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Announcing a Demand Driven Standards pilot with IHS (Information Handling Service)

December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Need an industry standard for your research, teaching, or a project? The IHS Standards Expert ( database searches about 1.6 million standards from 370 technical societies worldwide.

The UC Davis Library will now purchase print copies of standards for the library’s collection and make them available to you.

  • There is no charge to the requester.
  • Delivery times can vary, but should take 7 working days or fewer.
  • You will be notified when the standard is available for use in the collection.

Please keep in mind that we do already provide full-text online standards from ASTM, IEEE, and ASABE and also have current print editions from a handful of other societies and standards bodies. A guide to Standards and Specifications at UC Davis goes into greater detail about our access to standards. If you ever aren’t sure if we already have access to a standard, please feel free to send an e-mail to Bob Heyer-Gray at

Searching and ordering through the IHS Standards Expert database does require registration. Step by step instructions are available at You are not required to request standards through the IHS interface and/or if you happen to already know what standard you need, you can either request using the following order form or by contacting Bob Heyer-Gray directly at

Wiley Journals: 2015 Access

January 8th, 2015 by Cory Craig

There may be short-term issues accessing 2015 content for Wiley journals.  This is due to changes in the way Wiley is handling on-going negotiations.  If you need an article you cannot access, contact the library:



Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

January 2nd, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
Applications of Zero-Suppressed Decision Diagrams
Tsutomu Sasao, Meiji University
Jon T. Butler, Naval Postgraduate School
Synthesis Lectures on Digital Circuits and Systems

Background Subtraction: Theory and Practice
Ahmed Elgammal, Rutgers University
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Vision

Instant Recovery with Write-Ahead Logging: Page Repair, System Restart, and Media Restore
Goetz Graefe, HP Labs
Wey Guy
Caetano Sauer, University of Kaiserslautern
Synthesis Lectures on Data Management

Libraries and the Semantic Web
Keith P. DeWeese, Gannett Co., Inc.
Dan Segal, Marcinko Enterprises, Inc.
Synthesis Lectures on Emerging Trends in Librarianship

The Shortest-Path Problem: Analysis and Comparison of Methods
Hector Ortega-Arranz, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Diego R. Llanos, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Arturo Gonzalez-Escribano, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Synthesis Lectures on Theoretical Computer Science

Happy Holidays! PSE Hours

December 22nd, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

The PSE hours over the intersession break will be:

* December 22 and 23: 8:00a-5:00p
* December 24-28: closed
* December 29 and 30: 8:00a-5:00p
* December 31 and January 1: closed
* January 2: 8:00a-5:00p
* January 3: closed
* January 4: 1:00-5:00p

We resume regular hours on January 5. Enjoy your break!

Nature Online Journals Unavailable: 12/13/14, 5am-9am

December 11th, 2014 by Cory Craig

All online journals will be unavailable on Saturday 12/13/14, from 5am to 9am PST ,
due to downtime for essential maintenance.





November IEEE & MIT Press Books – eBook Alert

December 10th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The Following Lectures Were Published in October

Al Selvin, Verizon Communications
Simon Buckingham Shum, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Karen Holtzblatt, InContext Enterprises, Inc.
Hugh Beyer, InContext Enterprises, Inc.

Hang Li, Huawei Technologies

Ken Anjyo, OLM Digital, Inc.
Hiroyuki Ochiai, Kyushu University

Models of Horizontal Eye Movements: Part 3, A Neuron and Muscle Based Linear Saccade Model
Alireza Ghahari, University of Connecticut
John D. Enderle, University of Connecticut

Bin Chen, Stanford University
Huijun Wang, Merck
Ying Ding, Indiana University
David Wild, Indiana University

The Taxobook: History, Theories, and Concepts of Knowledge Organization, Part 1 of a 3-Part Series
Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Measuring User Engagement
Mounia Lalmas, Yahoo Labs
Heather O’Brien, University of British Columbia
Elad Yom-Tov, Microsoft Research

The Taxobook: Principles and Practices of Building Taxonomies, Part 2 of a 3-Part Series
Marjorie M.K. Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Data Rights and Data Wrongs workshop

November 6th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Data Rights & Data Wrongs

Register here or go to

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Date & Time: December 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: MPR, Student Community Center, UC Davis

Scholars are increasingly subject to pressures from funding bodies, disciplinary norms, professional and personal ethics, and institutional directives to share their research data and make it available for reuse. There is, however, a great deal of heterogeneity across the research enterprise with respect to what is meant by ‘data’ and ‘data sharing,’ why data sharing is deemed important, and what data management strategies are considered most effective. Moreover, data are often difficult and costly to produce and share. Therefore, many scholars view these as a significant product of their intellectual labor for which they should receive some sort of credit towards tenure and promotion, authorial recognition through citation, or financial compensation. While balancing all of these considerations is desirable to promote increased access to data, it is difficult to guarantee that the concerns of all research stakeholders will be met given (1) the diverse forms that data can take, as well as the mobility and malleability of data given widespread access to new information technologies, (2) the complex and variable legal status of data as not-quite/not-always property, and (3) the ethical considerations and legal restrictions implicated in the sharing and reuse of data related to sensitive topics such as personal health information, national security, and vulnerable populations. This workshop will address theoretical concerns and pragmatic solutions that can be harnessed to help researchers comply with requirements or desires to share their data in ways they deem appropriate for their goals.

Panel Topics

– Mapping the varied perspectives on why sharing research data is important and the social norms, policy pressures, ethical considerations, and legal realities facing different stakeholders (e.g., researchers, university administration, and funding bodies),

– Discussing the legal tools different parties have developed or are in the process of developing in order to increase access to data, but still ensure stakeholders interests are met (e.g., DUAs & CC-BY), and

– Addressing how these issues are further complicated when sensitive data, data requiring additional protections given the underlying subject matter (e.g., health information), are involved.

Keynotes speakers

Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA

John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks


9:00-9:30 am || Registration & Coffee

9:30-10:15 am || Morning keynote || Delivered by Christine Borgman

10:15-11:30 am || Panel 1 || Perspectives on Data Sharing Across the Research Enterprise

  • Ellen Auriti, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, UC Office of the President
  • Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA
  • Dav Clark, Data Scientist @ D-Lab & Fellow at Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UC Berkeley
  • Jonathan Eisen, Professor in Genomics, UC Davis
  • Carl Stahmer, Director of Digital Scholarship, Library, UC Davis
  • Alexandra Lippman, Postdoctoral Fellow, ICIS, UC Davis (moderator)

11:30-11:45 am || Coffee Break

11:45-1:00 pm || Panel 2 || Legal Tools for Data Sharing

1:00-2:15 pm || Lunch

2:30-3:15 pm || Afternoon keynote || Delivered by John Wilbanks

3:15-4:30 pm || Panel 3 || Sharing Sensitive Data Subject to Additional Legal & Ethical Considerations

4:30-5:00 pm || Closing discussion


Please contact Allison Fish ( to express interest in attending.


October IEEE & MIT Press Books – eBook Alert

November 3rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray



Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

October 23rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The following titles were published in September.