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Archive November 2007

Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 11:08:23 a.m.

Oya Rieger

A white paper examining preservation issues relevant to mass-digitization projects such as those being done by Google, Microsoft, and the Open Content Alliance.

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Podcasting putting the library back at the centre of learning

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 11:05:51 a.m.

Heather Worlledge-Andrew

During the first three months of 2006 Glasgow University Library looked at the use of podcasting following a request from Joe Maguire, a final-year student who wanted to carry out a project to podcast a talk on how to gain entry to the building. The introduction of podcasting at Glasgow University has been a user-generated project developed with a user perspective from conception to end service.

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The Knowledge Management Spending Report, 20072008

Wednesday, 28 November 2007 11:02:50 a.m.

Jim Murphy, Jennifer Hackbush

Our 2007–2008 spending study, based on a survey deployed to 350 enterprise technology decision makers in the United States and Europe, indicates record-level activity in knowledge management, content management, navigation, search, and retrieval, and collaboration tools and platforms.

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Linking UK Repositories

Friday, 9 November 2007 12:37:31 p.m.

JISC commissioned Chris Awre, University of Hull and Alma Swan, Key Perspectives Ltd to undertake a five-month scoping study to identify sustainable technical and organisational models to support user-oriented services across digital repositories. The study investigated four aspects: User requirements Roles and responsibilities Technical architecture Business models A key output from the study was a description of the range of services and functionality that would be required around repositories to facilitate their linkage and support user-oriented services. It is available to download on two parts: Linking UK repositories main report4 and an Appendix5.

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Evaluating Institutional Repository Deployment in American Academe Since Early 2005

Friday, 9 November 2007 12:30:10 p.m.

By Cat S. McDowell

In September 2005, the status of institutional repositories in the United States received its first in-depth treatment, thanks to the groundbreaking work of Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott. Their article, "Institutional Repository Deployment in the United States as of Early 2005" provided some of the first hard figures on the number of operational repositories at American academic institutions, as well as some of their characteristics.1 Since that time, several other reports have attempted to replicate and expand upon their work, most notably the Association of Research Libraries' SPEC Kit 292 and the MIRACLE Project's Census of Institutional Repositories in the United States.2,3 The growing body of literature in this realm underscores America's critical role in the evolution of scholarly communication worldwide and to the open access repository movement in particular. It also reveals a growing preoccupation with methods and metrics by which to evaluate the success of these repositories.

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The Data Curation Continuum: Managing Data Objects in Institutional Repositories

Friday, 9 November 2007 12:26:36 p.m.

By Andrew Treloar, David Groenewegen, Cathrine Harboe-Ree

This article describes the work currently underway at Monash University to rethink the role of repositories in supporting data management. It first describes the context within which the work has taken place and some of the local factors that have contributed to the inception and continuation of this work. It then introduces the idea of a Data Curation Continuum and describes the various continua that might be applicable in a repository data management context. The article then discusses some of the implications of this approach, before reviewing related work.

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