H2Info: U.S. Water Partnership Resource Portal

From the web site:

H2infO provides a single entry point for access to quality U.S.-based water-related resources that contribute to solutions for global water challenges. This web portal shares a broad range of resources developed by U.S. Water Partnership members that can be used by stakeholders around the world. The Web Portal serves as a water resource librarian – directing users to the resources they need.

The site is organized into four themes:

  •  Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  •  Governance
  •  Productivity and Efficiency
  •  Integrated Water Resource Management

Users have the option of creating an account to save resources to their personal libraries.

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Copyright and authorship

Today’s mass email on copyright from Interim Chief Privacy and Security Officer Joe Barnes serves as a reminder that just as copyright limits what you can legally do with content owned by others, your own rights as a researcher and author are valuable and should be handled with care.

When submitting work for publication, authors are often asked to sign their rights over to publishers, which can limit what they are allowed to do with their own work later.  How can you retain your rights?  The Scholarly Commons’ Savvy Researcher series offers a workshop for that.

Practical Copyright: Considerations for Teaching and Research
Tuesday September 16, 11:00-11:50am, Room 314, Main Library
presented by:
Sarah Shreeves
, IDEALS Coordinator and Scholarly Commons Co-Coordinator
Workshop details

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Steven Chu on Energy and Climate Challenge, September 10

Steven Chu will be speaking Wednesday September 10 at 4pm as the Nelson J. Leonard Distinguished Lecturer for 2014, presented by the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The presentation, entitled “The Energy and Climate Challenge:  We Need a Few Good Chemists” will take place in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom.

Poster of 2014 Nelson Leonard Lecture with Steven Chu

Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities & Sciences and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, and served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, where her oversaw expanded deployment of renewable energy.

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Should scientists handle retractions differently?

Read the full post from MIT.

It is one of the highest-profile cases of scientific fraud in memory: In 2005, South Korean researcher Woo-Suk Hwang and colleagues made international news by claiming that they had produced embryonic stem cells from a cloned human embryo using nuclear transfer. But within a year, the work had been debunked, soon followed by findings of fraud. South Korea put a moratorium on stem-cell research funding. Some scientists abandoned or reduced their work in the field.

But the case is not so simple: By 2007, other stem-cell researchers had found that the debunked research contained a few solid findings amid the false claims. While prior stem-cell findings remained intact, it took time to rebuild support for the field.

Now a study by MIT scholars quantifies the fallout for scientists whose fields suffer high-profile retractions, with a twist: Even valid older research, when intellectually related to a retracted study, loses credibility — especially if the retracted paper involves malfeasance. The fallout from a retraction does not land solely on the scientists who are at fault, but on people in the field more broadly.


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Avian Knowledge Network (AKN)

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) is a partnership of people, institutions and government agencies supporting the conservation of birds and their habitats based on data, the adaptive management paradigm, and the best available science. AKN partners act to improve awareness, purpose, access to, and use of data and tools at scales ranging from individual locations to administrative regions (e.g., management areas, states, countries) and species ranges. The Illinois Natural History Survey is a network partner.

AKN’s resources include data sets and data manipulation tools. You can also add your data.

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Illinois Water Resources Center Annual Small Grants: Student Research Awards 2015 Call for Proposals

Via Lisa Merrifield at the Illinois Water Resources Center

Due: Friday, October 31, 2014

The Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC) requests proposals to fund promising graduate and undergraduate student research projects addressing Illinois water resources. We are particularly interested in projects that seek solutions for or provide novel identification of pressing water concerns in Illinois. PI’s can request up to $10,000. Project duration is March 1, 2015-February 28, 2016.

For more information visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/iwrc/pdf/2015%20RFP.pdf


Lisa Merrifield

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National Science Foundation FY2015 funding opportunities

The National Science Foundation announced the FY2015 funding opportunities for Clean Energy Technologies. Examples of research topics include carbon dioxide sequestration and storage. For complete details on proposal submissions, see the National Science Foundation website.

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Savvy Researcher Workshops

Forwarded from Merinda Hensley, Scholarly Commons Co-Coordinator, University Library:

Join us for 50 minute, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills. Upcoming sessions include:

• Intro to Data Management and Publication
• Getting organized with Mendeley
• Organize Your Life!: Productivity Tools and Personal Information Management
• Introducing Metadata: How to organize your Research Data and Resources
• Create and Manage an Online Scholarly Presence
• Scholarly Publishing with Omeka
• Database Design for the Non-Technical Researcher

And much more! For more details and registration:
All sessions held in the Main Library, Room 314 unless otherwise noted.

Those interested specifically in data management topics are encouraged to check out the many data management workshop offerings listed on the Research Data Service website.

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Data Purchase Program funds data purchases for researchers

Forwarded from Karen Hogenboom, Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian with the University Library:

Do you need “small data” for your research?  Small data cost $5,000 or less, and the library will explore purchasing the data for your use and the use of others on campus if you apply for the Data Purchase Program.  Details are at http://go.library.illinois.edu/data, including a full announcement that links to the application form.  Applications can be submitted at any time, but the deadline for first consideration is September 29, 2014.  Purchases from this first round of applications will be announced before December 1 and most data can be purchased by the middle of spring semester.  If you have questions, please contact Karen Hogenboom, hogenboo@illinois.edu.


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The Quest to Scan Millions of Weather Records

Read the full story at CityLab.

Deep in the dusty catalogs of weather stations and meteorological offices all over the world are hidden treasures. They’re easy to miss if you’re not looking for them, often taking the form of piles of moldy papers. But on those pieces of paper are hundreds of years of weather records—data that could make climate science far more accurate.

The International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO) estimates that there are 100 million paper-strip charts—records that list weather conditions—sitting in meteorological storage facilities throughout the world. That’s about 200 million observations unused by scientists, data that could greatly improve their models. Now, a few small groups of scientists are trying digitize these records, but they’re facing all kinds of obstacles.

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