Entries for May 2005

May 31, 2005

Open Access Math Journals

The fulltext contents of two journals published by Hindawi Publishing are now available for free.

Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Differential Equations and Nonlinear Mechanics
Coming in 2005

Thanks to Peter Suber, Open Access News, for monitoring developments in the open access publishing world.

May 30, 2005

Portal of Ceramic Property Resources

The American Ceramic Society has compiled a list of free and fee-paid Ceramic Properties Databases.

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is a 100-year-old non-profit organization that serves the informational, educational, and professional needs of the international ceramics community. [About ACerS]

May 27, 2005

Scientists and Literature

AAAS link for presentation appears to be dead and no alternative has been posted.

At the 30th Annual AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy, Dr. Carol Tenopir (Professor of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee) gave a presentation, titled "What Scientists Really Need Regarding Publishing and Access." She highlighted studies that showed scientists are reading more in less time, relying on the technology to locate articles rather than browsing complete journal issues, and making decisions based on convenience.

Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series A: Mathematical Sciences

The Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series A: Mathematical Sciences is now available for free through an open access publishing model.

May 26, 2005

Open Access Publishing in the Sciences

The cover story from the May 16, 2005, issue of Chemical & Engineering News describes the current thoughts and stages of development in open access publishing. In the article "Opening Access", several scientific publishers comment on open access publishing, and describe the positives and negatives of the proposed publishing models.

The Case community can view the article online or in print at the Kelvin Smith Library.

On a related note, the National Academies has a free PDF report available, called "Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?: A Workshop Summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable."

May 25, 2005

Publishing Relationship in Chemistry & Physics

William W. Armstrong wrote a great article (Communication in the Sciences as Seen through Physics and Chemistry: A Look at the Complex Relationship between Author, Publisher, and Distributor as They Relate to the Reader) on the exploration of the publishing process in the chemistry and physics academic environment. It appeared in the March 2005 issue of College & Research Libraries (American Library Association).

The Case community can find the article at several of the Case Libraries.

Chemical Market Reporter

Chemical Market Reporter has removed its chemical pricing information from the print publication to a secured website. I have been working with the publisher to find a way for Case's faculty and students to continually have access to this title.

The Case community can expect an announcement for electronic access to the web site in the near future.

May 24, 2005

Introduction to Ceramics

The American Ceramic Society has put together a brief .

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is a 100-year-old non-profit organization that serves the informational, educational, and professional needs of the international ceramics community. [About ACerS]

WebElements - Another Interactive Periodic Table

Thanks to a library user's post, I am able to share another interactive periodic table of elements. WebElements appears to be a little slower to use than the periodic table provided by the American Chemical Society (ACS), probably due to its rich content. If you cannot use Macromedia Flash, this is the table to use instead of ACS's flash driven table.

WebElements provides some great information, including element names in several languages, audio pronunciation, audio description, images, and a description of the isolation of the element.

May 23, 2005

Paleo Art Digitized

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has provided online access to a selection of historical art in paleobiology.

May 20, 2005

Classic Textbooks in Science

Catherine Lavallée-Welch (EngLib) shared information about the digitization of out of print classic science texts.

Classic Textbooks in Science
, a project of the National Academy of Sciences, currently includes Heredity and Development, 2nd Edition, by John A. Moore.

Librarians & Scientists Partner in Bioinformatics

Librarians and scientists at Purdue University will be exploring how to preserve and utilize the large quantities of biological information, especially genetics.

The full story was originally available at the Purdue University News web site.

May 19, 2005

Printable Graph or Grid Paper by PDF

The MAKE: BLOG points out several websites that allow a user to create graph paper utilizing PDF. The main entry highlighted free graph paper available from incompetech.com. The graph paper utility allows the user to set various criteria such as grid size, color of lines, borders, etc. Several readers of the MAKE: BLOG have added their favorite graph paper sites as well.

MAKE is a hybrid magazine/book from the computer book publisher O'Reilly. [About MAKE]

May 18, 2005

Three Major Mistakes of Scientific Presentations

A great article in the Ask the Expert column of the April 2005 IEEE PCS Newsletter highlights three common mistakes of presenters of scientific information (too much information, presentation structure, and ignoring an introduction or closing). The author, Dr. Jean-luc Doumont, gives several tips to streamline and improve a presentation.

IEEE PCS (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Professional Communication Society) was created to foster a community dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication in engineering, scientific, and other technical environments. [About IEEE PCS]

May 17, 2005

Top 50 Chemical Producers

Chemical & Engineering News has published its 2005 survey of the Top 50 Chemical Producers. The full report is available in PDF format.

Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society.

May 16, 2005

Interactive Periodic Table

The American Chemical Society offers a Macromedia Flash version of the periodic table.

A user can click on a single element and view various properties, such as atomic number, molar mass, melting point, atomic radius, and many other properties. A user can also view the electron configuration of each element using a secondary table. A third table allows the ability to graph several properties, such as ionization energy or electronegativity.

