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DAITSS (Dark Archive in the Sunshine State) Released under GPL v. 3 License

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Open Source Software on November 17th, 2011

The Florida Center for Library Automation has released DAITSS (Dark Archive in the Sunshine State) under a GPL v. 3 License.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

DAITSS provides automated support for the functions of Submission, Ingest, Archival Storage, Access, Withdrawal, and Repository Management. It is architected as a set of RESTful Web Services and micro-services but enforces strict controls to ensure the integrity and authenticity of archived content. It implements active preservation strategies based on format-specific processing including, where necessary, normalization and forward migration. It is particularly well suited for materials in text, document, image, audio and video formats.

DAITSS was written for a multi-user environment and supports consortial as well as institutional preservation repositories.

Read more about it at "DAITSS, an OAIS-based Preservation Repository" and "DAITSS Grows Up: Migrating to a Second-Generation Preservation System."

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    Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Standards on November 15th, 2011

    The Council of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) has released Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories, which is a recommended practice.

    Here's an excerpt:

    In 2002, Research Libraries Group (RLG) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) jointly published Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities (reference [B2]), which further articulated a framework of attributes and responsibilities for trusted, reliable, sustainable digital repositories capable of handling the range of materials held by large and small cultural heritage and research institutions. . . . .

    OAIS included a Roadmap for follow-on standards which included 'standard(s) for accreditation of archives'. It was agreed that RLG and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) would take this particular topic forward and the later published the TRAC (reference [B3]) document which combined ideas from OAIS (reference [1]) and Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities (TDR—reference [B2]).

    The current document follows on from TRAC in order to produce an ISO standard.

    | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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      Digital Curation LinkedIn Group Launched

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

      An open Digital Curation LinkedIn group has been established. (You can also find the group by searching for "digital curation" in the LinkedIn group search function.)

      The group's description follows:

      In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring effective long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. This group discusses digital curation, which the Digital Curation Centre defines as "maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle." The DCC's digital curation lifecycle model includes these steps: conceptualise, create, access and use, appraise and select, dispose, ingest, preservation action, reappraise, store, access and reuse, and transform.

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        Notes of the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention October 8-9, 2011

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 10th, 2011

        HathiTrust has released Notes of the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention October 8-9, 2011.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        As a result of these proceedings, HathiTrust:

        • Will establish a governance structure consisting of a Board, a Board Executive Committee, and Board-appointed committees, and will articulate bylaws
        • Will formalize a transparent process for inviting, evaluating, ranking, launching and assessing development initiatives
        • Will establish a shared print monograph archiving program among the member libraries
        • Will expand and enhance access to U.S. federal publications including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies
        • Will develop and vet a fee-for-service model to allow contribution of content from non-partner entities

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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?

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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.

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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.

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