Digital asset management

  • Preserving musical heritage ...August 14, 2011 – One of the casualties of the London riots last week was a Sony distribution warehouse. The building, owned by Sony DADC, was also the main HQ for the UK's biggest distributor of independent music, Pias. [More than 1.5m CDs destroyed in Sony warehouse fire] Interestingly, Sony looked after the stock...read full entry...
  • Outside-in and inside-out reduxJune 06, 2010 – I have been using this phrase, outside-in and inside-out, to discuss a contrast in information management practices that is becoming more important. Here is how I spoke about it a little while ago in these pages: Think, for example, of a distinction between outside-in resources, where the library is buying...read full entry...
  • Institutional sourcing ...March 28, 2010 – There was a nice press release last week about the digitization of a Chaucer manuscript at Petworth House by staff from The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library. I was interested to see the notes about the role of the library: It is part of a 18-month project - funded...read full entry...
  • Digital content quarterlyJanuary 06, 2010 – Digital Content Quarterly is a new publication from the Strategic Content Alliance. In this fast-paced, ever-changing environment the Strategic Content Alliance's Digital Content Quarterly (DCQ) provides a news round-up of digital content issues from around the world, thought-provoking features highlighting key debates in the field and regular columns from leading...read full entry...
  • EuropeanaJanuary 03, 2010 – My colleague Ricky Erway bravely accepted the challenge to talk as an outsider on the challenges faced by Europeana to a European conference on digitization last year. Her remarks are recorded in an article in the LIBER Quarterly. The organisers of the second LIBER/EBLIDA workshop on digitisation (The Hague, October...read full entry...
  • Stuff as a service ...December 13, 2009 – First, a note on a couple of recent media experiences ... We went to The boat that rocked (aka Pirate Radio) recently and were determined to enjoy it. For those that don't know, it is a movie set in 1966 on a 'pirate radio' ship broadcasting music into the UK....read full entry...
  • On the discriminations of availability ... November 02, 2009 – Seamus Heaney famously - and in poetry - complained about being included in an anthology of 'British' poetry. In the course of his poem he invokes Miroslav Holub's 'On the necessity of truth' where a man creates a disturbance in a cinema when he sees a beaver mistakenly called a...read full entry...
  • Untangling the library systems environmentOctober 25, 2009 – NISO organized a meeting on library resource management a couple of weeks ago: I notice that the presentations are now available on the web. They make an interesting collection, and I return to them in a moment. I have written about the library systems environment in these pages from time...read full entry...
  • Scientific data setsMay 27, 2009 – As attention to research data management and re-use grows I was interested to see the Gateway to Scientific Data provided by CISTI at the National Research Council Canada. Access to data from scientific research is increasingly important to collaborative research. This section aims to improve access to scientific research data...read full entry...
  • Dura-sellMay 12, 2009 – The organizational coalescence of Dspace and Fedora, announced yesterday, is welcome and not too surprising. This arrangement concentrates the resources of two organizations with similar missions and should strengthen their joint ability to secure future resources and to improve their products and services. The new organization is to be called...read full entry...
  • The archived website as historical documentMarch 30, 2009 – Presentations from the JISC conference last week are now available on the website. I attended the session on web archiving and was struck by the presentation by Niels Brügger (PDF of session here; he begins at page 64). Kevin Ashley's overview of institutional issues and Paul Cunnea's discussion of national...read full entry...
  • Levels of amplificationMarch 05, 2009 – I was very aware of the UKRDS conference this week as it left many traces in my network environment. It discussed aspects of data curation and reuse in a national context. I was interested to see these three blog reports, covering the same event with very different levels of immediacy....read full entry...
  • Indiana tags, books, cloudFebruary 27, 2009 – Indiana University Bloomington Libraries has a nicely produced Annual Report on the web. We are growing used to seeing tag clouds used in various contexts. I was interested to see this page in the report ..... The report focuses emphasizes change, asking in its title "when does change become transformational?"....read full entry...
  • Configuration of data curation infrastructureFebruary 09, 2009 – Further to my remarks about Canadian research data curation of the other day, I was interested to read the following from Chris Rusbridge of the Data Curation Centre. It is clear that a national research data infrastructure is needed, but there are problems with all of the approaches taken so...read full entry...
  • Research data set managementFebruary 02, 2009 – Via Pam Bjornson, Chair, Research Data Strategy Working Group, I learn of a report from Research Data Canada: Stewardship of research data in Canada: a gap analysis [pdf]. The method is interesting: This report provides a statement of the ideal state of research data stewardship in Canada and a description...read full entry...
  • QOTD: putting book info in the flowDecember 17, 2008 – Mike Shatzkin writes about the changing environment for publishers in Publishers' Weekly. There are some familiar themes ... Network concentration (Amazon) and diffusion (recommendation and referral from social sites, widgets, ...) ... Print book review media and subscription book clubs are fewer in number and, most critically, bricks-and-mortar retail shelf...read full entry...
  • Sustaining the digital investmentDecember 17, 2008 – The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was launched last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, JISC, CLIR, and NARA. It is jointly chaired by Fran Berman of the San Diego Supercomputer Center...read full entry...
  • Liber shifts gearsDecember 12, 2008 – And speaking of the Liber Quarterly, it is good to see that they have made it freely available on the web. It will be interesting to see if we now come across more references to it. My colleague Ricky Erway has an article in the current issue. This provides an...read full entry...
  • Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia CommonsDecember 06, 2008 – An announcement from Das Bundesarchiv (German National Archive) and Wikimedia Commons: Starting on Thursday Dec 4, 2008, Wikimedia Commons will witness a massive upload of new images. We are anticipating about 100,000 files from a donation from the German Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to the history of...read full entry...
  • On the record: two views from the GuardianOctober 29, 2008 – There is an interesting and reflective commentary about the historical record and 'unpublishing' in the Guardian. I particularly like the comment about tattoos. The consequences of putting information about yourself into the public domain are more far-reaching in a world where things you say are linked to, easily passed around...read full entry...
  • djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-JOctober 10, 2008 – djatoka, "A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server" developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library, was released recently. An article in D-Lib Magazine by Ryan Chute and Herbert Van de Sompel introduces it. A particular feature of the approach is its use of the OpenURL as enabling...read full entry...
  • Supporting research data management needsSeptember 28, 2008 – Several recent reports discuss the evolving environment of institutional research data management with particular reference to library issues. Here is a list, with a quote from each and a comment or two. Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs. Alma...read full entry...
  • The flatpack wealth of nationsSeptember 19, 2008 – Robert Crawford's poem Digital Library, St Andrews, finishes with these lines .... Where laptops open like thick-leaved books The flatpack wealth of nations. I know this because I listened to him talk to John MacColl in the latest PARCast ... Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern scottish Literature at the University...read full entry...
