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Heriot-Watt University Library
Issue 100 - January 2003
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
Merry Christmas, and a 'guid' New Year, to all readers.
100 not out!
Yes! This is the 100th issue of Internet Resources Newsletter. In fact, there is even more to celebrate, with the news that this newsletter now has over 11,000 subscribers to the email version!
I would like to thank all of those people, past and present, who have helped with the production of 'IRN'. They include Gordon Andrew, who helped to set up and edit the very first issue of the newsletter, published way back in October 1994. Gordon continued to be involved until October 1997 when he changed jobs. I'd also like to thank Catherine Ure and Cath Ferguson who help to edit the newsletter, and Dave Bond, who often sorts out technical hitches. Also, many thanks go to Alison McNab, Ian Winship, 'Kebbie' and everyone else who has, over the years, sent in details of Web sites for inclusion in IRN.
Very many thanks also go to Free Pint: http://www.freepint.com/ , who kindly distribute the email version of this newsletter. This is a good opportunity to congratulate William Hann, of Free Pint, who recently won the Jason Farradene Award for outstanding work in the information field.
A message from the Librarian
I would like all the regular readers of the Internet Resources Newsletter to join with me in congratulating the editors on the production of Issue 100. The IRN began in 1994 in the days of Gopher and WAIS and only as the web was developing. Few then realised the importance of the Internet and the impact that it would have on all our lives, and it is a tribute to Roddy and the others who have helped over the years that they, like many librarians, recognised its potential for the discovery and delivery of information.
The IRN began as a tool to alert staff and students of Heriot Watt University to the potential of the Internet and to help you exploit the resources of the Internet, to help you find the useful information out there, and help you use the various tools and information retrieval methods available. Very soon it was accessed from outside the University and it now has over 11,000 regular readers from countries all over the world, and has attracted a string of favourable comments and reviews.
We now look forward to Issue 200.
Here are some more Blogs of interest:
Here are this month's news items of interest
Government to Extend the Impact of Freedom of Information
JISC to fund e-publishing archive study
Wiley InterScience supports ATHENS authentication
SchlumbergerSema launch new business information portal
According to new figures from the Department of Trade and Industry, half
of UK firms now orders goods and services online
Students Push Social Consciousness Titles into eBook Charts
"Research reveals that the European STM market grew strongly in comparison to business information, up to 5% to £220m in 2001" Information World Review, December 2002
Internet Resources Newsletter by email
Over 11,000 people now subscribe to the email version of
this Newsletter! The number of subscribers has been increasing over the
past few months, and very many thanks go to Free
Pint who distribute the email version. To subscribe, at no cost, go
A text only version of the Internet Resources Newsletter is now available at: http://www.hw.ac.uk/cgi-bin/parser.pl/0304/www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn.html
September 2-6, 2003 Chicago, Illinois.
An online magazine and resource for academic libraries.
Different address from the one mentioned in issue 40.
New address from the one mentioned in issue 14. "AgNIC is a guide to quality agricultural information on the Internet as selected by the National Agricultural Library, Land-Grant Universities, and other institutions"
A German site, especially for automobile engineers.
Certification Services for Wireless Equipment Manufacturers.
ARION is aiming to provide a new generation of Digital Library services for the searching and retrieval of digital scientific collections that reside within research and consultancy organisations. These collections contain data, programs and tools in various scientific areas and incorporate applications of different domains of knowledge.
"Arc is an experimental research service of Digital Library Research group at Old Dominion University. Arc is used to investigate issues in harvesting OAI compliant repositories and making them accessible through a unified search interface. It is not a production service and may be subject to unscheduled service interruptions and anomalies."
The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the regulatory body of the profession. Through its leadership, standards and code of ethics, it ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence.
World car catalogue.
"Founded by Allen Williams, an MLIS graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (1999) -- the mission of Between the Stacks is to foster a greater sense of community in the field of library and information science.
To meet this goal, Between the Stacks launched in November 2002 and is an online community representing all information professionals, from library students to library directors -- in all library related professions. BTS provides a common area where ideas and support can be shared via discussion forums."
"The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is not only a Library. It is also an integrated cultural complex, with libraries, museums, exhibition areas, educational centers and an international conference center."
The new web page that serves as a starting point for anyone seeking biology information on the Internet.
"Come and explore Canada's rich history of Civil Engineering achievements and impressive structures."
The Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries (CIDL) is an alliance of Canadian libraries and organizations that recognizes the growing importance of digital information, and wishes to collaborate to ensure better use of digital information and better service to its users.
The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors was founded early in 1959 and registered under the Dominion of Canada Companies Act in November 1959.
This is based at the University of Plymouth.
A Rare Book Exhibition Celebrating the Heritage of Civil Engineering
Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Limited is pleased to announce the launch of a new web site for its new series of books aimed at Information Professionals.
Critical reviews of web products for information professionals.
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization. Through projects, programs, and publications, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international non-profit organization sponsored by architectural, engineering, planning, and construction professionals, was established to facilitate professional exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings and the urban habitat.
The CAMiLEON Project is developing and evaluating a range technical strategies for the long term preservation of digital materials. User evaluation studies and a preservation cost analysis are providing answers as to when and where these strategies will be used. The project is a joint undertaking between the Universities of Michigan (USA) and Leeds (UK) and is funded by JISC and NSF.
DELOS is an initiative funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies 5th Framework Programme (IST-FP5).
Derwent Web of SoftwareSM is the only web-based repository of all the information needed to launch a global software or business methods prior-art search, bringing together patents, journal articles, technical publications and disclosures, along with links to intellectually selected and indexed websites.
DisasterHelp.gov is designed to assist victims of disasters in locating the resources they need. The goal of the site is to combine the resources of all the federal agencies in our partnership in one central location.
A travel guide site.
Augsut 17-22, Trondheim, Norway. ECDL 2003 is the 7th conference in the series of European Digital Library conferences. ECDL has become the major European forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues.
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 3-4 July 2003.
New address for econometriclinks.com the Econometric Links of the Econometrics Journal.
Published by the students and faculty of the Idaho State Universtiy Educational Technology Program.
From AERA SIG
"ELSSS, the ELectronic Society for Social Scientists is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at solving the ever deepening crisis in scholarly and scientific communication created by the pricing policies of some commercial publishers that have forced libraries in the developed world to cut their journal portfolios and to slash their book collection and that have priced developing and transition economies out of the knowledge loop altogether "
Eprintblog aims to present information of interest to library staff working on, or wishing to start, eprint archives.
Full text ebook from the National Research Council (NRC), Center for Education (CFE).
"FirstStop is an award winning, customizable multi-search engine has been described as the "FASTEST no-nonsense meta search for the net"
"The Forum for the Future of Higher Education is a community of academic leaders and scholars who convene annually to explore new thinking in higher education. The Forum facilitates shared inquiry and collaboration on issues likely to influence the future of higher education, primarily in economics, strategy, learning, and technology. The Forum sponsors and creates research, presents scholarship at annual Aspen symposia, and disseminates findings throughout higher education. The Forum is an independent, nonprofit organization resident at MIT. Previously the Forum was resident at Columbia, Stanford, and Yale. "
Expert Search Engine Optimization
Careers: Opportunities and Resources.
Index Translationum data base contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about a hundred of UNESCO's Member States since 1979 and totalizing some 1,300,000 notices in all disciplines: literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, history and so forth.
The December issue of Info@UK is now available. Info@UK is a monthly guide to major developments and news on the UK Information Society. It is compiled for the British Council by the Information Management Research Institute, Northumbria University.
From the Institute of Physical Chemistry NCSR 'Demokritos', Athens, Hellas
A subscription service from CRC Press.
The "International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering" (IABSE) is a non-profit scientific society established in 1929 to promote the international exchange of knowledge in the field of structural engineering.
The IASS, founded by Eduardo Torroja in 1959, has as its goal the achievement of further progress through an interchange of ideas among all those interested in lightweight structural systems such as lattice, tension, membrane, and shell structures.
The International Navigation Association (PIANC) homepage provides information about the purpose and ongoing work of the organization.
The Internet and Higher Education is a quarterly journal designed to reach those faculty, staff, and administrators charged with the responsibility of enhancing instructional practices and productivity via the use of Information Technology (IT) and the Internet.
Different address from the one mentioned in issue 45.
intraLibrary enables groups of trainers and content authors to store, share and re-use learning resources using a simple, web-based interface. IntraLibrary encourages content creators, such as university teaching staff or corporate training staff, to granularise their learning content into lots of smaller learning objects.
"The highly successful Irish Building Industry Directory is the definitive guide to the Irish construction industry and is now in it's sixth edition since 1997."
