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September 19, 2006

IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database

IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database, Version 1.0
NIST Standard Reference Database 106

http://srdata.nist.gov/solubility/

The IUPAC-NIST Solubilities Database is an online database containing nearly 70,000 solubility measurements, primarily liquid-liquid systems, derived from 18 volumes (1) of the IUPAC Solubility Data Series.

Data is given for binary, ternary and quaternary systems. Typical solvents and solutes include water, sea water, heavy water, inorganic and organic compounds. There are about 1800 chemical substances with literature references.

A detailed description of the Solubility Data Project, presentation formats, evaluations, quantities & units, nomenclature, and definitions is given in the introduction.

A variety of approaches to searching are listed on the Database Search Menu.

1. The Data Series IUPAC (Volume titles) provides links to the volume contents, e.g.,

  • Volume 60. Halogenated Methanes with Water
  • Volume 62. Carbon Dioxide in Water and Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions
  • Volume 66. Ammonium Phosphates
which can be quickly scanned for systems of interest.

2. Solubility System Name offers a 'pull-down' menu of system names in 'alphabetical' order.

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June 22, 2005

Thomson Gale Launches AccessMyLibrary.Com

:: From a press release from Thomson Gale:

Thomson Gale Launches AccessMyLibrary.Com to Allow Tens of Millions of People to Access Trusted Library Information Online --Initiative will improve the quality and relevance of information found on the Internet

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 16, 2005 -- Thomson Gale, the world's leading publisher of library reference information and part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), today announced a groundbreaking library advocacy initiative that will enable libraries to capitalize on Internet search engines as a means of connecting library users with authoritative content. This unique initiative, which builds on Thomson Gale's commitment to libraries and their users, will increase peoples' awareness and usage of the library resources users are entitled to and at the same time provide them with direct access to more high-value information than ever before through Internet search.

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April 14, 2005

Digital Rights Management and Referex

:: We have been interested for some time in subscribing to Referex Engineering, the online full-text reference collection from Engineering Information:

Referex Engineering comprises three carefully crafted collections combining key sources of reference material. Content ranges from broad based engineering titles to highly specialized professional reference texts, provided an extensive and detailed base of reference material to support researchers, academics, R&D engineers, technicians and corporate engineers alike in their diverse work processes.
The three subject areas are Chemical, Petrochemical and Process, Mechanical and Materials, and Electronics and Electrical, all areas of great interest to us. To date, we have subscribed to Knovel, and a number of CRCnetBASE collections including ENG, CHEM, MATERIALS, NANO, ENVIRO, and FOOD.

We were hoping to add Referex to our collection, which would have made it stronger and of increased relevance to our engineering community, one of the most prestigious in North America at the moment. But the DRM (Digital Rights Management) component, which severely restricts access to Referex, has made the decision to subscribe to Referex untenable, and for now, we are reluctantly passing on subscribing to what appears to be a great product.

The DRM used by Referex is called WebPublisher3. It requires a plug-in to be installed on any computer accessing Referex. What the FAQ about DRM in Referex Engineering states is that authenticated users can copy, print, save and e-mail Referex content as pdf files, and these saved files can be opened on any computer which is authenticated to use Referex. But if working with an offline computer like a laptop, users must be on the computer they used to save the file(s) to view them. In other words, if a user saves a pdf file to a smart key or disc, and then tries to open it later on a laptop which isn't connected to a network, it won't open. However, we learned subsequently that a document saved can only be viewed on the machine used to access Referex and download the information, an even more severe restriction. Consider how impossible this would be to manage in a library with dozens of PAC stations on multiple floors. Each time someone used Referex, they would need to be aware, almost inherently, that to view the document they just saved, they would need to return to the same machine to view it. Word is, however, that Ei is working with the DRM software vendor to allow for more flexibility.

Another drawback is that Referex won't work on Mac computers, effectively eliminating (and alienating) a number of our users.

The plug-in is also of concern. My understanding is that IT staff would need to install the plug-in on every PAC station in every library, something that would take an enormous amount of time, energy, money and staff. I have been waiting for confirmation that this is what would need to be done, but am hoping I am wrong, and that the plug-in could be installed on a LAN.

With DRM added into Referex, my sense is that the product may have been designed with Ei's corporate clients in mind, rather than those of us in universities, colleges and engineering schools. DRM in Referex doesn't allow for use by students who will migrate from machine to machine.

I am a huge fan of Ei products, and have worked with Ei since 1993 in an advisory capacity. We are heavy users of Compendex, and have been spreading the word about its new RSS feeds option to our users. I'm hoping Ei can sort through this and make Referex more attractive and useful to those of us in libraries with a large user base. Knovel and CRC Press have been able to do it without any problems of which I am aware, and we are pleased with both products regarding access concerns. In the meantime, is anyone out there in academic libraries using Referex? If so, how have you worked around these issues?

Meantime, read the paper, Digital Rights Management: A failure in the developed world, a danger to the developing world (pdf or html), from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

March 17, 2005

IEEE Xplore 2.0 Coming March 26

:: All subscribers to any products available on IEEE Xplore are aware of the impending upgrade next week. If you're not aware, and are considering subscribing, check out the information on the new upgrade available on the IEEE Xplore Release 2.0 - March 2005 page.

March 10, 2005

Update - Free Resources Containing Searchable Abstracts in Science, Technology and Engineering

:: In an earlier post, Sarah Kirby compiled a list of free resources with searchable abstracts in scitech areas. In February, she updated the list with additional sites, which have been added to the master list of resources.

February 16, 2005

Free Resources Containing Searchable Abstracts in Science, Technology and Engineering

:: Earlier this month on ELDNET-L, Sarah A.V. Kirby advised that she was "compiling a list of free resources that contain searchable abstracts for multiple science/technology/engineering journals, magazines, and government publications. The abstracts have to be free, but the articles do not. Site registration is o.k., so long as it's free."

Sarah received a number of responses to her query, and finished compiling her list, available here in Word document format. Sarah can be reached at sarah AT vandeventer DOT net or sarah DOT kirby AT att DOT net, should you be interested in sending her comments and feedback. The list is made available here with her permission. Thank you, Sarah.

