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Friday Links – May 15, 2015

The Programmable Table

The Programmable Table

From self-assembling furniture to curving racing car wings, seven GIFs that show the future of 4D printing – Today building something means getting our hands dirty – hammering wood, welding metal and cementing bricks. But what if everyday objects could build themselves? If tables could snap into shape when you got them home, or pipes could contract and expand to alter the flow of water.

The science of The Avengers, as told by the American Chemical Society:

Atheer Labs

Atheer Labs

3D smart glasses will transform workflows around the world, says Atheer’s CEO – The augmented reality future is now for workers using 3D smart glasses in healthcare, warehousing, construction, and oil and gas industries, notes Atheer Labs CEO Alberto Torres.

TRAC Terrorism (Trial ends May 30, 2015)

A student asked that we trial TRAC Terrorism, so a trial is now under way at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute, ending May 30th.

Created by The Beacham Group, LLC, Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is a uniquely comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. In cooperation with a team of 2800 experts, TRAC gathers the best information for exploration of this topic by faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.

Find guidance for how to use the site in this video:

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Is there something you’d like the Middlebury libraries to trial? Let us know at go/requests.

iPoll Databank (trial ends April 13th)

Middlebury has two-week trial access to the iPoll Databank from the Roper Center at the University of Connecticut, one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys.  If we subscribe, it would include RoperExpress (with the ability to download the datasets to conduct bivariate and mulitivariate analysis) and Roper Explorer (online analysis of several hundred studies allowing cross-tabulations without specialized statistical software).  The trial now includes the download and online analysis options (use the register link to create a free user id to use this feature)More details on coverage.

Roper provides educational material for using their tools and learning the basics about polling and analysis.

Check it out and let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

ProQuest research databases (and other things) down for maintenance this weekend

From ProQuest:

On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours

Affected resources that Middlebury subscribes to:

    • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com), which includes (a partial list):
      • ProQuest Central (over 16,000 full-text journal titles)
      • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
      • PsycINFO and PsycTESTS
      • Safari Technical Books
    • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
    • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here); includes Periodicals Archive Online
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • RefWorks

SIPRI Yearbook (trial through March 13, 2015)

Students, faculty and staff at Middlebury have free access for 30 days to the

SIPRI SIPRI Yearbook online – full of information on armaments, disarmament, and international security.

Look it over and let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Elsevier’s Reference Module on Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences (trial ends March 16, 2015)

Faculty, staff, and students from Middlebury now have access to several encyclopedias and other reference works on the ScienceDirect platform. This information sheet explains the module and its contents which include:

ClimateVuln

 

 

EncyEnvirHealthComprehBiotech

 

and much more. Explore, and let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.