Heriot-Watt University - Internet Resource Centre
Internet Resources Newsletter
Issue 69 - June 2000
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk)
Table of Contents:
With this issue I am very pleased to introduce two new contributors to the Internet Resources Newsletter, Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson. Catherine and Cath are both Assistant Librarians who work evenings and weekends at Heriot-Watt University Library. They will be helping in a number of ways, with the design and content of the Newsletter. Welcome to the Internet Resources Newsletter!The following is an important announcement for all users of BIDS. MIMAS Notice - ISI Web of Science Service for UK Education - Transition Support As most people should be aware, the BIDS-ISI service terminates on 31st July 2000. The replacement service, The ISI Web of Science Service for UK Education (WoS), hosted by MIMAS, has been running since September 1999 and is currently serving over 140 institutions. This period of 'parallel running' of the two services has been funded by JISC to assist sites in shifting their user base to the new service; this being referred to as "Transition". There is now a Transition area of the web site - follow the link from the main page at http://wos.mimas.ac.uk.
This month's random quotes:
34% of the European population of 15 years and older has access to the internet - Managing Information, May 2000
China has over 8.9 million registered internet users - Managing Information, May 2000
The world wide web's usage doubles every 60 days - The Guardian, 29 April
e-commerce was worth £40bn last year and is tipped to grow at least 14-fold by 2003 - The Guardian, 29 April
The NPD Group, in a recent study, noted that 82% of visitors find the information they are looking for with search engines most or all of the time
Other sites offer subscription-based access to vast collections of reference data. An example is ENGnetBASE, from Chapman & Hall/CRC, through which it is possible to access the equivalent of about twenty engineering handbooks.
A very recent addition is the Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. This service offers the complete contents of the Encyclopedia's 24-print volumes online via Wiley InterScience.
A question which needs answering is how will users access the growing number of reference sources? Will they be forced to visit different Web sites, and enter different user names and passwords? Or will the various services become aggregated in some way?
There is already one site, called xrefer, which brings together via the Web reference material from a number of publishers.
There are many other examples of reference-type Web sites, and I am sure that the number of reference books becoming available electronically will continue to grow. How best to facilitate access to such material will be a question that libraries will want to consider. Also looming on the horizon will be the question of how to deal with one million e-texts.
@ease is part of NSF - a national charity which exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression and manic depression.
In addition to separate listings or access for abbreviated journal title, selective OPACs that offer abbreviated title searching are also included. Some sites also provide access to the full title of other types of abbreviated publications (e.g., conference proceedings).
This page provides basic information about the European Union and contains links to more detailed information.
An on-line Bulgarian Science Journal.
"The Academic Open Internet Journal aims to promote the use of the Internet and development of network resources to enable scientists to better communicate. This journal will provide a mechanism for academic researchers to publish their research in developing new techniques, new resources, new databases, etc. on the Internet for use by all scientists. Further, the journal will publish research that includes materials that are difficult if not impossible to include in a traditional journal, especially those articles where the non- traditional representation is essential in understanding the work. The journal is aimed for all areas of technical science, since the Internet media provides unique opportunities for all disciplines."
International Meeting on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology Frankfurt am Main, Germany 22. - 27. May 2000.
Activating The Ultimate Windows Resources.
"Advanced Manufacturing brings the world's best ideas - from the research labs, the boardrooms, and the factory floors - to the global manufacturing professional."
A magazine available through WoYaa!
"AmphibiaWeb is an online resource for people concerned with the declining amphibian problem. By providing easy access to data, we hope to accelerate broad-scale understanding of the causes of amphibian declines."
Asian Sources Electronics Engineer Online is Asia's resource for daily news, technical papers and application notes on design, test and production engineering.
"Our site was developed as an internet-based job search and information site for anyone who designs, installs, or troubleshoots automation equipment."
"With the release of five preeminent contemporary reference works, Bartleby.com becomes the most comprehensive reference publisher on the web. Coupled with a completely redesigned web site, Bartleby.com meets the needs of students, educators, and the intellectually curious and forms the preeminent electronic publishing enterprise of the twenty-first century."
Address change from the one reported in issue 35, and also a slight name change.
"Blissett Bookbinders is based in Acton, West London UK and have been providing high quality value and service to our customers in Britain and abroad for 80 years."
This site aims to the best resource for anyone looking for a programming job in Cambridge.