February 7, 2005

Dialog Divides into Sci-Tech/Intellectual Property and Business/News

:: Today's ITI NewsBreaks has a few items of interest:

Dialog Divides into Sci-Tech/Intellectual Property and Business/News - "Dialog and DataStar will shift to Thomson Scientific & HealthCare. Its general manager will be David Brown, who will report to president and CEO Vin Carraher. The remaining units (NewsRoom, NewsEdge, Profound, LiveNews, and Intelliscope) will stay as part of Thomson Legal & Regulatory. Its general manager will be Ciaran Morton, who will report to president and CEO Steve Buege. The general managers will remain at their present physical locations—Brown in Cary, N.C., and Morton in London. The general manager title seems a bit of a comedown from their previous job titles of senior vice president and executive vice president, but Thomson’s take is that the titles reflect their new “wall-to-wall operating responsibilities.”"

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January 20, 2005

Engineering Village 2 Upgrade

:: Engineering Information released its latest upgrades to Engineering Village 2 last week, on January 13th, 2005. The major enhancement was the introduction of Easy Search with faceted searching features. Easy Search presents the user with a small, single search box, similar to other search engines, with no options for limiting or qualifying your search. From the EV2 Help window:

Easy search is designed for very simple basic keyword searching. Search terms are entered into a single search box. Easy Search searches all databases your institution may subscribe to without limits applied.

Enter search terms in the search box. A search is performed on all indexed fields of all subscribed bibliographic databases, including Compendex, Engineering Index Backfile, Inspec, Inspec Archive, and NTIS. No limits are placed on the search.
Having tried a few search strategies on Easy Search (ES), I can say that generally, with some reservations, I like it, especially the faceted search function. As noted, when you begin a search on the ES page, you are presented with no options, only the search box, and tabs to other EV2 functions, like Quick Search and Expert Search. (The page appears to be almost blank, perhaps an intentional presentation by the EV2 staff. The user, with no options before the search, can only type the search question, and is offered a multitude after the search begins.) The user types in the term or phrase, and clicks on "Search". A link to Help is provided, which opens up a different window, and goes to the section of the Help page quoted above. Oddly enough, no explanation of the faceted search function is provided. My reaction is that perhaps Ei felt that an explanation might be too much information for the user, and lead to some confusion. Instead, let the user experience faceted searching without knowing that's what it's called.

On the results screen, records appear in citation format. The option to remove duplicates is available, as is the option to view the results from any one of the databases searched, i.e., if you wish to view the results from Compendex only, the option is there. Results are returned in relevance order, with other sorting options being date, author, source and publisher. New to EV2 is the aforementioned faceted searching - a right side column appears on the ES results screen, offering a array of options for further refining of search results. Categories include database, author, controlled vocabulary, classification code, document type, language, year, and publisher.

Once you choose an option from the Refine Results column, a "search path" is created, or as Ei calls it, a "breadcrumb" above the search results, which limits your search by combining the breadcrumb with your original results. In this example, I searched the phrase "hydrocarbon catalytic cracking". I restricted the search to results from Compendex, and chose "zeolites" and "paraffins" to further refine the search. The search path appears in ES as: [x]hydrocarbon catalytic cracking > [x]Compendex > [x]Zeolites > [x]Paraffins. Results were reduced to 23 records, a very manageable set. To eliminate a term, click on the red x, to the left of each term. Click on the term or phrase itself, and all subsequent terms are removed from the search path.


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Faceted searching provides the user with the option to "dynamically navigate content", as described by Rafael Sidi, VP Publishing. The option to refine one's search with controlled vocabulary terms is a great feature - users may refine their searches with established and relevant subject terms from the Ei thesaurus (and the Inspec thesaurus, etc.) Without necessarily knowing they are doing so, users are creating a narrower but more relevant literature search result. The challenge to librarians is to get the word out to our users and encourage them to try it, and provide feedback. Well done, Ei!

Regarding "Relevance", or the option to sort results by relevancy, I have never been a fan of this feature, primarily because I could never find an explanation for what it meant on any database that offered it. However, EV2 does provide an explanation of their algorithm:

The relevance sort is based on an algorithm that takes into account the following:
  • Whether the words are found as an exact phrase or separately
  • When words are found separately, closer proximity ranks higher
  • The number of times that the word/phrase appears in the record
  • The word's location within the document (words found at the beginning of the field rank higher than words found towards the end)
  • Whether the words are found within fields designated as particularly relevant, i.e., the title field
  • How often the word appears in the database as a whole (words used often are less relevant than words that are less common)
With a better understanding of the algorithm used, I am more inclined at this point to give the benefit of the doubt to sorting results by relevance. I will try a few searches, and see where it goes. My experience is that researchers most often want the newest results, rather than one from 14 years ago that happens to include exactly the phrases and terms they just searched.

At long last, the ability to truncate to a single character, using the "?" symbol, is now available (*applause*)! Other new features that add to the integrity of the product include the elimination of drop-down menus, and the ability to resort from the results page, both welcomed enhancements.

As for a few reservations, I will qualify that here. These are a few suggested changes I'd like to see implemented, or at least considered, for future EV2 enhancements:
  1. Extend the faceted search function to Quick and Expert Search modes. (This is coming!)
  2. Allow the user to switch display formats without having to choose individual citations, or all on the page. Let the option default to the entire set if none is chosen.
  3. The "Refine Search" option needs, well, to be refined further, and I am not referring to the faceted search column that appears on the ES page. Within the ES results page, the user can click on "Refine Search". However, the search box is even smaller than the one first seen by the user choosing ES - it is approximately 25 characters wide. Click on "Refine Search", and your initial search query reappears in this smaller window. Add a search term or phrase, and you cannot read your entire search strategy, because it won't fit in the window. This isn't a big deal, but it would make search refining a little easier if the user could see what was being added.
  4. Provide a link to the explanation of "Relevance", whenever this option is available to the user. A better understanding of its meaning may encourage its use.
  5. Regarding Search History, the only option at the moment is to clear every query in the set - if you have 20 search statements, they all stay or they all go. The option to clear selected statements would help searchers when refining a strategy.
I'm exhausted, and I have a session in one hour with 60 graduate students in Engineering Management. They will get a brief look at Easy Search. Wish me luck.

POSTSCRIPT: It's Friday morning, 21 Jan 2005. Yesterday evening I presented an information resources session to graduate students in Engineering Management, and highlighted the new ES and faceted search function of EV2. The class was impressed, and a number of students mentioned they would try using it in the near future.

December 16, 2004

Enhancements Coming to EV2

:: The latest version of Engineering Village 2 is scheduled for release in mid-January 2005. Details of the forthcoming enhancements are available at Librarian's Corner, at Ei Update. The major change is the introduction of Faceted searching - from the "Corner":

Once you have search results, you will be able to refine your search based on facets. The facets that will be available are database, author, controlled vocabulary, classification code, document type, language, publication year and publisher. In faceted searching, the information from the search results is presented in clusters (facets) with the terms having the largest number of hits shown first for each cluster. From these clusters, you will be able to determine the most prolific authors, the most used controlled vocabulary, the most common classification codes, the number of results for each database as well as the most common document types, languages, years of publication and publishers.