  • Up front repository workSeptember 15, 2008 – Mark Leggott has an interesting post on how they plan to construct and populate their institutional repository.With a minimum of training our hope is that the presentation of a 90% complete IR record will encourage faculty to complete the process. Some future enhancements will include parsing the Sherpa-Romeo record to...read full entry...
  • Data at the network levelAugust 20, 2008 – The impact of networking on organizational evolution is interesting: how does networking impact how libraries coordinate their resources to get their work done effectively? In the 'network age' there have been several major shifts in how libraries coordinate resources (and by resources, I am thinking about their budgets, staff, and...read full entry...
  • Repository of Repository-related blogsAugust 20, 2008 – I notice that this blog is included in a useful list of repository-related blogs from the Repositories Support Group. The JISC funded Repositories Support Project has today launched a new service - The RSP Blog Directory (http://rsp.ac.uk/blogs/). It provides a list of recommended and informative blogs regarding the repository scene...read full entry...
  • SEO is part of our businessJuly 27, 2008 – John Wilkin has another nice post, talking about making resources available in such a way as to make them more likely to be crawled by Google and hence more generally discoverable and, importantly, useful and used. We often go wrong, however, when we try to share our love of complexity...read full entry...
  • The institutional record and web archivingJuly 25, 2008 – As an institution's web presence becomes more central to its identity and business life, it will be interesting to see how long it is before we have more routine approaches to selectively capturing and archiving institutional web resources. One of the interesting things about this topic, as with many we...read full entry...
  • We enjoy visiting with our users while there is no place like homeJuly 10, 2008 – How libraries reach into the flow of their users has been one of the recurrent themes of this blog. Recently, I have been interested to see libraries begin to systematise this and to understand the issues around particular approaches. I mentioned the National Library of Scotland's presence on YouTube the...read full entry...
  • Research Repository SystemsJuly 02, 2008 – Chris Rusbridge writes about Research Repository Systems: I promised to be more specific about what I would like to see in repositories that presented more value for less work overall, by offering facilities that allow it to become part of the researcher’s workflow. I’m going to refer to this as...read full entry...
  • A 'shop window' to the National Library of Scotland July 01, 2008 – I enjoyed a visit to The National Library of Scotland (NLS) a while ago. The NLS has an area on YouTube, showing videos from the Scottish Screen Archive. Here is a link to an interesting video (embedding is disabled) which is rather more engaging than its description suggests ;-) This...read full entry...
  • The institutional web presence againJune 25, 2008 – I pointed to Brian Kelly's note about the evolution of the University of Bath's web presence the other day. Brian works at UKOLN, which is at the University of Bath. He uses the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine to chart how the University's web presence changed over the years, and makes...read full entry...
  • The Bath University recordJune 20, 2008 – As more of the "institutional record" gets pushed to the institutional website ('brochureware', prospectuses, course catalogs, annual reports, newsletters, etc) it raises interesting questions about who manages that institutional memory and about how it is managed. I worked at the University of Bath for many years. My former colleague Brian...read full entry...
  • Flickr switchJune 16, 2008 – I just came across a new document published by TASI, Using Flickr to Organise a Collection of Images. The advice is timely in light of the general discussion about using network-level services to manage or expose resources. Whether you have a small number of photographs you would like to share...read full entry...
  • Beyond actually existing Institutional Repositories ...June 10, 2008 – Repositories and Web 2.0 discusses the relative merits of existing institutional repositories and putative network level shared repositories which provide more incentives for depositers. It continues an argument in favor of network level shared repositories that Andy Powell has been making for a while. Andy has made the presentation available...read full entry...
  • Keeping research dataMay 14, 2008 – The JISC has made a report on digital preservation costs available. "This study has investigated the medium to long term costs to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the preservation of research data". One aim was to provide a methodological foundation on research data costs for national and institutional initiatives. Our...read full entry...
  • Tagging at the network levelMay 11, 2008 – There is a fascinating entry by Seb Chan of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney documenting experiences one month into their participation in the Commons on Flickr. The Powerhouse Museum has been alert to various ways of combining professional and audience metadata in its services. It was an early comer to...read full entry...
  • Digital preservationApril 11, 2008 – The New York Times carries an article this week about the economics of digital preservation. The context is the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access co-chaired by my colleague Brian Lavoie. All that work is going on, Dr. Lavoie said, but “that misses the point”...read full entry...
  • Conference amplification creates tremorApril 05, 2008 – I have mentioned before the tremor an event can sometimes cause in your communications fabric, as it pops up among your Facebook friends, in your RSS aggregator, and so on. So with Open Repositories 2008. A note about amplifying activities from a description of the event ... One interesting innovation...read full entry...
  • Research Outputs Repository Platform from MicrosoftMarch 24, 2008 – Savas Parastatidis announces the announcement of a platform from Microsoft to support 'research output repositories'. At the Open Repositories 2008 conference, we will formally unveil our work in advance of its official release and initiate interactions/exchanges with the DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, and other players in the repository community. This is...read full entry...
  • Google Book Search and document understandingJanuary 03, 2008 – Google Book Search: Document Understanding on a Massive Scale [PDF] is a brief treatment of issues faced by Google as they grow their corpus of digitized books and work to make it useful in various ways. Luc Vincent of Google discusses OCR (issues of many languages occurring unpredictably in variously...read full entry...
  • Library strategy at EmoryDecember 13, 2007 – I find library strategy documents an interesting indicator of trends. I do think that looking at how organizations present themselves and what is important to them in the documents they produce is revealing, documents such as annual reports, strategies, job ads, websites, org charts, and so on. It would be...read full entry...
  • The personal to global traverseDecember 09, 2007 – Network services have accustomed us to move from the personal to the global. Think of iTunes. I have my own local library on my PC which I can synchronize with mobile devices. It is also tightly integrated with the global network iTunes. And the MiniStore uses aggregate buying patterns to...read full entry...
  • Licensing use of digital resourcesNovember 17, 2007 – Constant readers - there are a few ;-) - will have noticed several references to outputs from the Eduserv Foundation of late, as well as links to their blog, eFoundations. They are producing a nice body of work. They have just released a new report "Snapshot study on the use...read full entry...
  • QOTD: digital information October 31, 2007 – Library and Archives Canada has released a digital information strategy for consultation. Those involved with the development of this Strategy believe that if we apply a combination of will, clarity of vision, collaborative effort across sectors and jurisdictions, and investment from both private and public sectors, we can make Canada...read full entry...
  • Quotes of the day (and other days?): persistent academic discourseOctober 28, 2007 – Here is Grainne Conole, professor of e-learning at the Open University writing about academic papers, conference papers, and blogging: Coming back to the question of which represents academic discourse – to my mind it’s all three – in different ways writing a paper, giving a presentation and blogging all help...read full entry...
