June 2009 Archives

I just added the newly released web site "Portal to the Universe" to the library's Astronomy subject page. The site collects news, blogs, and web-based astronomy tools into one platform. Let me know what you think.

The Portal to the Universe can be accessed at http://www.portaltotheuniverse.org/

Background info:
Released during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
(JENAM 2009), taking place this week at the University of
Hertfordshire, UK, the Portal to the Universe website has been eagerly
anticipated by journalists, science communicators, scientists,
educators and members of the general public alike. The Portal to the
Universe provides a global portal for online astronomy content,
serving as an index and aggregator.

The site itself features news, blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts,
images, videos and more. Web 2.0 collaborative tools, such as the
ranking of different services according to popularity, help the user
to sift constructively through the wealth of information available and
will promote interactions within the astronomy multimedia community. A
range of "widgets" (small applications) have also been developed to
tap into all sorts of existing "live data", such as near-live pictures
of the Sun, live positions of spacecraft or live observations from

An agreement between the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the American Physical Society (APS) was announced in April that would "facilitate faculty compliance with the University's open access policies when Harvard faculty members publish in the APS journals, comprising Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, and Reviews of Modern Physics" according to a joint press release.

Therefore APS acknowledges the open access license and allows all Harvard authors the right to post the published version of their article online or in the university's institutional repository without additional permission from APS.

If you are interested in posting your APS article to the UMN's digital conservancy, please let me know. The UMN libraries have our very own University Digital Conservancy where any UMN affiliate may deposit their peer-reviewed article with proper consent from the publisher. Doing so will make your work more visible in search engines like Google and Google Scholar and also allow anyone to download and read the official version for free.

Take a look at the UDC guidelines here.

A list of "green" publishers that have also agreed to allow published pdf's be made open access is available on the Sci-Eng library's web page for publishing. These include APS, AIP, AAS, and IEEE.

April New Books


Here are the new physics and astronomy books received at Walter. As always you may check our new book list for all the new books received in Science and Engineering subjects.

E Book
Munchen, Bob.
R for SAS and SPSS Users [electronic resource]
New York, NY : Springer-Verlag New York, 2009.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-09418-2
Link to MnCat Record

E Book
Sibilia, C. (Concita)
Photonic Crystals: Physics and Technology [electronic resource]
Milano : Springer Milan, 2008.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-0844-1
Link to MnCat Record

Read on to view all...

AIP Archive Grant Opportunity

Anyone interested in collaborating on the AIP archival grant, please contact me ljohnsto@umn.edu

American Institute of Physics: Grants-in-Aid for History of Modern Physics & Allied Fields
Deadline: August 14, 2009
Support to make accessible records, papers, and other primary sources which document the history of modern physics and allied fields (astronomy, geophysics, and optics)

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