With this feature, you will have new ways to look at and explore your results. The information provided in the clusters may suggest new avenues to explore. Faceted searching brings the information behind the records in front of your eyes. Used intelligently, the information provided in the clusters should bring more insights to your search area.

Faceted searching has emerged as a hot new area in the field of information technology fueled by the ever increasing power in search engines. Rather than refining a search by adding keywords or other fields, faceted searching provides a dynamic visual way to refine results and explore what is available in the database. Faceted searching builds on the value added indexing and classification of data common to bibliographic databases such as Compendex, Inspec and NTIS. The information in fields formatted by the database producers, such as author names, controlled vocabulary, publication year, publisher, etc, lends itself to faceted searches.

Another change is Easy Search - this will now consist of a single search box, allowing searching across all indexed fields of all bibliographic databases without limits.

I'm looking forward to seeing a more robust and user-friendly version of EV2. Other changes scheduled for 2005 include:

  • Limit by Year Default - Customers can set their default beginning search year to the earliest supported in the database
  • Auto-Stemming - Customers can request this default to be on or off
  • Wildcards - New multi-character wildcards will be supported
  • Database Selection Redesign - In Quick and Expert Searches, the database select pulldown will be replaced with checkfields and external content links
  • Sorting - Customers will be able to set their pre-search default to Date or Relevance via a backoffice option
  • Full Text Links at the Citation - Customers can provide text or graphical Local Holdings or OpenURL links to Ei for deployment at the citation level. This includes links to OPAC's or OpenURL link resolvers
For more information, please contact Rafael Sidi at r.sidi AT elsevier.com.

December 6, 2004

The Indexing of SAE Publications in Compendex - The Ongoing Discussion

:: Recently, a thread began on ELDNET-L, regarding the lack of indexing of SAE publications in Compendex. Please note that for all ELDNET-L posts listed below, permission has been obtained from each author to do so. One post, part of a response to it, are not included, at the request of the originating author.

The discussion began with the following post from Richard West from the Wendt Library at U Wisconsin Madison.

We think this is a problem that should be called to the attention of the engineering library community.

In June, 2004, staff at the Kurt F. Wendt Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered a problem in Engineering Index in citations to the series of Special Publications from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Somehow EI has used an incorrect ISSN in many cases involving the SAE SP series. Since the SFX linking software that is used on our campus searches for the ISSN, patrons are taken to the wrong record in our OPAC.

For example, search for author “Humphrey, Kevin B.” in EI. There is one citation to his article “Review of European steering column technology” in SAE Special Publications v. 1307, Nov., 1997, pp. 1-6. This citation erroneously gives the ISSN as 1054-6693, but that is for another series entirely (though also from SAE), Sensors & Actuators. The patron will therefore be misdirected to something that does not have the article that was cited. There are many more such citations to the same incorrect ISSN.

The problem was compounded when we found that there were two legitimate ISSNs for the SAE SP series. We reported this duplication in July to the National Serials Data Program, and by October (after a lot of work) they had sorted out this knotty matter. NSDP took the unusual step of cancelling one of the ISSNs. OCLC record #10648576 has now been edited to be a very good serial record for the SAE SP series. This now has the proper ISSN 1533-6204 in field 022 subfield a, while the cancelled ISSN 0099-5908 is in a subfield z in the same field. We are very grateful to NSDP staff at the Library of Congress, particularly Regina Reynolds and Hong Ta, for putting in the time and effort to correct this problem.

We are now in process of consulting with staff of Engineering Index to edit their database to use ISSN 1533-6204 in all their citations to SAE Special Publications. This will allow SFX, or any other linking software, to find the matching serial record in an OPAC.

Richard C. West
Kurt F. Wendt Library
email: west AT engr.wisc.edu

Richard followed up with this additional information:
I should add that I've heard from Engineering Index this morning and they expect to have the correct ISSN in the affected records in the next 3 weeks (which I think is pretty good going). Unfortunately, they also tell me that EI is no longer allowed to index SAE publications, which I hadn't realized. But at least the records that are already there will be correct. Many thanks to EI for taking care of this.
When I read that Ei no longer indexed SAE publications, I wrote back, "Ei is no longer allowed to index SAE publications? That is bizarre! Any explanation?" The following series of posts resulted from that question.

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November 30, 2004

Knovel Updates Yaws' Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties of Chemical Compounds

:: Knovel has updated Yaws' Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties of Chemical Compounds. Sixteen new interactive tables (57,000 records) on thermodynamic, physical, and transport properties of organic chemical compounds have been added. Nine of these have Equation Plotter and almost all have name synonyms for chemical compounds.

The data was provided by Prof. Carl Yaws of Lamar University, Texas.

November 23, 2004

EnCompassWEB™ Now Available

:: EnCompassWEB, the new platform from Engineering Information, is now available. Included are the databases, EnCompassLIT and EnCompassPAT, once known as ApiLIT and ApiPAT, when they were maintained by the American Petroleum Institute. From Ei Update:

This month, Engineering Information will release EnCompassWEB, its newest web-based discovery platform. Designed to meet the demanding information requirements for the downstream petroleum, petrochemical, natural gas energy and allied industries; EnCompassWEB will provide reliable access to worldwide scholarly literature, patents, business and economic news.

Designed with today’s end user in mind, EnCompassWEB offers subscribers easy to use features that users of Engineering Village 2, ChemVillage and PaperVillage 2 have become accustomed to. Combined database searching allows for controlled duplicate removal, linking options, designed to deliver the fastest route to full text content, and personalization options including saved record folders, search histories and email alerts. It will ensure that users can catalog their research.

Available sources include the two most targeted bibliographic databases available to the industry. EnCompassLIT, references 40 years of the most influential journals, trade magazines, conference proceedings and technical reports. EnCompassPAT, which is derived from global issuing authorities, contains over 360,000 hand selected patents. Both databases are updated on a weekly basis ensuring that users are kept abreast of the latest industry developments.

For additional information on EnCompassWEB, please contact our customer support team at eicustomersupport AT elsevier.com

I have trial access, and can report that the platform is virtually identical to EV2. Searches can be run on both dbs simultaneously, and results from each can be viewed independently, in addition to viewing all the results in one set. I would like to see detailed descriptions of both databases somewhere on Ei's web site; none seems to be available at the moment.

