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Author: Lynn C. Westney
Title: E-Journals - Inside and Out
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
August 2004

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Source: E-Journals - Inside and Out
Lynn C. Westney

vol. 7, no. 2, August 2004
Article Type: Review

E-Journals - Inside and Out

Lynn C. Westney


The acronym SDI stands for Selective Dissemination of Information in the field of Library and Information Science. The editor of this column on E-Journals has been a practicing academic reference librarian since 1983. Lynn C. Westney is an Associate Professor and a reference librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this column she selectively disseminates international information on the contents of freely accessible (no subscription required), e-journals, e-newsletters, and other e-publications. On occasion, relevant Web sites are included. Selectivity is the principle guideline for this column.

The Journal of the Association for History and Computing, JAHC, has as its focus the applications of computer and other electronic technologies into the historical profession which is interdisciplinary in several areas. The applications of new technologies, particularly within academe, have been the focus of research by scholars in many disciplines, especially in all aspects of education, history, library and information science, and philosophy. These applications are interdisciplinary rather than discipline-specific.

Historians must be open and receptive to the ideas presented in other journals and in other fields. An additional purpose of this column is to present to the readers of JAHC, the issues, controversies, and trends which are impacting interdisciplinary research within history and computing and allied disciplines as evidenced within current electronic publications.

Professor Westney brings to our attention a diversity of global e-publications of interest to historians and other scholars by providing a brief descriptive and evaluative annotation of each publication which she has chosen for inclusion. Through highlighting and reviewing individual articles which she has identified as appropriate for our purposes, this effort serves as an introductory vehicle for the selective dissemination of information for the members of AAHC, JAHC, and all others who visit our Web site.

Commentary and queries concerning this column should be addressed to:

E-Journals and Electronic Publications

The selected entries are listed in alphabetical order by e-title.


Ariadne is targeted at information science professionals in academia and interested lay people both in and beyond the higher education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read internationally. It reports on information service developments and information networking issues worldwide. Ariadne is published every three months by UKOLN at the University of Bath (

Vol. 40, July 2004.
"Tap into Bath," by Alison Baud and Ann Chapman.
A description of the development of a database of archive, library and museum collections in Bath.

A description of the development of a database of archive, library, and museum collections in Bath. The opportunity for information professionals from archives, libraries, and museums from all sectors to work together and to learn about a new tool has been widely welcomed and evident that more people are becoming aware of the potential of collection descriptions for historical research.

"Cornucopia: An Open Collection Description Service," by Chris Turner.

Cornucopia is a searchable database of collections held by cultural heritage institutions throughout the UK. It was developed and continues to be managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and was initially established in response to the Government's Treasures in Trust report which called for a way to be found of recognising the richness and diversity of their collections.

The original Cornucopia was set up in 1998. MLA, (formerly the Museums & Galleries Commission (MGC)), contracted Cognitive Applications to develop the site featuring data from the 62 museums in England holding collections which are 'Designated' as being of outstanding importance. Turner's article describes the latest phase of Cornucopia development and the opportunities this is opening up for the future.

The Cornucopia system is already used by another project, Cecilia, a database of over 1,800 collection descriptions of music materials held in some 600 museums, libraries and archives in the UK and Ireland Cecilia offers an overview of the national music resource enabling all kinds of users to identify, locate and assess materials by people, place, subject, and traditions.

"Targeting Academic Research with Southampton's Institutional Repository," by Jessie Hey.

As part of her work on the TARDis Project, Hey describes how user needs have influenced the evolutionary development of 'e-Prints Soton' as the University of Southampton Research Repository.

D-Lib Magazine
Vol. 10 No. 7/8, July/August 2004.
"The Role of ERPANET in Supporting Digital Curation and Preservation in Europe," by Seamus Ross.

ERPANET (Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network) at the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), and its partners the Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv (Switzerland), ISTBAL at the Universit di Urbino (Italy) and Nationaal Archief van Nederland (Netherlands), works to enhance the preservation of cultural and scientific digital objects.

ERPANET's online resources, events, and contributions to research, awareness raising, dissemination, and action have provided a substantial resource. They have helped promote change in the community, but now face their most substantial challenge. As their first phase of funding is coming to an end, they are examining business scenarios to find one that will give ERPANET long-term viability. They will decide in July 2004 how, if at all, ERPANET will be continued beyond November 2004.

DPC/PADI What's New in Digital Preservation
Issue No. 8, February June, 2004. (last update, July 13, 2004).

