Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Enabling Innovation

To view the draft conference programme and to book your place, please visit the JISC Conference 2008 website at:

Friday, December 07, 2007

JISC Geospatial Resources Working Group

This Working Group held its most recent meeting in July 2007 in Glasgow. The Group’s aim is to ensure that high quality geospatial resources are available to the UK educational community. At the July meeting we heard updates from EDINA and MIMAS on the resources available from them, and we began the development of a Group Work Plan. The group would welcome views of the user community on geospatial resources and what is required in the future. More information about the Group including the 10 page draft Vision Statement is available on the JISC website at

Joan Bird (JIBS Representative on JISC Geospatial Resources Working Group)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Intellectual Property - By Aimable Twahirwa

Recent article in WIPO Magazine may be of interest:

22 health research institutions in Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Chad, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea established a set of common policies to enable them to share IP services and to become an R&D network. A parallel project was also set up in Colombia in Latin America.

“Through this R&D network, central African institutions participating in this initiative are now sharing resources to process patent applications and commercialize research results,”

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Free Our Data

The Guardian has been campaigning for free online access to UK data.

Latest news item concerns Ireland which is "making a group of datasets for boreholes around the country available online so that professional users - in particular those engaging in major construction or infrastructure planning - will be able to visualise subterranean structures."

"Ordnance Survey, is due within the next month to launch its OpenSpace project which will - after 13 months' delay - allow web developers to create mashups of data directly from OS maps online."

(C) * Charles Arthur * The Guardian * Thursday November 29 2007

Silver Platter databases

"OvidSP offers virtually all of the content available on both Ovid Gateway and our database-only SilverPlatter WebSPIRS platforms. That means you can offer users quick, easy access to nearly 30 databases—focusing on everything from religion and politics to agriculture and life sciences—that were formerly available only on SilverPlatter!"

viz these databases:

Agricultural Economics Database
Animal Production Database
A-V ONLINE (educational audiovisual materials)
Derwent Biotechnology Abstracts
Crop Science Database
EMBASE: Nephrology
EMBASE: Neurosciences
EMBASE: Pollution & Toxicology
EMBASE: Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine
Environmental Science Database
FLUIDEX (fluid engineering)
Forest Science Database
FRANCIS (humanities and social sciences abstracts in French and English)
GEOBASE (geology and geosciences)
GPO on SilverPlatter (produced by the U.S. Government Printing Office)
Horticulture Science Database
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Inpharma Database
International Political Science Abstracts
Marquis Who's Who (general reference covering finance, industry, technology, science, education, and the arts)
Parasitology Database
PEST-BANK (databank of registered pesticides)
Plant Genetics and Breeding Database
Plant Protection Database
Reactions Database (coverage of adverse drug reactions)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Soils Science Database
TRANSPORT (produced by the world’s leading transportation research organizations)
TROPAG & RURAL (covers social and economic development in tropical and rural areas)
Veterinary Science Database
World Textiles

"If you have questions or feedback on the new platform, or if you’d like more information on subscribing to one of these databases, please contact your Ovid Account Representative or email:


"Wolters Kluwer Health - Ovid

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

American Medical News (AMA)

"American Medical News is a weekly newspaper for physicians, published by the American Medical Association

"No other single publication covers the same spectrum of medical news

"Directed to physicians in private practice and physicians on hospital and managed care staffs, in military service and on medical faculties

"Non-physician readers include health regulators; legislators and their staffs; staffs of state, county and specialty medical societies; administrators of health programs; and journalists

"Timely and accurate political/regulatory coverage and information on the medical profession, public health, the medical marketplace and practice management. Regular coverage includes such topics as ethics, practice trends and legal issues

"Subscribers to JAMA and the 9 Archives journals can receive AMNews at no additional cost (offer good through year end 2007)

Source: Ovid - Wolters Kluwer

OvidSP Quick reference Card

Here is a link to a PDF version of the quick reference guide.

Six pages.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Books at Ovid

Ovid Expands Partnership with Oxford University Press to Increase eBook Offerings

Ovid Now Offers more than 300 OUP Titles
for Subscription and Purchase on Books@Ovid.

New York, NY (July 16, 2007) – Ovid Technologies, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health and a global leader in electronic medical, scientific, and academic information research solutions, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) to provide over 300 OUP medical and health science e-books, including over 80 new titles, for subscription and purchase on the Books@Ovid platform.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

DataSalon's Database tool for JISC

If you need to know which ebook platform is searchable by Dewey, or whether any ebook platforms are authenticated by Native Shibboleth this tool gives you, straight from the horse's mouth, the supplier's view of their product, viz

EBL - Ebook Library(EBL)
NetLibrary (OCLC)

the JISC ADAT system is now live
at: Academic Database Assessment Tool

"Free database comparison tool aims to make it easier for university librarians to make informed decisions when subscribing to online resources "

"JISC Collections in partnership with DataSalon Ltd have launched a free online database comparison tool "

Bibliographic databases:
BIOSIS Previews (1969 - present)
British Education Index
British Humanities Index (BHI)
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
ISI Web of Science
MLA International Bibliography
Sociological Abstracts

Full Text Databases:
Business Source Premier

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Compare before you buy: updated and improved free database comparison tool launches today

Free database comparison tool aims to make it easier for university librarians to make informed decisions when subscribing to online resources

JISC Collections in partnership with DataSalon Ltd have launched a free online database comparison tool today, which aims to help libraries make informed decisions about future subscriptions to online resources – the Academic Database Assessment Tool.

With so many products offering a huge diversity and wealth of information, it can be difficult for librarians to know what resources they should be investing in. The Academic Database Assessment Tool provides access to detailed information and title lists for major bibliographic and full text databases. It also delivers key service information for database and eBook content platforms. This enables librarians to quickly compare and contrast key items to assist in the purchase decision process. These include: a list of titles included in each database; search features available; linking methods e.g. full text linking; metadata standards and methods of access provided to these resources e.g. IP access, Athens or Shibboleth.

Further details can be found here.

The importance of linking electronic resources and their licence terms: a project to implement ONIX for Licensing Terms for UK academic institutions

This article from Liam Earney from JISC Collections and Brian Green from Book Industry Communication looks at the issues facing libraries as they seek to manage and communicate rights negotiated in an ever increasing number of licences for online resources. It addresses the work that JISC Collections and EDItEUR have been engaged in to develop machine-readable licence expressions of JISC Collections licences that are suitable for import into library systems. The article explores the potential benefits such work offers to the UK academic community, as well as the issues and challenges JISC Collections has faced in this work.

Further details can be found here.

The E-books UK Roadshow: invitation to attend

In January and February 2008 JISC Collections is running 11 workshops across the UK as part of the JISC national e-books observatory project.

It is no secret that the multiplicity of models, pricing options and access routes to e-books is over complicated and confusing. Not only is it difficult to decide what pricing model and access route is best suited to your institution, but it is also difficult to understand why the publisher places such a high value on an e-book and at the same demands licensing that restricts the real value from being achieved.

The 11 workshops will provide an update on the national e-books observatory and use examples from the project to show how publishers valued their e-books. Attendees will then have the opportunity to discuss what they consider the value of e-books to be in terms of pricing, impact on teaching and learning, what they consider good value and what pricing models would reflect this value. The afternoon session of the workshop will focus on addressing the question of what would need to happen for libraries to give up reliance on print texts and adopt e-books.

Further details can be found here.

A century of parliamentary papers made available online: 18th Century Parliamentary Papers

Public and private sector partnership makes a massive record of 18th century parliament free to UK colleges, universities and research councils

Through an innovative public/private cooperative publishing model, ProQuest has partnered with JISC, The British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service (BOPCRIS) at the University of Southampton, the British Library, and the University of Cambridge to make available the Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers free of charge to universities, colleges and research councils in the UK.

