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Heriot Watt University
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Heriot-Watt University Library
Issue 111 - December 2003
Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk),
Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Table of Contents:
"Online advertising will account for 2% of all UK advertising by the end of 2004...It's deemed to be more effective than traditional advertising media..." The Guardian, 30 Oct, 2003.
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Here is this month's selection of news items of interest
OCLC Project Opens WorldCat Records to Google
What Google Teaches Us that Has Nothing to Do with Searching
Free subscriptions available to the Engineering Magazine for qualifying
Microsoft testing news search service
BIOSIS Sold to Thomson Scientific
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Now On EBSCOhost
Amount of New Information Doubled in Last Three Years, UC Berkeley Study
$12 Million for managing Australian University Information
Launch of Sentient DISCOVER & New WebCT PowerLink
Parliament's history free to all
Asian resources for librarians.
Grants information for the British charitable and non-profit sector.
"Advanced Resource Managers (ARM) was established in 1996 as a recruitment consultancy with a difference.
ARM provide personnel for both contract and permanent positions throughout the UK and Europe."
The Architects' Journal web site. This includes a 'Building Bank' a product directory, and more. Login is required for some information.
Altis, the guide to Internet resources in hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism has a questionnaire. Complete it for the chance to win £100.
Includes the full text of the AASHTO Journal.
The report examines the major issue of continuing access to licensed e- journal content and potential solutions.
BiologicalInformatics.info is a Subject Trace Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library.
"BooksandPeriodicals.com is the most comprehensive directory of sources for global news, business, legal, scientific and medical information made available online through hosting services--such as Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Factiva and Westlaw." Free trials are available for this service from the Library Technology Alliance.
"The British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service. You can use this web site to search and browse information from British Official Publications over the period 1688-1995. You can also read abstracts, and view detailed consistent subject indexing, of key documents. You can then read the digitised full-text version of a limited number of these documents."
BRE Certification is a sister company to BRE which, for over eighty years, has carried out research into the safety, regulation and performance of buildings on behalf of the UK Government.
BRE Certification is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foundation for the Built Environment which is a non-profit distributing organisation. Any profits are invested in research, education and improvements to our service.
Site includes a buyer's guide, annual review, and newsletter.
Business Intelligence resources is a Subject Tracer Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet in the field of business intelligence.
The CHCC Census Resource Discovery Service (CRDS) is a catalogue of census data and associated learning and teaching materials available to the UK higher and further education sector.
In 1995, the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR) was established to ensure that Caltech and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be at the forefront of computational science and engineering (CS&E).
LIBER, CERN and the OAI are pleased to announce the dates and agenda for the 3rd workshop in the successful series on the Open Archives Initiative. 12-14th February 2004, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
"The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is an independent professional body and registered charity representing those who work in environmental health and related disciplines. Our primary function is the promotion of knowledge and understanding of environmental health issues."
A UK search engine.
"Conkers.net is the UK's leading vacancy posting system, enabling you to save both time and money when advertising your recruitments online."
The Contract Research Online Survey (CROS) system provides a fully integrated Web environment for the design, delivery and administration of online surveys to Contract Research Staff (CRS) in a range of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Crime-Psych, the Psychology and Crime e-mailing list, is aimed primarily at an academic audience. The purpose of the list is to disseminate information about developments in psychology in a forensic context, and practical forensic developments that may have psychological relevance. This includes notification of new journal articles, Government publications, news reports and press releases, as well as conference reports, job adverts and internet links. All posts are moderated for relevance and content. Subscribers have access to a searchable archive of posts (currently over 1000 postings)..
Quick Loading Headlines From 250+ Tech Sites.
A site for researching graphic design and interactive design.
DIOGENE is an EC funded project under the 5th Framework Programme - Information Society Technologies (contract IST-2001-33358). The main project objective is to design, implement and evaluate with real users an innovative training Web brokering environment for ICT individual training (but based upon a domain-independent platform).
2004 International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Applications to Business, Engineering, and Science (DCABES2004) Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China Sept 13th - 16th, 2004
The Design Quality Indicator (DQI) is an exciting new method for assessing the design quality of buildings.
A Blog on "Technologies for Learning, Thinking & Collaborating"
'Mines' the titles (not the content) of free and peer reviewed e-journals.
The Author Gateway provides you with all the information and services you need to submit your papers to an Elsevier journal and track their progress through to the published article.
The Employers' Organisation for local government's (EO) role is to help councils achieve the high standards of people management needed to ensure the continuous improvement of services.
This web site has been produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Inland Revenue, to provide information about the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for Water Technologies.
The ERPAePRINTS 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.
This is a snapshot website of X4L work in progress, one year on into the programme.
X4L has been motivated by the imperative to make the most of the considerable investment that has taken place in a range of content which has high potential value for use in learning. X4L is lead by 25 projects from across the UK and involves more than 100 institutions and teams from colleges, universities, libraries, JISC services, local authorities and commercial companies.
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking the laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.
A way to display RSS feeds on your web site.
