What to Do If a Digital Scholarship Website or Application Goes Down

Posted in Announcements, Digital Scholarship Publications on July 14th, 2009

Yesterday, the DigitalKoans weblog at the Digital Scholarship .org mirror was brought down by the host service without prior warning. It is now back up; however, given that this issue may not be fully resolved, this may be a good time to review what to do when a Digital Scholarship mirror site or application goes down.

Digital Scholarship has two websites: http://digital-scholarship.org/ and http://digital-scholarship.com/. The sites are mirrored with two significant exceptions: only the .org site generates the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog RSS feed and the .com DigitalKoans does not include comments. Also, most DigitalKoans RSS feed subscribers use the FeedBurner .org feed rather than the .com feed.

So, what should you do if a mirror site, say the .org site, were to go down? For website access, simply switch to the .com site. For DigitalKoans, use the .com DigitalKoans website. If the down time exceeds one day, subscribe to the .com DigitalKoans feed if you don’t want to check the website daily for important service announcements.

Here are the major .com URLs:

You can get full access details about the Digital Scholarship mirror servers and feeds at:

Unless further technical issues emerge, I anticipate that DigitalKoans will become active again on Wednesday, and that I will release a new Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog and version 4 of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography on that day.

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    Connotea/OATP Access Issues Resolved

    Posted in Announcements, Open Access on July 12th, 2009

    The Connotea performance problems that were affecting the ability to login and the ability to read its feeds appear to have been resolved. New items are being added to the OA Tracking Project feeds.

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      Connotea/OATP Access Issues

      Posted in Announcements, Open Access on July 10th, 2009

      Since a maintenance period yesterday morning, Connotea has had performance problems that have affected the ability to login and the ability to read its feeds. Consequently, the OA Tracking Project feeds have been affected as well.

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        DigitalKoans Break

        Posted in Announcements on July 6th, 2009

        DigitalKoans postings will resume on 7/15/09.

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          “Adding eScience Assets to the Data Web”

          Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, OAI-ORE on July 6th, 2009

          Herbert Van de Sompel, Carl Lagoze, Michael L. Nelson, Simeon Warner, Robert Sanderson, and Pete Johnston have self-archived "Adding eScience Assets to the Data Web" on arXiv.org.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Aggregations of Web resources are increasingly important in scholarship as it adopts new methods that are data-centric, collaborative, and networked-based. The same notion of aggregations of resources is common to the mashed-up, socially networked information environment of Web 2.0. We present a mechanism to identify and describe aggregations of Web resources that has resulted from the Open Archives Initiative – Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) project. The OAI-ORE specifications are based on the principles of the Architecture of the World Wide Web, the Semantic Web, and the Linked Data effort. Therefore, their incorporation into the cyberinfrastructure that supports eScholarship will ensure the integration of the products of scholarly research into the Data Web.

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            Digital Library Jobs: Digital Resources and Imaging Services Programmer/Analyst at University of Dublin

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2009

            The Digital Resources and Imaging Services unit at the University of Dublin's Trinity College Library is recruiting a Digital Resources and Imaging Services Programmer/Analyst (one-year contract).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Technical Infrastructure Programmer / Implementation Manager will be a key member of the libraries digitisation team, and will provide support and leadership with the planning, development and implementation of the Trinity College Digital Library Collections technical infrastructure. This position will provide programming and technical expertise to the development of an open source Fedora-based digital repository designed to provide new electronic access to the rare and unique Trinity College Library Special Collections and Library Research Resources while ensuring the long term preservation of these unique and valuable digital resources and assets.

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              Digital Library Jobs: Systems Programmer II at Clemson University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2009

              The Clemson University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Programmer II.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Systems Programmer II will interact with a wide variety of individuals in the library and the university, working in Linux and Windows environments, providing software analysis, metadata transformation and support for digital library applications. This position will interact with counterparts at peer institutions developing and using similar systems.

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                Digital Preservation: Presentations from 2009 NDIIPP Partners Meeting

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 6th, 2009

                Presentations from the 2009 NDIIPP Partners Meeting are now available.

                Here's a quick selection:

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                  “Scholarly Publishing in the New Era of Scarcity 2010-2025″

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing on July 6th, 2009

                  Michael Jensen, Director of Strategic Web Communications at National Academies Press, has made a digital video of his presentation "Scholarly Publishing in the New Era of Scarcity 2010-2025" available on YouTube (part 1 and part 2).

                  Here's an excerpt from the abstract:

                  [Jensen] posits "an inconvenient truth" for scholarly publishers, and advocates that they restructure their business model toward a new environmentally friendly and economically efficient digital-primary, open-access (OA) model, including seeking support and partnership from their home universities and institutions, due to the urgency of environmental and economic collapse foreseen in the next ten years. Speech given at the Association of American University Presses Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, June 20, 2009.

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                    The Association for Computing Machinery and Open Access

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on July 6th, 2009

                    In "Open, Closed, or Cloven Access?," Moshe Y. Vardi, editor of Communications of the ACM, discusses the Association for Computing Machinery’s position on open access.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    As for ACM's stand on the open-access issue, I'd describe it as "cloven," somewhere between open and closed. (In topology, a cloven set is one that is both open and closed.) ACM does charge a price for its publications, but this price is very reasonable. (If you do not believe me, ask your librarian.) ACM's modest publication revenues first go to cover ACM's publication costs that go beyond print costs to include the cost of online distribution and preservation, and then to support the rest of ACM activities. To me, this is a very important point. The "profits" do not go to some corporate owners; they are used to support the activities of the association, and the association is us, the readers, authors, reviewers, and editors of ACM publications. Furthermore, ACM operates as a democratic association. If you believe that ACM should change its publishing business model, then you should lobby for this position. . . .

                    Just remember, "free" is not a sound business model.

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                      Mass Digitisation: The IMPACT Project

                      Posted in Digitization, Mass Digitizaton on July 6th, 2009

                      Fifteen institutions from Europe and the UK have launched the IMPACT project.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      Feeding into the EU's i2010 vision to significantly improve access to Europe's cultural heritage, the British Library and the University of Salford have teamed up with a group of 15 institutions from across the continent as part of the four-year IMPACT project—IMProving Access to Text—to remove the barriers that stand in the way of the mass digitisation of the European cultural heritage.

                      Led by the National Library of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the IMPACT project aims to share expertise from across Europe and establish international best practice guidelines with a view to speeding up, standardising and enhancing the quality of mass digitisation through establishing a Centre of Competence for text based digitisation. As one of the main participants, the British Library has taken the lead on one of IMPACT's four sub-projects, establishing the operational context of the work carried out by contributors to the project.

                      Mass digitisation has become one of the most prominent issues in the library world over the last 5 years, with a number of experienced libraries in Europe already scanning millions of pages each year. To help establish some standardisation over the course of the project, the British Library's team will lead work on a set of 'Decision Support Tools' in an effort to focus on practical implementation support, providing guidance on digitisation workflow, the capturing of material and the organisation of metadata based on the real world experiences of project partners. These measures, announced at the first IMPACT conference in April will help ensure new material can be digitised successfully and feed into existing workflows. . . .

                      With extensive experience working with the digitisation of historic material, the British Library has also been working closely with technical experts at the internationally distinguished Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (PRImA) research group, University of Salford, exploring methods of improving Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for use in the digitisation of less standardised material. OCR technology was absolutely vital for the delivery of the Library's recent newspaper digitisation project of 19th Century UK newspapers (http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs), allowing the text to be fully searchable, but the current technology has it limitations. . . .

                      Through collaboration IMPACT has already established methods for overcoming issues with geometric correction, border removal and binarisation, and is looking at examples of best practice from around the world, such as the Australian Newspaper Digitisation project's cutting edge application of collaborative user generated corrections, to increase resource discovery success for historic mass digitisation.

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                        Japanese Repositories: The DRF (Digital Repository Federation) Report during 2006-2008

                        Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on July 5th, 2009

                        Digital Repository Federation (DRF) in Japan has released The DRF (Digital Repository Federation) Report during 2006-2008.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Hokkaido University/Chiba University/Kanazawa University have organized Digital Repository Federation (DRF: 25 universities and 58 universities participated in 2006 and 2007, respectively) and worked on cooperation activities with support from CSI (Cyber Science Infrastructure)in order to form an IR community for IR promotion.

                        Main activities are:

                        1. Construction of mailing list for information exchange on IR/Open Access and Wiki.
                        2. Workshop for IR/Open Access
                        3. International symposium for IR/Open Access
                        4. International survey on cooperation model for IR
                        5. Discussion on ideal future IR community
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