Published by the National Library of Australia, this is a summary of selected recent activity in the field of digital preservation compiled from the Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) Gateway and the digital-preservation and padiforum-l mailing lists.

E-STREAMS: Electronic Reviews of Science & Technology
Reviews covering Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, and Science.

E-STREAMS is a collaborative venture between H. Robert Malinowsky of the University of Illinois at Chicago and YBP Library Services. E-STREAMS is free of charge and is available only in electronic form. Current issues and a full archive of E-STREAMS are maintained on the Web site,

The following are recent reviews of historical publications on the history of social work with AIDS, airplanes and aviation, architecture, influenza, and science in general.

Vol. 7, No. 7, July 2004.

Review # 3371. Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age, by Tom D. Crouch. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 2003 for Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 725p., illus., bibliog., index. $29.95.

This book is about the accomplishment attained in the field of aeronautics over the last century and contains an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Review #3370. Aviation Century: The Early Years, by Ron Dick and Dan Patterson. Buffalo, NY: Boston Mills Press/Firefly Books, 2003. 240p., color illus., bibliog., index. $39.95.

"The Early Years" begins in 1900, with a discussion of the first serious attempts to solve the problems of "heavier-than-air" flight. The volume contains three large chapters on aviation history, and a fourth on the "Great Names" in aviation. The "Great Names" chapter is a series of short biographies of the great aircraft designers and engineers, in alphabetical order by surname. This volume's coverage concludes in 1939.

Vol. 7, No. 6, June 2004.

Review #3289. Well-Preserved: The Ontario Heritage Foundation's Manual of Principles and Practice for Architectural Conservation, 3rd revised edition by Mark Fram. Buffalo, NY: Boston Mills Press Book/Firefly Books, 2003. 238p., illus., bibliog., index. $39.95.

Emphasizing that heritage resources are both precious and irreplaceable, "Well-Preserved" stresses the value and importance of architectural preservation. The work addresses both rural and urban environments; homes, buildings, monuments, and landscapes; and distinctive structures widely recognized to be worthy of preserving, as well as commonplaces that many might not consider to be of obvious value, but which represent a region's cultural heritage.

Vol. 7, No. 4, April 2004.

Review #3204. Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions and Discoveries of the 18th Century, by Jonathan Shectman. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003. 317p., illus., bibliog., index. $65.00.

Presents sixty-two essays on an impressively detailed range of significant practical applications of science, new discoveries, and investigations carried out between 1687 and 1799.

Review #3189. Cockpits of the Cold War, by Donald Nijboer, photographs by Dan Patterson, foreword by Ron Dick. Buffalo, NY: Boston Mills Press/Firefly Books, 2003. 192p., color illus., bibliog., index. $39.95.

Documents the hardware of modern aerial warfare during the time of transition from the propeller-driven planes of World War II to " the coming of the jets."

Review #3181. America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918, 2nd edition by Alfred W. Crosby. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 337p., bibliog., index. $60.00, $22.00 pbk.

The history of the outbreak is traced from the scattered first cases in 1918 through its explosive spread across the world using contemporary accounts. Special attention is paid to the impact of the flu on troops bound for and involved with combat during the last months of World War I, with separate chapters exploring the experience of the disease in the navy and the army, and its direct and indirect effect on the Paris Peace Conference.

Review #3177. History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals: A Daring Response to an Epidemic, edited by Barbara I. Willinger and Alan Rice. New York, NY: Haworth Press, 2003. 360p., bibliog., index. $89.95, $49.95 pbk.

This book explores the development of AIDS/HIV social work from the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s to the present.

The Naval War College Review

The Naval War College Review was established in 1948 by the Chief of Naval Personnel in order that officers of the Navy and Marine Corps might receive some of the educational benefits made available to resident students at the Naval War College. Titled Naval War College Information Service for Officers until the September 1952 issue, its distribution was at first authorized only to officers of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard in the grade of lieutenant commander (major) and above. Originally classified "Restricted," since January 1954 the Review has been unclassified; previous issues are now declassified as well. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Navy Department or the Naval War College.

The Naval War College Review Index lists all articles published between the years of 1948 and 1991. Supplements appear annually in Winter editions starting in 1993. Full-text articles are available in HTML format.

