Archive for the 'Reports and White Papers' Category

Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 28th, 2013

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report provides an illuminating background on the problem area, then suggests ways to establish criteria for appraisal and selection decisions for geospatial data. It then proposes some models and processes for appraisal and selection, including tools for the identification and evaluation of data resources and triggers for appraisal and selection, and finishes with further questions for the community to explore.

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    OAPEN-NL: A Project Exploring Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Netherlands

    Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on October 24th, 2013

    SURF has released OAPEN-NL: A Project Exploring Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Netherlands.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Between June 2011 and November 2012, fifty Open Access monographs in various subject areas were published in Open Access by nine participating publishers. For every Open Access title, the publishers provided a similar title that was published in the conventional way. Data were collected about usage, sales and costs, to study the effect of Open Access on monographs. OAPEN-NL consisted of a quantitative and a qualitative research component, measuring the effects of Open Access publishing and the perceptions and expectations of publishers and authors.

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      Report of the European Commission Public Consultation on Open Research Data

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 22nd, 2013

      The European Commission has released the Report of the European Commission Public Consultation on Open Research Data.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The European Commission held a public consultation on open research data on 2 July 2013 in Brussels, which was attended by a variety of stakeholders from the research community, industry, funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers and others. The debate focused on five questions posed by the Commission to structure the debate and can be summarized as follows. Information on the consultation, including the agenda, the list of participants, the list of contributions and the final report are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/node/67533.

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        PRESERVING.EXE: Toward a National Strategy for Software Preservation

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

        The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program has released PRESERVING.EXE: Toward a National Strategy for Software Preservation.

        Here's an excerpt:

        A report from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress, focused on identifying valuable and at-risk software. Topics covered include executable software preservation, game preservation, electronic literature and ideas for approaches to ensure long-term access.

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          Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update

          Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on October 21st, 2013

          The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released the Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

          Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.

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            Who’s Not Online and Why

            Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on September 26th, 2013

            The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Who's Not Online and Why.

            Here's an excerpt:

            As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.

            Asked why they do not use the internet:

            • 34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
            • 32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. . . .
            • 19% of non-internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an internet connection.
            • 7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the internet.

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              The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning

              Posted in MOOCs, Reports and White Papers on September 19th, 2013

              The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This survey of MOOC and ODL literature aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

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                ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013

                Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on September 17th, 2013

                EDUCAUSE has released the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                See the 2013 report for a full list of key messages, findings, and supporting data.

                • Students recognize the value of technology but still need guidance when it comes to better using it for academics.
                • Students prefer blended learning environments while beginning to experiment with MOOCs.
                • Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.
                • Students value their privacy, and using technology to connect with them has its limits.

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                  Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

                  Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Libraries, Museums, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 28th, 2013

                  The Smithsonian has released the Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age by G. Wayne Clough.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The review in this document illustrates how many cultural institutions have already found innovative applications for digital technology, but it is more than just a matter of "using." Digital technology will also change the basics of how these institutions work as we move forward. Collections will be shared across institutions through the linked data cloud; the public will participate in the creative activities of cultural institutions through engagement platforms; and informal education will merge with formal education. Cultural change is never easy, and while an institution might be able to avoid it for a while, this time it will be so big that no one will escape in the long run.

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                    Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Media, Licenses, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 27th, 2013

                    ARL has released Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

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                      e-InfraNet: ‘Open’ as the Default Modus Operandi for Research and Higher Education

                      Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on August 21st, 2013

                      The the e-InfraNet project has released e-InfraNet: 'Open' as the Default Modus Operandi for Research and Higher Education.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The basis for the policy framework is an overview of the current 'Open' landscape outlining contexts, drivers, achievements and effects of the various 'opens', as well as a number of common issues. Because of this commonality, coordinating the vision and approach can benefit all 'opens' individually, and contribute to the development of 'Open' as the default modus operandi for the research and higher education sectors. A pragmatic approach to the implementation of the vision will ensure the necessary flexibility to adjust for the diversity in the various 'opens' themselves and in their geographic and disciplinary contexts.

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                        Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers on July 26th, 2013

                        The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        In this paper, we use a new set of online research tools to develop a detailed study of the public debate over proposed legislation in the United States that was designed to give prosecutors and copyright holders new tools to pursue suspected online copyright violations. Our study applies a mixed-methods approach by combining text and link analysis with human coding and informal interviews to map the evolution of the controversy over time and to analyze the mobilization, roles, and interactions of various actors.

                        This novel, data-driven perspective on the dynamics of the networked public sphere supports an optimistic view of the potential for networked democratic participation, and offers a view of a vibrant, diverse, and decentralized networked public sphere that exhibited broad participation, leveraged topical expertise, and focused public sentiment to shape national public policy.

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