" /> STLQ: October 2005 Archives

« September 2005 | Main | November 2005 »

October 31, 2005

Images Repository Library for the Sciences?

.: David Stern from Yale posted the following to a number of listservs last week:

The ARTstor board is thinking about whether there's a need in the sciences for a resource like ARTstor - that is, a centralized licensed digital library of relevant images, along with tools that lend themselves to pedagogical and scholarly uses. http://www.artstor.org/info/

They are considering bringing together a few folks - science librarians with fairly wide portfolios, slide curators for science programs if such exist, and perhaps a professor or two engaged with digital media. My initial resonse was: I am sure this makes sense for certain disciplines. My immediate focus would be on astronomy, topology (mathematics of surfaces), condensed matter physics (properties of surfaces), and remote sensing satellite images.

I have been asked by my friends at ARTstor if I might suggest a few names. Your suggestions, and comments, would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, feedback, etc., please contact David at david.e.stern AT yale.edu. For more responses to David's e-mail, search the PAMNET archives, using the phrase, "images repository".

October 28, 2005

Scirus to Index CODA: Caltech's Collection of Digital Archives

.: From the Elsevier site:

Amsterdam, October 17, 2005 – Elsevier today announced that its free science-specific search engine, Scirus, is collaborating with the California Institute of Technology to index the Caltech Collection of Digital Archives (CODA), its institutional repository, and to power a search capability on the repository's site. Caltech CODA was launched in 2000 to digitally archive and make freely available Caltech's scholarly output and today it holds close to 4,000 theses, technical reports, preprints, articles, oral histories and conference papers produced by the 1,200 professional staff at Caltech.

Caltech CODA is an archive of valuable information created by faculty and students. The content is made available in an open access repository so that research results are more visible and enhanced discovery is possible.

“The credibility of content sources is essential to the integrity of Scirus and we are pleased to have Caltech as a partner,” said Sharon Mombru, senior product manager of Scirus. “Scirus maintains its position as the leading science-specific search engine on the market by continuously adding important content partners, like Caltech CODA.”

By providing full-text and fielded search capabilities on both Scirus and Caltech's sites, Scirus ensures that users can easily search and find the information they need. In addition, Caltech results are clearly branded and identified on the results page in order to validate content as reliable and credible.

"The inclusion of this archive in Scirus.com will increase its visibility and enhance its use in research and teaching,” said Eric Van de Velde, director of library information technology at Caltech. "By using Scirus, we expose our content to its worldwide community of users and gain from Scirus' expertise in indexing scientific information.”

Inderscience Publishers - A Heads-up From Roddy MacLeod

.: Roddy MacLeod sent word today about Inderscience, a publishing company based in Switzerland:

Inderscience is a publisher of high quality peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of engineering and technology, management and business administration, and energy, environment and sustainable development.Roddy advises that Inderscience publishes journals in the following areas: Engineering, Computing/ICT and Technology; Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development; Management and Business Administration; Healthcare, Sport and Leisure, and by 2006, will be publishing 170 titles.

Of interest is Inderscience's flexible subscription plans. Libraries can negotiate subscription prices based on estimated number of concurrent users per title. TOC e-mail alerts and an RSS feed for new articles are also available.

October 26, 2005

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - New Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journal to Debut in 2006

.: A new journal with the mission to "provide a forum for librarians to discover research which can contribute to best-practice decision making" will appear in the Fall of 2006. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice will be an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by Learning Services, University of Alberta, and will include the editorial and production involvement of two of my trusted colleagues, Denise Koufagiannakis and Pam Ryan. Excerpt from an e-mail recently received:

Published quarterly by Learning Services, University of Alberta, this peer-reviewed, open access journal is targeted at all library and information professionals interested in an evidence based model of practice. By facilitating access to librarianship research via original research articles and evidence summaries of relevant research from the library literature, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice will enable
librarians to practice their profession in an evidence based manner.
Currently, the Editorial Board is seeking Editorial Advisors (Peer Reviewers) and Evidence Summaries Team members, as well as a Call for Papers..

