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Heriot-Watt University Library
Issue 110 - November 2003
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
IRN gets its own RSS feed
In the last issue of this newsletter I wrote about the My Blogs feature of Bloglines, and how it was possible to use it to scan news feeds and weblogs. RSS feeds can also be viewed through Bloglines, as well as via desk-top feedreaders. RSS is a format for easily sharing content on the web. If you would like to know more about RSS, look in the RSS Primer at: http://www.eevl.ac.uk/rss_primer/
The Internet Resources Newsletter now has an RSS feed. This means that you can read its 'headlines' (essentially the Table of Contents) through My Blogs, and then link through to the sections of interest. The RSS feed is available at: http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn.rss This is a .rss file and therefore it must be processed (or 'parsed') before it can be displayed. The easiest way to do this is via My Blogs, or via a feedreader, such as those listed in the RSS Primer.
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Here is this month's selection of news items of interest
The Importance of Patents
Update on Implementation of the Copyright Directive
Massive Online Database May Boost Semi Research
Web guru fights info pollution
National Library of Scotland's Annual Report 2002-2003
Over 40 New Companies Exhibiting At Online Information 2003
Thomson ISI Announces Research Superstars
Recording West Africa's Visible Archaeology
Article 12 in Scotland is an independent youth led network that works across Scotland, Europe and the Euromed Region to promote youth rights as laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the European White Paper on Youth
"We, the undersigned, feel obliged to address the challenges of the Internet as an emerging functional medium for distributing knowledge. Obviously, these developments will be able to significantly modify the nature of scientific publishing as well as the existing system of quality assurance."
BLOGRUNNER is a portal for blog content. The site features an index of weblog entries from across the web. These entries are grouped together according to interest topics and news stories. BLOGRUNNER makes it easier to track stories and conversation threads that develop across blogspace. BLOGRUNNER also highlights the interdependency of mainstream media with the blogosphere by closely integrating weblog entries with the stories they track from traditional media.
Blogging has taken the web by storm and Canadians are among the most prolific bloggers in the world.
A Blog search engine.
"The latest edition of Book Aid International's supporter newsletter is out now. It includes reports on World Book Day, our 50th birthday plans and the latest information about our work around the world."
Brook Advisory Centres - commonly known just as Brook - is the only national voluntary sector provider of free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25.
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"BDP are architects, designers and engineers. We provide a single source consultancy service for most types of work within the built environment."
ChemExper Chemical Directory is a database of chemical compounds accessible over Internet. Its powerful search engine allows you to find a chemical by its molecular formula, IUPAC name, common name, CAS number, catalog number, substructure or physical characteristics.
Collect Britain is the British Library's largest digitisation project to date. You can view and hear a staggering 100,000 images and sounds from our world-renowned collections without ever needing to visit the prestigious building in London.
This is a subscription-based service (free trials currently available) for those interested in the UK's corporate landscape. Company In-Site may dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend on-line when looking for company information. The site provides links to the web-sites of every single listed UK company that has a web presence and as well as providing a link to every home page it provides, in a neat little drop-down menu, links to key areas of that site such as jobs, key personnel and annual reports page. It also provides related links to other key information providers such as the exchange itself, third party databases and news services.
ComputerWire is the world's leading supplier of integrated News, Opinion, Research and Analysis for the IT industry. Its focus is the 10 million + worldwide IT professionals, working in the $1 trillion IT market.
The Connexions Project is a collaborative, community-driven approach to authoring, teaching, and learning that seeks to provide a cohesive body of high-quality educational content to anyone in the world, for free.
Connexions involves two basic, interrelated components:
A Content Commons of collaboratively developed, freely-available material that can be modified for any purpose, and...
Free/Open Source software tools to help students, instructors and authors manage the information assets in the Content Commons.
From the Health and Safety Authority.
Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 2498. Now availabe from this site.
From Searcher magazine. By Kenneth Fink, Information Services Librarian, Pepperdine University.
Resources for Promoting Global Business Principles and Best Practices
A UK based online directory that caters for manufacturing needs.
