A while back, I tried to access an information service which I hadn't visited for some time. It refused my login. When I phoned the contact, I was told that I must surely have registered under their old system, and would therefore have to register again, a process that would take 24 hours to verify.
I was so taken aback by this that I got annoyed. Pointless, really, for the people at the other end of phones in these circumstances are not the ones responsible for such decisions. My institution actually pays to get access to the service in question - I have registered once, and no-one should be inconvenienced by having to register again.
I look forward to the day when we don't need to waste time registering with so many different services, ending up with so many different logins and usernames, and most of all to the day when services realise that we have better things to do with our time than register more than once.
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News items of interest.
Financial settlement disappoints Scottish universities
From: guardian.co.uk 20th March
Launch of REF to be delayed a year
The implementation of the new funding system to replace the research assessment exercise is set to be delayed, Times Higher Education understands.
Inderscience published titles reach 200
The publication of the International Journal of Services Sciences brings another milestone in the publishing history of Inderscience, bringing to 200 the number of published titles. As a mark of this achievement a 60 day free trial is available for Ingenta users - details are at http://eyetoeye.ingenta.com/library/issue24/news-offers.htm
Talis Launches Library 2.0 Gang Podcast Series
Talis, in association with Library Journal, are pleased to announce the launch of The Library 2.0 Gang. Hosted by Richard Wallis, Talis' Technology Evangelist, The Library 2.0 Gang brings together leading voices in the world of libraries.
Scottish super-university mooted
From: Times Higher Education
Index to Theses announces new full-text linking facility
Index to Theses launches a new feature that identifies and links to the full text of theses available online – ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations).
Jorum to move to open access
Jorum, the UK national repository for learning and teaching materials funded by JISC, is to offer open educational resources. This will make it easier for lecturers and teaching staff to share and re-use each other's teaching resources. JorumOpen - as it will be called - will also provide a showcase for UK universities and colleges on the international stage.
AllPsych Online is one of the largest and most comprehensive psychology websites on the Internet. Inside the site you'll find over over 920 individual, cross referenced, web pages and an estimated 3000 pages of printed material.
An Overview of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishing and the Value it adds to Research Outputs
STM has issues a paper on STM industry, publishers and valued added, which is available from this site.
This site helps you find and apply for Apprenticeships online.
Awareness Watch Newsletter
The April 2008 V6N4 issue is available. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month features Online Social Networks - Resources and Sites.
Berkshire Publishing shop
“Berkshire Publishing Group is a young and innovative information company specializing in global issues and 21st-century trends. Known for its award-winning general and academic reference titles, Berkshire is also a niche provider of high-quality information on China and sustainability. Berkshire works with international networks of experts, providing specialized publications for students, teachers, scholars, and professionals in business and government.”
The Biographicon is the place for everyone's biography.
A window to biotechnology at the government of Canada.
A new journal from Oxford Journals in conjunction with Oxford University Press’ Higher Education department.
BookSurge offers complete publishing, inventory-free fulfillment and online distribution services for independent publishing.
BookSurge was launched in 2000 by a small group of writers dedicated to creating opportunities for authors to not only publish their work, but to also retain their content rights and sales profits. Acquired by Amazon.com in April 2005, BookSurge is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc.
An open business directory.
“…join with us – and the lovely Book Aid International – in the virtual armchair as we read some great books and then wistfully waffle about what sets us on fire.”
“We are a new carers website. We are focusing primarily on improving the social life of the carer and the professional engaged in the Care Sector as we know their domestic situation can often be socially isolating. We also deal with other aspects of being a carer and a professional within the care sector.”
A new website which features a chemical suppliers directory, a chemical database which can be searched by registry number, molecular formula, chemical name, physical and chemical properties, substructures, or any combination of these, and a job portal.
Complete works of Charles Darwin online
Darwin's private papers online - the largest publication of Darwin's papers in history.
