Archive for August, 2008

A Debate on Net Neutrality

Posted in Net Neutrality on August 31st, 2008

Opposing Views' "Should We Support Net Neutrality?" page offers contrasting views of net neutrality. The Open Internet Coalition, Public Knowledge, Save the Internet argue for it, while the CATO Institute and Hands Off the Internet argue against it.

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    Two Strikes and You're Out: Comcast Will Suspend Internet Service If Residential Customers Exceed New Monthly Data Limit Twice

    Posted in Net Neutrality on August 28th, 2008

    On October 1, 2008, Comcast will implement a new 250 GB monthly Internet use limit for residential customers, and it will suspend Internet service for one year if customers exceed it twice.

    Read more about it at: "Comcast Caps Highlight Lack of Broadband Competition," "Comcast to Cap Internet Usage for Customers," and "Comcast to Cap Monthly Consumer Broadband Starting Oct. 1."

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      Fedora Commons Wiki Re-Launched

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on August 28th, 2008

      The Fedora Commons Wiki has been re-launched using Atlassian’s Confluence enterprise Wiki software.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The new Fedora Commons Wiki provides a stable environment for developing Fedora software, documentation and communities. The new wiki features additional personalization and development tools for communication and tracking including a feature long-requested by the community–automated account registration with "Capcha." So it’s easy to join our community while making it difficult for spammers.

      Please note that you do not need an account to read the Fedora Commons wiki—it’s open to everyone. You must register at the new wiki, however, if you want to add comments, articles, ask for help, or participate with other members of the community.

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        Repositories Support Project Launches The DSpace Course

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

        The Repositories Support Project has launched The DSpace Course, which has 20 modules that include workbooks and presentation slides. A Live CD is also available that has a version of DSpace that runs without requiring that it be installed on a server.

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          Institutional Repositories at Texas University and Health Science Libraries

          Posted in Institutional Repositories, Texas Academic Libraries, Texas Digital Library on August 27th, 2008

          Below is a list of operational institutional repositories at Texas university and health science academic libraries.

          Texas has 35 public universities, 9 public health-related institutions, 39 private universities, and 1 private health-related institution; however, only eight institutional repositories could be identified (one repository, the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, serves multiple health-related institutions).

          The list was composed by consulting the following resources and then accessing repository sites to verify their existence: DSpace Repositories—Alphabetical, Fedora Commons Community Registry, Institutions Using the Digital Commons Platform, OpenDOAR, ROAR, and Repository 66.

          Institution Repository Software
          Baylor University (Baylor University Libraries) BearDocs DSpace
          Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center Digital Commons
          Rice University (Fondren Library) Rice Digital Scholarship Archive DSpace
          Texas A&M University (Texas A&M University Libraries) Texas A&M Repository DSpace
          Texas State University (Alkek Library) eCommons@Texas State University Digital Commons
          Texas Tech University (Texas Tech University Libraries) eScholarship Repository Digital Commons
          University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Libraries) University of Texas Digital Repository DSpace
          University of Texas at El Paso (University of Texas at El Paso Library) DigitalCommons@UTEP Digital Commons

          Texas also has the Texas Digital Library.

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            DCC Methodology for Designing and Evaluating Curation and Preservation Experiments V1.0

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 27th, 2008

            The Digital Curation Centre has released DCC Methodology for Designing and Evaluating Curation and Preservation Experiments V1.0.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The purpose of this document is to describe a Digital Curation Centre (DCC) testbed methodology which will serve as a workflow framework for designing experiments to validate the effectiveness of curation and preservation strategies. The methodology is grounded in the following general principles: the methodology must

            • conform to the fundamental standards of a scientific methodology,
            • be easy to follow and implement, i.e. accommodate experimenters of all levels of technical expertise,
            • be general enough to accommodate future changes and the evolution of ideas in curation and
            • preservation theory and practice,
            • be specific enough to provide concrete guidance in the immediate short term,
            • be sufficiently flexible and extensible to allow for technological advances and the evolving
            • complexity of available resources
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              RoMEO List of Publishers Who Allow Their PDFs to Be Deposited in Institutional Repositories

              Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on August 27th, 2008

              SHERPA's RoMEO service has made available "Publishers Allowing the Deposition of Their Published Version/PDF in Institutional Repositories."