  • The special webOctober 21, 2007 – Quantity has a quality all its own. A focus on quality is one reason that libraries, archives and museums have not moved their collections in large quantities to the web. This reduces their visibility and impact as the web becomes central to research, learning and civic engagement. Scale matters, and...read full entry...
  • Processes and repositoriesOctober 16, 2007 – I find it convenient to think about current library systems activities in terms of support for three materials workflows: bought/print materials, licensed/electronic materials, and digital/digitized materials. This is being pragmatic rather than pure, and is open to challenge on many grounds. I have discussed these at more length here, and...read full entry...
  • Personal collectionsOctober 15, 2007 – We have become used to managing collections of digital resources: images, music, citations. Zotero is one response to the question of how we will manage collections of scholarly resources. Raymond Yee's suggestive triple does good service describing the motivation: we want to be able to easily gather, create, and share...read full entry...
  • Memory: curatedOctober 11, 2007 – Major 'memory organizations' face significant challenges as the volume and variety of what is within their potential remit to collect grows. The digital turn has presented major challenges in developing routine ways of capturing and curating digital materials in many contexts. An Australian colleague pointed me to a joint statement...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Digital libraries and archivesOctober 10, 2007 – From Seamus Ross's keynote [PDF] at ECDL: I might humbly suggest that digital libraries must adopt a theoretical stance. As I noted above, library science is devoid of theoretical foundations and of a knowledge-base that is relevant to the budding digital world. Archival science with its principles of uniqueness, provenance,...read full entry...
  • Collections grid and digital conservancyOctober 09, 2007 – We use the following collections grid from time to time to help focus attention on particular collecting patterns in libraries. The bottom right hand corner represents materials that have not been highly stewarded and which are usually unique to a particular institution. The types of material which go in here...read full entry...
  • Research behaviors and the libraryOctober 09, 2007 – An interesting report [pdf] from the University of Minnesota Libraries looks at the behaviors of researchers in the sciences. It extends the earlier work done by the Libraries on researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Not unsurprisingly there is a major focus on having resources available online and when...read full entry...
  • Economic sustainability: digital preservationSeptember 25, 2007 – The NSF has set up a blue ribbon panel, with support from Mellon, to explore the economic sustainability of digital preservation activity. I am pleased to report that my colleague Brian Lavoie - who has a background in economics as well as an important record of work in digital preservation...read full entry...
  • Is that a library in your pocket?July 25, 2007 – Looking through the presentations at the JISC digitisation conference, I was interested to read the following prediction from Peter Kaufman [ppt]: Over the next 13 years: an iPod or a device its size will be able to hold: a year’s worth of video (8,760 hours) by 2012 (5 years from...read full entry...
  • The amplified conferenceJuly 25, 2007 – It is interesting to watch how more conferences are amplifying their effect through a variety of network tools and collateral communications. Stuart Dempster of JISC has just sent me a note about the recently held JISC e-Content Symposium (see reports of discussion on the Strategic Content Alliance blog) and associated...read full entry...
  • Data curation againJune 21, 2007 – I mentioned the forthcoming report on data from Liz Lyon of UKOLN the other day. It has now appeared. Liz Lyon Dealing with Data: Roles, Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships - Consultancy Report [Word] [PDF] (Permalink) [UKOLN - staff - Dr Liz Lyon] Despite its UK focus, this report should make...read full entry...
  • Digital Curation BlogJune 13, 2007 – The Digital Curation Centre now has a blog. Well worth following for discussion of policy, service and technical issues surrounding data curation and repositories generally. Here is a snippet:Digital Curation is maintaining and adding value to a trusted body of digital information over the life cycle of scholarly and scientific...read full entry...
  • Data curation: a couple of thingsJune 09, 2007 – Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge is the title of the third international Digital Curation Conference. I was interested to see scientific data described in this way as heritage given our sometimes restrictive use of heritage. Although the topic of data curation is now being more widely...read full entry...
  • Systemic change: CIC and GoogleJune 06, 2007 – Today Google and CIC announce an agreement to digitize ten million volumes across the CIC libraries. Google has been adding new partners since the first announcement was made about the Google 5. Some folks have wondered what rationale has governed selection of partner opportunities. We do not know, but they...read full entry...
  • The scholarly and cultural recordMarch 11, 2007 – There is an interesting piece by Katie Hafner in today's NYT arguing that materials left undigitized may be overlooked as the digital record becomes primary. These Steinbeck artifacts are not the only important pieces of history that are at risk of disappearing or being ignored in the digital age. As...read full entry...
  • Data curation educationFebruary 25, 2007 – What is data curation? Here is one view: Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education. Data curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain its quality, add value, and provide for re-use over time, and...read full entry...
  • Metadata complexesJanuary 30, 2007 – The current Ariadne has an interesting article outlining the work done by Eduserv and UKOLN on an application profile for e-prints. This application profile represents a relatively innovative approach to metadata, taking as it does the FRBR model and applying it to scholarly works. By making use of the benefits...read full entry...
  • Moving compound objectsJanuary 29, 2007 – Herbert sent me a pointer to the report [pdf] of the first OAI-ORE Technical Committee meeting. From the website blurb:ORE will develop specifications that allow distributed repositories to exchange information about their constituent digital objects. These specifications will include approaches for representing digital objects and repository services that facilitate access...read full entry...
  • Music libraryJanuary 28, 2007 – I was listening to the audio for the ALA Top Tech Trends session on the LITA Blog. Cliff Lynch discussed the emergence of personal libraries and used music as an example. This reminded me that I had spent an interesting while (well, an hour or so) looking at the iTunes...read full entry...
  • Tundish, maps and emergent knowledgeJanuary 27, 2007 – There is a famous passage in A portrait of the artist as a young man where Stephen Dedalus is talking to an English priest and is made uncomfortable about the Irish way in which he speaks English. Stephen uses the word tundish for funnel, a word unfamiliar to the priest....read full entry...
  • Airplane reading: smelling the wineJanuary 13, 2007 – A busy week with a trip at the end meant little posting. Here is a note on travel reading. I received When red is black by Qiu Xiaolong over Christmas and finished it on the way back from New York City yesterday evening. Chen, the detective with literary interests is...read full entry...
  • Mass digitizationDecember 17, 2006 – In preparation for my trip to France recently, I read, in English, Jean-Noël Jeanneney's critique of the Google digitization of library books, Google and the myth of universal knowledge : a view from Europe ('available' here, on, er, Google Book Search). Whatever one's response to his argument, it is a...read full entry...
  • The book as platformDecember 04, 2006 – I was reading Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities on a flight home the other day. A major part of his argument is that publishing - of books, newspapers, and so on - played an important role in creating a shared identity across geographically distributed communities, which in turn was important in...read full entry...
  • Data curationNovember 20, 2006 – Chris Rusbridge is the Director of the Digital Curation Centre at the University of Edinburgh. About the DCC:Scientists, researchers and scholars across the UK generate increasingly vast amounts of digital data, with further investment in digitisation and purchase of digital content and information. The scientific record and the documentary heritage...read full entry...
