Meet the Social Team

Last month we briefly announced that Mendeley is evolving! A team that is heavily involved in that evolution is the Mendeley Social Team, who are working to bring you all new and improved Stats and Suggest features associated with your Profile.

The Team

Francesca_Ayres (1)Fran is a Product Owner within the Mendeley Social team. She’s been in London for over a decade doing a whole heap of stuff: studying Physics, launching scientific journals, working in funding departments, and striding around the financial services before settling at Mendeley.

How do you describe your role within the Mendeley Team?

It’s my job to care a lot about what we build and why we build it. I gush a lot about how excited I am to be working on the shiny new Mendeley we’re creating!

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The cake. The people. The parties. Oh, that’s three things. #sorrynotsorry

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Watching movies and relaxing. I also run a theatre charity, and half marathons… and I make my own clothes.

 

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Anna has just joined the Mendeley team, having previously been a product manager at ScienceDirect. Her background is in computer science and information retrieval.

How do you describe your role within the Mendeley Team?

For now I’d describe my role as the newbie! I’m taking over responsibility for Mendeley profiles, though, learning the ropes as I go.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I love being part of a company where we’re trying to help researchers do their work better, and sometimes by working together with researchers and implementing what’s come out of their research. That’s true of working at Elsevier and, here at Mendeley in particular, the data science team is a great example of that.

But if you want my absolute favourite thing about working at Mendeley, I’m going to have to say the cupboards full of breakfast cereals!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

If I could get away with doing nothing but eating pizza, drinking wine and reading a good book, I would. But since I can’t, I also go running. 😉

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What are the Social Team are working on?

Firstly, your profile will feature enhanced statistics information to provides any published author with an aggregated view on the performance of their articles, including metrics such as citations, Mendeley readers and group activity, academic discipline and status of your readers, as well as mentions in the news media.

Moreover, you’ll be able to easily import your publications from Scopus, which has the highest-quality source of data on published articles, and for articles published on ScienceDirect we additionally provide information on views (PDF and HMTL downloads), search terms used to get to your article, map of where your readership comes from, and provides links to various source data providers (ScienceDirect, Scopus, media outlets)

In addition to these statistic features, you’ll be getting improved article suggestions,  which will provide four different recommendation algorithms tp support different scientific needs:

  • “Popular in your discipline” – Shows you the seminal works in your field
  • “Trending in your discpline” – Shows you what articles are being read right now
  • “Based on the last document in your library” – Gives you articles similar to the one you just added
  • “Based on all the documents in your library” – Gives you the most tailored set of recommended articles by comparing the contents of your library with the contents of all other users on Mendeley.

These suggestions will be constantly recalculated and tailored therefore ensuring that there is always something new for you to discover. For users who are new to Mendeley, we make it easy for you to get high-quality recommendations by providing a drag-and-drop way for you to quickly add a paper and get related document suggestions.

So there is lots to look forward and explore as Mendeley evolves. As always, we welcome your feedback through the usual channels – we also have a brief questionnaire on your experience with the new suggest features.

Meet the Newsflo Team

Freddie and Ben, Newsflo Founders
Freddie (left) and Ben, Newsflo co-founders

At the beginning of this year, Elsevier acquired Newsflo, a unique media monitoring tool to allow academics to get additional “impact” metrics, in additional to the traditional citation metrics, on your Mendeley profiles.

Since then, co-founders Freddie Witherden and Ben Kaube have moved into the Mendeley offices, with all our glory of unlimited coffee and diverse amounts of cereal. Learn more about these two entrepreneurs, who are simultaneously balancing running a start-up while finishing their PhDs.

Freddie Witherden

Freddie studied Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London between 2008–2012 earning an MSci degree with first class honours. In 2012, he co-founded Newsflo as a means of helping academics track, record, and curate their engagement with the media. Parallel to this, Freddie also started a PhD in computational fluid dynamics, also at Imperial College London, and is hoping to submit his thesis later this year.

