Entries for February 2006

February 28, 2006

Petroleum Journals Online

Petroleum Journals Online (PJO) publishes the first fully refereed, open access, e-journals of petroleum engineering. The publications cover the following main areas of petroleum engineering namely: petrophysics, production geology, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and petroleum management and economics.

(Originally reported in the Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 103, October 2005, by Roddy MacLeod)

February 27, 2006

CAS Introduces RSS Feed

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has introduced a RSS feed for news and updates.

[About the RSS Feed from CAS]

The RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed from CAS is based on the RSS 2.0 specification. RSS is a standard for syndicating updated content from a web site.

This will initially be just a single feed that will encompass all news and updates from CAS. Additional or specific topic feeds might be offered in the future depending on feedback and user demand.

New Undergraduate Case Research Journal

SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) will be publishing a new campus journal in the spring of 2006.

Discussions is a peer reviewed research journal at Case Western Reserve University. It features research papers, review articles, and scholarly essays written by undergraduate students from any college or program within the university. Its primary aims are to foster academic dialogue within the student body and to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to publish their scholarly work.

February 25, 2006

7 Million U.S. Patents

UPDATE: The Patent Librarian reports that the U.S. has issued patent 7,000,000 on February 14, 2006 to DuPont.

The Patent Librarian blog tells us that next week the United States may be issuing patent number 7,000,000. Michael White also looked up the topics and years of the patents issued on the first few million landmarks.

What is most impressive is how long it takes to issue this many patents and how fast patents numbers are growing. Take a look.


February 24, 2006

How does Google Rank

Explore how Google collects and ranks results as described by Matt Cutts, Google quality engineer. He gives some great examples that can easily be shared with library patrons, students, or anyone else that is interested.

It was shared in the new Google Librarian Center newsletter.

What are the Worst Jobs in Science?

John Galvin gives us his top ten worst jobs in science (The Worst Jobs in Science, Popular Science, October 2005). I will not give share the results here, but the list starts with "Orangutan-Pee Collector" and gets worse from there?

February 23, 2006

National Climatic Data Center

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the nation's source for climate information and data.

[About NCDC]

NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North Carolina, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology which is located in Boulder, Colorado.

NCDC supports a three tier national climate services support program - the partners include: NCDC, Regional Climate Centers, and State Climatologists.

(Highlighted by the The Internet Scout Report, February 17, 2006, Volume 12, Number 7)

February 22, 2006

Academic Podcasts

Duke University Libraries has compiled a list of academic podcasts.

February 21, 2006

Bridges of Northeastern Ohio

The Cleveland Memory Project hosts a collection called the Bridges of Northeastern Ohio: Resources at Cleveland Memory. The web site includes archival collections, images, e-books, and articles about Northeast Ohio bridges and their builders.

More Research @ CASE

The Observer (February 17, 2006) highlighted Case's new West Quad that will consist of various research programs. The initial structure contains the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology (CCSB) and the Wright Fuel Cell Group.

Increased Research Funding from Department of Energy

Energy Dept. Could Give Academe a Bonus By JEFFREY BRAINARD
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Volume 52, Issue 24, Page A28

President Bush's proposed 2007 budget increase of 14% for the Energy Department's Office of Science could increase academic funding by approximately 22%, to $611-million. See full article for some more details.

The Case community can access the full article from the E-Journal Portal. Several of the sources have a one month embargo before the article is available.

[Originally shared on the Case Daily, February, 16, 2006]

February 20, 2006

PLoS (Public Library of Science)

I have highlighted a couple of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) open access titles in the past (PLoS Genetics and PLoS Computational Biology). Read the testimony of a CASE student that has been using the PLOS resources.

February 17, 2006

National Center for Standards and Certification Information

The mission of the National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) is to provide standards-related assistance, information, and knowledge that meets customer requirements and exceeds their expectations. NCSCI does not provide standards but shares information, such as how to obtain standards.

February 16, 2006

The Scientist - Careers

The Scientist magazine offers a Careers web site that includes job postings, resume postings, employer profiles, and various other tools.

For the CASE community:
The Health Center Library has a print subscription to The Scientist.

February 15, 2006

Calendar of Upcoming Conferences & Symposiums

CASE's Office of Sponsored Projects maintains a calendar of Upcoming Conferences & Symposiums.

On behalf of Case Western Reserve University, the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) reviews and signs off on all proposals to external sponsors. All contracts with the university which involve sponsored projects are also reviewed, negotiated and executed by the OSPA.

Government Podcasts Directory

The creators of Free Government Information (FGI) have accumulated links to a variety of Government Podcasts. Examples include:

  • President's Weekly Radio Address
  • Around the Air Force Podcast
  • NASA Podcasting
  • NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Podcasts
[About Us - Free Government Information]
The future of government information is in peril from many economic and political forces. Free Government Information was initiated by Jim A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo, three librarians at University of California San Diego, along with Daniel Cornwall, librarian at the Alaska State Library, in order to raise public awareness of the importance of government information and create a community with various stakeholders to facilitate an open and critical dialogue.

February 14, 2006

Bioscience Funding - Ohio is #2

The Cleveland Dealer (January 23, 2006) reported that Ohio was the No. 2 spot in the Midwest for venture capital investments in bioscience last year.

February 13, 2006

Creating Book from a Blog

Watch a 4-minute video about a company called Blurb that provides a free computer application that takes content from a blog and creates a book. The company makes its money when you decide to physically publish.

February 09, 2006

Understanding RSS Feeds

CaseLearns Workshop: Understanding RSS Feeds
February 9, 2006, 11:30 AM
Instructor: Brian C. Gray
(The following entry is one of several entries I will be using to demonstrate RSS feeds in a CaseLearns workshop I am conducting in the Kelvin Smith Library.)

View the full presentation from the February 9, 2006, Understanding RSS Feeds workshop.

Continue reading "Understanding RSS Feeds"

Understanding RSS Feeds

CaseLearns Workshop: Understanding RSS Feeds
February 9, 2006, 11:30 AM
Instructor: Brian C. Gray
(The following entry is one of several entries I will be using to demonstrate RSS feeds in a CaseLearns workshop I am conducting in the Kelvin Smith Library.)

What is RSS?

  • RSS = Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, or RDF Site Summary
  • User-initiated subscriptions that provide updates, news headlines, or other content directly to the user for browsing at their convenience.
  • XML-based format for sharing and distributing Web content.
  • On the web, it can be recognized by various terminology: XML, ATOM, RSS feed, RSS channel, RSS steam, syndicated feed, & webfeed.
  • Several versions have been created and are used: RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, Atom.
Examples of logos to watch for:

atom feed.bmp
xml feed.bmp
rss 2.png
RSS logo.jpg

Continue reading "Understanding RSS Feeds"

February 08, 2006

CaseLearns Workshop - Understanding RSS Feeds

CaseLearns Workshop - Understanding RSS Feeds
February 9, 2005, 11:30am-12:30p
Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) 215
Registration required at: http://library.case.edu/caselearns/

Learn about RSS and how it has changed the information world. We will explore what options are available to access RSS feeds (readers or aggregators), how KSL and CASE are using RSS feeds, and look at various RSS feeds and other resources available for free on the Internet or within our Library databases.

This course is NOT technical in nature, and will not explore the creation of RSS feeds or blogs. Blogs are not covered by this session, since they are not the same as RSS feeds, as some people mistakenly think. If you can surf the Internet, you are prepared to participate in the class and utilize RSS feeds in your daily life.

If you use RSS already, please share this with your colleagues that do not enjoy the benefits of RSS delivery of information.

