T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 2
Volume 18, Number 5/6
E D I T O R I A L
An Introduction to the Current Issue
by Laurence Lannom, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
A R T I C L E S
Implementing DOIs for Research Data
Article by Natasha Simons, Griffith University, Australia
Abstract: Research is increasingly collaborative and global in nature, and efforts to manage the vast amounts of research data generated daily require global solutions. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system provides a means of persistent identification of research data collections and datasets that is global, standardised and widely used. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) partnered with DataCite to offer a DOI minting service. At Griffith University, implementing DOIs raised governance questions common to other institutions that encouraged discussion and collaboration.
Metadata Clean Sweep: A Digital Library Audit Project
Article by R. Niccole Westbrook and Dan Johnson, University of Houston Libraries; Karen Carter, Rutgers School of Communication and Information; Angela Lockwood, Texas Women's University School of Library and Information Studies
Abstract: As digital library collections grow in size, metadata issues such as inconsistencies, incompleteness and quality become increasingly difficult to manage over time. Unfortunately, successful user search and discoverability of digital collections relies almost entirely on the accuracy and robustness of metadata. This paper discusses the pilot of an ongoing digital library metadata audit project that was collaboratively launched by library school interns and full-time staff to alleviate poor recall, poor precision and metadata inconsistencies across digital collections currently published in the University of Houston Digital Library. Interns and staff designed a multi-step project that included metadata review of sample items from each collection, systematic revision of previously published metadata and recommendations for future metadata procedures and ongoing metadata audit initiatives. No such metadata audit efforts had been conducted on the UH Digital Library and the project yielded data that provided staff with the opportunity to significantly improve the overall quality and consistency of metadata for collections published over the nearly three year life of the repository. This article also contains lessons learned and suggestions on how a similar metadata audit project could be implemented in other libraries hosting digital collections.
BitCurator: Tools and Techniques for Digital Forensics in Collecting Institutions
Article by Christopher A. Lee, Alexandra Chassanoff and Kam Woods, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Matthew Kirschenbaum and Porter Olsen, University of Maryland
Abstract: This paper introduces the BitCurator Project, which aims to incorporate digital forensics tools and methods into collecting institutions' workflows. BitCurator is a collaborative effort led by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. The project arose from a perceived need in the library/archives community to develop digital forensics tools with interfaces, documentation, and functionality that can support the workflows of collecting institutions. This paper describes current efforts, ongoing work, and implications for future development of forensic-based, analytic software for born-digital materials.
Information Bulletin on Variable Stars Rich Content and Novel Services for an Enhanced Publication
Article by Andras Holl, Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, Hungary
Abstract: We describe the features of a small enhanced journal, the Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (IBVS). It was founded 50 years ago as a bulletin, changed to a refereed express journal, appeared on the web early on, and is now electronic only, with rich content and services. Technically skilled authors, freely available bibliographic services and discipline-wide standardization all characteristic of astronomy form the foundation on which this uniquely enhanced journal is built, enabling it to provide quality services to its research community.
N E W S & E V E N T S
In Brief: Short Items of Current Awareness
In the News: Recent Press Releases and Announcements
Clips & Pointers: Documents, Deadlines, Calls for Participation
Meetings, Conferences, Workshops: Calendar of Activities Associated with Digital Libraries Research and Technologies
D - L I B E D I T O R I A L S T A F F
Laurence Lannom, Editor-in-Chief
Allison Powell, Associate Editor
Catherine Rey, Managing Editor
Bonita Wilson, Contributing Editor
F E A T U R E D D I G I T A L
C O L L E C T I O N
The Hampshire County Council Contemporary Art Collection
[Looking Outwards. Artist: Catherine Barnes. Copyright Catherine Barnes. Digital image used with permission of the Arts Service, Hampshire County Council.]
[White Cloud Over Green Fields. Artist: Nick Schlee. Copyright Nick Schlee. Digital image used with permission of the Arts Service, Hampshire County Council.]
Hampshire County Council began acquiring modern and contemporary art in the late 1980s. A significant body of work has been acquired over the years and is now comprised of a collection of approximately 400 works.
At different phases in its history, there has been a different emphasis on acquiring works. Initially the work of significant British artists was purchased, predominately limited edition prints. However, recently there has been a move towards purchasing works from Hampshire-based artists or of Hampshire scenes. This explains the mixed nature of the collection as it is today.
The majority of the works are original prints and paintings with smaller numbers of drawings, sculpture, glass, textiles and ceramics. Modern British prints make up almost 40% of the collection. This includes work by artists of national and international standing and is representative of significant movements in British Modern and contemporary art. There is also a selection of prints from late 20th century sculptors.
The paintings within the collection are an eclectic mix of oil, acrylic and watercolour. Many are from artists living and working in Hampshire or the surrounding areas. There are also some high quality works of local landscapes by eminent artists.
Although the majority of the works in the collection are paintings and prints, there is a small selection of three-dimensional works.
The digital reproductions on the Hampshire County Council web site are provided to members of the public who visit the site for research consultation and scholarly purposes only. Further distribution and/or any commercial use of the works from both the Hampshire County Council web site and this D-Lib Magazine site, without permission from the Hampshire County Council, is strictly forbidden.