Developed by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., this site is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet for deep web research.
The Museum is located in London.
A US legal site.
Dialog Portals is a suite of Web-based content modules that deliver business-critical news and intelligence to your organization's information portals. Content can be tailored for a department, division or the entire enterprise-or personalized to meet the needs of individuals. Deployment of Dialog Portals is quick and easy via portlets that seamlessly integrate into your portal environments and which are hosted by Dialog to reduce your IT support costs.
A feature article in Free Pint, by Jonathan Crowhurst.
A world wide directory listing more than 190 countries.
The October 2003 issue is available.
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of an industry that generates some £22 billion annually.
To be held at the University of Reading on 29-30 April 2004.
"eIFL.net is an independent foundation that strives to lead, negotiate, support and advocate for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transition and developing countries."
Engineering Jobs in the UK. The Works is independant and is not owned by a recruitment company.
The JISC Regional Support Centres ran a Training Needs Survey during the summer of 2003.
Extenza provides a quick and easy way to access academic and professional publications. Subscription-bases service, though some searching is free.
A new search engine.
An Open-Source Digital Repository Management System
This aims to implement integrated coastal zone management.
New, views and web sources on the UK FOIA (2000) and relevant overseas material.
For those with an interest in the fine art of planning and architectural design.
The Virtual Chase alerted me to this interesting article.
The Open Society Institute intends this document to help organizations with one facet of their repository planning: selecting a software system that best satisfies an institution's needs.
This is the interim site for the HE Academy. The HE Academy will incorporate the LTSN and also the ILTHE.
The Higher Education/Further Education (HE/FE) Records Management Group was established in 2002 in response to interest generated by and expressed via the HE/FE Records Management Listserv (formerly the University Records Managers Listserv).
"MedicineNet.com Now Offers Free RSS News Syndication Service for Web Sites and Net Users Seeking Reliable Doctor-Produced Health and Medical Information."
UK Customs & Excise is a Government department with responsibility for collecting billions of pounds in revenue each year in VAT, other taxes and customs duties. We also have a vital front-line role in protecting our society from illegal imports of drugs, alcohol and tobacco smuggling and tax fraud.
AIM has developed an introductory website for kids and adults showing how various items are made
iaslash is a news site for information architects. Regardless of your field, if you are interested in information organization, usability, user testing, user interface design, and other areas related to the access and use of information in information-use environments, you may find some news and resources of interest here.
A European search engine of contacts in engineering, welding, plastics and building. Also available is a Job and technologies exchange.
June 7-9, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
The Institute of IT Training is the world's first professional body for IT training professionals.
This set of resources was produced by CERLIM and CSALT under the auspices of the LinkER project. It is intended to be of use to people in UK institutions of further and higher education who have responsibility for managing and enabling the integration of digital libraries and virtual learning environments.
10, 11 and 12 November 2003 BILBAO - SPAIN
Education Indicators: An International Perspective is a compilation of indicators from a multitude of data sources which provides a rich array of information on the current state of education internationally.
A one-stop source of information and guidance on the benefits of effective use of IT in the UK construction industry.
This outlines: "How JISC Collections provide value for money to the UK Further and Higher Education community . Why the acquisition of innovative content often requires financial support from JISC to ensure adoption and embedding in learning, teaching and research. Special Cases, and why JISC continue to fund some essential niche electronic resources."
Student web site of The Daily Telegraph
Free comprehensive ESL site with a host of resources for students and teachers of English.
"The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) was created in 1978 as part of a general Library of Congress reorganization...The division, led by chief, Julian Witherell (1978-91) and by Beverly Gray (1994- ), coordinates and directs the component sections."
"Literary Traveler is dedicated to the exploration of the literary imagination. We hope to bring you inspiring, informative articles about writers, creative artists, and the places that they lived and traveled."
Agricultural educational materials.
mghh.co.uk provides the quickest and easiest way of searching over 1600 Museums, Galleries & Historic Houses in the UK and Ireland.
