Archive for the 'Digital Curation & Digital Preservation' Category

Research Data Stewardship at UNC: Recommendations for Scholarly Practice and Leadership

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 3rd, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science has released Research Data Stewardship at UNC: Recommendations for Scholarly Practice and Leadership.

Here's an excerpt:

This working report emanates from efforts to identify policy options for digital research data stewardship at UNC. In January 2011, the UNC Provost charged a task force on the stewardship of digital research data to make recommendations about storage and maintenance of digital data produced in the course of UNC-based research (see Appendix 1 for the task force charge). During the 2011 calendar year, the task force conducted an environmental scan of research data stewardship policies and trends, discussed issues, collected data on campus using interviews and a survey, and developed a set of principles and associated courses of action for the campus to consider (see Appendix 2 for a list of task force meetings). We believe that the principles are in concert with the UNC mission and its academic plan and can serve as the basis for policies and implementations. We recognize, however, that scholarly data and processes are highly diverse and that the technologies and economics of stewardship are changing rapidly. We thus view the implementation alternatives and recommendations here as first steps in what should be an ongoing process that serves the research data stewardship needs of scholars, the campus, and humanity. We offer this document as a working report that we hope will serve as an adaptable framework for research data stewardship across disciplines at UNC and beyond.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010: "If you're looking for a reading list that will keep you busy from now until the end of time, this is your one-stop shop for all things digital preservation."— "Digital Preservation Reading List," Preservation Services at Dartmouth College weblog, February 21, 2012. | Digital Scholarship |

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    States of Sustainability: A Review of State Projects Funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 2nd, 2012

    The Library of Congress has released States of Sustainability: A Review of State Projects Funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) by Christopher A. Lee.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This report summarizes findings of a review of the NDIIPP state projects. The process has involved analysis of project deliverables and documentation, individual engagement with project participants at conferences and professional events, visits to the lead partner sites for all four projects, and monitoring of project activities and announcements.

    Read more about it at the "States of Sustainability: The NDIIPP Preserving State Government Information Initiative" post.

    | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010: "If you're looking for a reading list that will keep you busy from now until the end of time, this is your one-stop shop for all things digital preservation."— "Digital Preservation Reading List," Preservation Services at Dartmouth College weblog, February 21, 2012. | Digital Scholarship |

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      Future Proofing: Enabling Practical Preservation of Born-Digital Records

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Source Software on March 28th, 2012

      JISC has released Future Proofing: Enabling Practical Preservation of Born-Digital Records.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The results show that is it possible to build a low-cost, practical solution that addresses immediate preservation problems, makes use of available open source tools, and requires minimal IT support. We think the results of the case study can feasibly be used by other Institutions facing similar difficulties, and scaled up to apply to the preservation of other and more complex digital objects. It will enable non-specialist information professionals to perform certain preservation and information management tasks with a minimum of preservation-specific theoretical knowledge.

      | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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        "The Privacy Implications of Digital Preservation: Social Media Archives and the Social Networks Theory of Privacy"

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Privacy, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 27th, 2012

        Jasmine E. McNealy has self-archived "The Privacy Implications of Digital Preservation: Social Media Archives and the Social Networks Theory of Privacy" in SSRN.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This paper seeks to analyze whether SNS [Social Networking Sites] users can claim a right to privacy with respect to their online communications. To do so, this paper will examine the privacy implications of the LOC Twitter archive in light of Strahilevitz's social network theory of privacy. First, this article briefly discusses the LOC Twitter archive. Next, this article explores the online networking phenomenon and the privacy implications associated with social media. Third, this article examines privacy, in particular Strahilevitz's social networks theory of privacy. Part four analyzes whether a challenge to the LOC Twitter archive based on a theory of invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts or intrusion would succeed under the social network theory of privacy. This article concludes with considerations for digital archives in relation to protecting personal privacy.

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          Presentations from the Curation in the Cloud Workshop

          Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 22nd, 2012

          Presentations from the Curation in the Cloud Workshop are now available.

          Here's an excerpt from the conference web page:

          The aim of this 2-day workshop is to assess the potential and practicalities of using cloud-based solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital materials, focusing particularly on data that originates from research or that supports research processes. What will particularly be of value is to engage stakeholders from a number of different types and scales of organisations, encompassing those that are able to rely on established and joined-up institutional infrastructures; alongside those who may have more fragmented or immature local measures in place to manage data.

