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OskiCat and proxy server downtime on Nov. 23

OskiCat and the library proxy server (for accessing licensed electronic resources off-campus) will be unavailable from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, while we perform scheduled maintenance. This also means that UCB call number and availability information will be unavailable in Melvyl. For off-campus access, the VPN will still work.

IET eBooks now available

We now have access to the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) eBooks Collection. The collection includes over 300 books published from 1979-2012. For each title, you can download individual chapters or the whole book as PDF files. Records for these ebooks will appear in OskiCat eventually.

IET ebooks interface example for Lightning Electromagnetics

Please note: The IET Digital Library includes ebooks, journals, and conferences, but we only have access to the ebooks on this platform. Our access to IET journals and conferences is via IEEE Xplore.

New platform for Springer journals and ebooks on Nov. 26

Springer journal and ebook content will be migrating to a new Springer platform effective Monday, November 26. You will automatically be redirected to the new SpringerLink site at that time. The new SpringerLink site is faster, easier to use, and optimized for most mobile devices.

Please note: Individual personalized accounts created on the old SpringerLink platform will not be migrated to the new platform. Users wanting to save searches and alerts will need to create a new account when the new platform is made available. The old platform will remain accessible through the end of 2012, in case you need to retrieve settings from your old account.

Originally posted on CDLINFO News.

PMC Free Digital Archive

PMC logo

PMC, formerly PubMed Central, is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, currently containing approximately 2.5 million articles.

PMC is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the Public Access Policy mandated by NIH and other research funding agencies. The repository includes material dating back prior to the NIH mandate, including some which date to the mid to late 1800s or early 1900s. A sampling of journals going back to volume 1 includes American Journal of Human Genetics (v. 1, 1949-),  Biophysical Journal (v. 1, 1960-), and Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society (v.1, 1865-).

Almost all the content of PMC is protected by U.S. and/or foreign copyright laws, although access is free for all materials. Respective copyright holders retain rights for reproduction, redistribution and reuse.

eLife Launching in Winter 2012

eLife is the new open-access venue established by a joint initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust.  It  aims to publish the best research from basic and theoretical life and biomedicine subjects through translational, applied, and clinical work.   Its website gives this definition:

“eLife is a researcher-led digital publication for outstanding work, a platform to maximise the reach and influence of new findings and a showcase for new approaches for the presentation and assessment of research.”

Recent articles are now available on the eLife website and in PubMed Central.   The page on Publishing Fees is brief and interesting.

Read all about eLife and sign up for its newletter.

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.

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