Entries for July 2005

July 29, 2005

Computing Reviews Hot Topic - Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights

Computing Reviews published its third Hot Topic: "Managing the Unmanageable: Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights." Hot Topics is a series of essays focusing on emergent areas of computer science. Each of the Hot Topics includes links to related web pages, articles and books, and will be updated on a regular basis.

Written by Professor Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Connecticut, the Hot Topic focuses on cryptography's role in managing the dissemination of digital content in ways that protect the rights of the creators. This form of digital rights management (DRM) must consider both the needs of the producer and consumer, and the field of cryptography promises to provide effective solutions. The core of digital content distribution is the packaging that surrounds the content, as it can be used to protect the content. An encryption system secures the content from unauthorized or compromised keys, and thereby prevents illegal content reception. In addition, watermarking and fingerprinting protect against ownership hijacking and unlawful redistribution. "With the recent Supreme Court decision concerning copyright violations, a Hot Topic essay on cryptography is more relevant than ever," says Mary-Lynn Bragg of Computing Reviews.

About Reviews.com:
Founded in 1999, Reviews.com is a New York-based publisher of reviews focusing on academic and professional literature. Its first titles are community-based services that provide reviews of articles and books in specific academic disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.reviews.com

July 27, 2005

Icons in Browser Bar

If you would like to add an icon for your blog in the shortcut bar of your internet browser or in the Favorites menu, check out FavIcon.

FavIcon allows you to download an image and than provides easy instructions to implement. You should see "e3" in the shortcut bar when browsing my blog.

July 26, 2005

IEEE Xplore & Apple Safari Incompatible

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

IEEE Xplore has been fully tested for use in Internet Explorer and Netscape for the Mac platform. In addition, all search functions (such as Basic Search, Advanced, Author, and CrossRef) work properly in Safari. IEEE is aware that the browse functions do not work in Safari, and continue to work to resolve that issue. As a result, Safari is not currently one of our recommended browsers for accessing IEEE Xplore.

The recommended platforms and browsers for IEEE Xplore can be found at these locations:
FAQ - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_faq.jsp#4
Release Notes - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_notes_20.jsp
IEEE Publications Online site - http://www.ieee.org/products/onlinepubs/news/0804_01.html

IEEE Xplore Update

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

Below is an update from IEEE on some upgrades that have been made.

IEEE Xplore Upgrade Provides New Tools for Researchers

Access to IEEE Standards, Publications, and Bibliographies Enhanced in IEEE Xplore 2.1

21 July 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- IEEE today released several new research options for its IEEE Xplore online delivery platform.

IEEE Xplore is the online delivery system which powers IEEE online subscriptions for organizations and individuals, including collections like the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library. It contains more than 1,100,000 documents from IEEE journals, magazines, transactions, and conferences, all active IEEE standards, and journals and conference proceedings from Europe's Institution for Electrical Engineers (IEE).

"This release of IEEE Xplore 2.1 incorporates feedback that we have received from users since the launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0," said Barbara H.
Lange, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development.
"The new features enhance the bibliographic information both for individuals and institutional subscribers."

New features available through IEEE Xplore 2.1 include:

* The metadata of all current book titles from Wiley-IEEE Press and Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press are now available to all users as an optional search criteria. Books located through this search may be purchased through a link to the John Wiley and Sons web site.

* The display of bibliographic information has been enhanced on various pages throughout the site. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and part numbers (identifies periodicals issues and conference proceedings volumes that have multiple parts) are now displayed on all tables of contents, search results, Abstracts, and AbstractPlus pages.

* Individual IEEE Standards are now available for purchase and immediate download directly through IEEE Xplore.

* A new, downloadable OPAC list of journal and conference details contains the start date, end date, ISBN and ISSN for all titles, and will be updated regularly.

For full information on these and other features of IEEE Xplore, visit:

About IEEE Online Collections

IEEE online collections provide corporate, academic and governmental institutions with access to IEEE's publication database through a range of information-based products, including:

* The IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, a comprehensive subscription collection offering more than 1,100,000 documents from the IEEE and the Institution of Electrical Engineers since 1950.

* The IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package, a collection of the 120 IEEE journals, magazines, transactions and letters published by IEEE's 39 technical societies.

* The IEEE Proceedings Order Plans, a flexible way to obtain IEEE conference proceedings.

* IEEE Enterprise, which provides desktop access to articles and papers from IEEE magazines, journals, transactions and conference proceedings, at three price levels.

For more information on IEEE online collections, visit:

About the IEEE:

IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

July 25, 2005

Google Scholar and OhioLINK

OhioLINK Library Resources are now linked to Google Scholar. See the announcement on the KSL Reference Weblog.

July 23, 2005

Looking up File Extensions

The File Extensions web site is a good resource for researching which software application is needed to utilize a file.

July 22, 2005

Author-Driven Access to ACS Published Articles

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has several partial open access initiatives. First, ACS will submit articles to PubMed Central that were funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds. Second, authors can provide links to their articles. During the first 12 months, 50 free e-prints will be available through the author's web links. After 12 months, the restriction will be listed.

For more detailed information, see Frequently Asked Questions Regarding ACS Author-driven Initiatives.

Continue reading "Author-Driven Access to ACS Published Articles"

July 21, 2005

Google Sightseeing

Related to Google Earth is Google Sightseeing. Google Sightseeing is a place for people to post items they view while searching Google Maps and Google Earth. Popular postings include aircraft, image errors, and unusual geological formations.

XML and Chemical Information

Managing Information News (July 18, 2005) provided a summary of an article titled Communication and re-use of chemical information in bioscience. The original article by Peter Murray-Rust, John Mitchell, and Henry Rzepa is available freely online through the open-access journal, BMC Bioinformatics.

The current methods of publishing chemical information in bioscience articles are analysed. Using 3 papers as use-cases, it is shown that conventional methods using human procedures, including cut-and-paste are time-consuming and introduce errors. The meaning of chemical terms and the identity of compounds is often ambiguous. Valuable experimental data such as spectra and computational results are almost always omitted. We describe an Open XML architecture as proof-of-concept which addresses these concerns. Compounds are identified through explicit connection tables or links to persistent Open resources such as PubChem. It is argued that if publishers adopt these tools and protocols, then the quality and quantity of chemical information available to bioscientists will increase and the authors, publishers and readers will find the process cost-effective.

Google Earth

Google has a developed an application that uses satellite imagery, aerial images, and maps to provide a highly user-driven view of the world.

Google Earth provides the typical Internet-based mapping functions, such as locating a single address, mapping a course of travel between sites, or locating nearby businesses. In addition, Google Earth allows the user to "fly" to new locations, see 3D representations of buildings, and a variety of other enhancements.

Kelvin Smith Library (Notice Freiberger Library is still in this image):

Downtown Cleveland in 3D:

July 20, 2005

Time for a New Periodic Table?

I just read an article in the online version of Slate (July 19, 2005) that discusses why the original Medelov periodic table has become dated and proposes a new version by Philip Stewart.

Stewart created his table in part because he remembered being deeply impressed, at the age of 12, by a similar one he saw at the science pavilion of the 1951 Festival of Britain. An impressionistic swirl in vivid colors created by the artist Edgar Longman, the table stood little hope of being adopted by classrooms, but it spurred Stewart to study science. He recalls being struck by nature's underlying order: "I realized that the atoms that make up a galaxy can be arranged in just the same form as the galaxy itself."

Continue reading "Time for a New Periodic Table?"

July 19, 2005

New Executive Director for IEEE

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) announced the selection of Jeffry W. Raynes, CAE, as its new executive director.

With more than 365,000 members in over 150 countries, the IEEE is the world's largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of technology. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

July 18, 2005

Update on Patriot Act & Libraries

On July 15th, the American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, summarized the current congressional action on renewal or changes to the Patriot Act.

July 15, 2005

OhioLINK Budget Update

From What's New at OhioLINK, July 15, 2005:

OhioLINK Budget Update
On behalf of myself and the entire OhioLINK community, thank you to everyone who shared their story, wrote their legislators, and spread the word about the need to support OhioLINK and library funding.

As you may know, higher education funding in the final state operating budget for fiscal years 2006-2007 increases 0.97% in FY2006 and 3.2% in FY2007. OhioLINK funding remains flat for both years. This means the cuts that were made to OhioLINK resources were necessary.

In 2006 and beyond, as long as OhioLINK funding remains flat it is likely that we will need to reduce the central share of content costs meaning the Electronic Journal Center titles and other OhioLINK resources and services again may be threatened.

This winter, the Ohio General Assembly will begin work on the next two-year capital appropriation. This will provide another opportunity for us to help legislators understand how OhioLINK benefits higher education and our state as a whole. We will undoubtedly need your help with that effort. Stay tuned to the What

Crocheting The Way To Math Education

The Kept-Up Academic Librarian blog shared information about an article titled Professor Lets Her Fingers Do the Talking. The article, that appeared in the New York Times, describes how a mathematics professor uses crocheting to demonstrate hyperbolic space and constant negative curvature.

July 14, 2005

Why Women Shy Away from Careers in Science and Math

The Confessions of a Science Librarian blog shared an article from about.com, titled Why Women Shy Away from Careers in Science and Math.

Girls steer away from careers in math, science and engineering because they view science as a solitary rather than a social occupation, according to a University of Michigan psychologist.

July 13, 2005

Is Faked Research Results on the Rise?

Wired News carried an Associated Press article that looked at the increase volume of faked research receiving federal funds.

The articles cited a researcher that studies why scientists are making up their results.

David Wright, a Michigan State University professor who has researched why scientists cheat, said there are four basic reasons: some sort of mental disorder; foreign nationals who learned somewhat different scientific standards; inadequate mentoring; and, most commonly, tremendous and increasing professional pressure to publish studies.

July 12, 2005

AutoTechnology magazine goes free online

AutoTechnology now offers a free online version. The only catch is they did not use html or Adobe PDF, but require a user to use the free Zinio Reader.

[About AutoTechnology]

This bimonthly publication dishes out a full spread of information that´s sure to interest you if you are responsible for automotive development, engineering or production. Packed with articles and news on current topics in the international automotive industry, written by practicing specialists.

Interviews with engineering managers and decision-makers as well as reports from the various branches of the industry and the presentation of innovative products round off the wide range of subjects.

AutoTechnology is the official magazine of FISITA, the world body of automotive engineers.

July 11, 2005

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Education Center

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Education Center is a web site designed with various activities, including lessons, games, and science experiments. This web site would be a great resource if you are working with any elementary or high school students, and need some ideas to introduce science activities.

July 08, 2005

New test would measure students' Web wisdom

A new test is being developed that will test if a potential student can "evaluate Internet intelligence, measuring whether students can locate and verify reliable online information and whether they know how to properly use and credit the material."

Maybe in the future students will need to take remedial computer skill classes, along with mathematics, English, etc. A movement like this would allow libraries and other educational service points to focus their instruction on more advanced topics, since all students would have the same computer skill set to begin with.

August 17,2005

Edited because CNN link to story no longer exists.

See the full story at MSNBC now.

July 07, 2005

Free Dailty STM News.

From the SLA-DCHE listserv came the following announcement:

We are about to launch Knowledgespeak, the first online news service to report on a daily basis, all the relevant developments within the STM publishing industry. This free service will also offer additional resources including a blog area, calendar of events, articles, white papers and a directory of STM publishers.

Subscribers to Knowledgespeak will be able to:

* Stay informed by receiving daily news summaries of any important industry developments, forthcoming events, new products and services launched, etc.
* Track competitor activity
* Discuss and participate in relevant blogs
* Easily locate relevant database providers, events, interesting articles and white papers, etc.
* Search for past articles
* STM publishers will also be able to promote their products/services by sending in their press releases and through online advertising

We want to make sure that Knowledgespeak is a valuable resource for everyone involved in the STM publishing industry. Hence we kindly request your comments and suggestions on the newsletter and the website area. The following link will allow you to see a sample of today

ACS LiveWire 6.7 (July 2005)

ACS LiveWire 6.7 (July 2005) was just published.

Highlights include:

July 06, 2005

Case Wiki

Case Western now has an official Wiki.

[Announcing wiki.case.edu]

A wiki is a collaborative web site where almost every page is editable by any user. It is my hope and the hope of other proponents of the wiki that it become THE central resource for information on campus.

The range of topics covered by the wiki can be as varying as your brain can conceive. We are currently working on integrating the wiki with other services offered by the university, such as this blog system.

BioEd Online

From The Scout Report, July 1, 2005, Volume 11, Number 26:
BioEd Online

Ever since the early days of the Internet, various educational organizations and foundations have sought to use the Web to disseminate important pedagogical tools to fellow educators and interested parties. This very fine site sponsored by the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University does exactly that for the field of biology with great aplomb. First-time visitors will want to start by perusing the homepage, which includes links to "Hot Topics" in biology (such as flu prevention), a "Biology News" section (which digests important news from the field), and a selection of recent additions to the site. Educators will also want to take a look through the slide sets offered here, in the PowerPoint format, which include topics such as human body systems, ecosystems, and Mendelian genetics. Additionally, the site also features a number of streaming video presentations for classroom use on a wide range of biological topics.