November 8, 2004

Inspec Archive Added to Engineering Village 2

:: From Information Today Newsbreaks:

Elsevier Engineering Information, Inc. announced the availability of the IEE’s Inspec Archive to the Engineering Village 2 Web-based discovery platform. The Inspec Archive is the result of the digitization and enhancement of the Science Abstracts Journals, which date from 1898 and cover published literature in physics, electrical engineering, and computing and control. Inspec is a bibliographic database providing global coverage of scientific and technical literature in the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, and computer science. Engineering Village 2 supports seamless searching of the Inspec Archive with the Inspec database. Combined, the collections contain more than 2.5 million historical records.

November 1, 2004

EBSCO Adding Full-Text Conference Papers, Open WorldCat Pilot User's Perspective

:: From today's NewsLink:

EBSCO Publishing has entered into an agreement with All Academic, Inc. that will provide researchers with access to a collection of full-text conference papers from scholarly societies. The partnership with All Academic will bring nearly 25,000 full-text conference papers into appropriate EBSCOhost databases including Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, and Communication & Mass Media Complete. The companies anticipate that approximately 20,000 records will be added to EBSCOhost databases on an annual basis beginning in 2005.
Also of interest from today's NewsLink is an good column by Nancy O'Neill, entitled Open WorldCat Pilot: A User's Perspective. This project was previously mentioned here and here. O'Neill conducted what she calls "unscientific tests", and in the end, concludes the following:
Grumble as we may, OCLC's Open WorldCat Pilot has the potential to achieve its goals and more. It may not yet have earned a standing ovation for its performance, but let's give a rousing cheer for the initiative — a special "hats off" to Google and Yahoo! as our new library partners — and encourage OCLC to move from pilot to permanent.

October 20, 2004

1-2-3 RedLightGreen

:: Dana sent the following note about RedLightGreen:

RLG's RedLightGreen service has been out of pilot testing since August. It's available to the general public at no cost 24/7 and also produces Google search results for each title viewed out of the 120 million books from the RLG Union Database.
RedLightGreen is produced by RLG, once known as Research Libraries Group.

So what is RedLightGreen?

What happens when you take a massive database of bibliographic descriptions and redesign it for the Web, not just as a resource for librarians, but as a tool for students and the public at large? That’s the idea behind RLG’s RedLightGreenSM.

RLG’s largest bibliographic database has been reinvented as an online information service, accessible over the open Web. It helps undergraduates and other researchers zero in on the most authoritative, useful sources of information—with the kind of interface and usability expected by Web-savvy students.

One of the interesting features is the ability to format results in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian style. All that is required is that you register with an e-mail and pw.

I tried a search that returned more than one citation. The search results lack certain standard features, such as the option to mark records, and a link that takes you back to search results after you view one citation in full format. Instead, you have to use the back button. As well, you can choose to save to a citation format only by examining one record at a time.

However, the ability to create lists in one of these citation formats is a bonus. Another nice feature is the option to check your local library catalogue to determine if the item in question is held in your collection. When I clicked on the "Get It at NEOS Libraries Consortium" link to the U of Alberta Libraries' catalogue, I received an error page. When I clicked on the "Other Libraries" link, I navigated through the geographic links to Alberta, then Edmonton, where the link to our catalogue was listed, returning correct results. Perhaps the Get It function only works for RLG member libraries.

RLG has created an Information for Librarians page to promote RedLightGreen. At this time, five member institutions have partnered with RLG to promote the service: Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Minnesota. For example, U Minn Libraries has a three colour button advertising RedLightGreen on its catalogue page. A click-through takes you to a page describing the service from the U Minn perspective.

Is anyone out there using RedLightGreen?

September 21, 2004

IEEE Title Change - Again!

:: George Porter notes the following title change (actually a split into two new titles). This is one of those "what the - ??" moments, that makes you wonder if someone at IEEE lost it for a moment when this decision was made regarding the timing. George suggests that this change could complicate OpenURL linking services. Consider the plight of the poor serial cataloguer as well, not to mention the headaches this will cause researchers trying to nail down a specific issue. And then there will be the citation screwups in article bibliographies...

IEEE has changed the title/website, mid-year/volume no less, of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation to IEEE Transactions on Robotics. Same ISSN, though, which is bound to complicate many an OpenURL linking service. Here's a brief review of the historic run of this journal, arranged in reverse chronological order..

IEEE Transactions on Robotics
Fulltext v20(4)+ (August 2004+); ISSN: 1042-296X

IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation
Fulltext v5-20(3) (1989-June 2004); ISSN: 1042-296X

IEEE Journal of Robotics and Automation
Fulltext v4 (1988); ISSN: 0882-4967

IEEE Journal of Robotics and Automation
Fulltext v1-3 (1985-1987); ISSN: 0882-4967

- George Porter

Brian Quigley noted the new title that emerges from this mid-volume split is called:

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering
Fulltext v1+ (July 2004+); ISSN: 1545-5955

The other annoying bit is that IEEE hasn't crossreferenced the title change from the existing page on IEL. In other words, the IEL page for Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions references earlier versions of the journal, but doesn't link to the new version, Robotics, IEEE Transactions on [see also Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on]. You will notice the See Reference from the new title to the previous version, but as well, there is no actual link to the previous incarnation from the this page. Does that make sense?

At the very least, IEEE might had a new ISSN assigned to IEEE Transactions on Robotics, to prevent future problems with online catalogues, software using ISSN's for linking, etc.

September 13, 2004

Indexing of ASEE Proceedings in Compendex

:: Much discussion has ensued recently on ELDNET-L, regarding the coverage of the annual proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education. The 1997 and 1998 proceedings are in Compendex, but some editions have not been indexed yet. Rafael Sidi, of Elsevier Engineering Information, Inc, responded on ELDNET-L:

ASEE Conference Proceedings are an intended part of the Compendex coverage, but due to acquisition hurdles, some editions (2003,2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996) have not been indexed. We place a high priority upon adding ASEE Conference Proceedings and are currenty in the process of acquiring the missing years. The content will appear in Compendex shortly.

Sincerely,
Rafael Sidi
VP, Publishing Engineering :: Elsevier Engineering Information, Inc. ::
r DOT sidi AT elsevier DOT com

September 7, 2004

Scopus - Review by Peter Jasco

:: Peter Jacso writes a free monthly column, Peter's Digital Ready Reference Shelf, providing in-depth reviews of online databases and information services.

