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Heriot-Watt University Library
Issue 104 - May 2003
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
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John Davidson, from Sentient, recently came to Heriot Watt to demonstrate the company's ReadingListDirect product. It was not a sales pitch as such, but rather a demo to the staff involved in the EEVL Internet guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing service, who were particularly interested in the fact that ReadingListDirect now includes a module allowing records from the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), of which EEVL is a part, to be embedded into, and accessed from, reading lists created using ReadingListDirect.
ReadingListDirect is reading list management software. The company claims that it is now the leading reading list management vendor in the UK, and you can see from one of the News Items below that it has been selected by 26 libraries in the seven months since it was launched.
All of the people from EEVL who saw John's demonstration were impressed by the product, and the way that it integrates various aspects of reading list functionality. We hadn't realised that such a variety of things could be done with reading lists. After all, reading lists were traditionally just bits of paper on which lecturers wrote details of required or suggested reading, which were then handed out to students or put on noticeboards. In an online networked world, however, reading lists provide an opportunity for 'joining up' all sorts of relevant electronic information.
For a start, students using the system can access reading lists from ReadingListDirect either from their institutional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), or from the ReadingListDirect's website using Athens Authentication, as appropriate. They can find and view lists in a number of ways, and subsequently very easily link through to see whether the books in question are available in their local library, other libraries, or even from online bookshops using a 'best-price' listing. Journal articles, websites, and RDN records can also be included in the lists, and be linked to 'seamlessly'.
Lecturers can access list build features in a similar way, and add notes, details of student numbers, and date requirements to their lists of books, articles, websites and RDN records.
This information then becomes available to the local librarians, who can order copies as appropriate. Both lecturers and librarians have access to management information and statistics.
The product certainly looked as if it could greatly assist in the management of reading lists, and be popular with students and staff.
ReadingListDirect is at: http://www.readinglistdirect.co.uk/info/
Last month the UKSG (UK Serials Group) held its Annual Conference at Heriot Watt University. The Annual Conference and Exhibition now attracts over 500 delegates and offers an opportunity for all players in the serials information chain, both industry newcomers and seasoned campaigners, to exchange news, views and information on the rapidly changing and developing global serials scene, to find out about the latest product and service technologies, and to make new friends and business contacts.
Next year the Conference is due to be held in UMIST, Manchester, but in 2005 it will once again return to the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot Watt.
The 2003 Conference seemed to be very successful, and I was able to sit in on a few of the Plenary Sessions and one of the Product Reviews. For the latter, companies exhibiting at the conference are given an opportunity to present their latest news to the conference, with each presentation being limited to five minutes.
Amongst other news, we heard that:
Taylor & Francis Group http://www.tandf.co.uk/ has expanded again, having acquired CRC Press and some other publishers, and now publishes about 800 journals. The company is also making available some 'Arenas' such as the Education Arena http://www.educationarena.com/educationarena/index.html which aims to build an education community.
Sage, in collaboration with CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), have produced four Full-Text Collections http://www.sagefulltext.com/ in Communication Studies, Criminology, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology which "provide researchers and students with a research environment that is easy to use and complete with the most up-to-date content and up to 20 years of backfiles."
The most informative and entertaining Plenary Sessions I attended were the ones on 8th April, by Mark Rowse of Ingenta plc, John Cox of John Cox Associates, and Rick Anderson, of the University of Nevada. Mark Rowse made two statements in particular which made sense to me. They were that most users want to review content on a subject-related basis; and that most libraries want to provide integrated subject-based resources. How this can be achieved in a meaningful way for the users, without publishers producing a multitude of different subject-based services, is another question.
Information Law Weblog
Education Librarian Weblog
Have a look at:
Here are this month's news items of interest
EU Copyright Directive: Further Delay to Implementation
Report Shows 1 in 4 Employees Have Gaming Software Installed On Their
Worldwide B2B revenues to pass one trillion
UK 'must redesign' e-gov sites
Imperial War Museum Collections Go Online
JISC renews Athens contract with EduServ
Jupiter Research Announces Paid Online Content and Services in Europe
will be Worth €3.2 Billion by 2007
ReadingListDirect claims key sites
Springer joins PERI initiative
Many Merchants Lack Measurement
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 29th -- October 10th, 2003, to be held on the Internet.
