Entries for March 2007

March 29, 2007

Google in All Languages

According to CIO Insight, Google is building their own machine translation algorithms. Google has always offered some form of translation services through third party service, but now the ones for Arabic, Chinese and Russian are in-house creations.

March 27, 2007

Education Revitalized in Second Life

The UCLA Magazine has highlighted various initiatives of universities to educate or reach students in the online virtual world called Second Life. The article called, Avatar Academics, explores the growth of virtual/gaming environments and highlights current activities.

Patent Fetcher

Patent Fetcher is another one of those sites that retrieves U.S. patents for you and allows it to be downloaded as a single PDF document. It is one of the various free services that allows a user to bypass the USPTO's one-page-at-a-time-TIFF patents.

March 26, 2007

ACES Speaker Series at the Case School of Engineering

The ACES Speaker Series at the Case School of Engineering, "Looking Ahead to Professional Life in STEM fields: Leadership, Gender & Diversity," will feature the first of three events at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 in Nord Hall, Room 310 B. "Lessons in Leadership: A Female Engineer's Story," will feature triple alumna Ka-Pi Hoh, department manager at the Lubrizol Corp. Free. Pizza and beverages will be served. Details are online.

[VIA: Case Daily, March 26, 2007]

Medical Dictionary

MedicineNet.com has published an online medical dictionary that contains over 16,000 medical terms.

From About Us:

MedicineNet, Inc. is owned and operated by WebMD and part of the WebMD Network.

MedicineNet.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive web site.

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 13, Number 7]

C-SPAN Reduces Copyright Restrictions (for benefit of bloggers)

Confessions of a Mad Librarian notes that C-SPAN has reduced its own restrictions on copyright. The new policy reduces restrictions on its coverage of federal activities, so bloggers and other sites can use the material "to increase the political dialogue".

Blogs are starting to change the information and copyright landscapes for future users. I think Web 2.0 will have lasting ramifications on copyright.

March 25, 2007

The Mathematics Genealogy Project

As reported in the PAM Bulletin (Vol. 34, No. 3) and on PAMNET, the Mathematics Genealogy Project now integrates papers in MathSciNet to individual mathematicians with the potential to include links from MathSciNet to the Mathematics Genealogy Project. Check it out at http://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/.

Second Life and Libraries by Kathryn Greenhill

Check out this presentation by Kathryn Greenhill on Second Life and libraries. She does a great job of highlighting the key points: positives, negatives, what libraries are already doing, etc. She also writes the Librarians Matter blog.

March 24, 2007

New Lie Group

What do you get when you mix 18 mathematicians, 4 years of research, and 77 hours of supercomputer computation - mapping of the Lie group E8.

It describes the symmetries of a 57-dimensional object that can in essence be rotated in 248 ways without changing its appearance.
[VIA: 025.431: The Dewey blog: Fearful symmetry]

Increase in Teens Buying Books

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports teens are buying books at the highest rate in decades. They specifically suggest web 2.0 applications have created a marketing wave among the new generation and libraries have become more accepting to teen input. The article highlights YouTube, MySpace, and teen advisory groups in libraries.

March 23, 2007

Tool Lending Library - Not Technology but still 2.0 in Nature

Berkeley Public Library Tool Lending Library represents some of the key traits I see in Library 2.0, such as looking beyond books and considering what our users really need and want.

[VIA: MAKE: Blog, Mar 21, 2007]

Sign Up for IEEE Standards Alerts via Email or RSS

IEEE Xplore now features opt-in standards alerts to keep you up-to-date on standards revisions available through email or RSS. This free service has recently been expanded to enable any IEEE Xplore user to be notified whenever a new standard or draft is published or a standard is revised. Users have the option to sign up for standards alerts based on industry or version number. To sign up, visit: ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/tocalerts_signup.jsp

[VIA: What's New @ IEEE for Libraries, March 2007, Volume 8, Number 3]

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March 22, 2007

2007 Vision Entrepreneurship Competition

The 2007 Vision Entrepreneurship Competition is looking for "examples of entrepreneurial thinking" enabled by technology. 10 winning teams will receive cash awards.

Eligible - students from:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Cuyahoga Community College
Deadline: March 30, 2007

Challenge to Society Publishers

Kimberly Douglas and Dana L. Roth, both of the California Institute of Technology, put forth a challenge for society publishers to not follow in the path of the commercial publishers. In addition, they provide some background into how librarians are "ranking" quality in tough budget times.

University faculty and administrators need to engage with librarians to ensure that the best decisions are being made for the longterm.
[VIA: Chemical & Engineering News, November 20, 2006, Volume 84, Number 47, pp.82-84]

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March 20, 2007

Ohio Nanotechnology Summit

Case Western Reserve University is a cosponsor of the Ohio Nanotechnology Summit that will take place April 23-25 at the University of Akron. Faculty and students can submit research posters for consideration. The deadline to submit titles and abstracts is March 22 and should be sent by e-mail to janas@uakron.edu.

The Ohio Nanotechnology Summit is the premier nanotechnology event in Ohio drawing both national and local leaders in nanotechnology. Including all sectors and disciplines, the summit delivers a concentrated program spanning key issues ranging from nanotechnology research to development to commercialization. The Ohio Nanotechnology Summit will offer a unique opportunity to get a first-hand perspective on the boundless potential that this exciting technical field holds. The 2007 Program will feature 4 areas:

  • Nano Materials
  • Nano Processing
  • Nano Bio
  • Nano Photonics and Electronics
[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 15, 2007]

March 19, 2007

What Does Cleveland 2.0 Look Like?

