Archive for 2008

Omeka 0.9.1 Released: Recommended Bug Fix Upgrade for Digital Collection/Exhibition Software

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Museums, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 4th, 2008

Omeka 0.9.1 has been released. This recommended upgrade fixes over 20 bugs. (See "Omeka 0.9.0 Released: Software for Digital Collections and Exhibits" for a description of Omeka.)

Read more about it at "Omeka 0.9.1 Is Available."

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    Open Access to Knowledge and Information: Scholarly Literature and Digital Library Initiatives—The South Asian Scenario Published

    Posted in Digital Libraries, Open Access on April 4th, 2008

    UNESCO has published Open Access to Knowledge and Information: Scholarly Literature and Digital Library Initiatives—The South Asian Scenario.

    Here's the abstract from the dLIST record for the book:

    The South Asia sub-region is now in the forefront of the Open Access movement within developing countries in the world, with India being the most prominent partner in terms of its successful Open Access and Digital Library initiatives. Institutional and policy frameworks in India also facilitate innovative solutions for increasing international visibility and accessibility of scholarly literature and documentary heritage in this country. This publication has its genesis in the recommendations and proceedings of UNESCO-supported international conferences and workshops including the 4th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL2001, Bangalore); the International Conferences on Digital Libraries (ICDL2004 & ICDL2006, New Delhi); and the International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software (2006, Kozhikode), where many information professionals of this sub-region demonstrated their Digital Library and Open Access initiatives. This book describes successful digital library and open access initiatives in the South Asia sub-region that are available in the forms of open courseware, open access journals, metadata harvesting services, national-level open access repositories and institutional repositories. This book may be considered an authoritative Source-book on Open Access development in this sub-region.

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      Audiovisual Research Collections and Their Preservation Published

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on April 4th, 2008

      TAPE (Training for Audiovisual Preservation in Europe) has published Audiovisual Research Collections and Their Preservation.

      Here's an excerpt from the introduction:

      Digital technology has conquered audiovisual production, post-processing, and archiving. Audio has totally become part of the IT world, and video is about to follow the same way. All dedicated audio formats are dead, and soon the same will be the case for video formats. The pace by which dedicated audio and video formats are becoming obsolete is breathtaking. The problem is not so much the survival of the original documents, but the availability of highly specialised replay equipment which disappears from the market soon after a format has been abandoned commercially. Today audiovisual archives associations estimate the time window still open for the transfer of dedicated analogue and digital carriers into digital repositories to be not more than just 20 years.

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        PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, Version 2.0 Released

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on April 3rd, 2008

        The PREMIS Editorial Committee has released PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, Version 2.0. A draft XML schema, which will be reviewed for a month before being released in final form, is also available.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        This document is a revision of Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final report of the PREMIS Working Group, issued in May 2005. The PREMIS Data Dictionary and its supporting documentation is a comprehensive, practical resource for implementing preservation metadata in digital archiving systems. Preservation metadata is defined as information that preservation repositories need to know to support digital materials over the long term.

        This document is a specification that emphasizes metadata that may be implemented in a wide range of repositories, supported by guidelines for creation, management and use, and oriented toward automated workflows. It is technically neutral in that no assumptions are made about preservation technologies, strategies, syntaxes, or metadata storage and management. Members of the PREMIS Editorial Committee revised the original data dictionary based on comments and experience from implementers and potential implementers since its release. The Editorial Committee kept the preservation community informed about issues being discussed, solicited comments on proposed revisions, and consulted outside experts where appropriate. . . .

        Major changes in this revision include:

        • Expanded rights metadata
        • More extensive significant properties and preservation level information
        • Mechanism for extensibility for a number of metadata units
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          Weblog Reports from Open Repositories 2008

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on April 3rd, 2008

          Below are selected Weblog reports from Open Repositories 2008.

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            ARL Publishes Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Presses, E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Institutional Repositories, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on April 2nd, 2008

            The Association of Research Libraries has published Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing by Karla L. Hahn.

            Here's an excerpt from the "Executive Summary":

            To foster a deeper understanding of an emerging research library role as publishing service provider, in late 2007 the Association of Research Libraries surveyed its membership to gather data on the publishing services they were providing. Following the survey, publishing program managers at ten institutions participated in semi-structured interviews to delve more deeply into several aspects of service development: the sources and motivations for service launch, the range of publishing services, and relationships with partners.

            The survey verified that research libraries are rapidly developing publishing services. By late 2007, 44% of the 80 responding ARL member libraries reported they were delivering publishing services and another 21% were in the process of planning publishing service development. Only 36% of responding institutions were not active in this arena.

            These libraries are publishing many kinds of works, but the main focus is journals; 88% of publishing libraries reported publishing journals compared to 79% who publish conference papers and proceedings, and 71% who publish monographs. Established journal titles dominate this emerging publishing sector and are the main drivers of service development, although new titles are also being produced. Although the numbers of titles reported represent a very thin slice of the scholarly publishing pie, the survey respondents work with 265 titles: 131 are established titles, 81 are new titles, and 53 were under development at the time of the survey. On average, these libraries work with 7 or 8 titles with 6 currently available. . . .

            Peer reviewed works dominate library publishing programs and editors or acquisitions committees typically maintain their traditional roles in identifying quality content. Libraries often provide technical support for streamlined peer review workflows, but they are not providing peer review itself. The manuscript handling services provided by some publishing programs were a significant attraction to the editors of established publications.

            Library publishing program managers report substantial demand for hosting services. Libraries increasingly are positioned to provide at least basic hosting services. Open source software such as the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems and DPubs along with new commercial services such as those offered by The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) through Digital Commons allows libraries to support basic journal hosting relatively easily.

            Advice and consulting regarding a variety of publishing practices and decisions are perhaps even more popular services. There are pressing demands for information and advice about issues such as moving print publications into electronic publishing, discontinuing print in favor of electronic alternatives, publishing works with limited revenue-generating capability, revenue generation, standards of various sorts, markup and encoding, metadata generation, preservation, contracting with service providers, and copyright management.

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              National Science Digital Library NCore Team Releases NSDL Search, MediaWiki Extensions, and WordPress MU Plug-Ins

              Posted in Digital Libraries, Google and Other Search Engines, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 2nd, 2008

              The National Science Digital Library NCore team has released three applications:

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                Fedora Version 2.2.2 Released

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on April 2nd, 2008

                The Fedora Commons has released version 2.2.2 of Fedora, which fixes 2.2.1 bugs and enhances the system's journaling and policy enforcement modules. (Version 3.0 Beta 1 is also available for testing.)

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