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Heriot-Watt University Library
Issue 108 - September 2003
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
This is a bumper issue of the Internet Resources Newsletter, with more new and notable sites than usual. I'm not sure why this should be, as normally August is a quiet month.
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Here is this month's selection of news items of interest
Endeavor Announces LinkFinderPlus Subscription Service
Wiley InterScience Launches New Polymer Database
JSTOR Accessible Via WilsonWeb
Joint Briefing Paper Promotes Information Support For e-Learning
CAS Launches Science IP
Over 1,500 IT Books Now Available In Safarism Tech Books Online
IEEE announces new technical journals in 2004
This is a good site.
Abacus Construction Index is a directory of recommended online resources for UK architects, engineers and other construction professionals.
"Your Gateway to Newspapers, News Media, and News Sources."
32nd Annual Advanced Course in Acoustics, Noise and Vibration, 22- 26 Sep 2003, Southampton, UK.
Advicenow brings together the best information on the law and your rights from a wide range of advice and information services.
Information about African archaeology. For a description of this site from Humbul, click here.
Am Baile, the Gaelic Village, is a major learning and research resource for everyone with an interest in the language, culture and history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The site is available in English and Gaelic, and offers access to photographic collections, published texts, archive materials, films, sounds, interactive games and comics created or sourced by our consortium partners.
Artifact is the guide to quality information in the arts and creative industries and forms part of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), supporting teaching, learning and research in further and higher education.
From the National Library for the Blind. Websites which are compatible with screen readers and other access technology.
"The Association of Learning Providers is recognised as the voice of learning providers throughout the United Kingdom. We work closely with policy makers such as civil servants, Members of Parliament, and Learning and Skills Councils. We are involved in the development of government strategy with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and other national bodies."
BioethicsWeb offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites and resources covering biomedical ethics.
"Bloglines is a free service that makes it easy to keep up with your favorite blogs and newsfeeds. With Bloglines, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs, and Bloglines will monitor updates to those sites. You can read the latest entries easily within Bloglines.
Unlike other aggregators which require you to download and install software, Bloglines runs on our servers and requires no installation. Because your Bloglines account is accessible through a web browser, you can access your account from any Internet-connected machine."
Different address from the one given in issue 34 of this Newsletter.
This free service will allow you to test web pages and help expose and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance with existing accessibility guidelines, such as Section 508 and the W3C\'s WCAG.
Over 6900 Links to Higher Educational Institutions in 189 Countries
"Building for Life is a commitment to the quality of new homes made by three partners:
the house-building industry, represented by the House Builders Federation
the government, represented by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
the campaigners, represented by the Civic Trust."
A US site "...to the nation's publicly-funded resource for jobseekers and businesses."
The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a non-profit educational foundation that has established the only nationally recognized certification program for chimney sweeps in the United States.
askSam Systems is pleased to announce the release of Citation 8.2, a bibliography and research note software package that helps students, teachers, professors, and researchers organize their notes and write bibliographies.
CITB's regular e-update to employers about industry recruitment and training issues.
"The mission of CMS REVIEW is to give you the resources you need to choose the best content management system for your organization. We will cover proprietary and open-source products, application development frameworks, finished out-of-the-box solutions, and hosted services at application service providers. We will point you to online demonstrations and trial download software where these are available."
In 2000, Copus underwent a significant review, and was remodelled as a more inclusive partnership for science communication in the UK.
An article in a recent issue of the popular Free Pint Newsletter, by Jonathan Crowhurst
Describes itself as the voice of IT in Scotland.
"Today, Computer Review is a global reference to the Knowledge Economy. It is issued annually, updated daily online and features ActiveTrak. ActiveTrak is a unique business intelligence service that uses smart Internet robots to monitor the activity of Technology Solution Providers worldwide."
CSCS aims to register every competent construction operative within the UK not currently on a skills registration scheme.
"Launched in December 2000 Construction-UK is establishing itself as the premier website for construction and building trade news in the UK. Along with our sister trade portal sites, we are the largest syndicator of trade news in the UK media world. The trade orientated Construction-UK website is dedicated to serving both industry personnel and users with an interest in the construction and building industry."
The focus of CARMEN is on content analysis. It will develop new tools in the subject with strong connection to retrieval.
Content Management Europe will take place from 2 - 4 December 2003 at the Grand Hall, Olympia, London and will run within Online Information, the world's number one event for information content, management and delivery.
The home of the National Tramway Museum.
Quick Loading Headlines From 200+ Tech Sites
US based service for distance learning information.
"Digital Book Index provides access to more than 73,000 titles records. It is the sole index that gathers both commercial and non-commercial eBooks from more than 1800 publishers and private publishing organizations."
I came across this site by chance. It provides a searchable database of research papers.