Scientists and Blogging

.: Interesting column from a couple months back in The Scientist. In The Power of the Blog, Author David Secko looks at blogging in the scientific world, and asks, "Few scientists have caught on to the Internet's power of posting, commenting, and debating – where are the rest?" Excerpt:

Blogs aren't all about business opportunities; some academic researchers find a haven in them as well. "I get a lot of ideas and feel I'm at the edge of science news [because of blogs]," says Michael Imbeault, a virology PhD student at the CHUL Research Center in Quebec. Imbeault formerly ran The Scientist Blog (not related to The Scientist magazine) and now manages BiologyNewsNet. Tyrelle says that his blog also helps him sort out overflowing biological information, helping him think through its relevance to his research in the process.

Kevin Kubarych agrees, but also considers blogs a better way to use information in the lab. "As a collaboration tool it's absolutely prefect," says Kubarych, who runs The Plexus blog and will soon join the chemistry department at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor. "I expect to have a blog in my new group where we can have a collective conciseness," says Kubarych, "so when someone leaves, their work is still there in the blog."

As more academics pick up blogs, scientific publishing may also change. Not only can you bypass traditional publishing with a blog, but also tools are becoming available to better organize information. One example is Connotea, which turns PubMed and numerous journals into a social environment where researchers can organize and comment on references together, says Ben Lund, a scientist who helped design the site at Nature Publishing Group.

My thanks to Rafael Sidi for this information.

Microsoft Enters The Digital Print Game; Google Responds to Critics

.: Some interesting news on the movement to digitize all the books in the world! ;-) In Microsoft joins book search plan, the BBC reports the following:

Microsoft has joined a Yahoo-backed effort to digitise the world's books and other works to make them searchable and accessible to anyone online.

The software giant said it would work with the Open Content Alliance (OCA), set up by the Internet Archive, to initially put 150,000 works online.

The move comes as Google faces growing legal pressure from publishers over its own global digital library plans.

Microsoft said it would initially focus on works already in the public domain.

Meanwhile, Eric Schimdt, CEO of Google, wrote a commentary that was published in the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal on October 18, 2005, and has been reprinted in the Official Google Blog; here is an excerpt:
Imagine sitting at your computer and, in less than a second, searching the full text of every book ever written. Imagine an historian being able to instantly find every book that mentions the Battle of Algiers. Imagine a high school student in Bangladesh discovering an out-of-print author held only in a library in Ann Arbor. Imagine one giant electronic card catalog that makes all the world's books discoverable with just a few keystrokes by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

That's the vision behind Google Print, a program we introduced last fall to help users search through the oceans of information contained in the world's books. Recently, some members of the publishing industry who believe this program violates copyright law have been fighting to stop it. We respectfully disagree with their conclusions, on both the meaning of the law and the spirit of a program which, in fact, will enhance the value of each copyright. Here's why

Google's job is to help people find information. Google Print's job is to make it easier for people to find books. When you do a Google search, your results now include pointers to those books whose contents, stored in the Google Print index, contain your search terms. For many books, these results will, like an ordinary card catalog, contain basic bibliographic information and, at most, a few lines of text where your search terms appear..

October 25, 2005

JSTOR Archive Added to Web of Science

.: Thomson Scientific has added >1.25 million links to full-text articles currently available on JSTOR. From the 4 October 2005 press release:

Philadelphia, PA USA-London UK - October 4, 2005 - Today, Thomson Scientific announced that mutual subscribers to the Web of Science® component of ISI Web of KnowledgeSM and JSTOR can now link directly from Web of Science to full-text articles in the JSTOR Scholarly Journal Archive. Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

The links to the JSTOR content significantly bolsters the already substantial Web of Science links to full text, adding links to more than 1.25 million articles. The JSTOR content also greatly enhances Web of Science links to the full text of retrospective content of arts and humanities journal articles.

October 24, 2005

Knovel Adds RSS Feeds and Mouse-Over Functionality

.: I continue to catch up with developments that occurred in the past two weeks. Last week, Knovel announced new enhancements to its web interface. Of interest are RSS feeds and Mouse-over Title Descriptions. The RSS feeds are long overdue and a very welcome development:

Knovel has RSS-enabled many pages in the Knovel Library Web site, which means users can add a "feed" for a given page to their Newsreader and keep track of changes made to that page. For example, the RSS feed for the "All Titles" Web page will update when a new title has been added. Or the RSS feed for a particular Subject Area page will automatically update when new titles have been added to that area. Subscribers can conveniently add a feed to monitor "My Subscription" to know when new titles are added to their subscription.
The Mouse-over feature is quite good. A small window opens up with a brief description of the title, book cover, and a link to the table of contents, which when clicked, opens up the full record for the title within the db itself. This feature also saves an enormous amount of space on the Knovel site. Rather than feature the description and mini-book cover next to the link itself, this information is tucked away in a popup box, visible when called upon by the user. The flip side is that the boxes could become annoying after a while, but I think it's a small price to pay for this feature:
Knovel has just made it easier to quickly access title descriptions. Wherever a list of titles appears, such as the "All Titles" page or "New Titles" page, or even on a search results page, if you now pass your cursor over the name of a title, a small pop-up box will appear with an image of the front cover of the title along with a brief description of the content in the title, the author name, and links to the Table of Contents and Ordering Info. This "mouse-over" saves the user time in discovering what kind of content can be found in a given title.
Knovel is maintaining the little "plus sign" icon to the left of each title, which when clicked, provides publishing, copyright date, and a full description of the title.

Petroleum Journals Online

.: Jay Bhatt on STS-L and Roddy MacLeod in the Internet Resources Newsletter have reported on a new open access initiative regarding petroleum engineering. Petroleum Journals Online is a new publishing initiative involving a number of open access journals covering a variety of topics in petroleum engineering:

Petroleum Journals Online (PJO) publishes the first fully refereed e-journals of petroleum engineering. The publications cover the following main areas of petroleum engineering namely: petrophysics, production geology, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and petroleum management and economics. Content and editorial board composition are international in scope. Articles are accepted on the basis that they will make a lasting contribution to technical literature. Information regarding scope, policies and author guidelines specific to each of the e-journals can be found by visiting the "About" section within the relevant journal's website.
So far, only one issue is available, that being v1 n1 2005 of the e-journal of reservoir engineering.

Of interest are the many "Reading Tools" available with each article, including links to author bios, "capture the citation", Dublin Core metadata, "add comment to the item", and links to related items such as other works by the author(s), quotations, book reviews, etc.

Various Items of Interest

.: The latest .pdf edition of Walt Crawford's Cites & Incites, v5 n12 November 2005, is available.

.: Interesting piece from Inside Higher Education: A Call To Action Against Intelligent Design reports on the "state of the university" address by Cornell University’s interim president, Hunter R. Rawlings III, given last Friday. He calls upon faculty members across subject disciplines to involve themselves in public discussions regarding why intelligent design is both popular and incorrect.

.: Issue 5 of IOP's Librarian Insider is available (.pdf format.)

October 20, 2005

Ei Scope and Coverage Committee Blog Press Release

.: Engineering Information's Compendex Scope and Coverage Committee, of which I am co-chair, recently began using blogging technology as a project management tool. Lists of potential titles for Compendex coverage were distributed to Committee members via the blog, with concerns and questions discussed centrally from within the blog since that time. Committee members can discuss specific titles or groups of titles, and provide feedback accordingly.

Ei issued a press release this week with details on how the blog is being used to enhance the coverage in Compendex. The Compendex Scope and Coverage Committee first came into existence in 1993, and initially I was a member from that time until 1998. The new, reconstituted committee has a larger membership, and will continue to advise Ei on the editorial content of Compendex, reviewing and suggesting new titles for coverage. The blog helps to make the work a little easier on everyone involved. Steven Cohen mentioned the press release on Library Stuff.

.: I should note that I am back from NYC, where I spent a nine days on vacation. While there, I had a chance to visit with some of the Ei staff at the Reed Elsevier HQ on Park Avenue. My thanks to Rafael, Ross, Gali, Christian, and Mary for taking the time to visit with me during their busy work day.

October 10, 2005

Forthcoming Open Access titles at BioMed Central

Here are a trio of journals currently incubating at BioMed Central.

IEEE Slates Five New Journals for 2006

IEEE announced five new journals for 2006 in July:

October 6, 2005

STLQ Downtime

.: I will be away from the office until 24 October 2005, so expect very little, if any, postings on STLQ until that time. The first nine days will be spent on holidays in NYC. See you soon. - Randy

October 3, 2005

Was It Inevitable? Google Print Slapped With Lawsuit

.: Details available from Barbara Quint's report on Information Today's site...and on the heels of Quint's first report is her second (related) one: Open Content Alliance Rises to the Challenge of Google Print