RESOURCE: Code of Best Practices and Other Legal Tools for Software Preservation

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) has posted all seven episodes of the Code of Best Practices and Other Legal Tools for Software Preservation webinar series on its website. Episodes include: The Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Software Preservation, Why and How? Beginning the Preservation Workflow Making Software Available Within Institutions and Networks ...

RESOURCE: Persian Language Rare Materials

For Nowruz, the Persian New Year, the Library of Congress has released a digital collection of its rare Persian-language manuscripts, an archive spanning 700 years. The collection is comprised of 155 manuscripts whose contents span a number of disciplines, including both literary and scientific topics. While most of the manuscripts are in Persian, some are ...

RESOURCE: Charters & Values Statements

DH practitioners, including librarians, are invited to use and contribute to a crowdsourced Charters & Values Statements Google Sheet. This list tracks charters, values statements, pledges, and codes for “DHy, digital or experimental scholarship or profession, [or] GLAM [work].” The document currently lists more than 20 examples, including: Student Collaborators’ Bill of Rights, UCLA DH ...

RESOURCE: University Libraries using Virtual Reality Technology to Preserve the Past

Michelle Rebaleati (University of Nevada, Reno University Libraries Multimedia Specialist) delivered a TedX talk on the use of virtual reality and digital archives for preserving the past at the recent TEDxUniversityofNevada. Her talk, “How virtual reality can help us preserve the past,” covered several digital projects, including: The Reno Street Art Project, “a multimedia time ...

RESOURCE: Preserve This Podcast

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) has launched Preserve This Podcast, a podcast about preserving podcasts, as well as a series of workshops designed to aid podcasters, producers, and archivists in learning to archive podcasts. In addition to the workshops and podcast episodes produced by Molly Schwartz (METRO), Mary Kidd (New York Public Library), ...

RESOURCE: Ten myths around open scholarly publishing

Jonathan P. Tennant (IGDORE), Harry Crane (Rutgers University), Tom Crick (Swansea University), Jacinto Davila (Universidad de Los Andes), Asura Enkhbayar (Simon Fraser University), Johanna Havemann (IGDORE), Bianca Kramer (Utrecht University), Ryan Martin (North Carolina State University), Paola Masuzzo (IGDORE), Andy Nobes (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications), Curt Rice (), Bárbara R. López (Asesora Producción Científica), Tony Ross-Hellauer (Graz University), Susanne Sattler (Imperial College London), Paul Thacker (independent journalist), and Marc Vanholsbeeck (Université Libre de Bruxelles) have made their paper, “Ten ...

RESOURCE: Sorting through a Set of US Government PDFs

The Library of Congress released a set of 1,000 PDF files, randomly selected from .gov domain sites. This is the first of many anticipated datasets the Digital Content Management section is preparing in order to “extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant web archives holdings.” The broader project seeks to make LC web ...

RESOURCE: Launch of the DARIAH Open Blog

The DARIAH Open blog aims to provide a single space where information around the emerging landscape of Open Humanities can be disseminated, discussed and evaluated. The blog is primarily geared towards researcher communities, including librarians, working with arts and humanities disciplines and broader stakeholder groups, such as the GLAM-sector, partner organizations or different policy-making bodies. From the announcement: ...

RESOURCE: Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review

Kristin A. Briney (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) has published “Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review” in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. As the abstract makes clear, Briney’s paper details data management practices by librarians in academic libraries and compares the on-the-ground situation to NISO’s principles on user ...

RESOURCE: Using Static Site Generators for Scholarly Publications & Open Educational Resources

The latest issue of Code4Lib Journal includes an article by Chris Diaz (Northwestern University), entitled “Using Static Site Generators for Scholarly Publications and Open Educational Resources.” In it, Diaz considers the role static site generators may afford can play in libraries’ open publishing activities. Static sites are cheap to host and require very few computing ...

RESOURCE: The State of Digital Preservation in 2018

Oya Y. Rieger (Ithaka S+R) has released a new report detailing the challenges and gaps in library digital preservation strategies. The report highlights a number of areas of strength, including stronger communities of practice, shared infrastructure, and new systems and tools. Interviewees also, however, pointed to a number of difficulties: the cost of storage, the ...