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"What's happened is that the browser has morphed from a passive viewing device into a platform for running increasingly complicated applications across the internet. It's become a kind of mini operating system...The software architecture of Chrome reveals the extent of Google's ambitions for the browser." John Naughton, The Observer, 7 Sept 2008.
News items of interest.
Record numbers off to university
The number of pupils accepting university places has hit an all time high with more students choosing science and language courses than last year, the latest count from UCAS shows.
Scientific wiki solves the 'Who Wrote What' problem
Email impatience on the rise
From: Information Age
Google Chrome: all you need on a computer
Bloomsbury unveils academic imprint
Bloomsbury is making a bold move into academic publishing with the launch of an "on demand" imprint that will publish titles online for free.
Study challenges e-book assumptions http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=375
From: Research Information
A nice web application that lets you create slide presentations.
500 Years of Printing in Scotland
At 500 years old, printing is one of Scotland's oldest surviving industries. To mark this anniversary, celebrations of Scotland's printed heritage in all its forms have been underway since late last year and continue into the early months of 2009.
A jobsite which specialises in the rail industry.
Edinburgh-based academic editing service. They can improve the correctness and clarity of the English in your journal article, research proposal, dissertation, thesis or conference paper.
Automotive DesignLine Europe Newsletter
A number of people took advantage of the free technical magazine subscriptions available through TechXtra that were mentioned in the June issue of the Internet Resources Newsletter. Here’s a further one available to qualifying individuals.
Automotive DesignLine Europe Newsletter delivers the how-to design articles, information on hot new products, and spotlight news items that focus on the design and development of power train, chassis and suspension, body electronics, safety and security, and automotive infotainment systems.
Geographic Eligibility: Europe
Awareness Watch Newsletter
The September 2008 V6N9 issue is available. The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month features World Wide Web Reference. These resources and sites bring you the latest information and happenings in the area of reference resources that are about the World Wide Web. This extensive report lists hundreds of reference resources that deal with the world wide web on a daily basis that can be used for research as well as for the creation of new world wide web entities using the latest technology available.
The Awareness Watch Article Review covers The Encyclopedia of Life, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Biodiversity Informatics and Beyond Web 2.0 by Cathy Norton.
BigBelly Solar is changing the concept of waste collection by implementing on-site solar compaction systems.
The establishment of open access literature makes it possible for knowledge to be extracted from scholarly articles and included in other resources. BioLit aims to extract database identifiers and rich meta-data from open access articles in the life sciences and integrate that information with existing biological databases.
Blogcritics is an online magazine, a community of writers and readers from around the globe. Includes a section called BC Books
Compare prices on new and used textbooks for sale.
Brick Bulletin is a quarterly publication, highly regarded in the construction industry.
Worldwide business schools directory.
Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament.
College and university rankings
This is an item in Wikipedia. Rankings can be based on subjectively perceived "quality," on some combination of empirical statistics, or on surveys of educators, scholars, students, prospective students, or others.
Discover over 70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines.
Content Architecture - ISKO UK conference
London, 22-23 June 2009
CoreIndex.com is a trade portal, market place and trade point for US and Canadian exporters, importers.
Country Codes and International Resources
Thousands of pages of editor-selected information on International travel, travel insurance, maps, cell phones, trade currency, newspapers and other media; history, economics, embassies, business etiquette, country dialing codes and city dialing codes, as well as global import and export regulations, tax law, military, flags and more.
CourseSmart LLC is a new venture founded and supported by five higher education textbook publishers. Our mission is to improve teaching and learning by providing instructors and students better exposure and access to digital course materials.
Croquet is a powerful open source software technology that, in the form of the Croquet Software Developer's Kit (Croquet SDK), can be used by experienced software developers to create and deploy deeply collaborative multi-user online vitual world applications on and across multiple operating systems and devices.
East Grampian Coastal Partnership
The East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP) is a voluntary group of individuals and organisations who have an interest in the wellbeing of the local coast between Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh and the mouth of the River North Esk, by St Cyrus.
Engineering Conferences Online
Engineering Conferences Online (ECO) is dedicated to publishing conference proceedings online. ECO promotes the dissemination of important engineering research that would normally be very difficult, or impossible, to locate. Papers are generally available free of charge on an open access basis thereby assisting the dissemination of this important research information. All content can be fully referenced using DOIs and the site offers comprehensive search functionality.
Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education
The ELD website has been migrated to the servers at the University of Washington
Edinburgh Research Partnerships in Engineering and Mathematics. ERPem has six Joint Research Institutes (JRIs) dedicated to world-class research, innovation and education in engineering and mathematical science. ERPem is a consortium involving the universities of the City of Edinburgh.