May 13, 2005

New Listserv for Chemicals Policy Issues

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chemicals have created a new email list for chemicals policy issues. Posted items may include job postings, conference announcements, chemicals policy news, and information on new publications/resources.

To learn more or subscribe, proceed to the Chemicals-L web site.

May 12, 2005

Institute of Physics offers RSS feeds

The Institute of Physics (IOP) offers several RSS feeds, including event postings, job postings, several regular features, recent news, and product information. In addition, a large selection of journal titles and recent article publications may be monitored by RSS feed.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the leading international professional body promoting physics research. [About the Institute of Physics]

May 11, 2005

Atlas of the Human Journey - The Genographic Project

National Geographic and IBM have partnered together to collect DNA samples in order to create maps of man's migratory history. The result of The Genographic Project will be to create a research database of genetic samples and the related anthropological data.

The Atlas of the Human Journey allows a user to explore photos, facts, and other information about various eras of human development and travel.

May 10, 2005

Women & Engineering - Google Perspective

See a short video about working at Google, or read, as shared by Google's Director of Engineering, other comments about recruiting females into engineering.

UPDATE 8/17/05: Google blog link changed & was updated.
UPDATE 11/17/07: Video is gone.

May 09, 2005

In 2.0 We Trust (or Do We?)

On the Library 2.0 blog, Michael Stephens posted a link to an article about trusting wikis and how it can translate to the ALAL2 project. I think Michael makes a good point.

I think people get scared by wikis and other social resources that allow user-created content. If you assume "good faith" in the content, that still leaves the door open to challenge the content when needed. I think too many people assume content is either perfect & reliable or total junk. People have gotten lazy in deciding what is truthful or corresponds with their beliefs. As socially driven applications increase, librarian instruction in finding and judging relevant sources becomes more critical. Instead of downgrading Wikipedia (or others sources) as useless or unreliable, librarians should be teaching users how to better use these types of resources. Users were already doing this long before the technology allowed it on a worldwide basis. How many times do you think patrons have asked their friend that they "trusted" a question rather than approaching the library?

Food Safety & Applied Nutrition Spell Checker

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed the CFSAN Technical Lexicon. It is a downloadable spelling dictionary that can be incorporated into a user's Microsoft Office dictionaries or other software applications.

The Lexicon contains approximately fifteen thousand technical and scientific terms commonly used in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in correspondence and regulatory documents. Names of chemicals, pathogenic species, toxic substances, and food additives are examples of the type of vocabulary included.

May 07, 2005

Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

CASE now has access to the Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology.

Placing specialists at the forefront of the nanoscience revolution, this reference identifies current challenges and development paths sure to influence fields ranging from materials and surface science, chemistry, and biomedicine to computer technology, information processing, and mechanical, optical, and electrical engineering

May 05, 2005

Math & Statistics Research Guide Updated

The Research Guide for Mathematics & Statistics has been redesigned and updated to become the primary information gateway in support of all math and statistics queries. Based on suggestions from the Faculty and students, the Research Guide will continue to evolve and improve.

Kelvin Smith Library's research guides are pointers for locating information on specific topics. To view other available topics, proceed to the Research Guides web page.

May 04, 2005

Scirus Toolbar for Scientific Information

The search engine Scirus (designed specifically for scientific information) has released a tool bar interface.

Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 200 million science-specific Web pages...About Scirus.

May 03, 2005

Physics/Astronomy Alerting Service

From Press Release (April 18, 2005):

The NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS), headquartered at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass., is a virtual library that offers "one-stop shopping" for physicists and astronomers seeking the latest research. ADS provides free access to a huge database of abstracts and full-text papers in those scientific fields. Many of those papers reside within the arXiv.org e-print server, which is owned and operated by Cornell University.

Sifting through these huge research archives presents an ongoing challenge. In April 2005, ADS and arXiv will join forces to improve the services they offer scientists by implementing three separate customizable Web and e-mail alerts. Now, scientists around the world will be automatically notified when preprints or journal papers relevant to their research field are published.

Read the full story for more information.

May 02, 2005

New Open Access Journal: Globalization and Health

Title: Globalization and Health
Editor-in-chief: Greg Martin, Derek Yach
Abbreviation: Global Health
ISSN: 1744-8603
URL: http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/home

Globalization and Health is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal that provides a platform for research, knowledge sharing and debate on the topic of globalization and its effects on health, both positive and negative. 'Globalization' essentially refers to anything 'supra-territorial', anything that transcends the geopolitical boundaries of the nation-state. As a process it is being driven by liberalisation of markets and technological advancements. In essence, it is about human proximity - people are now living in each other's metaphorical pockets. More about...

BioMed Central has been a leader in scientific publishing using an open access model.

More BioMed Central open access journals can be found in the OhioLINK Library Catalog by searching for "biomed central", or by proceeding directly to the BioMed Central web site.