. Chikashi Horikiri (Thomson Reuters)

* Mr. Atsuyuki Kawabata (ProQeust)

* Dr. Wataru Iwasaki (University of Tokyo)

Eligibility for participation
researchers, librarians, persons related to scholarly publishing.

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Moderator: Syun Tsuchiya (NIAD)





Syun Tsuchiya (NIAD)


Crowdsourcing Research: Mendeley's Role in the Open Science Infrastructure


Mendeley: Dr. Victor Henning
(Mendeley Ltd.)


Support Tool for Research Workflow: Reference Management & Writing Papers "EndNote"


EndNote: Mr. Chikashi Horikiri
(Thomson Reuters)




Potentialities of RefWorks: Internet-based Research Management, Writing and Collaboration Tool


RefWorks: Mr. Atsuyuki Kawabata


Literature Management and Recommendation Service for Life Scientistse


TogoDoc: Dr. Wataru Iwasaki
(University of Tokyo)



Let's use reference management tools

Kazuhiro Hayashi
(Japan Chemical Society)



Syun Tsuchiya (NIAD)

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Dr. Victor Henning (Mendeley Ltd.)

Dr. Victor Henning is the co-founder and CEO of Mendeley (, a London- and New York-based technology startup. Since its launch in 2009, Mendeley has grown into the world's largest research collaboration platform with more than one million users, and the world's largest crowdsourced research database with more than 130 million uploaded documents. For his work on Mendeley, Victor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He holds a Ph.D. from the Bauhaus-University of Weimar, where he researched the role of emotion in consumer decision making. Prior to this, he worked in strategy consulting, film production, and music.

Mr. Chikashi Horikiri (Scientific & Scholarly Research Division, Thomson Reuters)

Chikashi Horikiri is a sales manager for Thomson Reuters where his main accounts are the government-affiliated research institutions, granting agencies of Grants-in-Aid for scientific research, public offices, and academic societies & institutions. He graduated in 1999 from department of Physics at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and worked as an editing writer for a domestic publisher producing a professional magazine specialized in the electronics field before moving to Thomson Reuters in September 2007.

Mr. Atsuyuki Kawabata (Area Sales Executive, RefWorks-COS, ProQuest)

Atsuyuki Kawabata is the Area Sales Executive, RefWorks-COS of ProQuest where he has responsibility in selling and distributing RefWorks-COS to customers across Japan. Prior to joining ProQuest in 2010, Mr. Kawabata studied at Keio Research Institute SFC and Keio University Graduate School of Letters, Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from 2003 to 2007. While there, he was a member of HUMI (HUmanities Media Interface) Project led by Keio University, a collaborative project to digitise Western and Japanese rare books, which was joined by libraries including the British Library, the Cambridge University Library and the Chester Beatty Library. Mr. Kawabata holds BA in Policy Management from Keio University. Previously, Mr. Kawabata worked for SGI (Silicon Graphics, Inc) Japan Ltd., and Bloomberg L.P. where he held various roles including sales representative as well as customer support. Born in 1976 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

Dr. Wataru Iwasaki (Assistant Professor, Genetic Research Section, Center for Earth Surface System Dynamics, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo)

His specialties are "Bioinformatics", "Genome Evolution", and "Comparative Genomics".
His profile is as follows:
Project collaborator: Database Center for Life Science
Manager/Councilor: Japanese Society for Bioinformatics
2011 Present post: Assistant Professor (Senior), Center for Earth Surface System Dynamics,
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
2009 Ph.D., Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
2005 Bachelor, Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, the University of Tokyo

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Crowdsourcing Research: Mendeley's Role in the Open Science Infrastructure
(Mendeley: Dr. Victor Henning)

Crowdsourcing Research: Mendeley's Role in the Open Science Infrastructure Mendeley was started in 2008 by three Ph.D. students in a kitchen. Three years later, it has blossomed into a community of over one million researchers around the world who have collectively uploaded more than 130 million research papers, making Mendeley the world's largest scientific collaboration platform and database. Via its API, third-party developers are now turning Mendeley into an Open Science Platform for research evaluation, visualization, sharing, and discovery. What has enabled this rapid growth? What can other Science 2.0 projects learn from Mendeley's story? And what could it mean for the way science is conducted in the 21st Century?

Support Tool for Research Workflow: Reference Management & Writing Papers "EndNote"
(EndNote: Mr. Chikashi Horikiri)

Behind the development and familiarization of digital references in scholarly papers, the expectations of reference management tools are continually increasing, due to their use at the various stages of research workflow.
Here we will introduce EndNote, which was originally designed in 1988, and is a widely used reference management tool for many researchers.
It covers the whole research workflow seamlessly and strongly supports researchers' activities, including "collecting bibliographic information", "downloading and storing original articles", "writing papers", "transmitting the research outcomes" and "applying for research funds and making reports". We will show case studies of EndNote and highlight it's collaboration with the Web of Science.

Potentialities of RefWorks: Internet-based Research Management, Writing and Collaboration Tool
(RefWorks: Mr. Atsuyuki Kawabata)

RefWorks is an internet-based research management, writing and collaboration tool. Users can store, organize and share scholarly information and references obtained from various online databases through the tool. More than 1300 clients globally and over 60 clients domestically use RefWorks as of date. We have launched a new interface in August which enables users to familiarize themselves with the tool even more easily. In order to meet the demand of customers including students, faculties and librarians, RefWorks keeps pace with the cutting edge of internet technologies. More recently, it has also become to be known for information literacy education tool as well as research intelligence infrastructure. We are happy to share with you the latest custom cases.

Literature Management and Recommendation Service for Life Scientists
(TogoDoc: Dr. Wataru Iwasaki)

In the 21st century, the innovation of technology with key words on genome, Omics, and bioinformatics, brings large volume of data to Life Sciences. Until now it put great stress on producing data, but now on the phase of understanding and it looks like bottleneck. In order to understand it, we should check updates not only specialties but also wide range of fields. In addition, it is necessary to make great use of it as living resources. So we develop "TogoDoc" which is a solution tool of integrating reference management and recommendation service. If you just download and save PDFs in the designated folder, it automatically analyzes and manages papers. Moreover, based on the analyses of users' specialties and preferences, users are recommended must-read papers among new ones in database registered more than 10,000 every week.
Users can download this tool freely at the site below. (for Windows and MacOSX)

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Last Updated: 2011/12/01