Archive for February, 2013

DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 3/18/2013

Posted in Announcements on February 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 3/18/2013.

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Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on February 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL and Ithaka S+R have released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries .

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The research reveals that understanding the continuing costs for sustaining digital collections is a challenge across libraries. Responsibility is frequently dispersed among departments, and staff time and other costs are rarely allocated expressly to these activities or accounted for project-by-project. Almost universally, libraries are funding this activity out of their base budgets, suggesting that they will continue to need to shift funds from other things in order to support this as a priority.

While libraries are supporting these collections within their operations, the study's findings also reflect concern over sustainability, with librarians citing lack of funding and staff capacity as major challenges to sufficient investment in their digital collections. . . .

The three-part survey, designed with input from the ARL community, was sent to all ARL member libraries in the US and Canada and completed by 89 library directors, a response rate of 70%. In addition to the institutional perspective provided by library directors, library staff responded to other sections to offer insight into activities and costs for all of their institution's digitized collections, and questions about individual projects.

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The Preservation of Complex Objects: Volume 2, Software Art

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on February 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Preservation of Complex Objects Symposia (POCOS) has released The Preservation of Complex Objects: Volume 2, Software Art.

Here's an excerpt from:

This volume considers the preservation of software art. At first inspection, preservation of software art may seem like an esoteric concern for ephemeral objects. But, as with all of POCOS, it challenges many of our expectations about collection management and preservation. There are complex technical challenges about the interdependencies of software, operating systems, hardware and users. It introduces the inter-subjectivity of meaning and the contexts of performance which defy simplistic approaches to documentation and representation. It crosses the boundaries of institutional genre and raises disconcerting questions about policy and competence. So there is a real sense that software art is a topic for the avant-garde of digital preservation: it pushes the boundaries not for its own sake but in order that all can progress,

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"Linking Things on the Web: A Pragmatic Examination of Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums"

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on February 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ed Summers has self-archived "Linking Things on the Web: A Pragmatic Examination of Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt :

The Web publishing paradigm of Linked Data has been gaining traction in the cultural heritage sector: libraries, archives and museums. At first glance, the principles of Linked Data seem simple enough. However experienced Web developers, designers and architects who attempt to put these ideas into practice often find themselves having to digest and understand debates about Web architecture, the semantic web, artificial intelligence and the philosophical nature of identity. In this paper I will discuss some of the reasons why Linked Data is of interest to the cultural heritage community, what some of the pain points are for deploying it, and characterize some pragmatic ways for cultural heritage organizations to realize the goals of Linked Data with examples from the Web we have today.

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Library Technology Coordinator at University of North Alabama Library Services

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Alabama Library Services is recruiting a Library Technology Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position provides technology leadership in the following areas:

  1. Identification of emerging technologies that have the potential to provide new or improved library services;
  2. Integration of library discovery (currently EBSCO EDS);
  3. Oversight of current ILS and leadership in transition to webscale solution;
  4. Integration of other library technologies such as ILLiad, EBSCO A-Z and LinkSource, OpenURL, EZproxy, etc.;
  5. Comprehensive exploration of new technologies to streamline workflows and enhance library services, including but not limited to web programming, mobile applications, digital collections, etc.;

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New York University Launches Initiative in Data Science and Statistics

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on February 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

New York University has launched its Initiative in Data Science and Statistics.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

New York University officially announced the launch of its Initiative in Data Science and Statistics. The university-wide effort includes the creation of the Center for Data Science, the first such program in the United States.

Taught by faculty from across the university, the Center for Data Science two-year master's graduate degree program will begin accepting applications in February 2013, with classes commencing this fall. NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences will house the Center for Data Science, and Yann LeCun, CIMS Silver Professor of Computer Science, Neural Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, will serve as its inaugural Director.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 (XHTML website; over 200 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: DigitalCurationNews Twitter Updates for 2/20/2013

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 2/20/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Electronic Resources Librarian, Data Projects and Partnerships at North Carolina State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Electronic Resources Jobs on February 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting a Electronic Resources Librarian, Data Projects and Partnerships.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Electronic Resources Librarian, Data Projects and Partnerships:

  • Takes a lead role in describing and providing access to print, electronic, and manuscript resources, with a specialization in the Libraries' digital repository and user discovery systems.
  • Oversees data operations across the Libraries' systems. . . .
  • Consults on metadata schema and workflows with staff engaged in repository and digital collections projects across the Libraries

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The Thinkpiece "Libraries, eLending, and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content"

Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Licenses, Reports and White Papers on February 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

IFLA has released The Thinkpiece "Libraries, eLending, and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content".

Here's an excerpt:

In October 2012 IFLA therefore commissioned an independent consultant, Civic Agenda, to prepare a 'thinkpiece' to inform discussion at a meeting of experts from the library and publishing sector. This meeting took place over three days at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague in November 2012. The thinkpiece was the starting point for discussions on desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content, library user expectations' regarding eBooks, and the relationship between libraries and publishers in the eBook age. During the meeting participants focused on the role of copyright, licensing and legislation in access to digital content like eBooks, as well as reviewing advocacy campaigns and the potential for IFLA as an advocate for library access to eBooks.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 ( paperback and PDF file; over 3,800 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Coordinator, Digital Library Services at Florida Virtual Campus

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Florida Virtual Campus is recruiting a Coordinator, Digital Library Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be part of the Digital Services workgroup, which helps the libraries of the public colleges and universities of Florida create, manage, maintain and preserve digital information resources. The incumbent will provide support for one or more of the following: digital special collections and archives, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), archival finding aids (EADs), electronic journals, and/or other born-digital and retrospectively digitized materials. S/he will work with commercial, open source, and locally-developed content management applications such as DigiTool, Archon, the Open Journal System (OJS), OAI data and service providers, Fedora, Islandora and Drupal. The incumbent will develop and provide expertise to FLVC and library staff in one or more specialty areas as required; examples of these areas include resource description (cataloging and metadata), audio and video formats, archives and records management, and scholarly communications.

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Removable Media and the use of Digital Forensics

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on February 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Miriely Guerrero has self-archived Removable Media and the use of Digital Forensics in Deep Blue.

Here's an excerpt:

Overview of preservation threats facing removable media, both magnetic (such as 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disks) and optical (CD-ROMs, DVDs, etc.). Includes a literature review of digital forensic techniques relevant to the ingest and accession of born-digital content on removable media.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB file, PDF file, paperback, and XHTML website; over 650 entries) | Digital Scholarship |


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