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Data Carpentry workshop draws researchers from across the Caltech Divisions

Excitement builds at the Caltech Library as we welcome 30 Data Carpenters this week from Chem, Geo, Bio, GeoBio, Astro, Physics, and Eng. Led by eminent data scientists Tracy Teal and Titus Brown (both Caltech alumni), the sell-out workshop will provide hands on training in Open Science tools for cleaning, organizing, and publishing research data. More information will be posted about the Data Carpentry curriculum and lessons learned this week.


The Caltech Library’s growing services in Research Data Management include assistance with Data Management Plans; referrals to the best data centers and repositories for publishing and archiving research data; advising on the legal status of data and licensing data for reuse; Help with citing and publishing data; and working with funding agencies and publishers to clarify data access and publication requirements.

For assistance with Research Data management, get in touch with your Research Librarians at library at caltech dot edu.

Recent Events Honoring Dana Roth

The recent American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Francisco, California, saw Caltech’s own Dana Roth honored by both the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) and the ACS.

Dana was awarded the title of Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) at a dinner with representatives from the RSC, Caltech, and Dana’s co-author on Chemical Information for Chemists (published by the RSC), Judith Currano:


Chemical Information for Chemists recently received a four-star “essential” review from CHOICE magazine, a library resource review publication from the American Library Association.

On Wednesday, August 13, a symposium entitled “It Takes Two To Tango: Chemistry Librarians Partnering with Publishers and Researchers To Advance the Chemical Sciences” was held to honor Dana’s contributions to the field of chemical information. It was organized by Judith Currano, Head of the Chemistry Library at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ted Baldwin, Director of the Science and Engineering Library at University of Cincinnati.

A summary of the symposium can be found in the Winter 2014 edition of the Chemical Information Bulletin, and links to slides from the presentation can be found therein.

Congratulations Dana on these well-deserved honors, and thank you for your past and continuing service to the field of chemical librarianship!

Caltech announces Open Access policy

On January 1, 2014, a new open-access policy for faculty’s scholarly writings will take effect at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). According to this policy, approved by the faculty at their June 10 meeting, all faculty members will automatically grant nonexclusive rights to the Institute to disseminate their scholarly papers, making wider distribution of their work possible and eliminating confusion about copyright when posting research results on Caltech’s websites.

Caltech press release

Caltech Open Access Policy FAQ

Cambridge Crystallographic Data System Updated

The August 2011 CSD data update has been added to The Cambridge Structural Database. For more information about CCDC visit the Caltech CCDC home page.

Submission of Theses into CaltechTHESIS Unavailable Aug. 20-21

Submission of theses and dissertations into CaltechTHESIS will be unavailable on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20th and 21st, due to system maintenance. Except for short periods, CaltechTHESIS will still be available for searching, browsing, and document retrieval during the weekend. Login and thesis submission functions will be available again by 8:00 AM Monday 8/22, at the latest.

Cambridge Crystallographic Data System Updated

The May 2011 CSD data update has been added to The Cambridge Structural Database. In addition, the Mercury software has been updated. According to the announcement for Mercury v2.4.5, “this update includes a powerful new collection of tools for the analysis of geometrical, chemical and crystallographic data from the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). Thee new data analysis functionality supersedes the program VISTA and is integrated into the program Mercury in order to provide interactive statistical, charting and plotting options alongside 3D structure visualisation and analysis.”

For more information about CCDC visit the Caltech CCDC home page.

Library toolbar available

The new LibX Caltech edition is a Firefox extension which will let you access the library’s resources directly from your browser.  In addition to a toolbar for searching the library catalog, it will also add a right-mouse context menu to let you search the catalog, connect to Caltech Connect, and reload the current page using the library’s proxy server (to allow for off-campus access to resources which require a Caltech IP address).

New Nature licenses

Nature Geoscience has been licensed and is now accessible on campus and through the library’s proxy server. Nature has completed their retrospective digitization efforts. The complete run of Nature, beginning with volume 1 in 1869, has been purchased. Nature Photonics, Nature Protocols, and Nature Physics are some of the other recently licensed titles from Nature Publishing Group.

Journal of Fluid Mechanics archive available

The library has licensed the entire backfile of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, providing fulltext access beginning with volume 1 in 1956.

Two new bioengineering journals from IoP

The Institute of Physics (IoP) has introduced a pair of bioengineering titles for 2006, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics and Biomedical Materials.

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