This month, Peter tackles Scopus. My copy printed at 10 pages. Quoting from the September column's announcement:

SCOPUS, a mighty collection of multidisciplinary abstracting/indexing records, enhanced with cited references, sporting-good search and excellent linking capabilities. Scopus has outstanding output features, including results lists displayed in a grid format, prominent display of the citedness score of items on the results lists - which can be re-sorted by decreasing citedness order (among others) - and an automatic and instant bibliometric profile of the results lists.
- George Porter.

H.W. Wilson Announces Full-Text Science Database

:: From InfoToday:

H.W. Wilson has announced a new 100-percent, full-text science database, available exclusively on WilsonWeb.com. Science Full Text Select combines the full-text content of all the Wilson science databases, delivering articles cover to cover from 320 sources in total. The database provides an abundance of graphical content--charts, diagrams, and illustrations--in PDF page images. Science Full Text Select brings together full-text content from the WilsonWeb databases Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, and General Science Full Text, plus additional full-text articles from Readers' Guide and Wilson OmniFile databases.

August 10, 2004

Engineering Information Retrieval Pilot Tutorial

:: In July, Jay Bhatt, Information Services Librarian (Engineering), Hagerty Library, Drexel University, posted a message to SLA-ENG about a tutorial designed to assist undergraduate engineering students at Drexel in the use of Engineering Village 2. From the tutorial introduction:

Welcome to the Engineering Information Retrieval pilot tutorial. The result of a collaboration between the Drexel University's Hagerty Library and Elsevier's Engineering Village 2, it is meant primarily for undergraduate engineering students facing their first big research project.

The tutorial covers in turn a general review of information sources, how to develop a search strategy, where to find relevant articles, how to arrange to receive article updates, and patent searches. The Table of Contents visible on the left hand part of the screen allows you to jump from topic to topic. You can also use the Next and Previous buttons in the upper right hand corner of the frame to move from topic to topic.

Where there are multiple pages on a specific topic, a new set of buttons entitled Click here to continue and Click here to go back will appear in the four corners of the main content frame, as appropriate. You can also use the browser Back and Forward buttons if desired. After maneuvering through a topic or two you will become quite comfortable with the navigation.

Jay is interested in feedback, and is encouraging others to examine the tutorial. To do so, go to the My Evolve site.

The username and passwords is: jmeyer01. Under 'My Courses', click "Engineering Information Retrieval". Click "Course Material" button under the 'Announcements' button. Under "Engineering Information Retrieval Course", click on "Click to Launch". It may take a few seconds before it is launched.

Please send feedback to Jay at bhatt AT drexel DOT edu.

July 26, 2004

Yahoo! Search Joins OCLC Open WorldCat Project

:: Interesting article from Information Today, by Barbara Quint, on OCLC expanding its library locator service for books, to include Yahoo!:

OCLC (http://www.oclc.org) has expanded its online library locator service for books to Yahoo! Search. Last October, I reported on a new pilot project between OCLC and Google that opened library holdings information for just under 2 million items in the WorldCat union catalog (extracted from the 55 million items with over 900 million holdings recorded; see http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb031027-2.shtml). In January 2004, Yahoo! approached OCLC to arrange access to Open WorldCat records under Yahoo!’s new Content Acquisition Program. (For a description of that program, see http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb040308-1.shtml.) While Google took months to spider all the OCLC data, Yahoo! moved very quickly. The agreement was signed May 21; content first appeared on Yahoo! Search May 28; and full crawling and loading of the 1,993,073 set was completed June 6. Overall, OCLC seems to consider the Open WorldCat project a wonderful success and plans to expand it.

July 22, 2004

IEEE Presentation from Nashville SLA Conference Now Available

:: The slide presentation from the annual IEEE Customer Breakfast session on Jun8, 2004, at the Nashville SLA conference is now available for viewing. From the IEEE site:

IEEE Announces New Initiatives at Special Libraries Association Conference – Presentation Now Available Online

June 2004 – The IEEE announced several new initiatives in its online publishing program this month during a breakfast for the library community at the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Nashville.

The announcements made during the meeting include the launch of two new IEEE journals in 2005, a flexible new online collection designed for corporations, plans to grow IEEE's archival digital content and forthcoming updates to the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform.

Jonathan Dahl, Staff Director of IEEE Sales & Marketing, explained how IEEE measures the quality of its collections to the librarians in attendance. Beyond the traditional elements of price and citations, a statistical study reveals that patents are citing scientific information more than ever before, and that top patenting organizations cite IEEE more frequently than competitor's journals. To support the study, Dahl cited Qualcom's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology as a high-impact, patent that relied on IEEE publications for patent approval.

In addition, Barbara Lange, Director of IEEE Publications Business Development, reviewed several recently launched enhancements to the IEEE Xplore platform. Improved navigation features, among other enhancements, help to meet the varied needs of researchers. She also presented a preview of the enhancements planned for next year's IEEE Xplore 2.0 release.

IEEE is pleased to make this presentation available online.

Special thanks to Rachel Berrington for bringing this to my attention.

July 20, 2004

Yahoo! and Google's Inclusion of WorldCat records

:: Hello again. I'm back from a two-week break. Geoff is still away, and will return on July 26. He was married on July 9th in St John's, Newfoundland. I attended the wedding, and played guitar during the ceremony.

:: Rita Vine, in Sitelines, has an interesting commentary on the inclusion of WorldCat records in Yahoo! and Google. I wasn't aware that this was happening, but it is an important development. I use WorldCat a lot, always my first choice when I need to verify the existence of something. Rita writes:

There has been more news this month of Yahoo!'s inclusion of Worldcat records (Google already has them) in its database.

This is interesting because it illustrates some real variations in current ranking and sorting differences between Yahoo! and Google.

As a test to see if the Worldcat records for a book would come up during an average search, I selected the book Your Guide to Passing the AMP Real Estate Exam by Joyce Bea Sterling (Real Estate Education Co., 2000) which is one of the Worldcat records captured by both Google and Yahoo. I chose the title because it was recent, because users looking to pass the exam could conceivably use Google to help them, and because the word selections for searching would be fairly obvious (amp real estate exam).

The full post is here.

June 28, 2004

ISI Web of Knowledge and Web of Science upgrades

:: From the Thomson site: "Thomson ISI is pleased to announce that the ISI Web of KnowledgeSM upgrade and simultaneous upgrades of Web of Science® and Journal Citation Reports® on the Web are now available for librarians and administrators to preview." Also available is an FAQ regarding the upgrades, and a What's New info page.

June 25, 2004

Applied Mechanics Reviews Online Database - Buh-Bye

:: According to information sent to our library from Philip DiVietro, Director, ASME Technical Publishing, the Applied Mechanics Reviews AMR Abstracts database is to cease on July 1, 2004. We have access to it, but when I checked it just now, it wasn't working.

