Digital Asset Management

The archived website as historical document

Presentations from the JISC conference last week are now available on the website. I attended the session on web archiving and was struck by the presentation by Niels Brügger (PDF of session here; he begins at page 64). Kevin Ashley’s overview of institutional issues and Paul Cunnea’s discussion of national web-archiving issues were also interesting. … Continue reading The archived website as historical document

Levels of amplification

I was very aware of the UKRDS conference this week as it left many traces in my network environment. It discussed aspects of data curation and reuse in a national context. I was interested to see these three blog reports, covering the same event with very different levels of immediacy. Here they are, getting progressively … Continue reading Levels of amplification

Indiana tags, books, cloud

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries has a nicely produced Annual Report on the web. We are growing used to seeing tag clouds used in various contexts. I was interested to see this page in the report ….. The report focuses emphasizes change, asking in its title “when does change become transformational?”. I was interested in their … Continue reading Indiana tags, books, cloud

Configuration of data curation infrastructure

Further to my remarks about Canadian research data curation of the other day, I was interested to read the following from Chris Rusbridge of the Data Curation Centre. It is clear that a national research data infrastructure is needed, but there are problems with all of the approaches taken so far to address this. Subject … Continue reading Configuration of data curation infrastructure

Research data set management

Via Pam Bjornson, Chair, Research Data Strategy Working Group, I learn of a report from Research Data Canada: Stewardship of research data in Canada: a gap analysis [pdf]. The method is interesting: This report provides a statement of the ideal state of research data stewardship in Canada and a description of the current state, as … Continue reading Research data set management

QOTD: putting book info in the flow

Mike Shatzkin writes about the changing environment for publishers in Publishers’ Weekly. There are some familiar themes … Network concentration (Amazon) and diffusion (recommendation and referral from social sites, widgets, …) … Print book review media and subscription book clubs are fewer in number and, most critically, bricks-and-mortar retail shelf space for books is being … Continue reading QOTD: putting book info in the flow

Sustaining the digital investment

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was launched last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, JISC, CLIR, and NARA. It is jointly chaired by Fran Berman of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and by my colleague Brian … Continue reading Sustaining the digital investment

Liber shifts gears

And speaking of the Liber Quarterly, it is good to see that they have made it freely available on the web. It will be interesting to see if we now come across more references to it. My colleague Ricky Erway has an article in the current issue. This provides an overview of the recent Shifting … Continue reading Liber shifts gears

Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia Commons

An announcement from Das Bundesarchiv (German National Archive) and Wikimedia Commons: Starting on Thursday Dec 4, 2008, Wikimedia Commons will witness a massive upload of new images. We are anticipating about 100,000 files from a donation from the German Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to the history of Germany (including the German Democratic … Continue reading Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia Commons

On the record: two views from the Guardian

There is an interesting and reflective commentary about the historical record and ‘unpublishing’ in the Guardian. I particularly like the comment about tattoos. The consequences of putting information about yourself into the public domain are more far-reaching in a world where things you say are linked to, easily passed around and can pop up if … Continue reading On the record: two views from the Guardian