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              SHERPA has analysed its records to determine which of the 414 publishers listed allow authors to deposit the publishers' version or publishers' PDF of a journal article into the author's institutional repository. 50 publishers allow immediate, un-embargoed deposit into repositories—even more allow use in restricted circumstances. This means that there is a large volume of work which can be deposited directly into repositories even if the author has not retained their own final draft. . . .

              We have separated the publishers into sub-sets, indicating any restrictions that are imposed by the publishers on the use of their versions. The sub-sets are: no restrictions, embargos, fee required and embargo & fee required.

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                British Library Releases Its "Digitisation Strategy 2008-2011"

                Posted in Digitization, Research Libraries on August 26th, 2008

                The British Library has released its "Digitisation Strategy 2008-2011."

                Here's an excerpt:

                Over the next 3 years we will build on our existing digitisation programme. Current projects include the digitisation of:

                • 20 million pages of 19th century literature [approximately 80,000 books];
                • 1 million pages of historic newspapers in addition to the 3m already digitised;
                • 4,000 hours of Archival Sound Recordings in addition to the 4,000 hours already digitised;
                • 100,000 pages of Greek manuscripts.

                Our top priority digitisation programme in support of the Library's corporate strategy 2008-2011 is the digitisation of newspapers.

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                  ALA-APA Survey: 2008 Mean Salary for Librarians with ALA-Accredited Master's Degrees is $58,960

                  Posted in Libraries on August 26th, 2008

                  The American Library Association has published the 2008 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release ("Librarian Salary Survey Reports Mean Librarian Salary Up 2 Percent to $58,960 in 2008"):

                  Analysis of data from more than 1,010 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited Master’s Degrees reported increased 2 percent from 2007, up $1,151 to $57,809. The median ALA MLS salary was $53,251 and salaries ranged from $22,000 to $331,200.

                  Note that the press release headline says that the mean salary is "$58,960," while the first paragraph of the press release says it's "$57,809." According to the press release for the 2007 edition, the "mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited Master’s Degrees reported increased 2.8 percent from 2006, up $1,550 to $57,809." The 2007 mean salary ($57,809) added to the 2008 $1,151 increase gives $58,960.

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                    Uncovering the Social and Economic Benefits of Open Access Podcast

                    Posted in Open Access on August 25th, 2008

                    JISC has released a new podcast: Uncovering the Social and Economic Benefits of Open Access. In it, Dr. John Houghton, Professorial Fellow at Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Economic Studies and Director of the Centre's Information Technologies and the Information Economy Program, is interviewed by Philip Pothen about open access benefits.

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                      OCLC Announces WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry Beta

                      Posted in Copyright, Digitization, OCLC on August 25th, 2008

                      OCLC has announced the WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry beta, a union catalog of copyright information.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry is a community working together to build a union catalog of copyright evidence based on WorldCat, which contains more than 100 million bibliographic records describing items held in thousands of libraries worldwide. In addition to the WorldCat metadata, the Copyright Evidence Registry uses other data contributed by libraries and other organizations.

                      Digitization projects continue for books in the public domain, but books whose copyright status is unknown are destined to remain in print and on shelves until their status can be determined. The process to determine copyright status can be lengthy and labor intensive. The goal of the Copyright Evidence Registry is to encourage a cooperative environment to discover, create and share copyright evidence through a collaboratively created and maintained database, using the WorldCat cooperative model to eliminate duplicate efforts. . . .

                      The Copyright Evidence Registry six-month pilot was launched July 1 to test the concept and functionality. Users can search the Copyright Evidence Registry to find information about a book, learn what others have said about its copyright status, and share what they know. . . .

                      During a later stage of the pilot, OCLC will add a feature enabling pilot libraries to create and run automated copyright rules conforming to standards they define for determining copyright status. The rules will help libraries analyze the information available in the Copyright Evidence Registry and form their own conclusions about copyright status.

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                        NEH Office of Digital Humanities Announces Grant Awards and New Grant Opportunities

                        Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on August 24th, 2008

                        The National Endowment for the Humanities' Office of Digital Humanities has announced 22 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants awards and 3 Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities awards.

                        Applications are being accepted for a new round of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants with a 10/8/08 deadline.

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