I am assuming until told otherwise that access to the Applied Mechanics Reviews Online will still be available; however, the online coverage is to the book reviews and review articles only, not the abstracts. The AMR Journal Article Abstracts Database is described as "a companion product of Applied Mechanics Reviews. This online database includes abstracts from more than 350 international journals in the engineering sciences and contains over 250,000 records."

I'm not sure why ASME is pulling the plug on the online version. I was never impressed with its search functionality, but other than Ei Compendex, Web of Science, and Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts from Cambridge, there isn't much out there indexing mechanical engineering. I find it odd that there is no mention of this development on the AMR web pages within the ASME site. However, as mentioned, when I try to enter the AMR Abstracts Database online, I get a "500 Internal Server Error", so perhaps ASME has already pulled the online plug, so to speak.

I hope ASME lets us know what's up. Surely they don't think their users want to return to searching monthly paper copies of AMR.

June 22, 2004

IEEE Support Site for Libraries

:: While at SLA in Nashville earlier this month, I learned of IEEE's great library support page. Divided into two sections, the page offers information about training for libraries, and tools for libraries. Selected items include an IEEE Xplore tutorial, precise instructions for implementing OPAC links, and 10 tips to encourage use of IEEE online products in your organization.

June 18, 2004

IEEE News from SLA

:: I attended the annual IEEE Breakfast at SLA last week in Nashville. Despite being semi-conscious from lack of sleep, I was able to scribble a few notes, and hope that I can translate them into something coherent for STLQ! Some of the items mentioned included:

  • IEEE has a new "warm failover" site, with a mini-IEL configuration; in the event of a disaster like the 2003 power outage, it could be online within an hour
  • While not new to some of the breakfast audience, it was noted that IEEE Xplore® upgraded to Release 1.7 on April 29, 2004. Included in this release was the Full-Text Search Prototype:
    IEEE Members and users at subscribing institutions now have the option to test full-text search capabilities in IEEE Xplore. The new Full-text Search Prototype allows you to search metadata fields (as before) and the associated full-text journal/transaction content from 1996 forward. This currently represents over 10% of the IEEE Xplore database. In the coming months, we will be expanding the full-text search capability to more documents in the database.
    The other significant upgrade with Release 1.7 is that reference links are now available for most IEEE periodicals:
    The recent addition of references in more than 20 IEEE Computer Society journal and magazine Abstract Plus records now allows you to link from most IEEE periodicals in IEEE Xplore. Like other content in IEEE Xplore, links will send users to documents within IEEE Xplore, to external publisher sites via CrossRef, or to the Ask*IEEE Document Delivery Service for immediate purchase of non-IEEE content. Reference lists are available for most IEEE periodicals starting from 1995 or 1996.

    Reference sections are not available for the following publications:
    • IEEE conference proceedings and standards
    • IEE journals, magazines, and conference proceedings

  • Release 2.0 is in development, with rollout expected to be early 2005. New features expected include a new graphical design, free basic search functionality for non-subscribers, and publication branding.
  • Beyond Release 2.0, IEEE is considering adding a profiling function, consolidating conference files, and integrating IEEE press book content. Open URL compliance is also being studied.
  • Consideration is being given to providing individual title usage statistics
  • We learned that as of February 2004, Google referrals are now just under 12% of IEL queries.
  • 38% of content of periodicals used in IEL has been published in the last three years
Further up the line, IEEE is thinking of adding more content, such as patents, author profiles, and tutorials, as well as non-traditional content, such as interactive mathematics, multimedia, and visualization tools. The slides from the breakfast presentation should be available on the IEEE web site sometime soon.

June 7, 2004

Report from SLA 1

:: I am in Nashville attending the annual SLA conference. A few items of interest:

June 1, 2004

IoP Joins CrossRef Search

:: The Institute of Physics has joined CrossRef:

The Institute of Physics is pleased to be participating in CrossRef Search, a new initiative enabling users to perform cross-publisher, full text searches of the latest scholarly research.

CrossRef Search is available free of charge in our Electronic Journals service. It can also be found on the Web sites of the other eight participating publishers, which include The American Physical Society, Nature Publishing Group and Oxford University Press.

CrossRef Search has been developed by CrossRef in partnership with Google™. Said Ed Pentz, Executive Director of CrossRef:

'CrossRef is very excited to work with Google on this pilot program. Researchers, scientists and librarians should find CrossRef Search a valuable search tool. Now, researchers and students interested in mining published scholarship have immediate access to targeted, interdisciplinary and cross-publisher search on full text using the powerful and familiar Google technology'.

CrossRef Search is a pilot program which will run through 2004 to evaluate functionality and gather feedback. Further information on the initiative is available.

May 25, 2004

Science.gov 2.0 Launches with New Relevance Ranking Technology

:: From Information Today, 25 May 2004:

Science.gov has served as the gateway to reliable information about science and technology from across Federal government organizations since its launch in December 2002. Now, the interagency alliance has launched Science.gov 2.0, hailing it the “next major step in government science information retrieval.” The new site offers additional content, technological enhancements, and a newly-developed relevancy ranking technology that helps patrons get to the best documents quickly. Science.gov 2.0 lets users search across 30 databases from 12 government science agencies (up from 10 agencies in version 1.0), as well as across 1,700 Web sites—that’s 47 million pages, with results presented in relevancy ranked order. (Article by Paula J Hane).

April 28, 2004

WHAT'S NEW @ IEEE FOR LIBRARIES

WHAT'S NEW @ IEEE FOR LIBRARIES, VOLUME 6, NUMBER 4, APRIL 2004

Read this issue online:
http://www.ieee.org/products/whats-new/wnlib/wnlib0404.xml

CONTENTS:
1. IEEE Scores Victory for Scholarly Publishing with OFAC Ruling
2. Study Shows IEEE Journals Priced 39% Below Market Average
3. Journal Explores Link Between Music and Engineering
4. Attending SLA? Sign Up for IEEE Breakfast
5. New Proceedings Address Latest on Optical Technologies
6. Context Information Helps Solve Data Quality Problems
7. Hot Off the Press: Guide to Intellectual Property Law
8. Digital Libraries Conference Coming in June
9. National Electrical Safety Code Archive Collected on CD-ROM
10. Conference Calls for Papers Listed at New IEEE Web Page
11. 3-D Scanners Measure Up: IEEE Spectrum Reports
12. Getting to Know Your Customers
13. "Hidden Data" -- What Can It Reveal?

