September 7, 2005

Geosphere - New Open Access Journal From GSA

Geosphere is the Geological Society of America's first Open Access journal. Geosphere joins GSA's two established journals, Geology and Geological Society of America Bulletin, and its magazine, GSA Today, all of which are hosted by Allen Press . Accoding to the journal's Additional Information page, Geosphere will appear bimonthly.

Fulltext v1+ (2005+)
ISSN: 1553-040X

[Thanks to Jim O'Donnell and Michael Noga.]

- George S. Porter

February 1, 2005

RealClimate - Climate Scientists Use The Blog

:: RealClimate is new blog, launched in December 2004 by a group of concerned climate scientists, which describes it as a commentary site:

RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science.
Nine scientists contribute to the blog - er - commentary site, and do so of their own volition, as expressed in this note on the page:
The contributors to this site do so in a personal capacity during their spare time and their posts do not represent the views of the organizations for which they work. The contributors are solely responsible for the content of the site and receive no remuneration for their contributions.
RealClimate was covered in Nature, v432, n7020, December 2004. In the editorial, "Welcome climate bloggers: A group of just nine climate scientists is trying to change the media coverage of their discipline. Thanks to an ongoing revolution in electronic news, they might just succeed", the Nature applauds the group for using the blog format as a means to provide quick rebuttals to groups such as think tanks, who consistently downplay the concerns of global warming. The contributors must use caution, however, not to oversell their own opinions on issues which divide scientists. In other words, the editorial concludes:
The site needs to balance speed with objectivity, readability and accuracy. Thatís no mean feat. Fail, and the blog will be dismissed as no more trustworthy than the myriad lobbying groups already writing on climate.But if the siteís founders pull it off, they could change the coverage of climate change for the better. Good luck to them.
Another article in the same issue of Nature, "Climatologists get real over global warming", by Jim Giles, repeats the concern for caution mentioned in the editorial. Will the site begin to appear as a "party line", and what of the peer-review process, absent from the comments posted? Another concern raised is, will respected scientists who disagree with global warming concerns be able to join the group? As for the absence of the peer-review process, of the site's founders, Gavin Schmidt of NASAís Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York notes "that postings are not academic papers and so do not need full peer review. Comments are instead e-mailed to researchers contributing to the site, and their suggestions are incorporated before the piece is uploaded." Peer-review was address on RealClimate in two posts: Peer Review: A Necessary But Not Sufficient Condition, and in a followup post. Check both posts, and note that each post includes references to peer-reviewed journals. Very cool. I do not recall seeing a blog post which included references. Also of interest, check out selected posts, all of which are open to comments (which will allow dissenters to opine at will); note that many of the comments include a response in the same comment from one or more site contributors - again, a novel approach.

I am not a scientist or engineer (and I don't play one on tv either), so cannot comment on the scientific content of the posts on RealClimate. Nonetheless, it is interesting and encouraging to see scientists seize upon the blog and use it as a means for rapid communication and exchange of ideas. How long will it take for more blogs with a solid scholarly foundation to appear?

May 5, 2004

PSIGate Offers RSS Feeds

:: Teri Vogel notes the following in an e-mail:

PSIGate has recently added RSS feeds for the new records they add to their collection. There are feeds for each subject (astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, policy and materials), plus a feed if you want to keep up with the latest additions regardless of subject.

PSIgate (Physical Sciences Information Gateway), part of the Resource Discovery Network, selects and annotates quality Web resources in the physical sciences.

Teri Vogel contributes to Science News, a "library weblog for the science faculty and students at Georgia State University."

May 4, 2004

Geochemical Transactions

:: The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has released Geochemical Transactions (2000-2003) for free fulltext access [via George Porter, STS-L].

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April 27, 2004

Copernicus Gesellschaft - a Cornucopia of Open Access titles

Copernicus Gesellschaft is an exemplary Open Access publisher, providing free online distribution of a number of journal titles on behalf of the European Geosciences Union. All of the following journals are freely available online, in addition, print volumes can be acquired by libraries whose clientele and storage space permit and/or require such access.

