Visiting Scholarly Communications Librarian at Florida State University Libraries

Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Visiting Scholarly Communications Librarian. Required degree: "American Library Association accredited master's degree."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Librarian will lead the FSU Libraries' outreach efforts to build a scholarly communications program in support of scholarly publication and Open Access (OA) activities. This includes educating the university community about OA resources and services at FSU, leading the development of DigiNole Commons, the FSU Institutional Repository (IR), and interfacing with faculty to determine intellectual property issues and their impact on scholarly inquiry and instruction. In this endeavor, the incumbent will coordinate efforts to recruit, collect, showcase, and preserve the scholarly output of The Florida State University. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services.

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Data Curation Librarian at University of New Mexico Libraries

The University of New Mexico Libraries are recruiting a Data Curation Librarian. Required degree: "Master's degree earned by the appointment start date from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working both collaboratively and independently in a dynamic, service-oriented environment, the Data Curation Librarian will provide operational oversight of the University Libraries research data repository and its allied services. Daily responsibilities will include working closely with the Data Librarianship faculty, coordinating the receipt of new data acquisitions, crafting repository policies and procedures, and providing user assistance to both clients and patrons. This position will also perform a key role in the creation of new data repository tools by gathering requirements and coordinating software development projects. As a member of the University Libraries data archives working group, the Data Curation Librarian will coordinate group meetings and help shape data curation plans and strategies. This position may also assist with other open access/open data projects as assigned.

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Linked Data for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Survey and Workshop Report

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Linked Data for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Survey and Workshop Report.

Here's an excerpt:

In June 2011, Stanford University hosted a group of librarians and technologists to examine issues and challenges surrounding the use of linked data for library applications. This report summarizes the activities and discussions that took place during the workshop, describes what came out of the workshop, outlines next steps identified by the participants, and provides contextual and background information, including preliminary reports and biographies of workshop participants. The workshop report was produced and edited by the participants and staff at Stanford University Libraries.

As background for workshop participants, CLIR commissioned Jerry Persons, technology analyst at Knowledge Motifs and Chief Information Architect emeritus at Stanford, to produce a survey of the linked-data landscape, and the projects and individuals associated with it. The survey focuses on the practical aspects of understanding and applying linked data practices and technologies to the metadata and content of libraries, museums, and archives. There are numerous links in the report and the survey that lead readers to many other sources and examples regarding the use of linked data methods.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Version 80, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Version 80 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes over 4,000 articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital repositories, e-books, e-journals, license agreements, metadata, and open access. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

This version marks the fifteenth year of publication of the bibliography, which was established on October 25, 1996.

Changes in This Version

The bibliography has the following sections (new/revised sections are marked with an asterisk:

Table of Contents

1 Economic Issues*
2 Electronic Books and Texts
2.1 Case Studies and History
2.2 General Works*
2.3 Library Issues*
2.4 Research*
3 Electronic Serials
3.1 Case Studies and History*
3.2 Critiques
3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals*
3.4 General Works*
3.5 Library Issues*
3.6 Research*
4 General Works*
4.1 Research (Multiple-Types of Electronic Works)*
5 Legal Issues
5.1 Digital Copyright*
5.2 License Agreements*
6 Library Issues
6.1 Digital Libraries*
6.2 Digital Preservation*
6.3 General Works*
6.4 Metadata and Linking*
7 New Publishing Models*
8 Publisher Issues*
8.1 Digital Rights Management and User Authentication*
9 Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI*
Appendix A. Related Bibliographies*
Appendix B. About the Author*
Appendix C. SEPB Use Statistics

The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

  1. E-science and Academic Libraries Bibliography , Version 1
  2. Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011
  3. Google Book Search Bibliography, Version 7

See also: Digital Scholarship Publications Overview.

