2014 Web Access Report

April 3, 2015

The updated statistics of the web access to the ixasportal.net is available here (pdf). The statistics for 2014 is highlighted by the page views which reached 1,112,946 exceeding 1 million per year for the first time in December, 2014. The total over 15 months including a part of 2015 statistics gave the average number per month: page views of 91,482 and the visitors of 21,303.

The portal team would like to express their thanks to the visitors for the support of the web page and the IXAS. They also thank to the following six supporting companies, who kindly allowed the maintenance of the portal:

CANBERRA(http://www.canberra.com/
OKEN (http://www.oken.co.jp/web_oken/indexen.htm)
KOHZU (http://www.kohzuprecision.com/nc/i/)
SEIKO EG&G (http://www.sii.co.jp/jp/segg/)
Quantum Detectors (http://quantumdetectors.com/)
XIA (http://www.xia.com/)

The portal team wishes to further brush up the web contents. Most importantly, contributions to XAS Research Review and tutorial materials are always welcome. Also welcome is the information on job opening and postdoctoral fellowship.

The portal team

About "IXAS Donate"

Jan. 20, 2015

Your donation will be used to support educational and outreach activities. These include enabling yearly XAFS schools at all synchrotron radiation facilities as well as ensuring representation of XAFS and related techniques in major international conferences, especially through participation of students and young researchers.

We greatly appreciate your consistent support of IXAS activities.

Bruce Bunker, IXAS Chair
Pieter Glatzel, IXAS Vice Chair
Daniel Haskel, IXAS Treasurer/Secretary

 

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About IXAS Portal

What is Portal?

You may have heard the word "Portal" quite often used to describe a particular website with special functions. If you are regular users of internet, most of you frequently access to these popular sites. What is portal? It is well described briefly for example, in the following site.

In short, it is a web system that provides the functions and features to authenticate and identify the users and provide them with an easy, intuitive, personalized and user-customizable web-interface for facilitating access to information and services that are of primary relevance and interests to the users. To the organization that sets up the portal, it is a system that provides versatile functions for the organization to catalogue or organize collections of different and multiple sources of information and service resources for dissemination to many users according to their specific privileges, needs and interest. Hence, the main purpose of setting up a portal is to bring the vast information and service resources available from many sources to many users in an effective manner.

Our Purpose

In the case of IXAS, our purpose of starting up a portal is indeed, to bring the vast relevant information and service resources available to many users in an effective easy-to-access manner.

The IXAS Portal is a new resource of scientific knowledge in the field of x-ray absorption and related phenomena. The current version of the IXAS Portal was proposed by the IXAS chair and designed and maintained by Portal Team maintained by the IXAS Chair. Here only the essential features are described.

The IXAS Portal provides latest information as a form of electronic magazine "XAS Research Review". The articles on cutting-edge research topics contributed by the outstanding researchers will provide updated information, covering a wide range of topics from physics to biology, from materials science to environmental issues etc. Research articles are expected to be contributed by scientists within and outside of the community on monthly basis. The editorial board is to be formed by some of the executive committee members. Submission of articles and news is described in the magazine webpage. The IXAS Portal also provides updated information on events and technological news over the world, responding your needs. The IXAS Portal provides information in an interactive way. Members are allowed to log in for subscribing this electronic journal and give a feedback to editors and authors.

Our goal is to create a portal useful for everyday research in XAS community. We wish your understanding and supports. Any feedbacks are welcome.

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Policy Statement

The IXAS is aimed at promotion of scientific activities in x-ray absorption and related phenomena as an international Non Profit Organization (NPO). The two main activities of IXAS are contributing in the organization of international XAFS conferences started from the first conference at Daresbury, UK, in 1981, and developing Standards and Criteria for utilizing the XAFS technique and publishing its results.

In the former mission, it is a tradition to solicit the IXAS Awards to outstanding achievement (Outstanding Achievement Award) and promising young scientists (Young Scientist Awards). Prior to each XAFS conference, the IXAS forms the Awards Committee which carefully evaluates the nominations and during the conference solicits the awards to winners. The IXAS is responsible for XAFS conference site selection. The executive committee members are traditionally included in the international advisory board of XAFS conference which regularly gives necessary advices and suggestions to conference organizers. It is a tradition that the executive committee holds meetings during the conference to oversee the conference and select the next following conference site evaluating proposals of hosting conference. In order to reflect regional balance and attendee’s convenience, the process of conference site selection is a time-consuming process. The IXAS will set basic criterions for hosting conferences and will take enough time to evaluate proposals.

The executive committee consists of three officers (Chair, Vice and Secretary) and nine voting members (six regional and three at-large positions), in accordance with IXAS Bylaws. About half of the members are supposed to be elected to replace the old members prior to the conference. The IXAS puts an emphasis in the latter mission. Development of Standards and Criteria as well as seminars on analytical methods are needed to sustain high quality of the research and training newcomers.

