D-Lib Magazine
October 1999

Volume 5 Number 10

ISSN 1082-9873

In Brief

Scientific Journals at the Desktop!

Contributed by:
Wanda Parks
U. S. Department of Energy
Office of Science
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

Effective October 1, 1999, there is a new Web-based tool available to scientists, researchers and the public who have a need to tap into the vast body of information published in myriad scientific journals. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has developed PubSCIENCE <http://www.osti.gov/pubsci>, an innovative one-stop means to access and use articles published in peer-reviewed journals without wading through multiple Web sites, publications and references.

PubSCIENCE focuses on the physical sciences and other energy-related disciplines. Modeled after the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed, it allows the user to search across thousands of bibliographic citations from multiple journal sources to identify information of interest. Once identified, a link delivers the user directly to the publisher’s doorstep to view the full text if made available by the publisher or, alternately, through subscription, site license or pay-per-view options, depending upon publisher provisions.

PubSCIENCE has gained the interest and support of many prestigious publishers, and it currently offers access to over 1,000 separate journal titles. PubSCIENCE will continue to expand its current collection of participating journals with the vision of becoming the most complete compendium of searchable published information in the physical sciences and related scientific disciplines.

The focus is on those journals where DOE researchers report their scientific discoveries. The scope of PubSCIENCE mirrors that of the DOE R&D programs which include much of the physical sciences as well as topics in biology and environmental sciences. OSTI is partnering with participating publishers to provide information that is both relevant and useful to the scientific community at-large, thereby facilitating scientific progress. OSTI Director Dr. Walter L. Warnick states, "We have a responsibility to the DOE scientific community to make the results of government R&D accessible while reducing required resources and minimizing taxpayer expense. We are accomplishing that goal with PubSCIENCE. Partnering with the Government Printing Office extends PubSCIENCE benefits to the scientific community at-large and the public."

In addition, more than one million journal citations from DOE’s prestigious Energy Science and Technology Database, which dates back over 25 years, are now available through PubSCIENCE, making a major segment of the Department’s vast storehouse of scientific and technical information available through this venue. "PubSCIENCE represents a unique partnership between the Federal government and the public/private journal publishers; a partnership focused on enabling good science by providing access to peer-reviewed scientific and technical literature," states R. L. Scott, OSTI Associate Manager.

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is a major partner in the PubScience collaboration. GPO is sponsoring the public access of PubSCIENCE through its GPO Access Web site at <http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs>.

PubSCIENCE represents the latest in a series of Web-based services developed by OSTI and made available to the public through EnergyFiles <http://www.osti.gov/EnergyFiles>, DOE’s virtual library of energy science and technology.

Comments and technical questions should be directed to the Webmaster at pubscience@mailgate.osti.gov.


University of Iowa Announces Obermann Fellowships

Courtesy of:
Karla Tonella
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies announces Obermann Fellowships for the Summer 2000 Faculty Research Seminar. This interdisciplinary research seminar will address issues of digital culture by examining histories of the social integration of previous new technologies and linking them to present conditions. Scholars from all fields -- history, English, American studies, communication studies, political science, art and architecture history, cinema and media studies, sociology, philosophy, business, engineering, and the sciences -- are invited to apply for the fellowships.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or comparable professional degree; should be ready to produce original, previously unpbublished work for publication; and be ready to participate in lively, fast-paced sessions on readings, individual papers, visitors' lectures, and special events. Participants will be chosen in part to provide sufficient range for a published collection of essays. Some fellowships are reserved for University of Iowa scholars.

For complete information about the Obermann Fellowships, please visit the web site at  <http://www.uiowa.edu/~obermann/summer2000.html >.


Global 2000 Fellowship Program

Courtesy of:
Douglas W. Newcomb
Managing Director, Communications
Special Libraries Association
International Headquarters
Washington, D.C., USA.

The Special Libraries Asssociation is offering a limited number of fellowships for individuals who wish to attend the Global 2000 Conference (16 - 19 October 2000) in Brighton, UK, and have financial need. It is an opportunity for librarians to meet other special librarians from around the world. They will be able to share their knowledge, ideas and solutions to various problems in the electronic information age.

A full Fellowship will include transportation to the Global 2000 Conference, Conference registration, and hotel accommodations for the days of the Conference.

Criteria for Fellowship Applicants

  • A professional degree and/or a certificate in library studies.
  • Minimum of 5 years of practical experience at a professional level in a corporate, government, academic, nonprofit or other specialized library.
  • Currently employed in a specialized library.
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • Able to obtain required travel documents.
  • Ability to interact within his or her library community.
  • Demonstrated institutional support. A letter from an employer will be requested if the applicant is selected for a fellowship.

  • A national of a developing country, and practicing as a librarian in a developing country.

To apply for one of the fellowships, please see the instructions at the Global 2000 web site:  <http://www.slaglobal2000.org/stipend.html >.

Information Sciences Institute Forms the Center for Cultural Technology

In 1983, the Getty Information Institute (formerly the Art History Information Program (AHIP) was established to explore ways of applying computer technology to improve scholarly access to art-historical information. The Institute's achievements from 1983 to June 1999 were many and significant to the visual arts and humanities. (Editor's note: D-Lib Magazine published a restrospective by Eleanor Fink, who was then the Institute's Director, in the magazine's March 1999 issue which may be seen at  <http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march99/fink/03fink.html >.)

Though the Getty Information Institute (GII) closed its doors on June 1999, several members of the former Information Institute's technology group have founded the Center for Cultural Technology to carry on the work begun by GII, as well as to extend it. The Center for Cultural Technology will be part of the Information Sciences Institute and the University of Southern California. The Center plans to develop tools, services, demonstrations, and technology partnerships to support the cultural community. Martin Harris is the director of the newly formed Center.

For more information , please see the Center for Cultural Technology web site at  <http://www.isi.edu/cct/ >.

Copyright (c) 1999 Corporation for National Research Initiatives

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DOI: 10.1045/october99-inbrief