New tools will make sharing research data safer in cyberspace

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Harvard researchers will receive a four-year NSF grant totaling nearly $5 million to study and enhance the privacy of research data. No longer limited to narrow focus groups, painstaking in-person surveys, or artificially controlled studies, researchers today have a far easier time compiling and manipulating large data sets. At the same ...

Identifying Threats to Successful Digital Preservation: the SPOT Model for Risk Assessment

Friday, September 21st, 2012

1. Introduction Digital preservation strategies, as well as the processes and tools that implement those strategies, are designed to secure the long-term future of digital materials. A successful digital preservation strategy must account for and mitigate the impact of various threats to the accessibility and usability of digital materials over time. ...

Cultivating Change in the Academy

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Cultivating Change in the Academy : 50+ Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012 An Open-Source eBook June 2012 University of Minnesota Eds. Ann Hill Duin, Edward A. Nater, & Farhad X. Anklesaria http://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/128793/1/UDC_Platform_to_Publish_Share_and_Preserve_the_Universitys_Scholarship.pdf

Digital resources: researchers need better access and more training

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Although today's young researchers appear at ease in the digital world, a report published in 2008 provided early notice that all may not be as it seems. It told us that while young people were very familiar with technology, they often lacked the critical skills to assess and analyse the ...

Public policy on open access should be free from commerce

Friday, July 6th, 2012

'OPEN access to research papers and study materials has great benefits for the public, scholars, universities and governments. Yet while all Australian universities have a digital repository, many don't use them fully. We need a coherent public policy on open access, which should be led by universities, ...

Digital repositories ten years on

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

ABSTRACT. Digital repositories have been with us for more than a decade, and despite the considerable media and conference attention they engender, we know very little about their use by academics. This paper sets out to address this by reporting on how well they are used, what they are used ...

Unlocking attitudes to Open Access – survey results

Monday, December 5th, 2011

'You may remember earlier this year that the RSP and UKCoRR invited UK repositories to carry out a survey of academic staff with a particular focus on informing advocacy plans and “joined up” institutional developments for Open Access in higher education institutions. The questions focused on ...

A case study in openness: Salford University

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

'A case study in institutional openness has just been published, focused on Salford University. Written by the Vice Chancellor and EOS Board member, Professor Martin Hall, the study describes the drive to openness and the benefits it brings to the University and its public. "The University ...

Scholarly Electronic Publishing

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

'The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, ...

COnnecting REpositories (CORE)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

'The COnnecting REpositories (CORE) project aims to facilitate the access and navigation across relevant scientific papers stored in Open Access repositories. The project will make a new open metadata repository available in the Linked Data format describing the semantic relatedness between resources stored across a selection ...