Digital Humanities Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries

The John Cotton Dana Library of the Rutgers University Libraries is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian. Required degree: "ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Degree in a humanities discipline, or strong humanities reference experience."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor and Director of the John Cotton Dana Library and under the direction of the Head of Public Services for the Dana Library, the Digital Humanities Librarian will provide support to faculty and students through the integration of digital resources, methodologies, technologies, and analytical tools with traditional resources and approaches to research and instruction in the humanities. The position includes faculty liaison responsibilities, particularly with the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, for research assistance, information literacy, and collection development. The Digital Humanities Librarian will advise teaching faculty on the creation and curation of digital objects in a variety of image, audio, and video formats, fostering collaboration between scholars, technologists, and information specialists and will offer leadership in identifying, understanding, evaluating, and implementing emerging technologies based on their pedagogical, presentation, and research uses in the fields of visual and performing arts as well as writing and journalism. Will also work with the other Dana librarians to identify and shepherd digital projects involving Dana and the Institute of Jazz Studies collections from inception to completion.

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"Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies"

The California Digital Library has released "Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies."

Here's an excerpt:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 provides the federal administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals and other non-profit organizations. In 1999 Circular A-110 was revised to provide public access under some circumstances to research data through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Funding agencies have implemented the OMB requirement in various ways. The table below summarizes the data management and sharing requirements of primary US federal funding agencies.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Curation Librarian at University of California, Merced Library

The University of California, Merced Library is recruiting a Digital Curation Librarian. Required degree: "MLS from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program or equivalent experience or advance degree in information science or related field." Salary: $48,504-$54,444.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Curation Librarian manages digital assets generated at UC Merced through the processes of creation, description, preservation, and publication/delivery. The Digital Curation Librarian will provide consultative support and expertise to UC Merced faculty and researchers to address their data management needs, including the development of data management plans. Communicating and liaising with researchers, partners, and service providers to develop opportunities and services will be a key aspect of this position. Additional responsibilities include library instruction and oversight of library exhibits.

| New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Stop Online Piracy Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Representative Lamar Smith and others have introduced the H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

A bipartisan group in the House today introduced legislation that expands protections for America's intellectual property (IP) and combats the illegal distribution of counterfeit goods via rogue websites. The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) allows the Attorney General to seek injunctions against foreign websites that steal and sell American innovations and products. The bill increases criminal penalties for individuals who traffic in counterfeit medicine and military goods, which put innocent civilians and American soldiers at risk. And it improves coordination between IP enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge issued a statement about the bill. Here's an excerpt:

The new House legislation (HR 3261) is an unwarranted expansion of government power to protect one special interest. The bill would overturn the long-accepted principles and practices of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice and takedown process in favor of a one-sided enforcement mechanism that is far more broad than existing law while not attempting to protect the rights of anyone accused of copyright infringement.

In addition, anyone who writes about, or links to, a site suspected of infringement could also become a target of government action. The bill also features the now well-known dangers to the engineering of the Internet domain-name system (DNS), endangering Internet security while requiring Internet Service Providers and search engines to take on vast new responsibilities to block access to suspected sites.

Read more about it at "House Version of Rogue Websites Bill Adds DMCA Bypass, Penalties for DNS Workarounds."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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Cornell University Library Gets Grant to Plan arXiv Governance Model

The Cornell University Library has received a grant from the Simons Foundation to plan a governance model for arXiv.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Simons Foundation, which is based in New York City, has provided a $60,000 planning grant to support the development of a governance model that will guide the online repository's transition from interim to long-term governance. . . .

arXiv—a free scientific repository of research in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science and related disciplines—allows scientists to share their research before publication. The repository now boasts 700,000 "preprint" articles, a million downloads a week and hundreds of thousands of contributors.

The work proposed in the planning grant has already begun, and it will continue through April 2012. The grant supports multiple goals:

  • Developing a set of arXiv operating principles and seeking input from key stakeholders;
  • Refining the institutional fee model and revenue projection;
  • Delineating a governance model and bylaws that clearly define roles and responsibilities for the Library and its partners; and
  • Establishing an initial governing board that reflects the financial contribution levels of major stakeholders and the scientific community.

| New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Royal Society Makes Journal Articles Published More Than 70 Years Ago Open Access

The Royal Society has made journal articles published more than 70 years ago open access.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Royal Society has today announced that its world-famous historical journal archive—which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal—has been made permanently free to access online.