How do you describe your role at Newsflo and within the Mendeley Team?

Newsflo will provide Mendeley users with the ability to see the coverage that their own research is generating in the media along with that of their peers. My role is within Newsflo is to ensure that the technology works at the scale of the Mendeley user base.

 What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

My favourite part of working for Mendeley is the people. And Beer o’clock!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’ve heard about this ‘free time’ thing, but am consistently struggling to get my hands on any.

 

Ben Kaube

Ben co-founded Newsflo while working on his PhD in computational quantum mechanics at Imperial College London. His focus is on plasmonic materials which could eventually be applied to futuristic technologies including superlenses and invisibility cloaks. Ben said he and Freddie founded Newsflo because “We wanted to help researchers tell the public about their research and make sure they received recognition for this societally important service.” He is now a Product Manager for Newsflo.

How do you describe your role at Newsflo and within the Mendeley Team?

As a Newsflo founder I ended up doing a little bit of everything from tweaking our algorithms to getting feedback from researchers at our development partner institutions. Being a small team taking on a big problem it often felt like running from one mini-crisis to another.

Now, as part of the Mendeley team, we can share the work with some very talented people, freeing up bandwidth for improving newsflo and managing the integration with Mendeley. Day to day that means working with everyone from the developers to the community team to integrate and grow Newsflo as smoothly as possible.

 What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I’ve been a longstanding Mendeley user, so I relish the opportunity to help make a great tool even better. The productive chaos of the Mendeley offices feels a lot like what we were used to at Newsflo (just a bit bigger and with more types of cereal available!) so I feel right at home.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my spare time I like enjoy running, reading pretentious books and making the most of living in London.

Meet the Platform Team — Part II!

We profiled part of our Platform team last month, but as it is our largest team here at Mendeley, we had to break it up into two parts. To be honest, we profiled the team in three parts, with the API team taking the lead back in August.

Why is the team so big? Because all those lines of code translate into giving Mendeley the base it needs for all of the features that make Mendeley what it is today.

Read through their individual bios and find out how the Platform team helps every single team at Mendeley.

Richard Lyne

Senior Software Engineer

Richard originally studied Physics with Space Science at UCL before falling into programming as a career.
Mendeley has broken his track record of always working at acronyms.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m a software engineer and have worked on a number of projects from the data-pipeline, the recommender, and the API. Now I’m running the SSO project.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Definitely the people and culture here – couldn’t have asked for smarter or more interesting people to work with. And the day-to-day we have latitude to work with new technologies and practices.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I started a football team up where I live so I could play regular 5-a-side games, some stargazing, and indoor/outdoor climbing.

Gianni O’Neill

Java Developer

Gianni previously worked at Kizoom/Trapeze making transport software.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Working on the back end services for Mendeley

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Getting featured on the blog.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Losing at pub quiz

Chris Dawes

Senior Java Developer

Chris has only recently moved back to London after a stint in Berlin
working for Aupeo — an online music service. Before that he worked at
MX Telecom.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I started at the beginning of this year so I’ve been rotating around the different projects the platform team is responsible for.
I was particularly impressed at the level of engineering that’s gone in to the development-test-deployment cycle. This is pretty much the gold standard that everybody’s aiming for, with everything automated from commit through to deployment, scaling and monitoring.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
It’s a great team — there’s a really good vibe and it’s actually a nice feeling to come in to the office every day. My team-mates are all extremely talented, and there’s always someone able to help out when things get tricky.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I learnt to scuba dive last year so I’ve used all my leave so far (and possibly some karma too) to go diving in Malta and Thailand. A manta ray gliding over your head, almost within reach, is really special feeling.

 

Ed Ingold

Software Engineer

Ed is a former Anthropology student who realised paid employment was both inevitable and desirable. “Now I code. Generally not horribly,” he said.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Processing a lot of data and working out which researchers should be collaborating.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I have fun playing around with various shiny bits of technology. Also, it’s an indoor job with no heavy lifting. Sometimes there is pizza.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Mostly playing a lot of board games.

