"Open access: unlocking the doors that once hid knowledge"
Open Access is a growing international movement based on the principle that publicly funded research should be freely accessible online, immediately upon publication. This first Open Access Day seeks to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access. Its founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for Free Culture, and the Public Library of Science. Join us for a lively discussion, a live streaming web-cast and more.
PROFESSOR MICHAEL EISEN (UCB), co-founder of Public Library of Science (PLoS) and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, will introduce the program and facilitate a discussion with audience members. PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world?s scientific and medical literature a freely available resource.
PROFESSOR PHILIP BOURNE (UCSD), founding editor of PLoS Computational Biology and Professor of Pharmacology at UCSD, will conduct a live, interactive webcast.
STUDENT VIDEOS selected from the "Voices of Open Access" series
Free food & drink!
LOCATION: FSM Café at Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
DATE: October 14, 2008
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
All are welcome to participate.
Sponsored by the FSM Cafe Educational Programs Series, UC Berkeley Library and Students for Free Culture.
The Powder Diffraction File (PDF 4+) is now available on a workstation in the Engineering Library. The PDF 4+ database provides inorganic, bibliographic, diffraction, physical property and crystal data for more than 272,000 materials. Three methods of quantitative analysis are available:
The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) contains crystal structure information, chemical, and bibliographic data for about 400,000 organic and metal-organic compounds. CSDS is also available on the same workstation as PDF 4+ in the Engineering Library, as well as on the computers in the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library. UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff may also download the data and software to install the CSDS on their own computers.
The arXiv e-print repository (pronounced 'archive') at Cornell University Library hit a record 500,000 postings of free, open access research articles published online. Cornell Professor Paul Ginsparg developed arXiv in 1991 when he was working for Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. See the press release for more information.
arXiv includes publications in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and quantitative biology. Researchers upload their own articles to arXiv; they are not peer reviewed and are available the next day. The repository is very active and represents a model for scholarly communication that transcends borders, publishers, and time.
Next Generation Melvyl Pilot: Your Next Library Catalog?
See and try the system that may become the next Melvyl. Learn about features like UC-wide and worldwide library holdings, journal articles, relevance ranking, preformatted citations, saving and sharing lists of items, and more. Find out how to give feedback and influence the system's design.
Both workshops will be held in 350C Moffitt. Be sure to bring your Cal ID to enter the Moffitt Library.
Solve three problems with Knovel for a chance to win a Nintendo Wii, iPod Nano, or iTunes gift card!
The Knovel University Challenge, an online science contest, is being offered again this semester and runs through November 7. The contest is open to current students at Cal due to the library's subscription to Knovel.
The challenge consists of a short series of questions to be answered using Knovel, an online collection of full-text engineering and science handbooks and databases. To participate, go to http://www.info.knovel.com/challenge.