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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.

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

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    Digital Forensics and Preservation

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 17th, 2013

    The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Digital Forensics and Preservation.

    Here's an excerpt:

    In recent years, digital forensics has emerged as an essential source of tools and approaches for facilitating digital preservation and curation, specifically for protecting and investigating evidence from the past. Institutional repositories and professionals with responsibilities for personal archives can benefit from forensics in addressing digital authenticity, accountability and accessibility. . . . .Forensic technology makes it possible to: identify privacy issues; establish a chain of custody for provenance; employ write protection for capture and transfer; and detect forgery or manipulation. It can extract and mine relevant metadata and content; enable efficient indexing and searching by curators; and facilitate audit control and granular access privileges. . . . The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of digital forensics, with some pointers to resources and tools that may benefit cultural heritage and, specifically, the curation of personal digital archives.

    | Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB, PDF, paperback, and XHTML) | Digital Scholarship |

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      Developing an Institutional Research Data Management Plan Service

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 15th, 2013

      EDUCAUSE has released Developing an Institutional Research Data Management Plan Service.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Institutions should consider the following as they plan how to best support researchers in preparation of their proposed DMP:

      • Identify a model for local administration of research data management plan services.
      • Provide resources that can be accessed conveniently by researchers during the proposal development process.
      • Designate one or more dedicated staff to be available for a range of consulting needs.

      This white paper includes the following sections:

      • What Should Be Included in the DMP
      • Developing a DMP Service at Your Institution
      • Skill Sets Required to support a DMP Consulting Service

      | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 | Digital Scholarship |

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        Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians

        Posted in Digital Humanities, Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on December 11th, 2012

        Ithaka S+R has released Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians .

        Here's an excerpt:

        In History, the Ithaka S+R project team found a discipline in transition. An expansion in the nature of the field over the past 50 years has introduced new sources, both in terms of subject coverage and international scope. However, only a comparatively small share of the primary sources required by historians has been made available digitally, tempering the opportunity for new methods to take hold.

        Even if the impact of computational analysis and other types of new research methods remains limited to a subset of historians, new research practices and communications mechanisms are being adopted widely, bringing with them both opportunities and challenges.

        | Digital Scholarship's 2012 Publications | Digital Scholarship |

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          The Right to Be Forgotten—Between Expectations and Practice

          Posted in Privacy, Reports and White Papers on December 10th, 2012

          The European Network and Information Security Agency has released The Right to Be Forgotten—Between Expectations and Practice.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The right to be forgotten is included in the proposed regulation on data protection published by the European Commission in January 20121. The regulation is still to be adopted by the European Parliament for entering into force. The different legal aspects of the right to be forgotten (i.e. right to erasure or right to oblivion) have been debated in different contexts and are beyond the scope of this paper. With this paper we aim to cover other facets of the right to be forgotten. We focus on the technical means to enforce or support the right in information systems; as can be seen from this paper, there are technical limitations and there is a further need for clear definitions and legal clarifications.

          | Digital Scholarship's 2012 Publications | Digital Scholarship |

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            "Contribution to the Definition of a Positive Agenda for the Public Domain: A Policy Paper by COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain"

            Posted in Copyright, Public Domain, Reports and White Papers on December 6th, 2012

            COMMUNIA has released "Contribution to the Definition of a Positive Agenda for the Public Domain: A Policy Paper by COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain."

            Here's an excerpt:

            This policy paper proposes to contribute to defining a positive agenda for the Public Domain. It is grounded on a WIPO study by Professor Sèverine Dusollier, Communia policy recommendations and Communia previous WIPO statements. This work-in-progress document presents policy recommendations and strategies aimed at the trans-national level , namely WIPO CDIP and SCCR. Legal language will be drafted at a later stage.

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              "Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition"

              Posted in E-Books, Privacy, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on November 30th, 2012

              The EFF has released "Who's Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition."

              Here's an excerpt:

              As we've done since 2009, again we've taken some of the most popular e-book platforms and combed through their privacy policies for answers to common privacy questions that users deserve to know. In many cases, these answers were frustratingly vague and long-winded. In nearly all cases, reading e-books means giving up more privacy than browsing through a physical bookstore or library, or reading a paper book in your own home. Here, we've examined the policies of Google Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Sony, Overdrive, Indiebound, Internet Archive, and Adobe Content Server for answers to the following questions:

              • Can they keep track of searches for books?
              • Can they monitor what you're reading and how you're reading it after purchase and link that information back to you? Can they do that when the e-book is obtained elsewhere?
              • What compatibility does the device have with books not purchased from an associated eBook store?
              • Do they keep a record of book purchases? Can they track book purchases or acquisitions made from other sources?
              • With whom can they share the information collected in non-aggregated form?
              • Do they have mechanisms for customers to access, correct, or delete the information?
              • Can they share information outside the company without the customer's consent?

              | Digital Scholarship's Digital/Print Books | Digital Scholarship |

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                Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 28th, 2012

                ARCL has released Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This study surveyed a cross section of academic library members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in the United States and Canada to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries in these countries.

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