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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                  SERU Working Group Draft Best Practices Document

                  Posted in Licenses, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on March 21st, 2007

                  The NISO Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) Working Group has released a draft best practices document (The SERU Approach to E-Resource Subscriptions: Framework for Development and Use of SERU).

                  According to the press release, this document "presents a shared set of understandings to which publishers and libraries can point when negotiating the sale of electronic content. The framework offers publishers and libraries a solution to the often-burdensome process of bilateral negotiation of a formal license agreement by allowing the sale of e-resources without licenses if both parties feel their perception of risk has been adequately addressed by current law and developing norms of behavior."

                  (Prior posting on SERU.)

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                    DRAMA Project’s Fedora Authentication Code Alpha Release

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

                    The DRAMA (Digital Repository Authorization Middleware Architecture) project has released an alpha version of its Fedora authentication code. DRAMA is part of the RAMP (Research Activityflow and Middleware Priorities Project) project.

                    Here’s an excerpt from the fedora-commons-users announcement about the release’s features:

                    • Federated authentication (using Shibboleth) for Fedora.
                    • Extended XACML engine support via the introduction of an XML database for storing and querying policies and XACML requests over web services.
                    • Re-factoring of Fedora XACML authorization into an interceptor layer which is separate from Fedora.
                    • A new web GUI for Fedora nicknamed "mura" (Note: that we will be changing the GUI name to a new one soon).
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                      Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog Update (3/21/07)

                      Posted in Announcements on March 21st, 2007

                      The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available, which provides information about new scholarly literature and resources related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers. Especially interesting are: "7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons"; "Factors Influencing Publication Choice: Why Faculty Choose Open Access"; "Institutional Repositories: Evaluating the Reasons for Non-Use of Cornell University’s Installation of DSpace"; "Metadata for All: Descriptive Standards and Metadata Sharing across Libraries, Archives and Museums"; "A Model for Academic Libraries 2005 to 2025"; "PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive: How Much Metadata is Enough?"; and "Scholarly E-Journal Pricing Models and Open Access Publishing."

                      For weekly updates about news articles, Weblog postings, and other resources related to digital culture (e.g., copyright, digital privacy, digital rights management, and Net neutrality), digital libraries, and scholarly electronic publishing, see the latest DigitalKoans Flashback posting.

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                        Mellon Grants to CLIR/DLF

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Scholarly Communication on March 20th, 2007

                        The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given grants to both the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Digital Library Federation.

                        Here’s an excerpt from the CLIR grant press release:

                        The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a three-year, $2.19 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations. The award will allow CLIR to launch a range of new initiatives in six program areas: cyberinfrastructure, preservation, the next scholar, the emerging library, leadership, and new models. . . .

                        The breadth of CLIR’s new agenda is represented in six interrelated program areas:

                        Cyberinfrastructure defines the base technologies of computation and communication, the software programs, and the data-curation and data-preservation programs needed to manage large-scale multimedia data sets, particularly those pertaining to the digital record of our cultural heritage;

                        Preservation explores sustainable strategies for preserving all media in a complex technological, policy, and economic environment;

                        The Next Scholar explores and assesses new methodologies, fields of inquiry, strategies for data gathering and collaboration, and modes of communication that are likely to define the next generation of scholars;

                        The Emerging Library explores and articulates the changing concept of the library with particular focus on its core functions and the consequences for staffing, research and teaching, and economic modeling;

                        Leadership investigates and defines the skills and expertise needed to administer, inspire, and inform the next generation; and

                        New Models extrapolates from an array of CLIR’s findings and other related research how academic organizations, institutions, behaviors, and culture may evolve over the coming decade.

                        Here’s an excerpt from the DLF grant press release:

                        The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has received an $816,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project designed to make distributed digital collections easier for scholars to use. The project, DLF Aquifer Development for Interoperability Across Scholarly Repositories: American Social History Online, will implement schemas, data models, and technologies to enable scholars to use digital collections as one in a variety of local environments. . . .

                        The project will address the difficulty that humanities and social science scholars face in finding and using digital materials located in a variety of environments with a bewildering array of interfaces, access protocols, and usage requirements. DLF Aquifer seeks to provide scholars with consistent access to digital library collections pertaining to nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. social history across institutional boundaries. The collections are in a variety of formats and include maps and photographs from the Library of Congress historical collections; sheet music from the Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music at Indiana University; and an array of regional collections, such as Michigan County Histories from the University of Michigan and Tennessee Documentary History from the University of Tennessee, that will facilitate cross-regional studies when combined.

                        By integrating American Social History Online into a variety of local environments, the project will bring the library to the scholar and make distributed collections available through locally supported tools. The project will take two years to develop and implement, from April 2007 to March 2009.

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