Papers are available at this site.
"eMediaWire is a service of PR Web, one of the top three press release wire services available to business, government, and non-profit organizations. Since 1997 PR Web has offered free distribution services to a wide range of local, national, and international media outlets. "
"The EIA is an internationally recognized organization serving professional managers and administrators of employee involvement and suggestion programs for over 60 years by providing quality educational programs, publications, benchmarking and networking opportunities."
The main work of the Employment NTO sets the national standards that go on to become N and SVQs.
Subscription based service.
"There is a growing need for a knowledge source that presents authoritative, comprehensive, and integrated approaches to the science, technology, and management of natural and human resources necessary for life support. The use of essential natural resources or natural environment capital must be orchestrated and enhanced through human engineering efforts to ensure that the resulting resources are ecologically sustainable. The EOLSS is being developed to meet these needs."
The ERPANET DigiPres ePrints Service is an Open Archive set-up for the Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network (ERPANET) in conjunction with DAEDALUS to provide an ePrints preservation and access facility for the cultural and scientific heritage community.
EUpolitix.com's mission is to provide policymakers with the relevant information to make an informed policy decision.
ECAS was created in 1990 as an international non-profit organization, independent of political parties, commercial interests and the EU Institutions. The association's mission is to enable NGOs and individuals to make their voice heard with the EU.
The Further Educational National Training Organisation is the national lead body for the development, quality assurance and promotion of national standards for the FE sector. FENTO is currently working with partner organisations across the Learning and Skills sector to form a Post-16 Sector Skills Council
Seminar on 20 November 2003, Universities UK, Woburn House, London.
Sourcing vital intelligence on major pipeline projects all over the World
The GM PhotoStore is the official online photo source for both current and historic GM brand images. Through a collaboration between the General Motors Media Archive and Getty Images, Inc., the GM PhotoStore enables automotive enthusiasts to view, select and purchase high-quality GM automotive photography on the Internet.
Still under development, Google News Alerts are sent by email when news articles appear online that match the topics you specify.
HESDA is dedicated to supporting the professional development of all staff employed by universities and colleges.
"The arts are thriving on many levels and in many forms across the Highlands and Islands. The region stretches from the Isle of Arran in the south to the Shetland Isles in the north, and from Moray in the east to the Outer Hebrides in the west. That is a large and diverse area, much of it sparsely populated, although centuries of depopulation are now being reversed."
This site includes a useful Gallery Guide.
Guide to Housing Resources on the Web.
HomeSight is an annotated and rated resource guide of housing agencies, projects, policies, designs, and publications available on the Internet.
The National Training Organisation for archives, library and information services, and records management.
The IEE web site was redesigned in July.
"A truly international, totally unaffiliated trade journal providing a reliable and objective source of news, in-depth case studies and product updates aimed specifically towards the water treatment industry."
Updated and redesigned site.
The Intranet Road Map is an intranet guide, portal and tutorial for those creating a corporate intranet or those wanting to improve an existing intranet.
"Invent Now is a non-profit organization that brings to the world a wide range of programs, places, content and other experiences. Everything we offer is in service of our mission: to celebrate and foster the spirit and practice of invention - the innate human impulse that drives social and economic progress."
Number 38, Summer 2003 issue is now available.
This website is dedicated to patients and professionals whose involvement in clinical research has contributed evidence about the effects of medical treatments.
Just Ask! is the website of the Community Legal Service.
"We're your first port of call for legal help and information in England and Wales."
Lantra, The Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector, is licensed by the UK government to drive forward the new skills, training and business development agenda for the sector.
"The Lemelson Center is a place to explore the exciting world of invention. Whether you're a student, teacher, inventor, or history buff, you'll find things you can use here."
Free technology email newsletters.
Math Goodies is a free math help site featuring interactive lessons, homework help, worksheets and forums.
By Dr Phillip Kent and Prof Richard Noss.
"The Multi-site Connectivity Advisory Service (MCAS) is now fully operational and can provide advice and guidance to organisations with inter-site connectivity issues beyond their main JANET links. The service provides independent technical support to organisations wishing to connect or upgrade data links between campuses and to remote centres. Advice can be provided on what technologies are available and the suitability of such technologies for the particular situation. The service will hold information on suppliers and expert advisors who may be able to assist colleges further. MCAS also commissions and publishes technical information papers and wide area connectivity case studies."
"MultiTes makes it easy to create, browse, print, and maintain different types of vocabularies and thesauri on a standalone PC or a Local/Wide Area Network."
"Global Climate Change is one of the major problems facing us in the 21st century. Unchecked energy use could lead to ever more severe storms, crop failures and rising sea levels. Although the issues are global, the solutions are often local.
