“The CAS Source Index (CASSI) search tool is a web-based resource intended to support researchers and librarians who need accurate bibliographic information. This new tool has been created as a free-of-charge resource that will enable researchers to confirm journal titles and journal title abbreviations in an easily accessible electronic format.
This free, web-based tool can serve as a companion tool to CASSI on CD customers to provide easy access for basic journal and abbreviation look-ups, while CASSI on CD provides additional functionality and data such as holdings information, DDS availability, certain record details, and archival ability. To start using the new CASSI search tool, visit http://cassi.cas.org.”
Posted to CHMINF-L by Peter Carlton at CAS.org
Among the updates to Google Earth are the following:
New and updated imagery from Mars
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
3D building facades for 5 cities in CA, and now Philadelphia, Portland, Austin & Chicago
From the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) is Climate Change Tours
Source: The Sightseer Newsletter | December 2009
Google Earth Sightseer Newsletter [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Ten DNA-sequenced volunteers are posting this most private information online, unprotected. You’ll recognize some of them by reputation, if not their DNA: pioneering technologist Esther Dyson, and high-ranking individuals from the tech/biotech industries and academia.
They are baring all, so to speak, mainly to see what happens. George Church, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, is behind the exposure. He, Dyson and eight others will post not just their DNA, but also medical records and descriptions of their physical traits, says Forbes.
It’s an effort called the Personal Genome Project, in which the volunteers will relate the experience of having such personal information publicly available. Researchers want to determine the risks of DNA exposure, and learn how to develop software capable of managing human-scale DNA data volumes.
The ten volunteers are just the beginning. Researchers are in the process of recruiting the first 10,000 volunteers, on their way to 100,000 from the general public.
- read the Forbes article
- check out the project Internet site
- here are one volunteer’s annotation results
- see the intro video ”
Every year the indexers at the National Library of Medicine update the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) based on the latest usage of biomedical, pharmaceutical, public health and disease terminology.
*NLM Technical Bulletin, Nov-Dec 2009, Newly Maintained MEDLINE for 2010 MeSH Now Available in PubMed
Source: NLM New files for the week of Dec 14, 2009
SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING & ACADEMIC RESEARCH COALITION
From the SPARC eNews December, 2009: Opportunities to support open access:
U.N. Climate Summit Under Way in Copenhagen
Leaders from across the globe convened today (Dec. 7th) in Copenhagen for a United Nations conference to discuss a plan to combat climate change. One of the goals of the summit, which runs through Dec. 18, is to work on a follow-up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.
Under the “Full Story”, there are links to reports and a link to the conference website.
US government launches interactive public forum on Public Access Policy — 11 Dec 2009
“The US’ Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has launched a public consultation on its Public Access Policy. The Administration is seeking public input on access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.
OSTP launched an interactive, online discussion on December 10. The discussion is focused on three major areas of interest. These include: Implementation (Dec. 10 to 20): Which Federal agencies are good candidates to adopt public access policies? What variables (field of science, proportion of research funded by public or private entities, etc.) should affect how public access is implemented at various agencies, including the maximum length of time between publication a public release?; Features and Technology (Dec. 21 to 31): In what format should the data be submitted in order to make it easy to search and retrieve information, and to make it easy for others to link to it? Are there existing digital standards for archiving and interoperability to maximise public benefit? How are these anticipated to change; and Management (Jan. 1 to 7): What are the best mechanisms to ensure compliance? What would be the best metrics of success? What are the best examples of usability in the private sector (both domestic and international)? Should those who access papers be given the opportunity to comment or provide feedback?
Each of these topics will form the basis of a blog posting that will appear at www.whitehouse.gov/open and will be open for comment on the OSTP blog.
Search for more Public funded research information in K-Store”
Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter
From today’s Fiercebiotech News, FierceBiotech IT [email@example.com]
“… Indiana University is spending $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health on…high-end computing discovery tools. The Hoosiers’ Pervasive Technology Institute Digital Science Center is targeting cloud computing to support life science research.
In addition to busting computing bottlenecks, the center plans to use the cloud for analyzing sequencing data, the volume of which is “one to two orders of magnitude larger than possible with current computational capabilities,” according to an industry article. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other open source software are expected to be part of the installation.
The center’s research team will partner with IU life science research teams to test the platform in such research areas as sequence assembly and population genomics. Cloud technologies will also be applied to gene family clustering and structural visualization.
The IU work is also supported by the National Science Foundation via its FutureGrid experimental supercomputing network project.”
There are other interesting stories too:
Pitt hits computing jackpot
Hoosiers tap cloud for sequencing
Nano, in vivo 3D gains for imaging
Remote imager to provide disease data
click here to read it on the web.. or here:
“Knovel launches Nanotechnology collection — 02 Dec 2009
Knovel, an online resource for engineers, has announced the availability of the Nanotechnology collection. The new collection seeks to help engineers expand their knowledge base and build expertise in this rapidly-growing multi-disciplinary area.
The Nanotechnology collection features content from leading publishers including Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, Springer, Smithers Rapra, Royal Society of Chemistry, World Scientific and Wiley. It focusses on nanoscale materials, nanostructure-dependent properties and phenomena data as well as fabrication and manufacturing techniques. Subtopics within the collection include Nanostructures and Micro/Nanodevices; Micro/Nanofabrication and Manufacturing Techniques; Nanobiotechnology; Environmental Nanotechnology and Environmental Safety; and Nanocomposites.
Knovel is an online resource that helps engineers find reliable technical information. Knovel’s reliable content, optimised search and interactive tools, help engineers solve problems faster by providing answers at the point of need, in turn helping organisations increase the productivity of their engineering staff.”
From Knowledgespeak Newsletter.
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