Entries for December 2005

December 31, 2005

Are U.S. Historical Collections in Danger?

The Heritage Health Index, the first comprehensive survey ever to assess the condition and preservation needs of U.S. collections, concludes that immediate action is needed to prevent the loss of millions of irreplaceable artifacts.

Key findings included that 65% of collecting institutions have experienced damage to collections due to improper storage, 80% of U.S. collecting institutions do not have an emergency plan that includes collections, with staff trained to carry it out, and 190 million objects are in need of conservation treatment.
The Heritage Health Index is a project of Heritage Preservation, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.

December 30, 2005

ECN & ACN to Merge in 2006

Shared on the CHMINF-L listerv was news that European Chemical News (ECN) and Asian Chemical News (ACN) will be relaunched as ICIS Chemical Business on January, 9, 2006, with increased coverage of Middle East and Asia. The video announcement is available for viewing.

By checking the E-Journal Portal, the Case community will see that access to Asian Chemical News and European Chemical News is available through Business Source Premier. Hopefully, the new title will be made available through the same database.

Dog Genome Sequence Available through Open Access

On December 8, 2005, Peter Suber on the Open Access News blog shared that the complete dog genome sequence has been published and is available "open access" on several web sites. As a side note, Peter Suber points out that the research cost $30 million, but that it was still made available for FREE.

Next time you read or hear, that research is too expensive to share freely, think about the dog genome sequencing. Science research only sees its highest benefit when shared with everyone.

"Podcast" has been Declared Word of the Year

BBC News (December 7, 2005) reported that the New Oxford American Dictionary declared "podcast" as the Word of the Year.

The term is defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the internet for downloading to a personal audio player".

December 29, 2005

Wikipedia Weakness

On December 4, 2005, Katharine Q. Seelye in The New York Times wrote an article called Snared in the Web of a Wikipedia Liar that reported that someone in Wikipedia falsely wrote that John Seigenthaler Sr. was responsible for the Kennedy assassinations.

Wikipedia quickly responded by requiring users to register. Listen to John Seigenthaler and Jimmy Wales (founder of the Wikimedia Foundation) discuss the situation on NPR's Talk of the Nation on December 6, 2005. Seigenthaler revealed that Wikipedia was not the only web site with the bad information.

Finding Genuine Medical Information

On December 6, 2005, Knowledgespeak summarized some aspects and web sites that offer genuine medical information on the web.

Around 37 percent of Americans are estimated to browse the web looking for health information. According to ComScore Media Metrix, a US-based Net usage measurement company, between August 2004 and 2005, users scouring the web for medical information increased a significant 23 percent. With such increasing demand, the users find it difficult to obtain trustworthy information.

[About Knowledgespeak]
Knowledgespeak is the world's first online news service to report all the relevant developments within the STM publishing industry, on a daily basis. This is a free service that also offers additional resources including a blog area, calendar of events, articles, white papers and a directory of STM publishers.

Open Access Citation Information

Researchers at Loughborough University and University of Southampton, with funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), conducted research "to identify a framework for universal citation services for open access (OA) materials, an ideal structure for the collection and distribution of citation information and the main requirements of such services." The research was titled Open Access Citation Information. The aim of the proposal is to increase the exposure of open access materials and their references to indexing services, and to motivate new services by reducing setup costs. The full report is available for reading.

[About JISC]

JISC works with further and higher education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use information and communication technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration.

December 28, 2005

The Albert Szent-Gyorgi Papers

The Scout Report in the December 2, 2005 edition shared a summary of the Albert Szent-Gyorgi Papers.

The Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Papers
are hosted by the National Library of Medicine as part of its Profiles in Science series.