Michael Watt

Software Engineer

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Michael graduated in 2004 with a Computer Science degree. In 2009, he decided to move to London for a change of scenery. Six years later, he’s still here and have had a number of jobs, largely doing back-end Java development in a number of domains including real estate, broadcasting, and finance.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I work on the services that power the various APIs used by Mendeley applications and third parties.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working on diverse problems, with a team that is serious about continual improvement, on software that is used and found useful by a growing number of people.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Having a pint in a London pub; occasionally playing a guitar or piano (badly); playing with radio controlled things that fly.

Piyush Bedi

Software Engineer

Forged on the sandy hot beaches of Australia sometime in the 80s, Piyush is from a bygone era when it didn’t matter how big your data was. He mysteriously ended up on the other side of the world and must now practice as a Software Engineer to make his way back. Follow him on Twitter @grimyetcheerful

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?

I work with an intelligent team to build our internal and external software platform. This means developing RESTful services, APIs and map reduce jobs, so other people can interact with our awesome services and vast ocean of data.” When I feel homesick, I use that time to shoot down bugs (in our code).

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The amazing speed at which we can go from an idea in our heads to operational code for other people. I’ve worked in a lot of places, but Mendeley has one of the most agile environments I’ve ever had the privilege to work in. This is no doubt due to the great team and the software architecture they have developed.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Travelling around the British Isles (See diagram) and the greater European continent, intense sports (like snowboarding, video gaming, and finding sunlight in London while carrying my wet laundry) and deciding what to eat for my next meal.

Meet the Platform Team — part I

Our Platform Team is easily the largest one here at Mendeley, hence the need to meet the team in two parts! But it is with good reason — the Platform team is exactly as it sounds, a firm base from which all Mendeley experiences are built. The Engineers and Developers on the team build code and work closely with other teams at Mendeley to help assess needs and address them with the right bit of software.

What does that mean in practice? Read through their individual bios and find out how the Platform team helps every single team at Mendeley! And next month we’ll profile the other half of the team. Whew!

James Gibbons

Principal Software Engineer

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James originally studied Computer Science, Linguistics and French. He’s worked in London for several years, mostly related to public transport before joining Mendeley in 2012.  Find him on Twitter @james_gibbons

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I tend to be involved in a lot of projects, trying to help explore the best ways of producing great software. I spend more time than most in meetings.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working with such a knowledgeable and insightful team is a privilege, as is having the chance to work with some very interesting tools and ideas to build a great platform for Mendeley.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A variety of things, but in particular cycling which is common in Mendeley, and psephology, which isn’t.

Kristof Ujfalussy

Software Engineer

KristofAfter getting my BSc in Budapest, Kristof worked for a year in Hungary and
then moved to London to get his Masters. After graduating, he stayed in
London and worked at the Discovery Channel before joining Mendeley in
2012.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m responsible for the data-pipeline stream. I work on jobs that process various sources of data for marketing purposes and help the analytics team generate KPIs for the business.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Hackdays, relaxed atmosphere, lots of opportunities to learn.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I do a lot of stuff, but I would say the thing I enjoy most is travelling, especially to places with beautiful nature.

 

William Doran

Software Engineer
image (3)Phd in Computational linguistics -> 4yrs working for IBM Ireland (Java/HTML/JavaScript) -> Disney Uk ( Java/Javascript) -> Expedia Uk (Java) – Mendeley

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Building things: web services, APIs, deployment tooling

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working with clever people and having the freedom to work with cutting edge technologies

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Outdoorsy stuff, (hiking, running, cycling, saving kittens from trees, etc.)

Dr. David Ingram

Principal Engineer

dmiDavid’s background is a mix between the computer industry and academia. He has a PhD in operating systems, post doc research in distributed systems and has worked for AT&T Labs and Google.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I build bridges between the Platform Team and other parts of the company, in particular with the Social Team and the Mobile Team. I work a lot on the Mendeley API, and help drive the development of Mendeley’s social network.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Being part of a really great team who share a common purpose and believe in what they are doing.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Contemporary Dance.

