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Cambodia’s disability strategy targets Marrakesh

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 23/01/2019 - 10:01

On 11-12 December 2018, EIFL participated in the first national workshop in Cambodia to design a National Disability Strategic Plan (NDSP) 2019-2023. The new plan, that aims to ensure inclusiveness and equality for people living with disabilities, extends for another four years the existing plan (2014-2018) that has benefited around 10,000 people.

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VIVO Updates for January 21, 2019 — Wikipedia, VIVO in 2019, data in 2019, calls this week

DSpace news - ორშ, 21/01/2019 - 23:24

Help wanted: Wikipedian.  VIVO has a Wikipedia page.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIVO_(software).  Looks like it was written in 2017.  If you were involved, or would like to help expand/maintain the page, that would be great!  Please contact Mike Conlon.  Thanks!

The VIVO Project, 2019.  We live in interesting times.  Lots of change, lots of challenges.  Thankfully, the VIVO community works to a common purpose, with support and effort directed toward improving the ability of everyone to represent information about scholarship and use that information to showcase the work of scholars, use the information to improve our institutions and our ability to advance, curate and share knowledge, and to help people find the expertise they need.  Here are just a few of the things we can look forward to in 2019:

  • First ever architectural fly-in in Orlando in January
  • Additional participation in VIVO’s open source development sprints
  • New development in accord with the Product Direction for 2019
  • Advances in ontology, internationalization, and visualization
  • First ever international conference – VIVO 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro, September 4-6.

There are many opportunities for you to help the effort.  Drop by an interest group call (see below).  All are welcome!

The world of scholarship, 2019. Much is changing in the world of scholarship, particularly as it relates to VIVO as a collector and representation of the efforts of scholars at institutions.  Two big ideas seem to be gaining ground.

Open, disambiguated, scholarly metadata at scale.  Tools for combining metadata for VIVO and other systems was discussed at CNI with many participants. I feel the ecosystem is reaching a tipping point where gathering the world’s open scholarly metadata is within the reach of several open groups.  These groups are further poised to apply machine learning for disambiguation as some commercial providers have already done. Research Graph, ERNIE, SHARE, Impact Story, CrossRef, Internet Archives, Wikidata and WikiCite, CD2H and others are all within reach of creating and providing disambiguated, open scholarly metadata at scale. 2019 should be an interesting year.

The distributed web.  It seems odd to talk about the distributed web – the web is very distributed with millions of web sites and billions of pages.  Well, yes, but.  Several large information sources dominate the web – Google, Facebook, and other super-centralized information sources create controlled environments.  But we see universities, libraries, and government agencies creating local collections of digital objects and metadata.  Perhaps these can remain with their curators and be used as needed across the web.  The Solid Project at MIT, Triple Pattern Fragments (in VIVO and many other systems), and other efforts look to use data and metadata in a distributed manner, not requiring the aggregation common in centralized current approaches.  Expect to hear more about this at the VIVO conference and elsewhere in the coming year.

What are additional “big ideas” we should be considering as we develop strategy and plans for VIVO?  Join the conversation on our email lists, Slack, and help shape the project by becoming a developer, a member, a documentation specialist, a task force lead, or involved with project governance.  It looks to be a very interesting year.

Calls this week  All times US Eastern.  Task forces and interest groups are always interested in new participants.  All meetings via Zoom with dial-in numbers available.



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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DSpace Anwendertreffen 2019–Call for Participation

DSpace news - ორშ, 21/01/2019 - 18:20

From Pascal-Nicolas Becker, The Library Code GmbH

(German version below)

The DSpace Anwendertreffen 2019 will take place at the University of Bamberg, on Thursday, 11th April 2019 and Friday, 12th April 2019. It is organized by the University Library of Bamberg and The Library Code GmbH. This meeting is about informal exchange between DSpace users, and therefore also of DSpace-CRIS users of course. We kindly ask for submissions in the format of presentations, round tables, and for the first time workshops. While presentations are mostly given by one or two speakers, the idea of the round tables is to give DSpace users the space to discuss a specific topic. Both formats will take place on the first day (Thursday) of the Anwendertreffen just as the meeting of the DSpace Konsortium Deutschland.

