Archive for October, 2006

Introduction sessions to library databases

October 19, 2006

Sometimes it’s not easy to find your way within the 300 databases and 14000 e-journals owned by the university library.
To help you with this task, the library organises introduction sessions to the databases.
These sessions give you an overview of the following:

1. What is LibriSourcePlus?
2. What is LibriLinks?
3. Where can I find the databases and how do I select the correct one?
4. Presentation of some major databases p.ex.: PIO, PICA, Academic Search
5. How to use the Web of Science?
6. Electronic full text journals K.U.Leuven: what are they, where can I find them and how to use them?

The sessions are for doctoral students, academic personnel and library staff.

See also:
Auditorium Gaston Eyskens 00.10 in VDH, Dekenstraat 2
1.30 p.m.
Social sciences
Raadzaal Fac. Soc. Wet., lokaal SW01.65 Van Evenstraat
9.30 a.m.
Kleine Aula Maria Theresiacollege
11.00 a.m.


Open Archives Initiative

October 17, 2006

The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announces a new effort as part of its mission to develop and promote interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. Object Reuse and Exchange (ORE) will develop specifications that allow distributed repositories to exchange information about their constituent digital objects. These specifications will include approaches for representing digital objects and repository services that facilitate access and ingest of these representations. The specifications will enable a new generation of cross-repository services that leverage the intrinsic value of digital objects beyond the borders of hosting repositories.”

“The goals of ORE are inspired by advances in scholarly communication and the growth of scholarly material that is available in scholarly repositories including institutional repositories, discipline-oriented repositories, dataset warehouses, and online journal repositories.”

“This growth is significant by itself. However, its real importance lies in the potential for these distributed repositories and their contained objects to act as the foundation of a new digitally-based scholarly communication framework. Such a framework would permit fluid reuse, refactoring, and aggregation of scholarly digital objects and their constituent parts – including text, images, data, and software. This framework would include new forms of citation, allow the creation of virtual collections of objects regardless of their location, and facilitate new workflows that add value to scholarly objects by distributed registration, certification, peer review, and preservation services. Although scholarly communication is the motivating application, we imagine that the specifications developed by ORE may extend to other domains.”

“ORE is funded by Mellon for two years beginning October 2006. It is coordinated by Carl Lagoze of Cornell University Information Science and Herbert Van de Sompel of the Los Alamos Research Library.”

For more information, please see the full announcement at <>.

source: D-Lib Magazine, october 2006

Nobel Price for economics

October 11, 2006

Mr. Phelps, the McVickar Professor of Political Economy at Columbia, was awarded the 2006 Nobel Price for economics.

Some links:

Columbia University