Not new, but not mentioned before, capinfo is Edinburgh's information network.
Carbon nanotubes are fullerene-related structures which consist of graphene cylinders closed at either end with caps containing pentagonal rings.
"Care4free is a free Internet Service Provider (ISP) for people who care. Our mission is to provide a wide array of free benefits to charities and organisations in the caring and non-profit making sector. We aim to achieve this by allowing good causes of all sizes to harness the power of the Internet for communications and fundraising."
Jobs worldwide. Includes CareerMosaic UK.
"CareerMosaic UK is a one-stop shop, giving you the opportunity not only to search our own international database of jobs, but also to search the USENET groups and check out hundreds of the world's top employers"
Part of a Civil Engineering Electronic Magazine.
Vacancies for "back & middle office professionals".
This on-line service supports Wilmington Publishing's market leading industrial titles.
"Up-to-date industry specific news, reviews and links combine to make this 'the' site for industrial buyers and specifiers sourcing industry-related products/equipment. "
"In addition to this service, a vast but easy-to-use suppliers directory with details of over 6500 companies and a product database with over 500 searchable categories assists you in sourcing tailored information."
From the publishers EMAP, this is an online information source and community web space for the construction industry.
I couldn't resist this site.
"[Librarians are] the hidden masters of the world - they control information." --Spider Robinson."
"Cyber66 is dedicated to solving the UK's E-Commerce skills crisis by providing open markets for recruitment, training and solutions."
1700 cafes in 95 countries Internet Cafe Guide.
"This site contains helpful tools for the web searcher, research on virtual library collections, web searching methodogies and a collection of resources for keeping current with Web-Based resources."
This is the site for Bournemouth University's design show at which the final year students on the courses Interior Design, Technology Management, Product Design and Product Design Visualisation exhibit their work. The show is organised by students and funded through sponsorship from industry.
All about engineering.
"We're your online champion - the bookmark for book production. With a mix of news, reviews & topical comment, our magazine will keep you up to speed with everything you need to know. This includes a full directory of just about everyone who supplies anything to the book industry."
This guide lists 140 libraries.
News for the European Securities, Investment Banking and Fund Management Industries.
"ejemoni has developed a patent pending information measurement technology. The technology's key attribute is a unique ability to mathematically measure the subject matter content, or 'aboutness', of any text passage, from a single word to an entire book."
" ejemoni is using this ability to create a wide range of enabling applications."
From Harrassowitz, Booksellers. This is an overview and summary of resources on issues relating to electronic journals.
For jobs 'down under'.
At this site are the online versions of several engineering publications from Setform, for the design engineer, process engineer, electronics engineer, chemical engineer, oil & gas engineer, and mining engineer.
An interactive engineering portal website.
From Leeds University Library. This workbook contains a number of tasks and activities which will introduce you to a range of current awareness services.
Civil Engineering Publications.
"...the world's first e-commerce conference run entirely on the web..."
A redesigned Web site. The UMDNJ Foundation works to support programs and promote excellence at the largest health sciences university in the nation, and its site lets visitors keep up to date on the activities of the foundation, recognizes donor contributions, and recommends ways to contribute to the foundation.
"...the website dedicated to getting cash to students by helping them find scholarships. "
"The purpose of the Further Education Funding Council is to secure further education provision that meets the needs and demands of individuals, employers and the requirements of government in respect of the location, nature and quality of provision. "
"GIF Wizard reduces GIFs and JPGs up to 90% without sacrificing quality."
From the US Society of Research Administrators comes this list of links to government and private grant sources.
The electronic time standard for global e-Business.
A joint initiative of Industry and the UK Government, GeT will provide the standards, tools and infrastructure to facilitate time in the Digital Age. GeT's atomic clocks, based on the Greenwich Meridian, together with a developing world-wide network of 'trusted' time sources will ensure accuracy in the world of e-commerce.
A Practical Sign Language Online Dictionary, previously known as "Sign Language Dictionary Online"
The International Flame Research Foundation has established an electronic Journal on industrial combustion.
Images of England is building a photographic record of England's 360,000 listed buildings to place on the internet by 2002.
"IndustryCommunity.com is a virtual community coming to the world for you to
search for the solution of a specific technical problem
IngegneriaCivile.it il sito italiano interamente dedicato all'ingegneria civile.
