Archive for April, 2013

"A Systemic Approach to the Preservation of Audio Documents: Methodology and Software Tools"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Federica Bressan and Sergio Canazza have published "A Systemic Approach to the Preservation of Audio Documents: Methodology and Software Tools" in the Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents a methodology for the preservation of audio documents, the operational protocol that acts as the methodology, and an original open source software system that supports and automatizes several tasks along the process. The methodology is presented in the light of the ethical debate that has been challenging the international archival community for the last thirty years. The operational protocol reflects the methodological principles adopted by the authors, and its effectiveness is based on the results obtained in recent research projects involving some of the finest audio archives in Europe. Some recommendations are given for the rerecording process, aimed at minimizing the information loss and at quantifying the unintentional alterations introduced by the technical equipment. Finally, the paper introduces an original software system that guides and supports the preservation staff along the process, reducing the processing timing, automatizing tasks, minimizing errors, and using information hiding strategies to ease the cognitive load. Currently the software system is in use in several international archives.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 4/22/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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DigitalCurationNews (4/22/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Copyright Librarian/Adviser at Syracuse University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Syracuse University Library is recruiting a Copyright Librarian/Adviser.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Copyright Librarian/Adviser is the University Library's chief resource and consultant on issues that span copyright, information policy, and University Library services and initiatives. The Copyright Librarian/Adviser develops the University Library's copyright policies and coordinates their application to the University Library's mission and its educational, research, pedagogical, and scholarly communication activities.

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"Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group Charter"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jun Zhao of the University of Oxford has released the "Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group Charter." ROSC is a W3C group.

Here's an excerpt:

The primary goal of the Community Group is to provide a platform for scholars, librarians, publishers, archivists and policy makers to exchange requirements and expectations for supporting a new form of scholarly communication, i.e. making the actual research assets available as first-class objects to enable better reuse and reproduce of research results and knowledge. These research assets, including data used and generated in an investigation, methods used for producing the data, as well as people and organisations involved in the study, are what we call Research Objects.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of San Diego’s Copley Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of San Diego's Copley Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the University Librarian and working under the direction of the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, the Digital Initiatives Librarian is responsible for assisting librarians and faculty with digital projects and developing and managing the University's institutional repository based in Copley Library. He/she plans services and standards for digital projects and repository projects and prepares related workflow, long-term preservation and perpetual access documentation and procedures. . . . He/she works closely with the library faculty and teaching faculty to identify and to advise on issues related to intellectual property and open access of scholarly output at the University.

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"Digital Scholarship: Exploration of Strategies and Skills for Knowledge Creation and Dissemination"

Posted in Scholarly Communication on April 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cristobal Cobo and Concepcion Naval have self-archived "Digital Scholarship: Exploration of Strategies and Skills for Knowledge Creation and Dissemination" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

Widespread access to digital technologies has enabled digital scholars to access, create, share, and disseminate academic contents in innovative and diversified ways. Today academic teams in different places can collaborate in virtual environments by conducting scholarly work on the Internet. Two relevant dimensions that have been deeply affected by the emergence of digital scholarship are new facets of knowledge generation (wikis, e-science, online education, distributed R&D, open innovation, open science, peer-based production, online encyclopedias, user generated content) and new models of knowledge circulation and distribution (e-journals, open repositories, open licenses, academic podcasting initiatives, etc.). . . . This paper address some of the key challenges and raise a set of recommendations to foster the development of key skills, new models of collaboration and cross-disciplinary cooperation between digital scholars.

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Interface Designer at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

the University of Michigan Library is recruiting an Interface Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Interface Designer will focus on interface design but also take part in the full range of departmental duties, including user research/usability, accessibility, and web analytics. The Interface Designer works in a collaborative team environment and participates in all stages of development from concept to implementation. . . .

This position will be a full-time, two-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal and may be filled in the Information Technology or Librarian job family.

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"Expanded Public Access: A New Era with New Challenges"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on April 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries have released "Expanded Public Access: A New Era with New Challenges."

Here's an excerpt:

During a short six-month period, agencies will develop draft plans for how this long-term preservation and access will occur ["Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research"]. Research universities have a significant stake in the plans the Director ultimately approves—universities are responsible to federal research funding agencies for compliance with the regulations attendant to the grants received by their researchers. If we are faced with different deposit requirements for manuscripts and data by each of the 15 and possibly more agencies subject to the directive, the compliance bill could be very expensive and might not reflect the interests of the academy. Given that PubMed Central has established a useful model for deposit of and access to research manuscripts, we can hope that the example of good practice established by them will be drawn upon by other funding agencies as they establish their own public access policies, and that the resultant products interconnect across and between agencies and external stakeholders that promote effective, seamless public access.

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Web Content Strategist at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Web Content Strategist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The User Experience (UX) Department at the University of Michigan Library is seeking a Web Content Strategist to support a multi-year initiative to redesign the library's web presence, and to take the lead on developing and managing an overall web content strategy.

Working under the direction of the Head of the UX Department, the Web Content Strategist will collaborate closely with UX, the Communications Department, and the Web Committee, as well as library content creators, and stakeholders. . . .

This position will be a full-time, two-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal and may be filled in the Information Technology or Librarian job family.

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Digital Curation Preparation: A Survey of Contributors to International Professional, Educational, and Research Venues

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science has released Digital Curation Preparation: A Survey of Contributors to International Professional, Educational, and Research Venues.

Here's an excerpt:

The article centers on the contexts of digital curation research as framed by the educational, professional, and research interests of a diverse group of national and international stakeholders. Flexible, holistic, and inherently interdisciplinary, digital curation initiatives depend upon a lifecycle approach. Thus the administered survey culled information about respondents' educational degrees and the academic disciplines in which they were earned, their employment options, job titles, professional association memberships, professional event attendance, and professional publications read. Finally, the paper discusses results, implications, and directions for future research.

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Current News: DigitalCurationNews Twitter Updates for 4/18/2013 #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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