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Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids!

January 10th, 2017

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  Our licenses with publishers prohibits redistribution, so if you would like to recommend books to your colleagues, please ask them to download their

Ebooks on Big Data and Data Science

January 3rd, 2017


SharedIt: A New and Legal Way to Share Articles

December 20th, 2016

Researchers and authors like to share articles with their colleagues from different institutions. But not every institution subscribes to the same journals, therefore access to full text may not always be available. Some people get around this problem by either emailing a static PDF copy or posting preprints to either their personal web page or their institution’s repository. Commercial publishers have been hesitant to open up access for fear of loss revenue, but researchers and institutions want to open up access to facilitate information exchange and broaden their impact.

After a 12-months pilot test, the publisher Springer Nature has come up with a solution call “SharedIt“. It is a special link that leads to an read-only PDF copy of the article. The recipient can read the article online, but can not download, print, or resend the article. This link can be emailed or posted on social media. In the example below, be sure to email or post the Shareable Link “







Journals that have this feature include:

  • Applied Physic
    Astrophysics and Space Science
    Autonomous Robots
    Boundary-Layer Meteorology
    Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
    Climate Dynamics
    Climatic Change
    Current Climate Change Reports
    Earth, Moon, and Planets
    Earth, Planets and Space
    Experimental Astronomy
    GPS Solutions
    Journal of Electronic Materials
    Journal of Geodesy
    Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves
    Journal of Low Temperature Physics
    Journal of Materials Science
    Nature Climate Change
    Nature Communications
    Nature Geoscience
    Nature Materials
    Nature Nanotechnology
    Nature Photonics
    Nature Physics
    Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
    Solar Physics
    Space Science Reviews
    Surveys in Geophysics


2016 Year in Review: Science and Technology

December 20th, 2016

It is the time of the year again, looking back at 2016, what are some of the significant discoveries and achievements in the broad scope of science and technology? Following are what some editors and contributors think:

  • 2016, The Year in Science.
    • Nature Magazine’s special issue highlighting the special people, events, and discoveries that made a difference in 2016.
  • Breakthrough of the Year.
    • It is not easy to pick the most significant breakthroughs of the year, here is what Science Magazine says as a caveat: “…Many discoveries take years to catch fire; others seem exciting but never fulfill their promise. And even when something big happens in science, it’s not always obvious exactly when and where the “breakthrough” took place. “
  • 10 Breakthrough Technologies.
    • MIT Technology Review editors picked 10 emerging technologies that have a chance at solving big problems or opening up new opportunities.
  • The Biggest Scientific Discoveries of 2016
    • Gizmodo makes its picks here.
  • 2016 in Science.
    • Wikipedia has a different approach. Instead of a group of editors picking a short list, contributors to this article list events as they happen through the year.

Jan 26, 9:00-400, Tableau Day

January 19th, 2017

Discover how to effectively visualize and analyze data with Tableau
Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Hub (111-104)

JPL employees and affiliates are invited to take part in JPL Tableau Day on Thursday, January 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Hub (111-104). The workshop, co-hosted by the IT Directorate and the EBIS Division, is an opportunity for users to learn the latest techniques for effectively visualizing and analyzing JPL’s data using Tableau. Through demonstrations, discussions, technical conversations, and hands-on tutorials, representatives from Tableau will help participants explore how they can easily create interactive data visualizations to more quickly understand and analyze their data. To participate in the workshop, send your name and badge number with the Subject line “Tableau Day” to by Wednesday, January 25.

JPL Tableau Day Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Tableau: Introduction and Overview

Tableau helps people see and understand their data.  But how…and why?  Please join the Tableau team for a brief introduction, overview of the technology, and high level demonstration of the functionality.

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Tableau 101

Please bring your laptops with your trial of Tableau Desktop installed! Join us and learn to build 3 separate visualizations, combine them into one dashboard, filter, and publish to Tableau Server. Ideal for brand new users or prospective users.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Break for Lunch

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Using Tableau at JPL

Join JPLers Laura Siahaan and Bogdan Oaida as they showcase how they are supporting different projects at JPL using Tableau in areas ranging from Business to Systems Engineering.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Tableau and your Data

Join us for a conversation about how to best work with your Data and Tableau.  From connecting to different data sets, data prep, data blending, unions, sets, pivots etc.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Tableau Hot Topics / What’s New

Tableau is constantly working to deliver new functionality, please join us for a session that will help highlight some of the newest capabilities, as well as some important features that you may have missed along the way.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Tableau Hands-On Q&A

Please join the Tableau team for a hands-on Question/Answer session.  We will be prepared to answer specific technical questions related to the tool, or even answer design questions and make suggestions related to visualizations.  Bring your laptops, vizzes, and questions!  This is also a great opportunity to network with other current and potentially interested Tableau users.

Jan 18, 9:00-3:00, Mini Apple Day

January 2nd, 2017

OCIO will host a Mini Apple Day. Check back for more information.

Jan 17, 12:00-1:00, PP2B Seminar

January 2nd, 2017

The JPL Parents and Parents to Be (PP2B) group will host a seminar.  Check back here for more information.

Jan 12, 11:30-12:30, Open Developers Meet up

January 2nd, 2017

A series of five-minute demonstrations will be presented Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hub, 111-104.

Hundreds of people at JPL are writing code to solve their problems through software. If you’re going to tackle a new software project, chances are good that someone at JPL has already considered, started or even finished work that will benefit you. Participate in rapid demos from developers around the Lab whose open work is accessible for you to use today.

Since the introduction of new collaborative development tools at JPL, a growing community of almost 1,400 JPLers have participated in sharing code across more than 4,100 now-accessible projects. From Mars time conversion libraries to flexible web-based JPL plotting and secure cloud-computing snippets, many common solutions are ready for your use today.

The meetup, co-sponsored by the Missions Systems and Operations Division (39) and the IT Directorate (17X), consists of a series of five-minute demos, each followed by five minutes of questions and answers.

Interested in learning more about open work being performed at JPL? Users can view previous presentations on JPL Tube via the Open Developer Meetup Channel or sign up to join the email list at