The official webpage is currently http://www.ixasportal.net, maintained by the present chair of the society in Japan. There are more than 700 registered members affiliated to the IXAS society at international level. Considering numerous numbers of researchers and proposals at synchrotron radiation facilities, we expect that this number is still a large room to grow up. In addition to the original missions, more needs to provide updated information are recognized. The IXAS has a broad range of methodology and materials spanning from fundamental theories to measurement systems, biology to physics, pure science to industrial applications. Knowledge and skills for each application and purpose are different although fundamental theories and principles are often found common. Now more and more information exchange is becoming important and the IXAS is going to start up a web magazine “XAS Research Review” which would provide cutting-edge research studies and updated information to the community, especially newcomers and researchers who work in interdisciplinary fields. The IXAS future plans for the period of 2009-2011 also renovate the official webpage. The official web, called “IXAS Portal” will provide updated high-quality information to registered members.

About IXAS

The International X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS) is an international scientific organization representing all those working on the fine structure associated with inner shell excitation (near edge and extended) by various probes (e.g. x-rays and electrons), and related techniques for which the data is interpreted on the same physical basis. The study of the fine structure of the absorption spectra is important for understanding fine details of the atomic and electron structure of matter in any aggregation state. The IXAS is the reference organization for scientists, students and practitioners using various x-ray based experimental techniques (XAS, EXAFS, XAFS, XANES, NEXAFS citing just a few of them) usually conducted at synchrotron radiation facilities. One commonly used acronym, XAFS, stands for X-Ray Absorption Fine-Structure. The purpose of the IXAS is to oversee activities which benefit the community as a whole, to establish operational committees, to provide for education in the field, to disseminate relevant information, to work with other related regional, national and professional organizations in promoting and developing XAS and related disciplines, and to act as representative for the community to other professional organizations. Here the background (history) of the IXAS is briefly described. The current organization is a result of long-standing mostly voluntary efforts by principal researchers in this field.

Though the first experimental observation of x-ray absorption fine structures occurred in the late 1910’s the major efforts for understanding and exploitation of the XAS began in the early 1970s, mainly associated with the pioneering work of Sayers, Stern and Lytle in United States. The increasing availability of synchrotron radiation facilities and the possibility of performing XAS experiments as a routine inspired a flurry of experimental and theoretical activity for applying XAS to obtain new information on the properties of materials. During this initial period the rapidly increasing application of XAFS to the study of a large variety of materials of both scientific and practical importance led to the first international gathering of XAFS users in 1981 in England. At this meeting it was decided to form an International Advisory Committee for organizing an XAFS conference series thereafter in two year intervals. Counting the England gathering, eight XAFS conferences were organized in this informal manner till 1994. The conferences were convened in Europe and the United States and were sponsored by Universities and non-profit Research Laboratories. By this time it became clear with the spread of the participation of users of the XAFS technique well beyond Europe and the United States that a more formal organization was required.

At the 1994 XAFS 8 conference the International XAFS Society (IXS) was founded to replace the International Advisory Committee. The IXS was founded as a formal organization with officers, an executive committee, Charter and By-Laws and a world wide international membership from America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. It arranged the subsequent five International XAFS conferences of XAFS 9-13 which convened in the United States, Europe, and Japan. IXS also authorized the upcoming XAFS 14 July 2009 conference. After the 2000 XAFS 11 conference the subsequent conferences began to be scheduled in three year intervals. This change in scheduling was made to be in step with the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) conferences which are spaced in three year intervals. In 1998 XAS affiliated with the XAFS Subgroup and therefore went to the triennial schedule so as not to compete for attendees by scheduling its conference in the same year as the IUCr triennial conferences. The IUCr is a UN sponsored Union that is a 501k non-profit organization.
In 1998 IXS established two awards to honor senior and young researchers for their contributions to the development of XAFS and its application. These awards were presented at the XAFS conferences of 2000, 2003, and 2006.

In 2007 the executive committee of IXS decided to rename the organization IXAS in view of the fact that the acronym IXS stands usually for Inelastic X-ray Scattering. IXAS has replaced the former IXS in all the previous activities and revised the Charter and Bylaws accordingly (see the IXAS website). The IXAS is a non-profit organization run by volunteers with no salaries. The funds to run IXAS are usually obtained from contributions of sponsors from Universities, National Research Labs, Scientific Foundations and Industries and from fees assessed to Conference attendees.

In 2009 the IXAS is going to take a step forward, starting up some new projects aimed at promotion of the activities gaining more members. In the process of development, the bylaws need updating and creating subsidiary rules may need to be updated. The policy statement is available in this website. Lastly but not least, the IXAS is based on voluntary supports and contributions of individual members. We sincerely hope you to understand our goal and support us.

IXAS Members (Where are they from?)

"Where do the IXAS members come from?" It is a simple question but it is not easy to answer actually. The IXAS members are increasing daily and even the current members are still a part of XAS community. Indeed, the statistics made by member’s e-mail address (illustrated in figure) differs much from the statistics of XAFS conference attendants, i.e., there can be fairly large number of researchers not registered yet. Also currently limited regional distribution is to be widened. Relatively narrow band distribution may reflect internet accessibility although membership nationality distributing over 37 countries is amazing.

We hope that researchers from countries without synchrotron radiation can have updated information. It is not hard to expect members of 1, 000 or even more. Within three years, we would like to have at least over 1,000 members. Registration functions are expected to start up in early November that would further increase the members.