Produced in association with leading industry sponsors and Eureka magazine - the UK's innovative engineering design magazine - Eureka on Campus demonstrates the excitement and challenge of a career in engineering design and shows students how the skills they are acquiring can be put to use. It also attempts to outline the career development potential offered by the engineering industry.
euroCRIS is a not-for-profit association and aims to be the internationally recognised point of reference for all matters relating to Current Research Information Systems (CRIS).
Fast publication schedule for academic journal publishing.
EuropeanaLocal is a Best Practice Network project, funded under the eContentplus programme of the European Commission, which started on 1 June 2008. It is designed to involve and help local and regional libraries, museums, archives and audio-visual archives:
- make the enormous amount of content that they hold available through Europeana (the European Digital Library);
- and deliver new services.
Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multiphysics Simulation and Experiments in Micro-Electronics and Micro-Systems, Delft, The Netherlands, April 2009.
Information source for Impats and Expats living and working in the Netherlands.
expertiseireland.com provides a fast and effective gateway to Ireland’s knowledge base, and is populated directly by the knowledge management systems of the island's third level institutions. It provides a showcase for new ideas and technologies emerging from the third level sector.
The free journal for the discussion of critical, theoretical, political and playful perspectives on all aspects of architecture.
Forced Migration Guide
There are two options available for using this guide: read through the chapters of the guide; locate information resources referenced in this guide.
Forum for Applied Mechanics
The Forum for Applied Mechanics exists to promote interactions between all organisations in the UK with an interest in applied mechanics both experimental and theoretical.
Freebookcentre.net contains links to thousands of free online technical books. These Include core computer science, networking, programming languages, Systems Programming books, Linux books and many more.
Higher Education Policy Institute
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) was established in November 2002, with the aim to ensure as far as possible that higher education policy development in the UK is informed by research and by knowledge of the experience of others.
How Readers Navigate to Scholarly Content
A white paper, written by Tracy Gardner and Simon Inger. The research was jointed funded by Annual Reviews, PNAS, MetaPress, and Nature Publishing Group.
HWU Energy Academy
The HWU Energy Academy is a pan-university initiative supported by all Schools at the Edinburgh, Orkney and Borders campuses. It has two principal objectives. Firstly, to consolidate energy research activities and facilitate interdisciplinary programmes, both within the university and with other HEIs. Secondly to ensure external parties can easily gain an appreciation of our vision, skills-base and active research projects
India Environment Portal
National Portal on the Environment.
Information Overload Research Group
”We work together to build awareness of the world's greatest challenge to productivity, conduct research, help define best practices, contribute to the creation of solutions, share information and resources, offer guidance and facilitation, and help make the business case for fighting information overload.”
Information Resources Management Association
IRMA is an international professional organization dedicated to furthering the professionalism of its members. IRMA brings together researchers, practitioners, academicians, and policy makers in information technology management.
The primary objective of IRMA is to assist organizations and professionals in enhancing the overall knowledge and understanding of effective information resources management in the early 21st century and beyond.
Information Skills Community of Practice: ISCOP
ISCOP is the Information Skills Community Of Practice and is supported through the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) Project. ISCOP brings together people who share a passion for the advancement of information literacy.
International Journal of Applied Management Science
A new journal.
The objectives of IJAMS are to promote applied management sciences and stimulate discussions, deliberations and debates on different management science strategies, principles, models, methodologies, techniques, applications in the field of business, commerce, industry, and government.
International Journal of Open Problems in Computer Science and Mathematics
A new open access journal.
International Journal of Project Organisation and Management
A new journal.
The aim of IJPOM is to attract contributions, and especially case studies, from a wide spectrum of academics and practitioners. As managers and business schools are increasingly placing increasing emphasis on strategy implementation issues, a project management approach will undoubtedly become more compelling and thus more acceptable in a wide range of fields.
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning
A new journal, the International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning encourages research on technology enhanced learning approaches at the individual, organisational, national and global levels. It will deliver research articles, position papers, surveys and case studies.
International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking
Virtual communities and social networking are changing our social and work environments. The International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking provides a forum for researchers, practitioners, and users to study and discuss technical, social and legal issues in this fast changing environment.
JobsinHubs is a network of EU metropolitan job portals focusing on jobs for English speaking professionals. It is a project initiated by and for the large expat communities all over Europe.
Provides easy access to English speaking jobs in a variety of European countries.
Life Beyond Google: Some of the Best of the Rest
An article in FUMSI by Mary Ellen Bates.
