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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Our Scholarly Communication Speaker Series has started again!


Our first speaker will be Thomas Krichel. He will be speaking at March 3, Hagerty Library, 33rd and Market, 3pm, in the Stern Conference Room on the 3rd Floor.

Below is some information about the speaker:
Thomas Krichel was born in 1965 in Völklingen,Germany. He studied economics and social sciences at the universities of Toulouse, Paris, Exeter and Leicester. Between February 1993 and April 2001 he lectured in the Department of Economics at the University of Surrey. In 1993, he founded the NetEc, a consortium of Internet projects for academic economists. In 1997, he founded the RePEc dataset to document economics. Between October and December 2001, he held a visiting professorship at Hitosubashi University. Since January 2001, he is an assistant professor at the Palmer School.

This will be a one-hour presentation which will have three parts. A theoretical introduction (20% of time) will be followed by a backward looking part (40% of time) and a forward-looking part (the remaining 40% of time).

In the theoretical part, I will argue that while a lot has been written about open access, little has been achieved to date. Much of the written work adopts a cross-discipline, general perspective. Scholarly communication, however is conducted within communities of scholars. Each community is sufficiently different in a way that no single policy will push all communities in a desirable way. Thus, any action must be tailored to a community.

In the backward-looking part, I will illustrate the work of RePEc. This is a very distributed academic digital library for the economics community. I am the creator and principal architect of the system. It has its origins in my making the world's first open access online research paper in economics available in 1993. I will insist on special components that have made RePEc so successful. These are the logging features and the author registration.

In the forward-looking part, I will illustrate my plans for rclis. "rclis" is pronounced as "reckless" but stands for "Research in Computing and Library and Information Science". It is my attempt to build a system that is similar to RePEc but adopted to a new target group. I will discuss systems such as DoIS and DoCIS,as well as E-LIS. I will also give a rough outline of the things that need to be done.
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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Occasionally I will use this space to review relevant resources, either newly added, updated favorites, or a reintroduction to an oldie. Today, we look at a trio of established resources from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology):

Atomic Spectral Line Broadening Bibliographic Database
This database contains approximately 800 recent references, all collected after our last published bibliography (NIST Special Publication 366, Suppl. 4, 1993). These papers contain numerical data, general information, comments, and review articles and are part of the collection of the Data Center on Atomic Line Shapes and Shifts at NIST.

Atomic Transition Probability Blibliographic Database
The database presently contains 6570 references, dating from 1914 through June 2002.
These papers contain numerical data, comments, and review articles on atomic transition probabilities (oscillator strengths, line strengths, or radiative lifetimes), and are part of the collection of the Data Center on Atomic Transition Probabilities at NIST.

Atomic Weights and Isotopic Compositions
The atomic weights are available for elements 1 through 112, 114, & 116 and isotopic compositions or abundances are given when appropriate.
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