Archive for the 'Open Source Software' Category

"Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration—Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 26th, 2015

Micah Altman et al. have self-archived "Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration—Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research."

Here's an excerpt:

This article describes the novel open source tools for open data publication in open access journal workflows. This comprises a plugin for Open Journal Systems that supports a data submission, citation, review, and publication workflow; and an extension to the Dataverse system that provides a standard deposit API. We describe the function and design of these tools, provide examples of their use, and summarize their initial reception. We conclude by discussing future plans and potential impact.

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    "Omeka Curator Dashboard"

    Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on July 29th, 2015

    Jess Waggoner has published "Omeka Curator Dashboard" in the Omeka blog.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The Omeka Curator Dashboard (or "the OCD" as we endearingly refer to it) is a suite of fifteen plugins (though a bonus sixteenth will be coming soon!) designed to facilitate object import and export, manage metadata, and curate collections. Several of our plugins are already available on the official list of Omeka plugins. The others are still undergoing testing, but can be downloaded from the UCSC Library GitHub in the meanwhile. We are actively soliciting feedback on these plugins from the Omeka user community so we can continue to improve their features and interfaces.

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      "Barriers to Initiation of Open Source Software Projects in Libraries"

      Posted in Libraries, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on July 16th, 2015

      Curtis Thacker and Charles Knutson have published "Barriers to Initiation of Open Source Software Projects in Libraries" in the Code4Lib Journal.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Libraries share a number of core values with the Open Source Software (OSS) movement, suggesting there should be a natural tendency toward library participation in OSS projects. However Dale Askey's 2008 Code4Lib column entitled "We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can't Have Our Code," claims that while libraries are strong proponents of OSS, they are unlikely to actually contribute to OSS projects. He identifies, but does not empirically substantiate, six barriers that he believes contribute to this apparent inconsistency. In this study we empirically investigate not only Askey's central claim but also the six barriers he proposes. In contrast to Askey's assertion, we find that initiation of and contribution to OSS projects are, in fact, common practices in libraries. However, we also find that these practices are far from ubiquitous; as Askey suggests, many libraries do have opportunities to initiate OSS projects, but choose not to do so. Further, we find support for only four of Askey's six OSS barriers. Thus, our results confirm many, but not all, of Askey's assertions.

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        "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky"

        Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 11th, 2015

        Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky" in Open and Shut?.

        Here's an excerpt:

        I was fortunate enough to draw together a wonderful team, led by the Associate University Librarian Brian Owen and technical wonder Alec Smecher at Simon Fraser University Library, who, through the research and development funds we were able to raise, created open source systems for scholarly workflow management and publishing. Together, we created Open Journal Systems (OJS) beginning in 2002, to answer the question of what will it cost to put a journal online. . . .

        Over the course of the next decade, the use of OJS has spread across the globe to the point where—with 8,000 journals actively using it in 2013—we now feel a considerable responsibility at PKP for ensuring that this system provides a high-quality editorial workflow and publishing environment, and all the more so with roughly half of those journals in the Global South.

        So in terms of your question on what PKP has developed into, I would say that it has become primarily but not entirely an open source software development and community support project in a global scale.

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          Fedora 4 Production Release

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Source Software on December 5th, 2014

          The international Fedora repository community and DuraSpace have released the Fedora 4 production release.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This significant release signals the effectiveness of an international and complex community source project in delivering a modern repository platform with features that meet or exceed current use cases in the management of institutional digital assets. Fedora 4 features include vast improvements in scalability, linked data capabilities, research data support, modularity, ease of use and more.

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            VIVO 1.7 Released

            Posted in Open Source Software, Scholarly Communication on July 3rd, 2014

            The VIVO Project has released VIVO 1.7.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The VIVO 1.7 release combines new features with improvements to existing features and services and continues to leverage the VIVO-Integrated Semantic Framework (VIVO-ISF) ontology introduced in VIVO 1.6. No data migration or changes to local data ingest procedures, visualization, or analysis tools drawing directly on VIVO data will be required to upgrade to VIVO 1.7.

            VIVO 1.7 notably includes the results of an ORCID Adoption and Integration Grant to support the creation and verification of ORCID iDs. VIVO now offers the opportunity for a researcher to add and/or confirm his or her global, unique researcher identifier directly with ORCID without the necessity of applying through other channels and re-typing the 16-digit ORCID identifier.

            What is VIVO?

            VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually, brought into VIVO in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases, or from database providers such as publication aggregators and funding agencies.

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              Omeka 2.1.4 Released

              Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Open Source Software on February 7th, 2014

              The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has released Omeka 2.1.4.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              This maintenance release includes some style additions and corrections in the admin theme, as well as a fix to how records are sorted for newer versions of MySQL. . .

              Updated versions of the COinS and Exhibit Builder plugins are also bundled with this release, fixing an error in COinS for PHP 5.2. The updated Exhibit Builder plugin improves many parts of the styling, especially across interaction with many plugins, and expands the data returned by the API.

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                Wellcome Library Releases Digital Asset Player and Timeline Software

                Posted in Open Source Software on February 6th, 2014

                The Wellcome Library has released a digital asset player and timeline software.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                What does it feel like to interact with a digital version of a book? How can we replicate the experience of working with physical collections&—on the web? What features will enhance a researcher's experience of using digital collections? . . .

                We asked these big questions, along with innumerable others, during the development of the Wellcome Library's "digital asset player" and interactive timeline. Now we are offering the player and timeline software to you.

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                  Open Monograph Press, Release 1.0

                  Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Books on March 28th, 2013

                  The Public Knowledge Project has released the Open Monograph Press, Release 1.0.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  OMP is designed to assist university presses, learned societies, and scholar-publishers interested in publishing scholarly books in print-on-demand and multiple electronic formats, whether on an open access or purchase basis. OMP is intended to:

                  • Handle edited volumes, with different authors for each chapter;
                  • Involve editors, authors, reviewers, designers, indexers, and others in book production;
                  • See submission through multiple rounds of both internal and external reviews;
                  • Utilize industry standard ONIX for bookseller metadata requirements (e.g., Amazon);
                  • Create document libraries for submissions, recording contracts, permissions, etc.;
                  • Handle thumbnail covers in Catalog, as well as Spotlight features; and
                  • Enable Series Editors to see books through review to publication.

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                    "A Mobile Interface for DSpace"

                    Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 18th, 2013

                    Elías Tzoc has published "A Mobile Interface for DSpace" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Academic libraries were among the first adopters of mobile websites in universities, but much of the early development was focused exclusively on traditional library content such as the library's homepage, catalog, contact information, etc. As libraries continue to work on new technology developments, a mobile interface for their institutional repositories can be a good new way to reach out to faculty and other interested parties. Miami University's Scholarly Commons runs on DSpace as part of a shared infrastructure administered by OhioLINK. DSpace is used at academic institutions, research and resource centers, museums, national libraries, and government and commercial organizations. With over a thousand installations in more than 90 countries, DSpace is the most widely used open source repository platform by any measure. The steady popularity of DSpace suggests that a lot of institutions will benefit from an out-of-the-box mobile interface. This article describes the development and implementation of the first mobile interface developed for DSpace using the jQuery Mobile Framework.

                    Note: Includes links to software.

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                      Omeka 2.0 Released

                      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on January 25th, 2013

                      The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has released Omeka 2.0.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The most important improvement is a completely revamped admin interface, which includes many features to improve workflow and make it easier to build your sites. The search functionality is also dramatically improved, and covers much more of the content in the sites. . . .

                      Omeka users will notice improvements right away with an upgrade to 2.0 or the launch a new installation. For example, site administrators have much better tools to build custom site navigation without having to hack around in the code (Check for "Navigation" under the Appearance settings.) Also, you'll notice major improvements in file handling. Now you can reorder item files, and the system produces derivatives (thumbnails, etc.) from a much wider array of file types, not just image files.

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                        Scholars’ Lab Releases BagIt and SolrSearch Plugins for Omeka

                        Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on October 9th, 2012

                        The Scholars' Lab has Released BagIt and SolrSearch Plugins for Omeka.

                        Here's an excerpt from the BagIt announcement:

                        BagIt is a specification by the Library of Congress for creating containers of files with metadata. . . .

                        The first part of this release is the BagIt PHP library. This is a generic PHP library for working with BagIt files. . . .

                        The second part is the BagIt Omeka plugin. This is built upon the BagIt library and provides an easy-to-use user interface for it.

                        Here's an excerpt from the SolrSearch announcement:

                        SolrSearch allows you to replace Omeka's default search with Solr. Solr is a standard, popular, open source, fast text search engine server. It handles hit highlighting, date math, numeric aggregation functions (mean, max, etc.), indexing for 33 languages, replication, and many, many more things.

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