Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 5th, 2014

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group has released Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting.

Here's an excerpt:

The project to compare video formats for reformatting is being led by the National Archives and Records Administration with significant input from the Library of Congress. The resulting matrixes offer comparisons of the wrappers AVI, MOV (QuickTime), Matroska, MXF, and MPEG-2 (ad hoc file wrapper), and the following encodings: uncompressed (various types), lossless JPEG 2000, ffv1, and MPEG-2 (encoding). The Working Group's starting point is a useful 2011 report by George Blood for the Library of Congress titled Determining Suitable Digital Video Formats for Medium-term Storage. The inclusion of MXF means that the comparison will complement the FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group's active contributions to the finalization of the MXF AS-07 application specification for preservation and archiving, a "pre-version" of which has been adopted by the Library of Congress as their video preservation format. Nevertheless, as the finalization of AS-07 continues, members of the Working Group and others have expressed interest in evaluating alternate digital file formats. These alternate formats may be appropriate to certain classes of content, for use as interim measures, or suitable for organizations in modest technical circumstances.

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    The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model: Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 5th, 2014

    The Digital Preservation Coalition has released The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model: Introductory Guide (2nd Edition).

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Emphasising its flexibility and conceptual nature, the report describes the OAIS, its core principles and functional elements, as well as the information model which support long-term preservation, access and understandability of data – highlighting the in-built level of abstraction which makes it such a widely applicable foundation resource for digital preservation.

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      Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on December 5th, 2014

      The Born Digital Video subgroup of the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group has released Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video.

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      The born digital video exploration is being led by the Library of Congress. The documents that comprise Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video provide practical technical information for both file creators and file archivists to help them make informed decisions when creating or archiving born digital video files and to understand the long term consequences of those decisions. . . .

      Eight case histories document aspects of the current state of practice in six federal agencies working with born digital video. These case histories not only document deliverables and specifications but also tell the story of each project, and provide background information about the institution and the collection, as well as lessons learned. As the case histories developed, a set of high level recommended practices emerged from the collective project experiences. These recommended practices are intended to support informed decision-making and guide file creators and archivists as they seek out processes, file characteristics, and other practices that will yield files with the greatest preservation potential.

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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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          Director, VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia)

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 4th, 2014

          George Mason University is recruiting a Director, VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia).

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          In concert with the VIVA Steering Committee, the Director will develop, evaluate, and assess VIVA's mission, vision, goals, policies, and priorities. S/he will be operationally responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of VIVA's overall program, projects, and activities, including development of funding proposals, license negotiation and other vendor relations, promotion and representation of VIVA within the higher education community, and advocacy on behalf of VIVA within the Commonwealth.

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            "Ensuring Research Integrity: The Role of Data Management in Current Crises"

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on December 4th, 2014

            Heather Coates has published Ensuring Research Integrity: The Role of Data Management in Current Crises in College & Research Libraries News.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Acknowledging responsible data management as foundational for research integrity is not sufficient. We need to value the processes and products of research equally by: 1) creating incentives for responsible management of data, 2) developing standards and practices for peer review that balance evaluation of methodological quality and research integrity with potential impact, and 3) carefully considering the resources necessary to responsibly manage and preserve newly created data for five-to-ten years after publication.

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              Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 4th, 2014

              The University of Nevada Las Vegas is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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              This position will provide oversight and leadership of UNLV Libraries' institutional repository Digital Scholarship@UNLV (http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/). The incumbent will establish consistent policies and best practices, engage campus content providers, and provide guidance on scholarly communication issues and concerns.

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                "Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries"

                Posted in Grants on December 4th, 2014

                IMLS has released a "Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries."

                Here's an excerpt:

                The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the second round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG). The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice, drive innovation, and have a national impact.

                This year, IMLS offered two opportunities to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. This NOFO announces the February 2, 2015 deadline and is a call for two-page preliminary proposals. From the proposals, we will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first round of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals during this round.

                We encourage applications that address two project categories. They were identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings held earlier this year: 

                • National digital platform, with support to bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital library infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost-savings, access, and services. Note: the program cannot support the digitization of content.
                •  Learning spaces in libraries, including work that builds institutional capacity, develops STEM learning, engages community, and encourages partnerships to support all types of learning and inquiry, including participatory and hands-on learning in libraries.

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