American Association for the Advancement of Science

February 2010, Number 112

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, (AAAS) commonly known as Triple A S, recently held their annual meeting in San Diego. AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the
benefit of all people.

The conference offered thought provoking sessions, interesting conversations, and enlightening exhibits. One exhibitor provided a real time link to the weather station atop Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Fascinating stuff.

Here are a couple of take-aways from the exhibitors that should interest Information Update readers who like to do their own information research. – We’ve mentioned this before, as recently as October 2009. It bears repeating, however, because with you can simultaneously search content from 14 federal science agencies. This includes U.S. government research and development results from Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Interior, Transportation, Library of Congress, National Science
Foundation and more.

National Science Digital Library Pathways: One Library Many Portals – NSDL partners with over 90 national organizations, institutions, and societies to deliver access to audience – specific science information. The resources are categorized into Pathways such as Applied Math and Science, Biological Sciences, or Physics and Astronomy. Many of the resourcesare geared toward education. Here are some samples:

Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
ACM Women in Computing
Center for Sustainable Engineering
Virtual Laboratories in Probability and Statistics


Have fun!

DID YOU KNOW – Valuation Research

Suppose you are involved in buying or selling a company or part of a company. How can you tell what may be a fair price for the transaction? If you represent the buyer you want to be sure the price is fair. If you’re on the seller’s side you want to be sure you have realistic expectations of what the company is worth. How do you know the worth? Well,
one way is to look at comparable deals.

There are a number of resources available to identify deals, but along with that, we usually want the financial data that describe the deal. Data points of interest include net
income, total assets, revenue, and price of the deal.

We have found Done Deals to offer a powerful solution to this information need. The database includes thousands of deals. Over 75% of the companies sold were privately owned and 11% were subsidiaries of public companies. In combination with other databases for identifying comparable deals, Done Deals provides otherwise hard to find information.

Please feel free to contact Shamel Information Services with any questions about your business information needs.

Notes, News, and Announcements

Social media sites such as Twitter actually contain useful and interesting information, and it’s searchable. For more on social media searching check out the Info Biz blog at