Around 60,000 historical scientific papers are accessible via a fully searchable online archive, with papers published more than 70 years ago now becoming freely available.

The Royal Society is the world's oldest scientific publisher, with the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665. . . .

The move is being made as part of the Royal Society's ongoing commitment to open access in scientific publishing. Opening of the archive is being timed to coincide with Open Access Week, and also comes soon after the Royal Society announced its first ever fully open access journal, Open Biology.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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Digital Preservation, SPEC Kit 325

The Association of Research Libraries has released Digital Preservation, SPEC Kit 325. The table of contents and executive summary are freely available.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The survey asked ARL libraries about their digital content, their strategies for preserving that content, and the staff, time, and funding they currently devote to digital preservation. It also asked each responding library to compare its digital preservation activities of three years ago to current activities and project three years into the future. In addition, to better understand the roles of research libraries in the emergent field of digital curation, the survey sought to identify issues that are and are not being addressed through current practices and policies.

This survey revealed, as the digital preservation field is maturing, that most ARL libraries are rising to the challenge of establishing policies, workflows, and infrastructures to systematically preserve their rapidly expanding bodies of digital content. The survey also revealed that most ARL libraries are actively engaging in in-house digital preservation rather than outsourcing it to external parties, thus maintaining their control and ownership over the digital content that they curate.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Hope College Adopts Open Access Policy

Hope College has adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

Each member of the faculty of Hope College grants to Hope College permission to make her or his scholarly work as defined below openly accessible in the College’s Institutional Repository.

The permission granted by each member of the faculty of Hope College is a nonexclusive, irrevocable, non-commercial, paid-up, worldwide license. Hope College is permitted to exercise any and all rights under United States copyright law related to the scholarly work designated above provided that (a) the works are neither sold for a profit nor used for any commercial purposes and (b) the faculty member has not formally designated that a specific scholarly work is not to be so disseminated. The permission also allows Hope College to authorize others to do the same.

This policy applies to all peer-reviewed, published scholarly journal articles and conference proceedings written while the author is a member of the faculty of Hope College and written after the formal adoption of this policy. Faculty members shall submit all such scholarly articles for addition to the College's Institutional Repository. A faculty member may formally designate that a specific scholarly work is not to be disseminated by requesting a waiver. Reasons for doing so may include the existence of an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the existence of this policy or the reasonable potential for the author to expect to receive royalties for the work. However, faculty members may opt out of such dissemination of a scholarly work for any reason.

Read more about it at "Open Access Policy Makes Faculty Scholarship Available Worldwide."

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Projects Library Manager Position at University of Kentucky Libraries

The University of Kentucky Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Library Manager. Salary: $34,902-$55,848.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Oversee digital production and staffing, supervising three direct reports. Develop and implement workflow for digital content creation & born digital content acquisition & preservation; facilitate connections and partnerships of faculty and students with librarians & technologists in supporting digital scholarship; collaborate to establish digitization project priorities. Arrange, organize, describe, preserve & process digitized & born digital resources. Analyze condition & maintain digital preservation & descriptive standards. Create & provide intellectual & online access to digital content. Analyze, evaluate & document digital content creation to improve productivity & work processes. Collect & track statistics.

| New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Register of Copyrights Announces Priorities and Special Projects through October 2013

Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights, has announced the U.S. Copyright Office's priorities and special projects through October 2013.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The paper articulates 17 priorities in the areas of copyright policy and administrative practice, as well as 10 new projects designed to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. Copyright Office's services in the 21st century. . . .

Rogue websites, illegal streaming, small claims, orphan works and library preservation are among the issues the Copyright Office will focus on through research and legislative support for Congress. The document also summarizes the work of the office in global policy, including U.S. trade negotiations, anti-piracy efforts and international discussions of exceptions and limitations.

The administrative practice of the Copyright Office will be particularly active during the next two years. The office has launched the fifth triennial rulemaking involving the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and will spend significant time considering and resolving regulatory issues affecting the copyrightability and registration of websites and other forms of digital authorship.

