Archive for June, 2014

IAMSLIC 2017 conference location


The Conference Site Selection Committee was tasked with soliciting and evaluating proposals for the 2017 and 2018 IAMSLIC Annual Conference. The Executive Board has approved their recommendations.

The 43rd IAMSLIC Conference in 2017 will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA which is in the Cyamus region. Thank you to Kristen Anderson at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for hosting.

We are confirming the location for the 44th IAMSLIC Conference in 2018 and hope to announce it soon.

Thank you to the site selection committee for their work.
  • Daria Carle (Chair)
  • Irene Beltrán
  • Richard Awah Nche
  • Chris Nelson
  • Kristen Metzger
  • Popi Panagiotoglou
  • Silaja Thottathil

Sally Taylor
IAMSLIC President 2013-2014

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Special Issue on The Northern Chukchi Sea Benthic Ecosystem – Free

There is free online access for a limited time to a Special Issue of Deep Sea Research Part II , Volume 102 ,entitled “The Northern Chukchi Sea Benthic Ecosystem: Characterization, Biogeochemistry, and Trophic Linkages”, thanks to funding from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management – Alaska OCS Region.

Guest Editors:

Kenneth H. Dunton, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jacqueline M. Grebmeier, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA
John H. Trefry, Florida Institute of Technology, USA

The 13 articles in this volume present results from major field expeditions in the northern Chukchi Sea during open-water periods in the summers of 2009 and 2010. The focus of the Special Issue is on the biological and chemical characteristics of the benthos with the goal of establishing a strong baseline for assessing future changes that may occur in response to (1) impacts from oil and gas activities, and (2) variations in hydrography, circulation or ice retreat associated with climatic change.

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A regional course on “Development and management of e-repositories” for the SE Pacific coastal institutions

The INIDEP Library and Documentation Service has participated last May in an important training course organized by Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur (CPPS) and OceanTeacher/IODE (UNESCO/COI Project).

The course “Development and management of e-repositories” took place between May 26 -30, 2014, at Universidad del Pacífico, Guayaquil (Ecuador). Organizers invited the librarian Leticia Lizondo (INIDEP) as part of the teaching team, together with Imma Subirats (FAO, Rome) and Pauline Simpson (Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Cayman Islands).

This activity is part of the skills development program of SPINCAM Project (Southeast Pacific Data and Information Network in support to Integrated Coastal Area Management), designed to establish an integrated coastal area management (ICAM) indicator framework at national and regional level in the countries of the SE Pacific region (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru) focusing on the state of the coastal and marine environment and socio-economic conditions, to provide stakeholders with information and atlases on the sustainability of existing and future coastal management practices and development. One of the priority training areas for SPINCAM members is the development and management of e-repositories for each participant country in the Project as well as to manage properly the scientific output (papers, images, datasets, etc.) of their organizations/countries.

22 participants from SPINCAM member countries attended the course (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá y Perú) and they could analize topics like: History, debate and advocacy of Open Access.- Planning and implementing digital repositories.- Technical and management policies.- Standards for interoperability.-Mandates and legislation in different countries.- Knowledgement organization systems and semantic web.- Copyright .- Open data

INIDEP participation in this course is highlighted by its commitment in the Digital Repositories National System (SNRD), from Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Ministry (MINCyT) in Argentina, and the recent approval of the law of Open Access in our country. Our organization is currently developing its institutional repository “Mar Abierto” (Open Sea) which is expected to be officially displayed to the national and international community before the end of this year.

This event was IODE first steps in its Ocean Teacher Global Academy project, whose target is to offer training courses in different regions with local trainers.

Link to Spanish version in INIDEP blog.

Leticia Lizondo, INIDEP, Mar del Plata, Argentina

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Disparity in journal bundle pricing across institutions

PNAS just released an article that shows the huge price disparity paid to publishers by academic libraries for journals as part of bundled packages. Looking at institutions of comparable size, in some cases one university is paying twice as much as another for the same set of journals. The authors had to use the freedom of information act in order to gather this information, and the publishers tried unsuccessfully to block the release of the data.

Note you can access the abstract and the footnote at the above link, but to get the full-text of the article you will need to have a subscription to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station

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Returning to Palmyra Atoll

I have been invited back to Palmyra Atoll to continue on the project I started last summer. This year we will be retrieving the 180 settlement tiles we installed last summer to bring back to the lab. There we will photograph them before counting, measuring, and mapping the coral recruits. Once we are done, the tiles will be return to their original location to allow them to sit for a second year before they will be retrieved for a second time in the summer of 2015..

caged and uncaged tiles in situ

newly installed caged and uncaged tiles / photo by Joe Wible

tiles after one year

tiles after almost one year / photo by Franziska Elmer

Last year I was the “senior” member of the team which was being lead by Doug McCauley who has spent numerous summers on Palmyra for his Ph.D. research. This year Doug is not able to go — new job, new wife, new baby. Instead, he has appointed me lead scientist as I am now not just the most “senior” member of the team, but also the most “experienced”.

I leave on June 17 and will be on Palmyra for 3 weeks. Don Kohrs and Vicki Pearse will keep the Miller Library running while I am gone. Despite being in one of the most remote places on earth, there is WiFi. I hope to be able to check my email once a day in the evening. Note that the Miller Library will suspend its participation in the Z39.50 until I return.

If you are interested in knowing more about the trip, I have already resurrected my blog that I suspended last fall.

Librarian on Palmyra Atoll

There are already a few new blog posts.  Once I am on island, the postings will be more frequent.

Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station


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