Local Transport Today
Local Transport Today is the UK's leading publication for the transport planning professional, providing readers with news, comment and analysis.
Makeshift is an experimental fanzine about architecture and its alternatives.
Manage and share your research papers
Miller-McCune magazine and Miller-McCune.com are published by the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, a Santa Barbara-based public benefit foundation. Though different in journalistic approach, both aim to bring concrete options, from academic research, for solving major public problems to a general audience.
Miller-McCune.com, is devoted to three general types of content: breaking news stories about significant social problems; research that may provide ways of dealing with such problems; and commentary on the potential costs, benefits and outcomes of policy proposals. As it grows, the site is expected to serve as an entry point for news of, and commentary on, the best solutions-oriented research across the country, and around the world.
Miller McCune, a national print magazine, focuses on significant research and researchers, explaining what they can offer in the way of practical options for dealing with pressing social problems, in the U.S. and around the world. It is a consumer magazine rather than a scholarly journal, striving for the sophisticated analysis and engaging detail in an accessible format.
Mind the skills gap - Information-handling training for researchers
The Research Information Network’s (RIN) report, Mind the Skills Gap: Information-handling training for researchers (July 2008) finds that training for researchers on information seeking and management is uncoordinated and generally not based on any systematic assessment of needs.
myExperiment Virtual Research Environment
The myExperiment Virtual Research Environment enables you and your colleagues to share digital items associated with your research - in particular it enables you to share and execute scientific workflows.
The nanoHUB is a rich, web-based resource for research, education and collaboration in nanotechnology. The nanoHUB hosts over 1300 resources which will help you learn about nanotechnology, including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Podcasts, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. Most importantly, the nanoHUB offers simulation tools which you can access from your web browser, so you can not only learn about but also simulate nanotechnology devices. The nanoHUB also provides collaboration environment via Workspaces, Online meetings and User groups.
National Building Specification: NBS
“At NBS, we are committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals.
We have produced specification products for over 30 years, including the recognised national standard specification system for the UK. Our NBS specification products cover building construction, engineering services and landscape design.
We also produce a range of information products, including The Construction Information Service, a joint venture with IHS. From 2005 we have been publisher of the Building Regulations Approved Documents for England and Wales. More than 5,000 offices subscribe to our products.
We employ 130 staff, most of which are based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We are part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, which is wholly owned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).”
Nature Databases and Gateways
Links to a number of gateways and databases on Nature.com
A market-leading rail recruitment specialists. Search and register for your next railway career in the UK and internationally and visit their career management library for CV, interview and salary negotiation advice, client profiles, newsletters and more.
"Network World is the premier provider of information, intelligence and insight for Network and IT Executives. With an editorial focus on delivering news, opinion and analytical tools for key decision makers who architect, deploy and manage business solutions — Network World offers a unique and powerful combination of audiences and resources across Online, Print and Events to meet your marketing objectives.”
New Horizons: responding to the challenges of the 21st century
From the Scottish Government – Education & Training.
The Interim Report of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities.
Obu Internet Marketing
Obu is a full E-media company providing information on search engine optimization, pay per click, web development, etc.
Online Educa Berlin
The 14th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training will take place from December 3 - 5, 2008 in the Hotel InterContinental Berlin.
Online Information 2008
2-4 December, Olympia, London.
"The event where content and technology meet"
Relatively low-volume email list for the open science community.
OPML - Outline Processor Markup Language. This page is a companion to The RSS Compendium.
OptoScribe is a research group currently based at Heriot-Watt University consisting of scientists at the forefront of research into ultrafast laser waveguide inscription.
Patents.com provides one of the most comprehensive free patent search sites on the web.
Periodica Table of Videos
Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but this modern version has a short video about each one.
Plant OMICS: Journal of Plant Molecular Biology & Omics
A peer-reviewed fully open access journal to span all the plant molecular biology and particularly plant OMICS-es.
Process Engineering Live
Process Engineering Live on 10th & 11th March 2009, at Manchester Centra, is the new and innovative event that will celebrate everything about the process sector in the UK.
PSI-Nature Structural Genomics Knowledgebase: PSI-SGKB
The PSI-SGKB is a free resource from the Protein Structure Initiative (PSI) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG).
Hosted by Rutgers University, the PSI-SGKB serves as a continually updated gateway to research data and other resources from the PSI.
Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access
SHERPA runs RoMEO as a service to academic authors and repository managers around the world to summarise publishers' policies and copyright transfer agreements relating to open access archiving.
SHERPA has analysed its records to determine which of the 414 publishers listed, provide separate paid options for open access.