James Chancellor

Software developer

james.chancellor (1)James graduated from Bristol University in mechanical engineering but got into software development soon after, having always been a hobby. He previously worked for Hotels.com and the online supermarket Ocado before that.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m new so I’m just learning the ropes in the platform team. However the projects are well organised and it’s been straight forward to get working on stories, pushing code to production and contributing value from day one. I work on core services that support Mendeley products across all platforms.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I appreciate the down-to-earth, friendly attitude of the team that has helped me settle in quickly. I also look forward to the support I know I have in developing my skills in the direction I want them to go.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I learned how to hang glide a few years ago and try to get into the sky as often as I can. This usually involves driving down to the south coast, strapping myself to an aluminium/dacron contraption and running off a hill.

Davinder Mann

Java Developer

DavinderDavinder previously worked for BAE Systems as a Java developer building a platform for structured data analytics

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Working on the core services that power Mendeley clients across different work streams.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Flexibility on use of technologies and being able to move between work streams if desired.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Golf and watching movies.

Víctor Fernández Peñalver

Software Developer

victorVictor was born in Alicante Spain and his interest for computers started around 1987 when his parents bought him and his twin brother a Sinclair ZX Spectrum as a birthday present. He holds a BSc in Computer Science by the university of Skövde in Sweden and a MSc in Computer Science by the university of Alicante in Spain. He moved to London in 2007 and worked as software developer in few companies since then. He joined Mendeley in 2012. Find him on Twitter @yeforriak

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
As a software developer in the platform team I’m responsible of writing software that is consumed by lots of people everyday, including other development teams as well. The daily work varies a lot, from writing more traditional Java services to Scala map reduce jobs or some parts of a recommender system using machine learning algorithms.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
My favourite thing is the opportunity to work with smart and talented people, I also enjoy practicing extreme programming and the ability of try new technologies.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like playing old school video games (ghost and goblins, new zealand story, captain commando are among my favourites). I also like to travel and practice a lot of sports including squash, skating, mountain bike, snowboarding, windsurfing, triathlon.

Dr. James Heather

Principal Java Engineer

james_and_the_roobsterUntil recently, James was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, conducting research into computer security, and secure voting in particular. Then he decided one day he should probably open the office door and see what the world outside was like…
Find him on Twitter @drfudgeboy

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I press lots of buttons, and it makes our computers do things. When I press the right buttons, it makes our back end services work better. When I press the wrong buttons, our infrastructure generally spots it, and tells me to have another yoghurt and try again.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
As a former academic who spent most of his time writing and publishing papers, I am dead keen on supporting and promoting research. It’s really good to have a development role where the work I do helps my friends and colleagues in universities all around the world. And there’s free yoghurt.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? Ah yes, I remember that. I go to work, I play hide-and-seek with a two-year-old, I change nappies for a four-month-old, and I sleep in the gaps in between. In the three minutes left each week, my wife and I are active in our church (Emmanuel, Stoughton), we like watching cosy murders (Miss Marple, Poirot, etc.), and we kill plants.

 

Nikolett Harsányi

Senior Java Engineer

DSC05765~2 (1)Nikolett is a self-taught engineer. She was keen to be a teacher, helping, teaching and motivating people. At the university, she had a lot of ideas how she could make teaching easier,
which is how she got involved in programming. “I just fell in love with programming, and I am very passionate to learn more and more,” she said.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
As a backend developer, I am responsible for developing services which are used by other people.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Very talented and smart colleagues. I have plenty opportunity to learn in a very friendly environment.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I really enjoy traveling, cooking, sewing and dancing. I’m very keen to pick up new skills in my free-time.

Meet the Desktop Team!

