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Welcome to the 10th Edition of the PSPB Quarterly Newsletter.

The IEEE PSPB Quarterly Newsletter was created to help you stay abreast of progress being made in IEEE’s Publishing program.


The 2010 PSPB Board


Sitting from left to right:
A. Durniak, S. Rahman, J. Rokne, E. Rezek, J. Hannemann, J. Baillieul, M. El-Hawary

Second row standing from left to right:
D. Cooper, P. Morley, C. Desmond, R. Lefevre, T. Wong, K. Kawamoto, T. Akgul, S. Barbin

Third row standing from left to right:
S. Mills, G. Gaynor, K. Varian, W.R. Stone, G. Engel, D. Grier


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1. IEEE Workshop on The Future of Information

Future of Info attendees

The first IEEE Workshop on The Future of Information was held Monday May 24 to Wednesday May 26 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington DC.

This invitation only workshop was planned by IEEE PSPB and IEEE Publications and hosted by the National Academies and moderated by Bill Rouse. The aim of the workshop was to provide a prognosis for what the information landscape would look like over the next ten years focusing on the 2010 horizon as a target for predictions.

The workshop participants (PDF, 68KB) consisted of three approximately equal groups: the invited speakers from industry and academia, IEEE volunteers and IEEE staff.

The speakers presented an exciting array of topics relating to the future of information ranging from the future of work, the future of scholarly information exchange, how data would have to be organized in the future, and how information in the future might engender changes in communication patterns.  There was general agreement that the immediate future of information and dissemination was digital representation and electronic transmission.  Several speakers touched on the subjects of the increasing ability to collect, organize, and process information. As an extension to this they also discussed the implications of the rapidly increasing information content gathered from all areas of life on the future of privacy.

Data and information collected for scientific purposes is reaching volumes that only a few years ago would have been unthinkable.  It is clear that the trend towards ever increasing scientific data volumes continues. Storing the data and processing the data to extract meaningful information is becoming a significant challenge. The data needed for developing controlled fusion might already exist, but if it is buried in an information storage system such that cannot be extracted then the information is not useful. The future of information will therefore be determined by our ability to extract meaningful information from the data.

The future of information is also strongly related to the devices collecting the information, and how the collected information is made available and what the information is used for. As an example new devices (for example, implanted RFID chips) might provide an information flow might be used to determine the status of an individual through all aspect of daily life, again raising privacy issues.

The relationship of the future of information to the past of information was explored by the last speaker. The issues here are persistence of storage media and the ability of future hardware and software to interpret the information. Preserving the past is therefore an issue that must be dealt with in the immediate future.

A significant portion of the workshop was devoted to breakout sessions where future scenarios for information were discussed ranging from business as usual to scenarios bordering on science fiction speculation.

Currently, the workshop organizers are exploring the options for publishing the results of the workshop.


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2. IBM Journal's add-on subscription now available via IEEE Xplore®

A new subscription package is now available via IEEE Xplore® to subscribers interested in gaining full-text PDFs of more than 5,000 articles published in the IBM Journal of Research and Development (from 1957 to present) and the IBM Systems Journal (from 1962). Both publications are leaders in addressing the latest advancements in science, technology and engineering of information systems. Topics covered include: circuits, cloud computing, CMOS, data preservation, deep computing, environmental challenges, spintronics, systems biology, and virtual appliances.

According to 1790 Analytics, research based on these IBM publications has been referenced in over 1,700 patent citations in computer hardware and software. Published bi-monthly in IEEE Xplore®, this package provides key research from leaders in the information science and computer industries. 


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3. STIX fonts now online for free download

A new Web-based character set called STIX fonts that perfectly renders the full range of characters and symbols needed in scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishing is now available for free download at These Unicode-based OpenType fonts have been designed to support the full range of characters and symbols needed in STM publishing, for both print and online formats.

