Archive for April, 2010

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-04-27

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on April 25th, 2010
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    DigitalKoans Break

    Posted in Announcements on April 18th, 2010

    DigitalKoans weblog postings will resume on 5/3/10.

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      Official ACTA Draft Text to Be Made Public on April 21st

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 18th, 2010

      The Office of the United States Trade Representative has announced that the draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be made public on 4/21/10.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The 8th round of negotiations on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was held in Wellington, New Zealand from 12-16 April 2010, hosted by New Zealand. Participants were welcomed by New Zealand's Minister of Trade Hon Tim Groser at a function attended by a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in the ACTA negotiations.

      Participants in the negotiations included Australia, Canada, the European Union, represented by the European Commission, the EU Presidency (Spain) and EU Member States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America. . . .

      Overall, therefore, there was a general sense from this session that negotiations have now advanced to a point where making a draft text available to the public will help the process of reaching a final agreement. For that reason, and based on the specific momentum coming out of this meeting, participants have reached unanimous agreement that the time is right for making available to the public the consolidated text coming out of these discussions, which will reflect the substantial progress made at this round.

      It is intended to release this on Wednesday 21 April.

      In agreeing to release publicly this draft text in the particular circumstances of this negotiation, participants reaffirmed the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of their respective positions in trade negotiations.

      ACTA will not interfere with a signatory's ability to respect its citizens' fundamental rights and liberties, and will be consistent with the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) and will respect the Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health.

      There is no proposal to oblige ACTA participants to require border authorities to search travellers' baggage or their personal electronic devices for infringing materials. In addition, ACTA will not address the cross-border transit of legitimate generic medicines.

      While the participants recognise the importance of responding effectively to the challenge of Internet piracy, they confirmed that no participant is proposing to require governments to mandate a "graduated response" or "three strikes" approach to copyright infringement on the Internet.

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        Digital Collections Coordinator at University of Texas at Austin

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 18th, 2010

        The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Digital Collections Coordinator. Salary: $4,583 per month, negotiable. (Ends 2015, with the possibility of extension.)

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The coordinator will develop best practices for the preservation and management of digital collections; collaborate with Ransom Center staff on the acquisition, preservation, description, access and exhibition of digital collections; and direct the development of a digital preservation program. . . .

        Work with administrative staff to establish goals and priorities, identify objectives, and coordinate and monitor projects related to these assets; Develop and oversee maintenance of a digital assets management system (DAMS) as an integral part of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the Center Work with archivists to develop best practices to access, preserve, describe, and interpret digital materials; Work with staff library-wide to continue development of best practices for digitization, metadata creation, online access, digital repositories, and digital preservation; Participate in the development of online exhibitions and digital collections; Attend conferences and meetings devoted to emerging technologies; work with counterparts at the UT Libraries and other campus agencies and with library, archive and museum managers worldwide in developing best practices for the preservation and management of digital collections. Identify grant opportunities and work with development staff to create proposals in support of digital collections and continuing funding for the position;

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          Digital Video of “Skills for the Future: Educational Opportunities for Library and Museum” Session

          Posted in Information Schools on April 18th, 2010

          A digital video of the “Skills for the Future: Educational Opportunities for Library and Museum” session of the Webwise 2010 conference is now available.

          Panelists included Peter Botticelli, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science; Phyllis Hecht, Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program; Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science; and Bill Veillette, Northeast Document Conservation Center.

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            Project Manager, Digital Lab at Harvard

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 18th, 2010

            The Harvard Law Library is recruiting a Project Manager, Digital Lab.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Harvard Law Library is seeking an energetic and creative person to serve as Project Manager in our newly created Digital Lab. The Digital Lab is the Library's focal point for a wide range of activities including digitizing materials from the Library's collection, preserving born digital materials acquired by the Library or produced by the Law School, curating and exhibiting digital collections, and developing internet tools and new applications to promote and enhance access to legal and other information.

            Reporting to the Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization, the Project Manager, Digital Lab serves as chair of the Digital Stewardship team and chief curator for digital projects; coordinates the selection of materials for digitization projects; designs and coordinates production workflows for digitization and metadata application for both internal and external projects; serves as chief liaison to the Library's Historical and Special Collections unit to ensure proper care and curation of selected materials for digitization; advises on pre-digitization issues including arrangement, description, copyright assessment, and metadata strategies; oversees project timelines and budgets of all digitization projects; manages the operation of the Library's in-house digital production center; purchases, maintains and upgrades digitization hardware and software; oversees quality assurance of digital output; develops and implements policies and prodedures for the Library's digitization activities; develops and/or coordinates usability studies related to digital collections; coordinates strategies for publicity and dissemination of digital collections; identifies digital storage needs and recommends storage medium; provides written progress reports on digitization projects; maintains documentation of training, policies, procedures and guidelines.

