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Preservation Statistics: A Survey for US Libraries, FY 2013 Report

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 11th, 2014

ALA has released Preservation Statistics: A Survey for US Libraries, FY 2013 Report.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Results from the 2013 Preservation Statistics Survey are now available. The annual survey gathers data about preventive preservation activities, conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities and digital preservation responsibilities, as well as how preservation programs are administered.

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    "Scaling Up and Scaling Out: Leveraging Preservation Infrastructure and Experience to Benefit the Community"

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 4th, 2014

    Portico has released "Scaling Up and Scaling Out: Leveraging Preservation Infrastructure and Experience to Benefit the Community."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Now well into its eleventh year as a preservation archive and service, Portico's preservation infrastructure—hardware, software, and key data and metadata models and definitions—has been subject to a continual process of re-view and revision that makes it possible for us to leverage our work to benefit the broader community. Since 2012, Portico has been delivering e-journal con-tent to the British Library as part of their legally mandated deposit program, en-abling the British Library to benefit from existing preservation expertise to manage the normalization of e-journal content. In this paper we will discuss Portico's development, the scaling up of our preservation capacity, the chal-lenges and opportunities in our partnership with the British Library, and the value of leveraging and sharing existing preservation infrastructure, skills, and experience for the good of the broader community.

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      Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

      ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

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        From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

        POWRR has released From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations collect, create, and steward a rapidly increasing volume of digital content. Both research conclusions and professionals' real-life experiences expose the inherent fragility of this content. The cultural heritage and information science communities have developed guidelines, best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that can enable an organization to achieve high levels of digital preservation. However, these protocols are often complex, leaving many practitioners attempting to address the challenge of preserving digital materials feeling overwhelmed. This is particularly true for professionals serving smaller institutions that are often operating with restricted resources like small staff sizes, a lack of specialized expertise, dated technical infrastructures, and/or limited budgets. This white paper is the result of a three year investigation, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, of affordable, scalable digital preservation solutions that can be successfully implemented at under-resourced organizations. It reports the results of large-scale testing of several digital preservation tools and services, suggests pragmatic digital preservation options, including an incremental approach to digital preservation practices, and asserts that communities of practice are key to success.

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          "The Integrity of Research Is at Risk: Capturing and Preserving Web Sites and Web Documents and the Implications for Resource Sharing"

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 11th, 2014

          James G. Neal has published "The Integrity of Research Is at Risk: Capturing and Preserving Web Sites and Web Documents and the Implications for Resource Sharing" in IFLA WLIC 2014—Lyon.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Born digital materials, for example websites and web documents, present particular challenges to academic and community libraries and their collection development, discovery and access, preservation, and resource sharing programs. This paper will explore the policy, workflow, legal, governance, financial, and service framework for capturing and preserving web content in the context of expanding collaborative collection development agreements among libraries. The paper will describe the program at the Columbia University Libraries in the area of Web Resources Archiving Collaboration. Columbia has sought to situate its program within the broader mission of its Libraries, collecting content deemed important for current and future research, preserving the content for future scholars, but also providing access in novel ways to foster current use in teaching and research.

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            "Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions"

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 9th, 2014

            Karen Antell et al. have published "Dealing with Data: Science Librarians' Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions" in College & Research Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This study, a survey of science librarians at institutions affiliated with the Association of Research Libraries, investigates science librarians' awareness of and involvement in institutional repositories, data repositories, and data management support services at their institutions. The study also explores the roles and responsibilities, both new and traditional, that science librarians have assumed related to data management, and the skills that science librarians believe are necessary to meet the demands of data management work.

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              "Research Data Management Case Studies"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 7th, 2014

              LIBER's Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures has released "Research Data Management Case Studies."

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              These studies describe policies and strategies that pave the way for the creation, institutional integration and the running of support services and underlying infrastructures. In addition, challenges and lessons learned are described, and ways-forward outlined.

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                Economic Impacts of Adapting Certain Limitations and Exceptions to Copyright and Related Rights

                Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on June 27th, 2014

                The European Commission has released Economic Impacts of Adapting Certain Limitations and Exceptions to Copyright and Related Rights.

                Here's an excerpt from the summary:

                The first part of the study is the report by Charles River Associates "Assessing the economic impacts of adapting certain limitations and exceptions to copyright and related rights in the EU" (Langus et al., 2013, henceforth "CRA Methodology Report"), which establishes a methodology to assess exceptions and limitations to copyright. . . .

                In turn, the present report uses the aforementioned methodology to assess the economic impacts of specific policy options in several topics of interest, in view of providing policy guidance on these topics. This report focuses on the following topics:

                • Digital preservation by cultural heritage and educational institutions;
                • The provision of remote access by cultural heritage and educational institutions to their collections for the benefit of their patrons;
                • E-lending by publicly accessible libraries;
                • Text and data mining for the purpose of scientific research;
                • Reproductions made by natural persons for private uses.

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