Thursday, January 24, 2008

Leo Waaijers

While Cream of Science (Keur der Wetenschap), Promise of Science and the HBO Knowledge Bank (HBO Kennisbank) are among the inspiring results of the DARE Programme for the period 2003-06, what is more important in the long run is the new infrastructure that enables Dutch Higher Education and research institutions to provide easy and reliable open access to research results and teaching material as quickly as possible. Such open access ought to be the standard in a knowledge-driven society, certainly if the material and data have been generated with public funding. Universities, scientists and scholars appear to agree entirely, given the success of the Open Access petition that the academic world has submitted to the European Commission.

Leo is a former Treasurer of IATUL.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The expression heard most often during the consultation process of developing the investment plan for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Platforms for Collaboration capability was, simply, “it’s all about data.” A variety of proposals and developments that deal with the research data problem are in progress in every relevant jurisdiction worldwide, and a large number of reports and discussion papers on this issue have informed this paper. The development of ANDS is intended to provide the essential meeting place where the Australian path forward for research data management can evolve and where a vision can be achieved. This vision will articulate over time policies and guidelines that are readily understood and interpreted while simultaneously creating exemplars of best practice covering: research data ownership and the roles and responsibilities associated with ownership; access to research data collected and maintained with public funding; best practice for the creation of experimental, research and published data.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground—shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location—is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

-The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web

-How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues

-Opinions on privacy online

-Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Digital discovery: strategies and solutions

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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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