Friday, March 21, 2008

New Journals from SPIE

DU students, staff and faculty can now access the six journals from the SPIE. They are:

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
Journal of Biomedical Optics
Journal of Electronic Imaging
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
Journal of Nanophotonics
Optical Engineering

Take a look at the Peak records for more info.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New term -- "Science Churnalism"

What is the role and value of embargoes in science journalism? I would think faculty, students and the general public would want scientific information sooner than later. In the new e-post age, there should be no need to wait until the printed copy comes out...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

iGoogle Gadget from Penrose

Here is a cool little tool. We now have an iGoogle Gadget so that you can easily search the Penrose Library catalog, Peak from your Google feeds. WorldCat has an iGoogle gadget, too.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Scientific American Article -- Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk?

This is a good article covering new venues for scholarship (wikis, blogs, etc.), particularly in the sciences."The explosively growing World Wide Web has rapidly transformed retailing, publishing, personal communication and much more. Innovations such as e-commerce, blogging, downloading and open-source software have forced old-line institutions to adopt whole new ways of thinking, working and doing business.

Science could be next. A small but growing number of researchers--and not just the younger ones--have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open blogs, wikis and social networks of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement--yet--their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based "Science 2.0" is not only more collegial than the traditional variety, but considerably more productive."

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Growth of Open Access and How it Increases Research Citation Impact

Another interesting article from an IEEE source -- "Ten-Year Cross-Disciplinary Comparison of the Growth of Open Access and How it Increases Research Citation Impact," by Chawki Hajjem, Stevan Harnad, and Yves Gingras. Summary -- In 2001, Lawrence found that articles in computer science that were openly accessible (OA) on the Web were cited substantially more than those that were not. We have since replicated this effect in physics. To further test its cross-disciplinary generality, we used 1,307,038 articles published across 12 years (1992-2003) in 10 disciplines (Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health, Political Science, Economics, Education, Law, Business, Management).... Comparing OA and NOA articles in the same journal/year, OA articles have consistently more citations, the advantage varying from 25%-250% by discipline and year.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Generation Y and NASA

This blog links to an interesting presentation given to NASA "bigwigs" trying to convince them that NASA needs to market to younger people in more relevant ways."A few months ago a few of us had a chance to participate on a 'strategic communications committee' at Johnson Space Center that was convened to discuss NASA’s strategic communications strategy released in ‘07. After a few meetings on the committee, we asked if we could share our perspective with the group on why we think an entire generation isn’t connecting to NASA."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Amazonification of articles?

There is an interesting article in the IEEE Spectrum magazine...

"People Who Read This Article Also Read," Greg Linden. "The recommendation systems that suggest books at Amazon and movies at Netflix will soon bring you personalized news.... The newspaper, that daily chronicle of human events, is undergoing the most momentous transformation in its centuries- old history. The familiar pulp-paper product still shows up on newsstands and porches every morning, but online versions are proliferating, attracting young readers and generally carving out a sizable swath of the news business."Thanks to Gary Price for noting at his blog.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Euclid Prime set of journals

We can now access the "Euclid Prime" set of journals from Project Euclid. Here is a list of the journals in that collection and others from Euclid.
  • Abstract and Applied Analysis
  • Advances in Theoretical & Mathematical Physics
  • Asian Journal of Mathematics
  • Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society-Simon Stevin
  • Communications in Information & Systems
  • Communications in Mathematical Sciences
  • Current Developments in Mathematics, 1995-
  • Experimental Mathematics
  • Homology, Homotopy, and Applications
  • Internet Mathematics
  • Japan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Journal of Applied Mathematics
  • Journal of Symplectic Geometry
  • Kodai Mathematical Journal
  • Methods and Applications of Analysis
  • Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic
  • Publicacions Matemàtiques
  • Real Analysis Exchange
  • The Review of Modern Logic
  • Revista Matemática Iberomericana
  • Tokyo Journal of Mathematics
"The Euclid Prime Collection, launched by Cornell University Library, provides full-text access to over 20 scholarly serial titles along with reference linking and interoperability through the Open Archives Initiative."

Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project...

Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester, edited by Nancy Fried Foster and Susan Gibbons, Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA, Chicago 2007"This book provides a view into the groundbreaking application of ethnographic tools and techniques to the understanding of undergraduate students and their use of information. The publication describes findings of the work at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and provides insight into how academic librarians might use these techniques on their own campuses."