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Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on June 11th, 2009

The Library of Congress and the Foundation Center have released Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This publication lists 1,944 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 488 foundations, from 2004 through the publication date of this guide. It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation. This publication includes:

  • an introduction that explains the book's coverage, arrangement, entries, and how to research using the volume. Note: This PDF file contains hotlinks to free online tutorials that cover grant writing and provide an insight into the world of U.S. foundation giving offered by the Foundation Center, as well as to some other widely used non-profit guidance on preservation grants found on the Conservation Online web site.
  • a statistical analysis of grant funding in the area of preservation by foundation, recipient location, subject, recipient type (e.g., Library), grant size, and foundation generosity nationwide.
  • state-by-state descriptions of projects funded in preservation nationwide including the foundation's name, limitations on giving, recipient(s), size of grants, and purpose of the grant described. Note: This section is hot linked in the PDF version directly to more detailed descriptions of the foundations.
  • indexes by recipient, geographic area of the recipient, and subject. Note: If you do not find what you are looking for in the indices, use the find feature to search the text for your term.
  • a list of all foundations that have donated to preservation and conservation with their contact information and limitations on giving.
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    DPC What’s New in Digital Preservation, No. 20

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 10th, 2009

    DPC What's New in Digital Preservation number 20 has been published.

    Here’s a description of the publication:

    This is a summary of selected recent activity in the field of digital preservation compiled from a number of resources including the digital-preservation and padiforum-l mailing lists. Additional or related items of interest may also be included.

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      JHOVE 1.3 Released

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on June 8th, 2009

      JHOVE 1.3 has been released. JHOVE (JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment) "provides functions to perform format-specific identification, validation, and characterization of digital objects."

      Read more about it at "JHOVE 1.3 Is Out."

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        Keeping Research Data Safe 2: The Identification of Long-lived Digital Datasets for the Purposes of Cost Analysis: Project Plan

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 25th, 2009

        Charles Beagrie has released Keeping Research Data Safe 2: The Identification of Long-lived Digital Datasets for the Purposes of Cost Analysis: Project Plan.

        Here's an excerpt from the project home page:

        The Keeping Research Data Safe 2 project commenced on 31 March 2009 and will complete in December 2009. The project will identify and analyse sources of long-lived data and develop longitudinal data on associated preservation costs and benefits. We believe these outcomes will be critical to developing preservation costing tools and cost benefit analyses for justifying and sustaining major investments in repositories and data curation.

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          Durable Digital Media: How Does a Billion Years Sound?

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Emerging Technologies on May 25th, 2009

          A recent article in Nano Letters describes an experimental nanotechnology-based storage device that could last for a billion years and store up to one terabyte per square inch.

          Read more about it at "New Memory Material May Hold Data For One Billion Years."

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            Digital Preservation: PARSE.Insight Project Reports on First Year Achievements

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 24th, 2009

            In "Annual Review Year 1: Goals and Achievements," The PARSE.Insight (Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe) Project reports on its first year achievements. This post includes links to a number of longer documents, including the PARSE.Insight Deliverable D2.1 Draft Roadmap.

            Here's an excerpt from the PARSE.Insight Deliverable D2.1 Draft Roadmap.

            The purpose of this document is to provide an overview and initial details of a number of specific components, both technical and non-technical, which would be needed to supplement existing and already planned infrastructures for science data. The infrastructure components presented here are aimed at bridging the gaps between islands of functionality, developed for particular purposes, often by other European projects, whether separated by discipline or time. Thus the infrastructure components are intended to play a general, unifying role in science data. While developed in the context of a European wide infrastructure, there would be great advantages for these types of infrastructure components to be available much more widely.

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              Library Trends Thematic Issue on the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 20th, 2009

              The latest issue of Library Trends has a series of articles on the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.

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                Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries

                Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 14th, 2009

                The Association of Research Libraries has released Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The report is organized into three thematic sections:

                1. Reshaping the preservation functions in research libraries—Libraries must reconceptualize preservation as a core function that extends beyond activities within a preservation department. As preservation is advanced through a range of investments and partnerships, libraries are in the midst of reshaping priorities and reallocating resources to align with new services and conceptions of collections.

                2. The networked digital environment—ARL members need to expand their activities and deepen their practices related to preserving digital content though Web archiving, deployment of digital repositories, and efforts to preserve e-journals and other born digital content (whether purchased, licensed, or digitized by the library).

                3. Library collaborative strategies—Community-level activities are crucial, both to address the challenges presented by digital formats, but also to make traditional preservation activities more effective.

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                  Approaches to Managing and Collecting Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use

                  Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities on May 13th, 2009

                  The Office of Digital Humanities in the National Endowment for the Humanities has released the final version of Approaches to Managing and Collecting Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  This project is about developing archival tools and best practices for preserving born-digital documents produced by contemporary authors. Traditionally, humanists have found great scholarly value in studying the papers, correspondence, and first drafts of authors, politicians, and other historical figures. In this white paper, the project director make note that contemporary figures compose almost all of their materials on a computer. What challenges will this present to humanists, archivists, and librarians in the future? This very readable paper explores many of these issues with specific case studies involving a number of leading libraries and archives.

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                    DigitalPreservationEurope Releases Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation on YouTube

                    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 5th, 2009

                    DigitalPreservationEurope has released Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation on YouTube.

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                      Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Draft for Review

                      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Standards on May 5th, 2009

                      A near-final draft of the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) has been made available for error-checking review.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      This document is a technical Recommendation for use in developing a broader consensus on what is required for an archive to provide permanent, or indefinite long-term, preservation of digital information.

                      This Recommendation establishes a common framework of terms and concepts which comprise an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). It allows existing and future archives to be more meaningfully compared and contrasted. It provides a basis for further standardization within an archival context and it should promote greater vendor awareness of, and support of, archival requirements.

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                        JISC Project: Lifespan Initiative for the Research and Data Archive Repository

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Digitization on May 5th, 2009

                        JISC's Lifespan Initiative for the Research and Data Archive Repository project started on 4/1/09.

                        Here's an excerpt from the project Web page:

                        The Lifespan Collection (www.lifespancollection.org.uk) represents an existing and unique research data set, which includes around 3,400 hours of audio-taped interviews, scorings and quantitative computerised data, capturing the lifetime experience of over 500 individuals. The outcomes of this project will be presented in terms of both a report on the processes and best-practice solutions for preserving and digitalising the data, including the creation of processes of submission of, and accessibility to, current and future critical datasets that ensure compliance with data security, copyright legislation, licensing, and associated audit functions. One or more detailed case studies will be produced that will not only inform the future development of this project but will act as illustrative examples for use by other similar start-up projects. This will lay the ground work for an exemplar implementation of the tools and solutions already delivered by JISC and other institutions.

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