Have you tried Second Life yet? I have been participating since late last year. Many libraries have built virtual offices and buildings. I personally have been using it as a tool to communicate and share ideas with other librarians. I have already attended several online conferences and poster sessions within Second Life. It has been a nice networking tool to meet with people from other libraries that do not attend the same real world meetings or conferences as me.

I am excited to see OneCleveland and that Case is leading the way. For more local information, see the following articles:

I took these photos over the weekend.

The map that greats visitors to OneCleveland.

Kelvin Smith Library in OneCleveland.

ICIS Creates Student Portal

ICIS is working on a new student portal, or "knowledge zone". Right now it links to some resources available to students. In the future, they "hope it will turn into a space in which students and academics worldwide can communicate and discuss issues with each other, and showcase their best work to the wider world, not least potential employers."

Several librarians have contacted and discussed the lack of chemical prices for student projects with ICIS. In the past, I documented and shared my concerns directly with ICIS. Randy Reichardt has taken similar steps. He has personally been involved in the recent developments.

ICIS with the announcement of this new student portal has helped to fill this need for chemical prices. ICIS now provides "you with historical chemical prices. Note that these prices are a guide only, and must not be used to guide real-time business."

I understand chemical prices are hard to locate and maintain, even for a major chemical publisher, so this historical resource fills a major need for chemical engineering students.

Thank you ICIS and Randy Reichardt!

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March 11, 2007

More on New Workshop

As I mentioned before, I am teaching a new workshop for the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science.

I have used a couple of the existing web 2.0 tools to share my workshop content. Check out the Squidoo page to see what readings and tools we used. On SlideShare, I posted the introductory slides I used before we moved on to our hands-on assignments.

March 06, 2007

$400,000 to Case School of Engineering

From the Case Daily (March 05, 2007):

Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien announced two new gifts to the school totaling nearly $400,000. The gifts are $270,000 from Medtronic to support fellowships in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and $125,000 from Don Richards (CIT '79, MGT '81), managing director for applications outsourcing at Accenture, to support students in the Master of Engineering and Management (MEM), a joint program with the Weatherhead School of Management.

The Minneapolis-based Medtronic is a longtime School of Engineering partner. The company sponsored the school's Engineering Festival and was a primary sponsor of the 2007 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference, both of which the university hosted in conjunction with Engineering Week activities.

March 05, 2007

Case Professor Authors Award Winning Combustion Paper

Chih-Jen Sung, an associate professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, and his coauthors received the Distinguished Paper Award in Colloquium Laminar Flames from the 31st International Symposium on Combustion.

[VIA: Case Daily - March 02, 2007]

March 03, 2007

New Workshop - Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0

I am getting ready to teach a new workshop at Kent State University School of Library & Information Science. The response for the first offering was amazing - 24 at the Main campus and another 9 at Ohio State (distance location of the Kent program). I am really looking for the chance for a large group to "play" with all these tools.

Students will discover how libraries are using Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, RSS feeds, wikis, social communities, podcasts, and various mash-ups, to give library users increased ownership in their library interactions. Students will investigate the major principles and applications, while developing an understanding of the library-specific issues. Topics of discussion may include privacy, trust or abuse of these technologies, policy considerations, factors to implementation, and optimization in the library environment. In addition, students will look at how users are creating tools to supplement and/or replace their experience with libraries.
Check out the Squidoo page I set up for the workshop. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please share.

The students for their final project will practice by using blogs, wikis, or other tools to create a web 2.0 environment for one of three scenarios - an existing or fictional library, employee training, or a virtual environment for a specific class or employer project. They will have a chance to keep it private on a library school run server or use one of the many free web-based applications. I am giving them the choice. If any of them decide to go public, I will share the results here.

End of Web 2.0 Principles - House to Consider Social Networking Bill

The American Libraries Online reports that the U.S. House is considering a social networking bill again.

The bill (H.R. 1120) withholds federal e-rate funding from libraries and schools that do not restrict the use of social networking websites by minors.
I am a strong believer that Web 2.0, and more specifically Library 2.0, is more about how users interact and contribute to their personal experience with the information than the specific tools. It is no longer about just receiving information, but that a user can pick how they receive their information, pick their interface, add value to the information for the next person with comments or other additions, and promote other forms of real time collaboration.

If this is bill is as vague as people are suggesting, we will be taking several steps backwards from the way people have evolved in the utilization of information. Our economy is knowledge based and international in scope, but politicians continue to try to decrease collaboration and reduce U.S. competitiveness. Why are we not improving our education methods first, before restriction? Our children are leaving school at a disadvantage because we keep roadbocking their information/collaboration/communication development.

March 01, 2007

Web Seminar on Mashups

The SirsiDynix Institute is offering a web seminar on mashups on March 6th at 11am EST. It is free, but requires registration. I cannot wait to see what is covered and suggested from a library perspective.

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Case's Robotic Car - Dexter

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently highlighted Case's robotic car.

Later this year, Dexter's creators -- a brash, overachieving young team of more than 50 engineering and computer-science students and professors from Case Western Reserve University -- aim to win an international contest. To do so, their car must navigate a 60-mile mock urban course filled with unfamiliar roads, oncoming traffic and unexpected obstacles.
[VIA: The Plain Dealer, Sunday, February 25, 2007]