Entries for June 2005

June 29, 2005

New Title - IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

Annoucement of a new IEEE title - IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics focuses on knowledge-based factory automation as a means to enhance industrial fabrication and manufacturing processes. This embraces a collection of techniques that use information analysis, manipulation, and distribution to achieve higher efficiency, effectiveness, reliability, and/or security within the industrial environment. The scope of the Transaction includes reporting, defining, providing a forum for discourse, and informing its readers about the latest developments in intelligent and computer control systems, robotics, factory communications and automation, flexible manufacturing, visionsystems, and data acquisition and signal processing.

June 27, 2005

International Computer Science Institute

The International Computer Science Institute is one of the few independent, nonprofit basic research institutes in the country, and is affiliated with the University of California campus in Berkeley, California. ICSI was inaugurated in 1988 as a joint project of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department and the Computer Science Division of UC Berkeley and GMD - the German Research Center for Information Technology. Since then, Institute collaborations within the University have broadened (for instance with the EE Division as well as other departments, such as Linguistics). The Institute also receives support from a range of international collaborations, US Federal grants, and direct industrial sponsorship. Throughout these changes, the Institute has maintained its commitment to a pre-competitive research program. The goal of the Institute continues to be the creation of synergy between world-leading researchers in computer science and engineering. This goal is best achieved by creating an open, international environment for both academic and industrial researchers.
[About ICSI]

Of special interest would be the information about current projects, including research in algorithms, AI, networking, and speech. In addition, publications of the group are described and may be available for download.

June 23, 2005

Engineering Conferences International Symposium Series

Engineering Conferences International is pleased to team with The Berkeley Electronic Press to provide conference organizers with a new publication option - a highly visible, rapidly disseminated outlet for conference materials. The ECI Symposium Series electronically publishes presented papers, peer-reviewed articles, and other materials (presentations, data sets, video files, etc.) associated with ECI conferences.
[About ECI Symposium Series]

The Engineering Conferences International is a Polytechnic University and Engineering Conferences Foundation Partnership and a follow on organization to the United Engineering Foundation Conferences. The program sponsors leading edge, interdisciplinary, international scientific/engineering conferences. The Engineering Conferences International is a partnership of the Engineering Conferences Foundation and Polytechnic University.
[About ECI]

Current topics include:

  • e-Technologies in Engineering Education: Learning Outcomes Providing Future Possibilities
  • Teaching Entrepreneurship to Engineering Students
  • Enhancement of the Global Perspective for Engineering Students by Providing an International Experience
  • Light Activated Tissue Regeneration and Therapy
  • Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Advanced Materials for Construction of Bridges, Buildings, and Other Structures III

Caltech: Applied and Computational Mathematics

This website from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) features "the interwoven fields of applied and computational mathematics." Highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the group's work draws on modeling, analysis, algorithm development, and simulation to address problems arising in the pure sciences and engineering. Students and faculty explore the mathematical properties of systems in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, materials science, fluid mechanics, and other disciplines. At the time of this report, the section offering Technical Reports was still under development. However, some of the individual researchers have links to websites (within the People section) with a list of publications, some of which are available to download free of charge. Abstracts of Colloquia at Caltech also provide the visitor an overview of topics that interest this group of researchers.
[From NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Volume 4, Number 12, June 17, 2005]

June 22, 2005

ESource: PIER Technical Briefs

ESource provides "unbiased, independent analysis of retail energy markets, services, and technologies." Its information services, such as publications, conferences, and consulting services are available through paid membership. However, this section of the website provides a selection of technical briefs free of charge. Access to these briefs does not require membership, although visitors are asked to fill in a short online form with their name and email address. The briefs are offered through funding from the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program and report on energy-efficient technologies. Some of the briefs available at the time of this report address topics such as Classroom Lighting, Small HVAC Savings, and Hybrid Lighting Fixtures. Each brief reviews the current problems related to each topic area, provides some solutions, and describes the benefits and applications for the technology highlighted in the brief.
[From NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Volume 4, Number 12, June 17, 2005]

