Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Future of Daresbury CDS

Recent news from the Chemical Database Service at Daresbury:

"CDS provision of the Cambridge Structural Database, Inorganic Crystal Structure Databases and DETHERM now seems likely to continue with interim funding until 31st March 2008. After that point it is anticipated that new arrangements will be in place to give longer term access to these components."

See: for the latest news and other information

JISC Collections Weekly Update Issue 23

The weekly update from JISC Collections is now available on the JISC Collections web site at:


1. Uncovering the secrets beneath Britain's landscape: New resource provides detailed map data of Britain's geology
2. Stating the case for international law: new JISC Collections agreement is available
3. What is the NESLi2 initiative for electronic journals?
4. New Literature Online agreement
5. New Bureau van Dijk Databases agreements
6. JISC's value to UK education and research: report published
7. Extension of ProQuest Learning: Literature Colleges Edition agreement
8. Consultation on Eighteenth Century Journals II from Adam Matthew Digital
9. Consultation for European Sources Online (ESO)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Web of Knowledge: 28th January upgrade

MIMAS are pleased to announce that [they] have now received details from Thomson Scientific regarding the Q4 Upgrade for the ISI Web of Knowledge Service for UK Education.

Thomson Scientific have advised that the upgrades are scheduled to be implemented on 28 January 2007 and that there will be brief disruptions to access and personalization services throughout the day.

An overview of the planned new features:

- Full Name support extended to Current Contents Connect and ISI Proceedings
- Web of Science Distinct Author Identification System (DAIS) extended
- More authors names included and
- All clusters now displayed
- EndNote Web v1.2 enhancements
- Journal Use Reports enhancements

Further details, including screenshots, of the planned new features available with the upgrade can viewed at:


Geology Digimap

EDINA has been developing a subscription service to deliver geological maps and data from the British Geological Survey to Tertiary Education, following an agreement made between the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The resulting service has been successfully launched today.
Geology Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download the geological map data for use in geographical information systems.
Institutions wanting access to the service are required to pay an annual subscription and to sign a JISC licence agreement. Subscription charges for the Geology Digimap are available from the JISC web site:

The following data will be available as both maps generated online and as data to download:
1:625,000 solid and drift geology
1:250,000 solid and drift geology
1:50,000 solid and drift geology, mass movement and artificial ground
the BGS Lexicon of named Rock Units
For further detail, see:

[from the digimap-announce jiscmail list]

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

EduServ Chest Data Messenger 18th Jan 2007

- 15% discount off Business Insights, MarketLine and Access Asia databases
- Research for Libraries launching new version of MarketLine database
- Update on Collins Bartholomew agreement
- Improved terms for Brill agreement
- Euromonitor Global Market Information Database renewal events
- Maney Publishing announces eight new journals for 2007
- Publication of winter 2007 issue of PsycINFO News
- Calls for expressions of interest in a number of potential resources
- Electronic invoicing
- Your data wishes

For full details see:

Monday, January 22, 2007

Ovid email addresses

Please note that Ovid email addresses now have the form Firstname.Surname

Thursday, January 04, 2007

OvidSP Platform design update

The target schedule for release of the new platform for OvidSP is likely to be October-November 2007. New platform implies the OvidSP interface design and the engine design will be new; "all aspects, from the engine to the interface" are being addressed, holistically.