Daily Tweets 2010-10-18

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 18th, 2010

Digital Archivist at Columbia University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2010

The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0001678):

The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all of Columbia's special collections units in developing and coordinating a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born digital content in RBML collections.

Teesside University Adopts Self-Archiving Mandate

Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on October 17th, 2010

Teesside University in the UK has launched its institutional repository, TeesRep, and adopted a self-archiving mandate.

Here's the mandate:

For record keeping, research asset management and performance evaluation purposes, and in order to maximise the visibility, accessibility, usage and impact of our institution’s research output, all Teesside University researchers are mandated to deposit the publicly available output of the University’s research activity into TeesRep, the University’s Institutional Repository.

Associate Director for Digital Library Software Development at Indiana University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2010

The Indiana University Digital Library Program is recruiting an Associate Director for Digital Library Software Development.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages the staff and projects of the IU Digital Library Program's (DLP) systems development group. Manages a team of seven programmer/analysts, database administrators, and system administrators across multiple projects; works with other DLP and Library Technologies managers to define new projects and set priorities; manages and schedules software development projects and team members' assignments; coordinates deployment and management of production systems with other groups in the Libraries and in UITS, estimating time and resources required for software development activities; and defines processes for quality assurance, defining programming standards, mentoring and assisting in the professional development of team members, and directing and participating in requirements analysis, architecture, design, coding, testing, deployment, and support of software. Functions as a member of the Library Technologies and Digital Libraries management group and the Digital Library Program planning team. Participates in organization and unit-wide planning initiatives and the development of overall strategic plans and architectures for digital library systems.

"The Size of the EU Public Domain"

Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on October 17th, 2010

Rufus Pollock and Paul Stepan have self-archived "The Size of the EU Public Domain."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper reports results from a large recent study of the public domain in the European Union. Based on a combination of catalogue and survey data our figures for the number of items (and works) in the public domain extend across a variety of media and provide one of the first quantitative estimates of the 'size' of the public domain in any jurisdiction.

See also their related eprint "The Value of the EU Public Domain."

Daily Tweets 2010-10-17

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 17th, 2010

New XHTML Version of Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access with Live Links

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on October 12th, 2010

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography is now available as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

This bibliography presents over 1,100 selected English-language scholarly works useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles. (See the "Preface" for further details about scope and selection criteria).

DigitalKoans Back on 10/18/10

Posted in Announcements on October 10th, 2010

DigitalKoans postings will resume on 10/18/10.

Daily Tweets 2010-10-10

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 10th, 2010

Daily Tweets 2010-10-08

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 8th, 2010

Riding the Wave—How Europe Can Gain from the Rising Tide of Scientific Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on October 7th, 2010

The High-Level Group on Scientific Data has released Riding the Wave—How Europe Can Gain from the Rising Tide of Scientific Data.

Here's an excerpt:

A fundamental characteristic of our age is the rising tide of data — global, diverse, valuable and complex. In the realm of science, this is both an opportunity and a challenge. This report, prepared for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Information Society and Media, identifies the benefits and costs of accelerating the development of a fully functional e-infrastructure for scientific data — a system already emerging piecemeal and spontaneously across the globe, but now in need of a far-seeing, global framework. The outcome will be a vital scientific asset: flexible, reliable, efficient, cross-disciplinary and cross-border.

The benefits are broad. With a proper scientific e-infrastructure, researchers in different domains can collaborate on the same data set, finding new insights. They can share a data set easily across the globe, but also protect its integrity and ownership. They can use, re-use and combine data, increasing productivity. They can more easily solve today's Grand Challenges, such as climate change and energy supply. Indeed, they can engage in whole new forms of scientific inquiry, made possible by the unimaginable power of the e-infrastructure to find correlations, draw inferences and trade ideas and information at a scale we are only beginning to see. For society as a whole, this is beneficial. It empowers amateurs to contribute more easily to the scientific process, politicians to govern more effectively with solid evidence, and the European and global economy to expand.

"Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 7th, 2010

David S. H. Rosenthal has published "Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?" in ACM Queue.

Here's an excerpt:

There is an obvious question we should be asking: how many copies in storage systems with what reliability do we need to get a given probability that the data will be recovered when we need it? This may be an obvious question to ask, but it is a surprisingly hard question to answer. Let's look at the reasons why.

To be specific, let's suppose we need to keep a petabyte for a century and have a 50 percent chance that every bit will survive undamaged. This may sound like a lot of data and a long time, but there are already data collections bigger than a petabyte that are important to keep forever. The Internet Archive is already multiple petabytes.

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