Rowland Institute Library Blog

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Wired News: Nobel Winner Critical of U.S. Interesting ... Peter Agre of JHU speaks out against compromise of academic and scientific freedoms in the new security environment.

SANS Top 20 Vulnerabilities - The Experts Consensus

top 20 Internet Security vulnerabilities (Source: ResourceShelf)

ALA | California Survey Reveals FBI Visited 16 Libraries

Interesting .. only "four days after John Ashcroft asserted" that the DOJ had "never invoked section 215" of the USA PATRIOT Act for access to library patron records ... comes this revelation. (Source: ResourceShelf)

On a related matter, the owner of the Harvard Book Store (not affiliated with the university, and fast becoming the most popular store in the area, because, unlike some more famous ones, you can move around) published a piece in the Globe saying why booksellers have a problem with USA PATRIOT. (Source: Behind the Homefront)

A Great site for comparison shopping - ConsumerSearch's motto is: "reviewing the reviewers, " and they collect different reviews for a dozen categories of consumer products (electronics, computers, office equipment, automotive, to name a few). Also lists where you can buy goodies. (Source: Librarian's Index to the Internet, via ResourceShelf)

New Model of the Universe: It's Shaped Like a Soccerball

(Or a dodecahedron, reminding one of the twelve-faced creature in "The Phantom Tollbooth," each of whose faces was expressing a different emotion (laughing, crying, anger, etc.) at once. a Princeton claims to have results that contradict the new theory and plan to publish them on, according to the article.) - American Dominance of Nobels Continues

News about Americans winning majority of the science prizes; I like how they say "they're not as good as writing or waging peace, however."
(Source; Science in the News)

Copyright and authors

John Ewing of the American Mathematical Society argues against simplistic justifications or detractions of copyright, giving some history and philosophical background to demonstrate that it is neither "inherently good or evil" and not necessarily for the protection of authors' interests alone. (Sources: LIBLICENSE-L; The Virtual Chase; beSpacific)

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Scientific publishing: Who will pay for open access?

Nature anticipates the launch of PLoS Biology this month and asks how will it pay for itself, and furthermore, how will it attract submissions from scientists who feel the need or pressure to publish in name journals?

PMC Back Issue Scanning quite a project ... PubMedCentral, the NIH archive that hosts back issues of PNAS and several other journals, will now scan the entire runs of its hosted journals. This includes also the ASM journals and Nucleic Acids Research. (Source: ResourceShelf)

Grant To Fund New Chemistry Center Stuart Schreiber will head the NIH funded Chemical Methodologies and Library Development center

City Considers New Laboratory

... namely, the Laboratory for Interface Science and Engineering (LISE) ... Also, the articles discusses the prospects for Harvard science across the river ...

Unintended Consequences: Five Years Under the DMCA

a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Source: beSpacific)

Technology Review weblog

Tech Review has a weblog; Simson Garfinkel is one of the principal contributors. No RSS feed that I can see. (Source: The Virtual Chase)

Monday, October 06, 2003

German-American Frontiers of Science ----

polymers, coral reefs, molecular motors and microelectronics were among the topics visited in this NAS symposium from June 2003. Audio and video included. (Source: Sci-Tech Library Newsletter)

Pushing Peer-to-Peer

Simson Garfinkel argues that file-sharing systems, reviled by the media industries, could lead to a more flexible, de-centralized and less secure internet.

24 Win MacArthur 'Genius Awards' of $500,000The "Genius" grants are always interesting to see, especially the diversity of fields and kinds of work recognized; Lene Hau got one two years ago. There are "no strings attached"; 100 grand a year to use however the recipient wishes.
(Source: Harvard in the News)