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Mamdapur G.M.N.,Global Mind | Govanakoppa R.A.,Tumkur University | Rajgoli I.U.,Library
Annals of Library and Information Studies

Analyses articles in Baltic Astronomy published during the years 2000 to 2008 with regard to distribution of contributions, authorship pattern of contributions, distribution of references, analysis of length of papers, etc. Out of 8489 references appended, 1521 (17.92 percent) appeared in the year 2004. The degree of collaboration for the period 2000-2008 was 0.89. Authors have primarily relied on journals followed by books, conference proceedings and reports. Authors from USA have contributed maximum number of papers compared to other countries and India stood 21 st in the ranked list. Astrophysical Journal topped the ranked list of journals cited by the authors followed by Astronomy and Astrophysics. It can be concluded that top 20 journals cited by the authors cover almost 87.60 percent of references and also indicates that collaborative research is prevalent in astronomy research. Source

Delozier E.P.,Library
OCLC Systems and Services

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe personal privacy and data authenticity problems in the cloud and provide solutions to reduce or eliminate them. Design/methodology/approach: This paper reveals issues and applications of anonymity and authenticity in the cloud. It outlines common privacy settings of five web browsers, anonymous browsing on the Tor network and standard methods for verifying the integrity of files obtained in the cloud. Findings: Cloud computing is an emerging technology for libraries which must balance the convenience of ubiquitous access against the potential risks for loss of anonymity and authenticity. Originality/value: This article contributes to the body of literature on user privacy and data preservation in the cloud and their impact on the library community. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Premise of the study: I present a protocol for creating geometric leaf shape metrics to facilitate widespread application of geometric morphometric methods to leaf shape measurement. Methods and Results: To quantify circularity, I created a novel shape metric in the form of the vector between a circle and a line, termed geometric circularity. Using leaves from 17 fern taxa, I performed a coordinate-point eigenshape analysis to empirically identify patterns of shape covariation. I then compared the geometric circularity metric to the empirically derived shape space and the standard metric, circularity shape factor. Conclusions: The geometric circularity metric was consistent with empirical patterns of shape covariation and appeared more biologically meaningful than the standard approach, the circularity shape factor. The protocol described here has the potential to make geometric morphometrics more accessible to plant biologists by generalizing the approach to developing synthetic shape metrics based on classic, qualitative shape descriptors. © 2014 Crawford and Belcher. Published by the Botanical Society of America. Source

Radhakrishnan N.,Library | Poorna Chelvan N.,Nms S Vellaichamy Nadar College | Ramkumar D.,Alagappa Government Arts College
Proceedings of 2012 International Conference on Cloud Computing Technologies, Applications and Management, ICCCTAM 2012

Cloud computing is one of the most discussed solutions on the education prospect. Cloud computing is growing rapidly, with applications in almost any area, including education. E-learning systems usually require many hardware and software resources. The popularity of learning on the internet, the creation of perfect web-based learning environment has become one of the hot points on researching remote education. It is predicted that, in the near future, cloud computing will have a significant impact on the educational and learning environment, facilitating their own users(i.e., learners, instructors, and administrators) to perform their tasks effectively with less cost by utilizing the available cloud-based applications offered by the cloud service providers. This paper discusses the employability of cloud computing in the educational and learning ring, to be called 'Teaching and Learning as a Service' (TLaaS), emphasizing its possible benefits and offerings. © 2012 IEEE. Source

Ardalan R.,Library | Feyzbaksh O.,IAU Tehran North Branch
Library Hi Tech News

Purpose: Many universities and libraries throughout the world are now making digitized versions of traditional (print) dissertations available online. Some of these institutions have even gone so far as to completely eliminate printed copies. The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in Iran and elsewhere. Design/methodology/approach: The paper notes that many theses and dissertations are now sitting on shelves, unread, in our libraries. Electronic publication can make these works accessible to students, researchers, and others who perhaps lack time, search capabilities, or finances. The paper looks at what universities are doing about the problem, and summarizes the current position in Iran university libraries. Findings: A growing realization has emerged among those working on ETDs in Iran that it is critically important that libraries remain not just involved, but centrally positioned in the development of the national information infrastructure. Practical implications: The paper shows that the future of E-theses and of archiving and searching in general depends on institutions being able to deliver top quality services, with a high degree of interoperability. This means, among other things, that systems must continue to be developed and they must be able to handle many different types of digital objects. Originality/value: The paper claims that as we prepare students for scholarship in the twenty-first century, Iran 1400, for example, it is imperative that librarians consider how to manage these important new forms of writing. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

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