The National Energy Foundation was set up in 1990 to help UK citizens address these through practical advice and help in installing energy saving measures and implementing appropriate renewable energy sources."
A UK web site designed to help small businesses navigate through the maze of environmental legislation.
Building Regulations Division deals with Building Regulations, which ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings by providing functional requirements for building design and construction. The regulations also promote energy efficiency in buildings and contribute to meeting the needs of disabled people.
Open Access Now is a new forum for open access news and debate. Open Access Now provides information for researchers about the revolution taking place in the way research findings are published and distributed.
"Orkney Renewable Energy Forum was established late in 1999. Members of the Forum include representatives of the local authority, renewable energy generators, energy experts, civil engineers, environmental consultants and electrical engineering companies, amongst others. In addition to the local members, links are maintained with a number of companies and consultants nationally."
PAULO is the National Training Organisation (NTO) for community-based learning and development.
A list of engineering terms.
Picosearch.com is a fully professional Search HostingTM service that gives you a search engine over the Internet to search your own website or any collection of websites.
"Picsearch is a search engine for pictures and images and has many features which make it unique. It has a relevancy unrivalled on the web due to it's patent-pending indexing algorithms. Also, Picsearch has a family friendliness that allows children to surf in safety as all offensive material is filtered out by our advanced filtering systems. The site is also very user friendly as it's designed to be both simple, fast and accurate. Due to all of these features, Picsearch is perfect for fun, school, business and family!"
A Pneumatic Manufacturer Directory.
Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics.
Procureweb is a procurement support service, for the UK Higher Education Sector and Research Councils. Based at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff and funded by the HE funding councils, Procureweb provides, tools, information and support to anyone who participates in the procurement process. Services provided include web site design; hosting; forums; documentation; central information database; and links to relevant resources in the Sector.
Mathematics and its applications in engineering and science. Project Links is one of several MATC (Mathematics Across The Curriculum) projects funded by NSF.
PRISM is a set of metadata vocabularies that assist in the automation of publishing production processes and content exchange.
This site is intended for Information and Records Managers and members of the Records Management Society of Great Britain to use as a reference site and single point of contact for discussion and the exchange of ideas.
Stromness, Orkney, 13th to 17th October.
"The second year of this highly successful, international event will once again focus on the practical reality of renewable energy. Much more than a conference, the event will take place in Orkney, a leading centre in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency."
The site enables the sharing of useful resources to support strategic business development. This community is hosted by Mindsheet.
New address from the one listed in issue 71 of this newsletter. This site lists Web resources helpful for librarians doing research.
An RSS Primer for Publishers and Content Providers has been published by EEVL, the Internet guide for engineering, mathematics and computing.
RSS is an excellent and cost-effective way of driving traffic to, and increasing brand awareness of, any website that publishes content such as news, jobs, products, or events, on a regular basis. An RSS file enables other sites to syndicate the content and thereby reach new audiences.
A list, with links, of RSS readers.
SEPIA (Safeguarding European Photographic Images for Access) is a EU-funded project focusing on preservation of photographic materials.
A web directory.
"The Scottish Civic Trust was founded in 1967 and is Scotland's only voluntary organisation working to raise the quality of the whole built environment. We encourage excellence in the conservation of the past, in contemporary architecture and planning and in effective public education and participation in all these concerns."
"Our basic philosophy is simple: we must care for and sustain our natural heritage if we want it to sustain us."
This is the beginning of an organization that will promote and educate the business world on Search Engine Marketing.
"Silicon Glen, Scotland. Where more computers are made per head of population than any other country in the world. Silicon Glen is the name given to the hi-tech area of Scotland broadly encompassing Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Livingston, Linlithgow, Glenrothes, East Kilbride, Dundee and areas between. However, it is also used in a broad sense to mean the Scottish computing, internet and high technology sector as a whole."
A blog giving ideas About Web Searching.
The official journal of local authority building control.
"SoftwareJobLink is the ONLY career Website dedicated exclusively to the Software Industry that utilizes a career search engine to directly link Jobseekers with Software Companies' websites."
Unlike traditional job-posting sites, SoftwareJobLink.com functions similar to an Internet search engine. When a jobseeker performs a job search, he is searching live available position postings on software company Web sites. Clicking on a search result will link the jobseeker directly to that job posting displayed on the software company's Web site.
The Standing Committee on Structural Safety - is an independent body established by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers and others in 1976 to maintain a continuing review of building and civil engineering matters affecting the safety of structures.
This site was praised recently in The Virtual Chase newsletter.
"Steamboats.com, established in 1998, is dedicated to paddlewheel riverboats. We have collected hundreds of photos, links and other resources in our online museum."
The Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is an independent, member-based organisation. It is probably the world's largest research and technical organization supporting the use of steel in construction.