Advances in Geosciences Fulltext v1+ (2003+); Print ISSN: 1680-7340; Online ISSN: 1680-7359

Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics
Fulltext v1+ (2001+); Print ISSN: 1680-7316; Online ISSN: 1680-7324

Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics Discussions
Fulltext v1+ (2001+); Print ISSN: 1680-7367; Online ISSN: 1680-7375

Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences
Fulltext v1+ (2001+); Print ISSN: 1561-8633; Online ISSN: 1684-9981

Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics
Fulltext v1+ (1994+); Print ISSN: 1023-5809; Online ISSN: 1607-7946

- George Porter

George also notes the following:

The European Geosciences Union is preparing to launch two new journals in the interdisciplinary field of
biogeoscience, including:
    * Biodiversity & ecosystem function
    * Evolutionary ecology
    * Environmental microbiology
    * Biogeochemistry & global elemental cycles
    * Biogeochemistry & gas exchange
    * Biomineralization, microbial weathering & sedimentation
    * Interactions between microbes, organic matter sediments & rocks
    * Biogeophysics
    * Earth system sciences & response to global changes
    * Paleogeobiology, including origin & evolution of life, evolution of
    the biosphere, sedimentary records, & the development & use of proxies
    * Astrobiology & Exobiology

Forthcoming fulltext v1+ (2004+); Print ISSN: 1726-4170; Online ISSN: 1726-4189

Biogeosciences Discussions
Forthcoming fulltext v1+ (2004+); Print ISSN: 1810-6277; Online ISSN: 1810-6285

Biogeosciences and Biogeosciences Discussions are following the model pioneered by the European Geophysical Union with the instantly successful companion journals, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics Discussions.

March 23, 2004

Open GIS

Open GIS Group Kicks Off Web Services Initiative

The Open GIS Consortium Inc., kicked off a new interoperability
initiative to develop and enhance OGS Web Services (OWS) standards
designed to enable easy discovery, access and use of geographic data
and geoprocessing services. Participants are now working to extend and
"ruggedize" existing and draft OpenGIS standards. The goal is a
complete interoperability framework for implementation within a
multi-vendor enterprise and to achieve interoperability between
enterprises for geoprocessing solutions in government and business.

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 250
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a to
develop publicly available interface specifications for geographic

Their specifications will "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and
location-based services, and mainstream IT.

For more information visit: [via Syllabus email newsletter]

February 2, 2004

Peter Scott's Library Blog

Peter Scott's Library Blog points to the digitized version of the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland, 1654 (free access). Scott writes:

On the 350th anniversary of the publication of Scotland's first atlas, Joan Blaeu's Atlas Novus, Volume V (1654), this website presents the first translation into English of its entire textual contents. The texts contain detailed historical and topographical descriptions of Scotland and its regions, freshly translated by Ian Cunningham, and complemented by 49 engraved maps

January 27, 2004

The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives

Cartographers and historians alike will be interested in The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives:

Evidenceincamera has been created by The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives (TARA) at Keele University. Our aim is to make the aerial reconnaissance photographs, deposited by the UK Ministry of Defence at TARA, accessible via the internet.

During World War II, photgraphic reconnaissance played a major part in the intelligence war. The advanced photographic techniques developed, gave intelligence officers the ability to view the enemies activities in 3D, and make highly accurate assessments. Discover a new way of looking at our history, and our future at evidenceincamera.

Unanticipated levels of traffic to the site have forced the temporary closure of the archive, although they are working to bring the site up in the near future.

January 6, 2004

GeoScienceWorld (GSW)

GeoScienceWorld - a new world of Earth science publishing opens up December 22, 2003 Six leading Earth science societies and one institute have agreed to develop cooperatively an electronic research resource unprecedented in the Earth sciences

Called GeoScienceWorld (GSW), it will deliver online the aggregated journal content of the founding organizations and many other not-for-profit and independent Earth science publishers. The collection will feature full text searches across the aggregated journals and reference linking between included journal articles and, where possible, other online journals. GeoRef, the premier bibliographic database in our field, will be fully integrated into GSW expanding the search capability to include nearly all geoscience literature using a controlled vocabulary and providing direct linking to full text articles and abstracts within and outside the aggregation. With time, other material such as maps, books, and geoscience digital data will be included or inter-linked on an optional participation basis with content owners. When technically practical, GSW would include non-English publications. [As posted to LibLicense-L]

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July 30, 2003

Blogging About Maps

The Map Room is a fascinating blog about...well, you guessed it, maps.

"The Map Room is all about finding maps, map collections, map-related resources, and material about maps on the web. Anything that fits under that rubric, from medieval Mappæ Mundi to satellite imagery, and from topo maps to Tolkien, is fair game.

The Map Room has been featured on the Guardian’s weblog, MetaFilter, and dozens of personal weblogs around the world."

Thanks go to Marylaine for the link.