Arising from the establishment of the Office of Information, Knowledge and Services (OIKLS), we have taken the opportunity to review our library current services to streamline them to better meet users’ needs and requests. From 1 Dec 2017, staff and students from College of Science will be served by Akbar, Samantha Seah and Soma who will provide research advisory and consultation services.
Together with them are Alan and Mee Ling who will lead a Service Desk team to manage the operations of the NTU Libraries.
Please do not hesitate to contact them whenever you need any help.
Lastly, the old team of Science Librarians below would like to say a big thank you for all the support you have given us over the years. We have moved on to develop and take on new roles in Library work but remain contactable and will be happy to hear from you if you need anything from us. Keep in touch!
As a quick gauge, a single bitcoin transaction has been reported to use the same amount of energy to power nine homes in the United States for one day.
In case, you’ve haven’t been following the news, there have ongoing buzz about cryptocurrencies, specifically bitcoins. In case, you are unaware about Bitcoin, here’s a quick visual snippet:
Though the focus has been on its continuing increase of its value and monetary agencies warning bitcoin investors to act with extreme caution, the energy consumption of such bitcoin transactions have been greatly overlooked which can have extreme effects on the environment.
In an opinion piece by The Straits Times, such transactions have been referred to as “burning mines”. The complex mathematical problems to process such transactions are becoming increasingly challenge to solve, making bitcoin miners to be quipped with high-speed processors.
Such transactions needs more energy and emit heat – which also need cooling systems such as huge fans to prevent breakdowns. Digiconomist – a cryptocurrency publication has projected that “energy will be exhausted by bitcoins than the whole of the US by July 2019, and the entire world’s energy consumption will be surpassed by the end of 2020”.
There’s no way cryptocurrencies are going to go away, but are we ready for such insatiable energy consumption. The author advises to do our bit by thinking twice before buying bitcoins. But would that be enough? There were such concerns about energy consumption by Google searches few years back but seems we’ve come a long way since then. Perhaps, we need to think about measures that could be put in place especially in countries where they use environmentally unfriendly source of energy such as coal?
In the article, Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature, researchers from Greene Lab found that nearly all scholarly literature is available gratis to anyone with an Internet connection. Sci-Hub’s scope suggests the subscription publishing model is becoming unsustainable.
Other articles of interests:
Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests
Sci-Hub Moves to the Center of the Ecosystem
The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers from the 2017 licence year. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process. The effects of a consortium agreement at the national level should relieve the financial burden on individual institutions and bring wide-scale, lasting improvements in access to scholarly literature for academics. An open access component is also planned.
Click here to read more about the progress of the negotiation.