Colombia’s Digital Library Now in Beta…07.28.09

28 07 2009

bdcolThanks to the Bilingual Librarian for this about Colombia’s digital library:

The Biblioteca Digital Colombiana (Colombia’s Digital Library) is up and running (in beta). This service will allow you to search the OPACs of various educational institutions with one query. Work on this portal started back in 2002, with the collaboration of 13 local universities, with later help from Colciencias, the Ministry of Education, and RENATA.

When conducting a search you’ll find one search box…”


2009 ALA Presentations on Collecting for Digital Repositories…07.20.09

20 07 2009


ALA Annual 2009 Collecting for Digital Repositories session presentations from DigitalKoans:

  • Institutional Repositories, Paul Royster
  • Building a Life Sciences Journal Archive: Collection Development and Management of PubMedCentral, Dianne McCutcheon
  • Collecting for Digital Repositories: Data Perspective, Sayeed Choudhury

  • New DVD-Like Digital Storage Disc Will Last 1,000 Years…07.17.09

    17 07 2009


    The Utah Daily Herald reports:

    BYU information technology professor Barry Lunt came up with the idea to invent etchings on discs in order to store data permanently. He is the founder of Millenniata Inc., which produces the M-ARCª Discs”

    “…On Sept. 1, Millenniata, a start-up company based in Springville, will release a new archive disk technology to preserve data at room temperature for 1,000 years. It’s like writing onto gold plates or chiseling information into stone.

    Dubbed the Millennial Disk, it looks virtually identical to a regular DVD, but it’s special. Layers of hard, “persistent” materials (the exact composition is a trade secret) are laid down on a plastic carrier, and digital information is literally carved in with an enhanced laser using the company’s Millennial Writer, a sort of beefed-up DVD burner. Once cut, the disk can be read by an ordinary DVD reader on your computer.

    A number of companies hold intellectual property rights in DVD technology. One of those, Philips, manages the combined patents. Millenniata disks and disk writers will be manufactured under a license now in final negotiation…”

    “Make It Digital” One Stop Shop for Digitization…07.07.09

    7 07 2009


    This is from the post DigitalNZ launches Make It Digital regarding a new source for digitization (of course, “digitisation” for our British & commonwealth friends–Eh?):

    “…we’ve recently launched the Make it Digital website, a one stop shop to help people create NZ digital content.

    The site is focused on creating and sharing New Zealand digital content, which we’re tackling in two ways:
    1. The Guides and Ask a Question sections are designed to help people who are trying to create new digital content, or digitise their stuff. We hope that some of you will be able to share your expertise by answering others’ questions, and helping us to write and update the guides.
    2. The Voting section – It’s a public forum for people to share their ideas for new NZ digital content, with voting and commenting functions. There’s some great ideas in there already that you can vote on, for example, School Journal, New Zealand music artwork and Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives…”

    Digital Curation Resources List…07.02.09

    2 07 2009

    Jill Hurst-Wahl, digitization consultant/owner of Hurst Associates, Ltd. and Professor of Practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, on the Digitization 101 blog has posted a helpful “Resources on Digital Curation“:

    Digital Curation Blog

    International Journal of DigitalCuration

    4th International Digital Curation Conference “Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?” Accepted Papers

    Proceedings of DigCCurr2009: Digital Curation: Practice, Promise, and Prospects (download for free)

    Digital Curation: A Life-Cycle Approach to Managing and Preserving Usable Digital Information

    Managing the Digital World: the Role of Digital Curation

    Apparent Gaps in Library Tools Noted in NASA Search for Help with von Braun Digitization Project…07.01.09

    1 07 2009


    Here is part of a very interesting post today from Libology titled NASA Needs A Library Solution (But So Do Libraries) which we should all find thought provoking:

    “In a merging of two of my great interests, NASA has issued a Request For Information (ROI) on how best to “analyze and catalog notes from spaceflight pioneer Wernher von Braun into an electronic, searchable database or other system.

    At first glance, this is something that would be solved by using library tools and software.  However, the list of potential ways to set this up seems to illustrate the gaps in library technology (all points are mine):

    • Users should be able to see the notes as they exist.
    • The text in the notes, as well as all labels and notations, should be fully keyword searchable.
    • All elements of the notes, including text, formulas, diagrams, etc. should be able to be targeted and described in a way that allows for keyword searching.  This includes “tagging”, but also commentary, description and critique.
    • Users should be able to define relationships (create links) between ideas within the notes, as well as documents and other resources from other collections.  For instance, someone seeking information on the Saturn V Engine Bell should find all drawings, notes, diagrams, and formulas within the notes, as well as outside resources relating to all of these.

    This project begs for a combination of a traditional database (for storing and searching text) with the added functionality provided by social software products.  Nothing in the list is beyond the current means of technology… think  of a wiki combined with flickr-type functionality that can utilize PDF documents and you have a good starting point.

    Why hasn’t this been done?  How many libraries and archives have document sets like this that could become a researcher’s favorite collection, with the right application of technology?  Have any been digitized with a social annotation feature?

    Why do I suspect that the development of this will come from outside the library community?…”

    New from the Library of Congress – “Bagit: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation”…0.30.09

    30 06 2009


    The Library of Congress has posted the video “Bagit: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation” which is worth a look.

    View transcript

    POSTED DATE: 06/24/2009

    RUNNING TIME: 3:14

    The Library of Congress’s steadily growing digital collections arrive primarily over the network rather than on hardware media. But that data transfer can be difficult because different organizations have different policies and technologies.

    The Library – with the California Digital Library and Stanford University – has developed guidelines for creating and moving standardized digital containers, called ‘bags.’ A bag functions like a physical envelope that is used to send content through the mail but with bags, a user sends content from one computer to another.

    Bags have a sparse, uncomplicated structure that transcends differences in institutional data, data architecture, formats and practices. A bag’s minimal but essential metadata is machine readable, which makes it easy to automate ingest of the data. Bags can be sent over computer networks or physically moved using portable storage devices.

    Bags have built-in inventory checking, to help ensure that content transferred intact. Bags are flexible and can work in many different settings, including situations where the content is located in more than one place. This video describes the preparation and transfer of data over the network in bags.”