Volume 1, Issue 5; November 2000
Editor: Jonathan M Goodman
- Who Owns Lecture Notes?
- In California, a bill has been passed which answers this question - the lecturer does,
in the absence of an agreement to the contrary.
This introduces a ban on the commercial redistribution of lecture notes, and requires the
Californian Universities to take action.
- The Scientific World
- A new 'Personal Portal to Science' launched on September 27th, 2000, which includes over
20 000 journals in its database. Articles can also be published through 'i-Publish' a new approach
to the traditional idea of a journal, which pays its authors royalties!
The scientific advisory board includes
Professor Alan Fersht.
- Lhasa is a program to help plan organic syntheses, originally developed by E J Corey
- The Dublin Core
- The Dublin Core is a set of core elements which can usefully be used to structure metadata.
The name comes from a workshop in Dublin, Ohio.
- BioXML is a resource to gather
XML documentation, DTDs and tools for biology in one central location.
The goal is to provide the biology community with a set of standard XML tags to
facilitate data exchange.
- Manchester Bioinformatics
- The Bioinformatics Unit at Manchester University comprises four groups, headed by
Dr Terri Attwood, Dr Andy Brass, Dr Paul Higgs and Dr Erich Bornberg-Bauer. The projects
in the unit include studies of carbohydrate structure in solution, protein-protein interactions,
polymeric materials, structure and evolution of RNA, and systems for access to
multiple biological databases.
- The IUPAC working party on spectroscopic data standards is defining the JCAMP-DX
- National Biotechnology Information Facility
- The NBIF is located at
State University and provide a single point of access to a
vast store of widely distributed biotechnology data as well as
developing new educational and bioinformatics services.
- BioTech is a biology/chemistry educational resource and research tool
located in the laboratory
of Andrew Ellington
at the University of Texas at Austin. It has many links and articles on various biological and
- Chemical Genealogy Database
- A large database tracing the scientific "ancestry" of chemists back through their PhD
advisors. The database shows some University of Illinois
bias, but is a interesting general data source.
© 2000 J M Goodman, Cambridge