Archive for February, 2010

Presentations from Repositories and the Cloud Meeting

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on February 28th, 2010

Presentations from the recent Repositories and the Cloud meeting, which was sponsored by Eduserv and JISC, and are now available.

Presentations included "Cloud-Based Projects at Belfast e-Science Centre," "Cloud Services for Repositories", "DuraCloud—Open Technologies and Services for Managing Durable Data in the Cloud," and "EPrints and the Cloud."

Read more about it at "Slides and Observations from “Repositories in the Cloud” London."

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    Head, Library Systems and Web Services at Southwestern University

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 28th, 2010

    The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center at Southwestern University is recruiting a Head, Library Systems and Web Services

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    This position serves as the system administrator for the library’s integrated library system (ILS), and also as webmaster for the library’s website. Responsible for library technology planning, support, and communication. Provides support for technology applications in all library departments as needed. Maintains an in-depth understanding of technological trends and developments affecting academic libraries through a commitment to ongoing professional development. Works collaboratively and creatively with librarians, library staff, Audiovisual Services, ITS, NITLE, and the university webmaster.

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      "Filtering, Piracy Surveillance, and Disobedience"

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on February 28th, 2010

      Sonia Katyal, Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law, has self-archived "Filtering, Piracy Surveillance, and Disobedience" in SSRN.

      Here's an excerpt:

      There has always been a cyclical relationship between the prevention of piracy and the protection of civil liberties. While civil liberties advocates previously warned about the aggressive nature of copyright protection initiatives, more recently, a number of major players in the music industry have eventually ceded to less direct forms of control over consumer behavior. As more aggressive forms of consumer control, like litigation, have receded, we have also seen a rise in more passive forms of consumer surveillance. Moreover, even as technology has developed more perfect means for filtering and surveillance over online piracy, a number of major players have opted in favor of “tolerated use,” a term coined by Professor Tim Wu to denote the allowance of uses that may be otherwise infringing, but that are allowed to exist for public use and enjoyment. Thus, while the eventual specter of copyright enforcement and monitoring remains a pervasive digital reality, the market may fuel a broad degree of consumer freedom through the toleration or taxation of certain kinds of activities.

      This Article is meant largely to address and to evaluate these shifts by drawing attention to the unique confluence of these two important moments: the growth of tolerated uses, coupled with an increasing trend towards more passive forms of piracy surveillance in light of the balance between copyright enforcement and civil liberties. The content industries may draw upon a broad definition of disobedience in their campaigns to educate the public about copyright law, but the market’s allowance of DRM-free content suggests an altogether different definition. The divide in turn between copyright enforcement and civil liberties results in a perfect storm of uncertainty, suggesting the development of an even further division between the role of the law and the role of the marketplace in copyright enforcement and innovation, respectively.

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        Digital Library of Appalachia Project Director

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 28th, 2010

        The Appalachian College Association is recruiting a Digital Library of Appalachia Project Director (two-year contract consultant position).

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Digital Library of Appalachia Project Director is a two-year grant-funded position working within the Appalachian College Association (ACA) that is responsible for upgrading and enhancing the Digital Library of Appalachia (DLA). The ACA is a consortium of 36 private institutions serving the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The DLA provides online access to archival and historical materials related to the culture of the southern and central Appalachian region. The contents of the DLA are drawn from special collections of ACA member institutions.

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          Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation

          Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Metadata on February 28th, 2010

          OCLC Research has released Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This report frames obstacles that archivists have experienced adopting Encoded Archival Description (EAD). It also suggests pathways to help archivists get out of the ruts, around the roadblocks and on the road to success.

          Written by Michele Combs from Syracuse University, Mark A. Matienzo from Yale University, Lisa Spiro from Rice University and Merrilee Proffitt from OCLC Research, the objective of the report is to communicate EAD's value as a key element of successful archival information systems and help archivists overcome potential barriers to its implementation. This work is an output of the Barriers to Using EAD project undertaken by OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership.

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            Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-02-28

            Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on February 28th, 2010
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              Next Generation Connectivity: A Review of Broadband Internet Transitions and Policy from Around the World

              Posted in Digital Culture on February 25th, 2010

              The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released Next Generation Connectivity: A Review of Broadband Internet Transitions and Policy from Around the World.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Our most prominent initial findings, confirmed and extended in this final draft, were that U.S. broadband performance in the past decade has declined relative to other countries and is no better than middling. Our study expanded the well known observation with regard to penetration per 100 inhabitants, and examined and found the same to be true of penetration per household; subscriptions for mobile broadband; availability of nomadic access; as well as advertised speeds and actually measured speeds; and pricing at most tiers of service. Our study further identified the great extent to which open access policies played a role in establishing competitive broadband markets during the first-generation broadband transition in Europe and Japan, and the large degree to which contemporary transpositions of that experience were being integrated into current plans to preserve and assure competitive markets during the next generation transition.

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                RSA System Administrator/Manager at Alliance Library System

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 25th, 2010

                The Alliance Library System is recruiting a RSA System Administrator/Manager.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Alliance Library System (ALS) seeks a Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA) System Administrator/Manager to maintain and back up Windows and Linux servers, troubleshoot problems associated with the Library Information System network, SirsiDynix Symphony and other system software, and adjust system and library parameters.

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