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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                  2010 Publication Schedule for the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

                  Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on February 25th, 2010

                  In 2010, new versions of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography will be released in June and December. The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog will be updated monthly.

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                    Systems Librarian at Florida Institute of Technology

                    Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 25th, 2010

                    The Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    Reporting to the Director for Resources and Services, the Systems Librarian evaluates, recommends, implements, and manages a variety of applications for remote electronic access to information resources and services. . . .

                    Specific duties include: planning, budgeting, coordination, and implementation of technical projects, maintenance, and updates; assistance with development of web-based training and support products; staff and user training; participation in the design and maintenance of the Library Information Network (; assistance with development of communications for end users about the uses and benefits of tools and applications; integration of information from different systems into a single user interface; administrative reporting; work with technical and Library teams to implement complex applications; development of policies, procedures and documentation; system and database security and integrity; troubleshooting functional problems and provision of ongoing functional support.

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                      Modelling Scholarly Communication Options: Costs and Benefits for Universities

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on February 25th, 2010

                      JISC has released Modelling Scholarly Communication Options: Costs and Benefits for Universities.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement (announcement includes podcast):

                      The key findings from the report show

                      • The annual savings in research and library costs of a university repository model combined with subscription publishing could range from £100,000 to £1,320,000
                      • Moving from Open Access journals and subscription-funding to per-article Open Access journal funding has the potential to achieve savings for universities between £620,000 per year and £1,700,000 per year if the article-processing charge is set at £500 or less
                      • Savings from a change away from subscription-funding to per-article Open Access journal funding were estimated to be between £170,000 and £1,365,000 per year for three out of the four universities studied when the article-processing charge is £1000 per article or less
                      • For the remaining university in the study a move from subscription-funding to the per-article Open Access journal funding saw the university having to pay £1.86m more in this scenario

                      See also the related documents: How to Build a Case for University Policies and Practices in Support of Open Access and Publishing Research Papers Which Policy Will Deliver Best Value for Your University?.

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                        JISC Digital Repository infoKit

                        Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on February 24th, 2010

                        JISC has released the Digital Repository infoKit, which was created in association with the Repository Support Project.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        The Digital Repository infoKit is a practical 'how to' guide to setting up and running digital repositories. The kit contains information on a broad range of topics running from the initial idea of a digital repository and the planning process, via detailed sections on repository set up and promotion, through to the maintenance and ongoing management of the repository. The main focus is on institutional repositories and the kit reflects current repository community best practice. This resource has been written for repository administrators. It assumes no prior knowledge of repository matters and, more importantly, assumes no prior technical knowledge. The kit can be used by anyone who needs an introduction to any of the topics covered.

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