Current reports include:
PIER-TB-1_Classroom Lighting
PIER-TB-2_Small HVAC Savings
PIER-TB-3_Modular Skylight Well Design
PIER-TB-4_NightBreeze Cuts Peak Demand
PIER-TB-5_Up with CFL Downlights
PIER-TB-6_Residential Commissioning Guide
PIER-TB-7_Heat-Pump Water Heaters: Reliable, Efficient
PIER-TB-8_Commissioning of Air Handling Systems
PIER-TB-9_Hybrid Lighting Fixtures

June 21, 2005

Computer Vision Homepage

The Computer Vision Homepage was established at Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 to provide a central location for World Wide Web links relating to computer vision research. Due to the success of the concept, we have broken the original monolithic site into a number of specific subpages. The emphasis of the Computer Vision Homepage is on computer vision research rather than on commercial products. The growth and continued usefulness of the this site depends on submissions and suggestions from everyone in the computer vision community.
[From Mission Statement]

June 20, 2005

What Makes Someone Decide To Become An Engineer?

Thanks to John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) for sharing this article about why people becomes engineers. From the March 2005 ASEE Prism, The Mechanics Of A Career - What Makes Someone Decide To Become An Engineer? highlights the stories of 6 engineering educators.

June 17, 2005

Seven Myths about Voice over IP

Since Case is using Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, I thought this article would be of interest. The article, Seven Myths about Voice over IP, was published in the March 2005 IEEE Spectrum.

June 16, 2005

PubMed offers RSS

Library Stuff by Steven M. Cohen shared some great screen shots and instructions for converting a PubMed search into a RSS feed.

PubMed was designed to provide access to citations from biomedical literature.

June 15, 2005

American Chemical Society and NIH's PubChem

The University of California's Office of Scholarly Communication has a created a web site to summarize the activities surrounding the American Chemical Society's attempt to shut down PubChem. The web site includes background information, position statements, facts & fugures, and suggestion of what people can do to fight this.

UC's Academic Council wrote letters to both ACS and members of Congress.

June 14, 2005

Information Bridge - Department of Energy

The Information Bridge provides free access to full-text and bibliographic records of the Department of Energy research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

[From Information Bridge web site]
The Information Bridge consists of full-text documents produced and made available by the Department of Energy National Laboratories and grantees from 1995 forward. Additional legacy documents are also included as they become available in electronic format.

June 13, 2005

New Journal - Small

Wiley-VCH introduced a new publication in January of 2005, Small. Small is the new interdisciplinary journal for Nano and Micro Science and Technology. More product information or a sample issue is available.

June 10, 2005

Open Access - Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, a new peer-reviewed online journal published by the Beilstein-Institut in co-operation with BioMed Central, is now ready to accept articles for publication and invites organic chemists worldwide to submit appropriate manuscripts for consideration. As an open access journal the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry will allow readers free access to all content in perpetuity worldwide.

"The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry will publish outstanding original research on all aspects of organic chemistry and related disciplines. Areas covered in the journal include: organic synthesis, organic reactions and mechanisms, natural products chemistry and chemical biology, organic materials and macro- and supramolecular organic chemistry." [http://bjoc.beilstein-journals.org/]

Open Access Computer Journals

Theory of Computing is a new online journal dedicated to the widest dissemination, free of charge, of high quality research papers in all areas of Theoretical Computer Science. First article was published on February 9, 2005. Quantum Computing is published as a section of Theory of Computing.

Logical Methods in Computer Science is a fully refereed, open access, free, electronic journal. It welcomes papers on theoretical and practical areas in computer science involving logical methods, taken in a broad sense. First article was published in 2005.

June 09, 2005

Natural History Highlight: The Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab

[From the Librarians' Index to the Internet]
Images from and information about the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's "Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab (SEM Lab) [which] has assisted researchers at the Museum to explore and understand our world at the microscopic level." Includes microscopic images of spiders, dinoflagellates, Sikh artifacts, and items from around the house (such as food and germs).

Custom EndNote Filters

EndNote, a citation manager available to the Case Community at a great discount through the Software Center, may experience trouble when importing citations from some databases.

