Privacy Considerations in Cloud-Based Teaching and Learning Environments

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Privacy, Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 24th, 2011

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative has released Privacy Considerations in Cloud-Based Teaching and Learning Environments.

Here's an excerpt:

In this white paper, we outline the privacy issues relevant to using cloud-based instructional tools or cloud-based teaching and learning environments for faculty members and those supporting instruction. Our discussion of how teaching and learning in an increasingly technological environment has transformed the way we interact and interpret FERPA will help inform various choices that institutions can consider to best address the law, including policy and best-practice examples. We highlight practical suggestions for how faculty members can continue to use innovative instructional strategies and engage students while considering privacy issues. Finally, this paper discusses ways to further explore and address privacy locally and includes a comprehensive resource list for further reading.

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    Web Services Librarian at Montana State University

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 24th, 2011

    The Montana State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Montana State University Libraries seeks a Web Services Librarian to explore, test, implement, and support our library’s web-based applications. The Web Services Librarian is responsible for oversight of MSU Libraries’ website as well as the support and development of library web applications. The Web Services Librarian is a member of the Digital Access and Web Services (DAWS) team, works closely with all teams within MSU Libraries, and will report to the Associate Dean. We are looking for a candidate with a strong customer service focus and commitment to innovation. Technical responsibilities include significant web programming and database work. Design and accessibility responsibilities include web design, troubleshooting, and ongoing site development, maintenance, and evaluation. The position also has a variety of leadership and project management responsibilities including coordinating and facilitating communication between library teams and university departments, developing project specifications and documentation, and conducting project evaluations. Some involvement with students, faculty, and staff in a public service capacity is expected.

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      DataCite Metadata Scheme for the Publication and Citation of Research Data, Version 2.0 Released

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata, Standards on January 24th, 2011

      DataCite has released the DataCite Metadata Scheme for the Publication and Citation of Research Data, Version 2.0.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The DataCite Metadata Scheme is a list of core metadata properties chosen for the accurate and consistent identification of data for citation and retrieval purposes, along with recommended use instructions. At a minimum, the mandatory metadata scheme properties must be provided at the time of identifier registration. Data centres and other submitters may also choose to use the optional properties to identify their data more clearly. This metadata scheme can fulfill several key functions in support of the larger goals of DataCite. Primarily these are:

      • recommending a standard citation format for datasets, based on a small number of properties required for identifier registration;
      • providing the basis for interoperability with other data management schemas;
      • promoting dataset discovery with optional properties allowing for flexible description of the resource, including its relationship to other resources;
      • and, laying the groundwork for future services (e.g., discovery) through the use of controlled terms from both a DataCite vocabulary and external vocabularies as applicable. The DataCite vocabularies will be administered by the DataCite Metadata Supervisor who will establish and publicize procedures for submitting changes.

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        Twitter Updates for 1/25/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 24th, 2011

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          Twitter Updates for 2011-01-24

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 24th, 2011
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            $500 Million in U.S. Department of Labor Grants Will Include Support for Open Educational Resources under Creative Commons BY License

            Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Grants, Open Access on January 23rd, 2011

            The White House has announced the solicitation of the initial grants in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. About $500 million in grant funding will be available in the first round of grants.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ushered in a new era of hope and opportunity for millions of Americans today when they revealed the innovative application criteria for the first $500 million in grants under the four-year, $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Grants will support the development and improvement of a new generation of free, post-secondary educational programs of two years or less that prepare students for successful careers in emerging and expanding industries.

            This effort, which was developed and designed in consultation with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, sets the stage for what promises to become one of the most significant expansions in access to high-quality education and job training opportunities ever. These new investments will also play a major role in helping the Nation achieve the goal set by President Obama last year that by 2020 the United States will once again have the most highly educated workforce in the world.

            But what matters most is what these new freely-available resources will mean to individuals.

            By relying on evidence-based approaches and requiring that all materials produced be openly licensed for free use, adaptation, and improvement by others, this groundbreaking federal effort will bring free, high-quality curriculum and employment training opportunities within reach of anyone who has access to the Internet.

            Open Educational Resources are learning materials that have been released under an intellectual property license that allows their free use by others. The materials produced as a result of these grants will carry the Creative Commons BY license, which also permits their free derivative use for commercial purposes. That means companies, schools, entrepreneurs, and others will be free to bundle,adapt, or customize the learning materials to create new offerings, products, and services. Schools will be able to affordably offer courses in subject areas and at levels of expertise previously beyond their reach. Students will be able to access free educational materials, including complete courses, and supportive services designed to help them accomplish their educational and job-training goals.

            Millions of students around the world have already benefited from Open Educational Resources in the decade since then-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Charles Vest established MIT's pioneering OpenCourseWare project, the first of its type, based on a proposal from members of his faculty. The goal, Vest explained in 2001, was to make all of the learning materials used by MIT's faculty in the school's 1,800 courses available via the Internet, where they could be used and repurposed as desired by others without charge.

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              Web Applications Librarian at DePaul University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 23rd, 2011

              The DePaul University Libraries are recruiting a Web Applications Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Librarian (2) will report to the Web Services Coordinator and under the general direction of the Associate Director for Library Information and Discovery Systems, will serve as an integral member of the DePaul Libraries Web Services team in developing cutting-edge online library services including a complex library website, mobile site, LibGuides, and content management systems including CONTENTdm and our Digital Commons institutional repository. In addition to supporting online development initiatives, the Librarian (2) will serve 4-6 hours per week as a reference librarian.

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                Open Content Licensing Tool: Risk Management Calculator

                Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access on January 23rd, 2011

                The OER IPR Support Project has released the Risk Management Calculator.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release :

                As more and more open content finds its way online, licensing and rights have become a key issue on a global level.

                Licensing is complex and the more open you make content under an end user licence the greater the risk if you haven't sought the necessary permissions. In partnership with the Higher Education Academy, JISC is funding a support project on IPR and licensing issues for Open Educational Resources. The latest addition to their suite of support resources is a new tool—the Risk Management Calculator—designed to help understand levels of risk associated with publishing open educational materials. Typical examples of this might include materials which are still in copyright, but for which the rights holders cannot be traced or are unknown (so called "Orphan Works"). The calculator helps those relatively new to licensing to make the right decisions when creating open content. . . .

                More and more organisations are realising the benefits of releasing their content under Creative Commons Licences, or similar open content licences such as the Open Government Licence, which explicitly grant the end-user permission to use materials, modify or redistribute them. Institutions like the British Library are releasing their bibliographic records to be reused without attribution and Creative Commons Licences are increasingly used by developing countries to open up content.

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