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Navigating scientific resources using wiki based resources

Presentation given at ACS New Orleans Spring Meeting

There is an overwhelming number of new resources for chemistry that would likely benefit both librarians and students in terms of improving access to data and information. While commercial solutions provided by an institution may be the primary resources there is now an enormous range of online tools, databases, resources, apps for mobile devices and, increasingly, wikis. This presentation will provide an overview of how wiki-based resources for scientists are developing and will introduce a number of developing wikis. These include wikis that are being used to teach chemistry to students as well as to source information about scientists, scientific databases and mobile apps.

 

The XCITR Resource for Exploring Chemical Information Teaching Resources moves to RSC

As announced in a recent post to the CHMINF list server the XCITR resource has been transferred to the Royal Society of Chemistry as its new home. If you are interested in finding chemical information teaching resources, and hopefully posting your own (!) then you will now find XCITR at http://www.xcitr.org. We look forward to supporting the XCITR advisory board as we reinvigorate the site in terms of hosting new content and look forward to your feedback as to what we can do to improve the service. My thanks to my colleagues Valery Tkachenko, Dan Ging and James Stevens especially for all of the work they did to make the transfer work. I work with great people!

XCITR –  Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources

 I am delighted to announce that XCITR has found a new home. After a successful transfer from FIZ Chemie Berlin, the program is now hosted and maintained by the eScience group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is accessible at http://www.xcitr.org.

We are very grateful and thank FIZ Chemie, especially Prof. Rene Deplanque, Dr. Gregor Zimmermann and Dr. Ira Fresen, for hosting and maintaining the program in the past.  Their efforts in the development of XCITR are very much appreciated.

The purpose is to alleviate the availability and distribution of instructional material in chemical information.  XCITR is a hub in which librarians, instructors and information providers deposit and access important and useful teaching materials. Additionally, one can find educational materials about library services and collections.

The open source system uses Drupal to make full use of Web 2.0 functionalities. Contents can be provided as documents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF files), embedded videos (from www.youtube.com) or slideshows (from www.slideshare.net), and as external web based instructional materials by providing a link.  At present, over 50 documents have been submitted. All submissions are evaluated by an Editorial Committee to make sure that they are within the scope of the collection. The system is available at http://www.xcitr.org and can be accessed without a password for browsing.

We urge readers to become familiar with XCITR and its content and to submit instructional material that may be of interest and help to other information specialists.

Pull-down menus help make it quick and easy to supply metadata for a resource.  When finished, please choose “Review” on the Workflow tab to initiate the submission process with the editorial board.

Details of the program and its history are available in the Fall 2011 CCCE Newsletter at http://www.ccce.divched.org/P1Fall2011CCCENL.

Please contact me if you have any questions at ggrethe@att.net.

Guenter Grethe

 
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