Wellcome Trust Approves £3.9 Million Budget for Creation of Wellcome Digital Library

Posted in Digital Libraries, Digitization on August 24th, 2010

The Wellcome Trust has approved a £3.9 million budget for the creation of the Wellcome Digital Library.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Wellcome Library today announces the launch of an ambitious digitisation project, to provide free, online access to its collections, including archives and papers from Nobel prize-winning scientists Francis Crick, Fred Sanger and Peter Medawar. . . .

The Wellcome Trust has approved a budget of £3.9 million to begin a two-year pilot project on the theme of Modern Genetics and its Foundations. Drawing on the Wellcome Library's internationally renowned collections, content will include 1400 books on genetics and heredity published between 1850 and 1990, along with important archives including the papers of Francis Crick and his original drawings of the proposed structure of DNA. . . .

In addition to content from the Wellcome Library, up to £1 million of the fund will be used to support digitisation of relevant material from partner institutions in the UK and overseas.

Users will be able to access the repository following completion of the pilot phase of digitisation, slated for completion in September 2012.

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        IT Specialist at National Agricultural Library

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 23rd, 2010

        The National Agricultural Library is recruiting an IT Specialist. Salary range: $74,872-$97,333.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The major duties of this position include the following:

        – Creates and enhances existing programs to support NAL's catalog and digital collections using object-oriented PERL. Experience in working with library systems and industry standard metadata formats, and bibliographic databases a plus. Tasks include monitoring programs and databases in support of NAL's catalog and digital collections. Acts as technical contact to the NAL's System Librarians.

        – Provides guidance in determining the most appropriate methods for delivering information in using new developments and technologies, such as library and web-enabled applications;

        – Develops, designs, and maintains the NAL Web sites and Intranet using current methodologies ensuring that features, modules and pages conform to the USDA and NAL Web Style guides and accepted style and policies.

        - Develops interfaces to Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) such as MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server.

        - Builds and implements Web-enabled databases using current methodologies related to such areas as information management; digitization of print materials; and/or archiving and dissemination of digital documents.

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          NSF Program Solicitation: Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections

          Posted in Digitization, Grants on August 23rd, 2010

          The NSF has issued a program solicitation for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections. Total amount available across all awards: $10,000,000. Full proposal deadline: December 10, 2010.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This program seeks to create a national resource of digital data documenting existing biological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, etc. is a rich resource for providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource will be structured at three levels: a national hub, thematic networks based on collaborative groups of collections, and the physical collections. This resource will build upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contribute vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will be an invaluable tool in understanding the biodiversity and societal consequences of climate change, species invasions, natural disasters, the spread of disease vectors and agricultural pests, and other biological issues.

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            Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects

            Posted in Digitization on August 23rd, 2010

            Chapters from Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects, which was published by the Metropolitan New York Library Council, are being made available from the book's blog in a series of posts.

            Read more about it at "Collect Them All: Four Chapters from Digitization in the Real World Available For Free, Thirty More Coming Soon."

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              Harvard Library Lab Established

              Posted in ARL Libraries on August 23rd, 2010

              With the approval of the University Library Council, Harvard has established the Harvard Library Lab. It is managed by Harvard University Library's Office for Scholarly Communication.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              Harvard's Library Lab is designed to promote the development of projects in all areas of library activity and to leverage the entrepreneurial aspirations of people throughout the library system and beyond. Proposals from faculty and students from anywhere in the University will also be welcomed and the Lab will encourage collaboration with projects being developed at MIT. The Lab offers infrastructure and financial support for projects and establishes a venue for cooperation across projects. Projects will be able to avail themselves of technical staff to augment the home department's staff, as well as support for release time, equipment, or outsourced services.

              Read more about it at "Harvard Library Lab."

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                Version 1, Open Access Journals Bibliography

                Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on August 22nd, 2010

                Version one of the Open Access Journals Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. Open access journals publish articles (typically peer-reviewed articles) that are free of charge and, depending on the journal, may be able to be reused under an open license (e.g., a Creative Commons license). This bibliography presents selected English-language scholarly works that are useful in understanding open access journals. It does not cover works about e-prints or works that include open access journals in a treatment of diverse types of research materials. Most sources have been published from 1999 to the present; however, a few key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles. A limited number of magazine articles and technical reports that are deemed to be of exceptional interest are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works.

                The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

                1. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, version 78
                2. Digital Scholarship 2009 (paperback and open access PDF file)
                3. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition (paperback, Kindle version, and open access PDF file)
                4. Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, version 1
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