Contact me if you have questions:
Brian C. Gray, MLIS
Librarian - Engineering, Math, & Statistics
Email: brian.c.gray@case.edu
Blog: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/
Engineering Reading Room: http://library.case.edu/ksl/engineering/
Phone: (216) 368-8685

Science Career Portal

The Science magazine provides a career portal that includes various resources. ScienceCareers.org includes:

  • Job search engine
  • Funding information, such as a list of grants
  • Career development articles
  • Directory of events, meetings, & conferences

[About Science Careers]

ScienceCareers.org is dedicated to being the world leader in matching qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia and government. We are committed to providing all the necessary career resources for scientists as well as effective recruiting solutions for employers. Our mission supports the AAAS's (American Association for the Advancement of Science) commitment to furthering careers in science and technology.

The Case community can access the Science magazine from the E-Journal Portal.

Future Energy Options

What energy options do we have?
Reported by Scott Newell (WKYC)

Case Western was mentioned:

Case Western Reserve University recently got a $3 million federal grant to develop one component of the fuel cell.

But hydrogen fuel cell cars are at least 10 years off.

"Primarily because of the technological problems on trying to improve the durability of a fuel cell, having it last longer under automobile use and decreasing overall cost of a fuel cell," Case Western Reserve's Peter Pintauro said.

February 07, 2006

AAAS AnnuaI Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold it annual meeting February 16-20, 2006, in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference web site provides additional information.

Join thousands of top scientists and science policy experts, along with educators, students, families, journalists and others, and plan to attend the 2006 meeting. Choose from a fascinating menu of events, from a two-day nanotechnology seminar to popular Family Science Days, and from a special day-long examination of the challenges faced by mathematicians to a seminar on virtual worlds and the video game industry.

Other symposia will focus on some of the most pressing science and technology issues of our time, including climate change, the threat of bio-terrorism, the ethics of neuroscience, the effect of environmental toxins on child health and the need to identify and nurture young scientists and engineers.

See About AAAS for more information.

February 06, 2006

Wikimania 2006

Wikimania is an annual international conference devoted to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation projects. Wikimania is both a scientific conference and a community event, bringing together the various Wikimedia projects. It's an opportunity for Wikipedians to meet each other, exchange ideas, and report on research and projects, as well as a chance for Wikipedians and the general public to meet and interact. Wikimania will also provide an opportunity to meet and talk with people at the forefront of the Wikimedia communities and wiki software development.

As well as being a forum for research and ideas about the Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimania will bring together those interested in free and open source software, free knowledge initiatives, and other wiki projects worldwide. Wikimania will serve as a venue for people across fields, including software and hardware development, library and information science, knowledge management, journalism, law, policy, and education to share ideas about the future of free knowledge and open-source content projects.

Wikimania 2006 will be held from August 4-6th in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard Law School campus.

Wikimania is currently accepting submissions for papers, posters, presentations, workshops, discussion groups and speaker panels, as well as suggestions for other activities. More information can be found on the Call for Participation page. Contributions from both members of the Wikimedia community and from those outside it are welcome.

February 03, 2006

Explore Polymers - Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has put together a historical perspective on polymers. Explore the historical timeline of polymers, the "faces" of polymers, and a directory of various resources.

[About CHF]

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) serves the community of the chemical and molecular sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past, educating the present, and inspiring the future. CHF maintains a world-class collection of materials that document the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries; encourages research in CHF collections; and carries out a program of outreach and interpretation in order to advance an understanding of the role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries in shaping society.

February 02, 2006

R&D Budget Cutback Worries US Scientists

Knowledgespeak Newsletter (January 4, 2006)

The US Congress has announced that defence and space projects will account for most increases in the $135 billion federal R&D budget next year. This has created a fear among the scientific community, who worry that the nation, which has traditionally invested heavily in technological growth, is trying to cut edges in the field. The government’s move will translate into several scientists, universities and institutions having to struggle for new funds or curtail existing and proposed projects.

[Full Article]

February 01, 2006

Dissertations Available Through Amazon.com

According to the ProQuest press release, certain dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database have been made available through Amazon.com.

Remember, CASE students, staff, and Faculty have access to both ProQuest Digital Dissertations and OhioLINK's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center from the Research Database list.