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Issue 117 - June 2004
Edited by: Roddy MacLeod (R.A.MacLeod@hw.ac.uk), Catherine Ure and Catherine Ferguson.
Apropos of nothing in particular, except perhaps the growth in phonecam use, this may be how some people see life nowadays http://curiouslee.typepad.com/weblog/images/hn_04252004_giant_sheet_web.html
The average price of an academic book published in 2003 was £41.62
"There has been criticism of publishers' pricing by librarians and I cannot resistthe temptation to suggest 'physician heal thyself'" Campbell, Robert, "Libraries: do they have a future in academia - or only a past?" Serials 17(1) March 2004, p. 12.
Interesting to see that Internet Magazine, published by Emap, ceased publication with its July 2004 issue.
Internet Resources Newsletter by email and RSS
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A text only version of the Internet Resources Newsletter is available at: http://www.hw.ac.uk/cgi-bin/parser.pl/0304/www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn.html
Here is this month's selection of news items of interest
A group of nine leading journal publishers are participating in a CrossRef Search Pilot: http://www.crossref.org/crossrefsearch.html Through a special, reciprocal arrangement between Google and CrossRef, this Pilot launches a typical Google search but filters the result set to the scholarly research content from participating publishers, with the intent of reducing the noise produced by general web searches. The publishers currently participating are:
Death-Knell Or Vibrant Future For Public Libraries?
City of Edinburgh Council Launch 'Council Papers Online' Scheme
'Virtual' Information Management Event Goes Live!
Librarians give evidence
U.K. Academics and Librarians Disagree Over Open Access Publishing
A paper by Chris Jones, Maria Zenios and Jill Griffiths, from Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University, presented at Networked Learning Conference 2004.
The Access Grid™ is an ensemble of resources including multimedia large-format displays, presentation and interactive environments, and interfaces to Grid middleware and to visualization environments.
“AIIM E-DOC Magazine is an unrivalled and unbiased industry source for information on enterprise content management (ECM) topics that help management professionals worldwide make informed and effective technology decisions.”
Yellow Page directory for the US.
From BBC Arts.
The Andrew W Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas: higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, conservation and the environment, and public affairs.
“Applied Biosystems has demonstrated its position as a technology leader and driving force in the changing dynamics of the life science marketplace. The Applied Biosystems business is focused on the following markets: basic research, commercial research (pharmaceutical and biotechnology) and standardized testing, including forensic human identification, paternity testing and food testing. The company has an installed base of more than 50,000 instrument systems in approximately 100 countries.
Basic research includes work at university, government and other non-profit institutions that focus on uncovering the basic laws of nature and understanding human disease.”
By Amy E. Mark, from C&RL News, May 2004, Vol. 65, No. 5
Association for University Research & Industry Links. “Today AURIL is a growing network of professionals dedicated to the development of partnerships between higher education and industry to support innovation and competitiveness.”
An aggregation of bioscience journals. BioOne provides integrated access to these journals.
By Cynthia L. Gregory, from C&RL News, April 2004, Vol. 65, No. 4
This site allows visitors to quickly compare book prices at a growing range of UK online booksellers. Though this isn't a unique concept, they have a few new features. For example, whereas other sites will just inform you of which is the cheapest store to place your full order at, BookkooB will inform you if you would be better off splitting your order between multiple stores, etc.
Produces FeedDemon, which enables you to quickly explore the world of RSS from your desktop without having to visit hundreds of sites. FeedDemon received a good report in the Sunday Times, 23 May.
“Building America explores the broad scope of U.S. achievement in architecture, design, engineering, construction, planning, and landscape architecture. Hundreds of images showcase highpoints in American building, from the U.S. Capitol to the Empire State Building, as well as places like shopping centers, offices, and suburban homes where many live their daily lives.”
A directory of business schools for the U.S. & Canada. It is a resource for students and professionals looking for a career-oriented education. Further you will find career information, student resources, and educational resources as well as several thousands of business degree programs.
“Canadian eAuthors (CeA) created this site to feature, showcase, and promote Canadian writers who have been published electronically. The CeA site was also created as a medium for demystifying electronic books (ebooks) and electronic readers (ereaders).”
scenta, the portal for practicing science, engineering, maths and technology professionals, is conducting a survey about training and continuing professional development. The questionnaire should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and you will automatically be eligible to win £100 of Amazon gift vouchers. scenta will use the information you provide to develop a service that will allow you to map your future career path, and "try on" different roles and industries
A blog by Christina Pikas, a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering.
This series of reports reviews the overall quality of web resources. It provides an in-depth analysis of the site features as experienced by users and deals with authority, navigation and content.
“CMSWatch.com provides an independent source of information, trends, opinion, and analysis about Web Content Management (WCM) solutions.
The site also includes information and commentary about related technologies, such as XML, digital asset management, and content syndication.”