The Chemical Information Sources Discussion List (CHMINF-L) recently had a post from Andrea Twiss-Brooks (Bibliographer for Chemistry, Physics, & Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago) about some custom filters that have been created for MDL CrossFire Beilstein, Business Source Premier (EBSCO), GeoRef, and MathSciNet. The filters are freely available for anyone to download and use.

New Research Database List for Case Community

The Kelvin Smith Library has redesigned the old Research Databases list. We are asking the Case community to provide feedback on two prototypes. Find the links to the new database pages on the Research Tools page.

Improved Electronic Journal List for Case Community

The Kelvin Smith Library maintains a master list of all electronic journals that are subscribed to by Case &/or OhioLINK.

As an experiment, the list will now also contain journals that are fulltext through the EBSCOhost OhioLINK database. The original list contain 9,000 journal titles, and the updated list now contains over 18,000 journal titles.

Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher

Pat Ensor and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) have created a web site that tracks developments in search engines and recommends the best tools to utilize. The Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher looks at several categories, including subject guides, search engines, news searches, metasearch engines, multimedia searching, and the invisible web.

June 08, 2005

Guide to RSS & Webfeeds

The Rowland Institute Library Blog (rihlib News) shared a link to a wonderful resource that introduces RSS and webfeeds.

RSS & Webfeeds: A Field Guide for Librarians provides definitions, examples of current uses, and several glimpses into how content providers will be incorporating the technology. The presentation was created by Teri Vogel of University of California, San Diego.

June 06, 2005

American Chemical Society Publication Prices

American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced changes to its pricing structure and access options for its electronic journals in 2006.

In addition, Library Journal has shown that ACS offers the best value for chemistry publications.

More information available through LiveWire. LiveWire is an online newsletter by the American Chemical Society that summarizes developments in its publications.

Blogging in Science Libraries

Randy Reichardt and Geoffrey Harder have written a piece that briefly describes the history and applications of blogging, including examples of application in science and technology libraries. Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries (Published in Science & Technology Libraries v.25:3, 2005) has been archived and shared in PDF by one of the authors.

June 03, 2005

Energy: A 21st Century Perspective

I attended Energy: A 21st Century Perspective on Thursday, June 3rd. It really opened my eyes to the many scientific, economic, political, and social aspects of managing energy resources in the U.S. and throughout the world. The speakers focused on several topics, including economics of energy, technology development, coal, nuclear energy, hydrogen for energy, renewable resources, and fuel cells.

Summary information will be appearing on the web site in the future, including actual power point presentations and a streaming video of the conference. As more information is shared, I will update my posting.

Steven Koonin, Chief Scientist for BP, gave one of the most interesting presentations. (For a preview, see a similar presentation he gave to the Fermilab in April). One of the most striking slides of his presentation was how much energy the U.S. uses compared to other countries, and how little several contries, that are growing quickly, are using now.

I did note some interesting comments from the speakers:
1. The U.S. energy policies are not driven by the Department of Energy, as we all may think. EPA, Department of Transportation, etc. all have more effect on energy prices and utilization than the Dept. of Energy.
2. U.S. prices for energy (gas, electricity, etc.) are still cheaper than other areas throughout the world, because the U.S. prices do not cover the environmental consequences as other countries have calculated into their prices.
3. France's electricity is 70% nuclear power created. They also created "standard" power plants that greatly reduced contruction and operation costs (unlike the U.S. that created a different design for each power plant).
4. Improperly operated or designed coal power plants give off more radiation than nuclear power plants.
5. All agreed that we are already in a 20 year window in which drastic changes and decisions must be made to guarantee future energy supplies and environmental protection.

June 01, 2005

The eSkeletons Project

"The eSkeletons Project website is devoted to the study of human and primate comparative anatomy. It offers a unique set of digitized versions of skeletons in 2-D and 3-D in full color, animations, and much supplemental information. The user can navigate through the various regions of the skeleton and view all orientations of each element along with muscle and joint information. eSkeletons enables you to view the bones of both human and non-human primates ranging from the gorilla to the tiny mouse lemur. All of the large apes are represented as well as other species from different parts of the world. Many of these primates are rare or endangered species." [Description eSkeletons Project]

(First viewed on ResourceShelf)