DCC News

Digital Preservation Tools - request for information

Since October there has been a good reponse to the request for evaluations of various open source digital preservation tools available on the web. We have received offers of evaluations for Dspace, UVC, JHOVE and Xena. Several new tools have also been added to PADI as well as articles that have evaluated aspects of various software. However, to make this project as informative and useful as possible we are still seeking evaluations of other software.

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Health Informatics Foundation Degree Survey

NHS Connecting for Health is conducting a survey to determine the demand for a Health Informatics foundation degree. It is hoped that as a result of this work there will be significant justification for Universities to provide this type of course within each of the five NHS CFH Cluster areas, taking into account current provision.

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Registration Now Open - Wellcome Trust and DCC Joint Workshop on Future-Proofing Institutional Websites

The DCC and the Wellcome Library will be delivering a two-day workshop on future-proofing institutional websites at the Wellcome Library in London on 19-20 January 2006. Find out more about the workshop or go straight to the online booking form.

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Swiss Audio-Visual Heritage to be Preserved

The Swiss Parliament has voted through SFr11.7 million ($8.9 million) in funding to preserve Switzerland's audio-visual heritage, which will enable the archive organisation Memoriav to continue its activities for another four years.

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IFLA/OCLC Announce Early Career Development Fellowship Program

The IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program - jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), OCLC Online Computer Library Center and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) - provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

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Announcing SKOS Core 2nd Public Working Drafts

W3C Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group has released updated Working Drafts of the SKOS Core Guide [external] and SKOS Core Vocabulary Specification [external]. These drafts explain how to express classification schemes, thesauruses, subject heading lists, taxonomies, terminologies, glossaries and other types of controlled vocabulary in RDF [external].

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What is a Digital Library Anymore, Anyway?

A summary by Cornell's Computer Science group on the issues, challenges and landscape of defining a digital library and its services in the age of google.

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AHDS Moving Image and Sound Preservation Study

The AHDS are working on a JISC study into digital preservation and invite you to fill out a short online survey about the preservation of moving images and sound.

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Australian Whole Domain Harvest Completed

The National Library of Australia [external] has completed the first whole Australian domain harvest during June and July 2005. The crawl was undertaken by the Internet Archive [external] on behalf of the Library.

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Help Wanted for Comparison of EPrints, DSpace and Fedora

Arthur Sale, Professor of Computing (Research) at the University of Tasmania, is seeking help in collecting information for a comparison he's doing of functionality and adopter experiences for the two most widely used institutional archive-creating software packages for repositories: EPrints and DSpace, and also Fedora. Read his posting on the DCC Forum.

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