"A Framework for the Preservation of a Docker Container"

Iain Emsley and David De Roure have published "A Framework for the Preservation of a Docker Container" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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Reliably building and maintaining systems across environments is a continuing problem. A project or experiment may run for years. Software and hardware may change as can the operating system. Containerisation is a technology that is used in a variety of companies, such as Google, Amazon and IBM, and scientific projects to rapidly deploy a set of services repeatably. Using Dockerfiles to ensure that a container is built repeatably, to allow conformance and easy updating when changes take place are becoming common within projects. Its seen as part of sustainable software development. Containerisation technology occupies a dual space: it is both a repository of software and software itself. In considering Docker in this fashion, we should verify that the Dockerfile can be reproduced. Using a subset of the Dockerfile specification, a domain specific language is created to ensure that Docker files can be reused at a later stage to recreate the original environment. We provide a simple framework to address the question of the preservation of containers and its environment. We present experiments on an existing Dockerfile and conclude with a discussion of future work. Taking our work, a pipeline was implemented to check that a defined Dockerfile conforms to our desired model, extracts the Docker and operating system details. This will help the reproducibility of results by creating the machine environment and package versions. It also helps development and testing through ensuring that the system is repeatably built and that any changes in the software environment can be equally shared in the Dockerfile. This work supports not only the citation process it also the open scientific one by providing environmental details of the work. As a part of the pipeline to create the container, we capture the processes used and put them into the W3C PROV ontology. This provides the potential for providing it with a persistent identifier and traceability of the processes used to preserve the metadata. Our future work will look at the question of linking this output to a workflow ontology to preserve the complete workflow with the commands and parameters to be given to the containers. We see this provenance within the build process useful to provide a complete overview of the workflow.

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Digital Library Infrastructure Software Engineer at Stanford University

Stanford University is recruiting a Digital Library Infrastructure Software Engineer.

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Stanford Libraries is seeking an enthusiastic and talented software engineer to support infrastructure and services as part of its digital library, an internationally recognized technology program developing innovative solutions to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the world’s leading universities. . . .He/she will define the evolving information architecture for the libraries as its data models expand to embrace linked data, and represent Stanford in the open source communities in which the Libraries actively engage.

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"Congress Will Finally Make Its Research Reports Public"

Joe Mullin has published "Congress Will Finally Make Its Research Reports Public" in DeepLinks.

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Open access activists have long been asking for reports by the Congressional Research Service, or CRS, to be made publicly and easily available. . . .

Now, those reports will be published directly by Congress. If you dig down to page 1092 of the omnibus bill [PDF] passed last week, you'll find the provision requiring all CRS reports to be published on a public website. The law specifies that the reports must be "searchable, sortable, and downloadable, including downloadable in bulk." Finally, it notes that CRS reports "are not subject to copyright protection in the United States."

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Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging at Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library is recruiting an Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging.

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Reporting directly to the Eric Weinmann Librarian, the Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging (ALCDI) oversees the cataloging, metadata, and digital imaging functions of the Collections team, collaborates with colleagues on projects that will enhance pathways to discovery within the collection, and is a key participant in digital initiatives. The ALCDI is responsible for the smooth operation of the Voyager ILS, Aeon, and LUNA environments, database loads and maintenance, global changes, electronic resources management, and customized electronic reports.

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"Archiving Large-Scale Legacy Multimedia Research Data: A Case Study"

Claudia Yogeswaran and Kearsy Cormier have published "Archiving Large-Scale Legacy Multimedia Research Data: A Case Study " in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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In this paper we provide a case study of the creation of the DCAL Research Data Archive at University College London. In doing so, we assess the various challenges associated with archiving large-scale legacy multimedia research data, given the lack of literature on archiving such datasets. We address issues such as the anonymisation of video research data, the ethical challenges of managing legacy data and historic consent, ownership considerations, the handling of large-size multimedia data, as well as the complexity of multi-project data from a number of researchers and legacy data from eleven years of research.

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User Experience Designer at Stanford University

Stanford University is recruiting a User Experience Designer.

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A key focus of the User Experience Designer will be to lead the business analysis and design process for SULK's development and maintenance, with a focus on the integration and development of systems based on Linked Open Data technologies. S/he will drive an agile design process that includes determining requirements, defining business logic, designing systems, supporting the software development process, and testing and quality control. In many cases this role will extend beyond Stanford and into the broader digital library community.

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"Push Versus Pull"

Sheldon H. Jacobson has published "Push Versus Pull" in Communications of the ACM.

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The access subscription fee model represents a "Push Model" for financing publications, whereby publishers push access onto institutions, for an access subscription fee. An alternative "Pull Model" positions publishers to pull submissions to their journals. In such a model, no access subscription fees are paid, and hence, anyone can access research publications. What institutions would pay are submission subscription fees, an institution-wide fee that permits their entire faculty to submit papers to a particular journal or a publisher's portfolio of journals.

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Digital Collections Curator at Florida International University

Florida International University is recruiting a Digital Collections Curator.

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The Digital Collections Curator, in collaboration with the curatorial and library team, drives the creation of innovative digital products produced by and for The Wolfsonian at FIU and actively engages with a wide variety of communities, both online and in real life, as a means of engaging audiences using and creating digital technology and new media.

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Global Access to Research Software: The Forgotten Pillar of Open Science Implementation

The Global Young Academy has released Global Access to Research Software: The Forgotten Pillar of Open Science Implementation .

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The Global Young Academy (GYA), in collaboration with the Oxford-based organisation INASP, carried out a pilot survey to assess the quantity and quality of access to proprietary and open source software among researchers from all disciplines. . . .Emphasis was placed on gathering data from researchers based in Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria, whose access to and use of research software had not yet been extensively documented.

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