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              Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) Introduced in House of Representatives

              Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on April 18th, 2010

              Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors (Rep. Rick Boucher, Rep. Gregg Harper, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman) have introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (H.R. 5037) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

              Here's an excerpt from the Alliance For Taxpayer Access press release:

              The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. . . .

              Like the Senate bill introduced in 2009 by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Cornyn (R-TX), H.R. 5037 would unlock unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

              H.R. 5037 follows closely on the heels of a recent expression of interest in public access policies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which issued a request for public comment on mechanisms that would leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.

              The Alliance For Taxpayer Access issued a call to action regarding the bill. Here's an excerpt:

              Here's how you can help support this legislation:

              1. Send thanks to the Bill's sponsors, also through the ATA Action Center.
              2. Ask your representatives in Congress to co-sponsor H.R.5037 or S.1373. Act now through the ATA Legislative Action Center.
              3. Express your organization's support to Congress for public access to taxpayer-funded research and for this bill. Send a copy of your letter to sparc [at] arl [dot] org.
              4. Issue a public statement of support from your organization and share it widely with members, colleagues, and the media. Send a copy to sparc [at] arl [dot] org to be featured on the FRPAA Web site.
              5. Share news about this bill with friends and colleagues.
              6. Post the "I support taxpayer access" banner on your Web site.
              7. See the ATA Web site at for more ways you can support public access to publicly funded research and this bill.
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                Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-04-18

                Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on April 18th, 2010
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                  "BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, P2P File Sharing, Scholarly Communication on April 15th, 2010

                  Morgan G. I. Langille and Jonathan A. Eisen have published "BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data" in PLoS ONE.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The transfer of scientific data has emerged as a significant challenge, as datasets continue to grow in size and demand for open access sharing increases. Current methods for file transfer do not scale well for large files and can cause long transfer times. In this study we present BioTorrents, a website that allows open access sharing of scientific data and uses the popular BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing technology. BioTorrents allows files to be transferred rapidly due to the sharing of bandwidth across multiple institutions and provides more reliable file transfers due to the built-in error checking of the file sharing technology. BioTorrents contains multiple features, including keyword searching, category browsing, RSS feeds, torrent comments, and a discussion forum. BioTorrents is available at

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                    Lawrence Lessig: "Getting Our Values around Copyright Right"

                    Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Copyright Wars on April 15th, 2010

                    Lawrence Lessig has published "Getting Our Values around Copyright Right" in the latest issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The existing system of copyright cannot work in the digital age. Either we will force our kids to stop creating, or they will force on us a revolution. Both options, in my view, are not acceptable. There is a growing copyright abolitionist movement—people who believe that copyright was a good idea for a time long gone and that we need to eliminate it and move on in a world where there is no copyright. I am against abolitionism. I believe copyright is an essential part of the cultural industries and will be essential in the digital age—even though I also believe it needs to be radically changed in all sorts of important ways and doesn't apply the same in science and in education. Copyright is essential to a diverse and rich (in all senses of that word) culture.

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                      Programmer/Analyst (Software Developer) at Penn State

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2010

                      Digital Library Technologies at the Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst (Software Developer).

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Digital Library Technologies, a unit of Information Technology Services at The Pennsylvania State University, has a vacancy for a software developer. The software developer will participate in the development and integration of software and web applications for an institutional content stewardship program, working collaboratively with content curators and fellow technologists. Successful candidates will be expected to: share advancements in standards, software development practices, and IT trends; constantly refine their skill set; and apply new knowledge and techniques. This is an opportunity to work with an innovative unit on building a sustainable, enterprise-level content stewardship program at a large, multi-campus institution recognized for its commitment to excellence.

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                        Digital Services Library Associate at New York School of Interior Design

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2010

                        The New York School of Interior Design is recruiting a Digital Services Library Associate.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), the only institution of higher learning in New York devoted exclusively to the design of the interior environment, seeks an individual to support the technology infrastructure of the library, liaise directly with IT and academic computing, and assist faculty with digital images for teaching, as well as other technology needs.


                        • Manage digital assets for the library, including images, archival collections, and electronic theses
                        • Work directly with faculty to help them create, manage and use digital assets in teaching
                        • Work closely with librarians to continuously update and keep library website design relevant and uniform in appearance across all platforms, including online resource subject guides and a library blog
                        • Responsible for basic website development
                        • Work with library staff to create and edit video tutorials for students and faculty
                        • Manage electronic resources including indexes and full text databases to ensure off-campus access
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