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 ...

RESOURCE: Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

This week, the Library of Congress (LOC) released new streaming materials within the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, which includes over 200 digitized recordings available online from analog collection of over 800 audio recordings of poets and writers representing 32 countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, reading from ...

RESOURCE: A Grand-Challenges Based Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication and Information Science

MIT hosted a Grand Challenges Summit in March 2018, and participants from that summit have released a white paper, “A Grand-Challenges Based Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication and Information Science.” From the introduction: A global and multidisciplinary community of stakeholders came together in March 2018 to identify, scope, and prioritize a common vision for specific ...

RESOURCE: Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier

Christine L. Borgman (UCLA) has uploaded “Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier” to arXiv.org. From the abstract: As universities recognize the inherent value in the data they collect and hold, they encounter unforeseen challenges in stewarding those data in ways that balance accountability, transparency, and protection of privacy, academic freedom, ...

RESOURCE: Format Shift: Information Behavior and User Experience in the Academic E-book Environment

The new issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly includes an article by Daniel G. Tracy (University of Illinois) entitled “Format Shift: Information Behavior and User Experience in the Academic E-book Environment.” From the abstract: This article seeks to understand information behavior in the context of the academic e-book user experience, shaped by a disparate set ...

RESOURCE: Setting a Foundation for Assessing Content Reuse White Paper

The Digital Library Federation’s Assessment Interest Group (AIG) has released a white paper on the results of its IMLS-funded Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects project. This white paper (a) provides a broad overview of the Measuring Reuse project, including background information on the AIG, (b) outlines the methods used by the ...

RESOURCE: Software Preservation Best Practices in Fair Use to Help Safeguard Cultural Record, Advance Research

In an Association for Research Libraries News item, Krista Cox (ARL) announced the release of the ARL’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. From the announcement: This Code was made by and for the software preservation community, with the help of legal and technical experts. The publication provides librarians, archivists, curators, and ...

RESOURCE: Making It Easier to Find Datasets

Natasha Noy, Research Scientist at Google, announced the launch of Google’s Dataset Search. The tool is intended to enable researchers to find millions of datasets through online repositories, including those published by local and national governments from around the world. In order to ensure consistent and wide accessibility to datasets, Google has developed “guidelines for dataset ...

RESOURCE: Will open access increase journal CiteScores? An empirical investigation over multiple disciplines

Yang Li, Chaojiang Wu, Erjia Yan, and Kai Li (all Drexel University) have published an article in PLOS One entitled “Will open access increase journal CiteScores? An empirical investigation over multiple disciplines.” From the abstract: This paper empirically studies the effect of Open Access on journal CiteScores. We have found that the general effect is positive but ...

RESOURCE: Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR

Bijan Kumar Roy (University of Burdwan), Subal Chandra Biswas (University of Burdwan), and Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay (University of Kalyani) have published “Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR” in LIBER Quarterly. From the abstract: This paper examines Open Access (OA) self archiving policies of different Open Access Repositories (OARs) affiliated to COAR (Confederation of Open ...

RESOURCE: Using Palladio to Analyze Historical Migration Patterns

Sarah Zhang (Simon Fraser University) has published a tutorial for using spatial network visualization tool Palladio to analyze migration patterns.  Zhang wrote the tutorial to elucidate details of the visualizations it creates, using a dataset that diverges from those in use in other tutorials. …when I drilled in the visualization produced by Palladio based off ...