Category: News

Report: Open Access Week 2011: Wrap-Up and Resources

The event’s tagline, “Learn Share Advance”, encourages us to consider how  “open access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.”

Job: History and Digital Humanities Liaison Librarian, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

The History and Digital Humanities Liaison Librarian works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to provide research and instructional services in history; provides collection development; serves as liaison to the History Department, and related studies; maintains regular contact with faculty and students to ascertain their information and research needs and to keep them aware of the development of history collections and services; serves as a resource with the instructional faculty teaching courses related to history to provide library instruction; assists faculty in incorporating digital humanities resources into their teaching and research; maintains interdisciplinary connections with liaison librarians for instruction and collection building for history and related areas; participates in digital humanities projects.

Report: Humanities researchers and digital technologies: Building infrastructures for a new age

Europe’s leading scientists have pledged to embrace and expand the role of technology in the Humanities. In a Science Policy Briefing released today by the European Science Foundation (ESF), they argue that without Research Infrastructures (RIs) such as archives, libraries, academies, museums and galleries, significant strands of Humanities research would not be possible. By drawing on a number of case studies, the report demonstrates that digital RIs offer Humanities scholars new and productive ways to explore old questions and develop new ones.

Report: A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age

Although the MARC-based infrastructure is extensive, and MARC has been adapted to changing technologies, a major effort to create a comparable exchange vehicle that is grounded in the current and expected future shape of data interchange is needed. To assure a new environment will allow reuse of valuable data and remain supportive of the current one, in addition to advancing it, the following requirements provide a basis for this work. Discussion with colleagues in the community has informed these requirements for beginning the transition to a “new bibliographic framework”. Bibliographic framework is intended to indicate an environment rather than a “format”.

Report: The European Commission Recommendation on Digitisation and Digital Preservation

The Recommendation asks Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve private actors in digitising cultural material and making it available through Europeana.

In particular, the Recommendation invites Member States to put in place solid plans for their investments in digitisation, make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, get more in-copyright material online, and reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material.

Report: Linked Data for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Survey and Workshop Report

In June 2011, Stanford University hosted a group of librarians and technologists to examine issues and challenges surrounding the use of linked data for library applications. This report summarizes the activities and discussions that took place during the workshop, describes what came out of the workshop, outlines next steps identified by the participants, and provides contextual and background information, including preliminary reports and biographies of workshop participants. The workshop report was produced and edited by the participants and staff at Stanford University Libraries.