Daily Tweets 2010-09-21

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 21st, 2010

Unified Digital Format Registry Developer at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 20th, 2010

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Unified Digital Format Registry Developer. Salary: $55,300-$109,500.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Unified Digital Format Registry project (UDFR, http://www.udfr.org/) is developing a reliable, sustainable, and publicly available knowledge base of file format representation information for use by the international digital curation, preservation, and repository communities. The project seeks to consolidate the functionality and data holdings of the existing PRONOM (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/PRONOM) and GDFR (Global Digital Format Registry, http://www.gdfr.info/) registries into a common, community-supported system. Properly managing information about the formats used to represent content lies at the core of curation and preservation activities.. . .

The incumbent will be responsible for implementing the UDFR system, and is expected to provide innovative thinking and technical expertise while drawing on the body of useful experience from the PRONOM and GDFR projects and the UDFR consortium. The developer will consult regularly with UC3 staff and will work under the supervision of the project architect. The final open source system must be flexible, scalable, reliable, sustainable, and consistent with best practices and advances in web-based information services, service-oriented architectures, information preservation, and semantic web technologies. The initial knowledge base of the production UDFR will be based on a full export from PRONOM.

2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition

Posted in Museums on September 20th, 2010

The Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts has released 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition.

Here's an excerpt:

The highest ranked of those trends had significant agreement among the Advisory Board members, who considered them to be key drivers of museum technology adoptions for the period 2010 through 2014. They are listed here in the order in which the Advisory Board ranked them.

  • "Rich" media—images, videos, audio, augmented reality, and animations—are becoming increasingly valuable assets in digital interpretation. Museums understand the value in capturing high-quality media documentation related to their collections at every opportunity. Working more closely than ever with educators and researchers, museums are embracing opportunities for multimodal learning both online and in the galleries. High-quality media like images, videos, audio clips, augmented reality, and animations are no longer seen as afterthoughts in interpretation but increasingly as necessary components of an interpretive plan. This trend is beneficial to museum professionals and visitors alike as it encourages a deeper understanding of objects, ideas, and audiences.
  • Digitization and cataloguing projects will continue to require a significant share of museum resources. Museums are distinguished by the content they keep and interpret. There is an increasing understanding among museum professionals that visitors expect to be able to readily access accurate and interesting information, and especially high-quality media. This requires museums to plan strategically for the digitization and cataloging of collections. These projects frequently require hard choices in the allocation of money, personnel, and time, but are not likely to diminish in importance in the foreseeable future.
  • Increasingly, museum visitors (and staff) expect to be able to work, learn, study, and connect with their social networks in all places and at all times using whichever device they choose. Wireless network access, mobile networks, and personal portable networks have made it easy to remain connected almost anywhere. Museum audiences have become accustomed to easy access to the network in other parts of their lives, and grow increasingly impatient with places where it is not possible (or where it is prohibitively expensive) to be connected using the device of their choosing.
  • The abundance of resources and relationships offered by open content repositories and social networks is challenging us to revisit our roles as educators. Access to educational materials of all kinds has never been as easy or as open as it is today. The model of the museum curator or educator standing in front of an object interpreting meaning for a passive audience is no longer realistic in a world accustomed to instant access to virtually any kind of information. More important to today’s audiences is advice on how to find, interpret, and make their own connections with collections and ideas.

Technical Library Applications Integration & Support at Sandia National Laboratories

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on September 20th, 2010

Sandia National Laboratories are recruiting a Technical Library Applications Integration & Support specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The selected candidate will work closely with the Library Digital Projects Librarian, Library staff and management to contribute to providing innovative technologies in the delivery of information and to ensure that Library applications meet the information needs of the Laboratories. Representative tasks include responding to and troubleshooting technical issues, installing and deploying existing application upgrades and supporting the Digital Projects Librarian and Library staff in investigating, exploring, developing and deploying Library technologies. The successful candidate will be self-directed, independently motivated and have an aptitude for integrating and supporting new technologies, maintaining and improving legacy systems.

