Archive for the ‘Web resources’ Category

NEW Interactive Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii

21 October 2011

The Rainfall Atlas of HawaiʻI Web site is a creation of the UH Manoa Department of Geography. It is a set of maps of the spatial patterns of rainfall for the major Hawaiian Islands. Maps are available for mean monthly and annual rainfall covering  the 30 year period 1978–2007.

The interactive map allows users to see the patterns of mean monthly and annual rainfall and corresponding uncertainty, zoom in on areas of particular interest, navigate to specific locations with the help of a choice of different base maps, and click on any location to get the mean annual rainfall and a graph and table of mean monthly rainfall. The locations of stations can also be shown on the interactive map. Clicking on a station gives both station and mapped estimates of monthly rainfall along with station metadata.

Rainfall maps can also be downloaded in various forms.

Rainfall measurements taken at over 1,000 stations were used as the principal source of information in the development of the rainfall maps. Files containing estimated mean monthly and annual rainfall and uncertainty for each station used in the analysis are available for download. A file with information on each station, including the name, observer, location, elevation, and period of record, is also available.

This is a fabulous resource for a wide variety of types of research. Check it out!


Hawaiian Waters – New Digital Collection

6 June 2011

Below is an announcement from the UHM Library’s Head of Desktop Network Services about a newly available collection of digitized historical publications on water resources and water rights. These are mostly government publications and focus on the time periods of the kingdom and republic. I think that some of you will find this material fascinating and useful.

In September 2010 the GWLA Board approved the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Opportunity Fund request in the amount of $3600 to digitize Hawaii historical water materials.

We are pleased to announce that the first 33 titles processed via the
grant are now available in our eVols digital collection repository:

Mahalo to Beth Tillinghast and Jodie Mattos, project coordinators; Karen Brown and Alice Kim, project assistants; Daniel Ishimitsu, Dspace programmer.  Special thanks to GWLA for their financial support.

Marshall Islands Online Photo Collection 1950-1972

26 May 2011

From Stu Dawrs in the Pacific Collection:

The Pacific Collection has completed a new online photograph database. The Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection spans the years 1950 through 1972, during which time Dr. Tobin, a renowned anthropologist, was living and working in the Marshall Islands. The date range covered by these images was one of major change for the Marshalls, beginning not long after the outset of nuclear testing (1946) in the region and ending not long before the establishment of the Republic of the Marshall Islands as an independent nation (1979). The 1,933 images in this collection also enhance the Library’s online collection Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak, which documents roughly the same period as witnessed by Dr. Robert Kiste and Dr. Leonard Mason. (Tobin initially went to the Marshall Islands in 1950 as a student of Len Mason, and all three had longstanding ties to the University of Hawai’i.)

The digitization work was funded by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies’ Title VI National Resource Center grant, and was greatly aided by the Library’s Desktop Networking Services department.

JSTOR Plant Science

16 November 2010

JSTOR Plant Science is a relatively new member of the JSTOR/ITHAKA family of information products. It is a very interesting resource that allows the user to access a variety of information about specific plants. It includes taxonomic information, images, type specimens, and links to publications in Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and JSTOR. Information can be accessed by scientific name, resource type (articles, books, drawing, specimens, etc.), geographic area, collection, collector, and more. It provides access to more than 600,000 digital herbarium specimens created by the Global Plants Initiative (GPI). If you set up a free “MyPLANTS” account, you can use the viewer to measure plant parts in herbarium specimens or images; you can also tag items and save them to your account.

Currently, South America and Africa are the most well represented regions with over 300,000 records for each location. There is very little Pacific island material included; there are only 1,756 records listed for the geographic area “Pacific.” As far as I can tell, there are no taxa from Hawaii. If you do a search on “Hawaii,” you erroneously retrieve all of the records that include the phrase “excl. Hawaii”! Nevertheless, it is a very interesting resource that links a variety of information formats using one interface

UH Manoa students, faculty, and staff should use the Electronic Resources Gateway link to access JSTOR Plant Science in order to facilitate access to our JSTOR full text subscriptions. That link is:

Re-opening of MAGIS lab and new Hawaii GIS data

9 September 2010

An exciting announcement About the UH Manoa Library’s Maps/GIS area:

Manoa MAGIS (Maps, Aerials & GIS) is pleased to announce the opening of  its new area in the ground floor of Hamilton Library.  Our maps are all in one place now and we now have a brand new MAGIS lab featuring 8 GIS  workstations.  The workstations feature ArcGIS, ENVI, MS-Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

Starting September 6, 2010, the lab will be open Monday to Thursday, 1-5 when school is in session.  All software is available with the exception of ArcGIS for 5 new computers which we expect to have installed by September 6.

