May 2, 2006

OSA and SPIE name top books in optics/photonics

The Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering presented the first Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, administered by a joint committee of the societies, in March. The biennial award is funded ($5000) by the J.W. & H.M. Goodman Foundation. The prize honors a recent outstanding book in optics and photonics.

The 2006 recipients are Harrison H. Barrett and Kyle J. Myers for Foundations of Image Science (Wiley, 2004).

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April 11, 2006

SPIE Newsroom

.: I'm behind in reporting this, but SPIE has launched a new industry and technical news source called SPIE Newsroom. SPIE offers e-mail alerts, but on a monthly basis only. I like the "newsroom" idea, it makes good sense. But a monthly update seems odd; at the very least, I think weekly updates, if not the option for daily, should be made available to the subscriber. RSS feeds are available, which is good, but are not immediately visible on the page. One needs to click on the e-mail icon, and scroll to the bottom of the page listing the subjects to which one can subscribe via e-mail, to get to this line:

If you would prefer more frequent updates, RSS feeds are available from each Technical Community page and from the SPIE Newsroom homepage
RSS feeds allow for instantaneous updates, which is the preferred method of current awareness for more and more people every day. So, a great new service from SPIE, but the options to subscribe need to be made more visible on the main page.

November 16, 2005

SPIE Digital Library News

.: The SPIE Digital Library continues to expand and upgrade. From the November 2005 Subscriber E-Newsletter:

Access papers faster with e-First: You can now access papers from SPIE conferences starting just two weeks after the conference. With e-First, Proceedings papers go online as soon as they are approved for publication, providing faster access to timely content. View current proceedings.

SPIE Journals began e-First publication in January 2005. With e-First, new journal articles are added regularly until the issue closes and the next issue is opened to new papers. View current Journal issues.

Archive nearing completion: The SPIE Digital Library now includes Proceedings of SPIE going back to 1990 (SPIE Volume 1200). The Journal archive will be completed by mid-November. The SPIE Digital Library now includes 205,000 full-text papers from 1990–present.

To view listings of all Proceedings volumes currently available, use the Browse links, which can be found in the left column on any page in the SPIE Digital Library. Proceedings can be browsed by Year, Symposium, Volume No., Volume Title, and Technology.