It’s hard not to throw too many bouquets at our Desktop Team. The Mendeley Desktop is at the heart of Mendeley as a referencing tool, the first thing you download after signing up to use Mendeley. The Desktop team is always hard at work iterating and improving the Desktop App — you can always read the release notes on our website to know the latest and greatest. Recently, the team worked together with several other teams here to introduce support for importing articles in MEDLINE format, to enable better bulk importing from PubMed. This is useful for medical researchers, who use this for systematic literature reviews. The team is already working with beta testers on the next iteration of Mendeley Desktop, a version that paves the way for our iOS and Android apps!

Vincent Delannoy — Team Lead

vincentVincent’s past positions are, in order: military Flight simulator, phone operator, finance, visual arts, mobile phones, maps, finance, finance, video, research. What finally led him to London is the french immigration services, and Londoners in general.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

As a team leader, I’m responsible for the well being of the team. That includes writing code, communicating with other teams to solve cross-team issues, promote good practices, promoting projects that will make the desktop code better, more scalable and easier to understand for new starters, taking decisions when there is no consensus on what to do.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

A happy team

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

baby sitting / playing music / drawing / painting

 

George Kartvelishvili —Senior Software Engineer

GeorgeGeorge was born in Tbilisi, Georgia back in the Soviet days. He developed his love of computers from an early age due to his dad’s ZX-81 and Atari ST. He moved to England with his family in the mid-nineties and studied Computer Science (BSs) and Advanced Computer Science (MSc) at the University of Manchester. Soon after graduating, he headed down to London to seek his fortune and adventures in the games industry. After 10+ years as a graphics and gameplay programmer creating electronic entertainment for PC and consoles in a variety of companies including Rockstar Games, he decided to join the thriving London startup scene. He joined Mendeley in 2012 and is now busy maintaining and improving the desktop client.

How do you describe your role on the Desktop Team?

My role involves looking after the workings of our Mendeley Desktop client. This has mostly involved extending and improving the user interface and a large chunk of behind the scenes work.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

My favourite part of working in Mendeley is the casual friendly atmosphere about the place and the underlying feeling that I might be doing something just a little bit good for the progress of science.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I do a fair bit of “recreational” programming, enjoy a good bit of DIY and I like travelling and tasting the local cuisines of the world. Although, recently my life has gotten a lot more interesting and my spare time is mostly filled with rocking a baby to sleep and changing nappies.

 

Robert Knight — Senior Software Engineer

Rob 2Rob studied Computer Science at Southampton University. During that time he was a contributor to the KDE desktop for Linux. Arrived at Mendeley via a recommendation from an employee he met at their annual aKademy conference.
Connect with him at Twitter @robknight_.

How do you describe your role on the Desktop Team?

I work on all areas of the desktop app across all platforms. I work on end user facing features to make the app a more useful, and hopefully delightful, tool for researchers to use, as well as infrastructure to help us improve and maintain the stability of the app and deliver updates to users.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I like working on a tool that makes a difference in people’s working lives and makes them more productive researchers. It’s also great to be in the heart of London’s busy tech scene.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I run and cycle with my local athletics club and hack on various open source projects to keep myself in the loop about new and evolving technology.

 

 

Carles Pina — Software Engineer

CarlesCarles was born and grew up in Manresa, near Barcelona. He studied computer engineering in Barcelona, worked at Elvior (Estonia) and Lexatel Technologies (Barcelona). He was involved in Linux User Groups in Catalonia and collaborated in different free software projects. In June 2009, Carles moved to London to join Mendeley. Connect with him online at his homepage and a blog.

How do you describe your role on the Desktop Team?

We all implement features and fix bugs. I always try to improve the CSL (Citation Style Language, used for citations and bibliographies) integration with Mendeley.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

Make our users happy helping them to be more productive. Seeing that users like Mendeley, find it useful, etc
Another really good part is the colleagues in the office.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In no particular order: programming (usually Python outside working hours, for a change), play table tennis, hiking (recently I finished the London LOOP), travelling…

 

Arnau Josep Rosselló Castelló — C++ Developer

arnauMonday was literally Arnau’s first day! His background is in the games industry and finance (yes, both).
How do you describe your role on the Desktop Team?
Newbie
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
The newness of it all
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Climbing, Rollerblading, and catching offers on Steam

 

Meet the Analytics Team!

