Archive for October, 2012

"Evaluating Large Image Support for DSpace"

Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories on October 29th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Marius Nel, Kyle Williams and Hussein Suleman have self-archived "Evaluating Large Image Support for DSpace" in the UCT CS Research Document Archive.

Here's an excerpt:

Access to large images in digital libraries is desirable from a preservation perspective and may even be a requirement in some domains, such as cartography. However, providing access to large images often poses a problem as a result of the size of the images as well as the limited screen real-estate for displaying the images. Even when these issues are addressed, there is a lack of evidence about how well large image related tasks can be performed in a digital library. In investigating this, a survey was conducted in order to identify well-performing large image support tools and the best of these tools was integrated into DSpace. A user study was conducted in order to evaluate how well large images could be supported in a digital library and it was found that users were able to successfully and easily perform tasks related to large images.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Programmer/Analyst at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 29th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Systems Programmer/Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

NOTE: This position is a TWO-YEAR, TERM-LIMITED appointment.

Analyze business and user needs and design solutions involving computer systems and software.

Install, configure, test, debug, modify, and maintain systems and software, including Linux-based servers, storage systems, operating system utilities, system-level software, scripts, and custom software applications.

Design, develop, test, debug, modify, and maintain complex software systems.

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Librarians at McGill University Library Adopt Open Access Policy

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Research Libraries on October 29th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Librarians at the McGill University Library have adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

McGill librarians are granting the McGill University Library a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit.

Specifically, each librarian grants a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license for each of his or her scholarly articles.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/28/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 28th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Data Management Consultant at Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are recruiting a Data Management Consultant.

Here's the ad (requisition #: 54815):

Johns Hopkins University Data Management Services (JHUDMS) is seeking a highly motivated, customer oriented, data management professional to join our team. The JHUDMS is a unit within the Sheridan Libraries dedicated to providing research data management services in support of researchers across Johns Hopkins. Service provision includes providing consultative support on data management planning preparation, training and outreach to support better data management planning across the institution, and working with researchers to archive their data in the JHU Data Archive (http://dmp.data.jhu.edu.) The JHU Data Archive uses software being developed by the Data Conservancy specifically designed with data archiving, preservation, and access in mind (http://dataconservancy.org/.) This position will join a two other data management consultants within the team to not only provide service but also to help shape and grow services as we continue to respond to the needs of our community. If you have any questions about the position or services please contact Barbara Pralle at bpralle@jhu.edu.

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Unix Systems Administrator at University of Chicago Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting a Unix Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

40% – Performs tasks related to the administration of an integrated cluster of networked Unix/Linux server computers, including installation, configuration, maintenance and upgrading of system software, performing data backups and restores, account administration, security and performance monitoring, according to established procedures.

55% – Performs or participates in installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of vended systems on Linux server computers; troubleshoots software and hardware problems to maintain a high standard of reliability; reads and follows documented procedures.

5% – Participates in hardware and software specification, installation and maintenance. Creates and maintains documentation related to the performance of his/her duties.

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No Ripping: Copyright Office Issues "Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on October 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued the final rule for the "Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies."

Of particular interest is section "IV. Classes Considered But Not Recommended, D. Motion Pictures and Other Works on DVDs and Other Media—Space Shifting," which starts on page 58.

Here's an excerpt:

Proponent Public Knowledge stated a desire to move lawfully acquired motion pictures on DVDs to consumer electronic devices, such as tablet computers and laptop computers, that lack DVD drives. It asserted that consumers' inability to play lawfully acquired DVDs on the newest devices adversely affected noninfringing uses of the works contained on DVDs, and that a reasonable solution was for these consumers to copy the motion pictures into a format that could be viewed on the new devices. . . .

Public Knowledge cited RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc., 180 F.3d 1072 (1999), and Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), in support of its contention that space shifting is a noncommercial personal use, and therefore a fair use. . . .

The Register recognized that there is significant consumer interest in the proposed exemption. Proponents, however, had the burden of demonstrating that the requested use was noninfringing. Neither of the two key cases relied upon by proponents, however, addresses or informs the space shifting activities at issue. . . .

The Register further observed that the law does not guarantee access to copyrighted material in a user's preferred format or technique. Indeed, copyright owners typically have the legal authority to decide whether and how to exploit new formats. The Register noted that while the law may someday evolve to accommodate some of proponents' proposed uses, more recent cases touching upon space shifting confirm that the fair use implications of various forms of space shifting are far from settled. . . .

In urging that space shifting is a fair use, Public Knowledge characterized the copying of motion pictures for use on personal devices as a "paradigmatic noncommercial personal use" that could facilitate a transformative use. It further asserted that integrating reproductions of motion pictures from DVDs into a consumer's media management software was analogous to the integration of thumbnail images into internet search engines found to be a transformative use in Perfect 10, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 487 F.3d 701 (9th Cir. 2007).

The Register did not agree with this analysis. In her view, the incorporation of reproductions of motion pictures from DVDs into a consumer's media management software is not equivalent to the provision of public search engine functionality. Rather, it is simply a means for an individual consumer to access content for the same entertainment purpose as the original work. Put another way, it does not "add[] something new, with a further purpose or different character, altering the first with new expression, meaning," or advance criticism, comment, or any other interest enumerated in the preamble of Section 107. The Register therefore concluded that the first fair use factor did not favor a finding of fair use. The Register additionally determined that where creative works were being copied in their entirety, factors two and three also weighed against fair use, and that there was an inadequate basis in the record to conclude that the developing market for the online distribution of motion pictures would not be harmed by the proposed uses.

Finally, the Register concluded that proponents had failed to demonstrate that the use of a reasonably priced peripheral, a different device, or an online subscription service to access and play desired content did not offer a reasonable alternative to circumvention. Accordingly, the Register was not persuaded that the inability to engage in the space shifting activities described by proponents is having a substantial adverse impact on consumers' ability to make noninfringing uses of copyrighted works.

Read more about it at "United States Copyright Office: Ripping Is Illegal."

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

What Open Access Book Has Had over 11 Million File Requests?

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing on October 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

What open access book has had over 11 million file requests? Answer: the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography. As of the end of 2011, it had over 11.9 million file requests.

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital repositories, e-books, e-journals, license agreements, metadata, and open access.

Since initial publication, the digital versions of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography have been freely available. On July 13, 2004, the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography was put under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography was published by the University of Houston Libraries from 10/25/1996 to 10/17/2006 (versions 1 to 64).

Digital Scholarship began publishing the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography with version 65 of the bibliography (11/02/2006).

Over the years, the bibliography has been made available in a variety of formats: HTML, Microsoft Word, paperback, PDF, and XHTML. Currently, 80 HTML/XHTML versions and three paperback/PDF versions have been published (Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition, Digital Scholarship 2009, and Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010).

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is archived at Digital Scholarship and the Internet Archive. The University of Houston Libraries have an incomplete archive that contains versions 60, 61, and 62.

| Digital Scholarship Overview | Digital Scholarship |

The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on October 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report provides an overview of the current interoperability landscape in terms of the types of services that are now possible because of recent research and development efforts from throughout the Open Access community. The report covers seven areas of focus for current interoperability initiatives, and it provides overviews of nineteen key interoperability initiatives.

The intended audience includes institutions and repository managers operating at different points in terms of infrastructure, resources, and institutional support. For institutions new to Open Access and repositories, the report aims to provide guidance for getting started and indicates which interoperability initiatives are necessary to implement in order to achieve specific services. For institutions and repository managers already involved in OA and repositories, the report may provide ideas for additional functionality to add to your repository or further services that are possible to provide to your community.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Software Engineer at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Perform software development in support of activities at the Texas Digital Library (TDL), a consortium of higher education institutions in Texas that provides shared services in support of research and teaching.

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ARL Statistics 2010-2011

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Research Libraries has released ARL Statistics 2010-2011.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 126 member libraries in 2010-2011 was slightly more than $4.6 billion; of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and more than $1.3 million by the 11 nonuniversity libraries.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |

Information and Emerging Technologies, Instructor at Bowling Green State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Bowling Green State University Libraries are recruiting a Information and Emerging Technologies, Instructor.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Dean, the Instructor of Library Information and Emerging Technologies manages and participates in the day-to-day operations of the Library Information & Technology Services (LITS) unit. The primary responsibilities of the LITS Instructor are to stay current in emerging technologies, to oversee integrated library systems and to work closely with all UL faculty and staff to advance digital initiatives by managing digital projects and systems. Preference will be given to candidates with experience developing innovative web applications and learning objects, creating digital library collections or managing institutional repositories. The LITS Instructor also works with all library departments in supporting the directions of the UL Strategic Plan related to information technology.

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