LIST Member Published

Congratulations to LIST committee member David M. Jared, Georgia Department of Transportation, for having his co-authored article Preserving Georgia Pavement with Micromilling published in the May-June issue of the TR News. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/trnews/trnews292toc.pdf

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SYNTHESIS OF BEST PRACTICES FOR DETERMINING VALUE OF RESEARCH RESULTS

A report produced by Georgia Institute of Technology faculty for the Southeast Transportation Consortium (STC) and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

The overall objective of this project is to synthesize the best practices for determining the value
of research results in order to demonstrate the impact that the research has on transportation
system features, such as safety, quality, and cost effectiveness. This synthesis presents a critical
review of methods used for determining the value of transportation research. Furthermore, it is
intended to identify various measures and data sources used for determining the value of
research.

Read Full report here: http://www.ltrc.lsu.edu/pdf/2014/FR_512.pdf

SLA Sci-Tech Division:  From Literature Searching to Literature Analysis:  How to Create Insight with Search Results - WEBINAR

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Go beyond literature searching by providing your customers with analysis.  Deborah Keller offers four ways to analyze database search results to give added value to the information.  She suggests research questions that can be asked and answered, and recommends new  information products—written reports, graphs, and visualizations--that information professionals can develop with standard or free software and offer to customers.  Increase your analytical skills and boost your value within your organization by looking at and presenting the information that you already have in new ways.  This webinar will give you the tools to begin using these techniques yourself.

About the presenter:  Deborah Keller is the principal of Keller & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in training on knowledge management and leadership skills among information professionals. She has spent more than 10 years as a research librarian and knowledge manager for the U.S. federal government, continuing to hone the skills that she teaches others.  Deborah received her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, studying Chemistry and History.  She holds an M.L.I.S. from Rosary College and an M.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University.  Her professional interests include taxonomies and metadata, knowledge management, and the development of leadership skills among information professionals.  She believes in continuous learning and encourages non-traditional roles for librarians.

The GoToWebinar Registration Web Link is: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/175729600

 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is nearing the end of its 90-day review of big data and privacy....But one topic has received comparatively little attention: the role of federal policies to support data literacy.

Read full article here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/02/white_house_big_data_...

 

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Engineers Searched Online for Equations

Engineers conduct more searches for equations online, but they are dissatisfied with the results, a 2013 survey conducted on behalf of Knovel found. A majority of engineers surveyed look for equations at least once a week, and increasingly they search via the Internet first, rather than references, handbooks and other sources. Use of Internet search tools has grown significantly, from 59 percent of engineers surveyed in 2010 to 78 percent of engineers surveyed in 2013. Yet, engineers do not easily find the specific equations they need for a variety of engineer tasks online. There is also low satisfaction with the process of documenting, validating and saving equations for future use. - See more at: http://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/science-and-technology/engi...

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