Albert Imre Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986), a Hungarian-born biochemist, was the first to isolate vitamin C, and his research on biological oxidation provided the basis for Krebs' citric acid cycle. His discoveries about the biochemical nature of muscular contraction revolutionized the field of muscle research. His later career was devoted to research in "submolecular" biology, applying quantum physics to biological processes. He was especially interested in cancer, and was one of the first to explore the connections between free radicals and cancer. Szent-Gyorgyi won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in biological oxidation and vitamin C, and the Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research in 1954, for contributions to understanding cardiovascular disease through basic muscle research.
[About Profiles in Science]
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is making the archival collections of leaders in biomedical research and public health available on its Profiles in Science® web site. The site, launched in September 1998, promotes the use of the Internet for research and teaching in the history of biomedical science. Many of the collections have been donated to NLM and contain published and unpublished items, including books, journal volumes, pamphlets, diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, audiotapes, video clips, and other materials.

Crystallography Open Database

From the SPARC Open Data Email Discussion List came an announcement of the Crystallography Open Database (COD). As of December 2005, it contained ~28,000 entries. Here is a nice description of COD and information about an alternative sister database.

The SPARC Open Data Email Discussion List will provide a forum for participants to explore issues of access to digital data associated with peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical (STM) research.

Library of Congress & Google Partnership

Did you happen to catch the announcement on November 22, 2005, from the Library of Congress that it is creating a Global Digital Library? Google has already committed the first $3 million towards the project of digitizing significant primary materials of different cultures from institutions across the globe.

The early efforts were started in 2000 with the Global Gateway web site with its first collections from libraries in Russia, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands and France.

December 27, 2005

Call for Papers - Symposium On Technology, Knowledge and Society

McGill University, Montreal, Canada 9-10 June 2006

The symposium will take a broad and cross-disciplinary approach to technology in society. Participants will include researchers, teachers and practitioners whose interests are either technical or humanistic, or whose work crosses over between the applied technological and social sciences.

A special theme of this symposium will be the complex relations between Technology and Citizenship. Technology is deeply implicated in the organisation and distribution of social, political and economic power. Technological artefacts, systems and practices arise from particular historical situations, and they condition subsequent social, political and economic identities, practices and relationships. In short, technology - industrial technology, transportation technology, information and communication technology, learning technology, bio and genetic technology, nanotechnology, etc. - is a matter in which citizenship is at stake. This symposium is dedicated to exploring the various ways in which technology and citizenship bear upon each other historically, and in the present context.

We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the symposium call for papers. The symposium will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations. Papers submitted by participants will be peer-refereed and published, if accepted by the referees, in print and electronic formats in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. If you are unable to attend the symposium in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the journal (including all historical material). The deadline for the first round of the call for papers is 15 JANUARY 2006. Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission.

Full details of the symposium, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the symposium website - http://www.Technology-Conference.com.

Science in the Web Age

Thanks to Bob Michaelson on the CHMINF-L listserv for sharing that Nature published several article about "science in the web age." The initial commentary was on the Crooked River blog.

The articles published by Nature on December 1, 2005, focused on science research and how it driven or assisted by search engines, book digitization efforts, and blogs & wikis.

NASA's Ames Research Center & Google Partnership

FCW.com reported on October 17, 2005, that Google will be partnering with NASA's Ames Research Center in order to share computer scientists and office space for information technology research and development projects. It is expected NASA will provide physical space and the data, while Google will provide searching expertise and money. The deal should be finalized in February 2006.

December 26, 2005

FALSE - Student Questioned by Government over Library Book

Back on December 17, 2005, the SouthCoastToday reported that federal agents visited a UMass Dartmouth student because he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book." The original story stated that the student shared his experience with several professors.

On December 21, 3005, the story was updated with more information. The Department of Homeland Security denied such action for several reasons, such as not having their own agents and that such actions would only be taken by a law being broken, not library usage. The student's story started to change as well as UMass Dartmouth started making statements against the story. For example, he claimed that the library request was placed through a neighboring institution.

The final story was released on December 24, 2005, when the student admitted to making up the entire story. I guess after the story was initially leaked, the popularity drove the student to continue the lies.

December 22, 2005

Post-Katrina Tulane Cutting Majority of Their Engineering Programs

Inside Higher Ed on December 12th published Professors Left Behind by ‘Bold Renewal’. Tulane is shutting down 4 of their 6 engineering programs, saving only biomedical and chemical engineering programs. Over 200+ faculty members may teach through June of 2007, which was the deadline given to current students to complete the cut programs.

