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D-Lib Magazine
May/June 2007

Volume 13 Number 5/6

ISSN 1082-9873

In This Month's Issue of D-Lib Magazine

This is a busy time of year at universities, as semesters come to an end, final exams and papers are turned in for grading, and graduation ceremonies take place. But in spite of that, authors from several universities worldwide have made time to contribute the several articles and other features we bring you in this issue of D-Lib Magazine.

Three of the articles in this issue focus on institutional repositories (IRs). Steve Hitchcock, Tim Brody, Jessie M.N. Hey, and Leslie Carr discuss the Preserv project at the University of Southampton. They describe how – through the evolution of a series of models – they have developed a vision for flexible and distributed preservation services for IRs. Margaret Henty outlines ten issues (plus one) that senior university personnel in Australia feel will be the major issues facing their repository services over the next five to ten years. Ana Alice Baptista and Miguel Ferreira provide details of three DSpace system add-ons that were developed as part of an ongoing project at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal.

Leveraging current collaborative digital technologies to improve location of and access to digital collections was the motivation behind projects described in three other articles in this issue of D-Lib. Elizabeth Yakel, Seth Shaw and Polly Reynolds provide details about the work done by the Next Generation Finding Aids Research Group at the University of Michigan to develop "an archival access system that combines existing archival practice (EAD) with 'Web 2.0' features". Ann Lally and Carolyn Dunford, who are members of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Initiatives unit, describe a low-cost way they've developed for reaching beyond the boundaries of their library to bring increased visibility to the University of Washington digital collections. They are doing this by editing existing Wikipedia articles to add links back to University of Washington collections or by creating new Wikipedia articles that provide such links. In their article, Eric Weig, Kopana Terry, and Kathryn Lybarger from the University of Kentucky describe in detail a pilot project at their university library in which a large number of analog audio tapes from the University's oral history collection have been converted to digital format for increased access and archival purposes.

Kostas Saidis and Alex Delis, University of Athens, discuss type-consistent digital objects and present an overview of a framework they have developed using Digital Object Prototypes (DOPs). They state: "The DOPs framework provides a domain-specific realization of digital object types and classes, tailored to the needs of digital object management and manipulation."

In his opinion piece, Arthur Sale, University of Tasmania, challenges libraries to consider using funds budgeted for acquisitions to support open access to scholarly content, and to become engaged in the research process at their institutions in new and different ways.

We hope readers will find these and the other features in this issue of D-Lib Magazine interesting, enlightening and thought provoking, and as always, we welcome your comments and suggestions on this and future issues of the magazine.

Bonita Wilson

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