From the Scottish Executive. The focus of this review has been the higher education provided by the 20 higher education institutions (HEIs) funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.
An article by Richard Poynder in InformationToday. Professor Mark McCabe talks about problems in the STM publishing industry.
"We offer a one-stop shop for need assessment, technical expertise, advice and support. We also supply adapted computer equipment for people with a wide range of disabilities."
AAD gives you:
Online access to a selection of nearly 50 million historic electronic
records created by more than 20 federal agencies on a wide range of topics;
A website for the aerospace industry, with product news, company information, etc.
AgeSource Worldwide describes clearinghouses, databases, libraries, directories, statistical resources, bibliographies and reading lists, texts, and Web "metasites" focused on aging or closely allied subjects.
Association of Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C), 8-10 September 2003, Sheffield.
AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, defends consumer interests in the process of standardisation and certification.
Simulated physics using virtual atoms.
The Australian Business Directory List
"AIAG's approximately 1,500 members are directly involved in the automotive supply chain. AIAG provides members with a unique opportunity to meet with competitors and peers in a non-competitive setting."
"Best of Reference is an annual list of books, websites, and electronic resources selected by a committee of librarians for their usefulness in local branch reference collections. Selection criteria include value and appropriateness for branch collections, organization of material, style of presentation, and authority of authors and editors."
"Gale's Biography Resource Center is an invaluable, one-stop biographical research system that incorporates simple search functionality with an exhaustive database. Biography Resource Center's database contains more than 400,000 biographies on nearly 275,000 people gathered from over 90 award-winning Gale reference sources as well as full-text articles from more than 250 magazines specifically chosen for their renowned biographical content in a broad range of subject areas."
"Our directory has been built from the ground up with quality Australian web sites. We plan to expand our directory further to include more of the best web sites in Australia. We hope to serve your needs every time you visit."
Web tools for webmasters.
The BPIF is the principal business support organisation for the UK printing, packaging and graphic communication industry and is one of this country's leading trade associations.
Information for over 29,000 Canadian manufacturers, exporters, distributors and service companies.
"CiteLine, Inc. is an information services company serving the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnolgy industries as well as other healthcare sectors. We currently offer a line of Web research products and services that provide organized access to the best medical information available on the Internet."
The objective of the CPHC is "To advance public education in the core subject of Computer Science and in the wider context of Computing and its applications."
The CEE-TV database contains approximately 11,000 records containing ecotoxicological exposure and effects information on over 200,000 individuals representing over 400 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals residing in estuaries.
A new site, that offers a whole new approach to bringing the Deaf and hearing worlds closer together.
Volume 2, Number 1, 2003 is now available. It contains a progress report on the "Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Objects" series of paper and the short articles on:
An Archivist Looks at the World of Archivists
What Does "Authentic" Mean?
What Constitutes Documentary Evidence?
Russell's Paradox: Significance and Resolution
What's a Good Research Initiative?
Drawing a Blank
Home Computing Technology and Price Watch.
"Dedicated to advancing the interests of the Canadian e-content community - developers and creators of e-content products and services and the professionals who buy, use and manage them."
"eCourses web portal is designed to assist both students and professors in basic engineering courses. The web site includes all instructional material to conduct a course and there is no cost to either the instructor or student. Features include eBook, database of homework/quiz/test problems, solution to all problems, lectures in both Quicktime and Flash format, computer grading, and utilities."
A consortium offering distance learning courses.
The Edlearn consortium consists of seven Seattle-area community colleges, City University, and Washington State University; working together to provide easy access to higher education online.
A resource site from Taylor & Francis which aims to build an educational community.
This weblog was created by Anna Lewis. Anna is the Access Services librarian at the CIMC (Center for Instructional Materials and Computing) - An education library at the UW-Madison.
"ElectricNews.Net is the technology newswire for Ireland, publishing updated technology and e-business news in areas including e-commerce, advertising & marketing, investment, and wireless technologies. An essential guide to the vibrant world of IT in one of the world's most exciting e-business centres, ElectricNews.Net was established in 1999 and has built a loyal readership of Irish and international decision makers and technology specialists."
