This report by the Archaeology Data Service seeks to answer immediate questions regarding cost and to develop recommendations and strategies for archaeologists, researchers, cultural resource managers and archivists dealing with 'Big Data'.
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Friday, 26 October 2007
An ICPSR announcement about a new project to "investigate the extent of research data sharing in the social sciences and assess whether research data sharing is related to other aspects of the scientific process including scientific publication."
A March 2007 announcement from ICPSR about statistical disclosure control for spatial data that is linked to records of research participants. "While the risk of compromising participant confidentiality increases with such linked data, important new research is made possible because of it. The report suggests methods that will allow this type of research to grow while protecting confidentiality." The report can be browsed, but only downloaded for payment.
The RUBRIC Project recognises that regional and smaller universities have a need to access, manage and disseminate research information in the same way as the large established research universities but often face significant challenges in developing appropriate and sustainable infrastructure. This australian project focuses on the needs of smaller and regional universities by providing a structured framework for partner institutions to evaluate, trial and implement an Institutional Repository solution; to collaborate on the development of better processes and tools; to act collectively and to develop the expertise that will be necessary to respond to emerging needs of the Research Quality and Accessibility Frameworks across universities.
NARCIS - The Gateway to Dutch Scientific Information
Monday, 15 October 2007
Recommendations on the Implementation of an Open Source Digital Archival and Preservation System and on Related Software Development
This report was commissioned by UNESCO Memory of the World Programme and prepared with the support of the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR).
Page leads to downloadable word doc (38 pp).
A panel discussion at the opening of the recent Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts conference at Dartington College of the Arts posed the question what happens after the end of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS); is this the end of national support?
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Archaeology Data Service report - Preservation and Management Strategies for Exceptionally Large Data Formats: 'Big Data'
"An innovative tool to analyse and identify computer file formats has won the 2007 Digital Preservation Award. DROID, developed by The National Archives in London, can examine any mystery file and identify its format. The tool works by gathering clues from the internal 'signatures' hidden inside every computer file, as well as more familiar elements such as the filename extension (.jpg, for example), to generate a highly accurate 'guess' about the software that will be needed to read the file."
Quoted: 2007 CLIR report: In this report, we describe results of a nationwide census of institutional repositories in U.S. academic institutions. The census is one of several activities of the MIRACLE (Making Institutional Repositories a Collaborative Learning Environment) Project.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the formation of the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, Sun PASIG, to bring together global leaders in government, broadcasting, education, and library services to share best practices for digital archiving.
The Sun PASIG will focus on both collaborating with leading institutions in the EPrints, Fedora, and DSpace communities to create replicable solutions and exchanging expertise on global developments around the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) architecture model.
Friday, 12 October 2007
SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in a number of research universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research.
University of Glasgow (DAEDALUS Project) - setting up a repository: practical advice
A SHERPA Institutional Repositories staff and skills requirements document
University of Edinburgh Open Access Guidelines for Research
"The DCMI Scholarly Communications Community is a forum for individuals and organisations to exchange information, knowledge and general discussion on issues relating to using Dublin Core for describing research papers, scholarly texts, data objects and other resources created and used within scholarly communications. This includes providing a forum for discussion around the Eprints Application Profile, also known as the Scholarly Works Application Profile (SWAP) (http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/repositories/digirep/index/Eprints_Application_Profile) and for other existing and future application profiles created to describe items of scholarly communication."
Thursday, 11 October 2007
This is a collection of pages and links about the new Open Data Commons draft licence. There are two principal licences, the database licence and the factual information licence. Both are collected here.