Maximizing the technical operation of the registration system is one of 10 new projects Pallante announced to help steer the office's future path. Other projects include a study of the office's costs and fees for public services, a major revision of the "Compendium of Copyright Office Practices," increased accessibility to historic copyright records, dialogues and roundtables with members of the copyright marketplace, and research partnerships with the academic community. In addition, the office will bolster its role in educational undertakings, focusing on core principles of copyright law and finding innovative ways to address the growing copyright education needs of the public.

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Data Management Librarian at Oregon State University Library Data Management Librarian

The Oregon State University Library is recruiting a Data Management Librarian. Required degree: "A Masters degree from an ALA-accredited program or a foreign equivalent degree."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, the Data Management Librarian plays a central role in developing services and guidelines in support of scientific data management at Oregon State University. The position works with faculty, graduate students, academic units and research centers, assisting in managing, describing, preserving and making research data available and accessible to appropriate audiences. The Data Management Librarian assists faculty and graduate students with writing data management plans required by funding agencies. The position identifies appropriate venues for data and serves as an intermediary between researchers and appropriate digital repository systems including ScholarsArchive@OSU.

The Data Management Librarian works with faculty and graduate students to develop workflows and metadata necessary to support Oregon State University's research enterprise. The position participates in campus initiatives, committees, and task forces related to data management and storage. The position tracks international developments in data curation and participates in library, campus, regional and national discussions regarding cooperative data curation activities and services. The position works with other librarians to build liaison activities relating to data management.

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Library Linked Data Incubator Group Final Report

The W3C Incubator Group has released Library Linked Data Incubator Group Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

Key recommendations of the report are:

  • That library leaders identify sets of data as possible candidates for early exposure as Linked Data and foster a discussion about Open Data and rights;
  • That library standards bodies increase library participation in Semantic Web standardization, develop library data standards that are compatible with Linked Data, and disseminate best-practice design patterns tailored to library Linked Data;
  • That data and systems designers design enhanced user services based on Linked Data capabilities, create URIs for the items in library datasets, develop policies for managing RDF vocabularies and their URIs, and express library data by re-using or mapping to existing Linked Data vocabularies;
  • That librarians and archivists preserve Linked Data element sets and value vocabularies and apply library experience in curation and long-term preservation to Linked Data datasets.

See also the related reports: Library Linked Data Incubator Group: Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets and Library Linked Data Incubator Group: Use Cases.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

JISC Collections Open Access Fees Project: Final Report

JISC has released the JISC Collections Open Access Fees Project: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

The focus of this third phase was around the so-called hybrid model of OA publishing and the extent to which this can be seen as an optional model offered by publishers or a transitional one as part of the move away from subscription-based to fully Gold OA.

It began with a series of in-depth one-to-one interviews with stakeholders within the Research Councils, other funding bodies, publishers and representatives from universities including librarians, institutional repository managers and research management. Interviewees were invited to answer a series of questions about the principles of the hybrid journal model, their attitudes towards it, the management of open-access fees at their organisation and their policy. . . .

The results of the interviews were used to develop a workshop for stakeholders to ensure that presentations and discussions were focused on the key issues identified in the interviews. The workshop was held in May 2011 and was the final part of the project.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Adopts Open Access Policy

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has adopted an open access policy. Among other duties, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences "awards prizes and runs a number of funding programmes, either in its own name or on behalf of a foundation or fund that has been entrusted to it."

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

Brief outline of policy

All Academy publications are basically made publicly accessible within eighteen months after publication.

All Academy research data is stored sustainably and made publicly accessible unless there are serious reasons for not doing so (those reasons are set out in an institute's data memorandum). . . . .

What material should be openly accessible?

All publications are available within the Academy. Outside the Academy, the following exceptions are possible:

  • The publisher does not approve open access. The researcher retains the correspondence with the publisher.
  • The management of the institute chooses a publisher that applies a longer embargo period.

All research data, unless the data memorandum stipulates that this is not necessary.