The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management aims to publish perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of knowledge management.
The journal contributes to the development of both theory and practice in the field of knowledge management.
EPS is a strategic consultancy and research company specialising in the impact of digital media on content businesses of all kinds.
"Engineering Capacity is the only magazine and directory of services for manufacturers, about engineering subcontractors, in the UK. It aims to familiarise buyers with the enormous range of specialised contract engineering capacity available. Published every month since 1959, it has a controlled circulation of 10,100 in the UK."
A new subscription-based database from STN. The ENTEC database contains primarily citations to literature published in Germany and German-speaking countries in energy-related fields.
Kew Gardens has released an update to its information resource discovery service called ePIC, the electronic Plant Information Centre.
"ePIC is a major project to bring together all of Kew's digitised information about plants and make it easier to search. You can use it to pinpoint information of interest in our varied collections, bibliographies, nomenclators and checklists, publications and taxonomic works, as well as links to information resources provided by external organisations. Where further information from Kew is available online, we will direct you to it."
This site is about raising awareness of the rights of disabled people to full equality and participation in all areas.
An International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior
A search engine and directory.
"Fathom is the premier destination for authenticated knowledge and online learning."
This site has been designed to assist you in finding a wide variety of information concerning French speaking countries.
GEsource provides access to high quality Internet resources for students, researchers and practitioners in geography and the environment through five distinct subject gateways: Environment, General Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Techniques and Approaches. Each of these main headings is further divided into a series of sub-sections that together make up the browse structure of GEsource.
7th Sept - 11th Sept 2003 Porto, Portugal.
A bibliography of online government resources and government documents about Iraq which is part of the website maintained by the City College of New York.
"The GridLab project is funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme of the Information Society Technology, contract number IST-2001-32133.
The GridLab project will develop a easy-to-use, flexible, generic and modular Grid Application Toolkit (GAT), enabling todays applications to make innovative use of global computing resources."
"The Hansard Society was formed in 1944 to promote the ideals of parliamentary government when it was seen to be threatened by fascist and communist dictatorships. Founded by Stephen King-Hall, an MP and popular broadcaster, the first supporters were Winston Churchill and Clement Atlee, the then Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. From that time to this the Prime Minister of the day and leaders of the main opposition parties have publicly supported the work of the Society and the Speaker of the House of Commons is President."
Tuesday 17 June 2003, The Oxford Hotel, Oxford
A Joint UCISA-JISC-SCONUL Forum.
This report analyses the results of the 2002 Higher Education-Business Interaction (HE-BI) survey for UK higher education institutions (HEIs).
The Humanity Libraries Project of the Human Info NGO is a network project of more than 100 partners. Its aim is to provide universal free or low-cost information access through co-operation between UN Agencies, Universities and NGO.
iANSYST Ltd are specialist suppliers of computers and IT solutions for disabled people of all ages.
A searchable database of ILT staff development events, from the National Learning Network (NLN).
"For the first time you can access our catalogues on our website. If you want to browse there are short essays on major historical themes which lead you to selected highlights from all the collections. We hold objects and works of art, a library, plus archives of documents, film, photographs and sound. The online catalogue offers a great deal of information but is not complete. The present database covers the collections of documents, film and sound in detail; other collections will be added in 2003/04."
The April issue of this guide to UK information society developments and news is now available.
This is an interesting and useful set of guides from the Infopeople Project. Infopeople promotes information skills and libraries in California.
Covers legal issues affecting the information profession (copyright, data protection, freedom of information etc) and there is also a fortnightly newsletter.
An article in a recent issue of the Free Pint newsletter, by Neil Lynch.
"ICON, or the Innovation Curriculum Online Network, is a central source for information dealing with technology and innovation, and serves as an electronic roadmap to connect users, such as teachers, professors, students, museum staff, and parents with information about the human built and innovated world."
The 7th Institutional Web Management Workshop will take place at the University of Kent on 11-13th June 2003.
IAAC's mission is to promote cooperation among accreditation bodies and interested parties of the Americas, aiming at the development of conformity assessment structures to achieve the improvement of products, processes and services.
InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information.
A very interesting article from D-Lib Magazine January 2003. iVia is an open source Internet subject portal or virtual library system.