The Fall 2002 issue is now available.
A guide to the UK.
The aim of a Service Registry is to improve resource discovery for users of electronic services.
The four UK funding bodies (HEFCE, SHEFC, HEFCW and DEL NI) announced in June their intention to review the means by which research at UK higher education institutions is assessed
The library catalogue is now live.
KWSnet - with its daily weblog floating wreckage:jettisoned cargo (aka FWJC) - contains 283 searchable pages with over 30,000 annotated links to resources worldwide.
A magazine for the label and narrow web printing industry.
A grouping of four LTSN subject centres.
Magister Ltd is an independent consultancy which provides a range of services to the Scientific and Technical Information community. Their primary activities are in the field of Patents Documentation.
The Mundus Gateway is a web-based guide to more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom. These materials, comprising the archives of British missionary societies, collections of personal papers, printed matter, photographs, other visual materials and artefacts, are held in a large number of libraries, record offices and other institutions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Mundus Gateway makes it easier for researchers to locate these collections and obtain sufficient information about their contents to enable effective planning of research visits.
NIAC's charter is focused on grand, revolutionary concepts for architectures and systems.
The Networked Resources and Metadata Committee was established to help provide ALCTS a coherent view of networked information and metadata issues.
A business directory for Norfolk.
Northern Ireland's construction journal.
A "map of the wheel-ruts of English"
Papers and presentations from the Online Information 2002 Conference are now available.
Learn how to search the Web more efficiently. Features a short and easy search engine tutorial.
The Patent Information Users Group, Inc. (PIUG), the International Society for Patent Information is a not-for-profit organization for individuals having a professional, scientific or technical interest in patent information.
Peeters is an international publishing house based in Leuven/Louvain, Belgium and established in 1857. It has since published some 3000 titles, while each year about 150 new titles and 40 journals appear. Peeters was set up to serve the purposes of the academic world by printing and publishing books and journals in English, French, German and Dutch. Its major publication list contains books in theology, philosophy, ethic, classical studies, archaeology, history of art, medieval studies, oriental studies, linguistics and literature.
Presentations from the Seminar, Friday 18th October 2002, Open University.
"The Pew Internet & American Life Project will create and fund original, academic-quality research that explores the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source for timely information on the Internet's growth and societal impact, through research that is scrupulously impartial."
PSIgate has a new interface. PSIgate is a free service that offers access to high quality Web resources in the physical sciences; astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, materials sciences, physics, and science history and policy.
"Take away everything that engineers have given us and we're left with a pretty dull life."
New name of Gary Price's excellent Blog.
An initiative to improve Web site design.
This page is intended to act as a starting point for those using PDAs in science and technology.
The professional body for Chartered Surveyors practicing in the Republic of Ireland.
SEMLAC is the new regional development agency for the museum, library and archive sector in the South East.
SpamArchive.org is a community resource that provides a database of known spam to be used for testing, developing, and benchmarking anti-spam tools. The goal of this project is to provide a large repository of spam that can be used by researchers and tool developers.
Steelbiz is the Information System developed by the Eureka E-Steel Project.
This website has been set up by the Heads of the various Student Counselling Services in UK
This Manual has been produced under a HEFCE funded project at Lancaster University (2000 -2002) dedicated to the dissemination of good practice in supporting students with mental health difficulties.
A Pew Internet & American Life Project report.
An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.
The latest issue of the LTSN Engineering newsletter is available.
Science-related search engines and directories
"The report Webranking 2002 is a powerful tool for companies who wish to enhance their corporate website to better meet the demands of the financial market. "
"The Wondir Foundation is a new, nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization with a simple mission: eliminate the barriers between questions and answers.
The Wondir Foundation is building a new and different kind of information service, Wondir, to connect people who have information needs with the people and information that can help them. The foundation will also support and conduct research relating to information transfer. And we plan to use positive cash flow from operations to support recognized and respected charities that provide information services to the disadvantaged. "
Ireland's leading construction industry information provider. This site includes details of the Irish Construction Industry Magazine.
"Yahoo! Education allows you to find information to further your education, no matter where you are on your educational path."
This page provides links to information about Z39.50 resources and about the development and maintenance of Z39.50 (existing as well as future versions) and the implementation and use of the Z39.50 protocol.
"Z39.50" refers to the International Standard, ISO 23950: "Information Retrieval (Z39.50): Application Service Definition and Protocol Specification", and to ANSI/NISO Z39.50.
