"This chart provides a quick overview of metadata standards and guidelines that are in use with digital audio, including metadata used to describe the content of the files; metadata used to describe properties of the
digital files, how they were created, and (for digitized content) the original analog object; and metadata used to manage and preserve digital files. A number of these standards and guidelines have broader
application beyond audio. Links to audio examples have been provided when possible."
"The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) released an issue brief that reviews the legal status of streaming entire films to students located outside of physical classrooms. The discussion was prompted by recent news of a disagreement between the University of California - Los Angeles and a media equipment trade association over the streaming of films to students as part of an online courseware system. Innovations in secure streaming and online courseware systems hold significant promise for institutions serving faculty and students who demand increased access to institutional and library holdings. Many questions have been raised concerning the use of these technologies and copyright law, and the LCA issue brief aims to dispel some of the mystery and uncertainty that surround this issue, and to foster a balanced discussion. "
The guest at this ALA Annual's Program for Cooperative Cataloging Participants' Meeting was David Lankes, professor at Syracuse University iSchool.
Abstract (from his site): "When a book becomes an ebook it looses more than simply its physical binding - it looses hard boundaries that separate the content of the book from its use. Online journals are not simply pictures of a traditional journal on a screen, but rather the foundations of intellectual communities. While today we hold on to terms such as book, journal, magazine and simply affix "e" to them, in truth, these terms of simply metaphors, an echo of an earlier analog reality. Online narratives, theses, and "how-to's" become living documents bound closer to a multitude of contexts that defy traditional notions of information organization, already strained to the breaking point of scale. What is needed is a new approach to organizing knowledge, one based on context that occurs in the space between artifacts."
Introducing DuraSpace - an organization creating open technologies for durable digital content.
Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, are joining their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.
The joined organization, named "DuraSpace," will sustain and grow its flagship repository platforms - Fedora and DSpace. DuraSpace will also expand its portfolio by offering new technologies and services that respond to the dynamic environment of the Web and to new requirements from existing and future users. DuraSpace will focus on supporting existing communities and will also engage a larger and more diverse group of stakeholders in support of its not-for-profit mission.
The Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today voted to merge the Digital Library Federation (DLF) into CLIR as a program of the Council, starting July 1, 2009. The vote follows recommendations by a DLF Review Committee in March 2009 to merge the two organizations, and a unanimous vote of consent by the DLF Board on April 8.
The World Digital Library will launch on April 21, 2009.
The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.
"New in 2008, the Mass Digitization Collaborative offers PALINET members the capability to contribute important historical and archival materials for digitization as part of our regional digital collection. Participation in the Collaborative makes digitization affordable and easy for PALINET members. PALINET staff facilitate the process by developing a collaborative collection development policy, procedures, standards, and workflows and by providing support services to project participants."
"Understanding PREMIS" is now available from the PREMIS Maintenance Activity website. This document is a "gentle" introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, giving an overview of its scope and goals. It does not give enough information for implementation, but will make the larger document, i.e. the PREMIS Data Dictionary, more familiar.
"Understanding PREMIS" was written by Priscilla Caplan, Florida Center for Library Automation, for the Library of Congress. It is available at: http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/understanding-premis.pdf
The full PREMIS Data Dictionary is available at: http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/v2/premis-2-0.pdf
"As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, HathiTrust (pronounced hah-TEE) brings together the immense collections of partner institutions.
HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. Partnership is open to all who share this grand vision."
Some of the Google Books libraries come together to save their digital collections for the future.
New Report: The Impact of Digitizing Special Collections on Teaching and Scholarship, by Merrilee Proffitt and Jennifer Schaffner
DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 18 July 2008-Subtitled, "Reflections on a Symposium about Digitization and the Humanities," the report consists of an overview and interpretation of perspecives provided at the RLG Programs symposium that was held in Philadelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on 4 June 2008.
At a glance
* Makes your library's electronic serials collection more visible and increases its usage since the service makes it easier for library users and staff to find and use the full-text electronic serials in your library collection.
* Keeps your electronic serials holdings up to date in WorldCat in a cost-effective, simple and efficient way.
Seeking Sustainability: "a casual report about RLG's exploration of ways to make access to digitized special collections self-supporting, prepared by RLG Program Officer, Ricky Erway.
