Archive for June, 2009

By the Numbers

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) fulfills the legislative mandate of the National Science Foundation Act to “provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources…”  This site aggregates data and information from more than 30 publications that deal with research and development, science and engineering indicators, personnel and related issues.  If you’re looking for statistical information about science and technology in America, this is a good place to start.

One Small Step… Remembered

The Apollo Space Program and NASA’s efforts to put a man on the moon culminated in the landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module on the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969.  This site from NASA commemorates the 40th anniversary of that event with photos, interviews, mission highlights and more.

The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government. includes searchable data catalogs providing access to data in three ways: through the “raw” data catalog, the tool catalog and the geodata catalog.  The site provides links to several hundred data sets in all subject areas, including science and technology.  The “Raw” Data Catalog provides an instant download of machine readable, platform-independent datasets, while the Tools Catalog provides hyperlinks to tools that allow you to mine datasets.

Waste Not, Want Not

The Waste Online web page provides information about all kinds of waste, rubbish, trash, garbage or what-have-you.  Check out their information sheets on various kinds of waste materials and how to recycle them.  Although the site provides a fairly comprehensive overview of all kinds of waste and recycling options, keep in mind its British point of view (e.g. variant spelling and terminology) and that the documents it aggregates are maintained (or not) by their respective authors and may not always be entirely current.

Lib Guides

Often, the most formidable thing about starting a project is knowing where to start.  The Brown Science and Engineering Library wants to make your research journeys as straight-forward and efficient as possible.  To that end we’ve constructed a series of Lib Guides for most of the subject disciplines taught at UVa.  Use these guides to help you discover good starting places for researching information on a topic and to learn about less familiar information resources you may not be aware of or have thought of using before.  And if you know of a resource you think would be good to include on one of our Lib Guides, let us know!

In the Beginning…

…there was Engineering Index, the “granddaddy” of all engineering literature indexes.  Nowadays, we know it in online form as Compendex or Engineering Village.  But whatever you call it, it is the one place you should always check when doing serious research on any engineering topic.  As time (and this blog) goes by, I’ll have more to say about Compendex, but for now just remember to check Compendex whenever you’re searching for information on an engineering topic!

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June 2009