  • Disclosure and repositories againNovember 04, 2006 – In the context of talking about disclosure I had it on my list to note Google's Sitemap some time, and in particular the use of OAI-PMH in this context.The Sitemap Protocol allows you to inform search engines about URLs on your websites that are available for crawling. In its simplest...read full entry...
  • Repositories and disclosureNovember 02, 2006 – Andy Powell has posted a long and interesting post prompted by the OpenDOAR Custom Search initiative I mention below. In the course of his discussion he makes some points about repositories and discovery that intersect with recent discussion in these pages. Overall, what I conclude from this (once again) is...read full entry...
  • The camera never lies?October 22, 2006 – The camera never lies ... until now, that is ... HP has a line of cameras that incorporates a 'slimming' feature:They say cameras add ten pounds, but HP digital cameras can help reverse that effect. The slimming feature, available on select HP digital camera models, is a subtle effect that...read full entry...
  • All the online peopleOctober 19, 2006 – Collections of personal papers are important areas of interest for libraries and archives, and for the scholars and students that use them. In the last few weeks, several examples of digital - or digitized - personal papers have come over my horizon: Cambridge University has just launched The complete works...read full entry...
  • SlideShare and YouTubeOctober 10, 2006 – One of the comments about YouTube in the media flurry is that it was designed to be very easy to use. One aspect of this is the convergence on Flash as a way of presenting/delivering resources. This does away with the need to struggle with multiple players, and supports the...read full entry...
  • Zotero againOctober 06, 2006 – I mentioned Zotero the other day. I am submerged in several assignments and will not be able to look at it myself for a little while. In the interim, here are some mild opinions, tentatively offered: There are a range of generic options (create a new citation from scratch, capture...read full entry...
  • The word that will be on everybody's lips this fall ...September 21, 2006 – ... is Zotero. So says Dan Cohen. I'll write much more in this space about Zotero over the coming year (and beyond), since I conceive it not just as a free EndNote replacement (actually, it's already much better than EndNote in only its 1.0 release), but as a platform for...read full entry...
  • Fingering volumesSeptember 04, 2006 – In December 2004 I wrote:Walter Benjamin famously asserted that "that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art". In his terms, the aura is that which is original or authentic about a work. Aura depends on the position of a work within...read full entry...
  • Some e-science resourcesSeptember 03, 2006 – One of the primary characteristics of current change is that the network is 'coming inside': it is becoming a part of routine activities and they are being reconfigured in the process. This is happening everywhere, and in science it goes under the name of 'e-science' or 'cyberinfrastructure'. The UK Research...read full entry...
  • Repository interoperabilityAugust 04, 2006 – CNI, Mellon, Microsoft, JISC and DLF sponsored a meeting a while ago to discuss repository interoperability. The report of the meeting has just been published [pdf]. This will be of interest to folks interested in how stuff moves between repositories, and it is likely that there will be followup work...read full entry...
  • JISC/CNI presentationsJuly 29, 2006 – As I have remarked a couple of times in these pages, conference agendas are often an interesting manifestation of current thinking. Presentations from the JISC/CNI conference are now appearing. Topics of interest in this case include a mix of policy, practice and research: changing patterns of information use in research...read full entry...
  • WikiD and OpenURLJuly 24, 2006 – And while speaking of OpenURL .... ... my colleagues, Jeff Young and Thom Hickey, have an article in the current D-Lib Magazine about the WikiD repository framework which is an OpenURL 1.0 application. Here is the summary:WikiD demonstrates that OpenURL has potential far beyond its roots in citation linking. It...read full entry...
  • Photo synthesisJune 26, 2006 – There was a flurry of conversation last week about Hitwise's blog entry report on use of web-based image management sites. The surprise was they claimed that PhotoBucket.com had about 44% of the photo-site market, ahead of Yahoo! Photos (18%) and Webshots Community (8.34%). Flickr was in sixth place with around...read full entry...
  • Registries, research and jobsJune 09, 2006 – A colleague drew my attention to an advert for a Bioinformatics Curator at the University of Manchester, which interestingly touched on several different issues that have been on my horizon recently. Here is an excerpt from the ad:We have an opportunity within the highly successful myGrid project for a bioinformatics...read full entry...
  • Collections linkMay 28, 2006 – I have just come across Collections Link, a UK service. It is ...... the new national advisory service for collections management managed by MDA in partnership with the Institute of Conservation (ICON) and the National Preservation Office (NPO). [Collections Link]It carries a range of materials, and presumably will develop further....read full entry...
  • No user interfaceMay 19, 2006 – Amazon recently released its S3 service - a network storage system. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. [Amazon.com Amazon Web Services Store: Amazon S3 / Amazon Web Services]It...read full entry...
  • Share, find and playApril 30, 2006 – A while ago I wrote about how we needed to design around the network, rather than around individual applications. The BBC is heading that way. They want to support a share, find and play mode of working, where users assemble BBC materials on-demand and have a space for sharing their...read full entry...
  • Open Content InitiativeMarch 13, 2006 – The Open University, supported by the Hewlett Foundation ($4.45M), is going to make learning materials freely available for use and reuse on the web. This continues the OU tradition of open broadcast of its television teaching materials.The Open University will draw on its experience in supported open learning to provide...read full entry...
  • The preservation turnFebruary 08, 2006 – We have become used to thinking about digital preservation as an issue. We don't tend to think of print preservation in quite the same way. Several things have come over the horizon recently which have made me think about this issue a little differently:I have been involved in several discussions...read full entry...
  • NetworkflowsJanuary 28, 2006 – One way of characterising recent developments is to look at our locus of engagement with the network. We can see a trend from database, to website to workflow. And this is not really surprising. As more of our working, learning and playing lives moves onto the network we need better...read full entry...
  • Liquid mediaJanuary 24, 2006 – In my last entry on Starbucks I suggested that it provides, in addition to coffee, on-demand place. People use it for meetings, network rendezvous, downtime, ... I also suggested that we would see Starbucks selling music by the track. And, hey, where did I end up while briefly in San...read full entry...
  • Flickr and the library picturesJanuary 10, 2006 – More interesting work from the National Library of Australia.Now FlickR and the National Library of Australia are embarking on an exciting initiative to offer individuals the opportunity to include their images of contemporary Australia in the PictureAustralia service through FlickR. By adding images to this group, individuals are able to,...read full entry...
  • A book on institutional repositories, no less ...January 07, 2006 – I notice with interest that the Institutional Repository is a sufficiently mature topic for a publisher to publish a book on it and for authors (Richard Jones, Theo Andrew and John MacColl) to write one. Incidentally, this was the first time that I noticed that Amazon.co.uk includes sponsored links. Speaking...read full entry...
