Monthly Archives: December, 2012

OCLC: ArchiveGrid

“ArchiveGrid is both a discovery system for an aggregation for archival collection descriptions, and a research sandbox, where we can experiment with both tightly and loosely structured data, and also try out interface design and emerging technologies. The ArchiveGrid team has done a lot in 2012….”




George Mason University Launches World’s First MOOC in Social Entrepreneurship

George Mason University Launches World’s First MOOC in Social Entrepreneurship

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Upcoming release of EuroVoc 4.4, EU’s multilingual thesaurus

EuroVoc is a multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus covering the activities of the EU. ontology-based thesaurus management and semantic web technologies

Source: EuroVoc

PMC has launched PubReader

PMC has launched PubReader, a designed particularly for enhancing the readability of PMC journal articles on tablet and other small screen devices, PubReader can also be used on desktops and laptops and from multiple web browsers.


Source: NCBI

IIT-Hyderabad has full faculty now

“The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) is ahead of all the new IITs achieving 100 per cent faculty recruitment while all others suffer from faculty shortage ranging from 35 to 53 per cent.

“We made a conscious effort to fill up the posts as IITs are known by their faculty. It doesn’t mean that we recruited whoever applied. Quality is always the prime parameter for us,” the IIT-H Director, Professor. U.B. Desai said.

“IT industry and several scientific and research institutions that can complement research interests of the faculty is making them opt for Hyderabad,” said a professor. “Other new IITs lack such appeal.”

Prof. Desai says that he would like to have more faculty in the Computer Science department, but agrees that there is a severe shortage of qualified candidates across the world in that stream.

“The construction work is picking up pace and we hope to shift to the new campus partially by December 2013,” Prof. Desai said.

Source : The Hindu (dated 12/12/12)

Hindu Newspaper on 12-12-2012

Shortage of teaching staff new IITs except IIT Hyderabad


Seven out of the eight new institutions(except IIT Hyderabad)  are yet to attract almost half the number of teachers that the central government had expected them to.

Source : India Today

BFS-Auto: High Speed Book Scanner at over 250 pages/min

Open-Standards Citation Style Editor by Mendeley

Mendeley  announced the launch of a new “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” (WYSIWYG) citation style editor that will enable users to format citation styles and then contribute them to an open repository where they can be reused by other academics.

Produced in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries with the support of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the new editor was developed in response to frequent requests on Mendeley’s user feedback board.


Source :Mendeley website

More details: here

SLA Open Access science resources

Federated Searches:

  • DOE Information Systems Federated search covering Department of Energy related research, articles and conference proceedings
  • Science Gov – Searches over 50 U.S. Government science-related databases and websites
  • Maintained by Elsevier, this federated search covers journals and science related materials from the web
  • Federated search developed by the Department of Energy that covers national and international government science resources

Major Science Publisher Open Access Initiatives

Science Journals

  • BioMed Publisher of 220 open access peer-reviewed science, technology and medicine journals.
  • Directory of Open Access Focus on scientific journals using quality-controlled measures—somewhat spotty but decent international coverage
  • Publishers of 1700+ peer-reviewed science journals—older content is frequently open access
  • Public Library of Science Advocacy organization and publisher of 7 high quality peer-reviewed open access journals

Subject Specific Resources

  • Agriculture and agriculture-related database from the USDA
  • arXiv provides open access to nearly 800,000 e-prints in the area of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.
  • Digital library and search engine focused on computer and information science.
  • Defense Technical Information A searchable repository for all publicly accessible DOD science and technical research.
  • Database covering family planning and reproductive health with excellent international coverage.
  • PubChem –– The 3 databases in PubChem provide information on the biological activities of small molecules.
  • PubMed 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and on-line books.  Free full text is linked to when available.
  • From the United States National Library of Medicine databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.
  • Transportation-related research covering 940,000 records of transportation research worldwide.
  • Universal Biological Indexer and Organizer uses names and taxonomic intelligence about organisms

Source: SLA Open Access science resources

Antibodypedia:searchable online antibodies database

Antibodypedia, a searchable online database of publicly available antibodies hosted in collaboration with Nature Publishing Group (NPG).  catalogues more than 500,000 individual antibodies, which collectively detect 88% of the proteins encoded by the human genome. Antibodypedia also holds the results of nearly 145,000 experiments performed with these antibodies, as well as 32,000 links to publications related to their use.

Antibodypedia is a free, open-access, and growing resource for data and commentary on antibodies from both commercial and academic providers. The database’s antigen-centric structure allows users to compare the properties of a range of antibodies detecting a particular target. Antibodies are ranked according to their spectrum of efficacy, with peer-reviewed user data contributing to their rankings such that the scoring system recapitulates the community’s preferences.


Source: npg

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