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NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on April 16th, 2012

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting grant proposals for its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

Here's an excerpt from the program guidelines:

Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more of the following activities:

  • arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
  • cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
  • providing conservation treatment (including deacidification) for collections, leading to enhanced access;
  • digitizing collections;
  • preserving and improving access to born-digital sources;
  • developing databases, virtual collections, or other electronic resources to codify information on a subject or to provide integrated access to selected humanities materials; . . . .
  • developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographic information systems (GIS); and
  • designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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    Research Data Curation Bibliography

    Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on April 15th, 2012

    Digital Scholarship has released the Research Data Curation Bibliography. It includes over 100 selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.

    Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; 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.

    | 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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      University of Maine to Launch Digital Curation Graduate Certificate Program in September 2012

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 12th, 2012

      The University of Maine will launch a digital curation graduate certificate program in September 2012.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The Digital Curation program is a two-year graduate certificate, taught online, intended for professionals working in museums, archives, artist studios, government offices, and anywhere that people need to manage digital files. The program walks students through the phases of managing digitized or born-digital artifacts, including acquisition, representation, access, and preservation. . . .

      The Digital Curation program has been developed by interdisciplinary team of ten faculty from across the campus, from departments as diverse as Art, Computer Science, History, New Media, and Spatial Engineering, as well as institutions such as Fogler Library, the Folklife Center, and Hudson Museum.

      | 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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        ESIP "Interagency Data Stewardship/Principles" and "Interagency Data Stewardship/Citations/Provider Guidelines" Approved

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Standards on April 11th, 2012

        The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners has approved its "Interagency Data Stewardship/Principles" and "Interagency Data Stewardship/Citations/Provider Guidelines."

        Here's an excerpt from "Data Management and the ESIP Federation" by Ruth Duerr:

        Why do I think that this was significant? Simply because it represents the first time that a large and diverse set of US Mission agencies, data centers, research groups, commercial companies, tool developers, and even individuals have come together and agreed that data stewardship is important. They saw it to be important enough to codify into standard practices for data and recognized that data citation is something that needs to become part of the culture of science and that it is past time to make that happen.

        | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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          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.

                  | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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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.

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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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