8,178 links, plus advice, a newsletter, etc.
JobStats gives a detailed picture of the computing job market in the UK.
Issue 4 - E-education: Design and Evaluation.
The Judge project by Contact a Family and the Information Management Research Institute (IMRI), School of Informatics, Northumbria University has developed guidelines for judging the quality of health information Web sites. Two sets of guidelines have been produced to help health consumers make informed choices about Web sites and to assist support groups to produce good quality Web sites.
This report considers whether the progress of science has been affected by the interpretation and use of IP policies, and makes recommendations for improvement.
An impressive search engine. This one might be a winner.
"KillerInfo was developed with one overriding goal in mind, to build a search tool that was both easy to use, yet produces relevant search results in a more manageable format By using a unique mixture of technologies, and leveraging the best features of each, KillerInfo can locate and differentiate subject matter from ambiguous search terms, and present the results in a simple, uncluttered format."
Dubrovnik and Mijet, Croatia. May 26-30 2003. The general aim of the annual conference and course Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA), started in 2000, is to address the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world, with an emphasis on examining contemporary problems, advances and solutions.
The Internet Portals Interest Group defines a portal as a service (and related systems and approaches to organization) that facilitates organized knowledge discovery through the Internet. The mission of the IG is to explore, research, educate and generally facilitate an understanding and sharing of knowledge about portal services (best practices, system design and software) among LITA members and throughout the library community and to help improve the state-of-the-art of portal services, systems and support groups in regard to both current and future library (or related) services.
A free online medical dictionary search engine for definitions of medical terminology, pharmaceutical drugs, healthcare equipment, health conditions, medical devices, specialty terms and medical abbreviations.
International Conference on Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology, incorporating European Symposium on Manufacturing and Modelling of Fabricated Structural Components (MMFSC), 16-18 September 2003 Nottingham, UK.
Microbes.info is an internet web site designed to bring useful and interesting microbiology informational resources to you. With literally billions of web pages out there in cyberspace, searching effectively and efficiently for any information is becoming increasingly difficult. Finding accurate and specific information on microbiology topics is much like "looking for a needle in a haystack". This web site attempts to reduced the clutter and the size of the haystack in an effort to help you filter through the information in an organized manner.
The Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) is the Institution of Mechanical Engineers preferred, approved and quality controlled route for young engineers to complete their initial professional development, become corporate members of the Institution and register with the Engineering Council (UK) as a Chartered Engineer.
MuseGlobal, Inc. is a technology company founded by library industry veterans with an aim to break the old structures of the information industry.
"This Thematic Network will provide a comprehensive source of information on all areas of Nanotechnology to the business, the scientific and social communities."
Based in Boston, US, the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
You can download the entire document or the specific section(s) you're interested in.
Monday 14 July 2003, University of Bristol.
Theme: VLEs Five Years On: Building on Hindsight.
A one-day conference addressing factors that influenced the implementation of VLE systems five years ago, why some systems worked and others didn't and what adaptations are now being made.
Based in California, "The National Women's History Project is an educational nonprofit organization. Our mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs."
The Neuroanatomy annually publishes original articles related to the central and peripheral nervous system morphology and structure.
Report of the UK Advisory Group on Nanotechnology Applications.
A free editorial forward planning tool which allows journalists to spot tomorrow's UK news headlines today.
"Nexcerpt solves some prevalent problems for knowledge workers and information managers. It provides continuous and up-to-date information, but in manageable bites. It eliminates the tedium of putting together a newsletter from diverse sources, since it is a search, editing, and publishing tool all in one. It removes the complexity of the publishing and distribution process, and it delivers useful subsets of documents, rather than a large data dump."
A new home page for Schmidt Periodicals GmbH. Major reprinters of academic journals and specializse in the supply of antiquarian backsets, back volumes and back issues of out-of-print journals and serials.
"www.pharmiweb.com is the one stop place for the life sciences/healthcare community"
psci-comlit is a bibliographic database covering science communication, public engagement with science and the broader issues of science and society. The database is being continually expanded and contains references to books, reports, journal and newspaper articles, most of which are available for reference in the Wellcome Trust Library. There are currently over 1200 records which date back to 1999.
