Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-04-18

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on April 18th, 2010

"BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, P2P File Sharing, Scholarly Communication on April 15th, 2010

Morgan G. I. Langille and Jonathan A. Eisen have published "BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data" in PLoS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

The transfer of scientific data has emerged as a significant challenge, as datasets continue to grow in size and demand for open access sharing increases. Current methods for file transfer do not scale well for large files and can cause long transfer times. In this study we present BioTorrents, a website that allows open access sharing of scientific data and uses the popular BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing technology. BioTorrents allows files to be transferred rapidly due to the sharing of bandwidth across multiple institutions and provides more reliable file transfers due to the built-in error checking of the file sharing technology. BioTorrents contains multiple features, including keyword searching, category browsing, RSS feeds, torrent comments, and a discussion forum. BioTorrents is available at

Lawrence Lessig: "Getting Our Values around Copyright Right"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Copyright Wars on April 15th, 2010

Lawrence Lessig has published "Getting Our Values around Copyright Right" in the latest issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

The existing system of copyright cannot work in the digital age. Either we will force our kids to stop creating, or they will force on us a revolution. Both options, in my view, are not acceptable. There is a growing copyright abolitionist movement—people who believe that copyright was a good idea for a time long gone and that we need to eliminate it and move on in a world where there is no copyright. I am against abolitionism. I believe copyright is an essential part of the cultural industries and will be essential in the digital age—even though I also believe it needs to be radically changed in all sorts of important ways and doesn't apply the same in science and in education. Copyright is essential to a diverse and rich (in all senses of that word) culture.

Programmer/Analyst (Software Developer) at Penn State

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2010

Digital Library Technologies at the Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst (Software Developer).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital Library Technologies, a unit of Information Technology Services at The Pennsylvania State University, has a vacancy for a software developer. The software developer will participate in the development and integration of software and web applications for an institutional content stewardship program, working collaboratively with content curators and fellow technologists. Successful candidates will be expected to: share advancements in standards, software development practices, and IT trends; constantly refine their skill set; and apply new knowledge and techniques. This is an opportunity to work with an innovative unit on building a sustainable, enterprise-level content stewardship program at a large, multi-campus institution recognized for its commitment to excellence.

Digital Services Library Associate at New York School of Interior Design

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2010

The New York School of Interior Design is recruiting a Digital Services Library Associate.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), the only institution of higher learning in New York devoted exclusively to the design of the interior environment, seeks an individual to support the technology infrastructure of the library, liaise directly with IT and academic computing, and assist faculty with digital images for teaching, as well as other technology needs.


  • Manage digital assets for the library, including images, archival collections, and electronic theses
  • Work directly with faculty to help them create, manage and use digital assets in teaching
  • Work closely with librarians to continuously update and keep library website design relevant and uniform in appearance across all platforms, including online resource subject guides and a library blog
  • Responsible for basic website development
  • Work with library staff to create and edit video tutorials for students and faculty
  • Manage electronic resources including indexes and full text databases to ensure off-campus access

"Seeking the New Normal: Periodicals Price Survey 2010"

Posted in Libraries, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 15th, 2010

Kittie S. Henderson & Stephen Bosch have published "Seeking the New Normal: Periodicals Price Survey 2010" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

A number of publishers upped prices for 2010. Springer announced a five percent increase. Elsevier price increases are also in the five percent range, with the notable exception of The Lancet. The 2010 price for The Lancet jumped nine percent over 2009 levels; that increase was still smaller than in previous years. In October, the library world reeled as Nature Publishing Group (NPG) announced a 640 percent price increase (from $39.95 in 2009 to $299 in 2010) for a print subscription to Scientific American. The cost for the digital site license also rose substantially, and a number of consortia, like the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Oberlin Group, refused to renew. The announcement came only weeks after NPG bought the magazine.

Europeana Publishes Public Domain Charter

Posted in Copyright, Digital Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Public Domain on April 14th, 2010

The Europeana Foundation, the governing body of the Europeana service, has published its Public Domain Charter. The Europeana beta currently links users to around 6 million digital objects. About 10 million digital objects are expected to be available this year, when version 1.0 becomes operational.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Today Europeana officially publishes the Public Domain Charter. It takes a strong position in support of the Public Domain, saying that:

Europeana belongs to the public and must represent the public interest. The Public Domain is the material from which society creates cultural understanding and knowledge. Having a thriving Public Domain is essential to economic and social well-being. Digitisation of Public Domain content does not create new rights over it. Works that are in the Public Domain in analogue form continue to be in the Public Domain once they have been digitised. . . .

