2008 Blog Archive

Gibbons, next generation academics, and ir-plus

Merrilee on the hangingtogether blog, with a catchup post about the fall CNI meeting, drew our attention to a presentation by Susan Gibbons of Rochester, on studying next generation academics (ie graduate students), as preparation for enhancements to their repository system, ir-plus.

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The 12 files of Christmas

(Well, half a dozen, maybe.) OK, it’s Christmas, or the Holiday Season if you really must, and I may have a present for you!

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Sustainable preservation and access : Interim report

I'm a member of the grandly titled Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, which has just released the interim report of its first year's scoping activity. Neil Beagrie spotted the press release, and blogged it earlier.As the Executive Summary says

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Survey on malformed PDFs?

A DCC-Associates member asks"Does anyone know there has been a study to estimate how many PDF documentsdo not comply with the PDF standards?"I've not heard of anything, nor can I find one with my best Google searches, but it's a particularly hard question to ask Google! So, if you know of anything that has happened or is in progress, please leave a comment here. Thanks,

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What makes up data curation?

Following some discussion at the Digital Curation Conference in Edinburgh, how about this:Data Curation comprisesData managementAdding value to dataData sharing for re-useData preservation for later re-useIs that a good breakdown for you? Should data creation be in there? I tend to think that data creation belongs to the researcher; once created, the data immediately falls into the data management and adding value categories.

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IDCC4: DCC Blawg "consent" post

Just a little plug here; my colleague Mags McGeever, who provides legal information for the DCC, has her own blog (The DCC Blawg), and has recently been providing a bit more comment and opinion rather than just information (that's not legal opinion, mind!). Her recent post on the variant of "informed consent" used by Generation Scotland, mentioned by David Porteous in his opening Keynote at the Digital Curation Conference, is interesting, and some of her other recent articles are worth a look, too.

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Comments on OAIS responses to our comments on OAIS

Yes, it sounds weird and it was, a bit. One of the workshops at the International Digital Curation Conference was to consider the proposed "dispositions" to the DCC/DPC comments on OAIS, made around two years ago! Sarah Higgins of the DCC and Frances Boyle of the DPC had an initial look and tried to work out which proposed dispositions we might have an issue with.

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IDCC4 afternoon research paper session

I really want to write about the afternoon research papers at the International Digital Curation Conference, but I start from a great disadvantage. First, I wanted to hear papers in BOTH the parallel sessions, so I ended up dashing between the two (and of course, getting lost)! Then my battery went flat, so no notes, and I left the laptop in the first lecture room while going off to the second… and of course, near the end of that paper, someone came in saying a couple of laptops had been stolen. Panic, mine was OK, thank goodness (when did I last do a proper backup? Ahem!).

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Strand B1 research papers at IDCC4

In the morning parallel session B at the International Digital Curation Conference, the ever-interesting Jane Hunter from the University of Queensland began the session speaking about her Aus-e-Lit project (linked to Austlit) The project is based on FRBR, and offers federated search interfaces to related distributed databases.

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Martin Lewis on University Libraries and data curation

Martin Lewis opened the second day of the International Digital Curation Conference with a provocative and amusing keynote on the possible roles of libraries in curating data. It was very early, with his presentation [large PPT] starting at 8:40 am, and the audience after the conference dinner in the splendid environs of Edinburgh Castle was unsurprisingly thin. However, absentees missed an entertaining and thought-provoking start to the day.

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