"Promoting, supporting and developing quality work experience for the benefits of students, organisations and the economy."
The National Institute of Industrial Engineering and Technology (INETI) is a Research, Demonstration and Technological Development organisation, integrated within the Ministry of the Economy, Portugal, whose vocation is to strengthen the potential of Innovation and Quality in the business community and the national technological system, in order to foster Knowledge towards sustainable economic growth.
"Established in response to market surveys sponsored by the DTI, NAMTEC is a not for profit organisation funded by the DTI, Yorkshire Forward and Objective 1, which aims to increase the competitiveness of the UK metals industry. Encompassing every metal, every sector and application, NAMTEC is the only one stop advice and support service for the entire UK metals industry."
Lancaster University, England, UK Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th April, 2004.
Nilta News, Autumn 2003 is available. NILTA is the National Information and Learning Technologies Association.
Online Information 2003 is the event where the world of information content, management and delivery converge attracting an international audience of over 11,000 visitors and over 280 exhibitors.
An article in a recent issue of Free Pint by Alison Turner.
"Combining excellence with innovation, Oxford Scholarship Online will be a unique and invaluable tool for both research and teaching..."
The Planning Inspectorate works for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (previously the DTLR) and the National Assembly for Wales on a range of casework under Planning and Environmental legislation.
The Procurement Strategy Implementation Group (Proc-HE) is the new group which came into existence on the 1st of August 2003 to replace the JPPSG, charged with developing and implementing the new Procurement Strategy for Higher Education covering the three year period to the end of July 2006.
A public sector portal.
"The most comprehensive radio station search engine on the internet. We have links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and over 2500 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and around the world."
A service from the RLG in the USA. RedLightGreen helps you locate the most important books and other research materials in your area of interest, and find out whether what you need is available at your favorite library.
The 2004 edition of the Renaissance Library Calendar contains a new selection of 12 of the most beautiful old libraries in the World, as nominated by librarians and information professionals in over 40 countries. The calendar is published by ISIM.
A new 'e-zine' David Bradley, which has an NMR flavour, although it's not necessarily going to cover purely NMR news.
"Salvo Materials Information Exchange - a place to trade large volumes of reusable, reclaimable, recyclable and recoverable materials available free or to buy, and typically modern demolition salvage, recycled aggregates, reclaimed timber, recycled wood, and material left over from manufacturing which could have a second life but which is considered waste unless an appropriate market can be found."
Save British Science is a pressure group, with the aim of improving the scientific health of the UK.
A position statement by the Wellcome Trust in support of open access publishing.
To be held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China, from 29-31 August 2004, the conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the future of the book, as well as its past and the state of the book industry, books and reading today.
An experimental idea to test the theory that any two people in the world can be connected via 'six degrees of separation'.
BRE have developed the SMARTWaste (Site Methodology to Audit, Reduce and Target Waste) system for a step-by-step evaluation of waste and its generation.
"SMEALSearch is a niche search engine that searches the web and catalogs academic articles as well as commercially produced articles and reports that address any branch of Business. The search engine crawls websites of universities, commercial organizations, research institutes and government departments to retrieve academic articles, working papers, white papers, consulting reports, magazine articles, and published statistics and facts."
"sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. Working with our partners, our core responsibility is to develop sport and physical recreation in Scotland."
StiFF is a discussion group for researchers, specialists and design professionals interested in the behaviour of steel and composite framed structures under the influence of fire, and in the development of rational structural fire engineering design methods.
"Stilo is a global provider of content engineering technologies and expertise, enabling the world's largest organisations to publish and share complex information."
Mission: To inform and motivate pre-university students about an automotive engineering study and career by creating a global on-line community for self-controlled learning processes.
This site is designed to educate you about the latest happenings in all areas of Student Research resources and sources occurring on the Internet. This is another Subject Tracer(tm) Blog developed by the Virtual Private Library(tm)
A portal for college students: web directory, resources and channels.
Free access to market information on the global telecommunications industry.
