Several major research institutions are partnering to develop a flexible online tool to help researchers generate NSF data management plans. Read more at: http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/sel/2011/02/15/cdl-press-release-online-data-management-planning-tool/
Data Management Plans for the NSF February 18th, 2011
Introduction to Digital Repositories October 1st, 2010
JISC infoNet has launched a learning and teaching upgrade to the Digital Repositories infokit.
This upgrade, written by Lou McGill, augments the Repositories Support Project outputs that formed the basis for the toolkit.
Loosening the grip of copyright for the sight-impaired September 20th, 2010
“Today, Stevie Wonder attended a World Intellectual Property Organization meeting in Geneva to ask delegates to support the World Blind Union’s proposed treaty for copyright exemptions for visually impaired and other disabled people. “Please work it out. Or I’ll have to write a song about what you didn’t do.”
More at BoingBoing.com
Back to School — Storing your Data! September 13th, 2010
As the school year ramps up, and students move back into the dorms, storage becomes an issue…storage for their digital “stuff”, that is! TechCrunch suggests a few ways to deal with the storage dilemma.
“Nowadays, going from home to college doesn’t always mean a huge upgrade in connection speed (as it did for me), but you’re still going to find yourself downloading, trading, and storing stuff more than ever. But there are also more opportunities for streaming and storing things online. What are your best options for managing all that data?”
More at TechCrunch
Google award to encourage “digital humanities” April 1st, 2010
According to the Wired Campus blog, Google is quietly sponsoring up to $50,000 for scholars to pursue “collaborative research … to explore the digital humanities using the Google Books corpus.” Some of the potential projects that could be funded include:
“• Building software for tracking changes in language over time.
• Creating utilities to discover books and passages of interest to a particular discipline.
• Developing systems for crowd-sourced corrections to book data and metadata.
• The testing of a literary or historical hypothesis through innovative analysis of a book.”
Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education
The oldest U.S. work still protected by copyright? March 31st, 2010
Copyright is an oft misunderstood topic, though there are many resources developed by libraries (including copyright information developed by Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library) to assist neophytes.
Copyright is an area of interest, and as such, I found it fascinating that the oldest work still protected by U.S. Copyright law was created by none other than John Adams.“It looks likely, therefore, that the 1753 Adams diary is both the oldest work in the US still protected by copyright and also the work whose Federal copyright protection will expire the longest after creation: in this case, over three centuries. Our oldest still-copyrighted work is over a century older than the oldest in the UK, and its copyright will last much longer than any UK competitor. Does this matter (other than for reasons of national “pride”)? I think it does for two reasons. First, it is a reminder that when one thinks about copyright, it is important not to think just about date of creation, but also date of publication. Wikimedia Commons gets this wrong, insisting that the diary is in the public domain. But secondly, when things get old enough, people tend to stop worrying about copyright – even if technically, works are still protected by copyright.”
Full posting at Library Law Blog
Automating Copyright Violation Notices March 23rd, 2010
“Some colleges get hundreds of e-mail messages a month from music, movie, and book publishers notifying them that a student or professor is illegally sharing copyrighted material over the campus network. Colleges are required to look into each alleged violation…
Some music, movie, and book publishers have already automated their end of the notification process, setting up systems that scan the Internet looking for anyone trading their works and zapping out messages to network administrators. That makes it easy for the companies to send out thousands of notices each month. As a result, more colleges are likely to enlist software robots, whether home-built or commercial, to respond.”
More from The Chronicle of Higher Education
iPhone app to tour campus history March 8th, 2010
NC State Library just released an iPhone app that displays historic photographs based on your location on campus.
“The system, called WolfWalk, alerts pedestrians to information about nearby buildings and shows them hundreds of archival photos. One of the oldest is an 1890 shot that depicts the first freshman class, when the institution was called the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.”
What a fantastic mash-up of old and new. Read more on The Chronicle of Higher Education.
DigitalCommons@CalPoly is #241 in the world! February 16th, 2010
Wonder what students think about technology in the classroom? February 9th, 2010
Check out the parody video that University of Denver students created to show their frustrations with technology in the classroom. While I’m certainly not a luddite, I find the video particularly revealing when one student comments that others use of technology (ahem, facebook) during class becomes distracting.
[Found on The Chronicle of Higher Education]