Italian site on civil engineering. Links, forums, tutorials and much more...
This journal serves as an international interdisciplinary forum of reference for engineering education.
A balance between papers on developments in educational methods technology, case studies, laboratory applications, new theoretical approaches, educational policy and survey papers is aimed for.
IRANDOC as a Research Center engaged in Information Sciences.
IRANDOC main activities include production and dissemination of Iranian scientific information ( Persian ); Research on Information Science; Iranian Dissertation Abstracts ( students graduated in Iran and abroad ); Research Projects Abstracts; Iranian Scientific Meetings And Proceedings; Iranian Government Reports and many other topics which are all online free.
"This online version of the IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology corresponds to the second edition, compiled by Alan D. McNaught and Andrew Wilkinson (Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK) and published in print form by Blackwell Science in 1997."
This site was mentioned in issue 6 of this newsletter. It has long since changed its address.
"JobServe is the largest source of IT vacancies in the UK. It is now regularly used by over 1,800 IT recruitment agencies to advertise more than 150,000 new contract and permanent vacancies every month"
Access to the full text of this journal is temporarily free.
Learn the Net is a free educational service. "...a website dedicated to helping you save time and money when roaming through cyberspace." Includes a tutorial.
News of interest to librarians, with reference sites, etc.
Be quick! This is being held on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June, in Birmingham.
From the British Library Science Technology and Business (STB), this is an excellent list of sources.
"Literature" is a joint project of the public libraries of the European Cities of Culture 2000. Participants include libraries in Bologna, Brussels, Helsinki, Cracow, Prague, Reykjavik and Bergen. The project consists of several components through which the Cities of Culture will acquaint each other with their own city or region's authors and their literature.
European magazine for applied electronics, automation, programming, informing and new technologies.
"MarineTalk has been created by a team of marine professionals who have extensive experience in all sectors of the marine industry and actively continue their involvement. Our goal is to provide the best single Internet Gateway for the maritime technical and management community based on a good understanding of the industry's needs."
Not mentioned before. This site offers news and book reviews for scientists.
" naturalSCIENCE invites articles by scientists who wish to communicate their work and ideas to a scientifically informed non-specialist audience."
This is up and running again. "NewsAgent for Libraries is a project in the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib). The aim is to create a user-configurable electronic news and current awareness service for library and information staff with a mixture of content streams, including metadata (descriptions of documents). Content will include a range of internet-based news and articles and related Web materials from the most highly respected UK journals in the field, to provide a comprehensive high quality alerting service."
A gateway to health information on the Internet.
"Oxford University Press Reading Room offers scholars and students the opportunity to sample chapters and other extracts from a wide range of its new publications. This is a free service designed to help you choose Oxford books, in a wide range of scholarly disciplines, that you will wish to read and to buy."
Lots of interesting links to library-related material here.
29th June, 2000 The British Library, London 10 am - 3.15pm. A Conference organised by the Higher Education Digitisation Service (HEDS), a JISC-funded Service.
"The ProcessTree Network was created to bring two groups together: those who have huge computing jobs to do; and millions of folks like you and me whose computers just sit idle much of the time. With the ProcessTree Network those BIG computing jobs can get done faster and cheaper, and people like you and me can turn our computers into little money making machines."
This website aims to promote the use of QFD techniques by providing a source of appropriate information and advice to potential and existing users.
Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is a set of powerful product development tools that were developed in Japan to transfer the concepts of quality control from the manufacturing process into the new product development process.
Fast search engine
"Taylor & Francis currently publishes over 500 academic peer-reviewed journals across a variety of disciplines. In response to the changing needs of the academic community, we are using the Internet actively to disseminate information about journals in advance of publication.
SARA - Scholarly Articles Research Alerting - is a service designed to deliver by email, tables of contents for any issue of Carfax, E & F N Spon, Psychology Press, Routledge or Taylor & Francis journals to anyone who has requested the information. This service is completely free of charge."
This page is an index to selected library and internet resources that contain chemical, physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, toxicological, and safety data.
Jobs in Scotland.
"Looking for Palm hardware, software or the latest news? With SearchPalm.com, you're only a click away from the best on the Web!"
"shine! brings you the world of charity every day with news, community and commerce, transforming your concern for causes into charitable action."