The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) provides a comprehensive resource for the scientific community working with Arabidopsis thaliana, a widely used model plant.
NATFHE's newspaper, THE LECTURER, is published five times a year in two editions, for members in Further Education and in Higher Education.
This is a pre-print of an article, by Lorcan Dempsey, which will appear in Journal of Library Administration.
"TipTopJob is a premier international career portal dedicated to providing the best possible service to job hunters and recruiters alike with our 'intelligent recruitment' system."
Aggregated air fare site.
This is a free daily updated service providing investment funds information
A list, from the RDN.
The UK Central Government Web Archive is a selective collection of UK Government websites, archived from August 2003, which has been developed by the National Archives of the United Kingdom, using the services of the Internet Archive.
Prepared in collaboration with CILIP by the Information Management Research Institute (IMRI) at Northumbria University, the report turns the spotlight on all aspects of further education library provision, including automation systems, services, study places, computer access and budgets and provides the most comprehensive picture of college library provision for many years.
"UKeU offers students the chance to obtain a globally recognised UK academic qualification - while continuing to live and work in their home country."
Mentioned recently in Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff
"The Mitchell Memorial Library of Mississippi State University has been a United Nations depository library since July 2001. This is a selective guide designed to assist researchers and students in gaining access to United Nations materials available within the library's collections and databases, and via the Internet."
The annual report was recently made available.
A Blog about unstructured information and data management
Written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association.
vascoda is an internet-portal which offers a central access point to a wide array of scientific and scholarly information in Germany.
"Wasted Space is a national campaign to find the worst wasted space in the UK. Launched by CABE Space with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and BBC Radio 4, we are calling on people from all over the country to enter the search and help identify pieces of neglected land near them."
"...the global voice for the protection of whales, dolphins and their environment."
The World Summit on the Information Society will be held in two phases. The first phase of WSIS will take place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003. The second phase will take place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
wwiTV.com is an index to streaming media available on the web.
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.
Analysis of Scientific Research Publishing
Sometimes a Nice Web Site is chosen because the site in question is well-organised and contains a variety of good quality content. Sometimes I select a site because I think the content is particularly important, and I would like to highlight it to IRN readers. The 'Economic Analysis of Scientific Research Publishing' fits in to the latter category.
This is a very interesting and thought-provoking report which was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust.
It looks into important issues facing STM publishing, especially in the UK. It looks into why "...the average journal price increase of UK publications was 29 per cent between 1999 and 2000, compared with an average price rise worldwide of 10 per cent". It comments on the current market for science, technology and medicine journals, the effect of takeovers and mergers, the Open Archives movement, etc.
Random quote: "Many academics are largely unaware of the changes which have taken place in the STM journals market. Their objectives in publishing and reading articles are largely disconnected from the price of journals and from activities taking place in the commercial market." They should read this report, and note its conclusions.
**** Emerald, adds Handbook of Business Strategy and Journal of Business Strategy to its Management Stable ****
The Handbook of Business Strategy and Journal of Business Strategy have been acquired by Emerald, leading international publisher of management journals.
The Journal is currently available at £99 plus VAT for a year's subscription, which includes access to Emerald's ManagementFirst online information resource for managers. The Journal is one of 17 in Emerald's ManagementFirst 'Strategy' collection.
A free 30-day trial to ManagementFirst is available by visiting
**** MedicineNet.com Announces Free RSS News Syndication
Service For Web Sites And Net Users Seeking Reliable Doctor-Produced Health
And Medical Information ****
URLwire, San Clemente, CA
MedicineNet, Inc. announced that MedicineNet.com (http://www.medicinenet.com), the leading destination for reliable doctor-produced health and medical news, and information, is now offering a free RSS news syndication service for Web sites and Net users seeking reliable health and medical content: http://www.medicinenet.com/rss/article.htm
MedicineNet offers five types of health and medical RSSfeed channels.
