System Maintenance Update

During our regular Sunday morning system maintenance today the swap between primary and backup NAS clusters was successful. The filesystems for Middfiles, Crux, and Augusta are all available for use. One side-effect of the cluster swap is some computers may need to be rebooted to see Middfiles or the home directory.

If you cannot see your home directory or Middfiles, or get prompted for a username and password when trying to, please reboot your computer. That should resolve the issue and force the computer to successfully recognize that the primary and backup clusters have swapped roles.

We appreciate your patience as we strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

System and Network Maintenance this Sunday Morning

During our maintenance window this Sunday morning between 6 and 10 am we have the following activities planned:

In preparation for the data center move to Exchange St we will be switching the primary and backup roles between the Isilon NAS clusters that serve Middfiles, Crux, and Augusta. All access to MiddFiles will be affected including mapped drives or network shares to cifs:\\middcloud.middlebury.edu\middfiles, webdav to https://middfiles.middlebury.edu, sftp to middfiles.middlebury.edu, “netstorage” at http://go/netstorage.
The expected outage will be up to 30 minutes between 7am and 9am.

Note: This will include schedule programs/scripts that transfer files to/from middfiles (including from banner).

 
We will be changing the user home directory structure to a simplified format. There will be symbolic links in place to allow existing file paths to continue working as always.

The existing format:
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\A-B\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\C-E\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\F-J\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\K-M\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\N-R\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\S-Z\<username>

Will change to the new format:
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\<username>

 
We appreciate your patience as we strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

Google Scholar Metrics for Journal Rankings Updated

Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.” On June 26th, Google released the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics. “This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013.”  More info on Google Scholar BlogBe sure to click on the categories and sub-categories on the left menu to drill down by discipline.

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You can also get journal citation metrics from Scopus (library subscription database of scholarly articles).

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Click on Browse Sources to see a list by subject (some categories are very broad) – you can rank by SJR or SNIP, but only within each letter of the alphabet.  You can also click on Analyze Journals and get metrics for a specific journal and compare with up to 10 journals you select.  See a brief demo hereMore tutorials are available on Scopus.

Digitalia Film Library (trial ends August 13, 2014)

Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff can now view 19 of the films in the Digitalia Film Library, The Digitalia Film Library includes films from around the world in a variety of languages.

To view these trial-access films – From the Digitalia Film Library homepage, click “My Resources”

DigitaliaFilmMineTrial films include Zona Sur from Bolivia, El Circuito de Rom´an from Chile, A Busca (Father’s Chair) from Brazil, …

ThreeFilmsThis selection of films is intended to give us an idea of the film quality and streaming capabilities of the Digitalia Film Library. Browse the entire collection to see what we could have access to if we decide to subscribe. Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.