An essay by Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College.
An article by Danny Sullivan.
A recent article from Search Engine Watch.
From CBC News.
A feature article in a recent issue of Free Pint, by Arthur Weiss.
Version 48 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available.
This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.
The Scirus tool bar makes it easier than ever to find scientific, technical and medical information on the Web - and is quick and easy to install.
Number 27 Winter 2002 is available.
SPEIR is a new SLIC-funded project, that extends and builds on the work of earlier projects such as CAIRNS, SCONE and SEED. SPEIR - Scots for 'to ask' or 'to enquire' - stands for Scottish Portals for Education, Information and Research.
Mentioned by Martin White, in a recent issue of UKOLUG Newsletter: "The ScriptServer platform is the perfect platform for bringing together content from heterogeneous sources and business logic from disparate systems, thereby enabling our customers to integrate their Enterprise."
From BBC Health.
Shell LiveWIRE has over 20 years experience encouraging young people to start and develop their own business.
University of Oxford Said Business School 24th July 2003, 9:00 - 17:30
"The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services is pleased to announce our third annual conference on educational technologies. Shock 3 will explore the problems and issues involved in designing and developing learning technologies for particular disciplines and subjects."
SiteLines, a newsletter on web searching, has switched from a print to blog format.
SiteLines is directed at intermediate and upper level web searchers. It focuses principally on web search news, search techniques and approaches, links to excellent articles from other sources on topics of interest to serious searchers, and occasional links to specific search resources.
SkillsBUILDER is a subscription-based eLearning service.
"A library accessed through your in-house Intranet, SkillsBUILDER contains over 150 guides in 25 categories, letting your staff build their skills at their own pace and at their own convenience."
Elsevier's gateway to the Social & Behavioral Sciences.
"The focus of this web site is the use of Microsoft Excel in the UK structural engineering and construction environments. Here you will find files, resources, information and links to other web sites for engineering spreadsheets and for Microsoft Excel in general."
A report, detailing the results of consultation with almost 700 stakeholders into their requirements and opinions of institutional and extra-institutional information provision via an institutional portal.
Tachi Lab. is a leading laboratory in Virtual Reality and Telexistence.
Taxonomy Warehouse is a free service (free to users and free to vocabulary publishers) provided by Synapse, the Knowledge Link Corporation for the benefit of the information and knowledge management community.
Techdirt "...about news and business in the high tech world. It's not a techie site. It's not a business site."
"For anyone who uses data on industries, markets, companies, new products, and high technologies, The Information Advisor provides:
Comprehensive evaluation of research tools;
Subscribe to Mary Ellen Bates' second email newsletter, with tips for info-entrepreneurs, at this site.
"Our objective is to become the business-to-business (B2B) ultimate solution for the UK construction industry."
Useful links to statistics sites.
WebCritique offers a range of usability, copywriting, content and marketing services - all aimed at helping companies achieve a better return on their online investment and get their website.
The March 2003 issue is now available. The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
WIDWISAWN provides an open forum for discussions on research and development initiatives relevant to the development of a coherent electronic information environment to support 'Virtual Scotland'. Focusing in particular at those with interests in this area in the libraries, archives and museums sectors, it aims to provide practical information on sources of expertise in Scotland and to identify areas where expertise needs to be discovered or developed.
Scans more than 300 (growing steadily) news media sites every day
Geneva (Switzerland), 10-12 December 2003 - Tunis (Tunisia), 16-18 November 2005.
"zapdata is an Internet service of D&B Sales & Marketing Solutions (formerly iMarket Inc.). D&B is the world's leading provider of business information, enabling business-to-business commerce for 160 years.
zapdata is a leading online source for business sales leads, mailing lists, and market analysis."
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.
Scottish Portals for Education,
Information and Research: SPEIR
SPEIR has been selected as the Nice Web Site this month not so much for what it currently contains, but rather for its potential.
"The aim, in other words, is to create, not just the technical infrastructure needed to support a coherent virtual Scotland, but the organisational, inter-organisational, and professional culture needed to take Scotland forward into the Information Age."