While our Data Science team makes a big deal out of big data, they aren’t the only ones digging their hands in the data here at Mendeley. Aside of setting and monitoring company KPIs and writing some critical reports, the Mendeley Analytics team primarily focuses on user behaviour. That means, they study how and why you use Mendeley to better inform how and why we grow different Mendeley products and features. The Analytics team works closely with nearly every team here at Mendeley, from technical teams, to Product teams, to our Community team. Without further ado, meet the Analytics team:

Gabriel Hughes PhD, VP Analytics

Gabe-professional-useUntil last year, Gabriel worked Head of Attribution at Google for 6 years, and has worked with data and analytics throughout his career. Follow him @gabehughes

1. How do you describe your role on the Analytics Team?

I’m responsible for user analytics across Mendeley and also Elsevier. My role is help guide the team and ensure they have the resources and support they need from the rest of the company, and manage relationships with the rest of Elsevier. We also work closely on defining company objectives for measuring how we better engage and grow our core users.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The commitment and focus of the Mendeley teams to improving the platform makes this a great place to work. The Analytics team are dedicated to supporting their colleagues, working hard to guide the rest of company with insights into how people use Mendeley. We use these insights to help product managers and engineers decide how best improve the user experience.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I have two children and recently we have been exploring some of great new board and card games out there, like Forbidden Island, Loot and Braggart which are great fun to play and really stimulate the mind. One of great things about having kids is you can revisit all this cool stuff all over again.

 

Sebastian Pöhlmann, Insights & Analytics Manager

e9b6698418afd23ac0753847d56c8b52f40da295-standardSeb is originally from Germany where he obtained a degree in Economics. An interest in development economics got him to spend a year in Norway studying System Dynamics modelling and on to work in Rome for an international agriculture research organisation. A year working on business development projects in Malawi brought back new enthusiasm about the (global!) potential of science and technology.
Returning to Europe, London provided a unique blend of opportunities and Mendeley the perfect place to work.

1. How do you describe your role on the Analytics Team?

Seb leads, grows and learns from the Analytics team. Often my day is “like a box of chocolate” : )

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

My colleagues. And the amazing learning opportunities.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Family time out and about, traveling, reading.

 

Andi Rutherford, Data Engineer and Architect

andi-presentationAndi is one of the last of the original developers and architects of Mendeley –
designed & implemented API v.1, worked on the Desktop and iOS mobile
clients and Website, and did Operations and Systems Administration –
in a start-up environment you do everything! Most recently he’s been
building systems and weaving datasets via Hadoop technologies and
enabling Analytical technical function to produce strategically
significant reports. Andi also helps organise our monthly Hackdays.
Follow him @cogpie

1. How do you describe your role on the Analytics Team?

I currently provide the technical knowledge and data history to
support analysis, as well as look at future tools to help us further.
I help organise and process large datastores and act as resource for
for best practices to access and query the data for speed and quality.
My mathematics and data background helps as sounding board for the
results of analytical products.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I like the challenge, the people, the datasets and working with
them – but actually, the vision of what Mendeley will be sold the
project to me – its scope is breathtaking; now we just have to get
there!

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

These days: home improvement! But usually: reading, reading,
reading; building things, ‘perfecting’ recipes, planning romantic
dates, dreaming about having a pet pig one day, as I just fulfilled my
other dream of a herb garden.

 

Dr Lili Tcheang, Research Data Analyst

LiliLili trained as a neuroscientist after completing an undergraduate degree in Physics. She hen had a spell in academia, looking at visuospatial processing in virtual reality environments, doing brain scanning and brain stimulation experiments. Basically messing with people’s heads. She finally came to the conclusion that she was am never going to collect as much data as she wanted in order to understand human behaviour and jumped into industry to try and make science better for my fellow scientists.