1. Daily Health and Medical News Channel
MedicineNet, Inc. is an online healthcare publishing company, creating proprietary consumer information that is 100% produced by a network of 70+ U.S. board-certified physicians. Since 1996, it has been the trusted source for easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information via its robust, user-friendly, interactive
**** Communication Abstracts now available on IDS ****
Communications Abstracts, published by SAGE Publications, is now available to subscribers via the Internet Database Service (IDS) from CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts). Criminal Justice Abstracts, also published by SAGE is another title being added.
The addition of these databases makes CSA's Internet Database Service one of the most complete reference resources for social science research.
For more information, contact Michael Miyazaki, Marketing Manager, CSA (Tel +1 301 961 6761) E-mail: email@example.com
**** Inaugural Issue of PLoS Biology Provides Free Access to Top-tier Biology Research ****
Washington, DC - A coalition of major library and public interest organizations praised the October 9 premier of the first "open access" journal published by the San Francisco-based Public Library of Science (PLoS), a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians. PLoS Biology (http://biology.plosjournals.org/), a monthly peer-reviewed journal available free online, features research of exceptional significance, including several groundbreaking articles that recently have received extensive coverage in the worldwide news media.
The Full press release is at: http://www.arl.org/sparc/core/index.asp?page=f76
**** Google Alert Greatly Improves Web's Leading Automated Search Service ****
Users in over 120 countries can now integrate live Google results into their blogs and web sites
TEL AVIV, Israel (Oct 15, 2003). Google Alert, the world's leading automated search and web intelligence solution, today released a greatly improved free web-based service. Selected as BBC's "Website of the Day" and USA Today's "Hot Site", Google Alert enables people from diverse backgrounds worldwide to stay up to date with their interests on the Web. Users include journalists, marketers, lawyers, IT professionals, doctors, salespeople, educators, researchers, and government employees, among many others.
Google Alert's popular free service tracks anything on the web by automatically running daily Google searches and sending email alerts when new results appear.
The new release adds many possibilities for integrating search results into web pages and desktops. Results can now be delivered as email, HTML, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 or TrackBack feeds, with a wide variety of customization options.
Google Alert is a free service, offered for non-commercial use and subject to Google's API terms. Google Alert is not affiliated with Google, but uses the Google Web APIs to perform its automated searches.
For more information, visit http://www.googlealert.com.
**** Changes at the AHDS ****
The AHDS is currently undergoing some changes to reflect better the subject communities it serves. This involves a renaming process, a new shared website and the development of a cross-search catalogue to allow users to locate AHDS collections over different subject areas.
The five subject-based Centres of the AHDS are now named
This has resulted in a new website, reflecting both the general work of the AHDS and the work it does for particular subject communities within the arts and humanities. This new website exists alongside the current subject-based websites, which remain in place for delivering particular item-level collections.
The AHDS have also created a cross-search catalogue, which allows users to search for AHDS collections over different subject-areas. This is a new service under development, and further additions will be made to this catalogue in the coming months.
For more information, please visit http://ahds.ac.uk/changes.htm
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:
A weblog (Blog for short) is an online diary of sorts that usually features daily or regular postings providing commentary, plus links to other sites.
For more information on blogs, the article: Search Engines: Weblog search engines http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue36/search-engines/ is a good place to start.
Bloglines now has a new recommendations feature that suggests new blogs based on the blogs you're currently subscribed to in the My Blogs service. They do this by comparing your subscriptions with the subscriptions of thousands of other Bloglines users. The recommendations feature is always available from your My Blogs page.
Top 50 Interesting Recent Blogs With Context
Weblogs and Journalism: Do they connect?
The Blogging Iceberg - Of 4.12 Million Hosted Weblogs,Most
Little Seen, Quickly Abandoned
RSS News Feeds & Blog Search Engines
BlogsCanada: Canada's Blog Site
Weblogs as Libraries
Selected interesting blog's
Freedom of Information Act Blog
Business Success Resources
Deep Web Research
The Climbing Dutchman
Some of the following sites have been gleaned from the Travel Africa magazine. Well - there's no harm in dreaming :-)
African Conservation Experience
Tourism of Botswana
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