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To save records, select 'File > Save' from menu and then choose the appropriate file format (.csv, *.enl, or *.bib) in the 'Choose File' pop-up window. All three file formats can be read by the Sci2 Sci2 Tool. The result in all three formats named 'barabasi.' is also available in the respective subdirectories in 'yoursci2directory /sampledata/scientometrics/' and will be used later in this tutorial.
Data from Google Scholar can be used for the following types of analyses:


An individual with a Facebook account can download their Facebook Friends data and Mutual Friends data using the Sci2 the Sci2 Tool.

To download your Facebook data, open the Sci2 Sci2 Tool and select the "Facebook" option in the file menu. In the next submenu, select the "Access Token" option. You may be asked to log into your account; afterwards, you will be redirected to a webpage that provides you with an access token. In your browser, right click on the grey text, choose "Select All", and then copy this text to your clipboard. Figure 4.7 demonstrates this process.

Fig. 4.7: Use Sci2 Sci2 to gain access and retrieval of Facebook Access Token

After you have copied your access token, return to the Sci2 Sci2 Tool and the file menu. In the "Facebook" sub-menu, select either "Facebook Friends Data" or "Mutual Friends". A window will pop up, like in figure 4.8. Paste your access token into the text field and hit the "OK" button.

Fig 4.8: Sci2 Sci2 Tool's Facebook Friends Data and Mutual Friends data load windows with access tokens


To retrieve all projects funded under the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, simply select the 'Program Information' tab, do an 'Element Code Lookup', enter '7626' into the 'Element Code' field, and click the 'Search' button. On Sept 21st21st, 2008, exactly 50 awards were found. Award records can be downloaded in csv, Excel, or XML format. Save file in csv format, and change the file extension from .csv to .nsf. A sample .nsf file is available in 'yoursci2directory /sampledata/scientometrics/nsf/BethPlale.nsf'. In the Sci2 Sci2 Tool, load the file using 'File > Load File'. Select "NSF csv format" in the "Load" pop-up window. A table with all records will appear in the Data Manager. View the file in Excel.
Data in NSF files can be used for the following types of analyses:


A sample search of "Epidemic" in the 'Public Health Relevance' field displays 205 results as of November 11th11th, 2009. Up to 500 results can be exported into csv or Excel format using the "Export" button at the top of the page. Save the file as a .csv and load it into the Sci2 Sci2 Tool using 'File > Load File' to perform temporal or topical analyses.
Data in NIH files can be used for the following types of analyses: