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.