Rowland Institute Library Blog

Friday, October 24, 2003

Wired News: The Great Library of Amazonia More on Amazon's new service and the legal challenges they faced ... (Source: Open Access News)

Amazon.Com Launches ``Search Inside the Book'' Enabling Customers to Discover Books by Searching and Previewing the Text Inside Amazon moves to full-text searching ... Imagine ... How will they secure rights to the content? (Sources: Open Access News, beSpacific)

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Science -- Malakoff 302 (5645): 550 Science magazine reports on PLoS; comparison with other journals (cost to authors)

Wired News: Plumbing Depths of Data Mining

the sinister side of information access ...

Apple's Latest 0.1 Adds a Lot review of the new Mac OS X.3 release, favorable ... (Source: Slashdot)

Max Planck Society - eDoc Server Max Planck societies purportedly will archive all their research output on this server ... how will it work? (Source: LIBLICENSE)

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Yahoo! News - U.S. Honors in Science, Technology Named the 2003 National Medal honorees are named, and the awards will be presented 11/6/03, according to the article. I didn't recognize any of the names except Leo L. Beranek of Cambridge's Bolt Baranek & Newman (BBN)... (Source: AP Science)

Open Access Conference - Berlin Declaration

Message from a group of German scientists, following a conference ... Offers a definition of an "open access contribution"; among the key points in the declaration are:"advocating that open access publication be recognized in promotion and tenure evaluation," a biggie. (Source: Open Access News)

Detection rescues cause and effect: Information does not really travel faster than light. the title of the Nature paper discussed here is "The speed of information in a 'fast-light' optical medium, " which seems to verify that information could not travel faster than light. However, Lene Hau, among the scientists quoted, asks "what defines information".

Academe - Marketing Science, Marketing Ourselves

A harsh piece about the influence of money and politics upon academic science. (Source; Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Update)

Is the Yucca Nuke Dump All Wet?Yuck! Nobody listened the geologists, as this Tech Review piece points out, when identifying the Nevada mountain as a nuclear waste storage site. Flooding and eruptions are potential safety threats. Alternative storage sites, as this article describes, may not have been given much consideration. (Admittedly, there are plenty of opposing viewpoints to go around.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

 Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving A list of publishers and their policies concerning archiving papers on the web, with links to specific copyright transfer policies. (Source: LIBLICENSE-L) - Great American Privacy Makeover PCWorld designed a quiz for users to find out more about secure computing. (Source: BeSpacific)

Monday, October 20, 2003

Entrez cross-database search New look for NCBI's Entrez, enabling simultaneous search of PubMed, online books, PubMedCentral, gene and protein databases... enough info for you? (Source: Harvard Libraries)

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web guru fights info pollution Jakob Neilsen, who writes about web usability and the user experience, identifies several practices for effective e-mail use. (Source: internet Legal research weekly)

The Scientist :: How to Create the Best Workplace, Oct. 20, 2003 From a survey, The Scientist names ten components towards effectiveness and collegiality in the lab; related material includes a survey and ranking of U.S. and non-U.S. institutions .