Archive for the 'Digital Curation & Digital Preservation' Category

"Portage Releases Draft Institutional RDM Strategy Template"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 2nd, 2018

The Portage Network has released "Portage Releases Draft Institutional RDM Strategy Template."

Here's an excerpt:

In response to the anticipated Tri-Agency research data management (RDM) policy, the Portage Institutional RDM Strategy Working Group has released a draft template and supporting guidance document that are designed to assist Canadian research institutions in developing an overarching strategy for RDM. These resources will exist as living documents, to be updated by the Working Group as needed.

See also: Template—Institutional Research Data Management Strategy and Institutional Research Data Management Strategy: Guidance Document.

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"From Passive to Active, From Generic to Focused: How Can an Institutional Data Archive Remain Relevant in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape?"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 1st, 2018

Maria Cruz et al. have self-archived "From Passive to Active, From Generic to Focused: How Can an Institutional Data Archive Remain Relevant in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape?."

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Founded in 2008 as an initiative of the libraries of three of the four technical universities in the Netherlands, the 4TU.Centre for Research Data (4TU.Research Data) provides since 2010 a fully operational, cross-institutional, long-term archive that stores data from all subjects in applied sciences and engineering.

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"Stewardship in the ‘Age of Algorithms’"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 8th, 2017

Clifford Lynch has published "Stewardship in the 'Age of Algorithms'" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper explores pragmatic approaches that might be employed to document the behavior of large, complex socio-technical systems (often today shorthanded as "algorithms") that centrally involve some mixture of personalization, opaque rules, and machine learning components. Thinking rooted in traditional archival methodology–focusing on the preservation of physical and digital objects, and perhaps the accompanying preservation of their environments to permit subsequent interpretation or performance of the objects–has been a total failure for many reasons, and we must address this problem. The approaches presented here are clearly imperfect, unproven, labor-intensive, and sensitive to the often hidden factors that the target systems use for decision-making (including personalization of results, where relevant); but they are a place to begin, and their limitations are at least outlined. Numerous research questions must be explored before we can fully understand the strengths and limitations of what is proposed here. But it represents a way forward.

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"CLIR Receives Sloan Foundation Grants for Software and Data Curation Fellows, Energy Fellows"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on November 15th, 2017

CLIR has released "CLIR Receives Sloan Foundation Grants for Software and Data Curation Fellows, Energy Fellows."

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A $521,200 grant from Sloan's Energy and Environment program—its first to CLIR—will create a cohort of CLIR/Digital Library Federation (DLF) Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for Energy Economics, a new area of focus for the postdoctoral fellowship program. Energy fellows will have joint appointments between energy research centers and libraries at four major universities for two years starting in 2018.

A $925,361 grant from Sloan's Digital Information Technology program, which has funded research data curation fellowships since 2012, will help support eight new scholar-practitioners to take leading roles in the development of sustainable approaches to software and research data curation in the sciences and social sciences.

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"ARL Awarded Sloan Grant to Help Preserve Software, Save Cultural Record, Advance Discovery"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on October 20th, 2017

ARL has released "ARL Awarded Sloan Grant to Help Preserve Software, Save Cultural Record, Advance Discovery."

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and disseminate a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. This code will give individuals and institutions clear guidance on the legality of archiving software, in order to ensure continued access to digital files of all kinds and to offer hands-on understanding of the history of technology.

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"DIY DOI: Leveraging the DOI Infrastructure to Simplify Digital Preservation and Repository Management"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, Metadata on October 19th, 2017

Kyle Banerjee and David Forero have published "DIY DOI: Leveraging the DOI Infrastructure to Simplify Digital Preservation and Repository Management" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This article describes methods for how staff with modest technical expertise can leverage the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) infrastructure in combination with third party storage and preservation solutions to build safer, more useful, and easier to manage repositories at much lower cost than is normally possible with standalone systems. It also demonstrates how understanding the underlying mechanisms and questioning the assumptions of technology metaphors such as filesystems can lead to seeing and using tools in new and more powerful ways.

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Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 19th, 2017

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report.