Construction and Building Services Subject Guide
From the IMechE. The Information and Library Service compiles occasional subject guides for engineers and students. The aim is to highlight sources of information available in the library and the Institution itself, along with some useful websites to take you further afield.
Digital Bibliography & Library Project: DBLP
“The DBLP server provides bibliographic information on major computer science journals and proceedings. Initially the server was focused on DataBase systems and Logic Programming (DBLP), now it is gradually being expanded toward other fields of computer science. You may now read "DBLP" as "Digital Bibliography & Library Project".“
Digital Document Quarterly
The Digital Document Quarterly newsletter volume 7 number 1 is available.
Topics include Digital Preservation, Epistemology, News, Practical Matters, and Price Watch.
Digital Libraries à la Carte 2008
From 25 to 29 August, Ticer will organise an international, modular course at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, titled: "Digital Libraries à la Carte"
Edina Newsline March 2008: Volume 13.1
Items on Marine Digimap, GeoCrossWalk, Go-Geo!, OS MasterMap, etc.
eLearning Papers adds a new dimension to the exchange of information on e-learning in Europe and stimulates research. As such, the articles provide views regarding the current situation and e-learning trends in different communities: schools, universities, companies, civil society and institutions. eLearning Papers provides all those interested with an opportunity to have their texts published throughout Europe. Through these articles, the journal promotes the use of ICT for lifelong learning in Europe. All e-learning related themes are accepted as topics.
ePractice.eu is a portal created by the European Commission which offers a new service for the professional community of eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion practitioners.
The portal offers among others the following services and activities:- Real life good practice cases; People, the member community; Off-line Workshops; Latest news, events and publications; Weekly Newsletter
ESDU’s engineering design and research quarterly newsletter.
European Journal of ePractice
The European Journal of ePractice is a peer-reviewed online publication on eTransformation, launched in November 2007. The Journal belongs to the ePractice.eu community, is sponsored by the European Commission as part of its good practice exchange activity and is run by an independent Editorial Board. The aim of European Journal of ePractice (EjeP) is to reinforce the visibility of articles as well as that of professionals in eTransformation building an author's community which will strengthen the overall ePractice.eu activity. The publication will promote the diffusion and exchange of good practice in eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion and will be open access, free of charge to all readers. The articles are available in English.
Eventseer has gone through a major upgrade. Eventseer provides a way to keep track of upcoming academic events.
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
EBLIP is an open access, peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services and supported by an international team of editorial advisors.
Vol 3, No 1 (2008) is now available.
Exposing the secret state
An article in FUMSI, April 2008.
Media librarians face special challenges - working hand in hand with journalists to uncover hidden information in a fast-moving environment, all the while adding not just value but 'values'. Author Tim Buckley Owen discusses the upcoming Association of UK Media Librarians (AUKML) conference, where he is keynote speaker.
Focus on Mimas
The March 2008 edition of 'Focus on Mimas' is now available.
Formula Student is about building future engineering talent by designing and producing a single-seater racing car, not just in design and manufacture, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world, across all sectors of employment.
“All the words in the world, pronounced”
Generation Science 2008
The Edinburgh International Science Festival's schools touring programme.
A place to meet and discuss: the chemical industry and how it affects your lives; working in the industry; jobs in the industry; training; issues affecting the industry where you work; and almost anything else that takes your fancy.
Identity Management presents major challenges for the development of next generation Internet. Security deficiencies and lack of seamless, robust web-based systems integration technology are major obstacles in the development of public and private Internet based systems.
The Identity Project has been set up to face up to some of those challenges, helping to develop new solutions for the next generation Internet.
The spring 2008 issue is available, with items on new titles, a look at the life of Prof Emeritus Hiroshi Inaba, latest calls for papers, etc.
International Journal of Nanoparticles
The first issue of International Journal of Nanoparticles has just been published.
JobisJob is a search engine for job offers in the UK, which allows you to search the full range of jobs listed on the major online job boards, instead of going to each job site individually.