Publishers' paid open access options, allow authors to deposit their articles immediately in open access repositories upon payment of a fee. The same publishers may also allow authors to deposit after an embargo period without payment of a fee.
Renewable Fuels Agency: RFA
The RFA has been set up by the Government to implement the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), which came into force on 15th April 2008. The RTFO will oblige fossil fuel suppliers to ensure that by 2010 biofuels account for 5% by volume of the fuel supplied on UK forecourts. The purpose of the RTFO is to reduce the UK's contribution to climate change and its reliance on fossil fuels.
Search the Entire Craigslist
Search the popular free classified advertisements.
search.optics.org is a powerful search tool that only returns results from websites that have been selected for their optics content - which means that you can pinpoint relevant information more quickly than ever before.
The new eBook reader.
The Man in Seat Sixty-One. . .
The Man in Seat Sixty-One will tell you how to travel overland comfortably & affordably where you might think that air was now the only option.
The mission of UniProt is to provide the scientific community with a comprehensive, high-quality and freely accessible resource of protein sequence and functional information.
University Rankings League Table
From the Sunday Times.
The open access digital research repository of the University of Pretoria.
USC Digital Archive
The USC Digital Archive helps to fulfil the mission of the USC Libraries to select, collect, preserve and make accessible high quality digital images of unique materials with metadata to support research, and provides a “gateway” to resources on Los Angeles and Southern California.
Using Digital, Web 2.0 Tactics to Boost B2B Marketing Results
This is a free podcast for qualified professionals. In this 15-minute podcast, Laura Ramos of Forrester Research explains how B2B marketers can leverage blogs, podcasts, and online communities.
Want more podcasts? See here.
Virtual Worlds 2008 Conference
The two Scottish Regional Support Centres, in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy ( Scotland ), are delighted to announce Virtual Worlds 2008, the one-day national conference that seeks to answer the question,
“ Do virtual worlds have a place in education? ”
Virtual Worlds 2008 brings together the best of virtual worlds used in education today. Hands-on workshops at the conference allow you to experience actual learning sequences ‘in world'. This participative aspect of Virtual Worlds 2008 promises to make it a conference quite unlike any you've experienced before.
Workshops and presentations from leading-edge experts in the use of virtual worlds for education, including Altered Learning, Coventry University, Daden Ltd., Eduserv, Heriot-Watt University, JISC Legal, LearnDirect Build, Leeds College of Art, Newcastle University, University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, and the University of the West of Scotland
Walter Scott Digital Archive
The Walter Scott Digital Archive is an Edinburgh University Library online resource created in the Special Collections Division. It is designed around the extensive Corson Collection of Walter Scott material held in Special Collections.
Search thousands of genes, chemicals, pathologies and much more...
Wonderful World of Albert Kahn
About a book with photographs from the early twentieth century.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development: WBCSD
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.
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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 month there are two:
Nature databases and gateways
Not so much a 'nice web site' as a very useful set of links to all sorts of information from Nature Publishing Group.
I haven't had a chance to look at this site in detail, but it if the description is accurate, it looks extremely useful - Use of nanoHUB resources and tools is free for registered users. "The nanoHUB is a rich, web-based resource for research, education and collaboration in nanotechnology. The nanoHUB hosts over 1300 resources which will help you learn about nanotechnology, including Online Presentations , Courses , Learning Modules , Podcasts , Animations , Teaching Materials , and more."
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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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Building Services Journal News feeds http://feeds.feedburner.com/AllNewsFromBsjonline?format=xml
The Strategic Content Alliance is a three year JISC-funded initiative committed to delivering a co-ordinated framework of principles and best practice for the provision of online e-content for UK citizens.
This is the official blog of the Journal of Visualized Experiments
Obnoxious Librarian from Hades
Far too funny!
eJournal Feeds by Topic
From Ebling Library for the health sciences
Feed for new book reviews from LibWorm
[BLT] Blog for Library Technology
[BLT] Blog for Library Technology is published by the University of Michigan Library's Library Information Technology division. We'll talk about technological innovations we're developing in the U-M library.
InkSpot. Science. On Demand
Trey Martindale on e-learning, openness, environments, and other fun.
On Libraries & Other Stuff
Don’t believe the
with your feet on
An article by Paul Williams
Blogging in the
UK and Ireland
An article by Peter Williams
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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.
Language and the Internet
2nd edition, by David Crystal.
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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South East Scotland's Tripshare Scheme
Travel and Travel
A music video search engine
Visas 4 Australia
Visas 4 Australia provide online Working Holiday visa applications for travellers visiting Australia.
Black Cab Sessions
Bands play in the back of a taxi
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