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The 2017 Digital Preservation Staffing Survey provides a useful snapshot of the way digital preservation is accomplished in 2017 and how its practitioners feel about the effectiveness of their current organizational structures. It also builds on the 2012 survey and begins to establish data with which the digital preservation community can identify trends in staffing in the field.

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"The Evolution, Approval and Implementation of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 18th, 2017

John L. Faundeen and Vivian B. Hutchison have published "The Evolution, Approval and Implementation of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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This paper details how the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI) Data Management Working Group developed a Science Data Lifecycle Model, and the role the Model plays in shaping agency-wide policies and data management applications. Starting with an extensive literature review of existing data lifecycle models, representatives from various backgrounds in USGS attended a two-day meeting where the basic elements for the Science Data Lifecycle Model were determined. Refinements and reviews spanned two years, leading to finalization of the model and documentation in a formal agency publication.

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"Evolving Roles of Preservation Professionals: Trends in Position Announcements from 2004 to 2015"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on October 16th, 2017

Mary M. Miller and Martha Horan have published "Evolving Roles of Preservation Professionals: Trends in Position Announcements from 2004 to 2015" in Library Resources & Technical Services.

Here's an excerpt:

As research libraries continue to expand the scope of content they acquire, manage, and make accessible, the preservation charge within organizations is broadening. Libraries and other cultural heritage institutions must balance the preservation of books, manuscripts, archives, and audiovisual materials with born-digital and digitized content. As preservation challenges and strategies evolve, professional positions in preservation must also evolve to meet the needs of academic and other cultural institutions. The ability to quantify how preservation positions are changing, and to identify the required skill sets and educational backgrounds needed for preservation professionals, is central to navigating this shift. To begin to address this, the authors collected and analyzed announcements for professional preservation positions in libraries and archives from 2004 through 2015. They compared the contents of announcements between earlier and more recent years to identify potential trends in preservation employment.

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"Pursuing Best Performance in Research Data Management by Using the Capability Maturity Model and Rubrics "

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 11th, 2017

Jian Qinet al. have published "Pursuing Best Performance in Research Data Management by Using the Capability Maturity Model and Rubrics " in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

The RDM CMM [Capability Maturity Model] includes five chapters describing five key process areas for research data management: 1) data management in general; 2) data acquisition, processing, and quality assurance; 3) data description and representation; 4) data dissemination; and 5) repository services and preservation. In each chapter, key data management practices are organized into four groups according to the CMM's generic processes: commitment to perform, ability to perform, tasks performed, and process assessment (combining the original measurement and verification). For each area of practice, the document provides a rubric to help projects or organizations assess their level of maturity in RDM.

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Version 8 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography Released

Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications on October 4th, 2017

Digital Scholarship has released Version 8 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 680 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. Printed from the HTML page, it is over 130 pages long.

The Research Data Curation Bibliography covers topics such as research data creation, acquisition, metadata, provenance, repositories, management, policies, support services, funding agency requirements, peer review, publication, citation, sharing, reuse, and preservation.

Most sources have been published from January 2009 through September 2017; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

Abstracts are included in this bibliography if a work is under a Creative Commons Attribution License (BY and national/international variations), a Creative Commons public domain dedication (CC0), or a Creative Commons Public Domain Mark and this is clearly indicated in the work.

The Research Data Curation Bibliography is under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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"Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 15th, 2017

John Kunze et al. have published "Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper we present a draft vocabulary for making "persistence statements." These are simple tools for pragmatically addressing the concern that anyone feels upon experiencing a broken web link. Scholars increasingly use scientific and cultural assets in digital form, but choosing which among many objects to cite for the long term can be difficult. There are few well-defined terms to describe the various kinds and qualities of persistence that object repositories and identifier resolvers do or don’t provide. Given an object's identifier, one should be able to query a provider to retrieve human- and machine-readable information to help judge the level of service to expect and help gauge whether the identifier is durable enough, as a sort of long-term bet, to include in a citation. The vocabulary should enable providers to articulate persistence policies and set user expectations.

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100% Online Professional Science Master’s Degree in Digital Curation at UNC Chapel Hill Announced

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 4th, 2017

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced its new Professional Science Master's Degree in Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This innovative, 100% online program is now accepting applications for the initial cohort of students who will begin classes in January 2018. Deadline to apply for January admission is October 10, 2017.

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The Role of Research Libraries in the Creation, Archiving, Curation, and Preservation of Tools for the Digital Humanities

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on August 2nd, 2017

RLUK has released The Role of Research Libraries in the Creation, Archiving, Curation, and Preservation of Tools for the Digital Humanities.

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The purpose of this report is to present and discuss the results of the 'Research Libraries and Digital Humanities Tools' project undertaken by RLUK. The project aimed to explore the role that libraries currently have or can potentially have in the creation, archiving, curation, and preservation of tools for Digital Humanities research; it is part of RLUK's goal to understand the role that research libraries play in digital scholarship, identify specific areas where they can add value as well as facilitate the sharing of existing best practice.

Therefore, a survey was conducted where professionals, mostly from research libraries within the RLUK membership, took part and reported on the variety of Digital Humanities projects they support and the different ways in which they engage with scholarly work in the area. Additional discussions with some of these participants not only shed further light into the collaborative activities formed in the context of various initiatives, such as the production and preservation of tools, but also into the different models of involvement in Digital Humanities scholarship.

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"Information Scientist Herbert Van de Sompel to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Science, People in the News on August 1st, 2017

CNI released "Information Scientist Herbert Van de Sompel to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award."

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An accomplished researcher and information scientist, Van de Sompel is perhaps best known for his role in the development of protocols designed to expose data and make them accessible to other systems, forging links that connect related information, thereby enhancing, facilitating, and deepening the research process. These initiatives include the OpenURL framework (stemming from his earlier work on the SFX link resolver), as well as the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), which included the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and the Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) scheme. Other notable contributions include the Memento protocol, which enables browsers to access earlier versions of the Web easily, and ResourceSync, which allows applications to remain synchronized with evolving content collections.

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"Open Source Software for Digital Preservation Repositories: a Survey"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Open Source Software on July 24th, 2017

Carlos André Rosa et al. have self-archived "Open Source Software for Digital Preservation Repositories: a Survey."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper focuses on the state-of-the-art in open-source software solutions for the digital preservation and curation field used to assimilate and disseminate information to designated audiences. Eleven open source projects for digital preservation are surveyed in areas such as supported standards and protocols, strategies for preservation, methodologies for reporting, dynamic of development, targeted operating systems, multilingual support and open source license. Furthermore, five of these open source projects, are further analysed, with focus on features deemed important for the area. Along open source solutions, the paper also briefly surveys the standards and protocols relevant for digital data preservation. The area of digital data preservation repositories has several open source solutions, which can form the base to overcome the challenges to reach mature and reliable digital data preservation.

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"14 Years of PID Services at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB): Connected Frameworks, Research Data and Lessons Learned from a National Research Library Perspective"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on July 18th, 2017

Angelina Kraft et al. have published "14 Years of PID Services at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB): Connected Frameworks, Research Data and Lessons Learned from a National Research Library Perspective" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In an ideal research world, any scientific content should be citable and the coherent content, as well as the citation itself, should be persistent. However, today’s scientists do not only produce traditional research papers—they produce comprehensive digital resources and collections. TIB's mission is to develop a supportive framework for a sustainable access to such digital content—focusing on areas of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. The term digital content comprises all digitally available resources such as audiovisual media, databases, texts, images, spreadsheets, digital lab journals, multimedia, 3D objects, statistics and software code.

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"Massive Newspaper Migration—Moving 22 Million Records from CONTENTdm to Solphal"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 17th, 2017

Alan Witkowski et al. have published "Massive Newspaper Migration—Moving 22 Million Records from CONTENTdm to Solphal" in D-Lib Magazine.

Utah Digital Newspapers is a pioneering digital newspapers program at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. Recently, a small project team completed a successful migration away from CONTENTdm onto a home-grown system called Solphal, built using open-source applications. The migration process is detailed along with examples of scripts used to prepare and enhance metadata. Transitioning away from a limiting vendor-based solution to a home-grown system has enabled the Utah Digital Newspapers program to be more responsive to user requests as well as realizing greater efficiencies in hardware and software. The platform has opened up new possibilities for the future as the collection continues to grow.

