Archive for March, 2014

Exemplar Good Governance Structures and Data Policies

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

APARSEN has released Exemplar Good Governance Structures and Data Policies.

Here's an excerpt:

This report summarises the level of preparedness for interoperable governance and data policies based on both desktop research on selected data policies and online survey conducted during this study. It is important to understand what current data policies address and if they miss out on important topics, such as specific requirements for data preservation. This will give an indication on the possible impact of such data policies on the individual communities and allows recommendations to be drawn up to guide forthcoming policies. This report concludes with selected recommendations that should be taken into account when drawing up data policies concerning digital preservation.

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Systems Librarian at BYU-Hawaii Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The BYU-Hawaii Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This newly created faculty position serves under the direction of the University Librarian and will provide leadership, management, and support for library systems and applications at the Joseph F. Smith Library in Laie, Hawaii.

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Digital Archivist at Mayo Clinic

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Mayo Clinic is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital Archivist works to ensure the long term preservation, organization, distribution and retrieval of digitized, born-digital, and traditional institutional assets illustrating the evolution, development and history of Mayo Clinic. Environment includes digital, multimedia and paper based records and historical documents which illustrate and memorialize the memory of the Clinic. The Librarian II – Digital Archivist will help define and apply the methodology and standards for archival best practices to born digital and digitized collections. The Librarian II – Digital Archivist will participate in shaping and promoting the Archives online presence and promotion of collections and services.

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Report on DRM Preservation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on March 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

APARSEN has released the Report on DRM Preservation.

Here's an excerpt:

This report places the subject of Digital Rights and Access Management (DRM) within the context of long-term digital preservation and examines the related risks and challenges which arise in connection with the long-term archiving and ongoing accessibility of DRM-protected objects, and also the safeguarding of associated rights. It reviews the results of initiatives and projects already undertaken in this field and provides the results of a recent survey. It also analyses current user scenarios both within and outside the APARSEN consortium before offering a summary of recommendations and best practices for dealing with digital rights and DRM protected objects.

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Digital Curation News (3/18/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Library Access Engineer at Stanford University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stanford University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Library Access Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a 4-year, fixed-term position in the library's Digital Library Systems and Services group, with the possibility for renewal. . . .

This position will be a key contributor to a dynamic team of technologists, architects and information professionals defining the library of the future. Come work in an agile-inspired, test-driven, team environment, balancing the rapid and incremental delivery of new features with operational robustness. Join us to realize the benefits of working with one of the most talented technology teams in Silicon Valley to support Stanford scholars in one of the nation's most inspiring campus environments, in the heart of the beautiful Bay Area.

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"Can Formalities Save the Public Domain? Reconsidering Formalities for the 2010s"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Public Domain on March 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Niva Elkin-Koren has published "Can Formalities Save the Public Domain? Reconsidering Formalities for the 2010s" in The Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In essence, formalities advocates argue that current copyright law protects too many works, and shifting back to an opt-in regime would help restore the balance in copyright law between incentives and access. Restoring formalities would arguably expand the public domain by increasing the number of works in which copyright is not affirmatively claimed. It has been further suggested that works of unknown authorship are underused. 8 This is due to uncertainty about whether they are protected by copyright or not, which creates a chilling effect. A notice requirement would signal to potential users which works are protected by copyright. A notice would also generate the information necessary for licensing, thereby facilitating the clearance of rights and reducing the problem of orphan works.

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Data Services and Collections Librarian at UC San Diego Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The UC San Diego Library is recruiting a Data Services and Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services and Collections Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for managing and providing data and statistical services, with a focus on social science data. The position reports primarily to the Director of the Library's Reference & Research Advisory Services Program with additional assigned responsibilities in the Library's Collection Development & Management and Research Data Curation programs.

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"Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on March 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Kyle Rimkus et al. have published "Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

In the interest of gaining a broad view of contemporary digital preservation practice in North American research libraries, this paper presents the findings of a study of file format policies at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions. It is intended to present the digital preservation community with an assessment of the level of trust currently placed in common file formats in digital library collections and institutional repositories. Beginning with a summary of file format research to date, the authors describe the research methodology they used to collect and analyze data from the file format policies of ARL Library repositories and digital library services. The paper concludes with a presentation and analysis of findings that explore levels of confidence placed in image, text, audio, video, tabular data, software application, presentation, geospatial, and computer program file formats. The data show that file format policies have evolved little beyond the document and image digitization standards of traditional library reformatting programs, and that current approaches to file format policymaking must evolve to meet the challenges of research libraries' expanding digital repository services.

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Digital Curation News (3/17/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Programmer/Analyst 2 at University of Chicago Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Programmer/Analyst 2: Works with customers to analyze workflows, develop design specifications, create, modify, implement, customize, test, document and maintain software solutions to support the University of Chicago Library's digital collections and other library systems for which the DLDC is responsible.

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"Time to Change: Effects and Implications of Digital Preservation in an Organizational Context"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michelle Lindlar has published "Time to Change: Effects and Implications of Digital Preservation in an Organizational Context" in the IASSIST Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

Digital preservation within an organizational context requires different layers of change: During the implementation process the necessary resources have to be allocated and aligned. Since digital preservation is a cross-sectional task, drawing from the expertise of different stakeholders, this may require organizational change in form of new team structures. Furthermore, digital preservation is a rather fluid task, which requires constant monitoring and adaptability. Both change layers—the initial one as well as the ongoing one—have direct effects and implications on an organization.

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