"The aim is to conduct basic research into distributed information infrastructure requirements for the two year Scottish Cultural Portal Pilot, and the one year Public Library CAIRNS Integration proposal, and, where appropriate, develop associated pilot facilities. Ensuring that the infrastructure proposals are sufficiently generic to be applicable to other Scottish information portals that might be considered in future, whether by SLIC, the CDLR itself, or others in relevant areas of the Scottish information community is also an objective."
**** Athens wins JISC UK HE and FE contract ****
Eduserv has been awarded the JISC contract to provide an Access Management service for UK Higher and Further Education for a further three year period, from 1st August 2003.
EduServ are delighted to be able to continue providing this valuable Access Management service for UK Education and we are looking forward to working further with the JISC to improve information availability, security, and systems compatibility, developing the service for the community. We are confident that with our joint experience and knowledge we will be able to deliver on these objectives. This contract is key to ensuring stability for institutions while maintaining a strong development programme.
Athens has over 2 million users, over 800 organisations and protects over 250 online resources, a result of its commitment to supply a leading edge service, user support and services worldwide.
We will continue developing our Devolved Authentication technology and Shibboleth compliance while maintaining and strengthening the Athens core service. By integrating and applying these new technologies Athens will enable sites to choose their preferred mode of access management.
3 April 2003
**** First vendors announce compliance with the COUNTER Code of Practice ****
Blackwell Publishing, ISI and Oxford University Press have announced that the online usage reports they supply to customers now comply with Release 1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. All three companies have signed formal declarations of compliance and the list of usage reports covered by each publisher may be found on the COUNTER website at www.projectCounter.org.
Jill Cousins, Product Manager for Blackwell Synergy, said "We are delighted to be amongst the first publishers to offer COUNTER-compliant data. We see this as a significant step to making sure online journal usage is transparent to librarians and comparable across different titles and subject areas".
Martin Richardson, Publishing Director of Oxford University Press Journals, said "As a pioneer of the COUNTER initiative, OUP is proud and delighted to be one of the first publishers to make COUNTER compliant usage statistics available for its online journals. The COUNTER initiative fits well with our goal of providing the library community with the functionality and feedback they tell us they need, and we look forward to supporting the continuing development of the COUNTER Code of Practice over the coming years".
A number of other leading vendors have declared their intention to become COUNTER compliant in the course of 2003 and are working towards this goal. They include:
American Institute of Physics Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
From May 2003, a definitive list of COUNTER-compliant vendors will be maintained on the COUNTER website. Only vendors and usage reports included on this list should be regarded as being COUNTER compliant.
Peter Shepherd, COUNTER Project Director, said "We are thrilled that some vendors have already been able to comply with the Code of Practice and look forward to this number growing rapidly over the coming months. We anticipate that, by the end of 2003, customers will be receiving COUNTER-compliant usage reports covering a significant proportion of journal and database vendors."
For more information, please contact:
**** New psci-comlit bibliographic database covering science communication, public engagement with science and the broader issues of science and society. ****
The Wellcome Library has launched psci-comlit http://psci-com.org.uk/pscicomlit/ a new bibliographic database, available free-of-charge. It provides a searchable source of journal, newspaper and book references on science communication, public engagement with science and the wider issues of science in society.
A broad range of journals, newspapers and new book acquisitions are scanned to create the descriptive records that populate the database. In addition, the records are used to produce a monthly current awareness bibliography, also accessible from the psci-comlit page.
Other topics covered include public attitudes towards science, science centres, science and the media and science education.
The psci-comlit database is located on the psci-com web site, a gateway to high quality web sites on similar topics. Further features of the web site include an electronic calendar of conferences, workshops and events and access to an electronic discussion forum, also called psci-com.
It was created and is being continually expanded by the Wellcome Library in collaboration with the BIOME team at the University of Nottingham.
If you have any comments or suggestions about the new database, please
contact Louise Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemical Data Service (CDS)
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.
Echoes from the Past: The magazine for Re-enactment and Historical
New reference titles added to CRCnetBASE
Several new titles have been added to the CRCnetBASE service. CRCnetBASE provides full-text access to over 350 CRC Press reference books. Members of Heriot-Watt University have free electronic access to service. For the list of titles included, see: http://www.hw.ac.uk/library/crcfull.html
Access is available from on-campus.
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