The aim of the group is to help cement a collaborative, cross-sectoral partnership to build a common on-line information environment.
“The Consumer Databases contain over 40 million records and are continually updated to produce the most comprehensive data available.”
“We are a professional group of published writers of crime books, best known for staging one of the most famous and celebrated literary awards in the world, The Daggers.”
Criterion is a Web-based service developed by ETS to evaluate a student's writing skill and provide instant score reporting and diagnostic feedback to both the instructor and student.
CyberMatrix Corporation has released version 5 of CyberMatrix Meeting Manager, an easy to use meeting scheduling program.
DateDex lists the event calendars of many of the worlds most influential organisations, countries, religions, sports, etc.
Directgov will replace the service currently offered by UK online.
From 28th April 2004 the Directgov website became available via its final intended address www.direct.gov.uk. The UK online website will continue to run alongside Directgov until late May in order to enable us to migrate existing users of www.ukonline.gov.uk to www.direct.gov.uk and to give webmasters time to update any links on their websites.
The May 2004 issue is available.
This is an index to a selected number of open access electronic journals which has been developed by Eric Lease Morgan.
The Multimedia and Information Technology Group Scotland (MmITS) invite you to read the first issue of E MmITS, the new electronic newsletter (previously known as MmITS Update).
An occasional email based newsletter about activities in e-learning in the UK.
Electronics Scotland is the new independent industry driven and funded organisation which represents the electronics sector in Scotland. It has been formed to bring together all parts of the sector from design through to manufacture.
The ECI Symposium Series electronically publishes presented papers, peer-reviewed articles, and other materials (presentations, data sets, video files, etc.) associated with ECI conferences.
Eurobandits is a London-based team dedicated to promoting the creativity and excitement of modern Europe.
European search engine.
Members, activities, press, etc etc.
Feliciter is published six times a year by the Canadian Library Association as a service to members. Members have access to the full text.
“This website is a selective, seriously incomplete, and perpetually evolving collection of links to people, software, organizations, and content related to findability.”
A site for students looking for postgraduate Masters courses in the UK..
The June edition of the MIMAS Newsletter is now available online.
A blog about the preservation and persistence of the changing book.
I saw this interesting site mentioned recently in ResearchBuzz.
Our goal is to provide the geospatial technology user with the latest news, resources, and tools affecting the industry.
This project is funded by the European Commission in the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme under cross-program theme Grid Testbeds Framework V Project No. IST-2001-37153
Duration: September 1st, 2002 until February 28th, 2005.
This practitioner-focused monograph, authored by Rachel Smith and produced with sponsorship from McGraw-Hill, provides straightforward suggestions and tips for authors of learning objects.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Permission is granted to replicate and distribute this monograph freely provided that it is distributed only in its entirety.
“Enabling worldwide access to information and knowledge”
“This site provides a single point of contact from which you can obtain information to use as part of your architecture and building technology studies.”
Interlay is the independent association of block paving contractors dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest professional standards.
International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) is a comprehensive international research institute in the field of earthquake that was established in Iran based on the 24th UNESCO General Conference Resolution DR/250 and the Iranian government approval in 1989; as an independent institute under the Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.
The International Research Group on Wood Preservation (IRG) was launched as an independent research group in January 1969 to continue the work of previous group of experts on wood preservation that had been set up, following an Austrian proposal in 1965, by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris, France.
International Science Editing offers a premium language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.
The International Water Management Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in agriculture and on the water needs of developing countries. IWMI works with partners in the South to develop tools and methods to help these countries eradicate poverty through more effective management of their water and land resources.
“The Best Free Reference Materials on the World Wide Web.”
Interpave is the Precast Concrete Paving and Kerb Association. This website aims to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on concrete block paving, flags, kerbs and decorative slabs.
“This year's edition of the European Commission's most important Information Society Technologies (IST) event is designed in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency. The IST 2004 event will once again include a conference, an exhibition of research results and networking facilities for the participants. The overall themes are "People" and "Economy". This year the event will bring together not only researchers and companies, but also politicians and interested citizens of Europe.”
Intermediary Technology Institutes (ITIs) have been created to stimulate greater entrepreneurial dynamism in Scotland. The ITIs have been established in three key areas: Life Sciences, Energy and Techmedia.
A new online journal from the Institute of Physics (IOP - a non-profit organization) and the International School for Advanced studies (SISSA, Trieste).
This site focuses on the Application Service Provider market - more specifically into recruitment and online demographics.
Leap SE is an advanced requirements engineering CASE tool that produces object-oriented models directly from your system requirements repository, or SRS. Translating English into logical models for software development, Leap SE achieves RAD from the source.
LORNET is a network of expertise grouping over one hundred researchers, research associates and professionals, and graduate students.
