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

The latest issue of Cod4Lib 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 …read more

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

The latest issue of Cod4Lib 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 …read more

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 …read more

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 …read more

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 …read more

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, …read more

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 …read more

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 …read more

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 …read more

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 …read more

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