Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Link of the month - NIST

My website of the month is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The NIST was founded in 1901 and is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is the promotion of “U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life”. NIST scientists have earned three Nobel prizes over the past eleven years, and the $64 billion market of emissions trading is based on collaboration between the NIST and EPA.

The NIST home page is rather busy looking, but it contains valuable links that allow internet research covering a number of different interests. Here one can find documentation about measurements, technology services, and standard reference materials for the U.S. industry, e.g. introductions and information about building and fire codes, and the cyber security programs that are provided by the NIST.

Within this NIST page one can find the Virtual Library

The Virtual Library offers access to the online catalog, e-journals, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards, and a reference shelf. The IEEE standards can be searched by the number, industry and numerical listing, and although the entire contents of the standards is only available for IEEE members and institutional subscribers, the table of contents and a summary can be accessed easily. Additionally the NIST Virtual Library allows full text access to all articles of the “Journal of Research of NIST” since 1982. Issued six times a year, the journal covers a broad range of subjects with major emphasis on measurement methodology and the basic technology underlying standardization.

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