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REAXYS: registered users (only) must back-up before Aug 1

July 27th, 2012 by Cory Craig

All users of the REAXYS chemistry database who have ALSO registered for a REAXYS username and password (necessary to use the auto alerts, saved settings, etc.) should have received this notice from REAXYS (see also URL below). Registration within the REAXYS database is optional, not required, it allows use of certain customization features.

This applies to registered users of REAXYS only:
You will lose your alerts and hitsets IF you fail to back them up prior to August 1st.

The procedure to back-up and restore is given here:

Full Notice — Sent to Registered REAXYS Users:


July 18th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Databib,, is a tool for helping people to identify and locate online repositories of research data. Over 200 data repositories have been cataloged in Databib, with more being added every week. Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can browse and search.

* What repositories are appropriate for a researcher to submit his or her data to?
* How do users find appropriate data repositories and discover datasets to meet their needs?
* How can librarians help patrons locate and integrate data into their research or learning?

Databib begins to address these needs for data users, data producers, publishers, librarians, funding agencies, and others engaged in data-driven research.

In addition to the website, Databib is made available using a variety of machine interfaces (RSS, RDF/XML, OpenSearch, RDFa/Linked Data) for easy integration with other tools and environments without restriction (CC0). Databib’s international advisory board represents global support for collaborating to develop such a global registry of research data repositories.

The development of Databib was initially supported by a Sparks! Innovation National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Nominations for an Editorial Board are being solicited to ensure the coverage and accuracy of Databib. Editors ideally will have expertise in a specific research domain or knowledge of research data repositories in a particular geographic region as well as experience with descriptive metadata. The primary role of an Editor is to review, edit, and approve submissions to Databib and contribute to the enhancement of the metadata and functionality of Databib for a voluntary, three-year term. The Editorial Board will meet (virtually) a minimum of twice a year and will correspond as needed by email.

Please send nominations or questions to, or visit for more information. Thank you.

Synthesis Digital Library Update for June 2012

July 18th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The following new titles were published in June.