Daily Tweets 2010-09-29

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 29th, 2010
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    Visiting Metadata & Illinois Harvest Portal Librarian at University of Illinois

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 28th, 2010

    The University of Illinois Library is recruiting a Visiting Metadata & Illinois Harvest Portal Librarian (one-year term).

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library seeks an innovative individual to provide expertise and guidance in metadata schemas and standards and to assist in their implementation within the Library. The Metadata Librarian is responsible for helping to plan and manage metadata production, harvesting, and presentation for digitization projects such as the Illinois Harvest Project. The Metadata Librarian is a visiting faculty position reporting to the Digital Content Access (DCA) Lead and Head of Content Access Management (CAM).

    Responsibilities include:

    • Lead, manage, and coordinate activities relating to metadata harvesting and production for description, access and preservation of digitized material from the UIUC Libraries. Work with other Library personnel involved in digitization, metadata harvesting and production including providing training and technical assistance to other department and library staff.
    • Work with the Digital Content Access Lead and Head of Content Access Management and faculty and staff in Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Content Access Management (CAM) who are involved in planning and implementation of metadata provision for digital resources, including the selection of metadata schema, data elements, thesauri, and development of crosswalks.
    • Formulate, document, and implement the Library's policies, procedures, and best practices for use of descriptive metadata schemas (such as MARC, MODS, Dublin Core, and other applicable schemas), preservation metadata schemas (such as PREMIS), content standards (such as AACR2 and CCO), controlled vocabularies (such as LCSH, TGN, AAT and other applicable vocabularies) and transmission standards such as METS.
    • Participate in the development of the Library’s digital content access strategy, for example the long-term planning for the Illinois Harvest Portal and strategies for collection level splash pages.
    • Participate in metadata remediation, transformation, and creation using appropriate schemas to support the Illinois Harvest Portal and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library's growing digital collections.
    • Create collection level records for the Library's digital collections.
    • Assist in metadata harvesting using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
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      "Building Research Cyberinfrastructure at Small/Medium Research Institutions"

      Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science on September 28th, 2010

      Anne Agee, Theresa Rowe, Melissa Woo, and David Woods have published "Building Research Cyberinfrastructure at Small/Medium Research Institutions" in EDUCAUSE Quarterly.

      Here's an excerpt:

      To build a respectable cyberinfrastructure, the IT organizations at small/medium research institutions need to use creativity in discovering the needs of their researchers, setting priorities for support, developing support strategies, funding and implementing cyberinfrastructure, and building partnerships to enhance research support. This article presents the viewpoints of four small-to-medium-sized research universities who have struggled with the issue of providing appropriate cyberinfrastructure support for their research enterprises. All four universities have strategic goals for raising the level of research activity and increasing extramural funding for research.

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        Technology Systems Librarian/Administrator at Orange County Public Law Library

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 28th, 2010

        The Orange County Public Law Library is recruiting a Technology Systems Librarian/Administrator. Salary: $64,688-74,880.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad

        • Oversee all Information Technology activities for Library, including budgeting, program and project planning, system security, and maintenance of all hardware, software, and peripheral equipment
        • Serve as web master for library
        • Provide technical support to staff and patrons in use of all systems & applications
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          Report on Digital Preservation Practice and Plans amongst LIBER Members with Recommendations for Practical Action

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on September 28th, 2010

          EuropeanaTravel has released Report on Digital Preservation Practice and Plans amongst LIBER Members with Recommendations for Practical Action.

          Here's an excerpt:

          As part of Work package 1 concerned with planning digitisation, a survey was designed to collect information about digital preservation practice and plans amongst all LIBER member libraries to inform future activity of LIBER’s Working Group on Preservation and Digital Curation. The survey focused on the digital preservation of digitised material.

          The major findings are as follows:

          • Some LIBER members have already been engaged in digitisation activities. The number of institutions with digitisation activities and the volume of digitised material are expected to grow further in the future.
          • There is a mismatch between the perceived high value of digitised material and the frequent lack of a written policy/ procedure addressing the digital preservation of these collections. A number of the institutions without an according written policy stated they were working on developing and establishing one.
          • Storage and development of tools are areas where considerable investments are made by the majority of institutions surveyed. Those are also the fields where many of the institutions face difficulties.
          • Investments in staff assigned to digital preservation task are still inadequate at several institutions.
          • Some digital preservation practices and basic integrity measurements are more widespread than others. More than half of the institutions which responded already have an archive dedicated to digitised collections in place, use preservation metadata standards and format restrictions to support preservation, have processes of bitstream preservation implemented and provide staff training in the area of digital preservation. One can identify a clear tendency that emulation strategy is less commonly used than migration and other migration supporting practices.
          • Difficulties in establishing digital archives with a functioning preservation system, the frequent lack of institutional strategies concerning digitisation and digital preservation and funding problems seem to be amongst the most serious problems faced by LIBER members.
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            Daily Tweets 2010-09-28

            Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 28th, 2010
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              Daily Tweets 2010-09-27

              Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 27th, 2010
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                "Why Linked Data is Not Enough for Scientists"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on September 26th, 2010

                Sean Bechhofer et al. have self-archived "Why Linked Data is Not Enough for Scientists" in the ECS EPrints Repository

                Here's an excerpt:

                Scientific data stands to represent a significant portion of the linked open data cloud and science itself stands to benefit from the data fusion capability that this will afford. However, simply publishing linked data into the cloud does not necessarily meet the requirements of reuse. Publishing has requirements of provenance, quality, credit, attribution, methods in order to provide the reproducibility that allows validation of results. In this paper we make the case for a scientific data publication model on top of linked data and introduce the notion of Research Objects as first class citizens for sharing and publishing.

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