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DataUp: describe, manage and share your data

Recently the California Digital Library (CDL) and its partners released DataUp, a free tool to help researchers (especially in the earth, ecological, and environmental sciences) to manage and archive their tabular data. It was developed to integrate with Microsoft Excel, though researchers can use the Web application and/or Microsoft Excel add-in. Both versions allow users to:

  • Perform a “best practices check” to ensure data are well-formatted and organized
  • Create standardized metadata, or a description of the data, using a wizard-style template
  • Retrieve a unique identifier for their dataset from the data repository
  • Post their datasets and associated metadata to the ONEShare repository.

More information about DataUp can be found in the press release and the DataPub blog. DataUp joins other data management tools developed by CDL and its partners including:

  • DMP Tool: to help prepare and save data management plans for your grant applications
  • EZID: to create and manage unique, persistent, and citable identifiers for your data
  • Merritt: to manage, preserve, and/or share your data

Please see our Scientific Data Services for more information on these tools and other data management services.

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series


Synthesis Digital Library Update for August and September, 2012


New look to the National Geologic Map Database

Today is Geologic Map Day! In honor of this celebration, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) have released a redesigned National Geologic Map Database. The National Geologic Map Database pulls together geologic maps from the USGS, state geological surveys, and other publishers to help users find geologic mapping of locations across the U.S.

The redesign upgrades both the interface and underlying infrastructure, utilizing the latest technologies to improve search and discovery. This includes the brand new MapView search.

Image of National Geologic Map Database MapView interface

International Open Access Week

International Open Access Week 2012 logo

The Library will be sponsoring a number of events during Open Access Week and all are invited to attend! There are two events of particular interest for faculty and researchers in the sciences:

More information about these events and other scholarly communication issues can be found on The Library’s Scholarly Communication News at Berkeley blog.

Homecoming book and map sale October 6

Celebrate Homecoming by acquiring some good books and maps!

Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Book sale (303 Doe): Hunt for treasures in our selection of 3,000 books. Most are hardbound works from donated collections, covering virtually every subject collected by the University Library. Prices vary, but all are low. Don’t miss this chance to add to your own library!

Map sale (190 Doe): Don’t miss this special sale of nearly 3,000 duplicate and superseded maps priced at $1 each (or 25 maps for $20). The maps are mostly USGS topographic quadrangles, nautical and aeronautical charts, and a small assortment of other topographic, street, and tourist maps.

More tours and events can be found at the Homecoming 2012 website.

Embase database now available: 25 million citations strong

We are happy to announce that UC Berkeley campus users now have access to Embase, a biomedical and pharmacological database with over 25 million citations.

Comprised of the MEDLINE database (which is also in PubMed) and citations from over 2,000 unique-to-Embase journal titles, Embase has especially strong coverage in drug, pharmaceutical, and toxicological research, including economic evaluations.

Please see the original post on the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library News blog for more information.

Water Resources Collections and Archives

WRCA image

The Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA) is a unique library that collects contemporary and historic materials on all aspects of water resources. This collection was formerly named Water Resources Center Archives, located at UC Berkeley. It is now located at UC Riverside and CSU San Bernardino; its collections remain available to researchers around the world.

The WRCA’s collection guides and digitized images can be found in the Online Archive of California. Print materials can be found and requested using Melvyl, the UC Libraries catalog.

Knovel e-books currently unavailable

Knovel online library is currently unavailable and users are unable to access ebook PDFs online. Knovel expects the problem to be fixed by the end of the week (9/14/2012).

**UPDATE** 9/13 Knovel access has been restored. Please contact us if you are still having access problems.

Knovel University Challenge 2012

Image of Knovel University Challenge entry page

The Knovel University Challenge 2012 has begun!

Use Knovel to correctly answer a series of engineering-related questions for a chance to win an iPad, Beats Headphones, and other prizes. The contest runs September 10 through December 1. Chances to win include:

  • A Grand Prize Drawing on December 2 for an Apple iPad selected from all eligible entries.
  • Weekly Drawings for a new Western Digital HD TV Live Streaming Media Player from the pool of student entries that week.
  • The first 10 universities with 100 players join a contest-within-the-contest, with one student participant from each university winning a set of Beats Tour earphones.

The deadline for Grand Prize entries is Midnight on December 1, 2012.

RefWorks: Storage limit increased to 5 GB

Attention RefWorks users! You can now store up to 5GB of your stuff on RefWorks’ “cloud” – a significant increase from before. The UC Berkeley Library has communicated this need to RefWorks, and the change was made today.

What would you store in RefWorks? Besides all the citations, you can store PDFs and other files in your RefWorks database. This new storage limit ensures that you will not likely run out of space, no matter how many files you upload.

Help and tutorials on using RefWorks is available on the Public Health Library’s website.

Originally posted on Sheldon Margen Public Health Library News.

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