"File-Reg is an international registration service for individuals and companies who wish to register and protect intellectual property, made up in any type of computer file. Registrations are made through the use of digital fingerprinting, digital certificates and time stamps."
The Focusing Images for Learning and Teaching an Enriched Resource (FILTER) project aims to encourage and enable the use of digital images in learning and teaching in UK Further and Higher education.
FBE's mission is to champion excellence and innovation in the built environment. The FBE is a registered charity.
FRS, the fire division of BRE, is a world class fire research-based consultancy and testing company.
This website is a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in England and Wales.
GEM is a priced service used to find scientific, technical and medical information.
GEM allows you to search scientific, technical and medical databases. These are produced by many different organisations and made available by a range of Service Providers.
"The Global Grid Forum (GGF) is a community-initiated forum of 5000+ individual researchers and practitioners working on distributed computing, or "grid" technologies. GGF's primary objective is to promote and support the development, deployment, and implementation of Grid technologies and applications via the creation and documentation of "best practices" - technical specifications, user experiences, and implementation guidelines."
GlobusWORLD 2004 will take place from January 20 - 23, 2004, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, California.
The Government Office for the South East (GOSE) represents central government in the South East, particularly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; the Departments for Education and Skills; Trade and Industry; Transport; Culture, Media and Sport; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Home Office.
An Experimental OAI Registry.
"On this site we have the most extensive and up to date information on External Funding Opportunities. The site provides instant access to the latest information on grants from the European Union, UK Government, National Lottery and UK Grant Making Trusts."
The Grid Computing Information Centre aims to promote the development and advancement of technologies that provide seamless and scalable access to wide-area distributed resources.
A news site about Grid computing.
"Grid.org is a single destination site for large-scale research projects powered by the United Devices grid computing solution, Grid MP Global. With the participation of over 2 million devices worldwide, grid.org projects like Cancer Research, Anthrax Research, and the new Smallpox Research Project have achieved record levels of processing speed and success."
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 GAI was founded in 1961. It promotes standards in integrity and excellence in the business of Architectural Ironmongery, etc.
The full text of Vol 29, No 3, 2003.
The ITC is associated with the United Nations.
"a voice for the profession; best practice and technical excellence; bringing people and ideas together; training and professional competence."
The Insulating Concrete Formwork Association has been formed to promote the use of ICF in the UK and provide a focal point for enquiries.
Integrated Information Solutions (IIS) is a business-critical service from Thomson Derwent, delivering customised patent and scientific workflow solutions. The tailored solutions we provide enable anyone in your organization to access, share and interpret key commercial and technical information from patents and scientific research literature.
26 March 2004, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ
A site if you are interested in a software system that:
improves the way you manage all your learning assets
The Irish Nanotechnology Association was established in 2002 by Enterprise Ireland to encourage the development of nanomaterials and processes by Irish Industry.
News with a library focus.
Maggie's Centres are for anybody who has, or who has had cancer. They are also for their families, their friends and their carers.
The aim of Maggie's Centres is to help people with cancer to be as healthy in mind and body as possible and enable them to make their own contribution to their medical treatment and recovery.
"...the premium source of materials information on the web, from Granta Design Ltd."
"The key objective of the MIND project is to address the problems faced by users in terms of their ability to access and exploit the increasing number of Digital Libraries available internationally through networks, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW). More specifically the objective is to design models and to build sets of tools and associated test-beds to improve the effectiveness of resource selection, multimedia information access, retrieval and fusion of the retrieved data. "
A very interesting search engine. Worth looking at.
"The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is a leader in defining the future's high-performance computing infrastructure for scientists and for society."
The purpose of this site is to provide information about the multiagency Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.
"NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation. NERSC provides high-performance computing tools and expertise that enable computational science of scale, in which large, interdisciplinary teams of scientists attack fundamental problems in science and engineering that require massive calculations and have broad scientific and economic impacts."
"The mission of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) is to advance science by creating a ubiquitous, continuous, and pervasive national computational infrastructure: the Grid."
This NATO Advanced Study Institute will be held during July 18-30, 2004, in Cesme, Izmir, Turkiye.
"NetNose is the first search engine where people can determine what words should find web sites. People match web sites to search terms for accuracy creating a better search experience. Search results on NetNose are guaranteed to improve as more people like yourself utilize your common sense abilities."
Neurobiology of Lipids (ISSN 1683-5506), the open access international peer-review scholar publication, was launched in April 2002. The journal is published by the editorial group and aims to provide worldwide leadership in advancing the knowledge of the neuroscience of fats and its application to health care.
NFAIS represents an international cross-section of technology, publishing and information providers. It is a partnership of government, nonprofit and commercial organizations - all sharing a common mission of improved access to, and use of, information.
This tutorial is an introduction to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
"Objects Search aims to provide the users with best search results, free website submission and unbiased website ranking."
Provides a guide to online college courses and schooling. Also discusses the importance of learning, and advice for pursuing distance education.
A European Union founded project about Ontology-based information exchange for knowledge management and electronic commerce.
