Rowland Institute Library Blog

Friday, May 09, 2003

Science and Engineering for the 21st Century: The Role of the National Science Foundation, published by a task force of the National Science Board, identifies for the NSF key areas of current scientific research in the U.S. and proposes several strategies and avenues for NSF support. (Source: The Scout Report, May 9, 2003)

Predicting the Future of Scholarly Publishing John Ewing, the executive director of the American Mathematical Society, offers his thoughts on whether free online scholarship is a good idea. (Source: Confessions of a Science Librarian

Scientists Balance Research With Security Demands A Harvard Crimson article discusses scientists' reponses to homeland security initiatives, focusing especially on MIT President Charles Vest and his articulation of the necessity of openness in scientific exchange. (The Harvard
Crimson, May 9, 2003)

Thursday, May 08, 2003

A good all-in-one lookup site from MelissaData, where you can look up zip codes, area codes, phone numbers, enter an address and get the zip code for it .... saves considerable time ...
(Source: TheResourceShelf)

Search Better "Go back to the library" says the author of this PC Magazine article. (Source: TheResourceShelf)

ALA | Scholarly Communication: The bewildering new world of scholarly communication, a report of a half-day meeting at Rutgers where faculty members and librarians explored questions of new forms of publishing (open access, institutional repositories, etc.)

Text of Nanotechnology bill passed by the House, May 7, 2003 (Source: Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Update, May 8, 2003)

Wednesday, May 07, 2003 Factors for Open Access by Jim Till of Univeristy of Toronto, considers the prospect for freeing scholarly literature in the medical field (Source FOS News Blog)

DNA electronics A perspective article in EMBO reports considers recent research on the electronic and conductive properties of DNA and its application in molecular electronics

Surveillance Nation—Part Two and Surveillance Nation—Part One, two-part series in Technology Review on shocking invasions of privacy and what might be done to retain some .... (Source: SciTechDaily Update)

Shredding Ashcroft: an opinion piece by Jim Hightower praising librarians' efforts to resist the USA PATRIOT Act (Alternet)

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Open Directory; Weblogs by subject - great! (Source: ODP WEBLOG)

ALPSP Seminars - International Learned Journals Seminar A seminar from April 2003, entitled "Who Pays for the Free Lunch", it was chaired by Declan Butler of Nature and included William Arms, Carol Tenopir and others ... PPT files available from the site. (Source: SEPB)

Could Peer Review Be Wrong? Robin Peek of Simmons College weighs in on this topic, considering among other material the recent Cochrane survey and the withdrawal of peer-approved research studies from major journals last year ... (Source: SEPB

Diffused Knowledge Immortalizes Itself: The LOCKSS Program A report from Stanford's Victoria Reich on the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) project, a collaboration between Stanford, HP and others to develop archiving software for journals, such that institutions would not have to rely on publishers to maintain a permanent archive of electronic content. My question is how many publishers would allow such archiving, or at what price? Published in High Energy Physics Libraries Webzine no.7 (Source: Englib, May 5, 2003)

EEVL | Engineering Section | E-journal Search Engine (EESE) more than 150 engineering e-journals are searchable with this resource ... Full-text for most journals is available without registration ... (Source: the (engineering) Library Question, May 5, 2003)

This time Diane Schaak gets her own article; a fine piece in Mass High Tech profiling her MicroStealth Technologies company. (And they mention Rowland, unlike their Beverly counterparts ;)

Academy Books: Transition from Paper The Transition from Paper: Where Are We Going and How Will We Get There?
Edited by R. Stephen Berry and Anne Simon Moffat
(Published online, 2001) A book I was waiting to see in print, but perhaps that would have defeated the purpose ...

Academy Announces the Election of New Members Another interesting list of honorees, including Bill Gates, Walter Cronkhite, Richard Stallman, Kofi Annan, Robert Creeley, Dario Fo and Antonin Scalia. (The chemist Carolyn Bertozzi, whose meteroic rise has been documented in C&EN and other publications, was once in a math class of mine ....) (Source: Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Update)

The Chronicle: 5/9/2003: Deflated Deals Section: Money & Management
Volume 49, Issue 35, Page A27 Talks about universities licensing technology to companies that eventually fail, and the consequences for the institution.

New Scientist interview with Margaret Atwood , who recently published a novel about a genetically-engineered species. Sounds like worthwhile reading ... also her comments on literature and science are quite insightful. Interesting that she taught Kafka to engineers ... (source: SciTechDaily)

Financial firms get new guidelines on customer IDs and we thought stores writing info on the back of checks was bad ... (Computerworld) (Source: Edupage)

Software Bullet Is Sought to Kill Musical Piracy Evil ... and maybe desperate (New York Times, May 4, 2003; source: Edupage)

Biotech pioneers hint at big changes From the Beverly (Mass.) Citizen, this article describes a talk on new biotechnologies which featured Diane Schaak of the Rowland Institute and now with her own company, MicroStealth Technologies. (Unfortunately, Rowland is not mentioned in the article.) It says Diane "has also been contacted to work on ways to combat bioterrorism", which seems a natural application for her phage toxins. (Source: Googlert)

Women in Science Push Higher on the Y Axis of Success In today's New York Times, Natalie Angier considers the recent election of many women to the National Academy of Sciences and what it means in relation to the status of women in science overall.

Monday, May 05, 2003

Computers in Libraries 2003 Good report from Shirl Kennedy, this Information Today article details presentations from the annual conference, including material on search engines, blogs, RSS feeds, XML and other things to try to catch up with ... Sigh ....

notlong: Web Sites That Generate Shorter URLs, a comparison of tinyurl, makeashorterlink, and other services that shrink cumbersome URLs into a more compact form. (source: Dana Vinke)

The Scientist :: Frontlines | Hired Guns, Science-Style, May 5, 2003, describes the efforts of Innocentive, a company that solicits "unsolved" problems from companies and then advertises for solutions, offering rewards that have ranged from $2,000 to $75,000.

Carbon nanotubes light up, a PhysicsWeb summary of recent research reporting light emission from carbon nanotubes, done by passing a current through the nanotube; previously, this had only been accomplished with a laser beam, the story reports. Links to an article in Science (restricted to subscribers) and related articles on nanotubes and molecular electronics are included on the page.

Fair Deal for Chinatown A Crimson editorial on the Central Artery (1954) and its impact on Chinatown, this page makes reference to the loss of churches, homes and other public spaces and considers an opportunity (with the destruction of the artery and the completion of the Big Dig) to right a perceived injustice to the community. Also makes one think of other areas in the city that have been demolished for highways and the question of eminent domain for the public good.

Mars Global Surveyor images (Malin Space Science Systems) (Source: