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IEEE Smart Grid website

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers or IEEE has just launched a website dedicated to information about Smart Grid technology, or "the next-generation, managed electrical power system that leverages increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy."

IEEE hopes the website will be "an integrated gateway to Smart Grid intelligence, education and news from IEEE and other expert sources... designed for manufacturers, policymakers, educators, academics, governments, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and other stakeholders in the power and energy, information technology (IT), and communications industries." (Press Release)

To learn more, visit IEEE Smart Grid at

 or watch this short video on Smart Grid technology.

America's Energy Future -- Report & Website

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Recap of Summit on America’s Energy Future A workshop report of the energy summit held earlier this year by the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering provides summaries of speaker presentations and discussions on energy security, energy and the environment, and energy and the economy. The workshop report is the first release of the academies’ America’s Energy Future project, an initiative designed to stimulate discussion about U.S. energy options.

1st link goes to book, 2nd goes to website From What’s New at, Nov. 14th.

Website for EE design & development in India

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TechOnline India, is a new web site from TechInsights, the publishers of EE Times, that targets the education and technical information needs of the rapidly growing electronics engineering design and development community in India. There are many aspects to the website: articles, courses, blogs, webinars, a forum, a “virtualab”.

Source: Issue 167, Internet resources newsletter, “the free, monthly, newsletter for academics, students, engineers, scientists and social scientists”, from Herriot-Watt Univ., in the U.K.

Energy Statistics Database

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Energy Statistics Database United Nations Statistics Division - UNSD

The Energy Statistics Database contains comprehensive energy statistics on more than 215 countries, areas and regions on the production, trade and intermediate and final consumption (end-use) for primary and secondary conventional, non-conventional and new and renewable sources of energy. The complete Energy Statistics dataset, covering the period from 1990 on, is available in electronic format.

Explore Energy Statistics Database at UNdata

Energy Statistics Home page Online data


Discovered via The Scout Report — October 24, 2008, under UN Data

Photonics -- a new global vertical search site

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“New vertical search site for the global photonics community - 16 Sep 2008

Vertical search services and technologies provider Convera Corporation, US, has announced the launch of, a vertical search site for the global photonics industry, in conjunction with IOP Publishing. Wholly owned by the Institute of Physics, IOP Publishing is an international leader in scientific publishing and electronic dissemination of information and news in the field of physics.

Each of the thousands of websites included in the database has been personally selected by the editors of and Optics & Laser Europe magazine, both produced by IOP Publishing. The database includes the sites of leading photonics companies, key optics organisations and research centers, as well as other information sources such as journals, magazines, and news-based websites.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Accreditation in Engineering programs

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IEEE has set up an academic portal, to be “The ultimate resource for engineering, computer and technology accreditiation.” Among the links are those about accreditation bodies, accredited/credentialed engineering programs, and engineering as a career.

“US DoE expands global science gateway - 18 Jun 2008

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information has announced that international science portal has expanded its scope to include connections to databases and scientific web sites from over 44 nations. allows users to question over 200 million science and technology documents not indexed by popular search engines. The portal linked to 12 databases from 10 countries when it debuted in June 2007. The lately expanded service includes 32 national scientific databases and links to portals from 44 countries.

DOE and the British Library along with eight other participating countries first struck an agreement to establish the portal in January 2007. gives science information consumers a single entry point for searching far-reaching science portals in parallel, with only one query, saving time and effort.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

National Academy of Engineering encourages young women

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February 20 — In conjunction with National Engineers Week, the National Academy of Engineering and a coalition of engineering and educational organizations announced today the launch of “Engineer Your Life,” a new Web site to encourage academically prepared girls to enroll in undergraduate engineering programs. The site is part of a national effort to tell high school girls, and the adults in their lives, about what it is like to be an engineer.

News Release

Engineer Your Life

From today’s What’s

ACS (American Chemical Society) Nanotechnology News & Information

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ACS Nanotation now live

On Monday, Oct. 22nd, ACS Publications launched ACS Nanotation now live a new website created to bring together the worldwide nano community. This free online resource enables nanoscientists to save time by reading reviews that identify the most significant, new research. Register to win a free iPodĀ® nano!

From “LiveWire” (ACS Publication News) Vol. 8, issues 9/10

TechXtra is a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.’ Many items are full text. The contents are described specifically in a table found here:

Do read the “about section”. It will not take the place of Library subcription indexes/databases, like Engineering Index, which should be searched first, but it does provide “deep web” searching of collections missed by Google. Where the Library has subscriptions to series, there should be a link. When you can’t find full text access without logging in or paying, do request papers, etc., via Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery. TechXtra’s search engine is still under development for more refinements, truncation, for example. There is a slight emphasis on the United Kingdom.

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