Staff, students and researchers will have access to content from 1688-1834. Through an initial grant from the JISC, the Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers has been digitised by BOPCRIS. ProQuest through this partnership, will provide an interface for this content and make this important dataset completely cross-searchable with their 19th and 20th Century Parliamentary Papers- a detailed primary source for the past two centuries for Britain, its colonies and the wider world.

Further details can be found here.

Tracing Britain's history with British History Online: premium content

JISC Collections is pleased to announce that following a highly successful consultation with the community, an agreement for British History Online: premium content is now available.

Built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, the subscription-based premium content is offered in addition to the wealth of free content already available from British History Online. By subscribing to the premium content, institutions can benefit from access to the 122 titles of the Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Scotland and Ireland. The calendars are a critical primary source for historians of early modern Britain, for the study of central government and administration, and are a rich resource for the social, cultural, and economic history of the period.

Further details can be found here.

Hold the front page - 19th century newspapers resource launched

New resource offers one million pages from forty-six 19th century newspapers to unlock a rich seam of hidden treasures

JISC and the British Library, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, have launched their 19th century British Library Newspapers website. The UK’s Further and Higher Education communities can now enjoy free online access to a cross section of 19th century national and regional titles, greatly enhancing research into the society, culture and history of the UK between 1800-1900. HE and FE lecturers will be able to download material from the website and use it for teaching purposes.

For the first time, iconic historical events that shaped our present will be fully searchable online. Vital newspaper reports on the Congress of Vienna, the Slavery Abolition Act and the opening of the Suez Canal will become accessible from researchers’ desktops. Users will be able to read and repurpose the factual reporting of the Battle of Trafalgar in the Examiner and the gory details of the Whitechapel murders in the melodramatic Illustrated Police News. Some of the most famous authors of the 19th century are represented, including Dickens and Thackeray.

Further details can be found here.

Monday, November 12, 2007

JISC Collections

JISC's Academic Database Assessment Tool (ADAT) will be available from 20th November allowing comparison of ebook platforms:
Ebrary, NetLibrary (OCLC), MyiLibrary, Ebook Library (EBL) and Dawsonera

The new site at:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Library 2.0 Workshop coming soon

'Is Library 2.0 a trivial pursuit'? This question will be addressed by a JIBS workshop to be held in London on November 21st. Speakers will review what Library 2.0 means and will present case studies of Library 2.0 developments in their Libraries. The day will conclude with a debate on the proposition put forward in the workshop title, in which Internet consultant Phil Bradley will take part.
The workshop is free to those whose institutions are members of JIBS; for others, there is a fee of £50.
For more details and a booking form, go to

Monday, October 29, 2007


PsycCRITIQUES combines a weekly release of book and film reviews with a searchable database. Starting with Volume 50 in January 2005, the database replaced the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. The weekly electronic release offers major enhancements, very current reviews, and much more content.

In each weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES delivers approximately 18–20 reviews of psychological books, most from the current copyright year. Each release also includes a review of a popular film from a psychological perspective. Other content includes videos, comparative reviews, and the occasional retrospective review.

APA published the final print issue of Contemporary Psychology in December 2004. PsycCRITIQUES includes all reviews published in the print journal from 1956 to 2004. It also includes several hundred reviews published electronically as a supplement in 2004.

Available on Ovid and SilverPlatter

Friday, October 26, 2007

Springer & Humana

I understand the partnership between Ovid (Wolters Kluwer) and Springer provides for more than 800 titles being added to BooksOvid including titles from Humana Press.

All titles will be licensed on purchase or subscription basis.

OvidSP new platform switched on

The new platform from Ovid (Wolters Kluwer Health) is now available, as announced.

The Ovid Gateway shows "Try OvidSP"! and this button takes you to the new platform.

Screenshots and other materials are available on the WWW at the OvidSP Resource Center, for which the username is
and the password is

"The OvidSP Resource Center is your first stop for all the resources you need to prepare you and your users for launch day and beyond, including:

Training Materials
Product Information (Frequently Asked Questions, Quick Reference Guides, etc.) Image Bank and Screenshots

Order the launch kit online:

See also:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

OvidSP launch 25th October

25th October 007

At 12:30 p.m. British Summer Time (11:30 a.m. GMT) you should be able to try the new platform: OVIDSP

Look for the natural language processing Basic Search "tab"

Look for Find Citation, Search Tools, Ovid Syntax "tabs"

Find Citation will also have a "tab", for matching a specific required reference

Truncation symbol: the * is added and will now be recognised as $ and : for Ovid

Institutions using the Ovid Gateway need to schedule a switch to the new platform by 4th February 2008

SilverPlatter customers should prepare to switch over by February 2009

Monday, October 22, 2007

JISC Collections Consultation - 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Response required by 30 November 2007

JISC Collections is considering a licensing agreement with ProQuest. If this were to go ahead, the JISC Collections would, on behalf of the JISC community, pay for the digitised Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (20C HCPP). If an agreement does go ahead institutions will NOT be required to pay for either the content or an access fee for at least the first five years of the agreement.

The Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (20C HCPP) includes the complete file of twentieth century papers, filmed images of 104,902 papers, covering 5.2 million pages of working documents of the British Government from 1901-2004. The digitised collection is based on Chadwyck-Healey’s microfiche collection. This resource can be used across a range of subject areas including history, political sciences, economics, international relations, philosophy, political economy, sociology, urban studies, area studies, geography/demography, law, English and women’s studies. To request a trial for this resource please use this link:

Investigating music journalism with Rock's Backpages is available

Sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, Rock's Backpages is a library of articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1960s right up to the present day. There are currently twelve thousand articles on the site. These feature over two thousand artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features.

Written by over three hundred rock music journalists, articles are taken from a wide range of publications in the US and UK: from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and Melody Maker to Mojo.

Further details can be found here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ebsco enhancement group - 1st meeting

The Jibs committee have set up an enhancement group with Ebsco to look at their databases and discuss any issues we might have and will allow us to provide feedback to Ebsco staff. It will also give the Ebsco staff an opportunity to let us know about future plans. The first meeting will be held on Nov 6th.

If members of jibs users would like to give feedback/ask questions before the meeting, Ebsco staff might be able to get technical answers etc before the meeting and also gives us (the group) time to get back to you to clarify issues. Please send any comments to Maureen Richardson (

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Online bilingual language resource is now available

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online offers up-to-date, accurate, and authoritative translations for millions of words and phrases in French, German, Spanish, and Italian, from and into English.

Over 1.2 million words and phrases, and over 2 million translations in French, German, Spanish, and Italian, into and out of English are included. Additional language modules (including Russian and Chinese) will be launched during 2008 along with pronunciation software enabling users to hear how words sound.

Further details can be found here.

JISC Collections’ event for librarians and information specialists, 20th November 2007 in London

JISC Collections’ Training Day – NESLi2 and the JISC Model Licence
Date: 20th November 2007
Venue: JISC Collections, Brettenham House, 5 Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN

Central to the work of JISC Collections is the JISC Model Licence and the NESLi2 Model Licence for electronic journals. The training day aims to introduce librarians new to online resources and electronic journals to the principles embedded in the JISC Model Licence and the NESLi2 Model Licence respectively. It will also provide an update on the changes made to these licences in the past year in response to both the evolving information environment and to meeting the requirements of the JISC Collections’ community for wider user access.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask those pressing licensing questions on behalf of your colleagues and yourself. If you would like to attend, please complete the online registration form.

Further details can be found here.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Finding the latest news about Scopus & other Elsevier services

Details of all the alerts and newsletters offered by Elsevier to cover Scopus, ScienceDirect,
Engineering Village and Elsevier MDL are collected together on one page

Promoting your repository with Scopus

Did you know your repository could be searchable via Scopus?

The following UK repositories are now indexed by Scirus and can be selected to appear on the Scopus Selected Sources tab

oro (Open Research Online, Open University, UK)
pscn (Pascal, UK)
ucl (University College London, UK)
whr (White Rose Consortium, UK= Sheffield, Leeds & York)
lbro (loughborough, UK)
leic (Leicester, UK)
mmu (Manchester Metropolitan U, UK)
uost (Strathclyde, UK)

for more information about Selected Sources go to

To consider having your institutional repository indexed by Scirus and available to display on the Scopus Selected Sources tab, please speak with your Account Manager

Thursday, September 27, 2007

November workshop: 'Is Library 2.0 a trivial pursuit?'

The next JIBS workshop will be held on the above theme on Wednesday, November 21 at the Diskus Centre in London. Speakers will include internet consultant Phil Bradley and Emma Tonkin, of UKOLN. Full details will be published on the JIBS website ( within the next couple of days.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

IEEE User Group meeting

As advertised on lis-scitech, this may be of interest to JIBS members:

"Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager, is organizing the first UK area
IEEE User Group meeting on Friday, November 16, 2007, at London South Bank
University at 103, Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA.

Our customers and interested information professionals will spend a day
with IEEE staff hearing about new features for 2008 - offering suggestions
on new developments prior to implementation, and networking with other IEEE
users. These meetings have taken place in North America in Michigan, N.
Carolina, Ontario, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Maryland.
Attendees overwhelmingly liked having a voice in the future of IEEE Xplore,
and networking with other IEEE customers. As a global organization, IEEE
is committed to involving customers in Europe, Asia and Latin America as
well. Your organization has been selected to participate in this important
IEEE UK user group.

Plan to spend a full day with us (9:30 am to 4:30 pm), continental
breakfast and lunch will be provided. This is free of charge as IEEE
appreciates your input and spending the full day with us.

Directions and maps are at:

If you’d like to attend or you’d like more information please email Ruth
Wolfish at"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

British Standards On line User Group news

The Jibs British Standards On line enhancement group has met again with BSI. BSI have been doing further work with their suppliers on the new search engine and interface. Many of the suggestions made at the previous meeting have been adopted and more Will be adopted in future releases. There will be a full Boolean search alternative in the new interface and the layout of the screens has been considerably improved. BSI are hoping to go live with the new service over the weekend of the 4 November for the University sector. They are aware that this is mid term but this should be such a massive improvement and is worth the pain of a mid term change. There should be screenshots and a demo of the new software available from the old site before the change over and the URL of the new site will also be made available before the switch. The migration to the new system will be a "hard" migration and the interface s will not run in parallel.

Roger Hines

Update on progress with Additional Authorised User Access

Following workshops held in December 2007 JISC Collections and the NESLi2 Negotiating Agent have been seeking publisher compliance with a variation to the definition of Authorised User in the model licence and for Additional Authorised User Licences.

Definition of an Authorised User

The variations are to include the following groups in the definition of Authorised User:

* Retired Members of Staff
* Teachers of an institution's students who are not employed by the institution.

Additional Authorised User Licences

Additionally, JISC Collections has been asking publishers to agree to Additional Authorised User Licences.

Further details can be found here.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Shibboleth is coming, Athens is on the way out

What does this mean for UK academic institutions ?

Shibboleth is the common name for a new method of authentication, which is expected to have significantly replaced the use of Athens by this time next year. To the user, Shibboleth functions exactly the same as AthensDA; the user is only required to login to their local institution, and then they will be able to access electronic resources to which they are entitled without a further login. In order to provide Shibboleth capability, institutions will have to install software known as a Shibboleth Identity Provider, and join the UK Access Management Federation.

Institutions may instead choose not to implement Shibboleth, and stay with Athens. However after July 2008 they will have to pay a fee to Eduserv to use Athens, as JISC will no longer be funding it. In order that their users can access resources protected purely by Shibboleth, such institutions will have to use the Athens-to-Shibboleth gateway, and they will also have to join the UK Access Management Federation.

Mimas is planning to only provide Shibboleth interfaces, and no longer Athens ones, for its authenticated services after July 2008, for the same funding reason. (Note that IP authentication will remain an option where it is currently provided by Mimas.)

Some services may still only provide Athens interfaces after July 2008, but institutions that have switched to Shibboleth will be able to access such services via the Shibboleth-to-Athens gateway (at no extra cost).

Therefore the important message for all UK academic institutions is: if you haven't done so already, join the UK Access Management Federation as soon as possible (it's free), and seriously consider implementing a Shibboleth Identity Provider. Decide what route you are going to take, and test it with as many resources as possible, well before July next year. Whichever route you take will have cost and/or resource implications, and you may need to inform service providers which route you have chosen. If you do nothing, your users may lose access to many electronic resources.

More information is available from the JISC and UK Access Management Federation websites.

Committee Members needed

There are two vacancies on the JIBS User Group Committee. It is a very active and interesting forum, working with JISC and with resource providers to bring about improvements in the online resources available to the JIBS community.

If you are working in a UK HE or FE Library and would like further information, or to volunteer to join the Committee, please contact Linda Humphreys:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

OS MasterMap goes online for universities and colleges across Britain

Tens of thousands of students, staff and researchers at universities and further education colleges across Britain have online access to the country’s most advanced digital mapping from this month.

Ordnance Survey’s seamless representation of the detailed geography of Britain, OS MasterMap, is available to support learning and teaching at all institutions subscribing to the Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection service.

Digimap is an online mapping and data delivery facility funded by JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee, and provided by the EDINA national data centre based at the University of Edinburgh.

Digimap enables users to download Ordnance Survey information – free at the point of use – into suitable application software on their own desktops. It has supported a vast range of studies, from archaeology to zoology, since its launch seven years ago.

The addition of OS MasterMap will potentially benefit nearly 32,000 registered Digimap users at 143 institutions, including more than 100 universities.

Further details can be found here.

National experiment about the impact of e-books on student learning and publishing sales

JISC has funded a collection of e-books that will be freely available to students in all UK universities.

The aim of the JISC national e-books observatory project is to gather much needed evidence:

* Evidence for publishers about the impact of e-books on traditional print sales to students
* Evidence for publishers about how to create exciting e-books that will engage the digital native
* Evidence for publishers and libraries about the pricing models for the future
* Evidence for libraries about how to promote the use of e-books

The e-books, chosen, include some of the most popular texts in Business and Management Studies, Medicine, Engineering and Media Studies.

JISC is funding CIBER1 to study just what happens when these books are freely available to students. How will they find them? Will they use them? Will the e-books impact on their learning? Will medical students behave differently to Media Studies students? Will the Business and Management students stop buying from the bookshops? Will Engineering students use the e-books more or less than the other groups?

Publishers are collaborating by providing these e-books via Ingram Digital Group’s MyiLibrary platform and the Books@Ovid platform. Funding by JISC enables these publishers to experiment in a managed environment and mitigates any risk of revenue loss.

Dr Hazel Woodward, University Librarian at Cranfield University, and chair of the JISC national e-books observatory project’s advisory board, said: ‘e-books have enormous potential as a resource for students. But it’s fair to say that that potential has so far been untapped. The project will we hope have a major impact on the e-book publishing market and in time on libraries across the UK as they struggle to keep up with demand for taught course texts. We hope that university libraries will all become involved in this innovative and exciting project as they as well as publishers have a great deal to gain.’

Robert Kimberley of Wolters Kluwer Health, one of the publishers to have submitted e-books for the project, welcomed its launch, saying: ‘We are delighted to be a part of this important project. Its commitment to increasing our understanding of the use of e-books is something that is especially welcome to us and Wolters Kluwer is looking forward to seeing its e-books used in such far-reaching and innovative ways and for the long-term benefit of libraries, users and publishers.’

James Gray at MyiLibrary said that this ‘information will provide a considerable evidence base to help inform our decisions about the construction of e-books, their promotion to the community, to suggest how disciplinary differences might impact on their use. We hope this evidence base will also be of immense importance to university lecturers and librarians in their efforts to make available core reading list e-books that support HE taught course students.’

For further information on the e-books now available to all universities, please go to


Monday, September 17, 2007

JISC Collections Consultation - Cambridge Companions Online

Response required by 15 October 2007

Cambridge Companions Online is the electronic version of the renowned Cambridge Companions series, covering literature, philosophy, classics, religion and cultural studies. Over 250 Companions offer lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. Specially commissioned essays and access and functionality features enhance and compliment the book series.

In brief, users have access to: 250+ titles; 70,000 individual pages; 2,000 essays; chronologies; extensive bibliographies and guides to further reading.

Further details can be found here.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 licence is now available provides users with timely access to pharmacological and biomedical literature to keep them up-to-date with the latest scientific developments. It contains records from over 7,000 journals from over 70 countries, which are fully indexed. Over 18 million bibliographic records are included with over 2,000 new records being added each working day. Subject areas covered by this resource includes drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy, drug side effects and interactions, toxicology, human medicine (clinical and experimental), basic biological sciences, biotechnology, biomedicine, medical devices, engineering and instrumentation, health policy and management, pharmacoeconomics, public and occupational health, environmental health, pollution control, substance dependence and abuse, psychiatry and psychology, forensic science, alternative and complementary medicine nursing. It is also useful for veterinary medicine and dentistry.

Further details can be found here.

Friday, August 03, 2007

JIBS and JISC Collections Workshop - Discovering eprints: finding needles in the haystack?

JIBS and JISC Collections will jointly host this one day conference aimed primarily at library and information practitioners within the higher and further education sectors but anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend.

There is a great deal of effort underway in the UK and internationally to make research outputs more easily accessible via both institutional and subject-based repositories. A question which researchers frequently ask about eprints is, 'How are my papers going to be found?' We are presenting a range of discovery tools: both freely available and commercially produced; well-established and at the project stage. We aim to highlight the issues to be addressed for those creating and using repository discovery tools. This workshop should provide library and information professionals with a greater understanding of the range of tools available and their benefits and shortcomings.

The workshop is FREE to members of institutions that are JIBS members and £50 to non members. This event will take place on Wednesday 12th September at European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT.

Further details can be found at

Friday, July 20, 2007

Index to The Times, new agreement for 2007/08

Further to the consultation in the Spring, publicised on this blog, EDINA can now announce that it will continue to offer the Index to The Times, 1790-1980 service at the same subscription rates charged over the past few years i.e. from £55-716 for JISC institutional bands A-J.
The new one-year agreement covers the period 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008 with free 30-day trials of the service offered beforehand by contacting Existing subscribers have been contacted separately regarding their continued access to the service.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

OVID SilverPlatter new platform

Just to repeat, what we knew in March:

"We are on schedule for release of the new platform in the fourth quarter.

"This is a major investment of resources, and it is also the focus of our development efforts in a number of areas - including usage reporting, access, and authentication."

Monday, July 16, 2007

JISC Collections Licensing Workshop: Copyright in the digital age

Copyright is a complex issue that confuses many and infuriates others. What you can do and cannot do in relation to the educational use of copyrighted digital resources is not clear and is complicated by myth, rumour and the Internet. It is now as easy to infringe upon the copyright of digital materials as it is for the infringement to be detected.

Following on from the popular workshop that was hosted in London earlier this year, JISC Collections is repeating this event, which will take place at the Millennium Point Thinktank events suite in central Birmingham on Friday, 7th September 2007. The workshop will focus on digital copying and issues relating to sharing between collaborative institutions. This will be of interest to librarians and all practitioners and teaching staff who use online content in their teaching.

Attendees will be introduced to the online interactive tool which demonstrates how online resources from JISC Collections can enable practitioners and institutions to resolve the common misconceptions and issues relating to the use of copyrighted digital and online resources in research, teaching and learning.

To book your place at this workshop, please complete the online registration form or contact Jane Anthony.

Further details can be found here.

JNT Association + JANET(UK)

Farewell to "UKERNA"

"On June 7th, The JNT Association officially changed its trading name from UKERNA to JANET(UK). This was done to bring the trading name in line with that of the JANET network and services, which are widely known throughout the UK and internationally.

"The change of trading name has caused no disruption to our service; all current contracts with third parties will continue to run as previously. This change is designed to reduce confusion and will simplify things for our customers and consolidate our operations under the JANET brand."

JISC Collections Workshop: Promoting and Embedding E-textbooks

This workshop will explore current promotional methods being utilised by librarians, publishers and aggregators to aid the embedding of monographs and e-textbooks into the learning environment of users.

It will provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss their role in promotion, to share ideas for future strategies and tools that harness Web 2.0 technologies and to identify the core issues that they would like publishers, aggregators and JISC Collections to tackle to ensure that monographs and e-textbooks are being fully embedding in their institutions.

A series of case studies will be presented in the morning, followed by break out sessions in the afternoon. This workshop will take place at the JISC Collections office in London on Friday 14th September 2007.

To book your place at this workshop, please complete the online registration form or contact Jane Anthony.

Further details can be found here.

Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection, new two-year licence agreement is available

A new two-year licence is now available for access to the Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection resource. Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection is a JISC-funded service, provided by EDINA, that delivers Ordnance Survey map data, available either via download for use with appropriate application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap online. A simple mapping tool allows users to view and print maps of any location in Great Britain at a series of predefined scales; a more advanced mapping tool enables the user to specify map scale, area and content, as well as print maps at up to A0 in size.

Its uses range across the academic spectrum subject areas include agricultural and countryside management, archaeology, art & design, business studies, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, geography, healthcare sciences, history, management studies, retail management, skills for life, social care and policy, surveying, tourism and leisure, town and country planning.

N.B. Ordnance Survey is replacing Land-Line with OS MasterMap®. Digimap – Ordnance Survey Collection will therefore offer OS MasterMap from August 2007. OS MasterMap is a more complex data framework and is structurally different from Land-Line and other current Ordnance Survey products. Land-Line DATA will continue to be available through the existing Data Download tool until August 2008.

Further details can be found here.

Research Councils are now eligible to subscribe to Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection

Ordnance Survey and JISC Collections are pleased to announce that Research Councils, subject to approval, are now eligible to subscribe to and access Ordnance Survey data through the Digimap service for educational purposes.

Research Councils wishing to benefit from this opportunity should first confirm eligibility by contacting Ordnance Survey at

Full details about how to subscribe, once eligibility has been confirmed, may be found at

Discovering e-books in science and technology: new JISC Collections licence is available for Knovel

Knovel is primarily a collection of authoritative science and technology e-books, combining reference content from more than 1,110 databases and reference works from over 40 international publishers and professional societies. Knovel is of value at a undergraduate, postgraduate or vocational level studying chemistry, engineering, life sciences and or materials science and related subject areas. Institutions can subscribe to Knovel for one, two or three years from 1st August 2007.

More than a collection of e-books, Knovel has embedded many of these e-books with analytic tools allowing users to sort and filter tables, locate points on graphs, manipulate data to their specific needs and solve equations without leaving the content they are viewing. Data is integrated onto the online research platform for easy information discovery and search tools locate information quickly using keywords and/or data values.

Additionally, certain product discounts have been built into the licence as institutions wishing to pay the license fees two years in advance will receive an additional 10% discount on the total applicable charge whilst institutions wishing to pay the license fees three years in advance will receive an additional 20% discount on the total applicable charge.

Further details can be found here.

New Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Archive agreement is available

A new licence is available for the Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Archive. The archive would have cost each UK higher institution up to £25,000. Due to JISC funding, the content is freely available, and institutions have the option of paying £50 to mount the resource locally, or paying an annual access fee for online delivery from the publisher’s web site.*

* Please note that the Fee for a specific year will be waived if an institution subscribes to the NESLi2 RSC Journals Agreement in that specific year.

Staff and students at institutions have more than 150 years of essential research at their fingertips. The Archive contains all articles published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and its forerunner societies from 1841 to 2004. It covers many of the most significant developments in the history of chemistry, including articles that directly rewarded its authors with Nobel prizes.

Further details can be found here.

New Times Digital Archive agreement is available

The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 provides convenient access to a library of back issues of this renowned newspaper online. By taking the microfilm collection of The Times (London) and producing a high-resolution digital format with searchable images, The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 represents unprecedented access to one of the most highly regarded resources for the study of 19th and 20th century.

This resource can be used in a multitude of subject and course areas including history, housing studies, science and sociology.

Please note: The following new agreement is for one year only. In August 2008, following changes to the Times Digital Archive, there will be a new multi-year agreement put in place. Please contact the JISC Collections Helpdesk if you have any queries.

Further details can be found here.

New Ovid Arts Package agreement is available

The Ovid Arts Package is a collection of four Arts and Humanities 'Abstract and Indexing' databases, currently provided on the SilverPlatter platform. Each resource is available individually or can be combined and subject to a multi-product discount.

The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) presents contemporary literature from 1973 to the present day on the visual arts from the 4th century to modern times. The BHA database indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogues, and articles from over 4,300 periodicals.

The Abstracts of Music Literature (RILM) covers international music scholarship, presenting significant writings from 1969 onward in the area of music - historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, performance practice and notation, dance, music therapy, theory and analysis, criticism, librarianship, and pedagogy. Sources include all types of media ranging from articles and ethnographic recordings to congress proceedings.

The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM) provides annotated indexes to the content of complete runs of music journals published in 17 countries between approximately 1800 and 1950.

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) contains four databases of global film scholarship, featuring the International Index to Film/TV Periodicals.

Further details can be found here.

Frequently Answered Questions on subscribing, renewing JISC Collections licence agreements and invoicing

This FAQ section is intended to answer the common queries regarding the subscription process, renewals of existing agreements and invoicing.

Once an institution has submitted a Sub-Licence Agreement, the JISC Collections Helpdesk can normally invoice within 1 day of receipt of the licence. The JISC Collections Helpdesk are able to generate invoices for institutions at any time, even part way through a subscription period.

The JISC Collections cannot raise an invoice until they have received signed copies of the Sub-Licence Agreement. However they can raise a pre-payment invoice if institutions email or fax them a copy of the Sub-Licence Agreement, provided this is followed with a signed copy in the post. This can be particularly useful at this busy time of year and when institutions want to pre-pay before the end of the financial year.

Where a JISC Collections agreement will not be renewed, the JISC Collections will not be able to raise new invoices once that current agreement has come to an end. In those cases existing subscribing institutions will be contacted to notify them that the respective agreement will not be renewed.

If you have any further queries, please contact the JISC Collections Helpdesk at or on 01235 857 734.

Digitisation Conference 2007

The JISC Digitisation Conference 2007 takes place in Cardiff, July 19-20 and for those unable to attend a blog has been set up at where a full programme and delegate list can be found. The blog is also a space for anyone with an interest in digitisation to join in the debate and interact with the conference, speakers and the delegates through commenting, asking questions and sharing views.

An e-Content Policy and Strategy Symposium has also been organised to precede the conference on July the 18th. This event is bringing together key figures in the field of digitisation and content to discuss policy, business models, economics, technical infrastructure and collaboration and to discuss ways to promote innovation in these respective areas. The full programme can be found on the Strategic Content Alliance blog, where the event will also be covered live on the day.

For more information on JISCs' £22 million Digitisation programme please visit:

For more information on the Strategic Content Alliance please visit:

Friday, July 13, 2007

EndNote X1 released

I was able to attend the afternoon presentation and consultation organized by "Adept" and "Thomson" at the British Library, 13th June 2007

Web Seminars (webinars) are running to promote the new features of EndNote X1

Functionality with VLEs, specifically Blackboard, has been developed collaboratively.

For the future there will be improved Unicode support for Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters. [version twelve]

EndNote X1 (eleven) shipped in June but those present stressed the need for release ahead of the academic year i.e. earlier release if the product is to be tested and installed by HE users in Europe.

Web protocols are seen as more important in EndNote development than the traditional Z39.50 and this is reflected in a commitment to Thomson's EndNote Web

EndNote X1 is designed to work with Microsoft Office 2007 and Word and therefore has its own "ribbon" built in.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

MIMAS Open Forum

ESRC and JISC are funding MIMAS projects which give longterm security e.g. census work for ESRC until 2011, ESDS, Satellite Image Data, Intute until 2012.

Wellcome will fund the UK mirror repository: UK PubMedCentral

Keith Cole will be the next Director of MIMAS (from November) following Julia Chruszcz, and MIMAS will become an autonomous entity within the University of Manchester.

MIMAS has a new logo (still based on Saturn's rings) and has added a strapline: Quality Data and Information at the Core of Research, Learning and Teaching

Mark van Harmelen spoke on Web 2.0 technologies: effects on policy, learning and teaching

Stuart Smith showed some developments in delivering to mobile devices including XHTML-MP and "maxdox", see

AIRDIP and other repository projects are centred on INTUTE (not just INFORMS) and include cross-searching of repositories and authority indexing of author names in repositories.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Education Image Gallery - New licence, new content

JISC Collections have recently concluded a lengthy renegotiation with Getty Images for a further three-year agreement to the Education Image Gallery service, run by EDINA. The prices are unchanged from the 2004-07 prices and set at the same, tiered annual rates for 2007-10. Existing subscribing sites have been contacted regarding the renewal process, and new subscribers are welcome as well. 30 day trials are available for those interested in evaluating the service prior to subscription.

One of the key changes of the new licence agreement is the ability to store images locally for use beyond the term of the licence agreement. In essence the service offers a copyright-cleared bank of electronic images for educational use, covering the history of photography and including images across all major subjects.

After resolving outstanding metadata issues, the monthly-update feed has been restored which adds between 200-300 topical images each month. Just loaded are 2,000 images covering October 2006 to May 2007. This feature will continue for the period of the new licence increasing the database size from 50,000 to 60,000 images.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

JORUM enhancement committee

At the March meeting of the JORUM Enhancement committee, the following enhancements were identified as a result of the JORUM user evaluation groups (in order of priority):
Better layout of resource information
Explanation of All / Any functions
Creation of training videos for putting JORUM content into VLEs
Incorporation of sound into JORUM training videos
Improvements to Basic search box
Change terminology of ‘Organisation’ view to ‘Navigation View’
Icons to represent common resource type (i.e. single file, Weblink, content package)
Simplification of registration process
Provide ability to link resources together
Show similar objects function
Improved layout for advanced search
Simplification of options for narrowing down a search
Ability to collate resources as subject collections
Tabbed approach to metadata
Improvement in ‘Refine results’ function
Automated reports for cataloguers to list resources they have worked on
Reserved area for remembering metadata pages
Ability to order content by date contributed
Allow users to tag content with additional metadata
Replace icons for preview and additional metadata with text links
Send to a friend option
Aggregation of resources in the system
Recommended resourcesImplementation of tag clouds

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

British Standards Group News

The JIBS BSOl group had a productive meeting with BSI on the 13 June. Members of the group had been given access to the first draft of the new version of BSOL and had already sent some comments. Members of the group had been impressed with the test site and agreed that searches on it are far more effective than on the present site. However they highlighted several issues relating to faults, the use of Boolean logic in searches and on the design and layout of the new site.

BSI were very receptive to the comments and suggestions made by the group and were aware of many of the faults. They are in dialogue with the company working on the product. Implementation would not go ahead till bugs had been fixed and some design changes made. Implementation for larger users , like Universities, would be unlikely to go ahead until mid to late September at the earliest. BSI recognised that the University sector preferred changes to software to be in the summer and not in term time but they were determined not to implement software until it met the standards required by their users.

Roger Hines

Thursday, June 21, 2007

JISC Library Advisory Group

The library advisory working group was established in May 2007. The core aims of the library advisory working group are to help JISC Collections improve the service it provides to the academic community by advising on issues related to customer service, consultations and evaluation of online resources, and licensing and renewals of agreements.

JIBS are pleased to be represented on this new group. The first meeting identified a work plan for the group and provided advice to JISC on the e-books observatory consultation.

There is a web page at:

where you will find the draft terms of reference for the group. Further information including minutes of meetings will be added in due course.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

JISC National E-books Observatory UK HE Consultation

Deadline Wednesday 18th July

The JISC national e-books observatory project aims to license for 2 YEARS ONLY collections of e-books that are core texts for UK HE taught course students in the following subject areas:

• Engineering
• Medicine (excluding mental health and nursing
• Media Studies
• Business and Management

JISC will fund publishers to make available a selection of their core e-books to ALL HE institutions FREE for the duration of the project (2 years). We have received a number of proposals from publishers and aggregators and each proposal included a list of e-books, but we need your expertise to identify which e-books are core texts and which will best support your students. We need to know this so that we can license the best e-books and create a CORE COLLECTION in each subject area.

To take part in the consultation please:

1. Read the introduction at:

2. Rank the e-books that are core texts for your taught course students in the 4 subject areas. Please follow the instructions provided at

3. Feedback about platform functionality, standards compliance etc. This will inform the licensing negotiations. Submit your feedback on these questions using the online form at

Please do take part in the consultation. If you have any questions please contact JISC Collections on

For further information on the project please see

Monday, June 18, 2007

Satellite images of the British Isles to be made free of charge to the JISC community - Satellite Image Data Service

JISC funding for the Satellite Image Data Service means that from August 2007, UK further education, higher education institutions and research councils will be able to access this resource completely free of charge.

The Satellite Image Data Service is a MIMAS service that provides access to and support for a range of satellite imagery for the British Isles for research and teaching purposes. The Satellite Image Data Service provides access to satellite imagery for UK coverage from four satellites; Landsat, SPOT, ERS and ENVISAT and also hosts a KGPS survey for the British Isles. The satellite data can be used as stand alone, with image or graphics software, or with other mapping data, e.g. Ordnance Survey data. A Digital Elevation Model of the whole of the British Isles at 25-metre resolution is available. A series of image processing courses for remote sensing is available free of charge to registered institutions.

Further details can be found here.

JISC Collections Consultation on 19th Century UK Periodicals Online

19th Century UK Periodicals Online is a major new multi-part series which covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world. It provides an invaluable fully-searchable facsimile resource for the study of British life in the 19th century – from art to business, and from children to politics. Few of the materials in this extensive online collection have ever been reissued, in any format since original publication. All the original colour work has been specially captured for this programme. JISC Collections would like your feedback about the potential acquisition of this collection and the benefits it might have for teaching and learning in your institutions. Please provide feedback by 30th June using the online submission form at:

Further details can be found here.

Trialing and testing Journal Business Models: final report is now available

In 2004 JISC commissioned a study of online journal business models. This was undertaken by Rightscom in collaboration with Information Power and the final report was published in April 2005. Following the publication of the report, JISC decided to try and test two of the models addressed in the Report. These were:

• PPV Converting to Subscriptions (PPV)

• Core Plus Peripheral (Core+)

JISC commissioned Content Complete Ltd (CCL) to find possible participants from the publishing and library communities and coordinate the testing of the models by way of trials, and these took place during 2006. The trials involved 5 publishers and ten university libraries. Two of the trials addressed variations of the original Core Plus Peripheral model and the three other trials addressed variations of the PPV Converting to Subscription. The report based on Content Complete's Ltd's main findings and recommendations to be made is now available.

Further details can be found here.

Major enhancements to Grove Art and Grove Music Online from September 2007

Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online will be re-launched this September with new content and new functionality. They will also form the cornerstones of two new online gateways, Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online.

Further details can be found here.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography celebrates "The Summer of Love"

It's 40 years since the ‘Summer of Love’. To celebrate, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography links up with the American National Biography to remember some of the performers in Britain and the United States. Don't forget that a JISC Collections agreement is available for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

In June 1967 the Beatles released Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with Sir Peter Blake's world-famous album cover.

But have you ever wondered just who are all those faces in the crowd?

Discover the real lives behind the cut-outs with Oxford University Press' …

interactive Sgt Pepper record sleeve

And having found out … why not listen to the life of George Harrison (one of the Oxford DNB's regular podcast episodes)?

Further details can be found here.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Capacity Builder: informing developments in community development and social policy

Capacity Builder is a community development and social policy information resource, which is updated daily to provide a one-stop source for local, regional and national information on affairs that affect communities throughout the UK. News updates, policy documents, briefing papers, statistical information, legislation, benefits information, parliamentary debates and questions are included. This resource can be used across a range of subject areas including: community health studies; community nursing; community development; community studies; education studies; housing studies; social policy; sociology; social work; youth studies and welfare studies.

Further details are available here.

What's new in the world of Geospatial services? Find out more by attending the GeoForum event on the 15th June

EDINA will be hosting the GeoForum event on the 15th June 2007 in the Parkinson Building, Leeds University.

The GeoForum is an ideal opportunity for support staff and site representatives in the Geospatial services area to be briefed and give feedback on the JISC's Geospatial Working Groups's proposed Vision and to find out "What's New" in
Geospatial services, such as Geology Digimap. There is also the opportunity for delegates to see an early preview of Marine Digimap, OS MasterMap as well as New Satellite Imagery and Geodata Services from the Satellite Image Data Service.

For further details, including the programme and how to get to the venue can be found on the EDINA web site at:

To book your place at this event, please complete the registration form which can be found at:

Further details are available here.

New agreement between Thomson Gale and JISC Collections makes over 8,000 journals available to universities in the UK (HE only)

A new agreement between JISC Collections and Thomson Gale ensures that all staff, researchers and students in UK higher education institutions can have access to the latest articles from many of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals and reference sources via an annual subscription – Academic OneFile.

Academic OneFile, which is published by Thomson Gale, is a popular source of information for teaching, learning and research. 8400 journal titles such as the New York Times, The Times and the Financial Times, are currently available, many of which are in full text. The majority of these titles are also peer-reviewed, which ensures that the content is of the highest quality. Updated daily, Academic OneFile includes millions of articles (which are available in both PDF and HTML full-text formats) from journals covering a wide variety of subject areas from the arts, humanities, science, engineering and technology disciplines to health, life sciences and the social sciences. A full list of journals is also available.

Further details are available here.

NESLi2 Licence - latest version is now available to view

The NESLi2 Licence for journals has been updated recently and the current version is now available to view on the NESLi2 website at

The main changes to the licence are outlined below:
  • the ‘Authorised User’ definition now includes ‘retired members of staff and any teacher who teaches Authorised Users in the United Kingdom’
  • the ‘Secure Authentication’ definition now includes reference to ‘UK Access Management Federation compliant technology’
  • 5.1.11 is a new clause regarding post cancellation access and the dark archives a publisher uses
  • 5.1.12 is a new clause relating to compliance with the Code of Practice of Project Transfer
JISC Collections' appointed Negotiation Agent, Content Complete Ltd shall be using this latest version in their negotiations with publishers for 2008 agreements.

To find out more about the NESLi2 initiative, please see the Guide to NESLi2.

Further details are available here.

Resolving the key issues and misconceptions in using copyrighted digital and online resources: JISC Collections launches a new interactive online copy

In March 2006, JISC Collections held a workshop for librarians, practitioners and teaching staff who use online content in their teaching. Participants were introduced to a new online interactive tool which demonstrates how online resources from JISC Collections can enable practitioners and institutions to resolve the common misconceptions and key issues relating to the use of copyrighted digital and online resources in research, teaching and learning and the role of JISC Collections (and the JISC Model licence) in the provision of solutions to these issues. JISC Collections is pleased to announce that the online interactive copyright activity is now available.

This tool is targeted at teachers and lecturers in FE and HE. It will also be useful for curriculum managers, learning technologists, learning resources staff and any staff who deal with digital resources.

Further details are available here.

New JISC agreement makes over 2500 Wiley e-book titles available

Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks™ offers subscriptions to a collection of over 2500 authoritative book titles covering chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental science, engineering, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, polymers and materials science, medicine, business and related areas, which fully integrate with other content on Wiley InterScience.

OnlineBooks are presented in familiar PDF format for easy downloading and printing, with chapter summaries in HTML. Subscriptions are available on a One-Time Fee option, providing ongoing access to titles or a Flexi-Subscription Fee, whereby an annual flat fee applies based on JISC banding. Both price options offer unlimited concurrent access across entire institutional networks.

Further details are available here.

Internet Archaeology: creating an Open Access success story

Internet Archaeology was established in 1996 with funding until July 2001 from the JISC eLib programme. Innovative since its inception, it was the first refereed online e-journal in Archaeology and has been very successful in gaining international recognition as a high-quality academic journal. In the UK it is fully recognised for RAE purposes and forms an integral part of archaeological teaching and research. Now in its 22nd volume, Internet Archaeology attracts a continuous stream of offers of high-quality research papers.

Internet Archaeology 2008-2009: Open Access for UK HE and FE

Two year funding from JISC Collections will help Internet Archaeology with the transition to Open Access. The funding for the period from 1st January 2007 to 31st December 2009 will allow free access, from January 2008, (to issues 22-25 of the journal) to the growing number of universities and colleges that teach Archaeology, as well as extending usage of the journal to a much wider range of disciplines (for example History, History of Art, Creative and Performing Arts, Geography, Biological and Earth Sciences). Internet Archaeology will also be of interest to those in Information Science and Librarianship disciplines and to users in the further education sector.

Internet Archaeology Archive 1996-2006

JISC Collections has also purchased the Internet Archaeology Archive 1996-2006 (which includes issues 1 to 21 inclusive) on behalf of UK higher and further education institutions, which means they can now have permanent access to ten years of rich multimedia scholarly content completely free of charge.

Further details are available here.

Monday, May 14, 2007

To reserve a place, please go to the Booking Form

The MIMAS Open Forum 2007 will be held at The University of Manchester on Thursday 5 July 2007. Registration and the morning plenary session take place at MANDEC, the Manchester Dental Education and Conference Centre; the afternoon workshops will be held at the Kilburn Building on Oxford Road. There will be the opportunity to talk to MIMAS staff during the day, and a training room will be available for informal demonstrations of MIMAS services.

This event is open to librarians, support staff, teachers, researchers and students at higher and further education colleges.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Summer changes to ISI

Thomson Scientific announce that from mid 2007 the ISI Web of Knowledge Service for UK Education will have a new interface.

Further details regarding this can be found at
this web page also contains a link to the Thomson Scientific press release:

Friday, May 04, 2007

Online Film and Sound Working Group meeting report

I went to a meeting of the Online Film and Sound Working Group on 30th April.

The following items were discussed:

1) Film and Sound Online
JISC have agreed to fund this for free for another 2 years. Over the past year, there has been a doubling of content, and new subscribers are still coming on board. The metadata is also now available to Google and other search engines. Google-based queries will be monitored in order to see if this leads to an increase in usage.

2) BBC Motion Gallery
It is hoped that students will be able to use the clips from BBC Motion Gallery in showreels which can be used in CVs and non-University work, meaning that this resource can be made available on open networks. There would also be unlimited concurrency. The licence will also hopefully allow material to be put into JORUM.

3) Newsfilm Online
The content of this will be from the early 19th C to the near present, and includes ITN and Reuters content that has been rights-cleared. It will be able to be used in either Media Player or Quick Time at 710 kilobitz per sec. There will also be downloadable thumbnails of stills for a storyboard. This material can also be kept and reused. It is hoped that there will be something to see by October.


Monday, April 30, 2007

JSTOR launches Arts & Sciences V Collection

JSTOR has just launched the new Arts & Sciences V Collection. Building on disciplines in previous collections, Arts & Sciences V will widen the scope of core disciplines in the humanities, including philosophy, history, classics, religion, art and art history, and language and literature. Arts & Sciences V introduces a number of literary reviews, including The Hudson Review and The North American Review; as well as several humanities journals from Indiana University Press and the notable museum bulletins from The Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Arts & Sciences V Collection will comprise a minimum of 120 titles upon its completion in 2009; at launch seven titles will be available.

Further details are available here.

Witness the re-enactment of the famous Bridgeman Vs Corel court case on the 3rd May in London

Queen Mary, University of London in association with BAPLA and the Bridgeman Art Library are staging the re-enactment of the 1999 legal challenge brought by The Bridgeman Art Library against Corel Corporation. This conference gathers together professionals and experts on IP and copyright to reassess the verdict and place the decision within a European legal framework, to judge whether the same decision would have been reached outside the USA.

This event is taking place at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London on the 3rd May 2007. It will be of interest to those working and studying in copyright law, IP issues and the internet & cultural heritage.

You can also view and download the conference flyer.

Further details are available here.

Core reading list e-books for the JISC national e-books observatory project: the bids are in!

The deadline for the submission of core reading list e-book bids was Monday 23rd April. JISC has received a number of bids from publishers and e-book aggregators hoping to partner in the national e-books observatory project. The bids will now pass through the first stage of the evaluation process which entails marking by the project board against the criteria specified in the tender document.

The successful bids will then move to the second phase of the evaluation process. This is where details of the titles included in the successful bids and other relevant information such as platform functionality and availability will be made available to the UK HE community through a consultation process.

The consultation will start in mid June and run to the end of July. The consultation process will provide all UK HE institutions with the chance to pick titles that are relevant to their courses and to see what titles are being offered. The most popular titles will then be placed onto a priority list and assessed against the budget available. There will be information on the licensing, the platforms the titles will be available on and functionality being offered. Further information will be circulated shortly….keep an eye on or sign up for the RSS feeds.

Further details are available here

New Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks™ agreement is available

Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks™ offers subscriptions to the electronic versions of science, technology and medical monographs delivered online via the Wiley InterScience interface. OnlineBooks are presented in fimiliar PDF format for easy downloading and printing, with chapter summaries in HTML. Subscriptions are available on a One-Time Fee option, providing ongoing access to titles or a Flexi-Subscripion Fee, whereby an annual flat fee applies based on JISC banding. Subject areas covered by this resource includes chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental science, engineering, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, ploymers and materials science, medicine, business and related areas.

Further details are available here.

Friday, April 20, 2007

New telephone numbers for JISC Collections

Please note that our telephone numbers have now changed. The main office telephone number is now
+44 (0)20 3006 6000. To find out the new telephone numbers for each member of staff, please see the Collections Team section on our web site.

Further details are available here.

Unearthing key archaeological discoveries online

A decade of archaeological research made available free to UK colleges and universities

A new JISC Collections agreement ensures that all staff, researchers and students in UK further and higher education institutions have completely free access to the archived articles from a dynamic peer-reviewed independent online journal, which is designed to be responsive to new research in archaeology – Internet Archaeology.

Internet Archaeology is widely considered amongst the academic community to be innovative and forms an integral part of archaeological teaching and research in the UK. JISC Collections has purchased the Internet Archaeology Archive on behalf of UK higher and further education institutions, which means that they can now have permanent access to ten years of rich multimedia scholarly content completely free of charge. Staff, students and researchers will have access to authoritative articles from 1996-2006, which are published by the Council for British Archaeology and hosted by the Department of Archaeology at the University of York.