Journal of Computing Science and Engineering: JCSE
A new journal.
Journal of Computing Science and Engineering (JCSE) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that publishes high-quality papers on all aspects of computing science and engineering.
“JustFreeBooks search the content of more than 450 web sites, including gutenberg.org, wikibooks.org and archive.org. With JustFreeBooks you can find public domain texts, open books, free audio books, ad-supported books and more.”
Learning and Skills Council - Apprenticeships
An introduction to apprenticeships.
Libraries of the Future
In an information world in which Google apparently offers us everything, what place is there for the traditional, and even the digital, library? In a library environment which is increasingly moving to the delivery of online rather than print resources, what of the academic library’s traditional place at the heart of campus life?
What about the impact of repositories and open access on the delivery of library resources? And the need to digitise and make more widely accessible key scholarly resources? And what of the calls for libraries to play a central role in the promotion of ‘information literacy’? Libraries will continue to be essential to academic success and the future of education and research
Through ‘Libraries of the Future’, JISC is hoping to explore these and many other questions.
This is the impressive Swedish university and research libraries search service.
LIBRIS is a national search service providing information on titles held by Swedish university and research libraries, as well as about thirty public libraries. Here you can find books, periodicals, articles, maps, posters, printed music, electronic resources, etc.
Life Beyond Google: Some of the Best of the Rest
A recent article in FUMSI, written by Mary Ellen Bates.
Make Beliefs Comix
Create comics strips.
This site can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling, as well as computer literacy.
Methodology.co.uk provides a free resource to researchers, students and university teachers who are interested in learning more about anything to do with research methods.
Methodology.co.uk is run by SAGE and will be a vital resource for anyone conducting qualitative or quantitative research and statistics.
An audio search engine
National Farmers' Retail & Markets Association: FARMA
FARMA is a co-operative of farmers, producers selling on a local scale, and farmers' markets organisers.
FARMA works throughout the UK and is the largest organisation of its type in the world, representing direct sales to customers through farm shops, Pick-Your-Own, farmers' markets, home delivery, on-farm catering, and farm entertainment.
Business and technology publisher.
Services to maximize the worth of Oil & Gas properties, and assist in asset sales. Provides an introduction service for potential employers & upstream oil & gas professionals.
Online Educa Berlin 2008
The Largest Global E-Learning Conference for the Corporate, Education and Public Service Sectors, Berlin, December 3 - 5, 2008.
Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education survey
OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation is carrying out a study on Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education. As one part of that study we are launching a web based survey for individual teachers, instructors and researchers using and producing OER.
We would like to invite anyone working in a higher educational institution that uses or produces open learning content, such as courses, courseware, content modules, learning objects, collections and journals, or open software tools to develop, use, re-use and deliver learning content, to take our survey. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete.
A report with the findings will be published on the OECD website.
“Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and is funded in part by a grant from the California State Library. We have a small team of fantastic programmers who have accomplished a lot, but we can't do it alone! This is an Open project - the software is open, the data is open, the documentation is open, and the site is open.”
“Parature’s on-demand customer service software makes it possible for any organisation to use the Internet to provide outstanding customer service and online support. Parature provides the tools to build a Knowledgebase dynamically as you answer queries so that, within 3 months, you can have a powerful self-help database. The fully customisable, fully trackable ticketing, chat and forum modules combine with the knowledgebase to create an innovative, highly customisable way to serve, support, retain, engage with and maximise the value of your customers, staff or students. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) web delivery and integrated, intuitive design enables organisations to get up and running quickly, easily and efficiently.”
Providing the busy pharmaceutical executive with insight into industry trends that will affect their business, as well as the industry in its entirety.
Political Science Resources
Political Science Resources is your gateway to most significant resources relevant to the study of politics and government.
“Pronetos is a home to communities and scholars of every academic discipline: a global think-tank of the leaders in your field.”
Publish, not perish
An online library research course from the University of Colorado.