April 20, 2004

New Products and Services

:: Wiley has released a new database called Organic Reactions:

Organic Reactions is a comprehensive database of important synthetic reactions, together with a critical discussion of the reaction and tables that organize all published examples of the topic reactions. Chapters that focus on reactions of current interest are solicited bythe board of editors from leading chemists worldwide. The publication process entails a comprehensive peer-review process, ensuring the high quality and attention to detail for which this series is noted. The database currently consists of over 75,000 reactions, and will grow to over 135,000 reactions within the next two years.

:: Elsevier Engineering Information has launched a new service called Referex Engineering:

A specialized electronic reference product, Referex Engineering draws upon hundreds of premium engineering titles to provide engineering professionals with the answers and information they require, at work and in practice.

Referex Engineering comprises three carefully crafted collections combining key sources of reference material. Content ranges from broad based engineering titles to highly specialized professional reference texts, provided an extensive and detailed base of reference material to support researchers, academics, R&D engineers, technicians and corporate engineers alike in their diverse work processes.

Each collection includes:

  • Handbooks of engineering fundamentals
  • Situational reference
  • Titles focused on technique and practice
  • How-to guides
  • Highly specialized professional information
  • Scholarly monographs
Referex Engineering is available via the industry leading Engineering Village 2 platform, making it simple to find and utilize the information you need. All Referex Engineering titles are fully searchable, enabling users to drill down into extensive reference sources in simple steps and to pinpoint the specific information required to support and progress their work. Whether fueling innovation, discovery or simply providing the information necessary to get the job done right, Referex Engineering is an essential tool for all walks of the engineering community.
The three collections available are: Chemical, Petrochemical and Process, Mechanical and Materials, and Electronics and Electrical. It includes over 300 full-text electronic reference titles in PDF format. (via: NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest.)

March 11, 2004

Googling IEEE Xplore

Interesting blurb from "Whats New @ IEEE For Students" about people finding their way to technical papers through Google...

8. GOOGLE USERS FLOCK TO IEEE XPLORE
IEEE recently announced that researchers worldwide can now locate technical papers published by IEEE when searching online using the Google search engine. Since then, IEEE Xplore traffic from Google users has risen dramatically. IEEE web tracking reports that Google referrals to IEEE Xplore have risen 1000% prior to the indexing of the site by Google. Google delivered 120,000 referrals to the IEEE Xplore Web site in December while the next highest search engine only delivered 19,000 referrals. The brief abstract records for IEEE papers, which Google has indexed, are available free to all researchers through IEEE Xplore. Access to IEEE online documents is available through institutional subscriptions, by individual online article purchase, or through subscriptions available to IEEE members. Visit IEEE Xplore at:
http://www.ieee.org/ieeexplore

March 2, 2004

Librarians' Involvements With Vendors - A Commentary

:: Brian Simboli, Science Librarian at E.W. Fairchild Martindale Library at Lehigh University, offers the following commentary on the subject of vendors soliciting input from and working with librarians to improve their products:

    I was rather surprised this week to come across a vendor's website that solicits ideas about new products but that includes a disclaimer suggesting that the submitter of information agrees that the vendor can use the information without remuneration.

    There is, I think, an unfortunate tendency to regard librarian input about product enhancements as yet one more generous service that librarians provide, thereby overlooking the depth of accumulated experience that they have acquired over years of serving their populations. Perhaps this is part and parcel of the longstanding and ever-more incorrect perception of librarians as persons who hide away in the stacks. That perception is gradually eroding, of course, as librarians have become more and more business-like; witness, e.g., how vocal they have been about aspects of the serials crisis.

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February 17, 2004

Reviews of Three US Government Databases/Info Services

Gerry McKiernan (Iowa State U) has made available self-archived copies of reviews from The Charleston Advisor of three important US federal databases/information services:

1) Energy Citations Database

Review: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/EnergyCitations.pdf

2) Science.gov

    Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative and reliable science and technology information produced by major U.S. Government agencies selected by the representatives of the respective agencies. It was developed by the science.gov Alliance, a federal interagency working group of 16 scientific and technical information organizations from 11 major science units.
Review: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/Science.gov.pdf

3) TranStats - The Intermodal Transportation Database

    Launched in September 2002, TranStats: The Intermodal Transportation Database is a "new [Web portal] * for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing 'one stop shopping' for transportation data". Although aimed at governmental and nongovernmental transportation specialists, planners, and consultants, TranStats will also be of value to government documents librarians and other information specialists, and the worldwide transportation community and educated public.
Review: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/TranStats.pdf

The Charleston Advisor provides free and subscriber-based access to "Critical Reviews of Web Products for Information Professionals"

January 20, 2004

Royal Society of London's Catalogue of Scientific Papers to be in 19th Century Masterfile

:: Catherine has already mentioned this, but it's worth repeating. In 2004, The Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 1800-1900, Royal Society of London, will be added to the 19th Century Masterfile database. The 19th Century Masterfile is primarily a non-scientific/technical database, covering pre-1920 studies. Nonetheless, it will be great to have the Catalogue of Scientific Papers added, making it much easier for scientists, engineers and other researchers to locate material in their subject areas from two centuries past.

The Catalogue of Scientific Papers' coverage included mathematics, mechanics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, meterorology, mineralogy, geology, geography, palaeontology, biology, botany, zoology, anatomy, anthropology, physiology, and bacteriology. Three subject index-volumes were published: pure mathematics, mechanics, and a two-part index for physics. Unfortunately, World War I interrupted the work, and the remaining 14 subject indices were never published. The 19th Century Backfile's keyword searching capabilities will compensate somewhat for the long-lamented absence of those indices.

There is another development regarding the Catalogue: the entire catalogue has been digitized, and is available for viewing via Gallica - la bibliothèque numérique (Bibliothèque national de France.) Click on "Recherche", and in the Mots du titre search box, type: catalogue of scientific papers, et voilà! - the entire catalogue is available in 20 search results.

January 7, 2004

CSA Releases Version 6.4 of their Internet Database Service

:: From an e-mail received today:

    The major change featured in this release is the new "Remove Duplicates" feature, allowing users the ability to remove duplicate results when searching multiple databases.

    A Remove Duplicates button has been added to the search results screen. Clicking on this button will initiate the removal of duplicate records in your search results. Your new search results screen will display both the original number of records found in your search, and the numbers of records remaining after the removal of duplicates.

For further information, you can reach CSA via their Contact Page.

December 19, 2003

Engineering Information announces electronic backfile dating to 1884

:: Engineering Information, a division of Elsevier, has announced the forthcoming availability of the Engineering Index Backfile. As of December 2003, the backfile will be available exclusively via the Engineering Village 2 platform.

