Friday, June 25, 2004

article on 'Substance Databases and Structure Search Engines'


posted by Dana L. Roth

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The Challenges with Substance Databases and Structure Search Engines Helen Cooke, Damon D. Ridley Australian Journal of Chemistry, 2004, 57(5), 387-392

provides a clear explanation of the problems caused by the variety of structural representations for non-valence bonded substances in SciFinder, Beilstein, Gmelin, etc. These substances include: alloys, catenanes, polymers, and salts. There are also issues of definition (such as when a substance is a co-ordination compound, or hydrate, or salt), and of bonding types (resonance, donor complexes and pi-complexes). There are further problems with: allotropes, isotopic forms, physical states, etc.

Cooke and Ridley discuss these problems, with examples from different databases, and their analysis is very much appreciated.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

A Community within a Community: The Library and Information Science Committee of the Sheridan Science and Technology Park

Not yet posted to their web site ( my paper titled "A Community within a Community: The Library and Information Science Committee of the Sheridan Science and Technology Park" was published in the most recent CLA Feliciter.

Feliciter, v.50 #3 2004, p.106

Study Cites Long-Term Cost Savings from Electronic Journals

Electronic journals are fast replacing print in many academic and research libraries. And at most libraries, it seems inevitable that this format transition will run to completion. What effects will these developments have on library operations and nonsubscription expenditures?

This question is addressed in a new report from CLIR, titled The Nonsubscription Side of Periodicals: Changes in Library Operations and Costs between Print and Electronic Formats. The report was written by Roger C. Schonfeld, Donald W. King, Ann Okerson, and Eileen Gifford Fenton. It is available free on the site in PDF format.

Proposed standards for information literacy for science and technology

The proposed standards for information literacy for science and technology, developed by the STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology, have been posted to the Task Force Web Site.

The document is intended to describe information literacy in the sciences and technology as completely as possible. The task force is looking for input/comments from all interested parties.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Phthalocyanines and Dr. Michael Engel

He tries. Links to phthalocyanine theses, researchers, articles, structures, books, etc.

Summer 2004 da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP)

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the Summer 2004 da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP). The DEEP program provides gifted and highly motivated high school students the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of engineering disciplines.

This summer, there is a new residence component as part of the DEEP program. The residence option allows students from across the country and around the world to participate in the program, and take part in a number of cultural and recreational activities around Toronto after class.

In the DEEP program, students have the opportunity to take up to 4 week-long courses during the month of July. The DEEP program offers the most diverse range of pre-university engineering courses in North America; courses are representative of the cutting-edge research and wide variety of academic options available in our faculty. Students can pick one of our 3-week themed topic streams, such as "Forensic Engineering" or "Mechatronics and Robotics", or pick and choose up to 3 of their own courses from our wide range of offerings. To finish off their DEEP experience, students can take a capstone design course in the topic of their choice. All courses are taught by graduate students from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

The application deadline is Friday, June 4th.

Contact the DEEP office, at, or 416-978-3872 with any questions.

First Monday is out

The June 2004 issue of First Monday is available. In this issue there is an article on open source as well as blogging in education