Friday, September 17, 2004

Call for Assistance/Input/Comments

Two colleagues and I are presenting at the upcoming Greater Washington Nanotechnology Alliance Fall 2004 Special Topics Symposium (agenda not posted as of 9/17/04). Our topic is:
“Finding the Vocabulary and Literature of Nanotechnology.” Basically, the idea is that this is a new and fast moving field that crosses biology, chemistry, physics, etc. The standard databases in these areas have coped in different ways and have added or failed to add indexing to support searching. Also, there are specific methods that are useful to search the internet to find information in these topics. We'll discuss the current state of literature and web searching on scientific (not business, patent, news) nanotech topics.

If you're interested in a related article on this subject, ask your library for Rick Weiss, "Language of Science Lags Behind Nanotech; Burgeoning Field in Need of Universal Way to Describe Creations," Washington Post (May 17, 2004): A07.

If you would like to offer suggestions or preferred strategies on any of these topics, please comment here, link to this post, or e-mail me at cpikas (at) gmail (dot) com. I'll cite you if you like and post some results here.

I'll probably be asking questions of the various listservs, so please pardon any duplication.

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