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Scholarly Communications Officer at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Officer. Required: "Juris Doctorate (JD)."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, the Officer will play an important role in an organization that is committed to re-conceiving the academic research library as a key partner in new modes of scholarly communications. The individual in this role will design a program that will position the UNC Library to take full advantage of and contribute to the evolution of scholarly publishing practices within the academy, and will provide guidance, policy development, and advocacy on copyright issues, fair use, privacy rights, open access, and other information policy issues to the University and Library communities. . . .

The individual in this position will sustain and develop the Libraries' leadership role in scholarly communications across the UNC campus, in areas including, but not limited to, open access, authors' rights, deposit responsibilities and new forms of information dissemination. The Scholarly Communications Officer will raise awareness among library staff and the entire campus community as well as external stakeholders, e.g., Board members and colleagues, about emerging trends in scholarly communications and their impact on the University's and Libraries' missions, and will help develop policies, programs, and practices addressing copyright, open access, and other legal issues in response to them. The Officer will contribute to local, regional, and national scholarly communications and copyright discussions and initiatives.

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Benefits to the Private Sector of Open Access to Higher Education and Scholarly Research

JISC has released Benefits to the Private Sector of Open Access to Higher Education and Scholarly Research.

Here's an excerpt:

The focus of the current study is not on assessing private sector demand, but on identifying, mapping and reviewing practical illustrations of benefits. In particular, the study was asked to look at:

  • Identifying and, where possible, quantifying tangible and attributable benefits in Open Access engagement to university research outputs.
  • Identifying success factors and recurrent enablers to realising these benefits.
  • Establishing illustrations of what and how benefits were realised, the timescale for realisation and transferability of that experience.

The study was also asked to review the quality of available evidence, how this might be addressed and to propose an evidence-based typology of Open Access engagement and benefit realisation over the short, medium and longer-term.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Public Library of America and Europeana to Collaborate

The Digital Public Library of America and Europeana have agreed to collaborate to make their systems interoperable, to share source code, and to engage in cooperative collection building.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Robert Darnton, a DPLA Steering Committee member and University Librarian at Harvard, said, "The association between the DPLA and Europeana means that users everywhere will eventually have access to the combined riches of the two systems at a single click. The aggregated databases will include many millions of books, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts, images, recordings, videos, and other materials in many formats."

Jill Cousins, Executive Director of Europeana, welcomed the agreement, saying that "Europeana was designed to be open and interoperable, and to be able to collaborate with the DPLA is a validation of that aim. By this combined effort on two continents, Europeana and the DPLA hope to promote the creation of a global network with partners from around the world."

Another outcome of this collaboration will be a virtual exhibition about the migration of Europeans to America. The DPLA and Europeana will demonstrate the potential of their combined collections by digitizing and making freely available material about the journey from the Old World to the New. This pilot project will include text and images about the experience of the uprooted as they abandoned their homes to seek a new life thousands of miles across a treacherous ocean. Letters, photographs, and official records open up unfamiliar views into the harsh world inhabited by Europeans from the shtetl communities of Russia to the peasant villages of Ireland. And equally vivid testimonies illustrate the culture shock and hard lot of the immigrants after their arrival. Everyone in the United States, including Amerindians, descends from immigrants, and nearly everyone in Europe has some connection with migration, either within Europe itself or across the ocean. All will be invited to stroll digitally through this rich exhibition.

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Head of Copyright Resources Center at Ohio State University Libraries

The Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting a Head of Copyright Resources Center. Required degree: "J.D. or an equivalent combination of education and experience; demonstrated knowledge of statutory, case, and contract law with specialization in copyright policies and intellectual property policy issues." Salary: $60,000-$87,152.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 364212):

This position is responsible for developing and leading a Libraries-wide program that provides support, services, staff development, and policy in service of OSUL programs, services, and initiatives that address issues of ownership and use of copyrighted resources in a digital age. Manages the Copyright Resources Center and staff. Develops copyright resources, seminars, programs, and workshops for OSU faculty, staff, and students. Works closely with the Health Sciences Copyright Management Office and Office of Legal Affairs, and interacts regularly with peers within CIC institutions and the national community of library copyright experts. Enhances the libraries ability to lead and innovate in intellectual property policy development and in the creation of new programs and services that rely on insightful analysis of our society's copyright regime.

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