For details on software support, please check out

Anytime we have to retrieve maps or aerial photographs that are not available on our website, an appointment is strongly preferred. This also holds good for GIS data or a project which requires us to find the data in advance to incorporate into your GIS. We will work with you in person, on the phone or via e-mail as the case may be to service your request.

Download our brochure at:

To help us commemorate our new (old) area, we have put a new set of georeferenced maps on-line.  These are much sought after Historical Maps of Hawaii, 1885-1904. These can be viewed or downloaded here:

MAGIS is trying something new with respect to receiving requests — we are recording initial requests online to keep track and to fine tune our services. Folks who want to access our Maps, Aerial Photographs, GIS, our MAGIS Lab, Large Format Services or request a Class Presentation can click on the appropriate link here:

Please remember that these online forms are an experiment to consolidate our requests so we can keep track off them and standardize our services.

Last but not least we are trying out a few other ways to increase our on-line presence and to publicize our services, MAGIS now has a blog! Please support it by checking it out at:

We are also on facebook, please friend us at

Best Wishes, Salim

G. Salim Mohammed, Maps/GIS Librarian | 808-956-0833

Hamilton Library network outage this Saturday

15 June 2010

There will be a network outage on Saturday from about 8 am til 10 am on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

This outage is necessary to move our network connections from the temporary fiber connection to the permanent fiber connection.

Access to Voyager and electronic resources will be unavailable until the  network connections are restored.

Images, Images and More Images!

22 April 2010

Thanks for Forest Starr for the heads up on these resources.

1)    From Hawaii Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) via SmugMug:

High-resolution scans of slides from Betsy H. Gagne’s “Ecosystems”
notebook are now available, including historical images of Hawaiian ecosystems and conservation activities as early as the 1970s.

These ecosystem images join existing Betsy Gagne galleries on Bogs and Miconia.

Philip Thomas from HEAR provides access to these wonderful collections!

2)    The University of Hawaii Virtual Museum has posted a number of wonderful photo sets on flickr.

Some of my favorite sets include:

the UH Manoa Campus Plants tour –

scans of the plates from Isabella Sinclair’s Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands –

and, the plants photos from the Charles H. Lamoureux Natural History Collection –

Thanks to Michael Thomas for these Web pages!

While there is much more to explore on both of these sites, I also want to point out that there are many, many wonderful photos of plants and animals in Hawaii available from the Forest Starr and Kim Starr Web site at:

ScienceDirect outage this weekend

10 March 2010

From our Electronic Resources Librarian:

ScienceDirect, the online platform for Elsevier journals, will be down for scheduled maintenance this Saturday, March 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. Hawaii time. The outage is scheduled to last until 2 a.m. HST Sunday. The University of Hawaii at Manoa currently has access to approximately 2,000 journals via ScienceDirect.

Hawaii Newspapers Online

11 January 2010

A wonderful announcement for everyone needing to search and access early newspapers! Congratulations to the Hawaiian Collection and Desktop Network Services!


The UHM Library is pleased to announce that these English-language Hawaii newspapers have been digitized and OCR-ed, and are available online at the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website, The papers are:

– The Daily Herald (Honolulu, 1886-1887)
– The Hawaiian Gazette (Honolulu, 1865-1916; online: 1877-1913)
– The Independent (Honolulu, 1895-1905)

The Daily Herald and The Hawaiian Gazette (during the years included here) represent a conservative pro-American editorial viewpoint, and The Independent represents a strongly nationalistic Hawaiian viewpoint.

Other newspapers available at Chronicling America include extensive coverage of Hawaii topics from across the United States. As of December of 2009, Chronicling America offers free searchable online access to 1.7 million pages from 212 newspaper titles published between 1880 and 1922.

Digitization of additional newspaper content continues at the UHM Library and other National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) participant sites, and new content will be uploaded in future quarterly increments. UHM Library participation in the NDNP is being made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (principal investigators Joan Hori and Martha Chantiny).

Grad Student Workshop: Tools for Staying Current

4 November 2009

You may have noticed that we are starting to put together a series of workshops on topics of interest to science graduate students. There is one more of these workshops this semester and there are still seats available!

Next week Thursday, I will be presenting “Taking Control: Tools for Staying Current on Your Research Topic”. I will talk about using online tools to stay current in your area of study. We will explore ways to receive alerts about new publications and use RSS feeds to keep tabs on what’s going on in your field. The session will be hands on, so you’ll leave the workshop with a Google Reader account set up and ready to keep you updated. The workshop is on 12 November from 11:00 am to noon. Sign up here today to reserve your seat!