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Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on February 22nd, 2013

ARL and Ithaka S+R have released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries .

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The research reveals that understanding the continuing costs for sustaining digital collections is a challenge across libraries. Responsibility is frequently dispersed among departments, and staff time and other costs are rarely allocated expressly to these activities or accounted for project-by-project. Almost universally, libraries are funding this activity out of their base budgets, suggesting that they will continue to need to shift funds from other things in order to support this as a priority.

While libraries are supporting these collections within their operations, the study's findings also reflect concern over sustainability, with librarians citing lack of funding and staff capacity as major challenges to sufficient investment in their digital collections. . . .

The three-part survey, designed with input from the ARL community, was sent to all ARL member libraries in the US and Canada and completed by 89 library directors, a response rate of 70%. In addition to the institutional perspective provided by library directors, library staff responded to other sections to offer insight into activities and costs for all of their institution's digitized collections, and questions about individual projects.

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    The Preservation of Complex Objects: Volume 2, Software Art

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on February 22nd, 2013

    Preservation of Complex Objects Symposia (POCOS) has released The Preservation of Complex Objects: Volume 2, Software Art.

    Here's an excerpt from:

    This volume considers the preservation of software art. At first inspection, preservation of software art may seem like an esoteric concern for ephemeral objects. But, as with all of POCOS, it challenges many of our expectations about collection management and preservation. There are complex technical challenges about the interdependencies of software, operating systems, hardware and users. It introduces the inter-subjectivity of meaning and the contexts of performance which defy simplistic approaches to documentation and representation. It crosses the boundaries of institutional genre and raises disconcerting questions about policy and competence. So there is a real sense that software art is a topic for the avant-garde of digital preservation: it pushes the boundaries not for its own sake but in order that all can progress,

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      The Thinkpiece "Libraries, eLending, and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content"

      Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Licenses, Reports and White Papers on February 20th, 2013

      IFLA has released The Thinkpiece "Libraries, eLending, and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content".

      Here's an excerpt:

      In October 2012 IFLA therefore commissioned an independent consultant, Civic Agenda, to prepare a 'thinkpiece' to inform discussion at a meeting of experts from the library and publishing sector. This meeting took place over three days at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague in November 2012. The thinkpiece was the starting point for discussions on desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content, library user expectations' regarding eBooks, and the relationship between libraries and publishers in the eBook age. During the meeting participants focused on the role of copyright, licensing and legislation in access to digital content like eBooks, as well as reviewing advocacy campaigns and the potential for IFLA as an advocate for library access to eBooks.

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        Removable Media and the use of Digital Forensics

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on February 20th, 2013

        Miriely Guerrero has self-archived Removable Media and the use of Digital Forensics in Deep Blue.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Overview of preservation threats facing removable media, both magnetic (such as 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disks) and optical (CD-ROMs, DVDs, etc.). Includes a literature review of digital forensic techniques relevant to the ingest and accession of born-digital content on removable media.

        | Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB file, PDF file, paperback, and XHTML website; over 650 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

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          The Demographics of Social Media Users—2012

          Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on February 18th, 2013

          The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released The Demographics of Social Media Users—2012.

          Here's an excerpt:

          A late 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project shows that young adults are more likely than others to use major social media. At the same time, other groups are interested in different sites and services.

          Internet users under 50 are particularly likely to use a social networking site of any kind, and those 18-29 are the most likely of any demographic cohort to do so (83%). Women are more likely than men to be on these sites. Those living in urban settings are also significantly more likely than rural internet users to use social networking.

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            U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP [Broadband Technology Opportunities Program]

            Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on February 13th, 2013

            The American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy has released a draft of U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP. BTOP stands for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded just over $4 billion to 233 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) projects. . . .

            This pre-publication report from the American Library Association presents state-level library projects underway across the country, and provides a broad (but not yet comprehensive) look at the library improvements and community impacts that are resulting from BTOP funding.

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              Research Data Management Survey: Report

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on February 13th, 2013

              Thomas Parsons, Shirley Grimshaw, and Laurian Williamson have self-archived Research Data Management Survey: Report in Nottingham ePrints.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The ADMIRe project is a JISC funded project designed to create a sustainable Research Data Management infrastructure at The University of Nottingham. . . .

              As part of the requirements gathering phases, a survey was designed and disseminated to researchers across the University. This served multiple purposes:

              1. To baseline current RDM practices
              2. To gather the researcher's requirements for RDM
              3. Raise awareness for the prospective service and gauge interest levels for the proposed service.

              | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 (XHTML website; over 200 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

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                Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content

                Posted in Digital Libraries, Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on January 31st, 2013

                Ithaka S+R has released Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                This study involved interviews with more than 80 project leaders and university, library, and museum administrators across the United Kingdom. In the first phase, we interviewed 40 practitioners in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors throughout the United Kingdom to gain an understanding of the processes in place to support digital content post-grant. In the second phase, we closely examined the digital strategies in place at three institutions to better understand the digital content the institutions support, their processes for creating and supporting that content, and, more generally, the role that digital content plays in the strategy of their institutions.

                | Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB file, PDF file, paperback, and XHTML website; over 650 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

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                  What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?

                  Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on January 31st, 2013

                  Public Knowledge has released What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Today Public Knowledge is happy to announce a new whitepaper: What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing? This paper is something of a follow up to our previous 3D printing whitepaper It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology. Unlike It Will Be Awesome, which focused on the broad connection between intellectual property law and 3D printing, What's the Deal? takes a deeper dive into the relationship between copyright and 3D printing. . . .

                  Of course, the first step in understanding what is not protected by copyright is recognizing what is protected by copyright. What's the Deal? is designed to help mark those boundaries and draw focus to the hard — and easy — questions that the boundaries raise.

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                    Library Services in the Digital Age

                    Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers on January 23rd, 2013

                    The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Library Services in the Digital Age.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The availability of free computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries. . . .

                    Moreover, a notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries such as:

                    • Online research services allowing patrons to pose questions and get answers from librarians. . . .
                    • Apps-based access to library materials and programs. . . .
                    • Access to technology "petting zoos" to try out new devices. . . .
                    • GPS-navigation apps to help patrons locate material inside library buildings. . . .
                    • "Redbox"-style lending machines or kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself. . . .
                    • "Amazon"-style customized book/audio/video recommendation schemes that are based on patrons' prior library behavior. . . .

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                      ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Services

                      Posted in Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on January 21st, 2013

                      NISO has released the ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Services.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The results of the NISO ODI survey demonstrate multiple complexities involved in the cross-sector teamwork required to support discovery of scholarly works. For a relatively new entrant into the academic technology space, discovery services have rapidly grown to provide researchers—as well as libraries and content providers—with many benefits. The various stakeholders, which produce and distribute the published product metadata that drives search and retrieval, have done fairly well to date with ad-hoc business and technical arrangements. Ultimately, the results of this survey support the work of the ODI, which aims to recommend streamlined and standard practices that might improve interactions across this complicated landscape.

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                        Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories

                        Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 17th, 2013

                        The MediaCommons Press has released a draft for comment of Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories .

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement :

                        Co-authored by a team of ten archivists and curators from the Beinecke, the Bodleian, the British Library, the Harry Ransom Center, Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and the Rubenstein Library at Duke, the report is the outcome of a series of conversations about how born-digital materials are acquired and transferred to archival repositories.

                        The main body of the report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and archival repositories, as well as scholars, students, and researchers. Appendices provide information about how to prepare for the unexpected and possible staffing costs, as well as ready-to-use checklists that incorporate recommendations from throughout the report.

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