In the course of finding sites of interest for this Newsletter, we sometimes come across Web sites which we feel deserve slightly more than a passing mention. Each month we will 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 we 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.
This month there are two worthy causes which we've deemed to be Nice Web Sites:
Anything that can help reduce the amount of spam email we receive deserves to be highlighted!
E-print archives may well be one of the next 'big stories' in academia.
**** Internet Librarian International Conference 2003 ****
25 -27 March 2003, NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM, UK
INTERNET LIBRARIAN INTERNATIONAL 2003 is a major European Forum for information professionals who are using, developing and embracing internet, intranet and web-based strategies in their job roles. Now in its 5th year, the extensive 2003 conference programme continues to meet the professional educational needs of today's internet information manager and user.
2003 Keynote Addresses by:
2003 CONFERENCE TRACKS: 25 - 27 March
Register online at: http://www.internet-librarian.com/ and benefit from a discounted registration fee.
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: Monday 24 March
For the full conference and workshop programme, details of costs and how to register, visit the Show website at http://www.internet-librarian.com/ or call the organisers, Rubicon Communications Ltd, on Oxford, UK +44 (0)1865 811145
NEW FOR 2003!
Conference delegates benefit from free and unlimited access to TLS, taking place in an adjacent hall.
**** Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library Catalogue goes online ****
Kews extensive library is one of the most important botanical reference sources in the world. Unrivalled in its range and depth, it has long been a respected and authoritative source of botanical information.
From November 2002, the Kew Library Catalogue goes online, making information about Kews resources available to a world-wide readership for the first time. The Library contains more than half a million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps. Over 90 languages are represented, and during the 150 years of the Library's history materials have been acquired by gift, purchase or exchange. Kew has exchange arrangements with libraries in 302 institutions, located in 74 countries making the Library a global resource for plant science, research and conservation.
The early books collection holds some of the finest volumes, including works by Linnaeus and his contemporaries, and treasures such as herbals and incunabula, which contain beautiful illustrations and descriptions of the early uses of plants.
Information on botanical voyages of discovery are held in the Travels collection, covering expeditions from the 18th to the 21st century, and Kew's Archives complement these with papers of botanists, plant collectors and artists, including Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Marianne North.
The Catalogue currently holds more than 145,000 individual records, mostly for published material like, monographs, pamphlets and periodicals. This resource will continue to grow, and there are plans to make the Archives and Illustrations Collections available at a later stage.
More recent additions to the Catalogue include recommended Internet resources relating to botany, which can be viewed via hyperlink from within bibliographic records. Another key feature of this botanical gateway is the ability to search other libraries from within the Catalogue itself, and live connections to the Library of Congress and the Natural History Museum, London, are already set up. Links to further libraries with relevant collections will be added in the future.
The Kew Library Catalogue can be accessed through Kews website at http://www.kew.org/library/catalogue.html
**** IEEE Opens Universal Access to its 850,000-Article Database on a Pay-Per-View Basis ****
Dec. 9, 2002 -- A new offering by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) http://www.ieee.org/portal/index.jsp allows anyone to view, download and print technical articles from its 850,000-document online archive on a pay-per-view basis. This service, which gives researchers the ability to read full-text technical papers from IEEE periodicals and conference proceedings back to 1988, broadens access to IEEE's online information product line.
John R. Platt
Chemical Data Service (CDS)
International Yearbook of Library and Information
Management: the digital factor in library and information services
This is the third volume of an annual publication, by the Library Association. The idea is to take one theme a year, and focus specifically on this, with contributions from experts in the field from around the world. This first year, the focus is on how the digital era is affecting libraries.
At sixteen chapters (394 pages), it is a thorough examination of the subject, delving deeply into research and current experiences with digital libraries. There is much in the book which will be of interest to library managers, who are deciding where to go with digital provision, or those working on the electronic side of libraries. However, it's a reasonably heavy read - mainly academics, writing from an academic perspective. So, for the general librarian, dipping in to chapters of interests would be enough.
There are some chapters on general reading trends, and the potential for e-books, but the people most likely to find the book useful are those working within an academic environment, and those study library and information science.
The Mantex Information Design web site has reviews of some of the books mentioned in previous issues of the Internet Resources Newsletter.
A complete list of new books added to Heriot-Watt University Library is available from the Library News page.
Trossachs & Callander
Tourist Information & Accommodation
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