Messy overlap among DOE databases Messy overlap among DOE Databases
Design and organization problems Scattered databases with much overlap PubSCIENCE – only journal article records; mix of DOE-created and publisher submitted ones Information Bridge – reports only but in full text image format (PDF) ECD – journal article records some overlapping with publisher submitted ones, records of DOE reports haphazardly linked, patents, etc. GrayLIT – reports including Information Bridge
The design “concept” - Discombobulating users Forcing users to do database hopping Propaganda mechanism Lies, damned lies, and PubSCI claims “Selling” the same content multiple times Getting extra budget for NEW product Should be “old” and IMPROVED
- The design “concept” Dicing, slicing, icing [on the cake] Look how much we have done We need more money Big promises + untrue claims: –“significant expansion anticipated” –“more publishers” –“over 1,300 journals” –“over 2 million citations”
Repetitio est mater studiorum but duplicates are excessive
The first official words from Walter L. Warnick, Executive Director
The ribbon cutting by Secretary Richardson reference Jacsó
Excerpt from budget justification and confabulation
- The anatomy of the component databases Content problems Database growth or is it decline? Composition change: DOE-created vs publisher supplied records Drastic cost reduction by minimizing DOE A/I activities Ricochet effect on the ES&T “mother” database Sharp decline in quality A/I records The fleecing of users, and paying subscribers
NISC – ES&T the largest commercial version of the ES & T database
Content problems again The plummeting of records with controlled descriptors No abstracts in most publisher supplied records Remote vs local abstracts Idle promises of links to abstracts The farce of links Links: the good, the bad, the ugly and the dysfunctional and the non-existent
The first threat in 2001 as reported by LJ, watch for the budget
Partner and journal problems Some good partners, many irrelevant Good partners but irrelevant journals The best energy journals are not included The best energy journal publishers are not partners Which are the best energy journals? Journal Citation Reports Energy & Fuel Section (66 titles) Which are the most widely held energy journals by libraries? OCLC WorldCat wonderful features(see review)see review
Phantom data in the January 2001 PubSCIENCE flyer Over 1,300 searchable journals? No, citations + abstracts at best. Over two million citations? No, less than 1 million unique.
Phantom partners in the January 2001 PubSCIENCE flyer Over 40 partner publishers? Many publishers appear only on the flyer not in PubSCIENCE.
Where did you say Oxford University Press was? Not among the searchable publishers, but look Marcel Dekker is there
Who is Marcel Dekker? Oh, just the publisher of Physics & Chemistry of Carbons, the #1 source by Impact Factor in the Energy section of the latest JCR*. Two of its other journals, In Situ, and Petroleum Science & Technology are also among the top 50 Energy journals, but not among the journals for which PubSCIENCE would get records. * (partly due to the questionable IF-algorithm)
The moment of truth comes when the journals by publishers need to be listed Nice to have Marcel Dekker, but why these and not its energy-related serials?
How many journals? From 1000+ to 1400 as reported by OSTI people. Strange roller-coaster, and sudden surge. See rise from Oct 16- 17 speech to 35 publishers and 1,250 journals. Then again, it is a drop from the 1,400 reported on August 9., 2001
Number of journals good for PR, but you had better see the list, and whether they are indeed journals. Look at ZDNet’s offerings.
So here is the list, but records in PubSCI appear only from 2 sources, AnchorDesk, and Enterprise Computing – latter not every listed here
Maybe Marcel Dekker will impress us with a wealth of relevant articles from the 3 journals Jacsó One from each
Some journals do not really fit the DOE scope of interest, no wonder that there were no records from these journals in the pre- 1990 Archive section. Dumping into PubSCIENCE “whateva” they can to boost the database size
Relevance of circumcision for DOE is not immediately obvious but maybe the 20+ other articles arguing for and against circumcision will illuminate us – and look there is a good looking link
The link at least works, though what for? Then again, some DOE libraries may indeed subscribe to urology journals and are entitled to the PDF No abstract No subject headings
The PubMed record for the same article serves up at least some useful things
How many records? What the press release claims April 18, 2000
What Mr Warnick told to PITAC in September, 2000?
Misleading not only you and me but also a presidential committee Over 2 million articles and 1,400 journals?
August 2000 Energy Science News big catch That looks like 2.8 million, wow
OSTI enlightened users or maybe bamboozled them with government talk What is is? And how is ALL not all, and how is 10 years more like 13 See on next slide
May I explain? ALL means items from (roughly) 1990 onward Archive means (mostly) pre-1990 In Pull-down menu criteria of source and time are mixed. Full-text limit restricts it to DOE Partners’ records Partners’ records only in ALL (i.e. current domain) When you search by publisher name it is across time boundaries … …unless you use the Date range option, i.e. 20010101 20020928
The “ateis” test a* OR t* OR e* OR i* OR s* in Entire Citation Archive size query
Here is the skinny as of 09/28/02 Archive 563,505 ALL 763,944 Together1,327,499 Of this DOE 958,699 Partners 368,750 (with links, ahem) That’s gross (in both senses of the word) Watch for the duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates
Keystone cops at work Duplicates, triplicates & quadruplicates Reloading same records time and again An indicator of the care and competency of PubSCIENCE staff
And there is an enormous volume of duplicates and triplicates in PubSCIENCE. There are far fewer duplicates in the much larger, richer, smarter Energy Citations Database which is also free. True, no links. Jacsó
UH Manoa does have access to the digital edition from 2001
So if you do this on campus or through a proxy server then….
The smart host software will recognize you as UH affiliate and present the full enchilada
and also the Supplementary materials available only in digital format
Conclusion So, tell me again, are we in heaven yet? Not with PubSCIENCE, but soon with others, at least partially Depends on whom are you affiliated with, what disciplines are you in, which services are you using.
Is this touting reverse lobbying? What about DOE’s own EnergyCitations database? Guess why is Infotrieve recommended?
If you go to Infotrieve you will find a nice MEDLINE record, a less nice shipping charge, and an enigmatic statement about royalty. Guys, there is no royalty for PNAS. Period. Has Infotrieve overlooked something while piggy-backing on PubMed?
Maybe on the OSTI About page Energy Citations DB is mentioned. Keep hoping.
PubSCIENCE compared to PubMED, geedily. Poor PubMed had only…
I knew PubMed. PubSCI, you are no PubMed and Infotrieve, I want to have a word with you. How could you leave behind the links from the imported PubMed record to the free versions?
This what you should have protested. Where did the $500K go?
Go and use the much larger much more content rich DOE alternatives (which do not brag with links)
Greener pastures Go and use also the publishers’ sites to really find really energy related items Go to HighWire Press, Ingenta & CatchWord Go to PubMed if you need items about say, (ne)urology Go to Northern Light Special Collection for abstracts Go to Scirus (yes, I say so) for abstracts and occasional freebies Go to FindArticles for full (but plain) text Go to my site for a polysearch utility of the above