A free directory with more than 30,000 links to lesson plan web sites and print resources related to more than 3,700 authors' books.
The "Library Strategy and Key Issues for the Future" course will take place at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from Sunday evening 15 August up to and including Tuesday 17 August 2004, with an optional programme on Wednesday morning 18 August. The course primarily aims at directors, other senior managers, and those aspiring to these positions from academic/research libraries.
A Living Forum for Biology.
“The Living Streets initiative is a clear and urgent challenge to the authorities who, for decades, have allowed traffic priorities to overwhelm our local streets and public places, and failed to keep them clean and safe.
It is also a challenge to you - the person who wants to use your local streets freely and without fear, who wants to win back the public spaces from litter and vandalism and to reach local services with ease, not as someone whose family must always come second to cars and lorries.”
An article in Free Pint, by Mary Ellen Bates
An online magazine devoted to creative art form from around the world.
MyHousePrice.com offers you access to the registered sale price of any house sold in Scotland (for a small fee).
Mission statement: “To stimulate the creation of new insights in e-Science and computing science by providing the "reactor vessel and catalysts" which bring together international experts and encourage them to successfully address significant and diverse challenges.”
The NCCTP seeks to promote the benefits and use of collaborative technology in the construction and related industries.
Allows you to choose news categories, and receive industry news by email.
NewspaperDirect, based in the US, is a leader in digital delivery and printing of same-day newspapers, has launched a digital newspaper service for academic libraries. This service enables libraries at colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning to provide students and faculty members with same-day editions of out-of-state and international newspapers.
NOSI - Naval Open Source Intelligence is a digital library of world naval operational news, curated from open source intelligence, and intended to serve as a source of continuing education on naval and military affairs.
NoSpine comprises several hundred writers from around the world who have taken the decision to publish for themselves. NoSpine exists to bring them together into a single sales forum dedicated to good writing without exploitation.
The National Science Foundation Middleware Initiative (NMI) addresses a critical need for software infrastructure to support scientific and engineering research. Begun in late 2001, NMI funds the design, development, testing, and deployment of middleware, a key enabling technology upon which customized applications are built.
The May issue of this magazine is now available.
The Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute is an institute of the University Of Southampton, located in the School of Electronics and Computer Science.
The overall goal of the project is to support the accelerated rollout of commercial 3G services within Europe by addressing some of the key issues that need to be addressed, such as roaming and Billing, prior to the delivery of commercial services.
First International Conference on Six Sigma (16-17 December 2004). Theme: Optimising Your Bottom Line Savings Through Six Sigma. Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Six Sigma is a business strategy that seeks to identify and eliminate causes of errors or defects or failures in business processes by focusing on outputs that are critical to customers.
Eighth International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN VIII), 18 - 22 September 2004 Birmingham, UK.
PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online, formerly known as the Internet Education Project (IEP), is a means to promote and share peer-reviewed instructional materials created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments.
Search engine optimization (SEO) company offers web site optimization, web promotion and promotion tips, search engine ranking services and internet marketing. Website design from the SEO company. Link popularity services and link popularity building. Features free search engine optimization tutorial.
5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Soft Computing, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 16-18 December 2004.
“A specialized electronic reference product, Referex Engineering draws upon hundreds of premium engineering titles to provide engineering professionals with the answers and information they require, at work and in practice.
Referex Engineering comprises three carefully crafted collections combining key sources of reference material. Content ranges from broad based engineering titles to highly specialized professional reference texts, provided an extensive and detailed base of reference material to support researchers, academics, R&D engineers, technicians and corporate engineers alike in their diverse work processes.”
From the National Science Board, in the USA.
A government report.
Scientific newsfeed directory.
The Scottish Education and Teaching with Technology (SETT) show is a national education event held annually in Scotland to encourage and extend the effective use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education. This year's event has evolved to meet the needs of all educational professionals, not just ICT enthusiasts. In addition the seminar programme is more closely tied to the National Priorities in Education.
SETT 2004 will be held on 22-23 September, at the SECC in Glasgow and the Glasgow Science Centre.
Offers Website Design, search engine optimisation, placement, positioning and services, and internet marketing.
From the British Council, SearchEnglish is a news, information and networking tool for English language teaching professionals.
“Snapshots International Ltd is the only market research company to specialise in top-line international market research overviews. The reports are designed to provide an instant overview of a market, and the data is supplied in both graphical and tabular format for ease of interpretation and analysis. All data is compiled in house by the Snapdata Research Department, an international team of research experts.”
An internet only provider of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) services. (EAP) are an increasingly essential part of the Employee Benefits Package, providing help for staff when they experience problems either at work or at home.
“StaffingUK.com offer good competitive quality service Company's and Agencies can advertise their jobs & vacancies candidates can carry out jobsearch.”
