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National Digital Stewardship Alliance Glossary

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 12th, 2013

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Glossary.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Glossaries are important. . . .

With that in mind, today we're announcing the release of a National Digital Stewardship Alliance glossary to support the work being done in the NDSA on the Levels of Preservation. The Levels of Preservation activity is working to provide basic digital preservation guidance on how an organization should prioritize its resource allocation. The NDSA glossary strives to provide a common language for NDSA members to communicate about the levels work and should also be useful as a general digital stewardship glossary.

| Digital Curation Resource Guide (XHTML website; over 200 resources) | Digital Scholarship |

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    Model Language for Research Data Management Policies

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 7th, 2013

    The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and the Southeastern Universities Research Association have released Model Language for Research Data Management Policies.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Southeast Universities Research Association (SURA) have endorsed language to assist their member institutions in drafting sound policies to govern the uses and management of research data generated by university faculty and staff. . . .

    Over the past few years, many major research funding agencies have started requiring a comprehensive data management plan as part of all new funding proposals. Additionally, researchers are seeking to re-use existing data sets to determine the replicability of results and reduce duplication of effort. The ASERL-SURA model draws upon the work of a variety of sources, including the University of Cambridge, Monash University, the Council on Government Relations, the National Science Board, and the National Science Foundation.

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

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      2013 Digging into Data Challenge Grants

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Grants on February 6th, 2013

      JISC has announced the 2013 Digging into Data Challenge grant program.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Today, the third round of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to help develop digital research in the humanities and social sciences launches in Canada, the Netherlands, the UK and the United States. . . .

      During the first two rounds of the Challenge, held in 2009 and 2011, nearly 150 teams, representing universities from across Canada, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK, competed to demonstrate how innovative research methods could be used to address questions in the humanities and social sciences. Twenty-two of those teams were awarded grants during those earlier rounds, each of them demonstrating new methods for analysing vast digital resources used for humanities and social science research, like digital books, survey data, economic data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage resources that are now being digitised on a huge scale.

      Due to the overwhelming popularity of the earlier rounds, two additional funders have joined for round three, enabling this competition to have a world-wide reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains.

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

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        Digital Forensics and Preservation

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 17th, 2013

        The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Digital Forensics and Preservation.

        Here's an excerpt:

        In recent years, digital forensics has emerged as an essential source of tools and approaches for facilitating digital preservation and curation, specifically for protecting and investigating evidence from the past. Institutional repositories and professionals with responsibilities for personal archives can benefit from forensics in addressing digital authenticity, accountability and accessibility. . . . .Forensic technology makes it possible to: identify privacy issues; establish a chain of custody for provenance; employ write protection for capture and transfer; and detect forgery or manipulation. It can extract and mine relevant metadata and content; enable efficient indexing and searching by curators; and facilitate audit control and granular access privileges. . . . The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of digital forensics, with some pointers to resources and tools that may benefit cultural heritage and, specifically, the curation of personal digital archives.

        | Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB, PDF, paperback, and XHTML) | Digital Scholarship |

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          Developing an Institutional Research Data Management Plan Service

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 15th, 2013

          EDUCAUSE has released Developing an Institutional Research Data Management Plan Service.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Institutions should consider the following as they plan how to best support researchers in preparation of their proposed DMP:

          • Identify a model for local administration of research data management plan services.
          • Provide resources that can be accessed conveniently by researchers during the proposal development process.
          • Designate one or more dedicated staff to be available for a range of consulting needs.

          This white paper includes the following sections:

          • What Should Be Included in the DMP
          • Developing a DMP Service at Your Institution
          • Skill Sets Required to support a DMP Consulting Service

          | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 | Digital Scholarship |

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            Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works XHTML Version

            Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on January 14th, 2013

            Digital Scholarship has released an XHTML version of its 2012 book, the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works. This selective bibliography, which has live links, presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. It covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., data, media, and e-journals), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns.

            Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works, such as e-prints and open access articles. Note that the links have not been updated since 6/11/2012.

            In addition to this website, the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works is available as a paperback (98 pages, $9.95, ISBN 1477497692 and ISBN-13: 9781477497692), an open access EPUB file, and an open access PDF file.

            All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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              Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2

              Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on January 14th, 2013

              Digital Scholarship has released version 2 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 200 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. It has doubled in size since version 1.

              Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2012; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included.

              The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, italicized links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

              It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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                The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries: Proceedings of a Symposium

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on December 14th, 2012

                The National Academies Press has released The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries: Proceedings of a Symposium. (Downloading the report requires registration.)

                Here's an excerpt:

                The culture of science has been international and open for centuries. Indeed, the scientific enterprise can only work when all information is open and accessible, because science works through critical analysis and replication of results. In recent years, as some scientific data, and especially technological data, have increased in economic value frequently has caused us to be far less open with information than business and free enterprise require us to be. Indeed, the worldwide shift to what is known as open innovation is strengthening every day.

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