Month: January 2015

  • General tips on finding custom sources

    How does one find useful sources (to complement our standard repositories, cf.  Here are some heuristics that we have found useful: Think about stakeholders Who (e.g. expert or organization) may have an interest in your topic?  Quite often, these stakeholders publish relevant information (e.g. in the form of expert blogs or company information resources).

  • General tips on searching

    In our experience, the following heuristics can be useful for searching: Have a goal Before you search, think about what you would like to achieve.  Do you want to find relevant experts?  Companies?  Or papers describing new technologies in detail?  Is your search a unique project or is it a topic that interests you on a continuous basis?  Would you like to be… Continue reading "General tips on searching"

  • How to save filters

    Monitoring profiles (cf. let you save filters.  Resuming our “energy harvesting” monitoring profile (cf., imagine you have a filter consisting of several query terms; imagine further that you would like to check this filter on a regular basis (e.g. to see if there are any updates).

  • How to set up alert feeds

    You can use alert feeds to get updates on a specific search, without having to run the search manually all the time.  Alert feeds also allow you to get updates from mergeflow searches on your smartphone, for example (via feed reader apps on your smartphone). For this example, let us consider “miniaturized satellites”.  Miniaturized satellites or nanosatellites are very small, light weight… Continue reading "How to set up alert feeds"

  • How to use relationship graphs

    Relationship graphs in mergeflow show how objects (people, organizations, technologies, etc. identified by mergeflow) relate to each other.  By “relate to each other”, we mean “appear in a common context in the content of a document”.  Here we illustrate how relationship graphs work. As topics, we selected “named entity recognition”(cf. and “social network analysis” (cf.  As data source, we… Continue reading "How to use relationship graphs"

  • How to create a custom repository

    mergeflow includes a set of standard repositories (scientific journals, research project descriptions, investor activity updates, company profiles, blogs and news, and a few others).  For more information on these standard repositories, cf.