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Fedora 4 Production Release

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Source Software on December 5th, 2014

The international Fedora repository community and DuraSpace have released the Fedora 4 production release.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This significant release signals the effectiveness of an international and complex community source project in delivering a modern repository platform with features that meet or exceed current use cases in the management of institutional digital assets. Fedora 4 features include vast improvements in scalability, linked data capabilities, research data support, modularity, ease of use and more.

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    Archival Electronic Records: President Barack Obama Signs the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Legislation and Government Regulation on December 2nd, 2014

    President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Major updates to the Presidential and Federal Records Acts include:

    • Strengthening the Federal Records Act by expanding the definition of Federal records to clearly include electronic records. This is the first change to the definition of a Federal record since the enactment of the act in 1950.
    • Confirming that Federal electronic records will be transferred to the National Archives in electronic form.
    • Granting the Archivist of the United States final determination as to what constitutes a Federal record.
    • Authorizing the early transfer of permanent electronic Federal and Presidential records to the National Archives, while legal custody remains with the agency or the President.

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      Digital Curation: Report on Risk, Benefit, Impact and Value

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 24th, 2014

      4C has released Report on Risk, Benefit, Impact and Value.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      This deliverable of the 4C project work package "WP4-Enhancement" proposes a pragmatic method for estimating costs of digital curation in two different scenarios:

      • A "Current" scenario, where the costs of controls already exist in the repository as a means to reduce the impact of the consequence of a risk/threat, change the likelihood of an event, or reduce the exposure to a vulnerability;
      • A "Future" scenario, where the costs of controls do not yet exist, but where repository managers are able to consider alternative scenarios of repository governance.

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        "Curation Costs Exchange: Supporting Smarter Investments in Digital Curation"

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

        Sarah Middleton has published "Curation Costs Exchange: Supporting Smarter Investments in Digital Curation" in EDUCAUSE Review.

        Here's an excerpt:

        A sizeable canon of research exists on cost modeling for digital curation. Although this research typically emphasizes the cost and complexity of digital curation and preservation, it is in many ways preliminary; the tools and methods developed have seen little uptake. Tools to manage and estimate costs, for example, have not been integrated into other digital curation processes or tools. The question is why? To answer it, a consortium of 13 European partners and cost modeling specialists launched the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project.

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          "Video Game Preservation in the UK: A Survey of Records Management Practices"

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 7th, 2014

          Alasdair Bachell and Matthew Barr have published "Video Game Preservation in the UK: A Survey of Records Management Practices" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This study looked at the current attitudes towards preservation in the UK's independent ('indie') video games industry by examining current record-keeping practices and analysing the views of games developers. The results show that there is an interest in preserving games, and possibly a desire to do so, but issues of piracy and cost prevent the industry from undertaking preservation work internally, and from allowing others to assume such responsibility. The recommendation made by this paper is not simply for preservation professionals and enthusiasts to collaborate with the industry, but to do so by advocating the commercial benefits that preservation may offer to the industry.

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            "Building Support for Research Data Management: Biographies of Eight Research Universities"

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

            Katherine G. Akers et al. have published "Building Support for Research Data Management: Biographies of Eight Research Universities" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Academic research libraries are quickly developing support for research data management (RDM), including both new services and infrastructure. Here, we tell the stories of how eight different universities have developed programs of RDM support, focusing on the prominent role of the library in educating and assisting researchers with managing their data throughout the research lifecycle. Based on these stories, we construct timelines for each university depicting key steps in building support for RDM, and we discuss similarities and dissimilarities among universities in motivation to provide RDM support, collaborations among campus units, assessment of needs and services, and changes in staffing.

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              "A Perspective on Archiving the Scholarly Web"

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 6th, 2014

              Herbert Van de Sompel and Andrew Treloar have self-archived "A Perspective on Archiving the Scholarly Web."

              Here's an excerpt:

              As the scholarly communication system evolves to become natively web-based and starts supporting the communication of a wide variety of objects, the manner in which its essential functions —registration, certification, awareness, archiving—are fulfilled co-evolves. This paper focuses on the nature of the archival function based on a perspective of the developing future scholarly communication infrastructure.

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                Web Archiving in the United States: A 2013 Survey

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 24th, 2014

                The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Web Archiving in the United States: A 2013 Survey.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The goal of the survey was to better understand the landscape of web archiving activities in the U.S. by investigating the organizations involved, the history and scope of their web archiving programs, the types of web content being preserved, the tools and services being used, access and discovery services being provided and overall policies related to web archiving programs. While this survey documents the current state of U.S. web archiving initiatives, comparison with the results of the 2011-2012 survey enables an analysis of emerging trends. The report therefore describes the current state of the field, tracks the evolution of the field over the last few years, and forecasts future activities and developments.

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