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Questions from the NRNT Digital Curation and Preservation Webcast

These questions were asked during the April 7, 2011, webcast "New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation," but were left unanswered due to time constraints. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) asked the webcast panel and the report authors to develop written responses to the unanswered questions in an effort to deepen webcast participants' understanding of the topic.

pdf nrnt_dc_webcast_qanda_apr07.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 292: Institutional Repositories (July 2006)

SPEC Kit 292 collects baseline data about ARL member institutions’ institutional repository activities. For the purposes of this survey, an IR was simply defined as a permanent, institution-wide repository of diverse locally produced digital works (e.g., article preprints and postprints, data sets, electronic theses and dissertations, learning objects, and technical reports) that is available for public use and supports metadata harvesting. If an institution shares an IR with other institutions, it was within the scope of this survey. Not included in this definition were scholars’ personal Web sites; academic department, school, or other unit digital archives that are primarily intended to store digital materials created by members of that unit; or disciplinary archives that include digital materials about one or multiple subjects that have been created by authors from many different institutions (e.g., arXiv.org). This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of IR home pages, IR usage statistics, deposit policies, metadata policies, preservation policies, and IR proposals.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 292 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Establish a Universal, Open Library or Digital Data Commons

Deepening our understanding of our nation and its culture and history, advancing scientific discovery, tackling environmental, economic issues, and more, all depend on scientists, researchers, students, scholars, and members of the public accessing our nation's cultural, historical, and scientific assets. A large-scale initiative to digitize and preserve the public domain collections of library, governmental, and cultural memory organizations will support research, teaching, and learning at all levels, will help stem the current economic crisis by equipping and employing workers in every state with 21st Century skills, and it will lay a foundation for innovation and national competitiveness in the decades ahead. The goal is to establish a universal, open library or a digital data commons.

pdf open-lib-dig-commons-statement-jan09.pdf

 
 

Short Talking Points on PubChem/CAS Issue

PubChem is a free, publicly available database created by NIH in 2004 to provide information about small molecules for use as research tools and as potential starting points that may lead to the development of new medications. The database connects chemical information with biomedical research and clinical information in a connect-the-dots fashion, organizing facts in numerous public databases into a unified whole.

pdf pubchem-cas-talkingpoints.pdf

 
 

SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 to Focus on Convergence

kansas-city-skylineimage © Matthew WhiteheadThe next SPARC Open Access Meeting, themed “Convergence,” will convene March 3–4, 2014, in Kansas City. The past year has seen growing momentum in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources. As the push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways. Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence might have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

 
 
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