PROLA Gets Freshened Up – Faster Downloads & Improved Navigation

APS Updates all Scanned Archival PDFs in our Physical Review Online

Ridge, NY, June 6, 2011 — The American Physical Society is pleased to
announced a refresh of all PDFs contained in the scanned portion of our
Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA). APS was one of the first
publishers to put our entire backfile online, completing the scanning
process in May 2001. In those early days, APS opted to put our content
online quickly and in an inexpensive manner that would then allow us to
take advantage of any future improvements in technology. We have now
completed the next step by partnering with Aquaforest. Using their
Autobahn DX conversion software, we have efficiently reprocessed our
entire scanned archive of approximately 250,000 articles, further
compressing them and adding searchable text. Researchers will find these
enhanced PDFs faster to download and much more convenient to navigate
and read. APS is committed to ensuring the long-term availability and
usability of all of the information that we publish.
Contact: Mark Doyle, American Physical Society,,

INIS (International Nuclear Information System) Database Now Freely Available

"The INIS (International Nuclear Information System) database is 
available free, as at 3 April 2009:  It is 
a product of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), which 
promotes the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Information about the content of the database is available at, and some of 
this is listed below.

"Leading reference database for scientific literature published 
worldwide on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology

•  Comprehensive international coverage by INIS Members and the INIS 

•  over 3 million bibliographic citations and abstracts of journal 
articles, scientific and technical reports, conference papers, books, 
patents, theses, laws, regulations and standards, and web documents, 
covering publications in 63 languages; all records include keywords 
and most have an abstract in English

•  Includes a unique collection of over 850 000 full-text documents: 
scientific and technical reports, conference proceedings, patents, 
theses, and preprints. This “grey” non-conventional literature (NCL) 
is not easily available from other sources."

[Please note that ~200,000 full-text nonconventional documents, 
consisting of scientific and technical reports and other 
non-copyrighted information and available online]."

This is certainly an interesting development!  INIS's press release 
can be found here:


Talk on the INSPEC database : This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s Science Abstracts!

Karen Berryman from the Institution of Engineering and Technology will be at Carnegie Melon University on Tuesday, March 17 from 10 AM to Noon to demonstrate the Inspec database available on Engineering Village.  Inspec is the premier database in the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, computers and control, information technology and manufacturing and production engineering.  Karen will be discussing the scope and coverage of the Inspec database as well as the special features available on Engineering Village including saving and sharing searches, tagging, links to full text and Ask an Expert.

The training session will take place in the Posner Center Board Room followed by a reception in the Posner Center Reception Area.  Refreshments will be served.  Artifacts from the Posner Center Collection that are sure to delight attendees will be on display during the reception.

Please RSVP to Keri Garland at


Interesting Data Development from OSTI

Here’s the opening paragraph of a new blog entry from the OSTIblog (Office for Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy):

“Discover the data behind DOE publications!
by Jannean Elliott
Tags: data data-explorer dde national-laboratories
If you’re ready to discover data, then OSTI’s newest product is ready for you! The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) is a unique tool that identifies collections of DOE-sponsored numeric files, figures and data plots, multimedia and images, computer simulations, specialized databases, and interactive data maps. Browse, run a quick search, or advanced search, then click a link to results. You’ll be amazed at the data you can freely see and use, the highly specialized interfaces developed by the owners of the data that will help you delve deeper into their collections, and the software toolkits that allow you to manipulate, compare, visualize, download, and re-use the data.” <a href=”; More…