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February 2008

I   Digital Music Collections Available for Study and Teaching Music from around the world at your fingertips

II   Acrobat Connect Professional Webconferencing Trial Now Available to Faculty Share your research with colleagues around the world and avoid the airports

III   Track Your Citations and Learn about the H-Index Check out these useful citation tools, now available through the library

IV   Shibboleth: Authentication Beyond Johns Hopkins Find out the variety of services available to you with your JHED login ID

V   2008-09 Technology Fellowship Program Second round of applications will be open from March 1 through March 31st

VI   "GPS in the Classroom" Grants Support available ($) for testing new GPS devices

 

I   Digital Music Collections Available for Study and Teaching

Naxos Logo Johns Hopkins offers several online collections of digital music for use in study, teaching and presentation. Faculty and students can access vast music collections, from Smithsonian Folkways recordings to the latest classical cut from Naxos.com. When putting together your next lecture, class or playlist, try out one of the following digital collections. African American Song -- jazz, blues, gospel and other forms of African American musical expression. Over 50,000 tracks of music are available to be streamed to your desktop. This is the first online resource to document the history of African American music in the form of an online music listening service. Visit the database: http://proxy.library.jhu.edu/login?url=http://jhu4.classical.com/ Classical Music Library is a fully searchable classical music resource. This collection includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings that users can listen to over the Internet. The audio selections are cross-referenced to a database of supplementary reference information. In addition to the subscription streaming music experience, Classical Music Library offers a weekly-updated, free download. Visit the database: http://proxy.library.jhu.edu/login?url=http://jhu.classical.com/ Smithsonian Global Sound includes the published recordings owned by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label as well as archival audio collections of various other labels. Also included are music recorded in Africa for the International Library of African Music and material recorded in South Asia for the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies. Visit the database: http://proxy.library.jhu.edu/login?url=http://jhu2.classical.com/ Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues of over 264,000 tracks, including classical western music, historical recordings, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. You can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists while you listen online. Visit the database: http://proxy.library.jhu.edu/login?url=http://jhu.naxosmusiclibrary.com View more music resources online at http://library.jhu.edu/eresources/databases/music.html, or contact a librarian with questions at asklib@jhu.edu.
 

II   Acrobat Connect Professional Webconferencing Trial Now Available to Faculty

Adobe Connect Logo Do you want to share information real-time with colleagues at other institutions without traveling? Are you looking for a more effective way to hold online office hours with students? IT@JH is now running a trial of a web-conferencing application - Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional. The CER staff is currently offering demos to help faculty become familiar with the software and setup connections with colleagues at other institutions. Acrobat Connect Professional allows users to run online meetings, share data, or hold office hours. Users connect to the virtual session through a website – no special software is needed by either the “host” or the guests. All participants can present slides, share desktop applications, or run demos while speaking to one another through the built in Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) capabilities. The host can enable (or restrict) guests’ abilities to speak and present their data. The tools also include a built-in whiteboard to facilitate marking up documents or brainstorming. If you are interested in trying Adobe Connect Professional, please contact Mike Reese in the Center for Educational Resources at (mreese@Jhu.edu). Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!
 

III   Track Your Citations and Learn About H-Index

screenshot h-index Some of your favorite research databases have incorporated tools to help you follow and count your citations and track the scope of authors' influence throughout research literature. Web Of Science Citation The Web of Science, comprised of the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, provides access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from an array of journals. Web of Science provides cited reference searching, which enables you to count and track the citations a given work has received, as well as to navigate through the literature from citation to citation. To access the Web of Science go to http://proxy.library.jhu.edu/login?url=http://isiknowledge.com/wos An increasingly popular measure of productivity and scholarly impact, the Hirsch Index (h-index), is based on the distribution of citations received across a scholar's body of work. H-index is incorporated into the library-licensed database, Scopus, which indexes science, engineering and medicine literature and includes some social science information. Check out Scopus by visiting http://proxy.library.jhu.edu/login?url=http://www.scopus.com/scopus/home.url Please contact your discipline's research librarian for help using library databases to calculate your citation impact or with any questions: http://www.library.jhu.edu/departments/rsc/rslist.html
 