”When you buy books online at read4charity.co.uk, we donate 15% of the sale to the charity you choose when you check out.”
A web based current awareness service designed to provide researchers and other members of the academic community with immediate access to new research and publications in their field - all within hours of being posted online.
ResearcherID is a website where invited researchers can register for a unique researcher ID number. At this site, users can: Update their profile information; Build their publication list using Web of Science search services or uploading a file; Select to make their profile public or private. Registered as well as non-registered users can search the Researcher Registry to view profiles and find potential collaborators.
Mentioned before, in issue 93 of this newsletter, RocketNews discovers the most popular stories from over 60,000 news sources from around the web.
RocketNews organizes all stories into categories like sports and entertainment and into subjects making it easy for users to find and connect to the issues and stories that interest them.
A free service from Thomson Reuters which tracks trends and performance in basic research.
Scottish Screen Archive
The Scottish Screen Archive is Scotland's national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video.
“Our goal at SearchMedica is to improve the practice of medicine by allowing physicians and medical practioners to discover the most relevant, authoritative, and timely clinical information on the Internet—and to find it quickly and easily.”
SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences: SIIMS
A new journal. The SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (SIIMS) covers all areas of imaging sciences, broadly interpreted. It includes image formation, image processing, image analysis, image interpretation and understanding, computer graphics and visualization, and inverse problems in imaging; leading to applications to diverse areas in science, medicine, engineering, and other fields.
Free electronic access to 2008 issues of the journal is currently available.
Superfactory is dedicated to spreading manufacturing and enterprise excellence information with an aim to improve manufacturing efficiency and productivity worldwide.
Offers the top 20 cited articles across 26 subject areas.
UK Library Blogs / Bloggers
A useful wiki.
UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
The UKRC provides a central point of information and advice for industry, academia, professional institutes, education and research councils and for women entering, returning and progressing in SET careers.
Universal Digital Library
“The mission is to create a Universal Library which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet. Within 10 years, it is our expectation that the collection will grow to 10 Million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the world 24x7, without regard to nationality or socioeconomic background.”
Web's best free stuff
Useful list, from InfoWorld.
What is WhatDoTheyKnow for?
To help you find out inside information about what the UK government is doing.
How does the site work?
You choose the public authority that you would like information from, then write a brief note describing what you want to know. We then send your request to the public authority. Any response they make is automatically published on the website for you and anyone else to find and read.
WISE: Women into Science, Engineering and Construction
The WISE campaign collaborates with industry and education to encourage UK girls of school age to value and pursue STEM or construction related courses in school or college, and move on into related careers.
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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 often 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.
This very useful new website from Thomson Reuters will help the scientific community to identify the latest developments and research in science.
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Selected interesting blogs, RSS feeds and news items
You already know what blogs are, but for more information about RSS see the Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(protocol) or Webopedia http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/R/RSS.html
The Internet Resources Newsletter has an RSS feed (essentially the Table of Contents for each issue): http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn.rss
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Easy RSS Mixer
Combine several RSS feeds into one
10 Tools to Combine, Mix, Blend Multiple RSS Feeds
Feedage is a free fully categorized and searchable RSS directory.
He works as a project manager for a design agency in Shoreditch, London.
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Gary Marshall, on technology, the net, etc
play think learn
Thoughts on computer games for learning
Latest - TechWorld - Tools - Tips - Downloads
We’re changing the way that research is disseminated. We are Open Students.
WoW! Wouter on the Web
The blog WoW!ter is written and maintained by Wouter Gerritsma, subject librarian at Wageningen UR Library.
Newspond.com - Technology, Gaming and Science News http://www.newspond.com/rss/main.xml
American Meteorological Society feeds
Swiss Army Librarian
or, The Hitchhikers Guide to Fear and Loathing at a Public Library Reference Desk
Chipwrapper UK Newspaper Headlines
Latest Happenings in Library & Information Science
News from India
Aslib Engineering Group
My blog is here for me to post my random musings about librarianship, law stuff, and help me unleash my inner geek...
