Thursday, 13 November 2008

New resource - NewsFilm Online

NewsFilm Online
offers access to over 3,000 hours of downloadable television news and cinema newsreels, selected from the huge ITN/Reuters Television archives. Everyone may search and browse.

Video playback and downloading of video news stories for use in UK Further and Higher Education is available to staff and students at subscribing UK universities and colleges. Features:

• High quality content from ITN and Reuters, including cinema newsreels
• 60,000 segmented encodings, totalling 3,000 hours
• 24,000 downloadable programme scripts
• Archive material from as early as 1910

NewsFilm Online can be accessed on and off campus via the Library Databases and Electronic Information Resources page in Library & Computing tab in the portal.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Social networking site - launched

Dr Richard Price a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford has launched a social networking site for academics and researchers.
- Displays academics, faculty members and post-doctoral students around the world in a 'tree' format, according to which university / department they are affiliated with.
- Enables researchers to keep track of the latest developments in their field - the latest people, papers, and talks.

Some of the professors on the site include:

- Richard Dawkins
- Stephen Hawking
- Noam Chomsky

Thursday, 18 September 2008

New Resource - Go-Geo!

An online resource discovery tool which allows for the identification and retrieval of records describing the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geospatial data that exist within UK tertiary education and beyond. The portal supports geospatial searching by interactive map, grid co-ordinates and place name, as well as the more traditional topic or keyword forms of searching. The portal is a key component of the UK academic Spatial Data Infrastructure.

To access Go-Geo! go to Library & IT or Library & Computing Tab in the portal. In the e-Library container click on the Databases link. On the Library Databases page choose Go-Geo! from the alphabetical list.
You will be re-directed to the UK Federation 'where are you from' institutional list. Scroll down to select University of Greenwich from the list before logging in again to the portal for authentication and then proceeding to the e-resource from the Library Databases page.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Digimap Collections, Jorum, Film and Sound Online and Go-Geo! access changes

The following resources will no longer appear in the MyAthens list of resources: Digimap, Historic Digimap, Jorum, Film and Sound Online and Go-Geo! They are accessible through the portal via the Library Databases page. To access them go to Library & Computing Tab in the portal. In the e-Library container click on the Databases link. On the Library Databases page choose Digimap, Historic Digimap, Jorum, Film and Sound Online or Go-Geo! from the alphabetical list to enter the resource.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


The Landmap Service is the UK national archive of satellite mapping data. It provides online access to a range of spatial data for research, learning and teaching. The service also supports the spatial science community with a range of Learning Materials and a dedicated Helpdesk.

To access the resource go to Library & IT Tab in the portal. In the e-Library container click on the Databases link. On the Library Databases page choose Landmap from the alpaabetical list to enter the resource.

Note: Landmap requires individual registration to use the download facility and advanced image processing course. Registration is normally once an academic year.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Film & Sound Online - New Case Studies

Three new Film & Sound Online case studies have been added to the learning materials area of the website. The latest case studies are:

* The Negro Soldier in World War Two
* Classical Music within a Level 3 History course
* Church Architecture in the Middle Ages
This brings the total to ten of these themed guides which have been created by commissioning users within the community.

The Negro Soldier in World War Two was created by Dr. Andrew Dawson from the School of Humanities at University of Greenwich. More detailed information about his case study can be found on the Film & Sound Online site. The call is still open for further case studies:

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Emerald InTouch

Emerald have developed a (beta) web 2.0 style platform aimed at the publisher / journals communities, which has been adapted and branded for their customer base. The public site is available for users to create public or private communities and comes with a range of content generation and community tools. You can add widgets and other personalisation features familiar to users of iGoogle, MyYahoo and many other sites.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Archival Sound Recordings Service

We now have access to a new resource - the British Library's Archival Sound Recordings website which provides UK Higher and Further Education staff and students free access to over 12,000 recordings (3,900 hours). To access the resource go to Library & IT Tab in the portal. In the e-Library container click on the Databases link. On the Library Databases page click on the My Athens. Click on Archival Sound Recordings in the list to enter the resource. Collections include:
400 popular music tracks (mostly British bands from the 1930s to 1990s)
African Writers' Club (250 hours on art, literature, music and politics)
Art and design interviews (e.g. Denys Lasdun, Eduardo Paolozzi, Paula Rego)
Beethoven String Quartets (750 recordings from the last 100 years
David Rycroft Africa recordings (music and poetry, mainly from Southern Africa)
Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings (1,500 recordings from 26 culture groups)
Oral history of jazz in Britain (with musicians, promoters and label-owners)
Records and record players (developments in recording technology)
Sony Radio Awards - drama (every short-listed play 1986-1997)
Soundscapes (evocative environmental sounds from Great Britain and Canada)
St Mary-le-Bow public debates (e.g. John Betjeman, Jonathan Miller, Diana Rigg)

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Digital Lives - New Research Project

New research project to explore the nation's digital memories

* 'Digital Lives' sets to understand how we use computers in our daily lives to capture personal moments and memories

* Led by the British Library with University College London and Bristol University

* All creators and users of digital information invited to fill in an online survey
Digital Lives is a pathfinding research project that is setting out to understand how individuals retain and manage their personal collections of computerised information. From diaries, letters, jottings and photo albums to blogging, emailing, tweeting and flickr-ing, the digital revolution has affected enormously the ways in which we record our personal lives.
These largely born- digital collections will become invaluable in years to come for researchers - from biographers and historians to literary critics and scientists. Currently nobody knows for
sure what is happening to this material and whether it can be made available in the future. Digital Lives aims to begin to answer these questions.

There are two ways in which people can participate and help the 'Digital Lives' project:
* By completing an online survey at which looks
at the way people currently use their computers to capture their digital lives
* By sending in details of technologies and online services relevant for capturing, retaining and sharing digital information to
More information can be found at the Digital Lives website:

Monday, 14 July 2008

Nature podcasts

Listen to the latest free Nature podcast. Every show features highlighted content from the week's edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in–depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world. More information at:

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Vitae Researchers' Portal launched

Vitae, a new organisation to champion the professional and career development of researchers, was launched on 25th June 2008 by Ian Pearson MP alongside the new Concordat to support the career development of researchers. Vitae builds on previous work by the UK GRAD Programme and UKHERD to build capacity in the HE sector to support researchers and will work with higher education institutions, researchers and employers to make real and positive change. Find out more at:

Thursday, 5 June 2008


Library Services operates the library and student computing facilities at each of the three campuses, Avery Hill, Greenwich and Medway. 

The services offered at each site are very similar, although the Drill Hall library at Medway serves three universities occupying a single campus, and because of this is inevitably a little different from the other two. 

The labs and libraries are either in one building or integrated together in one unit, but at Greenwich and Avery Hill there are additional computer labs in other locations around the campus, also operated by Library Services staff.