IV   Shibboleth: Authentication Beyond Johns Hopkins

IT@JH Enterprise Services has enabled use of JHED login credentials outside of the Hopkins network to access Hopkins services through a program called Shibboleth. Shibboleth is a standards-based, open source middleware software that provides Web Single Sign On (SSO) across or within organizational boundaries. To take advantage of what Shibboleth had to offer, Johns Hopkins joined a group of institutions, the InCommon Federation, in the spring of 2007. Other members of InCommon include Duke University, Stanford University, National Institutes of Health, JSTOR, Refworks and Apple. InCommon Logo The Scholarly Journal Archive, better known as JSTOR, was the first external application to allow the use of JHED login ID to connect to its services. JSTOR is a multi-disciplinary archive of high-resolution electronic scholarly journals. JSTOR's participation with the InCommon Federation allows JHU faculty, students and staff to access a wealth of information available in the archive. (Note: for publisher protection, JSTOR does not make current articles available electronically.) To provide SSO within Johns Hopkins, an internal federation called Blue Jay is up and running. Blue Jay allows the use of JHED credentials to provide SSO for Shibboleth-enabled applications within Hopkins. The Johns Hopkins Mailing List Service, or JHMLS, was the first to take advantage of this service. Within the JHMLS application, you can subscribe and unsubscribe from lists, manage your subscription preferences, view and search archives, and perform other mailing list functions. JSTOR and JHMLS are practical examples of Web applications that are using Shibboleth to exploit Web Single Sign On. This plays a key role in the overall Hopkins authentication strategy to offer both an internal and external choice for authentication to our faculty, staff and students. Shibboleth Logo The Directory Services team is currently looking for opportunities to expand the use of Shibboleth. If you would like more information please contact Andrew Baldwin at Andrew.Baldwin@jhu.edu.
 

V   2008-09 Technology Fellowship Program

The Technology Fellows Program is a mini-grant initiative that enables faculty to partner with students with technology expertise to develop resources that enhance pedagogy, increase or facilitate access to course content, encourage active learning, promote critical thinking, or support student collaboration. Dollar Sign Clipart Full-time faculty and students are eligible to apply. Each faculty member receives $1,000 for project leadership and oversight; student fellows receive $4,000 for project implementation. While faculty need not have specific technology expertise, they must understand how digital technologies could be employed to support their teaching objectives. Student applicants are encouraged to have programming or multimedia skills, or they must have a concrete (and feasible) plan for acquiring the skills required for their projects. Approximately 300 hours of work should be devoted to each project. The CER can help interested applicants to formulate project ideas and can help match faculty with student partners. Once fellowships are awarded, CER staff serve as liaisons to project teams, conducting update sessions, providing some technical consultation, and helping teams prepare for a year-end symposium to report project results. A committee of faculty and technical professionals from the Johns Hopkins community reviews all applications using the criteria listed in the application form found on our website at http://www.cer.jhu.edu/techfellows/ . Applications will be accepted from March 1 - March 31st with awards announced in mid-April 2008. All projects funded during academic year 07-08 should be completed by April 2009. For more information, contact Cheryl Wagner at 410-516-7181 or cwagner@jhu.edu
 

VI   "GPS in the Classroom" Grants

GPS Clipart The Government Publications and Maps section of MSE Library has purchased 10 mobile GPS units that faculty and students can borrow starting later this spring. Through a generous donation from the Sheridan Society Fund, the CER is offering several $5,000 grants to help faculty integrate use of these GPS units into their course assignments for the 2008-2009 academic year. Potential applications include:
  • Capture spatial context during field assignments (e.g., archaeology digs, river sampling, location of plants, hazardous features, environmental incidents, movement of people, location of informal businesses)
  • Assist students with mapping/large-scale measuring exercises (applied math, geography, structural engineering, sociology, business)
  • Prevent students from getting lost in the field!
Grants can be used to purchase additional software, maps or peripheral devices. Funds can also be used to employ student workers to help the faculty develop new materials or to plan the implementation. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please contact Mike Reese at mreese@jhu.edu.