Archive for August, 2008


Total unique IP addresses: 5, 787 visitors
Average # of pages used per visitor: 11.5
Average visit length: 11 minutes, 20 seconds

Subject Browses and Year Browses were used very heavily.  (Average of over 200 accesses each per day)

Over 99 % of the visits to the site were not referrals from a search engine this month, meaning most of the users did not search yahoo/google/etc. and then jump to the repository.

The most popular paper was Florida’s East Coast Inlets and it was downloaded 95 times.

Second most popular paper was Age Composition of Califronia barracuda, Sphyraena argentea; Pacific bonito, Sarda chiliensis; White seabass, Cynoscion nobilis…

Additional Downloads:

The benthic environment off Orange County Sanitation District’s ocean outfall no. 2 74 downloads

Pelagic shark/swordfish drift gill net fishery 66 downloads

Aquaculture Asia, Vol. 9, no. 2, pp.1-52, April-June 2004 62 downloads

Effects of live-bait shrimp tawling on seagrass beds and fish bycatch in Tampa Bay, Florida 61 downloads

Status of major southern California marine sport fish species with management recommendations 55 downloads

Entiendo, Evaluando y Solucionando los Problemas de Contaminacion de Luz en Playas de Anidamiento de Tortugas Marinas 51 downloads

Relative abundance and size composition of red sea urchin, Stronglyocentrotus franciscanus, populations along the Mendocino and Sonoma County coasts, 1989 51 downloads

Quality improvement and process feasibility of quick-frozen vacuum-packed tuna steaks 48 downloads

Impact of water hyacinth on socio-economic activities: Ondo State as a case study 42 downloads

Shark attacks off the california and Oregon coast: an update, 1980-84 41 downloads

Some issues of Aquaculture Asia were downloaded nearly 150 times per issue.

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Bi-monthly Update from the California Academy of Sciences

The following is a bi-monthly update on progress being made at the soon-to-reopen California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  Opening day is September 27th.


-Aquatic Biologists Dave Chan, Nick Yim and Nancy Levine returned late Friday from a very successful week of collecting with Monterey Bay Aquarium.  A legion of Academy staff turned out to form a bucket brigade and help transport of hundreds of starfish, sea anemones, snails, crabs, chitons, limpets and other inverts from the loading dock to the California Rocky Coast tank.  It was great to see carts from Special Events, Accounting, Education etc all loaded with buckets of seawater and invertebrates.  Thanks to everyone who helped out.  

-Nick and Nancy spent about 36 hours in San Francisco, and then left again for a collecting trip down in Southern California with Aquarium of the Pacific and Cabrillo Aquarium.  

-The surf perch in the California Rocky Coast tank are already giving birth- there is a group of 10-12 youngsters cruising the tank, doing their best to avoid the Cabezon and Rockfish.

-There are now more than 1,600 fish in the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit.

-Biologists, Academy Staff and Contractors have begun to prepare the live food and jelly culture room in anticipation of the arrival of most of our jellies in early September.  

-The Swamp has been cleaned, prepared and is in final fill mode.  Fishes and the Snapping Turtles will be coming over this week, in anticipation of the alligators arriving on the 19th.

-The Alligator Gar tank is also in final fill and small fish (Texas Cichlids) will be placed in that tank within the next week or so.  

-Biologists are stocking the Flooded Forest gallery focus tanks.  Piranha are on site.  Angelfish, stingrays, electric eel, and Mata mata will follow shortly.

-Interpretative signs are going up everywhere



– Planetarium seating installation was finished on the August 1. Now people will be able to sit down to see shows.

– Most of the final construction, iron work, electrical and painting were completed in the theater.

– Working hard last week and this to make theater capable of doing “talkies.” Namely, we’re finishing up the installation of the Meyer sound system. 

– Speaking of talkies….Sigourney Weaver was recorded for the planetarium show.

– Production team views their work twice daily in the theater.



-The L-1 floor is full of exhibits!  Nearly all of the modules are in on the “Islands” (east) side, and a few of the exhibit frames on the west side (“Alerted State”) arrived last week. The graphics and audio/visual equipment is currently being installed on the east side.

-Upstairs, the Naturalist Center cabinetry should be completely installed by the end of this week.

-In the Early Explorers’ Cove the exhibits are now nearly complete and looking very inviting for young visitors.

Larry Currie

Academy Librarian

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Electronic Publications and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship

Worth a read:

Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship

James A. Evans

Science, 18 July 2008 321: 395-399



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Issuing Agency Field in Aquatic Commons


The intent of the Issuing Agency field is to provide branding to a record, in the sense of communities of DSpace.

As record reviewers have worked with depositors on legacy collections, many variations in agency names have become apparent.  The Issuing Agency field is most effectively used to cluster the publications of agencies that have had multiple name changes, have replaced older and now defunct organizations, and have items to include from  publishing efforts outside their own publication streams, e.g., researchers publishing in journals, etc.

Issuing Agency will often be different from the publisher.

This field is searchable in “Advanced Search” and can be used to place a dynamic search from AC onto your website to provide a constantly updated list of publications from your organisation and/or the Issuing Agency.  To create this link, do an advanced search with the appropriate name in the Issuing Agency field, then use that URL as a hyperlink off your own homepage to provide a real-time list of your publications.

Example: Florida Geological Survey
URL to include is:


Jean Collin’s comments on this issue in terms of contributions from developing countries:

The message that came from the African participants at the Workshop last year was that the Issuing Agency field is very important for their institutions to be able to ‘brand’ all of their?deposits – visibility for them is very important, especially being able to?point donors to something where they can easily extract results.


1. Check the Authority list for Issuing Agency on the IAMSLIC website to see if the agency is listed.  If it is, enter this information in your record as it appears on the list.

2. If your agency does not appear on the list, determine the most appropriate format for the name and send it via email to Stephanie Haas ( who will update the IAMSLIC website list as necessary.

3.  Please remember that the reviewers will not be adding Issuing Agency to records.

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