Archive for May, 2007

New continuous learning opportunities from ACM

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

In a recent press release, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced it is doubling the online courses, and significantly expanding the books in its current collection of learning resources. ACM is providing these online educational offerings to its 83,000 Professional and Student worldwide members for no charge.

ACM is including

  • 2,200 courses from SkillSoft® covering a wide selection of topics in computing and information technology (IT) as well as business management and leadership.
  • 1,100 authoritative books on innovative IT and computer science technologies, and
  • the newest books on practical business skills from leading E-Book providers Safari® and Books24x7

U of T students, faculty and staff have on- and off-campus access to the complete ACM Digital Library through our U of T Library subscription.

About the ACM Digital Library
The ACM Digital Library includes bibliographic information, abstracts, reviews, and the full-text for articles published in ACM periodicals and proceedings since 1985.
About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery http://www.acm.org, is an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

excerpted from ACM Press Release May 3, 2007.

Scopus database improving citation count data

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Scopus, the largest interdisciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has announced that it will soon be improving the way that citation data for authors and publications is tracked and viewed.


Scopus will do this by considering the publication records of an individual, the number of papers published over n years and the number of citations for each paper. The result will be a single number, the “h-index”.

To provide additional clarity, Scopus will include a set of visual aids that present a transparent overview of citation and publication patterns over time. This will reveal whether the h-index is dependent on a few highly cited papers or whether the author’s papers have a relatively consistent volume of citations.

Scopus is available on- and off-campus to U of T students, faculty and staff via our U of T Library subscription. Scopus contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide, with links to full-text where available.

New: IDRC Digital Library

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has announced the launch of its Digital Library, the first Open Access Institutional Repository established by a Canadian research-funding organization.

The IDRC Digital Library provides full access over the Internet to IDRC’s rich research archive. In addition to making information more freely available, this initiative provides IDRC-funded researchers with a much-needed outlet to publish and showcase their work.

About IDRC
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world’s leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than 35years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

excerpted from IDRC news release April 23, 2007.