"Simpli.com, Inc. developed SimpliFind(tm) to dramatically improve searching on the Internet. This new technology utilizes principles of linguistics and cognitive science in its interactions with users to place search terms in context. This yields improved search results for both novice and advanced users."
The main table is a collection of number sequences arranged in lexicographic order.
A Software Engineering Community, offering Software Engineering news, Software Engineering Articles, Software Engineering Links, A Message Board, Job offers, Software Engineering downloads.
From black holes to E=mc2.
Listed by category.
This is a new online bookseller dedicated to providing students with the cheapest supply for their textbooks.
Tate Modern is Britain's new national museum of modern art.
The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC), co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was started in 1992 as part of the TIPSTER Text program. Its purpose was to support research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies.
UK recruitment Web agency.
Large telecoms & IT event, 9-11 October 2000.
The official Tomorrow's World Live 2000 site.
Professional, technical and management jobs.
Transforming Traditional Libraries is a peer-reviewed e-journal covering aspects of the new library, including digital collections, electronic indices, OPACs, Internet research, bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and the task of integrating these and other new resources with the traditional services of the library.
Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association, or TEMA, is a group of leading manufacturers who have pioneered the research and development of heat exchangers for over fifty-five years.
The UK Helpline for the European Union's Information Society Programmes. Read about European support for information society projects.
"ukstate.com is a new web service from The Stationery Office . The Stationery Office was created when the trading elements of HMSO were privatised in 1996, and has been the official publisher to Parliament for more than 200 years and is now the largest UK publisher by volume.
We aim to be your trusted partner for web access to UK-focused information, people and services connected to government and other official bodies."
The Virtual Chase offers guidance to legal professionals and others who conduct research on the Internet. Find a weekday news bulletin that provides research tips, site reviews, and research news. The site also offers articles about Internet research strategies, research guides, and instructional aids including teaching Webs, outlines, and tips. A section on evaluating the quality of Web-based information provides a checklist and examples of bogus information.
The law firm, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, sponsors this free Web site.
Unusually designed search engine and directory.
"The most comprehensive and up-to-date reference of its kind, the Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering targets every critical area of this diverse field with approximately 1,450 articles reflecting contributions from some 3,000 authors. The complete contents of the Encyclopedia's 24-print volumes is now available online via Wiley InterScience."
"...a site dedicated to providing up-to-date water information and data and web connections to organizations, institutions, and individuals working on a wide range of global freshwater problems and solutions."
"The Worldwide Composites Search Engine is devoted to the materials, processes and companies involved in the Composites Industry. Our search engine only contains information on companies and products which we deem are relevant to the composites industry."
'xcalcs' is a set of tools for engineering calculations in structural analysis, for direct usage onto the web.
"We've brought together and fully integrated a diverse collection of reference works from a range of publishers - placing all the facts and information you could ever need at your fingertips. All cross-referenced, all reliable, and all in one place."
A community-driven web directory, with ratings, reviews, and detailed information about websites.
In the course of finding sites of interest for this Newsletter, I sometimes come across Web sites which I feel deserve slightly more than a passing mention. Each month I will try to pick out one or more such sites, and give them a short review. The sites will normally be UK based, may be small or large, and be of interest or potential interest to academics. After lengthy discussions I have decided, with incredible creativity :-), to call these: Nice Web Sites. Details of previous Nice Web Sites are available in the Nice Web Site Archive.