The Open Bioinformatics Foundation is a non profit, volunteer run organization focused on supporting open source programming in bioinformatics.
"With publication started in June 1948 and a current circulation of 3 million, People's Daily is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China. According to UNESCO, it takes its place among the world top 10."
Project SIGMA aims to provide clear, practical advice to organisations to help them make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development.
"Radio is an easy-to-use Weblog tool that runs on your desktop. Radio will automatically build your weblog, organize and archive your posts, and publish it to the Web in minutes."
San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science - an electronic forum on science and resource management of San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and the upstream watersheds - is a new online journal supported by the Bay-Delta Science Program, the San Francisco Bay-Delta Science Consortium, the University of California, Davis, and the John Muir Institute of the Environment.
A newsletter from the specialist Chinese / English translation service.
Presentations from the IFLA Workshop August 7, 2003, Berlin.
A Hub relating for information relating to architecture and the built environment in Scotland.
The Scottish Archive Network is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). Our key aim is to open up Scotland's rich archival heritage to everyone.
A helpful article by Daniel Bazac that investigates some of the basic principles involved in searching the Web.
ShelfLife, a weekly executive news summary for information professionals worldwide, provides context for RLG's major initiatives. ShelfLife is published by RLG in collaboration with NewsScan, Inc.
An article by George R. Plosker, in Online.
Applications are invited for the UKUUG Open Source Award 2004
This UK UNIX Users Group prize is awarded annually (if submissions of sufficient merit are received) for a significant contribution to free and open source software; this might be in the form of an article or paper, software product, or other contribution.
A Guide to Universities Colleges and Schools in Britain.
A pension scheme for university staff.
The VALA2004 12th Biennial Conference and Exhibition is the Australian forum where the use of technology in libraries is discussed. It will feature invited overseas and Australian keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibition highlighting the latest products from leading suppliers.
From Lenntech. An overview of frequently asked questions and answers on everything related to water presented in thirteen separate more specific water FAQ pages. Most FAQ pages have a beginners and a more advanced level. All pages have been translated into five languages.
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'.
"What is the working well together campaign all about? - Put bluntly, the health and safety record of the construction industry is bad. Every year thousands of construction workers are killed, injured or have their health damaged. The working well together campaign aims to stop the suffering."
"Wotbox is a new and independent Search Engine, and has been in development since October 2002.
Wotbox aims to become a market and technological leader with its new and innovative suite of experimental features that will change the way users search."
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.
OneStep Industry News
This is not exactly an impartial choice of Nice Web Site this month, as I have been involved in the development of both OneStep Industry News and OneStep Jobs.
Both of these new services from EEVL, the Internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing, take advantage of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to aggregate content, in the form of headlines, on a subject and resource-type basis.
If none of that means much to you, don't worry!
Simply stated, OneStep Industry News makes it much easier to scan the latest industry news headlines from a number of top sources such as trade publications and publishers, in engineering, mathematics and computing. Links from the headlines take you to the full story/item at the source web site.
In a similar way, OneStep Jobs makes it much easier to scan the latest job vacancies from a number of top sources, including recruitment agencies, in engineering, mathematics and computing. Links take you to the full job announcements at the source web site.
Both services are free, and both list only the latest news items or job announcements.
The default views intermingle items from the various sources, but subject clusters and individual feeds are also available. A basic search of the latest items is also available.
**** New ideas for teaching Internet Information Skills to students - from the RDN Virtual Training Suite ****
It is becoming increasingly hard to keep up with the ever-changing world of Internet information resources, and yet these resources have a vital role to play in higher and further education.
The RDN Virtual Training Suite offers 61 free Web - tutorials designed to help students to become more effective Internet users. A subject-focus enables students to learn Internet skills in a context that has relevance for them.
With support from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the service has just released new resources designed to support lecturers, librarians and learning technologists interested in using these tutorials with their students.
More details are available from the full press release at: http://www.rdn.ac.uk/news/press/vts/
For additional information please contact: Emma Place
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.
BlogStreet's Most Influential Blogs
An annotated bibliography on weblogs & blogging
Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library's Services
What Is RSS, and Why Should You Care?
Bloglines Search Feeds.
Selected interesting blog's
Edinburgh Student Newspaper
Business Intelligence Resources
Engineering and IT Graduate: 2004 entry
This is a nicely sized, handy publication for students in a final year of Engineering and IT courses, or those considering study in the area. It's produced by thecoursesource, (an excellent website if you haven't seen it) which is part of the National Grid for learning. While the web site has details of all institutions and courses across the UK, this printed version restricts itself to the post-graduate Engineering and IT field, making the information easily manageable and digestible.
The book is split into sections. The first part gives information on doing post-graduates including why to do it; costs; and details of funding and support. Then there is a page for each professional body giving details about them. This is followed by the details of course opportunities, announcements and listings.
If you're a final year undergraduate, or considering
going back to do post-graduate study, this book is well worth a look.
For final year students it's free and should be being distributed
around universities about now! It's also available PDF - along with
a few other subject specific guides - through the web site above.
This page is: http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn111/irn111.html
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