  • Keeping the public in publishing?January 03, 2006 – We are used to buying books. To sharing them. To giving and receiving them as gifts. To quietly marking them. Even sometimes to proclaiming ownership in a bookplate. We are used to copying parts of them for study, to quoting from them. Books circulate - through libraries, private collections, bookstores...read full entry...
  • In perpetuityDecember 19, 2005 – I mentioned Cathy Marshall's interesting talk about the persistence of our digital belongings. So much more of our experience now leaves digital traces: will these traces be available to rekindle those experiences in the future? Help is at hand! I now notice that Flickr offers "Permanent archiving of high-resolution original...read full entry...
  • Repository frameworksDecember 16, 2005 – Herbert Van de Sompel and colleagues at LANL have been writing about the aDORe architecture for a while (see [pdf] for example). They have now released software to implement an aDORe archive.The aDORe Archive is a write-once/read-many storage approach for Digital Objects and their constituent datastreams. The approach combines two...read full entry...
  • Stanford and Google Book SearchDecember 13, 2005 – Stanford has posted a document outlining the scope and rationale of its participation in the Google Book Search initiative. Google began scanning works from Stanford in approximately March of 2005. Stanford has selected its federal government collection as the first set of works to be scanned under the project; these...read full entry...
  • Institutional repositories and research assessmentDecember 11, 2005 – Australia and the UK have frameworks in place for the evaluation of research and the selective allocation of funding based on that evaluation. This has potential implications for institutional repositories as one factor of the evaluation exercises is the need to better record, and potentially manage, research outputs. The UK...read full entry...
  • QOTDDecember 01, 2005 – From Timo Hannay, of Nature Publishing Group ...So while Google has to mature, it is publishers and politicians who still have the most to do. They must adapt their businesses and laws to work in a new, unfamiliar land edging into view on the horizon, a place that our children...read full entry...
  • A handful of presentationsNovember 30, 2005 – I just noticed how out-and-about my OR colleagues have been in the last few months. Here is a note about presentations since September, pulling in a variety of things in passing. System and service architectures David Bigwood asked recently about the Microsoft Research Pane. We have been using it as...read full entry...
  • On Beauty and communityNovember 26, 2005 – I see that On Beauty is for now on top of the list of 'hot books' at the justly admired Ann Arbor District Library website. It must be because of the Open WorldCat reviews ;-) While I was there, I noticed the Director's Blog, in which there was real exchange...read full entry...
  • Premis prizeNovember 23, 2005 – The Premis Working Group has won the Digital Preservation Coalition's award for the best work in digital preservation this year. The work is for the Premis Data Dictionary. Interestingly, the award is sponsored by Paul McCartney - an appropriate song reference escapes me. Maybe 'the long and winding road'. Congratulations...read full entry...
  • Engaging the viewer/listenerOctober 30, 2005 – The BBC has been a web innovator, and has a significant international web presence. Tom Coates has a post on a current project looking at user annotation of audio. This was interesting to me for several reasons which touch very closely on current library issues. First, he briefly describes the...read full entry...
  • Open Content AllianceOctober 26, 2005 – The Open Content Alliance has been meeting. Some of the discussion has been blogged here and in an earlier entry. I am also grateful to Peter for a link to the following Book presentation of background. This is available on the open library website.Last week, the Internet Archive launched Open...read full entry...
  • Nature technologyOctober 25, 2005 – There is an interesting presentation [ppt] by Timo Hannay of Nature Publishing Group on the UC Berkeley Database Group Seminar pages. This shows how a major publisher is thinking about what it means to be a service in a network environment. It discusses how they are looking at structure and...read full entry...
  • Digital preservationSeptember 20, 2005 – Presentations describing projects shortlisted for the Digital Preservation Award for 2005 have been made available.The Digital Preservation Award of �5,000 is sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition. This prestigious Award recognises the many new initiatives being undertaken in the challenging field of digital preservation. The Digital Preservation Award is presented...read full entry...
  • StoneDSeptember 17, 2005 – An article in the current D-Lib Magazine describes StoneD, a bridge for moving content between DSpace and Greenstone instances. They must have decided against the attractive alternative - GreenSpace?...read full entry...
  • Picture thisSeptember 17, 2005 – I managed to spend an hour or two in the Prado last weekend (and in the very relaxing Botanical Gardens opposite afterwards). I was in Madrid at meetings held in parallel with the DC-2005 conference which continues to discuss metadata issues ten years on. I was amazed to see how...read full entry...
  • IR frameworksSeptember 13, 2005 – Institutional repositories for the research sector: feasibility study [pdf] is a report prepared for the National Library of New Zealand. I was interested to see the role of the National Library moving this forward. From the initiative's Wiki:A repository framework for New Zealand The National Library of New Zealand, in...read full entry...
  • NARA selects providerSeptember 08, 2005 – The ability to manage records through time is critical to the NARA mission. It has no choice but to manage electronic records. It has just announced a $307M contract with Lockheed-Martin to provide the Electronic Records Archive.In making the announcement, Professor Weinstein said, "I am indebted to those who acted...read full entry...
  • Project ArrowSeptember 07, 2005 – I have mentioned Arrow a couple of times: Arrow is an Australian project looking at national Institutional Repository infrastructure. Geoff Payne, the Arrow project manager was in OCLC recently discussing how they might integrate some of our schema transformation work. He gave a well received presentatation to OCLC staff and...read full entry...
  • Digital Curation CentreAugust 18, 2005 – The Digital Curation Center, still in early days, looks as if it will be a valuable repository of materials. See for example the instalments planned (one has been completed!) for the Curation Manual. There is an overview of the DCC approach to digital curation, which is defined thus:Digital curation, broadly...read full entry...
  • Tim O'Reilly on Google Print for LibrariesAugust 13, 2005 – There is a long posting on the O'Reilly Radar site bringing together some of Tim O'Reilly's thoughts on Google and the publishers. It is interesting to remember that Tim O'Reilly is a publisher while reading it. Google Library vs. Publishers">Publishers have been stalling for years in getting their content online....read full entry...
  • PauseAugust 12, 2005 – I note that the Google Print Library program is being paused. It will be interesting to see what happens next: play, rewind, fast forward ...? Adam Smith writes in the Google Blog:We think most publishers and authors will choose to participate in the publisher program in order introduce their work...read full entry...
  • Managing assets at IntelAugust 05, 2005 – Intel wants its developers to spend their time creating value, not to waste it looking for things they need to get their work done. After a false start six years ago, the chip maker now estimates that for every $1 it spends on metadata management, it saves $6. [Sidebar: Intel...read full entry...
  • Book handles againAugust 04, 2005 – Herbert left a comment on my note below about the Open WorldCat URL syntax, and there were a couple of comments along similar lines on Karen's FreeRangeLibrarian post. The gist was why not use the OpenURL syntax for these links. Sure .. we see OpenURL as very important moving forward...read full entry...
