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Volcanoes!

August 29th, 2014 by

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

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

 

Image credit:  Sergey Sus.  License:  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.  From Flickr:  https://flic.kr/p/96iTMv

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)