Streamline Integrating Repository Function with Work Practice: Tools to Facilitate Personal E-Administration, Final Report v1.3

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Learning Objects, Metadata on July 27th, 2009

JISC has released Streamline Integrating Repository Function with Work Practice: Tools to Facilitate Personal E-Administration, Final Report v1.3.

Here's an excerpt:

The tools developed include an automatic metadata generation tool that completes as much of the metadata as possible, from documentation associated with a learning object, including suggesting key words to the user; and resource discovery tools, which recommend additional resources based on closeness of objects to the original search results. In addition, we contributed to a variety of widgets, developed with the PERSoNA project, to demonstrate the use of social networking tools to promote sharing of resources through the repository.

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    RIN Podcast: "The E-Journals Revolution: How the Use of Scholarly Journals Is Shaping Research"

    Posted in E-Journals on July 27th, 2009

    The Research Information Network has released a podcast of its "The E-Journals Revolution: How the Use of Scholarly Journals Is Shaping Research" meeting.

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      Irish ISP Eircom to Enact Three-Strikes Illegal File Sharing Policy

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, P2P File Sharing on July 27th, 2009

      Under pressure from the Irish Recorded Music Association, a large Irish ISP, Eircom, will put in place a three-strikes policy in August against alleged copyright offenders: first strike, a warning; second strike, Internet service will be "throttled," and, third strike, Internet service will be disconnected.

      Read more about it at "Ireland's Largest ISP to Start 'Throttling' Illegal Downloaders," "Ireland’s Largest ISP Starts Throttling and Disconnections," "Recording Industry Sues More Irish ISPs for Not Implementing 3 Strikes."

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        Draft: The Open Library Environment Project Final Report

        Posted in Digital Libraries, ILS on July 27th, 2009

        The Open Library Environment Project has released a draft of the The Open Library Environment Project Final Report.

        Here's an excerpt:

        With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Open Library Environment project (OLE Project) convened a multi-national group of libraries to analyze library business processes and to define a next-generation library technology platform. The resulting OLE platform is predicated on Service Oriented Architecture and a community-source model of development and governance. Over 300 libraries, educational institutions, professional organizations and business participated in some phase of the project. Using input from those participants, the project planners produced an OLE design framework that embeds libraries directly in the key processes of scholarship generation, knowledge management, teaching and learning by utilizing existing enterprise systems where appropriate and by delivering new services built on connections between the library's business systems and other technology systems.

        The OLE Project met all of its objectives and was completed on time and within budget. Project members are now in discussions with potential investing partners who will develop and deploy this new library technology platform. Although this is an especially difficult time for libraries to launch new projects and commit funding for them, project planners continue to hear from the library community that it is more critical than ever to create the technology infrastructure that can help libraries serve as a primary nexus of scholarly information management.

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          California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 26th, 2009

          The California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service's first collections are available at Web Archives: Yesterday's Web; Today's Archives.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          Researchers and scholars now will be able to delve into archived Web sites captured by the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service (WAS). This new tool enables faculty, researchers and librarians to capture, curate and preserve Web sites, thus creating permanent archives available to researchers everywhere. The social history of our times is now being preserved in archives as rich and varied as the contentious 2003 California recall election, hundreds of California state Web archives, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Web archive and the Middle East Political Sites archive. New archives continually are being built and published and will appear along with the current archives, available at webarchives.cdlib.org/.

          The Web has revolutionized our access to information. Documents and publications that once were difficult to find now are readily available to anyone at any time. Popular reactions to historical events unfold via blogs and personal Web sites, and we have an unprecedented view into popular culture and the formation of public policy. "This is a tool that can track censorship in China, political regimes in Iran, and social commentary around the world," states Laine Farley, California Digital Library's executive director. "CDL and the UC libraries are leading the way in building collections for the 21st century." . . .

          CDL's Web Archiving Service is the result of a 4.5-year grant awarded by the Library of Congress National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The program's mission is to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available digital content, especially materials that are created only in digital formats, for current and future generations. Working with partners at the University of North Texas, New York University, Stanford University and the campuses of the University of California, the California Digital Library has built a service that is easy to use and allows librarians to begin preserving information that was slipping away. Martha Anderson, director of program management for NDIIPP at the Library of Congress, says, "There is a growing public interest in the archiving of public Web sites for future reference. The technical challenges of constantly changing sites and technologies and the enormity of the universe of potential content require immediate and focused action."

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            Open Access Repository Junction Project Funded

            Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on July 26th, 2009

            EDINA, the JISC National Data Centre based at the University of Edinburgh, has received a JISC grant for the Open Access Repository Junction project.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release :

            One of the objectives of the Depot [see the Depot project page] was to devise an unmediated (computer-assisted) reception and referral service, called Repository Junction, which collected information in order to redirect users to existing Institutional Repository (IR) services. This was to support the principal objective of the Depot, which was to provide a repository for author/researchers at institutions that did not (then) have an IR.

            The new project aims to develop the Repository Junction from its current simple form contained within the Depot, into a stand-alone broker mechanism which can be easily adopted and integrated by services or projects run by other institutions or organisations.

            OA-RJ will primarily look at addressing the problems of repository deposit currently faced by researchers who have written a multi-authored journal article associated with multiple institutions and grant-funding organisations. This project will test the broker model against a number of use case scenarios in ways that we expect to be sufficiently generic that it can be deployed in other repository workflows and environments.

            Read more about it at "Open Access Repository Junction."

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              Digital Projects Coordinator at the Library of Congress

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 26th, 2009

              The Library of Congress is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Analyzes and participates in the development of appropriate guidelines, standards and mechanisms for setting program priorities. Creates innovative approaches to software implementation within the broad framework of program strategies and goals using high level programming languages and other tools.