  • Book handlesAugust 02, 2005 – Look at the URLs in these sentences:I have spoken about the The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman several times recently. It is available in several libraries near where I live. They conform to a URL syntax that OCLC has just published (details here) that will be supported consistently. This...read full entry...
  • Search interfacesJuly 27, 2005 – Another paper from Dan Rehak. A useful comparison of machine interfaces for search. There are several available interface specifications, protocols and APIs for repository search and information retrieval. This document compares key characteristics of these to inform selection or profiling of one or more of these specifications for use within...read full entry...
  • The recordJune 20, 2005 – I was interested to see a link to a story about Stanford on the Sun website: Building a digital library: digitizing 8 million volumes. The story is available as video in the Sun Feedroom. The Stanford story is the Sun News item for 06/03 (I couldn't immediately see how to...read full entry...
  • Repositories again June 09, 2005 – The presentations from the CNI/JISC/SURF meeting on Institutional Repositories have been collected here. I have mentioned a couple of these, or versions of them, before. However, taken together this is a focused overview of developments in the institutional repository space, straddling technical and policy issues. Unusually for a workshop, each...read full entry...
  • Wikis and WorldCatMay 29, 2005 – Thom introduces our plans to pilot a mechanism to capture user input alongside bibliographic records. This will be first introduced in Open WorldCat later this Summer.The idea is to have a Wiki that complements WorldCat. People could add reviews, cover art, comments, etc. and relate these to bibliographic records (maybe...read full entry...
  • Preservation eventsMay 24, 2005 –  The PREMIS Working Group has published the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group. Find the report and its components on the PREMIS project web page. This group was chaired by Priscilla Caplan and Rebecca Guenther and supported by Brian Lavoie and Robin Dale....read full entry...
  • A roundup of repositoriesMay 22, 2005 – UKOLN have made the presentations from the DELOS Digital Repositories: Interoperability and Common Services workshop available. This provides a useful roundup of repository initiatives. Depending on your perspective you might admire the interesting range of work underway, the convergence on particular technologies, and the welcome reuse of software and tools,...read full entry...
  • Archiving the webMay 09, 2005 – The UK Web Archiving Consortium is a group of national bodies collaborating to selectively archive websites of interest. Not the complete web. They have established a test-bed activity, and a website has just been announced.Using PANDAS software, developed by the National Library of Australia, consortium members will archive sites (once...read full entry...
  • Search and memoryMay 01, 2005 – An interesting post on Ida takes tea talks about the use of bookmarking tools - such as Furl - as a sort of memory. And further:These (perhaps unanticipated) social and cognitive attributes of web service tools tend to support John S. Rhodes' related claim that search engines such as Google...read full entry...
  • Repositories ain't what they used to be ...April 22, 2005 – Repository is one of those words which needs to be accompanied by a qualification: just what do you mean in this context by repository? We are moving away from thinking about a repository as a 'bucket' into which we pour content. And towards a sense of repository as a set...read full entry...
  • Aura again: habent sua fata libelliApril 10, 2005 – This post continues the discussion of aura, digitization and 'mechanical reproduction' initiated below, and relates it to remarks of Fintan O'Toole reported in another post. JD is right to suggest that aura is about more than uniqueness. It is about the 'historic testimony' of the object, the traces it bears...read full entry...
  • Aura and digitizationApril 06, 2005 – Writing here about the digitization initiatives in the "Google 5" libraries a while ago I referred to aura:Walter Benjamin famously asserted that "that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art". In his terms, the aura is that which is original or...read full entry...
  • Yahoo and FlickrMarch 20, 2005 – There will be a lot of discussion about Yahoo and Flickr over the next few days. There is an interesting post on Jeremy Zawodny's blog where he notes some of the characteristics of Flickr and looks forward to seeing it play a more active role within the Yahoo environment. As...read full entry...
  • Repository infrastructureMarch 15, 2005 – An article in the current Dlib Magazine describes how we built the OCLC Research Publications Repository. We took a lightweight modular approach which leveraged a variety of capacities to expose the repository content through a variety of routes. It contains materials going back over twenty-five years.Our repository was built using...read full entry...
  • Guide to creating cultural heritage web servicesMarch 05, 2005 – From UKOLN:This guidebook provides advice on standards and best practices to organisations involved in the development of cultural heritage Web services. The content of the guidebook is based on the advice provided by the NOF-digitise Technical Advisory Service (and others) to projects funded by the NOF-digitise programme. [Good Practice Guide...read full entry...
  • Music AustraliaMarch 03, 2005 – The National Library of Australia has innovated with federations/aggregations such as Picture Australia. Now we have Music Australia, a very nice service which provides access to Australian music resources of various types. A strong feature about the service is that it makes data work - it is possible to traverse...read full entry...
  • Storage reportMarch 03, 2005 – The latest in the Digital Preservation Coalition's report series is a consideration of storage technologies by the British Library staff responsible for building the British Library's Digital Object Management system. Check out the [pdf]....read full entry...
  • Win an iPodFebruary 24, 2005 – Libraries as far apart as UCL and (Michael Gorman's) California State University, Fresno, are showing iPods as possible prizes....read full entry...
  • Repositories reviewFebruary 23, 2005 – JISC have released a Digital repositories review [pdf] to accompany a call for proposals in the area of repository deployment. The authors are Rachel Heery of UKOLN and Sheila Anderson of the Arts and Humanities Data Service. The review covers developments in e-learning, e-research, and digital library environments, and discusses...read full entry...
  • Services, repositories, elearning, metadata, ...February 17, 2005 – Wilbert Kraan of CETIS has a nice overview of some recent meetings surrounding the IMS Melbourne meeting. Discussion about service-oriented-architectures, repositories, metadata and all the usual suspects. Having said all of that, John's main argument is that the e-learning is in the middle of a second wave. The first was...read full entry...
  • A modular digital object repository frameworkFebruary 09, 2005 – An overview of the recent work on repository frameworks being done by Herbert van de Sompel and his colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory is available. This paper [pdf] will appear in The Computer Journal....read full entry...
  • Dspace for learning materialsJanuary 23, 2005 – From the CWSpace website: CWSpace is an MIT iCampus project conducted by the MIT Libraries' Digital Library Research Group and MIT OpenCourseWare staff. The research is based on MIT's DSpace digital archive system, and takes as its principal focus the archiving of educational materials found in MIT OpenCourseWare. [CWSpace, an...read full entry...
  • More on iPodJanuary 23, 2005 – Having noted the iPod killer app below (well maybe not ;-), and looked at the video, I keep coming across iPods. I notice the heavy concentration of iPod models and accessories in the current Amazon electronics top wishlist. The NYT notes a new iPod loading 'industry', where services are emerging...read full entry...
