Schwerdtfeger Library News -- June 2003
 

Schwerdtfeger Library News - June 2003

By Jean Phillips


 

 


New Resource: Essential Science Indicators

Essential Science Indicators (ESI) provides internet access to a unique and comprehensive compilation of essential science performance statistics and science trends data derived from the Institute for Scientific Information's (ISI) databases. The chief indicators of output, or productivity, are journal article publication counts. For influence and impact measures, ESI employs both total citation counts and cites per paper scores.

ESI includes citation rankings for scientists, institutions, journals, countries and information on the most highly cited papers and hot topics for the last two to ten years.

It is important to recognize that the data in ESI are limited to ISI-indexed journal articles only. No books, book chapters, or articles published in journals not indexed by ISI are taken into account here, either in terms of publication or citation counts. Content in all ISI databases is limited to peer-reviewed journal literature.

Other tools produced by the Institute for Scientific Information include Science Citation Index and Journal Citation Reports.

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Applications Technology Satellite (ATS) Image Collection

The Schwerdtfeger Library recently submitted a proposal for an Historic Preservation Fund Grant administered by the Department of the Interior, to digitize, preserve and provide web access to 13,000 images taken by the Spin-Scan Camera, payload of the Applications Technology Satellites -I and -III in 1966 and 1967, respectively.

The launching of the ATS-I into geosynchronous Earth orbit pioneered continuous viewing of weather from space. The ability to obtain continuous satellite imagery of a fixed point on the earth, at 20-minute intervals, allowed scientists to study a synoptic picture of existing meteorological conditions for the first time. The sequential pictures provided animation of cloud movements and a breakthrough in visualizing and comprehending atmospheric circulation. Having this period in our weather history accessible to researchers increases the time base available for climate study and modeling.

The transparencies, from which the digital images will be made, are not stored archivally. They have discolored and degraded over time, meaning that all color images in the database will need correction. The transparencies themselves need to be stored in an environmentally sound way to prevent future degradation of the media.

The Schwerdtfeger Library has begun work on a preliminary database for the ATS images to demonstrate the concept.

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Schwerdtfeger Library Publications Update

We continue to add the Library's publications to OCLC, a national database from which they are exported to the UW-Madison Libraries' catalog, MadCat. Many books and documents are already there, but not all. If you don't find a book in MadCat, check with the Library as it may not have been added yet. In the not too distant future, you will be able to safely search MadCat for almost all holdings of the Schwerdtfeger Library. Other collections such as reprints and internal files which cannot be added to MadCat will be available on the Library's web page. For help searching the catalogs, contact the Library.

The Library archives SSEC and AOS publications and reprints. When you publish, in print or electronically, please send two copies to the Library and in the case of electronic publication, send the link so that we can include it.

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New Electronic Journals

The University Libraries have recently licensed access to the following electronic journals:

Astrophysics (Kluwer), online access limited to current subscription year
Aviation Week and Space Technology (Proquest), v.144, no.11, 1996 -
Compte Rendus Geoscience (Elsevier), v.334, 2002 -
European Journal of Mass Spectrometry (IM Publications), v.1, no.6, 1995 -
Global environmental change: human and policy dimensions (Elsevier), online access limited to current subscription year
Global environmental change. Part B, Environmental hazards : human and policy dimensions (Elsevier), online access limited to current subscription year
Icarus (Elsevier), online access limited to current subscription year
Journal of Cold Regions Engineering (ASCE), v.9, 1995 -
Pure and Applied Geophysics (Springer), v.149, no.2, 1997 -
Tellus. Series A, Dynamic meteorology and oceanography (Blackwell), online access limited to current year and previous year
Tellus. Series B, Chemical and physical meteorology (Blackwell), online access limited to current year and previous year

Other electronic journal lists:

Math Library electronic journals
Physics Library electronic journals
Schwerdtfeger Library electronic journal list
Campus-wide list

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Current Contents on the Web

The Schwerdtfeger Library offers its Current Contents on the web. We provide scientists direct access to current literature in the meteorological, oceanographic and planetary sciences. Where possible, we provide connections to the full-text versions of current articles and paper copies for most anything else. Subscribers receive e-mail
notification when the site is updated each week.

Contact the library to subscribe or to learn more about the service.

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Freedom to Read Protection Act

Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the "Freedom to Read Protection Act," HR 1157, on March 6th. HR 1157 would return the standards for the FBI to obtain court orders and warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to investigate library patrons and bookstore customers to the pre-PATRIOT Act
standards. Under this legislation, the FBI would still have access to these records with a court-ordered search warrant but some type of reasonable cause would be required -- not the lower standard created by the USA PATRIOT Act. HR 1157 also calls for public reporting to determine how provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are being implemented in order to better assess civil liberties implications. [American Library Association]

University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries have drafted a "Response to Subpoenas, Search Warrants, or other Official Requests for Confidential Information." It is currently under review by UW legal counsel. Once approved, the Schwerdtfeger Library will adopt much the same procedure and make it available for your review. For clarification, the State Statute on library resources and privacy is quoted below, however; under certain circumstances, federal law may supersede state law:

[Wisconsin Statute 43.30 states "...the documents or other materials, resources or shuttle services may not be
disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the
library or library system, to persons authorized by the individual to inspect such records..."]

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European Science Foundation

The European Science Foundation (ESF) acts as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European scientific and science policy initiatives.

ESF is the European association of 76 major national funding agencies devoted to scientific research in 29 countries. It represents all scientific disciplines: physical and engineering sciences, life and environmental sciences, medical sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The Foundation recently released a report detailing its plan to create a European Research Council responsible for funding the highest quality "researcher initiated" science which is seen as essential to the future development of Europe.

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