Cambridge Digital Library. Newton Papers is a new online resource from Cambridge University. Cambridge University has the most extensive archive of Newton's manuscripts in the world. Although the current CDL offering is a small subset of the collection, more documents will be added as they are digitized. The scans of each item are in full color, cover to cover. Future offerings from Cambridge will include the works of Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, and other scientists. The collection is freely available online and easy to browse. Users may click on the title of a manuscript to view it in an interface that allows them to turn the pages. Users may skip to specific page numbers, but full-text searching is not available.
Contradictory pending legislation is trying to increase or restrict public access to taxpayer funded research and it has been in the news a lot recently. Undoubtedly the response to the Elsevier boycott is the direct cause of Elsevier's response on February 27th: Elsevier Withdraws Support for the RWA. There have been many discussions lately on the pending legislation and its affect on scholarly publishing. Here are a few selected links:
Register now for i teach 2012: Exchanging Ideas on Teaching - Washington University faculty are invited to participate in the biennial i teach symposium on teaching on Thursday, January 12, 2012 on the Danforth Campus. The symposium will include 16 sessions on innovative and effective teaching at Washington University. A complete schedule may be found at iteach.wustl.edu/symposium/2012.
The Web of Knowledge platform, on which we have Web of Science and INSPEC, is being updated. The new version is now available for preview, linked from the existing platform, which will remain available until July. If you want to try it out, go to the existing interface, at http://libproxy.wustl.edu/login?url=http://isiknowledge.com/wos, and click DISCOVER the new Web of Knowledge now! in the upper right corner. That goes to a marketing page that tells you what is changing, and gives you a link into the preview. One of the new features is full author name searching, rather than last name and initials. This could be very handy!
The latest versions of the popular iPhone applications “IOPscience express” and “physicsworld.com newsflash” are now available from the App Store and iTunes. These apps have been designed to allow you to keep up-to-date with IOP’s flagship publications. The new versions are fully compliant with OS4 and are reader friendly on the iPad. Many improvements have also been made to the functionality of both apps based on user feedback. The new apps can be downloaded free of charge via iTunes or the App Store and will replace the previous versions.
Mark your calendars for one of the sessions with Patty Hart from WU General Counsel's Office. This will be an overview of legal issues with a chance to ask questions. When & Where: It will be offered twice: Oct. 5th at 10 AM at the medical campus (Cori Auditorium) and Oct. 13th at 4 pm on the Danforth campus (Arc, Olin Library Level A). No pre-registration is required. Who: WU faculty, researchers, graduate students, postdocs Why: Authors are encouraged to anticipate their future needs and to retain the rights they need in order to optimize dissemination of their research. In today's digital world, the right to disseminate and reuse the work is almost as important as the content itself. Those who teach may want to consider retaining rights to be able to make copies of their work for classroom use, use for lecture notes, or for posting on electronic reserves. Bench and clinical scientists may want to post their work on a laboratory web site, present their work at a conference or meeting, disseminate copies of the work to their colleagues, post the work on a subject repository, deposit their supplemental data in a public repository, include their work on a publicly available web site so that research results can be made accessible to the public, comply with public access mandates or use graphs or charts from a work in a future publication, to name a few. Doctoral students may want to retain the right to include their work in a dissertation or thesis or to post the work on an institutional or subject repository. More info: http://becker.wustl.edu/services/news/copyright-law.html.