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Wellcome Trust Enforces Its Open Access Policy More Vigorously

Posted in Grants, Open Access on June 28th, 2012

The Wellcome Trust is enforcing its open access policy with three new rules.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Since 2006, its open access policy has required that all research papers funded in whole or in part by the Wellcome Trust be made available via the UK PubMed Central repository as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of the date of publication. At present, only 55 per cent of research papers acknowledging Wellcome Trust funding comply with its open access policy. . . .

Sir Mark has written to university vice-chancellors and the directors of the Trust's major overseas programmes to outline the steps that the Trust will be taking:

  • When Trust-funded researchers prepare final grant reports, it will require the principal investigator's institution to provide assurance that all papers associated with the grant comply with the Trust's policy. If they are unable to do this, the final payment on the grant will be withheld.
  • Non-compliant publications will be discounted as part of a researcher's track record in any renewal of an existing grant or new grant application.
  • Trust-funded researchers will be required to ensure that all publications associated with their Wellcome-funded research are compliant with the Trust's policy before any funding renewals or new grant awards will be activated.

All three steps will apply to research articles published from 1 October 2009 onwards.

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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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      NEH Announces New Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Recipients

      Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 21st, 2012

      The National Endowment for the Humanities's Office of Digital Humanities has announced the recipients of 22 new Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

      The announcement was part of a larger announcement of $17 million in grants for 208 humanities projects. A state-by-state list of these grants is available.

      | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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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.

        | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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          NEH Office of Digital Humanities Releases Videos of 2011 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Project Directors’ Presentations

          Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on February 19th, 2012

          The NEH's Office of Digital Humanities has released short videos of project directors of 2011 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants discussing their projects.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          We're happy to say that we now have videos from the annual Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting, held September 27, 2011 at the Old Post Office in Washington, DC. This meeting brought together top researchers in the digital humanities from across the United States.

          | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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            IMLS Issues Call for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums Proposals

            Posted in Grants on November 30th, 2011

            The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued call for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums proposals.

            Here's an excerpt from Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums:

            The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

            Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.

            To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics:

            Broad Potential Impact—You should identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project's focus area and discuss its potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.

            Significant Innovation—The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. You must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or takes advantage of an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.

            | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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              IMLS Issues Call for National Leadership Grants Proposals

              Posted in Grants on November 30th, 2011

              The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued a call for National Leadership Grants proposals.

              Here's an excerpt from National Leadership Grants:

              The National Leadership Grant program accepts applications under four main categories:

              • Advancing Digital Resources—Support the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of tools to enhance access, use, and management of digital assets.
              • Research—Support research that investigates key questions that are important to museum, library, and archival practice.
              • Demonstration—Support projects that produce a replicable model or practice that is usable, adaptable, or scalable by other institutions for improving services and performance.
              • Library Museum Collaboration Grants— Support collaborative projects (between museums and/or libraries and other community organizations) that address the educational, economic, cultural, or social needs of a community. In 2012, a funding priority will be projects that promote early learning.

              Applicants may choose to submit a Project Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant proposal in any of the above categories.

              • Project Grants support fully developed projects for which needs assessments, partnership development, feasibility analyses, prototyping, and other planning activities have been completed.
              • Planning Grants allow project teams to perform preliminary planning activities that could lead to a subsequent full project, such as needs and feasibility analyses, solidifying partnerships, developing project work plans, or developing prototypes or proofs of concept.¬†Applications for Planning Grants must include at least one formal partner in addition to the lead applicant.
              • National Forum Grants provide the opportunity to convene qualified groups of experts and key stakeholders to consider issues or challenges that are important to libraries, museums, and/or archives across the nation. Grant-supported meetings are expected to produce widely disseminated reports with expert recommendations for action or research that address a key challenge identified in the proposal. The expert recommendations resulting from these meetings are intended to guide future proposals to the National Leadership Grant program.

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                Cornell University Library Gets Grant to Plan arXiv Governance Model

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Grants, Open Access on October 26th, 2011

                The Cornell University Library has received a grant from the Simons Foundation to plan a governance model for arXiv.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The Simons Foundation, which is based in New York City, has provided a $60,000 planning grant to support the development of a governance model that will guide the online repository's transition from interim to long-term governance. . . .

                arXiv—a free scientific repository of research in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science and related disciplines—allows scientists to share their research before publication. The repository now boasts 700,000 "preprint" articles, a million downloads a week and hundreds of thousands of contributors.

                The work proposed in the planning grant has already begun, and it will continue through April 2012. The grant supports multiple goals:

                • Developing a set of arXiv operating principles and seeking input from key stakeholders;
                • Refining the institutional fee model and revenue projection;
                • Delineating a governance model and bylaws that clearly define roles and responsibilities for the Library and its partners; and
                • Establishing an initial governing board that reflects the financial contribution levels of major stakeholders and the scientific community.

                | New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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                  Digital Public Library of America Receives $5 Million in Funding

                  Posted in Digital Libraries, Digitization, Grants on October 23rd, 2011

                  The Digital Public Library of America has received $5 Million in funding.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  The Sloan Foundation and Arcadia Fund today announced a major contribution for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in the form of combined $5 million in funding. The DPLA Steering Committee is leading the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all.