Backfile subscribers will have desktop access to a breadth and depth of engineering literature coverage never before available to aid in their research. The Engineering Index has been the premiere information source abstracting and indexing engineering literature for over a century and forms the foundation of Compendex®, the world's most widely accepted bibliographic database covering the engineering field. Each volume of the Engineering Index, dating from 1884 through 1969, will be digitized to comprise the complete backfile.

The Engineering Index Backfile contains close to 2 million records and references major engineering innovations pioneered throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Citations for articles on the first internal combustion engine, the foundations of aviation, telecommunications and computing are among the advances contained within the backfile.

December 15, 2003

Ovid Opens Full-Text Journal Articles to Pay-Per-View Access

:: From InfoToday: "December 15, 2003 — Ovid, a leading online service for medical, health sciences, and pharmaceutical information, has announced a new PayPerView Service for the full text of medical journals. The service is designed to open access to nonsubscribers, both nonsubscribers to the journals via institutional library subscriptions and to Ovid itself. With the current ongoing rebellion by large libraries against “big deal” packages of online journal access (see “Cornell and Other University Libraries to Cancel Elsevier Titles,” http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb031117-1.shtml), this approach by Ovid could help librarians building collections around high-use titles to offer clients a safety net service for access to unsubscribed journals. The Microsoft Office 2003 and PubMed connections let Ovid reach new markets not currently using its services. At present, only 339 of the over 900 journals in the Journals@Ovid full-text collection are available for PayPerView, but Ovid expects to expand that number quickly." - Barbara Quint

Full-text of article.

December 9, 2003

CSA Hot Topics

:: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts produces monthly Hot Topics, which they describe as "Comprehensive information on current issues with an overview of the subject, key citations with abstracts, and links to web sites." The two most recent Hot Topics are the Columbia Shuttle Tragedy and Dimethylsulfide Emission: Climate Control by Marine Algae?

December 3, 2003

Dialog Announces New Web Service to Facilitate Content Integration for Web Sites, Enterprise Networks

"CARY, N.C., USA (December 1, 2003) — Dialog, a Thomson (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) business and a leading worldwide provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, today announced the launch of its Dialog Application Programming Interface (API), a Web Service that enables Dialog’s extensive content collection and renowned search engine to be integrated transparently into Web sites, enterprise portals, corporate intranets and extranets, software applications and other interactive services."

Read the full press release here.

December 1, 2003

Inspec Archive Grows, New Coverage Offered

:: Barbara Quint reports in Infotoday that Inspec will extend its archive from 1968 back to 1898. The XML file will be made available to purchase in Spring of 2004. In addition, Inspec is launching Section E of the database, called Manufacturing and Production Engineering. BTW, Inspec is an abbreviation for "Information Services for the Physics and Engineering Communities."

November 25, 2003

Web of Science to Expand Back to 1900

:: Thomson ISI announced today an initiative which will expand coverage in Web of Science to include bibliographic data published between 1900-1944. Nearly 850,000 articles from approximately 200 journals are being added, and will represent the highest impact scientific literature from that time period.

The new program is called Century of ScienceTM.

November 20, 2003

EPA Launches Science Inventory

:: The US Environmental Protection Agency has launched the EPA Science Inventory:

    The Science Inventory is a searchable, Agency-wide database of more than 4,000 scientific and technical work products. Database records provide such information as project descriptions (abstracts), contacts for additional information and electronic links to final reports and related research. The Science Inventory has been used for years within EPA to coordinate scientific work; this is the first time it will be made publicly available. Individuals and organizations will now be able to pick a topic of interest to them and conduct a keyword search.

September 22, 2003

Databases and The Ethics of Sharing Passwords

:: Randy Cohen writes perhaps my favorite column, The Ethicist (ID and PW: podbay), for the NYTimes Magazine. He is the author of The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Tell Right From Wrong in Everyday Situations. In the Sept 7, 2003, issue of the NYTimes Magazine, he responded to a question from a high school student regarding the use of online resources at a university attended by her brother, by using his password to gain access. I work at a university with a large number of online resources, and wonder how often this happens, since we are unable to patrol who actually is using passwords when off campus. Here is the question and Cohen's response, which certainly gives much food for thought.

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August 29, 2003

August issue of What's New @ IEEE for Libraries

The August issue of What's New @ IEEE for Libraries has been released and
is available to read on the Web at:

http://www.ieee.org/products/whats-new/wnlib0803.htm

Stories in this issue include:

1. Google to Display IEEE Abstracts in Search Results
2. 2004 IEEE Subscription Price List Now Available
3. IEEE to Hold Regional User Groups This Fall
4. IEEE Releases Internet Applications Workshop Proceedings
5. Frankfurt Book Fair in October: IEEE Goes on the Road
6. New IEEE Press Book Offers Medical Imaging Guidance
7. IEEE Foundation Awards US$200,000 Supporting Education, History
8. Product Safety Engineering Becomes 38th IEEE Society in 2004
9. National Engineers Week Calls For "New Faces Of Engineering"
10. Boston University Wins IEEE Web Site Contest
11. Student Design Teams Sought for 2004 Computer Society Contest

July 28, 2003

Arson at U Georgia's Main Library, ISI Highly Cited.com, World Nano-Economic Congress

:: The second floor of the University of Georgia's Main Library annex was deliberately set on fire last night, causing much damage to the collection.

:: From the 28 July 2003 Search Engine Watch:

ISIHighlyCited.com calls itself "an expert gateway to the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide," using similar techniques to Google's PageRank to identify these intellectual leaders.

This free search tool makes it easy to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology over the past several decades.

:: The World Nano-Economic Congress will be held from 8-10 September 2003 in Washington DC. (Note: pdf file, requires Adobe Acrobat).

May 5, 2003

EEVL's Engineering E-journal Search Engine and RAM: Recent Advances in Manufacturing database

Roddy McLeod sent a note about EEVL's E-Journal Search Engine. The Engine indexes >100 full-text, free engineering e-journals, most of which are available w/o registration, and are not indexed elsewhere. The search engine is very simple: you can search by "exact word" or "title only", and restrict the search to "all" or "any" word(s). One drawback is that when you search a phrase, it also searches for any occurrence of any word in the phrase and returns those results as well. However, Roddy hopes that in the near future they will be able "to develop the technology to allow the development of e-journal search engines in several different subject areas with some of the features mentioned at the end of the article."

In addition to the E-Journal Search Engine, EEVL offers RAM - Recent Advances in Manufacturing, a db which indexes >500 leading journals in this subject area.