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"The two new OneStep services fill several important gaps in information availability." Michael Breaks, the Heriot Watt University Librarian, and EEVL Director, stated. "Many people know and use general news sources such as CNN, BBC News, and so on, but there is a distinct lack of awareness of sector-specific news services. Not only that, but the various excellent sources of industry news which do exist are spread out on the Internet at various locations. OneStep Industry News is an aggregator, or intermediation service, which gathers together in one place news items from a number of top sources, and makes them immediately available. OneStep Jobs provides a similar function for the latest job announcements. Instead of having to visit numerous recruitment sites at different locations, OneStep Jobs allows those looking for jobs in engineering, mathematics and computing to browse the latest vacancies from several top sources. If a job vacancy looks to be of interest, full details are only one click away at the source site."
Included in OneStep Industry News are headlines from: e4engineering.com, Buildingtalk, Manufacturingtalk, Electronicstalk, Nature - Materials Update, Moreover, LTSN Engineering, LTSN Materials, the Institute of Physics (Optics.org News, Fibers.org News, Nanotechweb.org News, Compoundsemiconductor.net News), scenta, LTSN Maths, The Register, Slashdot, Nanodot, and general technology newsfeeds such as BBC Tech News and CNN Technology. More sources will be added in the future.
Included in OneStep Jobs News are announcements from Jobsite, theengineerjobs.co.uk, jobs.ac.uk, Institute of Physics (Nanotechweb.org Jobs), and Perl Jobs. More sources will be added in the future.
The simple OneStep interface allows scanning of all news/jobs items, and also news/jobs items clustered by subject heading (e.g. all engineering job announcements can be scanned separately, and likewise all computing job, or maths job, announcements can be scanned separately). In addition, items from any one individual source can be scanned separately.
As well as facilitating the scanning of industry news headlines and job announcements, an archive of recent items can also be searched via the OneStep services. Complete listings of news and job items are available at the participating source websites.
"This is an excellent example of how RSS and World Wide Web sites can give the latest and most current information to the Internet community.....great job" Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., Happenings and Events
"I love the jobs idea." Steven M. Cohen Library Stuff
"I certainly plan on using the industry news one myself" John Dupuis Confessions of a Science Librarian
The OneStep services are based on development work funded by the JISC (The Joint Information Systems Committee) through the PALS Metadata and Interoperability Projects.
EEVL is also the WWW Virtual Library for Engineering, and part of the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee. The service has been awarded accreditation from 'Enterprise Zone', the DTI and Business Link supported portal site, in recognition of its provision of accurate, relevant and up-to-date information, and it is registered with the DTI MAS as a Centre of Expertise in Manufacturing. EEVL was chosen as a Scout Report Selection, it won a Library Hi Tech award for being one of the Best Library Related Web Sites, it is a Planet Science Hotspot, and has received numerous other awards. EEVL has featured in many publications including FT Online, The Guardian Online, The Engineer, Professional Engineering, Industrial Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Control & Instrumentation, Process Engineering, IIE Solutions, Design Engineering, Electronics Weekly, Electronics World, Managing Information, The Bookseller, The Electronic Library, SearchDay and the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
At the core of the EEVL service is an extremely well-organised searchable catalogue of 10,000 UK and worldwide resources. This database features the best and most useful companies, e-journals, recruitment agencies, professional societies, courseware and training materials, software, mailing lists, university departments, and research projects. In addition, EEVL also offers several other services. These include full text search engines covering over 100,000 pages from Web sites in engineering, mathematics and computing; an Engineering e-journal search engine which searches the full text of over one-hundred and fifty freely available engineering e-journals, a manufacturing bibliographic database containing details of nearly 40,000 articles; an offshore engineering list of meetings and conferences; industry news pages, Web tutorials, a catalogue of electronic learning and teaching resources in engineering, and various Hot Links to useful resources. EEVL hosts the European mirror of the Sci-Tech Library Newsletter from the National Science Foundation. Additional features are lists of the Top 100 sites visited via EEVL, and a Directory of members of the University Science and Technology Librarians Group (USTLG).
EEVL is a hand-crafted user-friendly service which provides easy access to networked resources, with the emphasis on the UK, but including the best world-wide resources. EEVL's services are free, and no registration is required.
EEVL provides academics, researchers, students, and anyone else looking for quality-assured information in engineering, mathematics and computing, with a centralised access point on the Internet.
EEVL, which is funded by JISC through the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), is available on the Web at: http://www.eevl.ac.uk/
For further information please contact
Roddy MacLeod, EEVL Manager at Heriot-Watt University Library, Edinburgh
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