"The Moore & Taber Geotechnical Constructors Journal is now being published on a periodic basis. It is planned to publish this two-page newsletter in both printed and electronic media. We intend to cover a mix of ground improvement news, technical briefs, and to keep the reader informed of happenings in the geotechnical construction business."
TeacherNet has been developed by the Department for Education and Skills as a resource to support the education profession
The TerraServer-USA Web site is one of the world's largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States.
A new CILIP Group.
Promoting and Celebrating Diversity in the Library and Information Profession.
"TopRank is a professional web marketing service offering: online marketing strategy, search engine optimization, search engine submissions, keyword analysis, linking campaigns and placement reporting. Based in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis - St. Paul) Minnesota, we service clients from California to New York to Kuala Lumpur."
Job vacancies in many sectors.
By Carol Tenopir, with the assistance of Brenda Hitchcock and Ashley Pillow.
Contextual navigation of 2,459,520 posts from 203,309 weblogs.
The guide is available to anyone, but is particularly aimed at scientists, faculty members, students, researchers and authors who have access to ScienceDirect.
"The Wiley Database of Polymer Properties is the single most comprehensive source of physical property data for polymers commercially available, with experimentally determined and selected data for over 2,500 polymers. The initial content is derived from the Polymer Handbook, known as THE essential print reference for every polymer scientist's laboratory (the "bible" of polymer physical data)."
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 165 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.
"Wotbot is a new and independant Search Engine, and has been in development since October 2002.
Wotbot aims to become a market and technological leader with its new and innovative suite of experimental features that will change the way users search.
Currently in Alpha testing mode, Wotbot is planning to move into Beta later this year.
The index is currently very small (only 6 million pages) and is intended to only serve as 'test data' to help build and test the system. Wotbot will soon begin crawling again to dramatically increase the index size. We hope to reach 100 million by the end of the year."
A virtual museum of pioneer aviation.
A website for the student community in Singapore.
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.
There are three Nice Web Sites this month.
Daypop Top 40
RSS: A primer for publishers
and content providers
Why is RSS so important? Well, as was pointed out by Steve Outing in a recent article entitled Stop the Presses! in Editor & Publisher, August 28th, for a number of reasons (growth of spam, email viruses), email may no longer be the most efficient way for publishers and content providers to reach their target audience..
RSS may be the 'heir apparent' to email. In any case, growth in use of RSS is rapidly expanding.
So, if you want to know more about RSS, this primer provides an excellent introduction.
**** Artifact is now live! ****
Artifact is the guide to quality information in the arts and creative industries and forms part of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), supporting teaching, learning and research in further and higher education.
Artifact is managed by the Manchester Metropolitan University Library on behalf of a Project Consortium consisting of CALIM (the Consortium of Academic Libraries in Manchester), the London Institute Library and Learning Resources, South Cheshire College Learning Resources Centre and MIMAS at Manchester Computing. Artifact is a JISC funded service.
The official launch of Artifact will take place in November 2003 and over the next few months the site will be developed and modified, particularly as a result of feedback from the community which we are now seeking.
Artifact is at: http://www.artifact.ac.uk/
**** The Informed Librarian now has its own free web site ****
In addition to presenting the current issue and archives of THE INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE, the web site features an article, specially written for the site, on an important issue facing librarians today. The August Guest Forum, as it is called, is "Librarianship: The Invisible Profession" by Judith A. Siess. The web site also offers discounts on new books of interest to librarians that will help them in their work, and a full-text article from the current journals selected for our readers. Many more exciting enhancements are planned for the site.
Subscriptions are free, and passwords are provided free to subscribers toaccess the site.
To sign up, go to http://www.informedlibrarian.com/ilofreesubscribe.cfm
The list of journals covered in THE INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE can be viewed at http://www.informedlibrarian.com/ilojnltitles.cfm
The subject collections of journals covered in THE INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE can be viewed at http://www.informedlibrarian.com/subjcoll.cfm
Arlene L. Eis
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.
News about weblogs, etc:
What an excellent site Technorati http://www.technorati.com/ (which was last month's Nice Web Site) is for hunting out what is happening in the world of blogs. Another good place to see what topics are interesting the bloggers is The Daypop Top 40 http://www.daypop.com/top/ which is a list of links that are currently popular with webloggers from around the world.
An article entitled blogging goes mobile appeared a few weeks back in impulse: http://www.cooltown.com/mpulse/0803-moblogging.asp
Here's another article, which I saw mentioned in ResourceShelf
Here's a list of academic bloggers
Information Literacy Weblog
Instructional Technology (SiT)
David Davies' Weblog
EduResources Weblog - Higher Education Resources Online
Friends of Lulu
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