The Internet in Print
If you know of other Internet journals or journals with regular significant sections about the Internet which have not been mentioned in The Internet in Print section, please let me know at: R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk
Here are extracts from recent press releases of interest.Closure of the ISI Service at BIDS The complete release is available at: http://www.bids.ac.uk/info/news/isiclose.htm The BIDS ISI service providing access to the ISI Citation Indexes and ISTP will be switched off on Monday 31st July 2000. The replacement service is called Web of Science. The search interface to Web of Science has been created by ISI, and the service is operated by MIMAS at the University of Manchester. It is available now at http://wos.mimas.ac.uk You may be aware that the most radical shake-up of official statistics for 30 years takes place on 7 June 2000 with the launch of National Statistics. National Statistics will bring a wide range of official data under one umbrella, overseen by a National Statistician and an independent Statistical Commission A new website has been developed to mark the occasion of the launch National Statistics. The site will be a merger of the ONS [www.ons.gov.uk] and GSS [www.statistics.gov.uk] websites and will contain sources and contacts for all the products NS produces and the services it provides. It will offer free downloadable economic and social statistics via a database delivery system, ONS Press Releases, details of job vacancies, advertise special promotions and provide links to other government departments' statistics outside of NS's scope. Why is the BIDS ISI service being withdrawn? For the last 10 years, the UK Higher Education community has had an arrangement with the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) to lease the raw data for the Science Citation Index, the Social Science Citation Index, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings (ISTP). The contract was negotiated by CHEST on behalf of the JISC. The data has been made available to higher education users via Bath Information & Data Services (BIDS) since February 1991, initially via a telnet interface, and, more recently, via a Web interface. The interfaces have been designed and developed by BIDS. In 1999, CHEST on behalf of the JISC negotiated an agreement for a renewal of the licence to access the data. ISI were keen that the new agreement should be based on their proprietary interface, called ISI - Web of Science, rather than on the BIDS interface. ISI argued that it was in students' best interests to become accustomed to an interface that was used internationally in both commercial and academic sectors. The new service is being hosted by MIMAS (Manchester Information & Associated Services).
British Library to offer free access to article database The British Library is pleased to announce that it has recently awarded a contract to MIMAS at the University of Manchester for them to make the Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC) database, on which the inside service is based, available via the Web and as a Z39.50 target for the UK HE and FE community. This will give access to over 15 million article and conference paper records in the database. It is also intended to make the table of contents alerting feature of the inside service available at no cost to all UK HE and FE customers. The possibility of ATHENS access for this service is being pursued. The agreement with MIMAS is to develop the services. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) have agreed to funding which will allow the ETOC services to be provided via MIMAS until 2003. The British Library and MIMAS are also proposing to prototype the mounting of a subset of the ETOC data on newer software which will facilitate the future development of distributed document delivery. A requirements analysis is currently being carried out to assist in specifying the distributed document delivery and management facilities which will be needed in the future. For further information about these developments, contact Stephen Andrews at The British Library (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review Finding a job on the Internet: Amazing new possibilities for jobseekers everywhere
By Brendan Murphy
Internet Handbooks: 1999
This is a useful handbook for the serious job hunter. The author is a senior manager responsible for IT in a large public sector organisation and this is part of a series of handbooks including topics ranging from "free stuff on the web" to "privacy and security". The handbook assumes little or no knowledge of using the Internet but is also structured so that the more experienced user can delve into useful chapters . The handbook is divided into two parts. Part 1 is written in clear, jargon free language and begins with the history and basics of using the Internet. It includes chapters on emailing prospective employers, creating and posting your CV on-line and creating your own home page. It provides detailed information on using Internet resources to choose your career, to discover the skills and qualifications needed and to access university and college resources, jobs on-line, company profiles, newspapers on-line, employment agencies and newsgroups. The section concludes with helpful advice on completing application forms and the do's and don'ts of attending interviews. The second section of the handbook is a directory of the top sites and career services. It provides addresses and critical information on top UK employers, recruitment agencies, overseas jobs, UK educational and professional bodies and Internet Newsgroups for job seekers. This handbook contains extremely useful information. Not necessarily all the information will be relevant, but it is definitely worth a look. [Reviewed by Catherine Ure]
001.6442 NIE Designing Web usability by Jacon Nielsen New Riders, 2000 001.649 HEU Virtual worlds Edited by Jean-Claude Heudin Perseus, 1999 001.66 BER Weaving the Web by Tim Berners Lee Orion, 1999 025.5 HOC Web search engines by Randolph Hock CyberAge, 2000 331.702 MUR Finding a job on the Internet by Brendan Murphy Internet Handbooks, 1999 658.05JUD Hyperwars by Bruce Judson HarperCollins, 1999 658.84 SPE amazon.com: get big fast by Robert Spector Random House, 2000
A complete list of new books added to Heriot-Watt University Library is available from the Library News page.
This guide is aimed primarily at students and staff of Heriot-Watt University, however it may also be of use to anyone looking for printed or electronic information on Building Engineering and Surveying.
The guide gives hints on how to go about making a literature search, and there are sections on finding books, periodicals and electronic journals, current awareness services, finding articles, Internet resources, technical reports, and so on.
Please note that while all networked resources mentioned are accessible from Heriot-Watt campus, accessibility from off-campus may vary.
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