              Works collaboratively inside and outside the project team and program areas to facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of institution-wide and national best practices and standards. Attends conferences/meetings to make presentations or for professional development to keep abreast of current trends in technology.

              Directs studies and testing of digital library best practices and standards. Researches hardware and software to meet existing and anticipated needs. Develops cost estimates and makes recommendations for purchases of specialized hardware and associated software.

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                Digital Preservation: Data Transfer from Internet Archive's Archive-It to LOCKSS Demonstrated

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 26th, 2009

                Data has been successfully transferred from the Internet Archive's Archive-It service to LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe).

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                  IT Specialist (INET) at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 26th, 2009

                  The Smithsonian Institution Libraries are recruiting an IT Specialist (INET).

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  • Serves as an IT Specialist performing a wide range of web development, associated database design, data integration, and web support activities.
                  • Develops new and maintains existing web projects and applications using established tools including MS SQL and ColdFusion, XHTML, XML and XSLT, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, and JSON.
                  • Develops or uses available APIs and web services to search, consume and interact with third-party data that follows library and W3C standards.
                  • Assists in the review, analysis and development of web-based tools and architecture as they apply to the strategic goal of the library.
                  • Assists in the development and maintenance of the Smithsonian's Digital Repository (currently using D-Space), including providing programming and server support and performing data transformations including MARC to MARCXML, and MARCXML to SQL.
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                    OCLC Releases WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway

                    Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, OCLC on July 26th, 2009

                    OCLC has released the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway for CONTENTdm sites.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is available to all users of OCLC CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software at no additional charge.

                    The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway offers libraries a self-service tool to easily upload metadata from their unique digital content to WorldCat, the world's largest online resource for finding items held in libraries. Once the metadata is in WorldCat, libraries' digital collections are more visible and discoverable by Web searchers through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local (including the ‘quick start’ version), Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines.

                    "Libraries, museums and archives should do whatever they can to get their materials available online and expose their collections to users—wherever they are—on the Web,” said Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research. "The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is an easy and effective way to do this."

                    The Gateway has been piloted in 12 institutions. Since May, the pilot participants used the Gateway self-service tools to upload thousands of records from their CONTENTdm collections into WorldCat. Because they have used the Gateway to set up profiles for their collections, the pilot users' metadata will be regularly uploaded to WorldCat as they add to their digital collections over time.

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                      Kevin L. Smith on "Open Access and Authors’ Rights Management: A Possibility for Theology?"

                      Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access on July 26th, 2009

                      Kevin L. Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at the Duke University Libraries, has published "Open Access and Authors’ Rights Management: A Possibility for Theology?" in Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Several academic disciplines have begun to understand the benefits of open access to scholarship, both for scholars and for the general public. Scientific disciplines have led the way, partially due to the nature of scholarship in those areas and partially because they have felt the crisis in serials pricing more acutely than others. Theological studies, however, have largely been insulated from the push for open access; considering the reasons for that is the first task of this article. It is also the case, however, that the missionary impulse that stands behind much theological scholarship is a strong incentive to embrace the opportunities afforded by digital, online dissemination of research and writing. After discussing this imperative for global distribution, the bulk of the article focuses on how theological institutions, and especially their libraries, can encourage and support scholars in making their work freely accessible. Copyright issues, including the elements of a successful copyright management program, are discussed, as are some of the technological elements necessary for an efficient and discoverable open access repository. Options for licensing, both at ingestion of content and at dissemination to users are also considered. Finally, it is argued that the role of consortia and professional organizations in supporting these initiatives is especially important because of the relatively small size of so many theological institutions.

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                        Forcing the Net Through a Sieve: Why Copyright Filtering is Not a Viable Solution for U.S. ISPs

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on July 26th, 2009

                        Public Knowledge has released Forcing the Net Through a Sieve: Why Copyright Filtering is Not a Viable Solution for U.S. ISPs.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Copyright filtering, the latest proposed "magic bullet" solution from the major music and movie studios and industry trade groups, poses a number of dangers to Internet users, legitimate businesses and U.S. federal government initiatives to increase the speed, affordability and utilization of broadband Internet services. The following whitepaper presents a number of reasons why the use of copyright filters should not be allowed, encouraged or mandated on U.S. Internet Service Provider (ISP) networks. Among them:

                        1. Copyright filters are both underinclusive and overinclusive. A copyright filter will fail to identify all unlawful or unwanted content while harming lawful uses of content.

                        2. Copyright filter processing will add latency. Copyright filters will slow ISP networks, discouraging use, innovation and investment and harming users, businesses and technology policy initiatives.

                        3. The implementation of copyright filters will result in a technological arms race. Users will act to circumvent the filters and the architects of the filters will find themselves caught in a costly, unwinnable arms race.

                        4. Copyright filters do not make economic sense. The monetary costs associated with copyright filtering far outweigh any perceived benefits.

                        5. Copyright filters will discourage investment in the Internet economy. Copyright filters will disrupt the Internet ecosystem, severely undermining our most promising engine for economic growth.

                        6. Copyright filters will harm free speech. Due to technological limitations, copyright filters will harm lawful, protected forms of speech such as parody and satire.

                        7. Copyright filters could undermine the safe harbor provisions that shield ISPs from liability. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), ISPs are shielded from liability for their users’ actions. Copyright filters could undermine these safe harbors, which have allowed the Internet to become the most important communications medium of the modern era.

                        8. Copyright filtering could violate the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act. Copyright filtering could constitute unlawful interception under the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (ECPA).

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