Social Media Data Now Available via Crimson Hexagon

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Do you use social media posts as a data source? The Library is piloting (through September 30, 2017) a subscription to Crimson Hexagon, a web-based library of social media posts (updated in real-time) and social media analysis software platform. Posts can be searched using keywords and then either downloaded for off-line analysis with third party tools or analyzed using Crimson Hexagon’s data visualizations.

Data sources include:

  • Twitter: Full Twitter Firehose (all public tweets) through a direct partnership with Twitter beginning July 2010. Twitter content via the Gardenhose from July 2009.
  • Tumblr: Full Tumblr Firehose through a direct partnership with Tumblr beginning January 2015.
  • Google Plus
  • Blogs, for example blogspot.com.
  • Forums, for example reddit.com and yahoo.com.
  • Facebook
  • Instagram Hashtags
  • Reviews: Product-based reviews from consumer sites such as tripadvisor.com and amazon.com.
  • News: Fact-based articles by formal news organizations, such as CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
  • Comments: Reader responses to blogs, news, and forum posts.
  • YouTube: Content from video descriptions and comments.
  • Weibo*: As of September 1, 2015, currently unavailable due to the Chinese Government has forcing SINA to suspend all data leaving China through any and all data delivery vehicles pending an official policy regarding foreign use.

For more information on using Crimson Hexagon, see our guide or contact Annelise Sklar (asklar@ucsd.edu), Social Sciences Collection Coordinator, or Tim Dennis (timdennis@ucsd.edu), Data Services & Collections Librarian.

Book publishing that’s Open Access and high quality? Consider Luminos from UC Press.

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UC San Diego authors in the market for a publisher should consider Luminos, the Open Access (OA) publishing program for scholarly monographs from UC Press. Luminos titles go through the same rigorous selection and peer review processes as all other UC press books and are published in both digital and traditional formats. The digital editions of all Luminos-published titles are available free of charge to anyone in the world, which makes them widely accessible to readers regardless of their home institution’s library budget and ideal for assigned course readings in the age of prohibitively high textbook prices. The traditional print copies are available for purchase, review copies, and other publicity such as conference booths.  Both versions will be identical in content and layout, but digital editions can also include live links and interactive multimedia such as audio, video, or maps.

In the OA model, publishing costs are shifted from the final product’s readers to the content creators, in this case: the author and UC Press. Authors are not paid royalties, as any revenue from print sales helps offset the costs of the OA digital editions. UC Press calculates the cost of OA monograph publishing at approximately $15,000; the author’s contribution for University of California faculty, books based on UC dissertations, and books in series where the editor is UC faculty is $5,000.

To support this venture, UC San Diego Library will cover the (full) author fee of $5000 for UC San Diego authors’ accepted books. For more information, contact Annelise Sklar (asklar@ucsd.edu), the Social Sciences Collection Coordinator.

Cambridge Structural Database 2016 Available

The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) 2016 is now available to download from the UC distribution site. This year Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC ) launched CSD-Enterprise, giving academic institutions the full suite of CSD products–including some that were only available to commercial organizations.

CSDS 2016 is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux (32 and 64-bit), and includes:

The Cambridge Structural Database, Version 5.37   —–   ConQuest 1.18   —–  Mercury 3.7 – now with 3D printing capability   —–   Mogul 1.8   —–   Hermes 1.8   —–   GOLD 5.4   —–   Conformer Generator 1.0   —–   DASH 3.3.5 (Windows only)   —–   PreQuest (Windows and Linux 32-bit only)   —–   IsoStar 2.2.3 (Server is Linux 32-bit only)   —–   SuperStar 2.1.3 (Windows and Linux only)

Optional: CSD Python API

Read more…

February Workshops – PubMed, SciFinder, Citation Management

Here are next month’s Library Workshops (complete list for winter 2016). Classes are free and registration is encouraged. Note the location of the workshop, either the Geisel or Biomedical Library Building.

Library Databases and Search Tools

PubMed Essentials

Feb 4 (Thurs), 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3 (Register)

This hands-on workshop focuses on what every user needs to know about PubMed, whether doing a search for a specific author or topic using keywords. Learn to focus your results with limits, become familiar with the features of the advanced search screen, and know how to use UC E-Links to easily get to full text articles.

SciFinder for Chemists and Non-Chemists

Feb 16 (Tues), 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1 (Register)

SciFinder is one of the core information resources for exploring the chemical literature, but it’s not just for chemists. It can also be helpful to researchers in engineering, environmental sciences, physics, and radiology and other health sciences.

