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Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 11th, 2013

OCLC Research has released Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The third report, Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house, collects the assembled wisdom of experienced practitioners to help those with less experience make appropriate choices in gaining control of born-digital content. It contains discrete steps with objectives, links to available tools and software, references and resources for further research and paths to engagement with the digital archives community.

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    Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: A DaMaRO Project Survey

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on June 18th, 2013

    The DaMaRO Project has released Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: A DaMaRO Project Survey.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    A few weeks ago, in collaboration with our colleagues from the DataPool Project in Southampton, we ran a survey for staff involved in supporting researchers at the University of Oxford. . . .

    The survey asked support staff about a range of different research data management tasks. For each task, we asked them how confident they personally felt to advise researchers on this. As it's clearly unrealistic to expect all support staff to advise on all topics, we also asked how confident they felt of their ability to refer researchers to the appropriate person, organization, or resources for advice.

    The responses revealed that current average confidence levels are low to moderate at best. Respondents did in general seem slightly more confident about referring researchers elsewhere for advice, but there's still a lot of room for improvement here.

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      The Web Archiving Life Cycle Model

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 29th, 2013

      Archive-It has released the The Web Archiving Life Cycle Model.

      Here's an excerpt:

      In order to address the lack of best practices and to increase awareness of the importance of web archiving as fundamental to digital preservation, the Archive-It team developed the Web Archiving Life Cycle Model (WALCM). This model is based on the team's experiences as well as lessons learned from countless partner institutions, including in-depth case studies of six of those institutions. The WALCM is an attempt to represent common workflows and create a measurable model for organizations to reference in order to create or improve their web archiving programs.

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        "Developing Researcher Skills in Research Data Management: Training for the Future—A DataPool Project Report"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 23rd, 2013

        Dorothy Byatt, Mark Scott, F. Gareth Beale, Simon J. Cox, and Wendy White have self-archived "Developing Researcher Skills in Research Data Management: Training for the Future—A DataPool Project Report" in ePrints Soton.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This report will look at the multi-level approach to developing researcher skills in research data management in the University of Southampton, developed as part of the training strand of the JISC DataPool project, and embedded into the University engagement with research data management.

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          Digital Curation Preparation: A Survey of Contributors to International Professional, Educational, and Research Venues

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 19th, 2013

          The UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science has released Digital Curation Preparation: A Survey of Contributors to International Professional, Educational, and Research Venues.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The article centers on the contexts of digital curation research as framed by the educational, professional, and research interests of a diverse group of national and international stakeholders. Flexible, holistic, and inherently interdisciplinary, digital curation initiatives depend upon a lifecycle approach. Thus the administered survey culled information about respondents' educational degrees and the academic disciplines in which they were earned, their employment options, job titles, professional association memberships, professional event attendance, and professional publications read. Finally, the paper discusses results, implications, and directions for future research.

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            Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level

            Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on April 15th, 2013

            ACLS Humanities E-Book has released Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level.

            Here's an excerpt:

            At present, there is significant market confusion regarding e-book selections in the academic marketplace, particularly in the humanities. University acquisition librarians, unsure of what the offerings actually are, have found themselves unsure of where to allocate funds, which has resulted in the postponement of e-book purchases. This paper provides a current assessment of the status of e-book offerings in the humanities.

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              Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012

              Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 9th, 2013

              Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Major topics covered by the survey include:

              • Research processes: The processes through which scholars perform their research, focusing principally on the use of research materials in secondary and primary research.
              • Teaching practices: The pedagogical methods that faculty members are adopting and the ways that they draw on content and support services in their teaching.
              • Scholarly communications:Formal and informal methods by which scholars communicate with each other, the ways in which the types of materials and information exchanged in these processes are evolving, and needs for various kinds of publishing support services.
              • The library: How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their institutional library, touching on the roles the library plays in supporting many of the above activities.
              • Scholarly societies:How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their primary scholarly society, including in supporting both formal and informal communications between scholars.

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                The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley on Libraries

                Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on April 4th, 2013

                The Library Copyright Alliance has released The Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley on Libraries.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This paper first provides background on this issue and an overview of the Kirtsaeng litigation. It then summarizes Justice Breyer's majority opinion, Justice Kagan's concurrence, and Justice Ginsburg's dissent, emphasizing the opinions' references to libraries. The paper next discusses the likely arguments of those who may seek to overturn the Court's decision and the shortcomings of those arguments. Finally, the paper concludes that the Supreme Court decision represents a complete victory for libraries, reaffirming the importance of libraries' engagement in policy debates.

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