This document reports on the work which has been undertaken in support of the European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories which was initiated by the European Commission’s unit which funds APARSEN. . . . The main part of this report provides details of the test audits which were carried out, the problems…

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The official title for this session is “Preservation and Conservation of Captured and Born Digital Materials” and it was divided into three presentations with introduction and question moderation by Jordon Steele, University Archivist at Johns Hopkins University. Digital Curation, Understanding the lifecycle of born digital items The Archivist’s Dilemma: Access to collections in the digital…

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Academic libraries find themselves embracing new roles in at least two key areas: Publishing. More academic libraries are entering the world of scholarly publishing by creating or expanding services. About half the respondents in a recent survey had (or were developing) library publishing services in order to support change in scholarly publication. Three quarters of…

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We describe work-in-progress on the design and methodology of the Dynamic Linked Data Observatory : a framework to monitor Linked Data over an extended period of time. The core goal of our work is to collect frequent, continuous snapshots of a subset of the Web of Data that is interesting for further study and experimentation,…

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released “Fact Sheet: Big Data Across the Federal Government.” Here’s an excerpt: Below are highlights of ongoing Federal government programs that address the challenges of, and tap the opportunities afforded by, the big data revolution to advance agency missions and further scientific discovery and innovation….

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Our friends at the UK JISC have just issued a very useful new report titled “Value and Benefits of Text Mining” which looks at some of the early applications of text mining, particularly in the context of the scholarly literature, and the technical, economic, and legal barriers to large scale use of text mining technologies….

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This report briefly presents the findings and recommendations of the “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success” project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built. “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Re” by…

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Humanities and the social sciences have traditionally been disciplines aligned closely with the institutional library and its resources and services. Increasingly, in my conversations with librarians, there is a concern that while the library as a space remains popular, this masks a growing distance between the services the library provides and the needs and expectations…

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As input into the development, design, and improvement of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), recipients of Google’s Digital Humanities Grants were interviewed to identify issues encountered during their projects. This project was guided by the following goals: – Increase empirical understanding of how to identify materials for use by scholars. – Increase empirical understanding of…

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