Archive for October, 2008

Presentations from the Oxford Institutional and National Services for Research Data Management Workshop

Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories on October 31st, 2008

Presentations from the Institutional and National Services for Research Data Management Workshop at the Oxford Said Business School are now available.

Here's a selection:

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    JISC Digital Preservation Policies Study

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 31st, 2008

    JISC has released a two-part study of digital preservation policies: Digital Preservation Policies Study and Digital Preservation Policies Study, Part 2: Appendices—Mappings of Core University Strategies and Analysis of Their Links to Digital Preservation.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This JISC funded study aims to provide an outline model for digital preservation policies and to analyse the role that digital preservation can play in supporting and delivering key strategies for Higher and Further Education Institutions. Although focussing on the UK Higher and Further Education sectors, the study draws widely on policy and implementations from other sectors and countries and will be of interest to those wishing to develop policy and justify investment in digital preservation within a wide range of institutions. We have created two tools in this study: 1) a model/framework for digital preservation policy and implementation clauses based on examination of existing digital preservation policies; 2) a series of mappings of digital preservation links to other key institutional strategies in UK universities and colleges. Our aim has been to help institutions and their staff develop appropriate digital preservation policies and clauses set in the context of broader institutional strategies.

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      Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships Available

      Posted in Digital Humanities on October 30th, 2008

      The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities has announced the availability of 2009 Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships. The fellowship is:

      Intended for students whose dissertations engage the intersections between new media and the traditional concerns of the Arts and Humanities, the Winnemore Fellowship will provide a stipend of $9,570, plus full benefits and tuition remission up to five credits.

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        Presentations from Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future

        Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 30th, 2008

        Presentations (usually digital audio and PowerPoint slides) about data curation, e-science, virtual organizations and other topics from the ARL/CNI Fall Forum on Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future are now available.

        Speakers included Sayeed Choudhury, Ron Larsen, Liz Lyon, Richard Luce, and others.

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          PALINET to Digitize 20 Million Textual Pages

          Posted in Digitization, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Public Domain on October 29th, 2008

          With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, PALINET's Mass Digitization Collaborative plans to digitize 20 million textual pages of public domain material from participating member libraries. The scanned digital texts will be freely available from the Internet Archive.

          Read more about at "PALINET's Mass Digitization Collaborative Underway."

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            George Mason University Responds to Zotero Lawsuit

            Posted in Open Source Software, Research Tools on October 29th, 2008

            George Mason University has issued a statement regarding the Thomson Reuters Zotero lawsuit.

            Here's an excerpt from the statement:

            The Thomson Reuters Corporation has sued the Commonwealth of Virginia over Zotero, a project based at George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM). A free and open-source software initiative, Zotero aims to create the world’s best research tool and has already been adopted by hundreds of thousands of users at countless colleges and research universities. CHNM announces that it has re-released the full functionality of Zotero 1.5 Sync Preview to its users and the open source community.

            As part of its formal response to this legal action, Mason will also not renew its site license for EndNote. As academics themselves, the creators of the Zotero project strive to serve the scholarly community and to respond to its needs in an age of digital research. In line with that simple goal, they maintain that anything created by users of Zotero belongs to those users, and that it should be as easy as possible for Zotero users to move to and from the software as they wish, without friction. CHNM concurs with the journal Nature, which recently editorialized about this matter: "The virtues of interoperability and easy data-sharing among researchers are worth restating."

            CHNM remains committed to the openness it has promoted since its founding at Mason in 1994 and to the freedoms of users of its websites and software. Its ambitious development cycle and plans for Zotero’s future remain unchanged.

            Read more about it at "Company's Lawsuit Over Free Scholarly Organization Tool Generates Buzz" and "Reuters Says George Mason University Is Handing Out Its Proprietary Software."

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              Digital Repository Software: Fedora 3.1 Released

              Posted in Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on October 28th, 2008

              The Fedora Commons has released Fedora 3.1.

              It has also released Fedora 2.2.4, a maintenance upgrade to the prior version of the system.

              Read more about it at "Fedora 3.1 and Fedora 2.2.4 Now Available."

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                New Book from EDUCAUSE: The Tower and the Cloud

                Posted in Emerging Technologies, Scholarly Communication on October 28th, 2008

                EDUCAUSE has published a new book, The Tower and the Cloud, which is freely available in digital form (a print version is also available).

                The book is a wide-ranging overview of major information technology trends and their impacts on higher education, with essays written by prominent authors such as Clifford A. Lynch ("A Matter of Mission: Information Technology and the Future of Higher Education"), Paul N. Courant ("Scholarship: The Wave of the Future in the Digital Age"), and John Unsworth ("University 2.0").

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