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3 Posts authored by: N Bevan

In the run up to the landmark Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brasil this week, the Open Access resource – Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy - has highlighted some of the key areas being discussed this year: ocean management; disasters; water; employment; food; cities; energy data in the article Creating the future we want.


This ejournal is freely available via Open Access and has a wealth of information in all areas related to sustainability and the environment.  See the Researchers toolkit for analyising datasets, a visualisation tool for manipulating data and keep up to date with current issues and posts via the SSPP blog.                                                                                                    



Read this and more reviews of the latest news and views in sustainability and environment with this peer-reviewed  ejournal. This journal is available on the NHM Library catalogue.          


JSTOR & BioOne

Posted by N Bevan Apr 18, 2012



New extended access to major research databases available for Library registered users.


JSTOR has recently launched an experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register (for free) with a MYJSTOR account.


The 'Read and Register' initative aims to extend access to JSTOR beyond the walls of a subscribing institution.


At present approximately 75 journals from more than 40 publishers are part of this program. JSTOR plan to add additional titles at a later date. A full list of titles can be found here.


Once registered users can read and save up to three items or articles at one time. The item must stay on your shelf for a minimum of 14 days but then it can be removed and replaced with a new item. For full information on how to access this contet go to JSTOR.



BioOne offers full text access to a wide range of high impact bioscience research journals, check the full list of journals here.


BioOne's mobile site allows registered library users to access BioOne from their supported device for up to 28 days free of charge.


Come into the library and access BioOne via the library's subscription, here you can 'pair your device' to BioOne. This is easy to do, full instructions can be found here, or ask a member of staff. After 28 days access will expire and you will need to come back to the library to renew.


To become a registered library user please make an appointment to come and visit us. Contact information, details on what you need to bring on your first visit, opening times and other information can all be found here.


2011 has marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Davies Sherborn, scientific indexer extraordinaire. 


Almost all Sherborn's working life was spent at the Natural History Museum where he was employed on what we would now describe as a contract basis.


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     Charles Davies Sherborn working in  the Library at The Natural History Museum


An early curiosity with natural history developed in to a special interest in geology for Sherborn and in 1888 he began to mount and prepare fossils at the Museum.  Sherborn soon realized how useful it would be to zoologists and palaeontologists to have available an index of all scientific names (genus and species) applied to animals, including the date and place of publication. Sherborn took as his starting point the naming system for animals (and plants) devised by Carl Linnaeus in the mid 18th century and codified in his book "Systema naturae".  Possibly without fully realizing it, Sherborn had embarked on a truly stupendous task.  During 42 years from 1890 Sherborn wrote about a million index cards on which he recorded the bibliographic details relating to each species name.  These were published in the 11 volumes of the "Index Animalium" beginning in 1902.


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     Sherborn’s ‘Index  Animalium’


This monumental publication became the basis for all zoological nomenclature work having gathered together all the relevant data in one place, just as an online database does today.


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Handwritten cards compiled by  Sherborn for his publication ‘Index Animalium’




In October the Museum marked Sherborn's contribution to the development of zoological nomenclature with a symposium "Anchoring biodiversity information : from Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond"