Thursday, September 28, 2006

JIBS BSOL Enhancement Group

We had a very positive first meeting of the JIBS BSOL [British Standards Online] enhancement group.
Our impression was that BSI is very keen to work with the academic community and can see a value in our input to help them improve their services.

The highlights of the meeting were:-

- BSI has recognised the weaknesses in the current search engine and interface and has a programme in hand to address the issues that were of concern to JISC, both in the short term to fix bugs and in the long term at a more fundamental level. More news on this will follow very shortly.
- BSI will engage the academic community in user acceptance testing of any changes to interface and search engine software
- BSI are investigating extending electronic availability of withdrawn and superseded standards
- BSI are investigating extending electronic access to Drafts for Comment (DC) standards beyond the DC EN standards

We hope the minutes of this meeting will be available very shortly and they will give a fuller picture of developments at BSI. Our next meeting will be in late November, early December when we hope to review in more detail the BSI development plan.

Roger Hines chairs the group on behalf of JIBS and is happy to receive feedback and comments:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

JISC Collections Academic Database Assessment Tool

A major new resource giving librarians access to a wealth of information on key academic resources is launched today. The free resource, developed by JISC Collections in association with Nick Andrews Consultancy, provides quick and easy comparisons of the major bibliographic and citation databases currently in use by the academic community, including Web of Science, Scopus, ABI Inform, British Humanities Index and many more.

With feedback from the library community regularly suggesting that the high cost, profusion and complexity of these databases make the task of evaluating them difficult and time-consuming, JISC Collections commissioned and funded the new resource, bringing together a national user panel of librarians and information professionals to guide its development.

The Academic Database Assessment Tool provides details of the journal titles in each database, their date coverage, currency, as well as their functionality, editorial policy, indexing and a great deal more, and allows direct comparisons to be made between the resources and the different platforms on which they are available. Information can be exported into spreadsheets, allowing up to date lists of titles to be created.

Initial testing of the resource – which will continue to be developed in response to feedback – has been extremely positive, with librarians and publishers already welcoming it as an important resource which for the first time allows comparisons of the most popular databases.

To access the new resource, please go to:

For further information, please contact: Liam Earney on 020 7848 1716 or

Posted on behalf of Liam Earney

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

JIBS Federated Searching Conference

JIBS is pleased to announce a one day conference entitled:

“Federated Searching, what?, why? and how? : an introduction to federated searching technology and developments"

To be held at the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, Wednesday 22nd November, 2006.

JIBS will host this one day conference aimed at library and information practitioners, within the higher and further education sectors. As electronic content and sources of information, provided by academic libraries, become greater and vaster, the need for federated searching technologies has increased. This conference will introduce delegates to the concepts of federated searching (also known as meta-searching) of library content, and will illustrate some of the current developments and initiatives within this field. Presentations will include experiences of implementing a federated search engine, and also the development of bespoke federated searching for specific institutions and for a specific sector. For those currently involved in federated searching, or even interested parties who are new to the concept, this conference will provide plenty of thought provoking examples of the current federated searching climate.

For programme details and a booking form please see the JIBS web page:

JISC Collections Licensing Workshops

Institutions are changing and evolving to meet the diverse needs of their users; overseas campuses are being opened, new commercial activities and spin out companies are being developed and franchised courses are being offered in partner institutions.

JISC Collections would like to invite you to attend the licensing workshops in November. The workshops will provide the opportunity to learn more about the new and updated Model Licence, to share experiences and to help JISC Collections create new models for non-standard licensing. Further details on these workshops can be found at:

Posted on behalf of Brian Mitchell,
JISC Collections Promotion Manager

Friday, September 01, 2006

MIMAS Newsletter

The September edition of the MIMAS newsletter "Focus on MIMAS" is now available at:

* A report on the MIMAS Open Forum
* UK Online Biomedical Research Archive to be Hosted by MIMAS
* Introducing Intute
* WoK News
* Zetoc News for NHS England
* New Contributions to Jorum: REHASH Medical Resources and Hairdressing Training Worksheets
* Satellite Image of the Month Feature
* Nobel Prize Winner Praises ESDS International
* Archives, Archivists and Users
* Conferences
* MIMAS Courses