Schwerdtfeger Library News - April 2004

Schwerdtfeger Library News - April 2004

By Jean Phillips, Librarian



Schwerdtfeger Library Standards Database

Library staff have just completed work on a new standards and specifications database. The database includes standards held in-house for SSEC programs. Standards do not circulate outside of the Center.

Most standards-issuing organizations forbid any redistribution or copying of their documents so unless it's a federal standard, it's better to purchase enough copies for distribution to a work group. If you need a particular standard, please contact the Library.

Information regarding finding standards or standards-issuing organizations can be found on the Standards, Specifications and Regulations page.


New E-Journal: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters

The first issue of IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Letters has been published and is now available online in IEEE Xplore. One of five new IEEE publications in 2004, this journal includes theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, and examines the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information. Campus libraries provide access to this journal for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.

Find other journals on the Library's e-journal page or by searching MadCat. If you need help locating a journal, please contact the Library.


New Search Interface for Compendex and INSPEC

Campus libraries, via Engineering Village 2, now provide access to both Compendex (Engineering Index) and INSPEC (physics) databases. The databases can be searched alone or together. Backfiles to 1884 will be added sometime in the spring.

Access these files from the Library's homepage under Research Databases. For help finding an article or for help using these or any other databases, please contact the Library.


New Atmospheric Radiation Text

Professor Grant Petty has just published, A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation. He wrote the book to fill a gap in textbook offerings that target undergraduate and first-year graduate students. The textbook provides an introduction to the principles and practical consequences of atmospheric radiation for those who do not necessarily intend to become specialists in radiation or remote sensing. Its objective is to foster an understanding of "how radiation works" and to provide a solid conceptual and mathematical foundation for further study.

The Library has a copy of the book for your review.


Vanishing URLs: Ephemera for Engineers and Scientists

The Internet has revolutionized publishing, making it easier than ever before to access and publish articles, papers and even books. Of course, as with any change, there are some growing pains. Many technical articles now include references to Internet addresses, as opposed to hard-copy resources. In one study, 108 of 184 Internet addresses became inactive within four years. Don Christiansen looks at e-references and their penchant for disappearing, in the latest edition of IEEE-USA Today's Engineer. (What's New@IEEE for Libraries, March 2004)


Knowledge Lost in Information: Report of the NSF Workshop on Research Directions for Digital Libraries

The final report from the National Science Foundation's workshop on the future of digital library research has just been published and is now available online. The workshop brought together a group of educators, researchers, librarians and technologists to look at the future research agenda for digital libraries and related areas.

To maintain national expertise and achieve necessary gains in research and education, the report recommends that NSF commit $60 million per year for research and infrastructure support, along with periodic review of progress and priorities.

Systems for information access, delivery, and presentation are in a continual state of catch-up. Increasing demands are being placed on knowledge access, creation, use and discovery across disciplines, and of content interpretation across linguistic, cultural, and geographic boundaries. The opportunities are unlimited, but they will remain only challenges unless a continued commitment by NSF sustains and accelerates research into the most fundamental of our intellectual assets – information. (Excerpted from the Executive Summary)


IEEE Publications Not Contstrained by OFAC

IEEE scored a victory for freedom of the press and the scholarly publishing community with the ruling it received (on 5 April 2004) from the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The ruling exempts peer review, editing and publication of scholarly manuscripts submitted to IEEE by authors living in countries that are under U.S. trade embargoes, such as Iran and Cuba. OFAC determined that IEEE’s publications process is "not constrained by OFAC's regulatory programs.” (IEEE Information Update, Copyright 2004)