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August 10, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Adam Steltzner

July 29th, 2016

JPL Stories Presents:

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My times at JPL in 3 acts and 4 stories

Presented by: Adam Steltzner, JPL Fellow, Mars 2020 Chief Engineer

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104

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I arrived at JPL and found myself feeling like a tiny cog in a gigantic machine. Almost 25 years later, I now find myself feeling like a caretaker of a magnificent but fragile machine. The tale of this transition unfolds in 3 acts and 4 stories.

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The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.

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August 3, 10:00-11:00, Operations from Mobile Devices: App for Curiosity

July 29th, 2016

This summer, the Mars Science Laboratory operations team began receiving notifications directly to their phones whenever there is new data arriving from the spacecraft. Communication windows as well as critical spacecraft state changes that are usually sent as email updates are now also being delivered as push notifications directly to iPhones and Android phones.

The MSL project in collaboration with the 397 Flight Engineering and Human Interfaces groups have designed an end-to-end system for timely, secure data delivery from JPL through the Amazon cloud to JPL-managed mobile devices. In this talk we will describe how:

  • Developers and users working closely together in agile fashion accelerated our work and increased our chances for success
  • Cloud computing frameworks gave us scalability and multiple platform support from the start
  • Design thinking and techniques produced a multi-tiered spacecraft data visualization app that minimizes the burden on the operator to stay plugged into what’s happening onboard.

Mark Powell and Sloan Swieso, both from Section 397, will describe and discuss this app at the Hub, on Wednesday, August 3, 10:00-11:00 am.

July 29, 12:00-1:00 pm, Scopus/SciVal Demonstration and Workshop

July 15th, 2016

In order to introduce more people to Scopus and SciVal, library staff will demonstrate these two systems at the Hub on July 29, 12:00-1:00 pm.  You are welcome to bring your own laptop computer to try it during or immediately after the session, ask questions and give feedbacks.

What are Scopus and SciVal?

  • Scopus is a very large reference and abstract database for peer-reviewed and academic literature in all disciplines, from science, engineering, medicine, to social sciences and humanities. It also features several smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize scholarly research. It is a major competitor to Web of Science.
  • SciVal
    Based on the records in Scopus and analytics technology, SciVal provides overviews of research output at institution level, allows for benchmarking with other organizations, helps in identifying collaboration partners, and analyzes research trends with citation and usage data.

For more information about Scopus and SciVal, please contact library reference desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov

July 1- August 15, Trial Access to Scopus and SciVal

July 7th, 2016

The JPL Library is evaluating the usefulness of Scopus and SciVal between July 1st and August 15 2016. We would like to have as many JPLers as possible try it and let us know your thoughts about these analytical services.

What are Scopus and SciVal?

  • Scopus is a very large reference and abstract database for peer-reviewed and academic literature in all disciplines, from science, engineering, medicine, to social sciences and humanities. It also features several smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize scholarly research. It is a major competitor to Web of Science.
  • SciVal
    Based on the records in Scopus and analytics technology, SciVal provides overviews of research output at the institution level, allows for benchmarking with other organizations, helps in identifying collaboration partners, and analyzes research trends with citation and usage data.

Getting started:

  • Click Here to access Scopus and SciVal from within the JPL Network. (NOTE: You can also search remotely if you are connected via Pulse Secure!)
  • Introductory video and help resources: click Here to see a short video and other documentation.

A few quick notes:

  • To use the personalization features such as Alerts, MyList, and access SciVal, set up a userid and password. Otherwise, you can search the database without a userid.
  • You can download records and abstracts during the trial period.
  • Links to full text articles are NOT implemented during the trial period.

Questions and comments about Scopus and SciVal, please send to library@jpl.nasa.gov

There are a few questions we would especially like you to answer! Please take a few minutes to answer via this anonymous Survey. Thank you!