The Naval War College Press is a department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, which publishes a variety of works, including one of the leading quarterly journals on international security, defense, and naval matters, The Naval War College Review. The Review, listed as "the government publication most frequently cited in the area of foreign affairs," by Government Information Quarterly (1990), makes available to policy makers and a broad international readership current thought on topics such as: strategy; operations; international law; defense economics; regional security studies; civil relations; history; doctrine; planning; war gaming; technology; coalition warfare; and operations other than war.

Vol. 57, No. 2, Spring 2004.

"The Submarine, 17761918," by Frank Uhlig, Jr.
It developed slowly, then grew swiftly, triumphed astoundingly, and failed decisively.

Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI)

The National Library of Australia's Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) initiative aims to provide mechanisms that will help to ensure that information in digital form is managed with appropriate consideration for preservation and future access.

What's New on PADI?
This page is intended to highlight recent additions to the Website. The resources listed here have been added within the last month.

Forthcoming Conferences in 2005:
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2005 : Digital Libraries Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education 07 - 11 Jun 2005 , Denver, Colorado (United States of America)

Museums and the Web 2005 : the International Conference for Culture and Heritage Online 13 - 16 Apr 2005 , Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

RLG DigiNews

RLG DigiNews is a bimonthly Web-based newsletter intended to focus on issues of particular interest and value to managers of digital initiatives with a preservation component or rationale; provide filtered guidance and pointers to relevant projects to improve our awareness of evolving practices in image conversion and digital preservation; and announce publications (in any form) that will help staff attain a deeper understanding of digital issues. Produced by staff in the Department of Research, Cornell University Library, in consultation with RLG, it is published six times a year.

Vol. 8, No. 4, August 15, 2004

"Applying 3-Dimensional Modeling Tools to Analysis of Handwritten Manuscripts," by Jeremy Rowe, Anshuman Razdan, and John Femiani. Online access to original historic resources has revolutionized historical research. Primary source materials such as manuscripts are increasingly available, easily searched via keywords or phrases, printed, and excerpted in ways only imaginable to researchers a decade ago.

Historical photographs can be located by keyword within collections and across collections and from general Web resources using the tools now available in search engines such as Google. Once in digital form, the ability to search and interact with the content permits powerful analysis and comparison that is a key foundation for scholarship. In some ways, historical research has never seen greater resources or flexibility.

One of the greatest challenges lies in providing access to handwritten materials, particularly historical manuscripts. This paper provides some additional background and presents another tool to assist in human transcription of complex, highly variable handwritten manuscripts.

Volume 8, No. 2, April 15, 2004

"Treasuring the Digital Records of Science: Archiving E-Journals at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek," by Johan F. Steenbakkers.

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) is the national and depository library of the Netherlands. The depository collection relies on voluntary arrangements with the Dutch publishers, not legislative mandate. In 1994, the KB decided to include e-publications with Dutch imprint in its deposit collection and renewed arrangements with the Dutch publishers. To accomplish this, the KB developed a dedicated infrastructure for processing and safekeeping of the e-publications. In 2002, the KB took the step to include international scientific e-journals in its deposit collection by signing the first formal archiving agreement with Elsevier Science. By doing so the KB became treasurer of an important part of the digital Records of Science. This responsibility implies an ongoing search for solutions for preservation and permanent access.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Version 47: 07/13/2004

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) was first published on October 25, 1996. This selective bibliography presents over 1,450 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

1 Economic Issues (Last update: 7/13/2004)
2 Electronic Books and Texts

   2.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   2.2 General Works (Last update: 12/12/2003)
   2.3 Library Issues (Last update: 7/13/2004)

3 Electronic Serials

   3.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 5/12/2004)
   3.2 Critiques (Last update: 12/12/2003)
   3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals (Last update: 10/24/2003)
    3.4 General Works (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   3.5 Library Issues (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   3.6 Research (Last update: 7/13/2004)

4 General Works (Last update: 7/13/2004)
5 Legal Issues

   5.1 Intellectual Property Rights (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   5.2 License Agreements (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   5.3 Other Legal Issues (Last update: 4/19/2002)

6 Library Issues

   6.1 Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   6.2 Digital Libraries (Last update: 7/13/2004)
    6.3 General Works (Last update: 7/13/2004)
   6.4 Information Integrity and Preservation (Last update: 7/13/2004)

7 New Publishing Models (Last update: 7/13/2004)
8 Publisher Issues (Last update: 7/13/2004)

   8.1 Digital Rights Management (Last update: 12/12/2003)

9 Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI (Last update: 7/13/2004)
Appendix A. Related Bibliographies
Appendix B. About the Author