RSS Feeds: Managing the Mechanism
A recent article in FUMSI
Book Aid International
Free Speculative Fiction Online: New Additions
eBooks.com RSS Feeds
Longwoods RSS feeds
Longwoods publishes academic and scientific research as well as commentary and information related to health sciences and health care.
Federated Search Blog
Intended to be vendor neutral
Libraries of the future blog
JISC is hoping to open up - with partner organisations and librarians themselves - a debate about the future of the academic and research library.
BBC Blog Network
This is the home of BBC Blogs. From this page you can get to a range of Blogs that talk about all sorts of subjects from across the entire BBC output.
State Library of Western Australia Blog
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The Mantex Information Design web site has reviews of some of the books mentioned in previous issues of the Internet Resources Newsletter.
The adaptive web: methods and strategies of web personalization, edited by Peter Brusilovsky, Alfred Kobsa and Wolfgang Nejdl.
Metadata for digital resources
by Muriel Foulonneau and Jenn Riley
A complete list of new books added to Heriot-Watt University Library is available at: http://hw.lib.ed.ac.uk/cgi-bin/newbooks.cgi
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Research methods in information
by Alison Jane Pickard
Facet Publishing, 2007
Described by the author as a handbook, this text is practical in its approach. To this end it includes a selection of exercises for the reader to try out. Despite this emphasis on ‘doing', the first few pages of the first section offer a theoretical discussion of research paradigms peppered with terms such as ‘ontological', ‘epistemological' and ‘post-positivism'. However, the author explains clearly the need for this discussion while asking for the reader's patience
Practical in the remainder of its content, the book stresses its hands-on credentials by pointing out that research has on-the-ground applications to service planning and to provide evidence to support operational change. However, the book is aimed at both practitioners and students in the field of information management and related disciplines.
The text is written in an engaging style and is structured into four main parts covering ‘starting the research process'; ‘research methods'; ‘data collection techniques'; and ‘data analysis and research presentation'. This structure is based around a framework, or hierarchy, of research advocated by the author comprising research paradigm, research methodology, research method, research technique and research instrument.
The section on starting the research process, as mentioned, covers some theory on research paradigms. It then moves on to the basics of the research process including the differences between quantitative and qualitative research, and how to assess research quality and rigour in terms of validity and reliability. The literature review process is covered briefly with some useful pointers on not only information retrieval but also the evaluation, organisation and synthesis of the information found. Defining the research and constructing a hypothesis leads in to the writing of the research proposal, with the final two chapters of this section covering sampling and ethics – the latter often untouched or underdeveloped in other sources on the research process.
The section on research methods covers a menu of eight commonly used approaches to research, including case studies, surveys, experimental research, ethnography, delphi study, action research, historical research and grounded theory – with practical exercises to focus the reader on how each might be applied.
Data collection techniques concentrates on research involving people, and so includes interviews, questionnaires, observation, diaries, focus groups and usability testing. Again, the author presents these as choices not necessarily dependent on the research method used.
Finally, the section on data analysis and research presentation introduces quantitative and qualitative methods in more detail, giving a good overview – with further references for those requiring more depth. This section also touches on software for analysing data, and covers presenting research – focusing on the research dissertation rather than output for publication.
The author suggests that “Knowledge and experience of research is a fundamental part of what makes the ‘information professional'." This book will provide a very good grounding in the research process for students and practitioners alike. The knowledge it contains will be useful for professionals getting started in research, examining current practice, improving services based on evidence and to inform information skills teaching. For students, it will be an excellent companion to taught courses on research methods, and will help form a solid basis from which to tackle dissertation and other research projects.
Dr Alison Jane Pickard is based at the University of Northumbria where she teaches research methods and is course leader for BSc courses in information management/science and librarianship. She has also project managed a number of JISC and AHRB research projects.
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Geni lets you create a family tree.
Streets of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Street Photos
Travel highlights around the world using interactive maps
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