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Jul 28 / James Van Loon

DOE issues new statement on digital data management

The U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has issued a new statement on the management of digital data generated in the course of DOE-funded research. The statement indicates that data management plans (DMPs) will be required that describe how digital data will be shared and preserved; the DMP requirements will appear in DOE solicitations issued on and after October 1, 2014.

Read the full statement on the DOE site here.

Jun 4 / James Van Loon

NSF Open Government Plan 3.0 published

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published its Open Government Plan 3.0, a roadmap for the agency’s efforts to improve transparency, to better integrate public input into NSF programs and policies, and to seek out opportunities for collaboration with other agencies and with private institutions. The plan is in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2009 directive on open government.  Read more about the Open Government Plan 3.0 here.

Mar 11 / James Van Loon

NSF Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2018

The National Science Foundation’s strategic plan for 2014-2018, subtitled “Investing in Science, Engineering, and Education for the Nation’s Future” is now available at this link.

Nov 22 / James Van Loon

Researchers – get your ORCID.

A recent post in the Data Pub: Conversations about data blog from the California Digital Library does a great job at making the case for researchers to create their ORCID researcher ID, and how this differs from other services (Google Scholar, Research Gate and the like). Read the post here.

Nov 14 / James Van Loon

ASEE Phase 1 report on Undergraduate Education in Engineering

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), has published a report on the first in a series of meetings to develop a new strategy for undergraduate engineering education that meets the needs of industry in the 21st century. The Phase 1 report, entitled Synthesizing and Integrating Industry Perspectives, summarizes a May 2013 workshop which “brought together representatives of industry and academia in an intensive exploration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in engineering today and in the coming years”, and which is the initial component of a multi-year ASEE/NSF study called Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering (TUEE).

The Phase 1 report is available here.

Oct 31 / James Van Loon

ANSI launches online portal for standards incorporated by reference

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched an online portal to provide the public with free access to private-sector standards that have been incorporated by reference into U.S. Government regulations.

Read the complete announcement here.

Aug 16 / James Van Loon

Internet posting of technical standards results in infringement lawsuit.

Three U.S. standards-developing organizations (ASTM, NFPA, and ASHRAE) are suing an internet publisher in U.S. District Court for trademark and copyright infringement for posting safety and technical standards. The ABA Journal provides this article about the lawsuit and the defendant’s contention that the standards lost copyright protection when incorporated by reference in federal or state regulations.

May 9 / James Van Loon

Trial of Books24x7 continues through May 19.

The library system is currently running a trial of Books24x7, a searchable collection of ebooks including over 2900 titles from reputable engineering publishers.

This resource will be available through May 19, and can be accessed from on-campus via this URL: It is not available off campus during the trial period.

Please try this resource out, and send any feedback you have to me (

May 7 / James Van Loon

“High Quality Research Act” would impose new criteria for NSF awards

An article in Science magazine details a bill before the US Congress which would alter peer review and create new criteria for awards granted to researchers by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Online access to this article is available to WSU affiliates through this link.

Feb 20 / James Van Loon

Curl Up With a Good Science Book!

This guide from the Library of Congress – Science Reference Section lists a selection of science book award winners and nominees.