Archive for March, 2007

Dr. John Hoey Joins the Scholarly Exchange Board

Posted in E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on March 31st, 2007

Julian Fisher, Managing Director of the Scholarly Exchange, has announced that Dr. John Hoey has joined the Scholarly Exchange Board.

Here’s an excerpt from the SPARC-OAForum announcement:

Dr. Hoey is the former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and long an advocate of open access publishing. A specialist in community medicine and internal medicine, he is Professor of Medicine (adjunct) at Queen’s University and a Special Advisor to the Principal on Public Health.

Scholarly Exchange, Inc. has eliminated a major obstacle in starting open access journals by providing a free and fully supported e-publishing platform. Combining Open Journal Systems public-domain software with complete hosting and support, this service offers scholars unrivaled freedom and flexibility to produce academic journals at a price that fosters the open access model. It also develops tools and methods to promote and support open access journals.

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    Summary of PerX Project Findings About OAI-PMH and Repository Metadata Challenges

    Posted in Digital Repositories, Metadata, OAI-PMH, Open Access on March 31st, 2007

    Roderick A. MacLeod has posted a useful summary of some of the key documents and findings of the PerX (Pilot Engineering Repositories Xsearch) project on JISC-REPOSITORIES. He notes: "These documents may help to dispel possible myths concerning the ease of service provision, ease of reharvesting metadata, surfacing digital repository content in third part services, etc."

    Here’s a excerpt from the project’s About page that describes it:

    PerX is a two-year (June 2005-May 2007) JISC Digital Repositories Programme project, to develop a pilot service which provides subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research community. This pilot will then be used as a test-bed to explore the practical issues that would be encountered when considering the possibility of a full scale subject resource discovery service.

    (Prior posting about PerX.)

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      Last Call for the International Digital Preservation Systems Survey

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 29th, 2007

      The Getty Research Institute is conducting an International Digital Preservation Systems Survey. It should yield interesting results, so help out by filling it out. March 30th is the last day.

      Here’s a brief description from Karim Boughida and Sally Hubbard at the Getty:

      This survey is intended to provide an overview of digital preservation system (DPS) implementation. DPS is defined here as an assembly of computer hardware, software and policies equivalent to a TDR (trusted digital repository) "whose mission is to provide reliable, long-term access to managed digital resources to its designated community, now, and in the future"[1].

      The survey was produced by the Getty Research Institute departments of Digital Resource Management and Library Information Systems, and will be distributed primarily among members of the Digital Library Federation (DLF). Results will be shared at the DLF Spring Forum, April 23-25, 2007 (Pasadena, California, USA), and with all respondents who provide contact information. . . .

      [1] RLG. 2002. Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities. Mountain View, Calif.: RLG, Inc. http://www.rlg.org/en/pdfs/repositories.pdf.

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        EBSCOhost Databases to Include Blog Content

        Posted in Publishing on March 28th, 2007

        EBSCOhost databases will include licensed blog content from Newstex.

        Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

        EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), the world’s premier database aggregator, and Newstex, the Content On Demand™ company, today announced an alliance to deliver Newstex Content On Demand™ and Newstex Blogs On Demand™ via nearly 100 EBSCO databases to customers worldwide. As part of the distribution agreement, full-text blog content from premier Weblogs with historical archives in a wide variety of categories including art, career, economics, environment, finance, food, health, law, marketing, medical, technology, and many more will be made available in online aggregated databases for the first time.

        Unlike existing Web-based blog aggregation services, Newstex actually licenses influential blog content directly from independent bloggers and then takes in each carefully selected blog feed in text format and uses its proprietary NewsRouter technology to scan it in real-time. The resulting blog feeds, news feeds, and historical archives are delivered to EBSCO for distribution to customers in applicable databases.

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          Persistent Identifier Linking Infrastructure (PLIN) Project

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Metadata, Open Access on March 27th, 2007

          ARROW and the University of Southern Queensland have established the Persistent Identifier Linking Infrastructure (PLIN) Project.

          As outlined in the project’s Executive Summary, its goals are to:

          • Support adoption and use of persistent identifiers and shared persistent identifier management services by the project stakeholders.
          • Plan for a sustainable, shared identifier management infrastructure that enables persistence of identifiers and associated services over archival lengths of time.

          The project’s anticipated outcomes are:

          1. Best practice and policy guides for the use of persistent identifiers in Australian e-learning, e-research, and e-science communities.
          2. Use cases describing community requirements for identifiers and business process analysis relating to these use cases.
          3. E-Framework representations of persistent identifier management services that support the business requirements for identifiers.
          4. A "pilot" shared persistent identifier management infrastructure usable by the project stakeholders over the lifetime of the project. The pilot infrastructure will include services for creating, accessing and managing persistent digital identifiers over their lifetime. The pilot infrastructure will interoperate with other DEST funded systemic infrastructure. The development phase of the pilot will use an agile development methodology that will allow the inclusion of "value-added" services for managing resources using persistent identifiers to be included in the development program if resources permit.
          5. Software tools to help applications use the shared persistent identifier infrastructure more easily.
          6. Report on options and proposals for sustaining, supporting (including outreach) and governing shared persistent identifier management infrastructure

          The PLIN Projet will base its work on the CNRI Handle System. The below excerpt from the Handle System home page describes its primary features:

          The Handle System® is a general purpose distributed information system that provides efficient, extensible, and secure identifier and resolution services for use on networks such as the Internet. It includes an open set of protocols, a namespace, and a reference implementation of the protocols. The protocols enable a distributed computer system to store identifiers, known as handles, of arbitrary resources and resolve those handles into the information necessary to locate, access, contact, authenticate, or otherwise make use of the resources. This information can be changed as needed to reflect the current state of the identified resource without changing its identifier, thus allowing the name of the item to persist over changes of location and other related state information.

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            Library of Congress Digital Preservation Web Site Redesigned

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 24th, 2007

            The Library of Congress has rolled out a new version of its Digital Preservation Web site.

            Here’s a excerpt from Digital Preservation News: March 2007:

            As you may have already noticed, the Web site for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) has been completely redesigned, with new content sections and more user-friendly text. The goal of the redesign was to make the subject of digital preservation in general and NDIIPP in particular more accessible to a wider audience.

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              Syracuse University Press Now Reports to the Library

              Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication on March 22nd, 2007

              In the Winter 2006-2007 issue of The Library Connection, the Syracuse University Library indicates that the Syracuse University Press now reports to the SU Library.

              Here’s a excerpt from the relevant article:

              In September Syracuse University interim vice chancellor and provost Eric F. Spina announced that Syracuse University Press would report to Suzanne Thorin, university librarian and dean of libraries. The new relationship enables SU Press to take advantage of the Library’s infrastructure to contain costs.

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                Report About Users’ Digital Repository Needs at the University of Hull

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on March 21st, 2007

                The RepoMMan Project at the University of Hull has published The RepoMMan User Needs Analysis report.

                Here’s an excerpt from the JISC-REPOSITORIES announcement:

                The document covers the repository needs of users in the research, learning & teaching, and administration areas. Whilst based primarily on needs expressed in interviews at the University of Hull the document is potentially of wider applicability, drawing from an on-line survey of researchers elsewhere and a survey of the L&T community undertaken by the CD-LOR Project.

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