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Volcanoes!

August 29th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

Here is a good link to various resources, including webcam feeds, to follow the two volcanic eruptions that happened recently: Bárðarbunga in Iceland and Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea. An overview news story about both eruptions from NPR is here, and a story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about Mt. Tavurur is here.

For Iceland, you can follow volcano news through the Icelandic national broadcasting agency in English here. For Tavurvur, there is an overview page and link to news here. You can also follow global volcano reports through this site from the Smithsonian and USGS. Here is a Q&A from National Geographic about Icelandic volcanoes.

Want to know more about volcanoes in general? See the Volcanoes page of the Geology LibGuide for reference books and databases.

August New Books List @ PSE Library

August 27th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 8/25/14 is now available.

Earthquake resources

August 25th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

The USGS has a page with scientific information about the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit the Napa area this weekend. You may also want to use their “Did You Feel It?” service to report if you felt the earthquake; this helps build a “community intensity map” of impact.

If you want to know more about earthquakes in California in general, see the USGS California Earthquake page, and for library resources visit the Earthquakes section of the Geology Libguide to find databases for articles, reference works, and the contact information of the Geology librarian.

Professor John Rundle from Geology gave a TV interview on the history and the science of the quake, which you can see here.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

August 21st, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The following titles were published in June & July.

 

 

U.S. Department of Energy Launches PAGES

August 5th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

 

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Image credit: Sergey Sus. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

https://flic.kr/p/96iTMv

 

On August 4, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled its plan to increase access to the research that it funds, as required by the White House OSTP directive of February 22, 2013.

Now available is a beta version of the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES).  The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website provides links to the full plan, FAQs, as well as this short summary:

” In response to the OSTP directive, OSTI has developed and launched the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta – DOE PAGESBeta.  When fully operational, this new resource will offer free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months. ”

According to Nature News Blog (August 4, 2014), the PAGES approach will make up to 30,000 papers per year “free to read”, but open access advocates are concerned that the approach may not provide for bulk downloading, re-distribution or creative re-use, such as text-mining.

More description of the PAGES approach from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website:

” The portal that OSTI has prepared employs a hybrid model of centralized metadata and primarily decentralized full-text access to accepted manuscripts or articles hosted by DOE-funded national laboratories, universities, and other institutions or by individual publishers.  In this way, the gateway builds on DOE’s existing scientific and technical information infrastructure and also integrates publishers’ public access efforts.  For publisher-hosted content, OSTI has been collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States.  OSTI is also engaging with other stakeholders’ initiatives to advance public access, such as the university and research library community’s Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). ”

For more information:

ScienceInsider Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)

July New Books List

July 31st, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 7/28/14 is now available.

UCD expands ASME Digital Collection access

July 16th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is the premier professional membership organization for more than 127,000 mechanical engineers and associated members worldwide.  ASME also conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession’s most prestigious journals, conference papers and proceedings, and ASME Press books.   The entire collection can be searched via the ASME Digital Collection.
 
The ASME Digital Collection (http://uclibs.org/PID/263235), previously known as The ASME Digital Library, is ASME’s repository of current and archival literature and UC Davis is pleased to be able to expand our access to now include:
ASME Journals Front File (2000- )
ASME Journals Archive (1960-1999)
ASME Conference Proceedings (2008- )
ASME Conference Proceedings Archive (2002-2007)
ASME eBooks

July IEEE & MIT Press – eBook Alert

July 16th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

New eBooks from IEEE and MIT press on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library platform for the month of July include:

 

Scopus User Survey: Tell Us What You Think

July 1st, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

All ten UC campuses have access to Elsevier’s Scopus database for the 2014 calendar year. Scopus is a citation and abstracting database that covers a broad universe of peer reviewed journal and conference literature, with links to Fulltext – when available – through the library. Covering
scientific, technical, medical, social science, and arts and humanities disciplines, Scopus indexes nearly 21,000 journals and more than 340
book series from more than 5,000 international publishers.

Scopus allows researchers to perform citation searches to see how many times a work has been cited, by whom, and to rank searches by times cited, from 1996 to the present. Scopus also offers tools to track, analyze, and visualize research, as well as a capability to cross-search more than 25 million patents.

UC is providing an initial subscription; however, to continue the subscription, the UC Libraries Collection Licensing Subgroup needs to hear from the community about whether Scopus is important to UC research.

We would like to add many voice to the conversation about whether Scopus is a useful and necessary research and teaching tool. This link to a very short (i.e., five minute) UC Scopus User survey can be found in the top right corner of every Scopus web page: Is Scopus important to your work? Tell UC about it

If you use Scopus, please take the survey, and tell us what you think!

June New Books List

June 26th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 6/23/14 is now available.