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A Study of Embedded Metadata Support in Audio Recording Software: Summary of Findings and Conclusions

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Metadata on November 7th, 2011

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has released A Study of Embedded Metadata Support in Audio Recording Software: Summary of Findings and Conclusions.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2010, the ARSC Technical Committee (TC) completed a study of support for embedded metadata within and across a variety of audio recording software applications. The study was coordinated, and much of it carried out, by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions. This work addressed two primary questions: How well does embedded metadata persist, and is its integrity maintained, within any given file as it is handled by various applications over time? How well is embedded metadata handled during the process of creating a derivative?

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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    European Commission Issues "Recommendation on the Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material and Digital Preservation"

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on November 2nd, 2011

    The European Commission has issued a "Recommendation on the Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material and Digital Preservation."

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    In particular, the Recommendation invites Member States to:

    • put in place solid plans for their investments in digitisation and foster public-private partnerships to share the gigantic cost of digitisation (recently estimated at 100 billion EUR). The Recommendation spells out key principles to ensure that such partnerships are fair and balanced.
    • make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, including all Europe's masterpieces which are no longer protected by copyright, and all material digitised with public funding.
    • get more in-copyright material online, by, for example, creating the legal framework conditions enabling large-scale digitisation and cross-border accessibility of out-of-commerce works.
    • reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material, by, for example, ensuring the material deposited is not protected by technical measures that impede librarians from preserving it.

    | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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      Data Management Planning: Open Source DMPTool Launched by University of California Curation Center and Others

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 2nd, 2011

      The University of California Curation Center has announced the launch of DMPTool.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The University of California and several other major research institutions have partnered to develop the DMPTool, a flexible online application to help researchers generate data management plans—simple but effective documents for ensuring good data stewardship. These plans increasingly are being required by funders such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF). The DMPTool supports data management plans and funder requirements across the disciplines, including the humanities and physical, medical and social sciences. . . .

      The DMPTool is open source, freely available and easily configurable to reflect an institution's local policies and information. Users of the DMPTool can view sample plans, preview funder requirements and view the latest changes to their plans. It permits the user to create an editable document for submission to a funding agency and can accommodate different versions as funding requirements change. Not only can researchers use the tool to generate plans compliant to funder requirements, but institutions also can use the tool to present information and policies relevant to data management and to foster collaboration among faculty, the institutional libraries, contracts and grants offices, and academic computing. . . .

      Project partners include the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library, the UCLA Library, the UC San Diego Libraries, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Virginia Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DataONE, and the United Kingdom's Digital Curation Centre. Working collaboratively, these institutions have consolidated their expertise and reduced their costs.

      | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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        "Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 27th, 2011

        The California Digital Library has released "Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies."

        Here's an excerpt:

        The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 provides the federal administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals and other non-profit organizations. In 1999 Circular A-110 was revised to provide public access under some circumstances to research data through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

        Funding agencies have implemented the OMB requirement in various ways. The table below summarizes the data management and sharing requirements of primary US federal funding agencies.

        | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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          Digital Preservation, SPEC Kit 325

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 26th, 2011

          The Association of Research Libraries has released Digital Preservation, SPEC Kit 325. The table of contents and executive summary are freely available.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The survey asked ARL libraries about their digital content, their strategies for preserving that content, and the staff, time, and funding they currently devote to digital preservation. It also asked each responding library to compare its digital preservation activities of three years ago to current activities and project three years into the future. In addition, to better understand the roles of research libraries in the emergent field of digital curation, the survey sought to identify issues that are and are not being addressed through current practices and policies.

          This survey revealed, as the digital preservation field is maturing, that most ARL libraries are rising to the challenge of establishing policies, workflows, and infrastructures to systematically preserve their rapidly expanding bodies of digital content. The survey also revealed that most ARL libraries are actively engaging in in-house digital preservation rather than outsourcing it to external parties, thus maintaining their control and ownership over the digital content that they curate.

          | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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            Open Online Research Data Management Course for Ph.D Students

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 17th, 2011

            The Research Data MANTRA project has released a freely available online research data management course for Ph.D students. The course is under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland License.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement :

            The JISC-funded Research Data MANTRA project has produced a course for postgraduate students and early career researchers who work with data and would like to learn more about how to manage it effectively. Course content is geared towards the geosciences, social and political sciences and clinical psychology; however, many of the issues covered apply equally to all research disciplines.

            | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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              "HathiTrust’s Past, Present, and Future"

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 17th, 2011

              The HathiTrust has released "HathiTrust's Past, Present, and Future" by John Wilkin.

              Here's an excerpt:

              My plan today is to talk about HathiTrust's past, present and future. Don't worry—I won't do a history of HathiTrust. My discussion of the "past" will be primarily about the organization's early accomplishments, and begins with a review of our Short- and Long-Term Functional Objects. I'll then talk briefly about a few things in the HathiTrust pipeline, and finally conclude with an overview of some of the larger changes that have taken place since 2008. A point I'd like to emphasize now and throughout is that this is a "libraries writ large" success story. What has happened is something that we accomplished collectively. This is not a story of an external organization—Google, a government agency, or some external champion—doing something for us. This is our story, and one that we need to understand and celebrate.

              | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                Tim O’Reilly on Digital Preservation at the 2011 NDIIPP/NDSA Partners Meeting

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 13th, 2011

                A digital video of Tim O'Reilly's keynote speech about digital preservation at the 2011 NDIIPP/NDSA Partners Meeting is now available. O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc.

                | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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