Friday, October 30, 2009

Digital Preservation Matters - 30 October 2009

Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Peter B. Hirtle, et al. October 2009. [Book and 275p. PDF]

This book can help libraries learn how they can use the internet to provide access to their collections and comply with copyright laws. The book is also available in PDF form on the website. It “addresses the basics of copyright law and the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of “risk assessment” when conducting any digitization project.” A section on ‘Digital preservation and replacement copies’ is important to read to learn more about what we can do and can’t do.


Universities offering new perks to broke students. Carol Warner. HigherEdMorning. October 25, 2009.

An initiative in Florida makes more than 120 textbooks available to students to download for free. It also sells the books at a discount because findings show:

  • 22% of students are “uncomfortable” reading from a computer screen
  • 75% of students prefer to read print copy,
  • 60% of students would buy a discounted book even if the textbook was available for free online.


Microsoft opens Outlook format, gives programs access to mail, calendar, contacts. John Fontana. HigherEdMorning. October 27, 2009.

Microsoft announced it will provide patent- and license-free use rights to the format behind its Outlook Personal Folders. It will document and publish the .pst format, which is used for the email, calendar, and contact functions. This will explain how to parse the contents of the file and how to access that data from other software applications.


iTunes for college courses? It’s true. Carin Ford. HigherEdMorning. October 24, 2009.

The University of Virginia now offers over 1,000 lectures, videos, etc. as a free digital download from iTunes U. Others have done this for a long time. But they have combined other features. An interesting feature is that if a student subscribes to a specific course, new material will be downloaded automatically to his iTunes library.


Obama Drupal-ing around; goes open source. Richi Jennings. Computerworld. October 26, 2009.

White House has chosen Drupal, an open-source content management software, to run the Web site.


High Volume Document Storage Creates New Headaches for Content Managers. Steve Jones. CMS Wire. Oct 26, 2009.

Digital storage centers are filling rapidly. Some look at ‘single-instance storage’ as a viable option for organizations trying to reduce digital storage requirements. Single instancing is based on the principle of keeping one copy of a digital file that multiple users share and eliminating duplication.


Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told. Jennifer Howard. The Chronicle of Higher Education. October 15, 2009.

A panel told ARL libraries that public access to research is "inevitable," but it will take work to get there. Faculty are starting to understand that open access to research has to happen in order to have the most scholarly opportunities. The US is far behind other countries regarding access to research. Researchers who don’t have the latest research can't fully participate in the academic discussions. The National Science Foundation plans to build an international, large-scale data-curation network.

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