The report begins with an overview of RLG Cultural Materials and Trove.net (two services RLG offered prior to the RLG/OCLC combination) and discusses why they were curtailed. The findings regarding sustainability are based on RLG's experiences with subscription access, image licensing, and relevant advertising, as well as attempts at sponsorship and content licensing with other Web portals. The report captures a moment in time, but should be of interest to anyone pondering the question of how to provide access to and sustain library, archive and museum resources.
This report is part of an ongoing series of papers from OCLC Programs and Research to promote evidence-based practices that are likely to have an impact on research institutions and the communities they serve."
March 14, 2008
Google Unveils Tools to Integrate Its Digitized Books Into Campus Library Catalogs
"This week Google unveiled a set of software protocols that allow libraries to essentially merge Goolge's collection with their own."
From ALCTS ANO:
"The Electronic Resources Interest Group now has a blog. The ERIG blog was developed and is maintained by Jennifer Lang. Announcements and updates to upcoming programs and speakers' presentation slides will be posted to the blog."
MetaArchive/LOCKSS Distributed Preservation Networks Workshop
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)
June 20, 2008 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Omni William Penn Hotel
This all-day workshop will provide information and training for institutions seeking to build or join LOCKSS-based distributed digital preservation networks. Please consider attending if you are interested in learning more about the technical logistics and operational considerations of hosting or participating in a Private LOCKSS Network for distributed preservation.
The Google Books Project has drawn a great deal of attention, offering the prospect of the library of the future and rendering many other library and digitizing projects apparently superfluous. To grasp the value of Google's endeavor, we need among other things, to assess its quality. On such a vast and undocumented project, the task is challenging. In this essay, I attempt an initial assessment in two steps. First, I argue that most quality assurance on the Web is provided either through innovation or through "inheritance." In the later case, Web sites rely heavily on institutional authority and quality assurance techniques that antedate the Web, assuming that they will carry across unproblematically into the digital world. I suggest that quality assurance in the Google's Book Search and Google Books Library Project primarily comes through inheritance, drawing on the reputation of the libraries, and before them publishers involved. Then I chose one book to sample the Google's Project, Lawrence Sterne's Tristram Shandy. This book proved a difficult challenge for Project Gutenberg, but more surprisingly, it evidently challenged Google's approach, suggesting that quality is not automatically inherited. In conclusion, I suggest that a strain of romanticism may limit Google's ability to deal with that very awkward object, the book.
Why? Students often start their research outside of the library's Web site, so it made sense to put links in one of the top Web reference resources to lead students back to resources available to them in the library."
The purpose of the LITA/ALCTS Electronic Resources Management Interest Group is to promote and enable the exchange of information and discussion among librarians, publishers, electronic resource management system vendors and related service organizations concerning issues related to the
management of electronic resources. The group will assist in developing appropriate and responsive systems and standards by fostering open and collaborative discussions and implementation issues."
http://purl.org/dlf/rdm200705. Created by a DLF/OCLC working group, the guidelines are to be used when creating metadata for born digital or to be digitized materials that have been digitized according to standards and best practices with the intention of including the metadata in the Registry of Digital Masters. The Registry is available through OCLC
For those who have already begun using Core 4.0 in its beta version, the Core 4.0 website contains a document entitled "Explanation of changes between VRA Core 4.0 beta version and VRA Core 4.0 release version"
VRA Core was developed and is maintained by the Data Standards Committee of the Visual Resources Association."
Roy Tennant sampled 856 fields in MARC records to see whether there is a reliable method of determining the availability of the full text access based on the coding the the 856. His results show wide variablity in the coding, and he argues for one consistant method to code for full text.
Managing the Intangible: Creating, Storing and Retrieving Digital Surrogates of Historical Materials
Dates: Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Times: Program Schedule
9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Reception on Monday, April 30
UMUC Inn and Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard, East
Adelphi, Maryland 20783
**Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions that ensure access to information in digital formats over time.**
The unmoderated listserv shall have the following characteristics:
* cultural organization [mainly library but also archives and museums] centered
* not TOO technical but technical topics could certainly be covered
* not focused on any single digital preservation initiative but touching on them all
* Questions from practitioners could be asked and answered, such as:
* At your digital repository, how do you ...[whatever]?
* Which metadata schema do you use for your institutional repository?
* When you buy electronic books, do you attempt to guarantee long term access to the files in your license agreements?