                  Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Peter Baldwin, Chair of the Donor Board at the Arcadia Fund, made the announcement at the DPLA plenary meeting today in Washington, DC. The funding—split equally between Sloan and Arcadia—will support an intense two-year grassroots process to build a realistic and detailed workplan for a national digital library, the development of a functional technical prototype, and targeted content digitization efforts. Sloan has previously committed one million dollars towards the establishment of a DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center and to support the legal workstream of the DPLA initiative by developing solutions to copyright law obstacles facing public digital library initiatives.

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                    Pew Research Center Gets $1.4 Million Grant to Study Role of Public Libraries and Library Users in the Digital Age

                    Posted in Grants, Libraries on October 18th, 2011

                    The Pew Research Center has been awarded a three-year $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study role of public libraries and library users in the digital age.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    Through national surveys, a series of focus groups in a diverse mix of communities, and special surveys of library patrons, the Pew Internet Project will examine how library users' habits and tastes are changing in the age of e-books, widespread mobile connectivity and the existence of vast digital collections. . . .

                    "Few institutions have been more challenged by the rise of the internet and mobile connectivity than the local library," said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project. "Many libraries have responded with innovations and sweeping overhauls in the way they deliver on their missions. With the Gates Foundation's support, the Pew Internet Project will provide an in-depth, data-driven analysis of how libraries are responding to technology trends, and how communities' expectations are changing at a time when library functions are in flux."

                    | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                      JISC Issues Call for Digital Infrastructure Proposals

                      Posted in Grants on October 11th, 2011

                      JISC has issued a call for Digital Infrastructure proposals.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The call seeks projects in the following areas:

                      • Resource Discovery—up to 10 projects to implement the resource discovery taskforce vision by funding higher education libraries archives and museums to make open metadata about their collections available in a sustainable way. Funding up to £250,000 is available for this work.
                      • Enhancing the Sustainability of Digital Collections—up to 10 projects to investigate and measure how effectively action can be taken to increase the prospects of sustainability for specified digital resources. Funding of up to £500,000 is available for this work.
                      • Research Information Management—3 projects to explore the feasibility and pilot delivery of a national shared service for the reporting of research information from Research Organisations to funders and other sector agencies, to increase the availability of validated evidence of research impact for research organisations, funders and policy bodies, and to formally evaluate JISC-funded activities in the Research Information Management programme and to gather robust evidence of any benefits accruing to the sector from these activities. Funding of up to £450,000 is available for this work.
                      • Research Tools—5 to 10 projects on exploiting technologies and infrastructure in the research process as well as innovating and extending the boundaries to determine the future demands of research on infrastructures. Funding of up to £350,000 is available for this work.
                      • Applications of the Linking You Toolkit—Up to 10 projects investigating the implementation and improvement of the "Linking You Toolkit" for the purpose of demonstrating the benefits that management of institutional URLS can bring to students, researchers, lecturers and other University staff. Funding of up to £140,000 is available for this work.
                      • Access and Identity Management—5 to 10 projects investigating the embedding of Access and Identity Management outputs and technological solutions within institutions. Funding of up to £200,000 is available for this work.

                      | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                        University of North Texas Receives over $800,000 in Two Grants Related to Digital Data Curation

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants, Texas Academic Libraries on August 15th, 2011

                        The University of North Texas has received over $800,000 in two Institute of Museum and Library Services grants related to digital data curation.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        The University of North Texas Libraries and UNT's College of Information have received more than $800,000 in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to address the challenges of curating and preserving digital information and new requirements from the National Science Foundation and other agencies that fund university research on long-term management of research data for possible review and use by future researchers and scholars.

                        Dr. William Moen, associate dean for research in UNT's College of Information, and Dr. Martin Halbert, dean of the UNT Libraries, successfully applied for two grants from IMLS' Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and faculty members who prepare them for future careers, as well as supporting research related to library education and staffing needs, curriculum development and continuing education and training. . . .

                        The first grant of $624,663 from IMLS is for a three-year project to create four graduate-level courses in digital curation and data management. The first two courses will be taught during the summer of 2012. All four courses will be taught beginning in the summer of 2013, said Moen, the principal investigator for the grant. . . .

                        The second IMLS grant of $226,786 will fund a two-year investigation of the new roles, knowledge and skills that will be required of library and information science professionals to successfully manage research data cited in articles in scholarly journals — not just the publications.

                        UNT researchers, led by Halbert, will conduct two national surveys of officials at NSF and other funding agencies; college and university vice presidents for research and campus research officers; faculty of library and information science programs; academic librarians; campus IT managers; provosts and chief academic officers; and key researchers at universities and publishers of faculty research. The surveys will focus on college and universities' current data management plans, policies and practices; expectations and beliefs about data management; and preparation needed to archive data.

                        During the two years of the project, UNT researchers will also conduct focus groups in conjunction with several professional meetings. Personal interviews will be scheduled with selected individuals from the focus groups.

                        Read more about it at "Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant Announcement June 2011."

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