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            Guidelines for a Long-Term Preservation Strategy for Digital Reproductions and Metadata

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization, Metadata on March 18th, 2012

            The Digitising Contemporary Art project has released Guidelines for a Long-Term Preservation Strategy for Digital Reproductions and Metadata.

            Here's an excerpt:

            These Guidelines for a long-term preservation strategy for digital reproductions and metadata explains how to preserve digital materials such as text, images and video. It gives a theoretical introduction to the subject as well as practical examples of how to manage a collection of digitised and born-digital artworks. . . .

            These Guidelines are intended to be used by participants of the DCA project, but can also be used by other institutions in the process of digitising their collections. The different elements of digital preservation are explained in a basic and accessible way that is not too technical. Together with some examples from real life situations and recommendations for practical tools, this approach should give the basics needed for collection managers to create a suitable preservation policy and plan. It is important to keep in mind that digital preservation is a continuous process that has to be regularly re-evaluated by the collecting institution.

            | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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              Special Issue of D-Lib Magazine on Web Archiving

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 15th, 2012

              D-Lib Magazine has published a special issue on Web archiving.

              Articles include:

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                NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on March 14th, 2012

                The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting proposals for its Preservation and Access Research and Development grants program.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                NEH especially encourages applications that address the following topics:

                • Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials;
                • Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and
                • Preventive Conservation: how to protect humanities collections and slow their deterioration through the use of sustainable preservation strategies.

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                  G. Sayeed Choudhury Given 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library Technology

                  Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, People in the News on March 13th, 2012

                  G. Sayeed Choudhury has been given the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library Technology.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  Mr. Choudhury was selected by the award jury for his leadership in the field of data curation through the National Science Foundation-supported Data Conservancy project, which expands the capabilities of research libraries in serving researchers and the institutions of which they are a part, and for his ongoing impact on the field of librarianship in applying the principles of librarianship to the curation and preservation of digital data. He is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. In addition, he is a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council, the DuraSpace Board and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

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                    "The Informatics Transform: Re-engineering Libraries for the Data Decade"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 13th, 2012

                    Liz Lyon has published "The Informatics Transform: Re-engineering Libraries for the Data Decade" in the latest issue of the International Journal of Digital Curation.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    In this paper, Liz Lyon explores how libraries can re-shape to better reflect the requirements and challenges of today's data-centric research landscape. The Informatics Transform presents five assertions as potential pathways to change, which will help libraries to re-position, re-profile, and re-structure to better address research data management challenges. The paper deconstructs the institutional research lifecycle and describes a portfolio of ten data support services which libraries can deliver to support the research lifecycle phases. Institutional roles and responsibilities for research data management are also unpacked, building on the framework from the earlier Dealing with Data Report. Finally, the paper examines critical capacity and capability challenges and proposes some innovative steps to addressing the significant skills gaps.

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                      "Digital Curation and the Cloud"

                      Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 11th, 2012

                      Brian Aitken, Patrick McCann, Andrew McHugh, Kerry Miller have self-archived "Digital Curation and the Cloud" in Enlighten.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Digital curation involves a wide range of activities, many of which could benefit from cloud deployment to a greater or lesser extent. These range from infrequent, resource-intensive tasks which benefit from the ability to rapidly provision resources to day-to-day collaborative activities which can be facilitated by networked cloud services. Associated benefits are offset by risks such as loss of data or service level, legal and governance incompatibilities and transfer bottlenecks. There is considerable variability across both risks and benefits according to the service and deployment models being adopted and the context in which activities are performed. Some risks, such as legal liabilities, are mitigated by the use of alternative, e.g., private cloud models, but this is typically at the expense of benefits such as resource elasticity and economies of scale. Infrastructure as a Service model may provide a basis on which more specialised software services may be provided.

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                        Harvard Library to Deposit about 200,000 Public Domain Volumes in HathiTrust

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Public Domain on March 7th, 2012

                        The Harvard Library will deposit about 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        The Harvard Library will deposit approximately 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for published materials. This follows Harvard's first deposit of approximately 53,000 volumes in HathiTrust in 2011.

                        "The Harvard Library is committed to collaboration and easing access to its materials. Partnerships like this create significant opportunities for research libraries to lead during a period of rapid changes in higher education and scholarship in the digital age, and for researchers to benefit from their initiative" said Mary Lee Kennedy, Harvard's senior associate provost for the Library.

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