Monday, June 6, 2016

UC-Mexico Initiative Mission Project - June 3, 2016

On Friday, June 3, 2016 the UC-Mexico Initiative Mission project exploratory meeting held at the Huntington Library. Twenty-four participants representing libraries, archives, museums, preservation and conservation education, and other cultural heritage programs from both the United States, Mexico, and at least four indigenous nations (Acjachemen, Tongva, Ohlone, Chemeheuvi) to explore the potential for a multinational partnership to document the history and cultural, historic, and ecological impact of the missions along El Camino Real from Baja California Sur (Mexico) through Baja California (Mexico) up to Alta California (United States).

The framing effort for this project is a bi-national effort to receive UNESCO World Heritage Status for El Camino Real de las Californias (see: ), as described by INAH's Director of World Heritage, Dr. Francisco Javier López Morales.

The most critical needs identified at the meetings include the (1) creation of a union catalog of the books, monographs, artwork, and realia associated with the missions. All of these materials are at risk throughout the missions, and the rate at which the monographs and manuscripts held by the missions are disappearing is alarming; (2) the physical preservation/conservation of the missions and their cultural artifacts; and (3) the protection of the missions as cultural heritage sites.

Since the UC Libraries have both a history of creating and contributing to union catalogs as well as working with a variety of descriptive metadata standards (e.g. Melvyl; OAC; Calisphere; the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research’s projects such as ESTC, CCILA; etc.), the UC-Mexico Mission Project would like to build on that expertise. Specifically, the Project partners are looking to the UC Libraries to provide leadership, expertise, methodologies, infrastructure, and ongoing maintenance of a union catalog.

One goal of the project is to include site- and culturally-specific information about the individual missions, the different indigenous communities that interacted or were associated with each mission, and the unique impact that each mission had on the landscape, culture, and history of each region.

Digitization (or digitalización in Spanish) is of interest as a long-term goal but is not the most immediate pressing issue. Concerns were expressed about the expense of digitization; long-term strategies to establish sustainable funding to maintain digital collections were identified as necessary before wholesale digitization is contemplated.

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for May 2016

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for May 2016

Below is an overview of the number of views and downloads for this month, along with links to your usage numbers from previous months and additional data. We feel that the combination of views and downloads gives a more accurate picture of the interest in and usage of your publications than is reflected in download counts alone, particularly given the enhanced access readers have to your publications prior to download in the eScholarship interface.

UC Irvine Previously Published Works

For this month your total requests = 13159 (views=9586, downloads=4171

Breakdown By Item

Top Ten Articles Viewed and Downloaded - May 2016

ItemYear---- Number of Requests ----TotalAdded to
TitlePublishedViewsDownloadsRequests"My Items"
Perspective—Making Doubt Generative: Rethinking the Role of Doubt in the Research Process2008100261260
iLost -- Bluetooth Indoor Navigation System20168711980
Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory: a meta-analysis20144737840
Effects of a combination of beta carotene and vitamin A on lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.19966417810
Sinusoidal heart rate pattern: Reappraisal of its definition and clinical significance2004699780
Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory20113241730
Flattening of the interventricular septum (D-shaped left ventricle) in addition to high right ventricular tracer uptake and increased right ventricular volume found on gated SPECT studies strongly correlates with right ventricular overload2005721730
Bedmap2: improved ice bed, surface and thickness datasets for Antarctica20134026660
Zombies--A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness20135115660
Estimates of global terrestrial isoprene emissions using MEGAN (Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature)20064420640
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Friday, June 3, 2016

NIH Policy on Rigor and Reproducibility

National Institutes of Health: Grants & Funding; Policy & Compliance

Rigor and Reproducibility

Scientific rigor and transparency in conducting biomedical research is key to the successful application of knowledge toward improving health outcomes. The information provided on this website is designed to assist the extramural community in addressing rigor and transparency in NIH grant applications and progress reports.


The NIH strives to exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science. Updates to grant applications instructions and review language are intended to:
  • clarify long-standing expectations to ensure that NIH is funding the best and most rigorous science,
  • highlight the need for applicants to describe details that may have been previously overlooked,
  • highlight the need for reviewers to consider such details in their reviews through updated review language, and 
  • minimize additional burden.
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