The fonts include more than 8,000 glyphs in multiple weights, sizes, and slants and support the complete range of Latin alphabets, as well as Greek and Cyrillic. Version 1.0 is now available and it is anticipated that by the end of 2010 Version 1.1 will be released. Version 1.1 will include fonts packaged with MS Office applications. Version 1.2, planned for release in 2011 will include Type 1 fonts for use with LaTeX.

The STIX font project was initiated by six not-for-profit and commercial publishers including the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics (AIP), American Mathematical Society, American Physical Society, IEEE, and Elsevier. The fonts are available through a royalty-free, SIL Open Font License, and their release is the result of more than a ten year collaborative effort on the part of the six scientific publishers engaged in this project. According to Tim Ingoldsby of the AIP, “now individual researchers can come to a single source to obtain a free set of fonts that they can be assured contains substantially every character or symbol needed for reporting their results.”


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4. IEEE Spectrum outshines the competition (again)

In addition to winning the Grand Neal Award for Excellence in Business Journalism, IEEE Spectrum won a total of five awards during the Excel Awards dinner hosted by the society for publishing professionals who work for associations, Association Media and Publishing earlier this month. Nearly 1,000 entries for this competition were submitted by 91 non-profit organizations and associations where only 175 got to take home an award. Other awardees include AARP, the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts of America, the National Science Teachers Association, and Rotary International.

  • IEEE Spectrum’s June 2009 issue, the Special Report on the Future of Space Travel won the Gold Award, Single Topic Issue for publications with over 100,000 circulation
  • The January 2009 cover of biomedical engineer Jonathan Kuniholm wearing a neutrally controlled prosthetic arm he helped design earned them the Gold Award, Magazine Cover Photography
  • The Death of Business-Method Parents” in the March 2009 issue got them the Silver Award, Feature Story Design, for publications with over 50,000 circulation
  • Robots for Real” actually earned them two awards – the first a Gold Award for Online Publishing/Podcasts, which the judges cited for its “NPR quality production” and great story telling; and a second “Extra Award,” an award given to recognize the best of all winners

To top all that off, IEEE Spectrum also took home a Gold Medal at the Society of Publication Designers Awards Gala in New York. Under the category of Design, Educational/Institutional, the "Beatles RockBand" opening spread from the September 2009 issue became the first Gold Medal won by IEEE Spectrum in this highly competitive competition where they competed against publications such as GQ, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire.   

Additionally, in late April 2010, Ogden Publications’ Utne Reader presented IEEE Spectrum with an Utne Independent Press Award for best Sci-Tech coverage during the Magazine Publishers of America-Independent Magazine Advisory Group conference in Washington, D.C. Utne editors recognized IEEE Spectrum for “its ability to translate the most exciting innovations in computers, robotics and modern science into highly entertaining and engaging stories.” Utne Reader’s editors select nominee publications through an extensive reading process and yearlong examination, rather than via a competition with entry forms and fees, to honor the efforts of small, sometimes unnoticed, publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives.  

IEEE Spectrum is also a national finalist in two categories in the Annual Awards Competition of the American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE). The ASBPE awards are a prestigious acknowledgement that our work has met high standards of excellence; competition judges are experienced professional and business editors, designers, consultants, and academicians. Extremely competitive, the contest is one of the largest for U.S.-based publications. As the competition committee wrote to Susan Hassler, Editor-in-Chief: "You and your staff should be extremely proud."

Congratulations to editor-in-chief, Susan Hassler, art director, Mark Montgomery, and to all the staff dedicated to making IEEE Spectrum a leader in both Sci-Tech and Professional Publishing circles.


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5. IEEE Xplore® Digital Library reaches 100th Chinese university

IEEE has announced that Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, became the 100th university in that nation to sign on with IEEE to provide the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) to its students. The event caps two years of dramatic growth among the IEEE Xplore® user community at Chinese universities as China continues to pursue its commitment to advanced education.


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