D-Lib Magazine
The Magazine of Digital Library Research

D-Lib Magazine

November/December 2015
Volume 21, Number 11/12
Table of Contents



Holiday Reading

Laurence Lannom
Corporation for National Research Initiatives

DOI: 10.1045/november2015-editorial


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Our last issue of 2015 provides a lot of reading for the upcoming holidays. We have eleven full articles, six of which come out of the 4th International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications, one opinion piece, and our usual array of shorter items, news, clips and pointers, a calendar of activities, and of course our featured collection. We lead off with the opinion piece, from Van de Sompel and Nelson, reviewing fifteen years of interoperability efforts. Its an interesting overview of the development of and shifting philosophy behind OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, and Memento and concludes with a proposed way forward.

Our first article, by Chapman et al., is an update on the work of the Digital Library Federation's Assessment Interest Group. Their goal is to develop best practices in digital library evaluation, practices which can be used across institutions to guide the decision making needed to improve and sustain digital libraries. The second article, by Artini et al., describes the development of the OpenAIRE Literature Broker Service for Institutional Repositories. The OpenAIRE infrastructure, which is well described in this article, is used as the basis for a brokering service which repository managers can use to enhance their own collections.

Our third and fourth articles are from Australia and New Zealand respectively. Sam Searle, from Griffith University in Brisbane, details the use of scenario-based learning in training library staff in research data management. Workshops originally held in 2012-2013 and since repeated at additional institutions are described and possible future directions proposed. This is followed by a meta study by Liew, from Victoria University of Wellington, attempting to answer the question "What does the literature tell us about online sociability that could inform how participation in collaborative construction of digital cultural heritage (DCH) can be supported, motivated and sustained?" While cultural heritage institutions have started to use social media in a limited fashion few have used it in a way that would lead to participation in creating cultural heritage information.

The six articles that were presented at the 4th International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications constitute the remainder of this issue. D-Lib was happy to present results from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd workshops as well, and these papers show continuing progress. The digital library and scholarly publishing world is slowly but inexorably moving from collecting publications and, more recently, data and making it available to developing value-added services across that research data. The topics in this most recent workshop range from extraction and annotation of tabular material to characterization of research collaboration.

We hope that you will both enjoy this issue and the upcoming holidays and we will be back with another year of D-Lib in 2016.


About the Editor

Photo of Laurence Lannom Laurence Lannom is Director of Information Services and Vice President at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), where he works with organizations in both the public and private sectors to develop experimental and pilot applications of advanced networking and information management technologies.
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