Further details are available here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

e-Society Research Seminar

Radical data for radical research: Tracking and tracing

Royal Statistical Society, London
9 May 2007

Chair: Roger Burrows, Director,
ESRC e-Society Programme

Speakers include Richard Webber, Andy Crabtree, Rob Ackland, Dana Diminescu and Christian Licoppe (ENST) Zbigniew Smoreda and Cezary Ziemlicki(France Telecom R&D), Alan Penn and Mike Savage

This seminar asks how research is able to use data produced as a by-product of day-to-day transactions, for example from use of mobile phones, CCTV footage or from loyalty cards. It is being organised jointly by the ESRC e-Society Programme, the ESRC Research Methods Programme and Chimera, University of Essex.

Further details and booking form from:

ESRC Research Methods Programme
CCSR, 2nd Floor, Crawford House
University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: + 44 (0)161 275 4891

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

JISC national e-books observatory project: useful articles and studies

Under the FAQ section of the national e-books observatory project web site you can now find a list of useful e-book articles and studies. It is not a list of everything written on e-books, but a selection of some articles and studies that are useful to know about in terms of the project. The pages will be updated and next to be added is information on international e-book project.

If you are aware of any writings on e-books or if your organisation is currently undertaking a project in e-books (especially if it is related to e-textbooks and core reading titles) please do contact Caren Milloy with further information.

JISC Collections consultation on ResearchNow Full Access

Response required by 15 June 2007

ResearchNow Full Access allows users to retrieve through a single, unified search interface, high quality scholarly research within the subscription-based, peer-reviewed Berkeley Electronic Press journals, as well as information published within working paper series, preprints, monographs, and other institutional and subject-matter repositories hosted by Berkeley Electronic Press It currently contains approximately 134,000 documents that have been downloaded more than 10 million times (5.4 million downloads in the past year).

The content covers the full range of research requirements from undergraduate assignments to new frontiers in academic research across all subject areas. The resource is updated every day with new papers being placed in the repositories and working paper series. The peer-reviewed content in the Berkeley Electronic Press journals becomes 'live' every few days. Plans for the future include extending the content on all fronts, with new repositories, working paper series and peer-reviewed journal titles.

Further details are available here.

JISC Collections consultation on Gene Journey

Response required by 15 June

Gene Journey is an online resource on genetics which will be available from July 2007. The content will be divided into a number of 'learning journeys' about the many issues and topics which lead off from the starting point of the basic unit of inheritance, the 'gene'. It is designed to be used by the very wide range of people who study genetics from GCSE, A level and BTEC students to trainee nurses and medical students. In this consultation version there are three learning journeys available: 'mitosis and meiosis', 'chromosome pathology' and 'amniocentesis'.

The online resource will use a wide range of formats such as animation, photographic images and video; this enables the content to cover both the scientific and human aspects of genetics. For example, in the case of Down Syndrome, animations will illustrate the causes of the condition, such as non-disjunction, and video clips will give an insight into the lifes of people with the condition. The virtual amniocentesis lab, animations on meiosis, mitosis and various processes, such as non-disjunction, are available now for this consultation.

Further details are available here.

JISC Collections consultation on Dun and Bradstreet Global Reference Solution and Hoover's Pro-Plus

Response required by 15 June 2007

Dun and Bradstreet is a leading provider of global business information, tools and insight. Global Reference Solution (GRS) is the only database which provides definitive company listings for every country around the globe. With more than 113 million company records, this represents the largest source of business information in the world. Users can search for individual businesses, identify members of corporate families or market segments and find detailed information on global businesses.

Hoover's Pro-Plus provides the tools that are needed to make informed decisions and develop powerful business relationships by providing up-to-date, comprehensive and easy-to-use business intelligence. Users have access to 2.2 million UK public and private companies and expert analysis on over 45,000 of the world's largest companies and over 600 industry sectors.

These resources can be used in a variety of subject and course areas including accounting, banking, business studies, economics, finance and management studies.

Further details are available here.

Free Course 25th April

Wednesday 25 April 2007, 10:30am-c.3:45pm.
At Manchester Computing, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester

During the day the following services will be covered:-

Archives Hub: FREE access to a searchable database of nearly 20,000archive collections held in 150 UK universities and colleges. Thesecollections are relevant to many different research interests. Theyinclude the records of businesses, individuals and families and rangefrom art and architecture to science and medicine to teaching andtechnology.

Copac: Come and try out the NEW Copac interface and database. Copac gives FREE access to the merged cataloguesof 27 major academic and national libraries in the UK and Ireland,including the British Library, National Library of Scotland, andNational Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru. Copac givesaccess to details of a wide range of materials, including electronicdocuments, in all subject areas.

ISI Web of Knowledge Service for UK Education. This course provides abasic introduction to the Web of Knowledge (WoK) platform and the Web ofScience. The course will focus on the WoK platform and cross searchingand Web of Science. This course does not cover the additional Web ofKnowledge products. Available to members of subscribing institutionslisted at:

Zetoc gives access to the British Library's Electronic Table ofContents (ETOC), a searchable database of over 20 million article titlesand conference proceedings from over 20,000 of the most importantresearch journals, as well as around 16,000 conference proceedingspublished per year. Also includes a table of contents alerting serviceand RSS feed. FREE to members of most UK further and higher educationinstitutions.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Intute Enhancement Group meets

The first meeting of the Intute Enhancement Group will be held on Friday 27 April. If
any JIBS reps would like to suggest enhancements for adding to the wish-list currently being compiled, please email the chair of the Group, Sue Cumberpatch at by 23 April.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Index to The Times consultation

EDINA would appreciate further responses to its consultation on the future of the Index to The Times service. Here is a recent message (29th March) from Andrew Bevan requesting feedback:

As you may be aware the current three-year subscription period for the EDINA Index to The Times service comes to an end later this year - on 31st October.We are currently assessing the demand for a renewed service, for a further three years, and are keen to hear from you as to whether your institution would resubscribe at broadly the same rates i.e. tiered between £55-716, outlined at would also appreciate any other comments you may have on the service.
Andrew Bevan
EDINA User Support
Causewayside House Tel: 0131 650 3302158-162 Causewayside Fax: 0131 650 3308

Scopus: Meeting of the enhancement group, 26thApril

Next JIBS Scopus enhancement group meeting Thursday 26 April 2007

The second meeting of the JIBS Scopus enhancement group will be held 26th April 2007 at The University of Manchester The John Rylands University Library.

If you have queries or comments about Scopus that you would like to raise please contact

Have you set up the "SelectedSources" results tab for your users for example? Have you had feedback about coverage in particular subject areas? Are there new features you would like to see added?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

JISC Collections consultations

JISC Collections consults with the further education, higher education and the research community about all new agreements and the renewal of existing agreements of online resources. Your feedback is essential as it determines whether we can move forward with negotiations, helps to ensure that all agreements are formulated in response to community demand, enables JISC Collections to negotiate the more favourable licensing terms and conditions and ensures the quality of the resource enriches the community's education and resource experience.

The following resources are participating in the spring 2007 round of consultations for new resources.

Books on ScienceDirect
British History Online (BHO) - Premium Content
Cairn (online collection of French language journals on the social sciences)
ProQuest CSA Early English Books Online (EEBO) MARC Records
ProQuest CSA History Study Centre
ResearchNow Full Access
Rock's Backpages
Social Theory
ProQuest CSA KnowUK and NewsUK

Further details on these consultations can be found at

JORUM enhancement meeting

"The JORUM enhancement committee is meeting on Friday 23rd March.

"Service enhancements and developments are up for discussion, and if anybody has anything that they would like to comment on from a JIBS perspective, please contact Leo ( There is a page within the JORUM Web page detailing the JORUM enhancement committee membership, activities and developments: