New LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement

Posted in Electronic Resources, Licenses on December 8th, 2014

The Center for Research Libraries and others have released a new LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The model license outlines the main provisions a good library e-resources content license should contain, highlighting as well key points for decisions and negotiations with publishers. The document is expected to support libraries' efforts to serve their users and achieve the core mission of preserving intellectual heritage in the digital age by negotiating the best terms of use. The original LIBLICENSE model license, released in 2001, has supported long-term access and stewardship goals; the new revision will help librarians address a new generation of issues and challenges.

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    Digital Curation News (12/5/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Posted in Digital Curation News on December 5th, 2014

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      Systems Engineer at Columbia University

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2014

      Columbia University is recruiting a Systems Engineer.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Library Information Technology Office (LITO) at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services seeks a Systems Engineer for its Unix Systems Group. The incumbent designs, develops and deploys Unix server systems, performs maintenance and security as required, documents and provides support for Library/IS projects and services, collaborates on projects and related activities with Library/IS and external units.

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        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.

            Here's an excerpt:

            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).

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                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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