  • Learning object repository in WordJanuary 15, 2005 – CETIS notes an interesting development from Sentient Learning.The solution consists of a central repository (LearnBase) and a content creation tool (LearnBuild). Claimed to be able to create IMS Content Packages, LearnBuild allows users to do most content creation and publishing operations from within Microsoft Word. [CETIS-Sentient launch repository with Word...read full entry...
  • Preservation bulletinDecember 30, 2004 – Michael Day and Gerard Clifton do their usual thorough job with Issue Number 9 of the What's new in digital preservation bulletin. This is a very valuable resource, which would be even more so if it were made available as an RSS feed....read full entry...
  • Powerpoint points: access, preservation and identityDecember 29, 2004 – People have different styles with powerpoint presentations. Mine tend to be developed close to presentation and to be somewhat elliptical: points to keep me on course. Others are more carefully plotted narratives. Nevertheless, I find that quickly looking through a conference or workshop program of presentations can give quite a...read full entry...
  • Learning object repositoriesNovember 28, 2004 – A review of six learning object repositories from EduTools has been made available. It appears as a Word document and an associated Excel spreadsheet with feature comparisons. Six products are chosen for comparison: HarvestRoad Hive; Intrallect Intralibrary; NorthPlains Telescope Enterprise; Ex Libris Digitool; Concord Masterfile; Dspace. They are compared under...read full entry...
  • Institutional incentivesNovember 18, 2004 – Some nice remarks in Diglet on Paul Conway's recent presentation on institutional repositories at OCLC. I can't think of a better way for a librarian in the year 2004 to spend an hour than to listen to this presentation by Paul Conway, Director, Information Technology Services, Perkins Library, Duke University....read full entry...
  • Dutch archiveNovember 18, 2004 – An article in Research Information provides some context for the relationship between the National Library of the Netherlands and Elsevier for archiving of the latter's output. Karen Hunter, senior vice-president for strategy at Elsevier and responsible for this digital archiving initiative, explained the relevance of this agreement: 'It is essential...read full entry...
  • Digital Curation CentreNovember 05, 2004 – The Digital Curation Centre has been formally launched, having been in operation for a while now. It brings together expertise from several centres to address critical data 'curation' issues moving forward. This is a part of the ongoing discussion about what constitutes the 'record' in a digital environment, and about...read full entry...
  • Educause view of evolving technologies 2004November 01, 2004 – The new issue of Educause Review [EDUCAUSE REVIEW | November/December 2004, Volume 39, Number 6] has a section which surveys evolving technologies of 2004. They include spam management, legal P2Ps, learning objects, and the convergence of libraries, digital repositories, and web content management. The last topic picks up the theme...read full entry...
  • Archiving email at the British LibraryOctober 15, 2004 – The British Library has begun to collect email of authors and scientists. It has already acquired emails written by Hughes, and has created a list of important people whose computer files it would like to collect, including J.K. Rowling, A.S. Byatt, Alastair Campbell and Stephen Hawking. Jeremy John, who has...read full entry...
  • Information destructionOctober 03, 2004 – An industry is growing up which is looking at the issues of responsible 'information destruction'. A growing debate about the security of data has grown to include the computer recycling industry, which is now being asked to verifiably destroy data along with physical components. Merely donating old computers to schools,...read full entry...
  • MG retrieval systemSeptember 19, 2004 – The MG retrieval system is used by Greenstone. MG is an open-source indexing and retrieval system for text, images, and textual images. MG is covered by a GNU public licence. [About MG]...read full entry...
  • TrendwatchingAugust 21, 2004 – Via Neil Beagrie I came across TRENDWATCHING.COM: global source for hot consumer trends and related new business ideas in 2004. There is some arresting phrase-making amid the neologistic and rhetorical excess. A few interesting trends for libraries to note:Generation C: "The GENERATION C phenomenon captures the tsunami of consumer generated...read full entry...
  • Audit office report on remote services of the British LibraryJuly 28, 2004 – The British Library: providing services beyond the reading rooms [pdf] is a report from the UK National Audit Office on the networked services of the British Library. It makes interesting reading and is generally positive. Among the points it makes is that the Library needs to consider the management costs...read full entry...
  • Datuments - data and documentsJuly 24, 2004 – Murrary-Rust and Rzepa discuss 'datuments', where a datument is "a combination of data and document created using formal markup to allow the processing of individual data components". A datument is a hyperdocument for transmitting "complete" information including content and behaviour. We differentiate between "machine-readability", merely that a document such as...read full entry...
  • UK parliamentary report on scholarly communicationJuly 23, 2004 – The House of Commons - Science and Technology - Tenth Report Scientific publications: free for all has just been published and caused pleasant surprise among advocates of open access. It repays reading, and is surely significant given its recommendations and the standing of the body which produced it. Academic libraries...read full entry...
  • 'Societal infrastructure software'July 21, 2004 – This is a phrase used by Dan Bricklin. Here is what he says about it:I will call this software that forms a basis on which society and individuals build and run their lives "Societal Infrastructure Software". This is the software that keeps our societal records, controls and monitors our physical...read full entry...
  • UK Web Archiving ConsortiumJune 21, 2004 – A UK Web Archiving Consortium has been established by the national libraries of the UK, the National Archive, JISC and the Wellcome Trust. To address this problem, a consortium of six leading UK institutions is working collaboratively on a project to develop a test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites....read full entry...
  • Arrow, Fedora and VTLSJune 19, 2004 – Arrow is an Australian project developing institutional repository facilities for Australian Universities. The National Library of Australia will provide a 'national discovery layer' for the initiative. At Members' Council somebody compared an institutional repository to a vertical file system; Arrow has a vertical file system motif on its web pages....read full entry...
  • How records are differentJune 09, 2004 – Henry Gladney talks about the different approaches taken by NARA and Library of Congress to preservation as an example of different practices of records managers and digital libraries. IMHO libraries will take on more of the 'records management' perspective as digital libraries develop. Think of provenance, context and authenticity for...read full entry...
  • YALA - yet another layered architectureJune 08, 2004 – Some interesting work from the Learning Systems Architecture Lab at CMU. CORDRA (Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture) is designed to be an enabling model to bridge the worlds of learning content management and delivery, and content repositories and digital libraries. CORDRA aims to identify and specify (not develop)...read full entry...
  • Guidelines for use of identifiers in DC and LOM metadataMay 16, 2004 – This document provides guidelines for encoding a number of commonly used identifiers in Dublin Core (DC) metadata [DCMI] and IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) [LOM] records. [Guidelines for encoding identifiers in Dublin Core and IEEE LOM metadata]...read full entry...
  • Data curationMay 09, 2004 – Interesting overview of survey of scientists, librarians and others about need for research data curation services. Includes a schematic of future e-research data flows. [ppt in pdf]...read full entry...