1. How do you describe your role on the Analytics Team?

I support product in assessing how well their products/projects are working. I also work on user behaviour, segmenting this and attempting to predict it, with the long term goal of understanding our users better.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

Having the opportunity to be directly involved in a product that has the potential to change the way that we do science.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my spare time, I like to eat really good food, talk about really good food and travel to places with really good food. I daydream about which realistic scientific advances I would most like to see happen. I have passed the stage where I now marvel at technological advances in the way our parents did about phoning England from Australia. I also like to buy toys for myself on the pretext that they are educational for my daughter.

 

Jonathan Warner, Senior Data Engineer

IMG_20141030_105751This is Jonathan’s first week at Mendeley! Welcome Jonathan! Prior to starting here, he developed software at various companies doing display advertising, QR code tracking, affiliate marketing and securities lending.

1. How do you describe your role on the Analytics Team?

My role in the team is to take the clever ideas that the team members have, and make sure they are built in a clear, scalable and maintainable fashion.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The atmosphere, the people and the problems we get to work on.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy yoga, photography and watching American TV of decidedly variable quality.

Top 15 things to get excited about at Mendeley Open Day 2014

The days have flown by and now we are less than a week away from the Mendeley Open Day. The Open Day is to connect our user community, including our Advisors and Librarians, together with the Mendeley team, with a smattering of special guest speakers and hilarious entertainment for good measure. We have a packed schedule for our 1 October event, held in London.

Unable to attend in person? Tune in on 1 October at 10am BST to check out our interactive livestream and we’ll keep you in the loop. Register for reminders and your chance to *win* your own Mendeley Open Day prize pack.

You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #MDOD14, or on our brand-new Instagram account.

In true clickbait-style (you’re here, aren’t you?) here are the top 15 things we’re looking forward to at Mendeley Open Day.

1. Location, location, location

rockstars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re a rockstar in the world of research, we’re rockstars in the world of research (if we do say so ourselves), so it makes sense we have it in a rockin’ location.

2. Hangout with us LIVE!

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Unable to make it to London? We’ll be streaming live with an interactive Google Hangout! Register here.

 

3. Roadmaps Galore!

catdrive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re not a bunch of cats behind the wheels, we actually have plans! And we want to share them with you.

4. All things API

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We just released Mendeley API Version 1, and we’re ridiculously excited about it. We’re not only hearing from our API team, but some of the third-party developers who have successfully used our API and created the apps you love.

5. Summer Video preview

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To make you wish we were back in the sun.

6. Infamous Mendeley Social

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Ain’t no party like a Mendeley party cause a Mendeley party don’t stop.

7. Data, Data, and more Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is literally the name of one of the talks. Big Data is so hot right now…plus who doesn’t get excited by data? Especially when you don’t have to process it?

(P.S. Meet our Data Science team)

8. Meet the Mendeley Team

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Bouquets and Brickbats accepted.

(*Disclaimer: Bill Nye does not actually work with us, but he’s always in our hearts.)

9. Live Illustrations and a Photobooth

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Warning: What happens in the photobooth does not stay in the photobooth.

10. Awesomely nerdy entertainment

helen arney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a bit of a secret/surprise, but actually we TOTALLY GIVE IT AWAY IN THIS GIF, actually.

11. Networking social

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Cause we can be serious at our parties too.

12. Design & Product discussions

 

designers

Our Product Team is seriously cool and they’ll be talking about bringing product development from vision to reality and user-centered design. Awesome.

 

 

13. Old-school video games

 arcade1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just because we’re on the forefront of technology doesn’t mean we can’t kick it old school.

 

14. Developer Showcase

Apps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait to show you what folks have done with our API and what we have in store for the next few years.

15. Drinks

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Also because that was my first gif-based blog post and I don’t know how those sites do it on the daily.

 

(all GIFs via Giphy or otherwise noted)