"Learning from Failure: The Case of the Disappearing Web Site"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 14th, 2015

Francine Barone et al. have published "Learning from Failure: The Case of the Disappearing Web Site" in .

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents the findings of the Gone Dark Project, a joint study between the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University. The project has sought to give substance to frequent reports of Web sites "disappearing" (URLs that generate "404 not found" errors) by tracking and investigating cases of excellent and important Web sites which are no longer accessible online. We first address the rationale and research methods for the project before focusing on several key case studies illustrating some important challenges in Web preservation. Followed by a brief overview of the strengths and weaknesses of current Web archiving practice, the lessons learned from these case studies will inform practical recommendations that might be considered in order to improve the preservation of online content within and beyond existing approaches to Web preservation and archiving.

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    Digital Curation News (5/13/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

    Posted in Digital Curation News on May 13th, 2015

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      "What Do We Mean by ‘Preserving Digital Information’? Towards Sound Conceptual Foundations for Digital Stewardship"

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 13th, 2015

      Simone Sacchi has self-archived "What Do We Mean by 'Preserving Digital Information'? Towards Sound Conceptual Foundations for Digital Stewardship."

      Here's an excerpt:

      Digital preservation is fundamental to information stewardship in the 21st century. Although much useful work on preservation strategies has been accomplished, we do not yet have an adequate conceptual framework that articulates precisely and formally what preservation actually is. The intention of the account provided here is to bring us closer to this goal. Following an initial analysis of the concept of preservation as it occurs in ordinary discourse around digital stewardship, several influential preservation models are analyzed, identifying both useful insights and problems. A framework of interrelated concepts is then developed that analyzes the challenges of long term digital stewardship through the lens of information communication.

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        Applications Development Analyst at Georgetown University Library

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 13th, 2015

        Georgetown University Library is recruiting a Applications Development Analyst .

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Applications Programmer Analyst helps develop, program and manage library technologies needed to support the library's applications and infrastructure. Assists and works with the Sr. Applications Programmer in planning, designing, coding, and maintaining the library's technology applications. Integrates software components into the library's applications and ensures software interoperability among the library's different applications and is responsible for developing and coding scripts and other programs that would alleviate manual workflows for other library staff using the library applications.

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          "Robert Darnton Closes the Book"

          Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

          Corydon Ireland has published "Robert Darnton Closes the Book" in the Harvard Gazette.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Early this summer, Robert Choate Darnton, Harvard's Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, will pack up his book-lined office on the second floor of Wadsworth House.

          As of June 30, the celebrated historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books will leave the University he first saw as an undergraduate in 1957. A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007.

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            Wayback Machine Senior Engineer at Internet Archive

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 13th, 2015

            The Internet Archive is recruiting a Wayback Machine Senior Engineer.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            We are looking for a smart, collaborative and resourceful engineer to help develop the next version of the Wayback Machine. The ideal candidate will possess a desire to work collaboratively with a small internal team and a large, vocal and active user community; demonstrating independence, creativity, initiative and technological savvy, in addition to being a great programmer/architect.

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              "Dana Rooks: A Retrospective"

              Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

              The University of Houston Libraries has released "Dana Rooks: A Retrospective."

              Here's an excerpt:

              After holding positions at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she joined the University of Houston. At UH, she fulfilled the roles of business/economics reference librarian, coordinator of library instruction, library personnel coordinator, assistant director for administration, assistant director for public services and administration, and acting director. This year, Rooks will retire after 18 years as Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

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                Manager, Digital Studio at New York University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 12th, 2015

                New York University is recruiting a Manager, Digital Studio.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                In consultation with the Head of the Digital Studio and in collaboration with the Manager of ATS Instructional Media & Technology, the Manager, Digital Studio will manage and oversee the planning, development, operations, and technical services in support of the University-wide educational and research activities of the Digital Studio. Provide client service, technical knowledge, technical development, and communications expertise in support of state-of-the-art computer technology used by faculty, researchers, and staff for teaching and research. Advise and consult with faculty and researchers in the design, development, and implementation of information technology services for teaching and research. Develop and deliver training programs including conducting seminars, training sessions, and workshops. Help support scholarly computing, in particular digital humanities, in collaboration with Digital Scholarship Services and Data Services.

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                  "Technology in Higher Education: Defining the Strategic Leader"

                  Posted in Digital Culture on May 12th, 2015

                  The EDUCAUSE Review has released "Technology in Higher Education: Defining the Strategic Leader."

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  In 2014, EDUCAUSE, the association of IT leaders in higher education in the United States, and Jisc, the national organization supporting the use of digital technologies for higher education and research in the United Kingdom, came together to address a common concern —that insufficient attention is paid to understanding the skills required by technology leaders in higher education, both now and in the future. The two organizations convened a working group of 10 U.K. and U.S. IT leaders to address this issue, and this article outlines their findings. It provides the higher education IT community with a model to guide IT professionals at all stages of their careers and to position technology as a central part of advancing the core mission of the academic institution. . . .

                  In approaching this topic, the working group asked themselves, "How do we put together something that is meaningful and practical for a relatively diverse audience?" Although the group came to consensus about the traits needed for a successful IT leader, they agreed that the challenge lay in sharing those traits in a way that explains how they work together, how they are used, and, more importantly, how to help people interested in moving into IT leadership. The following model describes the many roles an IT leader plays and provides guidance about how to use the model—for individuals, institutions, and teams.

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                    Digital Humanities Librarian at University of Miami

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 12th, 2015

                    The University of Miami is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    Reporting to the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies and working within a growing digital strategies team, the Digital Humanities Librarian will develop a set of services to support the evolving digital humanities research and pedagogy on the University of Miami campus. The Digital Humanities Librarian will work with colleagues in the UM Libraries, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS), and the nascent digital humanities research program, among others, to identify and foster adoption of digital tools and resources that serve to advance scholarly work and teaching in the humanities and arts. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty and students on digital humanities research and projects, and will serve as a resource for subject librarians and special collections curators involved with such projects. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison for the Center for the Humanities, and will have a firm grounding in research methodologies in humanities disciplines.

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                      NEH Grants: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

                      Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on May 12th, 2015

                      The National Endowment for the Humanities has released guidelines for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

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                        Systems Administrator at University of Texas at Arlington

                        Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 11th, 2015

                        The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Systems Administrator.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        1. Provide proactive systems management including system capacity planning, monitoring for security alerts and other critical updates and patches, and new software to enhance system functionality. 2. Perform tests, debugs, and maintain applications in client-server and Web-based environment. 3. Perform daily system checks, including the review of hardware and software error logs, system performance statistics, and other system status and activity reports. 4. Perform routine system administration, maintain system security, file system management, problem resolution, and address systems performance issues and crashes. 5. Ensure the integrity of server-based applications through application of appropriate security measures. 6. Install and upgrade server-based applications as needed. 7. Configure, manage, and debug MySQL database servers; configure, manage, and debug Apache web services.

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