The Schwerdtfeger Library News - June 2006

By Jean Phillips, Librarian

Contribution to NOAA Time Capsule

On behalf of the Space Science and Engineering Center, the Schwerdtfeger Library contributed a series of ATS-III images for inclusion in a time capsule at the new NOAA building in College Park, MD. 

The Multicolor Spin-Scan Cloudcover Camera (MSSCC) experiment was one of eleven payloads of the Applications Technology Satellite-III (ATS-III), launched on 5 November 1967. Dr. Vernor Suomi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center, was the Principal Investigator for the MSSCC experiment. The system provided color pictures for approximately three months at which time the red and blue channels failed but continued to provide black and white pictures until 11 December 1974. The launching of the ATS-I into geosynchronous Earth orbit, followed by the ATS-III, pioneered continuous viewing of weather from space.

The Schwerdtfeger Library holds a comprehensive collection of ATS-I and ATS-III images. Also included in the Center's contribution to the time capsule was a copy of, Verner E. Suomi, 1916-1995: A man for all seasons.



Resources in the Atmospheric Sciences

Resources in the Atmospheric Sciences, produced by the Schwerdtfeger Library, is a guide to selected research tools in the discipline. The guide covers everything from which databases are important to know about, how to find government documents, tips for using MadCat, accessing electronic journals, links to citation and author's guides and much more.

Contact the Library with questions about searching or using specific databases.



Looking for Information on Journal Citation Counts?

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data from over 7,500 international scholarly and technical journals. It is a unique source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts can be important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a perspective for journal evaluation and comparison. JCR is produced by the Institute for Scientific Information which also brings you Web of Knowledge.

Contact the Library with questions about using Journal Citation Reports.



Civility focus of Forni's Friends Lecture, April 19

Johns Hopkins University Professor Pier Massimo Forni will give the Friends of the UW-Madison Library annual lecture Wednesday, April 19, at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street.

Forni's lecture "Choosing Civility: Why Today?" will discuss the connections among civility, ethics and quality of life.


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