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Disaster Planning and Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on July 14th, 2017

Rebecca D. Frank has self-archived Disaster Planning and Trustworthy Digital Repositories.

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this study is to understand if digital repositories that have a preservation mandate are engaging in disaster planning, particularly in relation to their pursuit of trusted digital repository status. For those that are engaging in disaster planning, the study examines the creation of formal disaster response and recovery plans, finding that in most cases the process of going through an audit for certification as a trusted repository provides the impetus for the creation of formalized disaster planning documentation. This paper also discusses obstacles that repositories encounter and finds that most repositories struggle with making their documentation available

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"The Changing Role of Research Publishing: A Case Study from Springer Nature"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 11th, 2017

Steven Inchcoombe has published "The Changing Role of Research Publishing: A Case Study from Springer Nature" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Using Springer Nature as a case study this article explores the future of research publishing, with the guiding objective of identifying how such organizations can better serve the needs of researchers and those that support researchers (particularly academic institutions, institutional libraries, research funding bodies and academic societies) as we work together to help advance discovery for the benefit of all. Progress in four key areas is described: improving the publishing process, innovating across science communication, driving the growth and development of open research and adding value beyond publishing. The aim of this article is thus to set out a clear vision of what research publishers can achieve if they especially focus on addressing researchers’ needs and apply their considerable resources and expertise accordingly.

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Research Data Infrastructures in the UK

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 3rd, 2017

The Open Research Data Task Force has released Research Data Infrastructures in the UK.

Here's an excerpt:

This report is intended to inform the work of the Open Research Data Task Force, which has been established with the aim of building on the principles set out in Open Research Data Concordat (published in July 2016) to co-ordinate creation of a roadmap to develop the infrastructure for open research data across the UK. As an initial contribution to that work, the report provides an outline of the policy and service infrastructure in the UK as it stands in the first half of 2017, including some comparisons with other countries; and it points to some key areas and issues which require attention.

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Archives Unleashed Project Awarded $610,625 Grant by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants, Research Libraries on July 2nd, 2017

The Archives Unleashed Project has been awarded a $610,625 Grant by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The University of Waterloo and York University have been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past. . . .

The three-year Archives Unleashed project has three major thrusts: First, the project will build a software toolkit that applies modern big data analytics infrastructure to scholarly analysis of web archives. Second, the toolkit will be deployed in a cloud-based environment that will provide a one-stop portal for scholars to ingest their collections and execute a number of analyses with the click of a mouse. Finally, datathons—or hackathons—will build a cohesive and sustainable user community by bringing the core project team members together with librarians, archivists, and other interested researchers.

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"HathiTrust Libraries Propose to Retain More Than 16 Million Volumes in Shared Print Program"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Publishing, Research Libraries on June 30th, 2017

HathiTrust has released "HathiTrust Libraries Propose to Retain More Than 16 Million Volumes in Shared Print Program."

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Fifty HathiTrust member libraries have proposed to retain more than 16 million volumes for 25 years under the HathiTrust Shared Print Program. These volumes correspond to more than 4.8 million individual book titles held in the HathiTrust Digital Library (about 65% of all HathiTrust digital monographs). This is a significant step toward the primary goal of the program: to ensure that print copies of all HathiTrust digital holdings remain available to scholars for many years to come. The Shared Print Program is a core program of HathiTrust, supported by and benefiting all of the more than 120 HathiTrust members

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"Metadata for Research Data Discovery and Management"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 28th, 2017

Lizz Jennings has published "Metadata for Research Data Discovery and Management" in Catalogue and Index.

Here's an excerpt:

Requirements for sharing research data have increased in recent years, partly in response to the open science agenda and partly as a means to make better use of data generated using public money. Research funders increased their expectations of researchers in relation to research data sharing, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) was the first Research Council to put the onus on institutions to provide support for this

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Open Data: The Researcher Perspective

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on June 28th, 2017

Elsevier and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies have released Open Data: The Researcher Perspective.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The study is based on a complementary methods approach consisting of a quantitative analysis of bibliometric and publication data, a global survey of 1,200 researchers and three case studies including in-depth interviews with key individuals involved in data collection, analysis and deposition in the fields of soil science, human genetics and digital humanities.

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