This hands-on workshop will cover the SciFinder essentials: topic and author searching, improving your search results, accessing the full text articles, and how SciFinder compares with other databases like Web of Science. You’ll also learn to search CAS Registry to find chemical substance information, and get an introduction to the built-in editor for drawing chemical structures and reactions. Attendees must be affiliated with UC San Diego (students, faculty, staff, etc.) with a ucsd.edu email address.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials

Feb 17 (Wed), 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3 (Register)

Move beyond the basics to refine and expand your searching skills. Learn about MeSH terms and how to use them in a search. Use MyNCBI and its numerous tools to keep you updated and to customize PubMed for your most frequent types of searches. Great for the frequent searcher.

And coming in March: PubMed Beyond the Essentials, Substance and Reaction Searching with SciFinder and Reaxys

Information Management Series

Managing Citations

Feb 9 (Tues), 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3 (Register)

This session will provide an introduction to a variety of tools for managing papers and citations including EndNote & EndNote Online, Zotero, Mendeley and will discuss how to choose the tool that’s right for you.

EndNote Online

Feb 23 (Tues), 11:00 – 12:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3 (Register)

The online version of EndNote is available for free. Come learn how to insert citations to your online library and then use them when writing a paper. Users of the desktop version can also synch their online and desktop library, so knowing how to use the online version extends the options.

And coming in March: EndNote Desktop and Mendeley workshops

All UC San Diego Libraries CLOSED December 24 – January 3

From Thursday, December 24, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016, ALL UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED. Library buildings will reopen on their regular academic quarter schedules on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Information about Library services available during the holiday closure can be found at: lib.ucsd.edu/library-holiday-closure. Most online resources such as electronic journals, electronic books, and databases will remain accessible during the closure. Faculty, staff, and students can access library-licensed resources via the campus proxy server or VPN.

The UC San Diego Library wishes everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

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A social networking site is not an open access repository

“What’s the difference between ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and the institutional repository?”

“I put my papers in ResearchGate, is that enough for the open access policy?

From Katie Fortney and Justin Gonder at CDL (California Digital Library), an excellent explanation on the differences between ResearchGate, Academia.Edu, and institutional repositories like UC’s eScholarship, and why depositing your articles in the first two does not meet the definition of an open access repository or open access journal per the UC Open Access Policy.

November’s New Popular Science Titles

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

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“The Legacy of Jonas Salk” Exhibit on Display at Geisel Library thru Jan. 10, 2016

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Pictured above is Jonathan Salk, who is on the receiving end of the polio vaccine, being administered by his father, in 1955.

Fall 2015 marks the close of world-renowned scientist Jonas Salk’s centenary year. To mark the occasion, the UC San Diego Library is presenting “The Legacy of Jonas Salk,” an exhibition of materials from the Jonas Salk Papers, which will be on display in Geisel Library through January 10, 2016. The papers—which comprise more than 600 linear feet (or nearly 1000 boxes)—were donated to the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections in 2013 by Salk’s sons, Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan, all of whom—like their father—trained as physicians and are involved in medical and scientific activities.

According to Lynda Claassen, director of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives Program, the papers document Jonas Salk’s professional and scientific activities from the mid-1940s to his death in 1995.  Especially well-documented are activities related to the development of the Salk polio vaccine in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and the founding of the Salk Institute. The papers cover general correspondence, files relating to polio, his writings and philosophy, photographs, artifacts—including two dictating machines—personal writings, and various research materials.

“The archive represents the enormous scope of our father’s creativity and productivity,” said Jonathan Salk. “This collection of his papers and the insight to be gained into how he approached and solved problems might be his greatest legacy. He would be pleased to find that his life’s work was continuing to do good for the world. Read more…

UC San Diego Library’s 2015 Library Research Award Honors Four Scholars

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Nelish Ardeshna, Nhat-Dang Do, Tiffany Lee, and Shayla Wilson.

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Library Research Prize in recognition of their superior research skills. The annual award, sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association, recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary research skills in mining the Library’s rich and diverse information resources and services. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities, and Life and Physical Sciences. The awards also include a cash prize of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“The purpose of this prize is to encourage and recognize excellent research skills among our undergraduates, which includes the ability to exploit a wide range of digital and physical library resources,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “The Library—with our partners in Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs—is honored to recognize these talented students, who’ve learned that solid academic research doesn’t happen without careful and strategic library research.”

Read more…

October 27-28: Software Carpentry Workshop

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Join the UC San Diego Library’s  Research & Reference Advisory Services (Data Services) and the Research Data Curation programs for a two-day, intensive Software Carpentry workshop. Software Carpentry’s mission is to give scientists and engineers the tools they need to be more productive and efficient by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design in python, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Event Location: Biomedical Library Building, BLB Events Room

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

There will be a $30 fee associated with this event. Participants must sign up for both days.

Register Here:  www.regonline.com/scarpentry

 

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