Tulane's statement is available to read about the full details.

The university will focus its undergraduate, professional and doctoral programs and research in areas where it has attained, or has the potential to achieve, world-class excellence.
[About Inside Higher Ed]
Inside Higher Ed, the online source for news, opinion and career advice and services for all of higher education.

December 21, 2005

Podcasting Gaining Interest

Back in April of 2005, the Pew Internet & American Life Project issued a data memo showing that podcasting is catching on.

A few key findings include:

  • More than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players, and about 1 out of 3 of those have downloaded a podcast.
  • Of the iPod/MP3 owners from 18-28, half have downloaded podcasts.
See the full report for more figures and survey results. Some additional commentary is also available in response to several publications that questioned the data attained.

I guess this report shows very strong justification for the Freedman Center to continue creating and educating users in podcasting, since college age users of iPods/MP3 players are embracing podcasts.

December 20, 2005

Teen Content Creators and Consumers

The Virtual Chase shared a summary of a Pew Internet & American Life Project survey. The press release from Pew Internet discussed the full report titled Teen Content Creators and Consumers.
Some of the findings that might peak your interest include:

  • 87% of 12-17 year olds use the Internet
  • 33% share their own creatinve works
  • 32% have worked on or created web pages or blogs for others
  • 22% have their own web pages

Check out the full report for more information.

December 19, 2005

Gartner 2006 Technology Foresight

The Science Library Pad pulled together various resources that discuss Gartner's technology predictions and suggestions for the future.

Some topics covered include availability of service-oriented software, grid computing, desktop search tools, and instant messaging.

See the Science Library Pad's entry for links to the various predictions and suggestions.

December 17, 2005

SOURCE web site (for the CASE community)

For the engineering, mathematics, and statistic students that utilize my web site, this forwarded message will benefit you.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sheila Pedigo, director of SOURCE
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 9:29 AM
Subject: SOURCE Web site, Symposium, and Summer Funding

To: Case Students, Faculty, and Staff,

At last! SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) has a Web site: http://www.case.edu/provost/source
You also can find it quickly by linking onto the "Research at Case" on the home page and then linking onto SOURCE.

STUDENTS: I ask you to please help me recognize your accomplishments in research and creative endeavors by sending me updates, and I will insert them in the "recognition" section. As always, if you want individual assistance, please contact me. I am happy to work with you.

FACULTY & STAFF: I also encourage you to inform me of our students' accomplishments. I invite you to share your own experiences with undergraduate research and creative endeavors either as a mentor OR as an undergraduate.

I want to call your attention to the Symposium link. This year's Symposium and Poster Session, Intersections, will be on April 20, 2006. The deadline for abstracts is March 20, 2006. I encourage all of you who are involved in senior capstone projects and other research and creative projects to present your work. I want to especially encourage humanities and arts students to consider presenting their work. You don't have to present a poster! Meeting rooms are reserved in Thwing Center for you to present your capstone (and other) papers. I also want to work with performance students about possibilities for presenting your work.

SOURCE summer funding applications will be online after January 1, 2006. The deadline for applications for SOURCE summer funding is Wednesday, March 8, 2006.

If you have additional questions or require more information, send e-mail to sheila.pedigo@case.edu

December 16, 2005

E-Mail Is So Five Minutes Ago

Evidence that demonstrates that email usage will decrease as collaboration becomes the key for success is presented in a November 28th, 2005, Business Week article, called E-Mail Is So Five Minutes Ago. It gives some examples of business usage of wikis, blogs, instant messaging, RSS, and groupware.

I particularly enjoyed some of the words or thoughts introduced, such as "e-waste" for all that junk email and email CC meaning "cover your ass".

Of great concern was the statistic that next year only 8% of all emails will be legitimate. I think this will just further drive alternative technologies such as RSS even harder into everyday usage.

PerX, Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch

The PerX project will develop a pilot service which provides subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities. This pilot will be used as a test-bed to explore the practical issues that would be encountered when considering the possibility of full scale subject resource discovery services. See About PerX for more information.

So far 2 deliverables have been produced:

As I explore the Repository list in more detail, I will share that information as well.

December 15, 2005

RSS Still Not Widely Adopted

On October 12, 2005, Chris Sherman on SearchEngineWatch reported that RSS usage was still not widely adopted. His article summarized and provided commmentary on several studies. Some of the results, included:

  • Only 12% of all users know about RSS
  • Only 4% knowingly use it to read web content
  • 27% of users utilize RSS on personalized start pages without realizing that RSS drives the content
See the full article for more numbers related to who and how people are using RSS feeds.

Wikipedia, Open Source, and the Future of the Web from the Talk of the Nation

Listen to story at...
Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio), November 2, 2005
Wikipedia, Open Source and the Future of the Web

A new wave of Internet sites, like Wikipedia, invite their users to interact and contribute facts and opinion and edit each other. It's a more democratic way to present information. But is it more accurate?

Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine
Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation
Nicholas Carr, freelance business and technology writer; former executive editor of The Harvard Business Review; author of the book, Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

December 14, 2005

Biological Informatics

Thanks to the Engineering Resources blog for sharing information about the Biological Informatics Blog.

BiologicalInformatics.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet for biological informatics (health informatics, neuroinformatics, biodiversity informatics and biomolecular informatics).

The Virtual Private Library™ is powered by Subject Tracer Bots™ that continuously search, monitor and update for custom virtual library subject(s) that are listed as an unique ontology subject tree and directory including resource utilization of blogs, wikis, listserv® and news aggregators.

December 13, 2005

Blogging in Academia - Benefit or Risk to Your Job

From the It's All Good blog came a posting about an article in Slate called Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs - When Academics Post Online, Do they Risk Their Jobs? by Robert S. Boynton on November 16, 2005. The article highlights the various opinions on academic blogs, such as increasing Internet-awareness of a professor or university, increasing dialogue, lack of seriousness, harming an institution, and improving or harming a professor's chance for tenure.

An older article that might also be of interest, called Bloggers Need Not Apply by Ivan Tribble, appeared on July 8, 2005, in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Science Collaboration & Death of Buckyball Discoverer

I came across this blog entry that highlighted the benefits of conducting science experimentation in an "open source" environment where the "discovery process" is shared. In addition, it highlighted a few lifetime achievements (buckball discovery and the Center for Nanoscale Technology and Science) of Dr. Richard Smalley who recently died at 62.

December 12, 2005

200 ENTRIES!!!

I just wanted to post and say this is my 200th entry. I have received great benefit from all the comments, suggestions, and discussion my blog has generated. I look forward to all the future discussions.

Universities Are Warming Up to Wikis

I am catching up on my reading, and I see that Jeremy Smith shared how the Case Wiki is gaining attention.

Blog Updated

I have redesigned my blog over the last several days. In addition to a new look, I have added several functions recently.

  • Added About Me page (currently nothing more than my vita)
  • Individual entries now have a "Google It" link, so you can see what else exists on that topic
  • Each category had a dedicated RSS feed, so you can follow an individual topic (I describe the implementation process on the Case Wiki)

Persistent Identification of Electronic Documents

Susan Lyons in Persistent Identification of Electronic Documents and the Future of Footnotes (Law Library Journal, Volume 97, Number 4, Fall 2005) discusses link rot and a possible solution.

She highlighted several studies that showed various dangerous ramifications of URL links vanishing very quickly, including:

  • Law review articles only included 4 web citations in 1994, but had grown to 96,000+ by 2003
  • A study in 1994 by Wallace Koehler, showed ~32% of web pages vanish after one year
  • In 2000, a study of URL citations in academic journals showed that half of the links had died after 3 years

December 11, 2005

New Computers and Printers in KSL

Have you seen the announcement? The Kelvin Smith Library is bringing in the New Year with new computers and printers.

December 09, 2005

The Republican War On Science from the Talk of the Nation

Listen to story at...
Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio), November 11, 2005
Chris Mooney on the "The Republican War On Science"

Chris Mooney about what he calls "the Republican War on Science." From evolution to climate change to stem cell research, he says politicians are mishandling science in pursuit of a larger political agenda.

Chris Mooney, author, The Republican War on Science; Washington correspondent, Seed Magazine

December 07, 2005

Glossary of Terms Used in Photochemistry

On November 30, 2005, Glossary of Terms Used in Photochemistry, Provisional Recommendations (IUPAC, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division), was shared on the CHMINF-L listserv.

The summary will be printed in the January 2006 issue of Chemistry International, and the public comment period will end March 31, 2006.

To facilitate the dissemination of this document and all other provisional recommendations, you may refer to the IUPAC website; the abstracts and full texts (as pdf files) are accessible from this page.

[About IUPAC]
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences.

Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry

On November 30, 2005, Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, 3rd edition, Provisional Recommendations (IUPAC, Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division), was shared on the CHMINF-L listserv.

The summary will be printed in the January 2006 issue of Chemistry International, and the public comment period will end March 31, 2006.

To facilitate the dissemination of this document and all other provisional recommendations, you may refer to the IUPAC website; the abstracts and full texts (as pdf files) are accessible from this page.

[About IUPAC]
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences.

December 06, 2005

IEEE Xplore now offers RSS feeds

IEEE Xplore digital library has added RSS feeds for new issues of all IEEE journals. Feeds are available individually from each journal's main page in IEEE Xplore. To see one example, visit the Proceedings of the IEEE main page.

RSS feeds can also be found through the Table of Contents Alerts service, which continues to offer notification by email.

IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

December 05, 2005

Checking for Broken Links in Your Blog or Web Site

I recommend Link Sleuth to check for bad links in your online creations. I have used it for several years now, and have been pleased with the results. I can check all the links in my blog by just inserting the web address in its search form.

December 03, 2005

Advances in Nanotechnology - Links Updated

The Scout Report (Volume 11, Number 44, November 4, 2005) has put together a collection of various nanotechnology web sites.

NSDL Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology Comes to an End - Links Updated

The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology published by the Internet Scout Project will come to an end with Volume 4, Number 12 (June 17, 2005).

[From NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology]
With this edition, the Internet Scout Project ends the NSDL Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology after four years of publication. We are very excited about our newest NSF National Science Digital Library-funded effort, the Applied Mathematics and Science Education Repository (AMSER), a new four-year project that will link community and technical colleges to online applied math and science resources via a web portal and complimentary services. Our goal is to make AMSER the same kind of high-quality source of information about online resources that the NSDL Scout Reports have been.

If you have questions about AMSER or an interest in using AMSER in your classroom, please e-mail info@amser.org, or watch for information about the project on the Scout website where you can also find information about subscribing to our flagship publication, The Scout Report.

Knovel Roll-Out Kit - Updated Entry

Knovel has created a Roll-Kit that includes suggested announcements, field guides, print materials, search examples, and other training materials.

CASE's subscription can be accessed directly from www.knovel.com or the research database list.

December 02, 2005

Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours - RSS Feed

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.

*Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .
*Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.

Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)
  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Journals have just started to arrive, so watch for updates
  • Confortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

December 01, 2005

Science Reference Services at the Library of Congress

Science Reference Services - Library of Congress

[About Science Reference Services]
The Science, Technology and Business Division's primary responsibilities are to provide reference and bibliographic services and to develop the collections in all areas of science and technology (with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library respectively) and business, management and economics. Reference assistance and access to the Library's scientific collection is provided in Science Reference Services and access to the business, management and economics collections is provided in Business Reference Services.

The Technical Reports and Standards Special Collection has an extensive collection of over 4.4 million U.S. and foreign technical reports and standards. The Science, Technology and Business Division Overview includes additional information about the institutional origins of the Division, the Science Tracer Bullet Series, and the strengths of the Library's scientific collections.

Inderscience Publishers Update

Inderscience have started up a free quarterly newsletter called HIGHLIGHTS. It features news, free trials, free articles, details of RSS, etc., with something special coming in February.

You can freely search Inderscience content (8,000 articles) from http://www.inderscience.com/.

The 2006 Inderscience Journals Catalogue gives details of the 170 journals they publish including: Engineering, Computing/ICT and Technology; Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development; Management and Business Administration; Healthcare, Sport and Leisure.