Article written by Bridges.org in collaboration with the Tactical Technology Collective.
Deals with all aspects of electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials, periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected works.
A consultation paper about UK sustainable development strategy.
From b/ITe Volume 21 May/June 2004
“By providing a focal point for the entire UK concrete sector, The Concrete Centre aims to assist all those who design and construct in concrete whether they work for national or local government, client bodies, architectural practices, civil and structural engineering consultancies, main and specialist contractors or housebuilders.”
The Network is a network of public libraries, museums, archives, other organisations and individuals committed to tackling social exclusion.
An article by Libby Miller and Simon Price, in the popular FreePint Newsletter.
A new search engine.
UK-SPEC is the standard for recognition of professional engineers and engineering technicians in the UK. The standard is published by ECUK on behalf of the engineering profession.
A shop window for new technologies and business opportunities available from all of Scotland's universities.
This collective blog / weblog is devoted to understanding the best pedagogical and other uses of weblogs and wikis in higher education.
The latest issue of WIDWISAWN is available for free, and features an interview with National Librarian, Martyn Wade, on the new NLS strategy, 'Breaking Through the Walls'.
Things Internet and Otherwise by Richard Wiggins.
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.
Eric Lease Morgan has "taken a cut at creating a full-text index to the library-related titles from the Directory of Open Access Journals . I call this index, DOAJ Index".
It is a demonstration project trying to illustrate what libraries could do with open access journal literature, specifically, collect it, archive it, index it, and disseminate it out again. Note that this is not a production service. Its a very good idea, though.
**** Royal Lineages - Free Access ****
Historians and genealogists will be pleased to hear that Burke's Peerage & Gentry have just added more free material to their website.
Royal Lineages at http://www.burkes-peerage.net/sites/common/sitepages/roking.asp contains free articles on genealogies of the British Royal Family. The period from 1603 and King James I of England/James VI of Scotland up to William IV in 1837 is now available to view. More will be added during May and June 2004. The extensive records are presented in the same format as the 7,000 family records in the Burke's Peerage & Gentry database with indented and colour coded generations for ease of access.
This substantial section compliments a growing collection of free online data including:
Articles on history-related topics
Series of articles on Scots Americans
Scottish Clans and Clan map
Guide to tracing your ancestors
A-Z guide. Heraldry, titles, history, events and more
Free Library Trials are available. http://www.burkes-peerage.net/code/libenq.asp
Chemical Data Service (CDS)
News about weblogs, RSS, 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.
See also: Bradley, Phil "What are weblogs?" Serials, 17(1) March 2004 pp. 83-86
Webopedia gives a definition of RSS http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/R/RSS.html
I was delighted to see that the Internet Resources Newsletter is now included in LISFeeds: http://www.lisfeeds.com/
The Internet Courses: Weblogs
Trends in Blog Searching
Will RSS Readers Clog the Web?
How the Word Gets Around http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,63344,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_3
Weblogs are creating a whole new campus culture
RSS = "Webfeed"?
Trends in Blog Searching
Selected interesting blog's and RSS feeds
Weblogs in Higher Education
eLearning@Bath Team Weblog
Chronicle of Higher Education: RSS eeds
Christina's LIS Rant
Public libraries and community cohesion
RSS feeds from Network World Fusion
RSS Feed for TIME.com
MERLOT Teaching and Technology - 10 Most Recent Teaching and Technology Materials
Live blog coverage of the 2004 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, to be held June 5-10 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Knowledge Management: Changes, Solutions and Technologies (Book and accompanying CD)
Designed for graduate level courses, this is a thorough and comprehensive book, which is well laid out and written. It's about knowledge management. But then, you probably guessed that from the title. Or rather, you didn't “guess”, you discovered that new or tacit knowledge from the data and information you've already been given. As with any attempt to capture, in academic or management speak, basic common sense principles, parts of KM can be a little irritating.
The book is well laid out though – a well produced, glossy hardback, but set out in a traditional text book manner. There are excellent “Vignette” case studies peppered throughout the book, and each chapter ends with a good summery, key terms from the chapter and some excellent review questions and exercises. There is also a CD which shows how the theories have been put into practice by really big, knowledge based organisations such as NASA.
Although designed for graduate courses, the book and CD would also be useful for practitioners in the field, as it provides a wealth of examples of the different ways in which various companies have solved problems relating to the management of knowledge within the organisation (although again, some of them you do feel had probably spent millions for consultants to do studies which provided conclusions that would have had their entire staff chorusing, well…duh… I could have told them that… which does seem to negate the entire point of knowledge management somehow).
In summary, if you're studying KM or information technology, working in the field, or you simply have an interest in the subject, this is an excellent book – clearly written and laid out, and providing much scope for further thought or discussion, and a whole range of ideas for where technology could start taking information and knowledge management in the future.
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