How to engineer the unexpected - Future Tense | ABC Radio National

Serendipity, generally thought of as accidental good fortune, has long been a staple of popular science. The notion of fortuitous discovery still has strong appeal, but could it encourage innovation? Antony Funnell meets researchers who not only believe in serendipity, but are actively trying to engineer it.

Current best practice for research data management policies | Danish eInfrastructure Cooperation

This memo responds to the request by the Danish e[Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC), in partnership with Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF), for a document ‘to provide an overview of current best practices for research data management (RDM) policies within a number of subject areas, and as such inspire the development of a Danish national strategy on the area of RDM policies.’

A New Report from Europeana Looks at What Makes For Good Metadata

Metadata is the lifeblood of Europeana. It is only by describing digital collections with rich metadata that they can become part of the shared cultural heritage landscape of Europe.
Metadata quality is controlled by a set of processes which ensures that cultural heritage objects can be identified, discovered and seen in context by audiences, in a manner appropriate to the context in which the data provider created them. Metadata must include information on the potential reuse of cultural heritage objects.

The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The POWRR project investigated and reported on scalable digital preservation (DP) solutions for small and mid-sized institutions often faced with small staff sizes, restricted IT infrastructures, and tight budgets. Its major deliverable, a white paper, has been well-received and widely read. During the investigation, POWRR uncovered the particular challenges and needs of under-resourced institutions and worked to address and overcome obstacles that often prevent practitioners from taking initial steps in preserving digital content.

OPF Webinar Community Projects: Introducing E-ARK

For decades memory institutions have put effort into dealing with pieces of the digital preservation puzzle. Unfortunately this has also resulted in quite a lot of fragmentation – solutions in place in different institutions and countries are not easily reusable in others. After carrying out extensive consultations with the European Commission a set of institutions (including OPF members: the Danish and Estonian National Archives) secured funding for a project which tackles the standardisation of the core interoperability aspects for a digital repository: pre-ingest, ingest and access.

Bodleian Libraries Launch Project to Create Online Catalogue Raisonne Of William Henry Fox Talbot’s Photographs

The Bodleian Libraries has launched an ambitious project to create a new web-based research tool that will allow scholars and members of the public to view and search the complete photographic works of British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot.
This online catalogue raisonné will include images of thousands of photographs and negatives by Talbot and his close circle. It will shed new light on Talbot’s photographic discoveries and will invite academics and the public to help fill in the blanks about mystery images.

Using the wayback machine to mine websites in the social sciences: A methodological resource

Websites offer an unobtrusive data source for developing and analyzing information about various types of social science phenomena. In this paper, we provide a methodological resource for social scientists looking to expand their toolkit using unstructured web-based text, and in particular, with the Wayback Machine, to access historical website data. After providing a literature review of existing research that uses the Wayback Machine, we put forward a step-by-step description of how the analyst can design a research project using archived websites.

Communities of Practice | Pericles project

The Communities of Practice (CoPs) within this project are explicitly cultivated by drawing together experts into a specific group and asked to focus on a specific issue. This framing of the CoP engaged in focused dialogue on relevant research issues will ensure more useful and valuable outcomes, are reached with the CoPs acting as a sounding board and inspiration both for the project and the peers alike. Each CoP is composed of invited expert practitioners who are ideally placed to engage dynamically and actively on topics fundamental to issues and challenges in digital preservation.

Educating the Research Librarian: Are We Falling Short?

Arguing that the enormous changes occurring in research libraries are not matched by the pace of change in library program curricula, Deanna Marcum explores the gap between teaching and practice in our latest issue brief.