Archive for March, 2008

Ball State University Libraries Move Ahead with Ambitious Digital Initiative Program

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Libraries, Digital Media, Digital Presses, Digital Repositories, Digitization, Institutional Repositories on March 31st, 2008

The Ball State Libraries have nurtured an ambitious digital initatives program that has established an institutional repository, a CONTENTdm system for managing digital assets, a Digital Media Repository with over 102,000 digital objects, a Digitization Center and Mobile Digitization Unit, an e-Archives for university records, and a virtual press (among other initiatives). Future goals are equally ambitious.

Read more about it at "Goals for Ball State University Libraries' Digital Initiative."

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    Tracking Deposit Growth: UK Repository Records Statistics

    Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Self-Archiving on March 31st, 2008

    Chris Keene, Technical Development Manager at the University of Sussex Library, has released UK Repository Records Statistics, which provides U.K. institutional repository record growth data from July 2006 onwards based on ROAR statistics. For example, the site has a table showing monthly record totals.

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      U.S. Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries: The Section 108 Study Group Report Released

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on March 31st, 2008

      The Section 108 Study Group has released the The Section 108 Study Group Report.

      Here's the group's charge from the "Executive Summary":

      The purpose of the Section 108 Study Group is to conduct a reexamination of the exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives under the Copyright Act, specifically in light of digital technologies. The group will study how section 108 of the Copyright Act may need to be amended to address the relevant issues and concerns of libraries and archives, as well as creators and other copyright holders. The group will provide findings and recommendations on how to revise the copyright law in order to ensure an appropriate balance among the interests of creators and other copyright holders, libraries and archives in a manner that best serves the national interest.

      Here's an overview of the document from the "Executive Summary":

      The Study Group’s recommendations, conclusions, and other outcomes of its discussions are described in this Report in three separate sections: "Recommendations for Legislative Change" addresses issues for which the Study Group agreed a legislative solution is appropriate and agreed on recommendations for legislative change. These recommendations often are subject to the resolution of related outstanding issues, discussed in detail in the body of the Report. "Conclusions on Other Issues" addresses issues on which the Study Group had substantive discussions, and agreed a legislative solution might be appropriate, but for which it has no specific recommendations on the major issues. "Additional Issues" addresses additional important issues that the Study Group discussed.

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        Lessig vs. Valenti Redux: Berkman Center for Internet & Society Releases Digital Video of Key Debate

        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on March 30th, 2008

        The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released a digital video of the Lawrence Lessig and Jack Valenti debate about "The Future of Intellectual Property on the Internet" on October 1, 2000.

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          RLG Program Releases Copyright Investigation Summary Report

          Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Mass Digitizaton, OCLC on March 30th, 2008

          OCLC's RLG Program has released the Copyright Investigation Summary Report.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This report summarizes interviews conducted between August and September 2007 with staff RLG Partner institutions. Interviewees shared information about how and why institutions investigate and collect copyright evidence, both for mass digitization projects and for items in special collections.

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            Open Source Multimedia Document Creation and Reading Tool: Sophie Version 1.0 Released

            Posted in Digital Media, E-Books, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 30th, 2008

            The Institute for the Future of the Book has released version 1.0 of Sophie, an open source tool for creating and reading multimedia networked documents.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Sophie is software for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment.

            Sophie’s goal is to open up the world of multimedia authoring to a wide range of people and institutions and in so doing to redefine the notion of a book or "academic paper" to include both rich media and mechanisms for reader feedback and conversation in dynamic margins.

            Read more about Sophie at "Sophie Project Gets $1 Million from Macarthur Foundation," the Sophie documentation, and the Sophie tutorials.

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              Elsevier’s John Tagler Chosen to Lead AAP Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division

              Posted in People in the News, Publishing on March 28th, 2008

              John Tagler, Vice President, Customer Marketing, Academic and Government Libraries at Elsevier, has been named Vice President and Executive Director of the Association of American Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division.

              Read more about it at "John Tagler to Head AAP Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division."

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                Repository Planning Checklist and Guidance Released: Presents Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories (PLATTER)

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on March 28th, 2008

                DigitalPreservationEurope has released Repository Planning Checklist and Guidance.

                Here's an excerpt from the "Executive Summary and Introduction to Platter":

                The purpose of this document is to present a tool, the Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories (PLATTER) which provides a basis for a digital repository to plan the development of its goals, objectives and performance targets over the course of its lifetime in a manner which will contribute to the repository establishing trusted status amongst its stakeholders. PLATTER is not in itself an audit or certification tool but is rather designed to complement existing audit and certification tools by providing a framework which will allow new repositories to incorporate the goal of achieving trust into their planning from an early stage. A repository planned using PLATTER will find itself in a strong position when it subsequently comes to apply one of the existing auditing tools to confirm the adequacy of its procedures for maintaining the long term usability of and access to its material. . . .

                The PLATTER process is centred around a group of Strategic Objective Plans (SOPs) through which a repository specifies its current objectives, targets, or key performance indicators in those areas which have been identified as central to the process of establishing trust. In the future, PLATTER can and should be used as the basis for an electronic tool in which repositories will be able to compare their targets with those adopted by other similar (suitably anonymised) repositories. The intention is that the SOPs should be living documents which evolve with the repository, and PLATTER therefore defines a planning cycle through which the SOPs can develop symbiotically with the repository organisation.

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                  Podcast: Columbia's James Neal Provides Copyright Update

                  Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Rights Management, E-Reserves, Open Access, P2P File Sharing on March 28th, 2008

                  EDUCAUSE has released "EDUCAUSE Live! Podcast: Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments," in which James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, discusses recent copyright issues.

                  Here's a description of the podcast:

                  Copyright continues to be a core interest of the higher education and academic library communities. This briefing focuses on eight critical legislative and legal arenas where the United States will be working on copyright: orphan works, digital fair use, broadcast flag, Section 1201 anti-circumvention rulemaking, electronic reserves, peer-to-peer file sharing, open access to government-funded research, and the report of the Section 108 Study Group on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. The work of the study group is highlighted, including its primary findings and recommendations. In addition, two important recent studies are described and their importance for libraries are cited. The advocacy and educational roles and responsibilities of librarians on copyright also is outlined.

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                    DSpace Newsletter Published: DSpace 1.5, User Community Survey, and SWORD

                    Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories on March 28th, 2008

                    The DSpace Foundation has published the March 2008 issue of its NewSpace newsletter, which includes "DSpace 1.5 Features," "Summary of User Community Survey" "Stuart Lewis and Richard Jones on SWORD" and other articles.

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                      OAI-ORE for Fedora: Oreprovider Released

                      Posted in Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, OAI-ORE on March 28th, 2008

                      Oskar Grenholm of the National Library of Sweden has released oreprovider, an open-source Java application that "will let you disseminate digital objects stored in a Fedora repository as OAI-ORE Resource Maps."

                      In the announcement, he says:

                      The idea behind it all is that you have a Java web application (oreprovider.war) that, on the fly, will generate Resource Maps serialized as Atom feeds (using OAI4J) for objects in Fedora. All you have to do in Fedora is to add information in RELS-EXT what datastreams belongs to which Resource Map (exactly how to do this can be seen at the projects web page).

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                        Peter Suber at Harvard on What Can Universities Do to Promote Open Access

                        Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on March 28th, 2008

                        A digital video of open access advocate Peter Suber's presentation at the Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society on "What Can Universities Do to Promote Open Access?" is now available.

                        Stevan Harnad has commented on the talk in his "Peter Suber's Talk at Harvard's Berkman Center: 'What Can Universities Do to Promote Open Access?"' posting.

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