The Charter is published by the Europeana Foundation, our governing body (now completing its name change from the EDL Foundation). The Charter is a policy statement, not a contract. It doesn't bind any of Europeana's content providers. It recognises the dilemma in which heritage institutions find themselves. Our partners' drive to digitise and make Public Domain content accessible is tempered by a recognition of the costs involved, and the need to arrive at the most appropriate agreements with those who are willing and able to fund digitisation programmes—including the private sector.

We are developing plans to label the rights associated with a digitised item very clearly so that they are understood by Europeana's users, who will be able to exclude content from their results that requires payment or doesn't comply with the Public Domain Charter. Rights labelling will become a requirement when submitting content to Europeana by the end of this year.

While Public-Private Partnerships are an important means of getting content digitised, the Charter recommends that deals are non-exclusive, for very limited time periods, and don't take material out of the Public Domain.

Digital Institutional Repository Archivist at California College of the Arts

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 14th, 2010

The California College of the Arts is recruiting a Digital Institutional Repository Archivist. Salary: $40-50,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

he Archivist of CCA's Digital Institutional Repository is responsible for collecting and maintaining digital assets that document the creative and intellectual output of the college. The Archivist coordinates receipt of digital assets from academic departments, supervises processing of digital files, maintains organization of the files, performs or supervises assignment of metadata, and participates in the development of user access modalities. The Archivist will also assist with digitization of materials in the college archives.

Astrid van Wesenbeeck Named SPARC Europe Director

Posted in Open Access, People in the News on April 14th, 2010

Astrid van Wesenbeeck has been named the Director of SPARC Europe.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Astrid van Wesenbeeck has been appointed and will initially start working with SPARC Europe part-time from 15th June and full-time from 12 July 2010. Astrid will take over from Dr David Prosser who was recently appointed Director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

The chair of SPARC Europe, Bas Savenije, says "It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our new Director. We believe that Astrid has the necessary skills and background to continue SPARC Europe’s significant work for European research libraries, library organisations and research institutions. The SPARC Europe Board of Directors and I very much look forward to working with Astrid."

Astrid is currently Project manager and publishing consultant at IGITUR, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has broad experience in the publishing of Open Access journals, as well as in project management. Astrid will be based at the SPARC Europe Secretariat, which is kindly hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) in The Hague.

Information Technology Manager at Fort Vancouver Regional Library District

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 14th, 2010

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is recruiting an Information Technology Manager. Salary: $4,873 per month.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Plans, coordinates, and manages the operations and activities of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) Information Technology department (IT). Coordinates technology projects and departmental activities with other internal departments. Supervises assigned personnel. Defines and implements departmental procedures, applying thorough knowledge of computer principles and practices with sound mid-management and administrative principles and techniques. Installs, repairs, configures, and maintain the FVRL network. This includes all technologies, both hardware and software, supporting the LAN, WAN and Windows AD based network. Works closely with the Technology Director in the planning of future technology direction and projects.

Library of Congress to Archive All Public Tweets Since March 2006

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 14th, 2010

The Library of Congress has tweeted that it will to archive all public tweets made since March 2006.

Here's an excerpt from the blog announcement:

Have you ever sent out a "tweet" on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.

That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.

We thought it fitting to give the initial heads-up to the Twitter community itself via our own feed @librarycongress. (By the way, out of sheer coincidence, the announcement comes on the same day our own number of feed—followers has surpassed 50,000. I love serendipity!)

We will also be putting out a press release later with even more details and quotes. Expect to see an emphasis on the scholarly and research implications of the acquisition. I'm no Ph.D., but it boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data. And I'm certain we'll learn things that none of us now can even possibly conceive.

Aaron Ludwig Wins Sparky Awards Peoples' Choice prize

Posted in Open Access on April 14th, 2010

Aaron Ludwig, a sophomore animation student at Brigham Young University, has won the first Sparky Awards Peoples' Choice prize.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Aaron Ludwig, a sophomore animation student at Brigham Young University, has won the first-ever Sparky Awards Peoples’ Choice prize for his short film, "Clueless Discovery." The video was voted the best by students and others everywhere in an open online vote held earlier this Spring.

Organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and adopted by campuses everywhere, the Sparky Awards contest calls on entrants to creatively illustrate in a short video the value of openly sharing ideas. "Clueless Discovery" is a clear presentation of how failing to share information and "reinventing the wheel" not only hampers progress, but can be harmful. The clip is online at

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