  • A science commonsApril 04, 2004 – Concerned about the potential effect of recent policy on the conduct of science, the Creative Commons initiative is looking to explore a Science Commons:The sciences depend on access to and use of factual data. Powered by developments in electronic storage and computational capability, scientific inquiry is becoming more data-intensive in...read full entry...
  • IndexDataMarch 31, 2004 – Some colleagues will be familiar with IndexData the small Danish company set up by Sebastian Hammer which provides the open source Yaz 339.50 toolkit which is widely used. Sebastian Hammer is moving to the US shortly, and David Dorman is now promoting IndexData products in the US. They have an...read full entry...
  • Trip report VALA conference MelbourneMarch 08, 2004 – I presented the closing keynote [ppt] at the recent VALA conference in Melbourne Australia [VALA2004 Conference Programme and Links to Papers]. (Added 13 March: just came across a trip report for the VALA conference by Steve Thomas, University of Adelaide.) Here are some brief notes about the meeting ......read full entry...
  • Research data and librariesMarch 03, 2004 – Tony Hey is interesting. A distinguished physicist and computer scientist, he is currently on secondment to run a major UK e-science initiative, putting many millions of pounds into grid computing, data management and other large-scale infrastructure for science. In a recent interview he expresses impatience with libraries who, he reckons,...read full entry...
  • Modelling digital information assetsFebruary 19, 2004 – There was some discussion of digital object management and the relevance or otherwise of FRBR at the staff meeting this morning. A couple of relevant references. The first is work being done at Harvard:We have done some very preliminary investigation towards defining an abstract reference model for digital library objects,...read full entry...
  • RecallJanuary 29, 2004 – Recall from the Internet Archive is pretty interesting on first inspection. An outline is provided on the Help Page. Results are graphed over time. I just tried a few searches. Results were interesting, but I was not sure what was going on some of the time. Need to look at...read full entry...
  • Institutional repositoriesJanuary 29, 2004 – Some suggestive observations about institutional repositories in the summary of a CNI roundtable discussion. In many ways, discussing "institutional repositories" is misleading, in that the term is too limiting and focuses on a tool rather than the strategic imperative, which is planning for institution-wide digital asset management and developing both...read full entry...
  • New OS asset management system based on FRBRJanuary 24, 2004 – This is the development wiki of LibDB, an open-sourced Perl/MySQL library and asset management system based on and inspired by the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (pdf), triples from the semantic web, and "the end-user doesn't, and shouldn't, need to know this stuff". In English, this means that you'll be...read full entry...
  • Info URIJanuary 19, 2004 – Cliff Lynch noted the Info URI press release with these words:While I don't usually repost press releases to this list, I wanted to share the news on this, in part because it represents an important new step in collaboration ACROSS standards organizations, and in part because I think the work...read full entry...
  • VTLS and FedoraJanuary 12, 2004 – Eric drew my attention to a press release noting that VTLS is going to support the open source digital asset management system, Fedora, as part of their product range.Blacksburg, VA - VTLS announced today the debut of a new era in library automation with the company becoming the first major...read full entry...
  • PersistenceJanuary 02, 2004 – My last two entries include links to the Times Higher Educational Supplement. This is the UK equivalent to the Chronicle of Higher Education in the US. One of the URLs is http://www.thes.co.uk/current_edition/story.aspx?story_id=2008484 so I imagine they will break in due course. I will be interested to see what happens....read full entry...
  • Metadata and institutional repositoriesDecember 18, 2003 – Some interesting presentations at the 2003-2004 RLG Members' Forum. Discussion of Cornell and Indiana repository and digital library issues. Examples of the growing interest in rationalising repository initiatives within overall institutional perspective....read full entry...
  • Research report - digital preservationDecember 04, 2003 – The Library of Congress and NSF sponsored a workshop on digital preservation last year, which Brian attended. A report of the workshop has appeared on the NDIIPP website.The Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation hosted a workshop to identify specific research challenges associated with long-term preservation of digital...read full entry...
  • Where the money is goingNovember 28, 2003 – Academic libraries are funded to support the research and learning activities of their home institutions. As research and learning behaviors change so must they. A major issue for academic libraries in coming years is the increasing discrepancy between the needs of their faculty in science, technology and medicine and their...read full entry...
  • DIDL, METS et alNovember 18, 2003 – When Herbert was here some time ago, he was wondering about METS. Interesting discussion in current D-LIB Magazine about using MPEG 21 constructs for content packaging.Various XML-based approaches aimed at representing complex digital objects have emerged over the last several years. Approaches that are of specific relevance to the Digital...read full entry...
  • Article on preservation metadataNovember 13, 2003 – The other chapters in this volume demonstrate the wide range of roles that metadata can serve. Since the mid-1990s, however, there has been a growing awareness of the part that metadata can play in supporting the long-term preservation of digital objects (e.g., Day, 2001). Preservation is integral to some definitions...read full entry...
  • Digital archiving facility at Florida Center for Library Automation November 10, 2003 – The Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) is developing a central digital archiving facility for the libraries of the public universities of Florida. The FCLA Digital Archive will accept submission packages from participating partners, ingest digital documents along with the appropriate metadata, and safely store on-site and off-site copies of...read full entry...
  • Trip Report - DLF Steering Committee and NDIIPPOctober 30, 2003 – The October DLF Steering Committee meeting included a presentation from Laura Campbell (LC) and Clay Shirky (consultant) about NDIIPP. There was considerable focus on the technical architecture being developed. They were not able to talk about the current solicitation (they can only answer questions submitted in writing). Final decisions about...read full entry...
  • Clay ShirkyOctober 30, 2003 – Clay Shirky is working as a technical consultant to the Library of Congress NDIIPP initiative.Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and...read full entry...
  • JSTOR e-archiving initiativeOctober 29, 2003 –  From the inception of JSTOR, we anticipated the need to preserve the "born-digital" editions of scholarly journals. In order to focus on the special preservation and access challenges that this content raises, we have created a new unit within JSTOR, known as the Electronic-Archiving Initiative, or "E-Archive" more informally....read full entry...
  • A guide to institutional repository softwareOctober 24, 2003 – There has been quite a bit of discussion about the Budapest Open Access Initiative Guide to Institutional Repository Software in various places. One question to emerge is whether there is a place for software specialised to the needs of eprints or other classes of material, or whether general digital library...read full entry...
  • Proquest archive of thesesOctober 24, 2003 –  Preserving a university's dissertations and masters' theses showcases its research and academic history and provides valuable study tools for students and researchers. [ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release] The Library of Congress recognizes ProQuest as the only nationally designated digital archive for dissertations. It's the first time the...read full entry...
  • Program for managing university information in AustraliaOctober 22, 2003 – Announced on 22 October: Australias research information will become more easily accessible and better managed thanks to more than $12 million in funding to improve infrastructure. [Peter McGauran MP, Commonwealth Minister for Science - Media Centre] The funded projects are: * Meta Access Management System; * Towards an Australian Partnership...read full entry...