Going underground for scholarly content...

Mar 5, 2009 by

Brian Scott Mathews over at The Ubiquitous Librarian made some very interesting looking into the underground market for academic materials via illegal file sharing sites like bit torrent. Apparently, his fictional research brought up big time reference titles like the CRC handbooks, the entire Referex engineering e-book collection, Harvard Business Cases, textbooks and tutti quanti. Hey, does it matter where the students get it if they do use scholarly, quality sources? At least, they not Googling everything? Well, there’s the thorny, ginormous issue of copyright. I cannot condone students downloading illegaly but now, I cannot ignore it...

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Best Sci-Tech Books of 2008

Mar 4, 2009 by

Library Journal just published its list of best 2008 sci-tech books. Something for everyone. (Thanks John Dupuis for the...

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Peer to Patent Project

Feb 24, 2009 by

The USPTO launched the Peer to Patent Project in June 2007. The Project permits the public to actually take part in the patenting process by submitting prior art and commentary relevant to the claims of pending patent applications in certain classes. These classes are Technology Center 2100 (“Computer Architecture, Software, and Information Security”) or Technology Center 3600 Class 705 (“Data Processing: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination”). Up to 400 eligible applications will be reviewed. Peer-to-Patent involves 1) review and discussion of posted patent applications, 2) research to locate prior art references 3) uploading prior art references relevant to the claims, 4) annotating and evaluating submitted prior art, and 5) top ten references, along with commentary, forwarded to the USPTO. The goal of this pilot is to prove that organized public participation can...

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More content into WorldWideScience.org...

Feb 16, 2009 by

WorldWideScience.org now searches 52 databases and portals from 56 countries. The three latest resources are Sri Lanka Journals Online (SLJOL), Indonesia Journals Online (IJO), and the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN Document Server. WorldWideScience.org “is a global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals”. More content is always good news...

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DoT added to Science.gov

Feb 16, 2009 by

Just that, US Department of Transportation materials have been added to Science.gov. It comprises 14 government agencies, including the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) Integrated Search and more than 30 DOT websites. Major subject areas of highway and transportation engineering, statistics, planning, policies, and research. More content is always good...

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AuthorMapper by Springer

Feb 14, 2009 by

Springer Science+Business Media launched a new website called AuthorMapper.com. This free website is an “analytical online tool for discerning trends, patterns and subject experts within scientific research.” Currently, AuthorMapper.com searches over three million journal articles to deliver a variety of useful information. The current searchable content is from all Springer journals, and metadata from other STM publishers will be included in the near future. The tool can provide a variety of analyses, such as keyword tag clouds and “Top 5” bar charts for various important metrics, and includes an interactive world map of the results. AuthorMapper.com’s advanced search function also allows complex queries using keyword, discipline, institution, journal and author. The results can identify new and historic scientific trends through timeline graphs and bar charts of top statistics, allowing for identification of trends in...

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