"Almost Halfway There: An Analysis of the Open Access Behaviors of Academic Librarians"

Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on September 20th, 2010

College & Research Libraries has released a preprint of Holly Mercer's forthcoming article "Almost Halfway There: An Analysis of the Open Access Behaviors of Academic Librarians."

Here's an excerpt:

Academic librarians are increasingly expected to advocate for scholarly communications reforms such as open access to scholarly publications, yet librarians do not always practice what they reach. Previous research examined librarian attitudes toward open access, whereas this article presents results of a study of open access publishing and self-archiving behaviors of academic librarians. Following an analysis of open access to library and information science literature in 2008, several strategies to encourage academic librarians to continue embrace open access behaviors are discussed.

Daily Tweets 2010-09-20

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 20th, 2010

Digital Repository Deposit: SWORD Course Videos

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Self-Archiving on September 19th, 2010

The SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) project has released a series of tutorial videos.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

  1. An Introduction to SWORD: Gives an overview of SWORD, the rationale behind its creation, and details of the first three funded SWORD projects
  2. SWORD Use Cases: Provides an introduction to use cases, and examines some of the use cases that SWORD can be used for
  3. How SWORD Works: A high level overview of the SWORD protocol, lightly touching on a few technical details in order to explain how it works
  4. SWORD Clients: The reasons for needing SWORD clients are shown, followed by a tour of some of the current SWORD clients
  5. Create Your Own SWORD Client: An overview of the EasyDeposit SWORD client creation toolkit, including the chance to try it out

"Research Data: Who Will Share What, with Whom, When, and Why?"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Science on September 19th, 2010

Christine L. Borgman has self-archived "Research Data: Who Will Share What, with Whom, When, and Why?" in SelectedWorks.

Here's an excerpt:

The deluge of scientific research data has excited the general public, as well as the scientific community, with the possibilities for better understanding of scientific problems, from climate to culture. For data to be available, researchers must be willing and able to share them. The policies of governments, funding agencies, journals, and university tenure and promotion committees also influence how, when, and whether research data are shared. Data are complex objects. Their purposes and the methods by which they are produced vary widely across scientific fields, as do the criteria for sharing them. To address these challenges, it is necessary to examine the arguments for sharing data and how those arguments match the motivations and interests of the scientific community and the public. Four arguments are examined: to make the results of publicly funded data available to the public, to enable others to ask new questions of extant data, to advance the state of science, and to reproduce research. Libraries need to consider their role in the face of each of these arguments, and what expertise and systems they require for data curation.

"Keeping Research Data Safe Factsheet"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 19th, 2010

Charles Beagrie Limited has released the "Keeping Research Data Safe Factsheet."

Here's an excerpt:

This factsheet illustrates for institutions, researchers, and funders some of the key findings and recommendations from the JISC-funded Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS1) and Keeping Research Data Safe 2 (KRDS2) projects.

Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian at Wesleyan University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 19th, 2010

The Wesleyan University Library is recruiting a Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job posting number: 8000177):

Reporting to the University Librarian, this position provides dynamic leadership in the design, implementation and maintenance of user-centered library technology services at Wesleyan University Library and in the CTW Consortium, with partners Connecticut College and Trinity College. The person in this position will work collaboratively with a variety of library, campus, consortial and other partners to maintain and upgrade existing library systems and to develop new applications.

British Library: 2020 Vision

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on September 19th, 2010

The British Library has released 2020 Vision.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

2020 Vision is our 10-year vision, following 12 months of extensive and wide-ranging research and consultation. In today’s climate of significant technological change, it highlights what are likely to be the key trends and opportunities over the next decade, and indicates how we will develop as an organisation to increase access to the world’s knowledge base for our users.

Daily Tweets 2010-09-19

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 19th, 2010

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