This year we introduce a new format that will take place on the second day (Friday): workshops. Workshops will give DSpace users the opportunity to work together on a specific topic, e.g. how to connect to/use an external service or the demonstration/discussion of an add-on, for up to three hours. The DSpace-CRIS workshop, which we introduced in the last year and are planning to repeat, is a good example of the new format.

We kindly ask you to send us proposals for all three formats. If you would like to give a presentation, please send us a short abstract including an estimation of the time your talk will take. If there is a topic you think a round table should discuss, please send us your idea. If you’re willing to offer a round table on a dedicated topic, please send us a short description. And if you want to organize a workshop, please send us a title, an abstract, a timeframe, how many users roughly you expect and if you have any specific request like tables for participants, internet connection, or anything else you’ll need for your workshop. While the main conference language will be German, we will accept presentations, roundtables and workshops in English as well. Please send your proposals by email to anwendertreffen@the-library-code.de by the deadline of February 15h, 2019.

(Deutschsprachige Version)

Das DSpace Anwendertreffen 2019 findet am Donnerstag, den 11. April 2019 und Freitag, den 12. April an der Universität Bamberg statt. Es wird von der Universitätsbibliothek Bamberg und The Library Code GmbH organisiert. Ziel ist der Austausch zwischen Nutzerinnen und Nutzern von DSpace und somit natürlich auch Nutzerinnen und Nutzern von DSpace-CRIS. Wir bitten dieses Jahr um Beiträge in Form von Vorträgen, Thementischen und erstmals Workshops. Während Vorträge hauptsächlich von einer Sprecherin, einem Sprecher oder mehreren Sprecher/innen vorgetragen werden, sollten Thementischen Anwenderinnen und Anwendern von DSpace den Raum für Diskussionen zu einem bestimmten Thema geben. Beide Formate werden, ebenso wie das Teilnehmertreffen des DSpace Konsortiums Deutschland, am ersten Tag (Donnerstag) stattfinden. Daneben führen wir in diesem Jahr ein weiteres Format ein, das am zweiten Tag (Freitag) Raum finden wird: Workshops. Workshops geben DSpace Anwenderinnen und Anwendern die Möglichkeit bis zu drei Stunden ein spezielles Thema, bspw. die Verknüpfung von DSpace mit einem speziellen Service oder die ausführliche Präsentation eines Add-ons, gemeinsam zu behandeln. Ein gutes Beispiel für dieses neue Format ist der Workshop zu DSpace-CRIS, der im vergangenen Jahr erstmals stattgefunden hat und auch in diesem Jahr wieder fest eingeplant wird.

Wir bitten Sie freundlich, uns Vorschläge für alle drei Formate zu schicken: Wenn Sie einen Vortrag halten möchten, senden Sie uns bitte eine kurze Zusammenfassung inklusive einer Angabe zum zeitlichen Rahmen Ihres Vortrags. Bitte senden Sie uns auch Themen, die Ihrer Meinung nach im Rahmen eines Thementisches behandelt werden sollen. Wenn Sie bereit sind, einen Tisch zu einem speziellen Thema anzubieten, senden Sie uns bitte eine kurze Beschreibung. Und falls Sie einen Workshop organisieren möchten, senden Sie uns bitte den Titel, eine Zusammenfassung, den voraussichtlichen zeitlichen Rahmen, eine grobe Anzahl der von Ihnen erwarteten Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer sowie Angaben zu den örtlichen Voraussetzungen für den Workshop zu. Auch wenn die Konferenzsprache Deutsch ist, akzeptieren wir gerne auch Vorträge, Thementische und Workshops in englischer Sprache. Bitte senden Sie uns Ihre Vorschläge per E-Mail anwendertreffen@the-library-code.de bis zum 15. Februar 2019.

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DuraCloud and ArchivesDirect Featured in METRO’s Digital Preservation Interest Group Presentation

DSpace news - პარ, 18/01/2019 - 17:34

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)’sDigital Preservation Interest Group featured “DAM if you do and DAM if you don’t!,” a review of the CUNY Graduate Center’s implementation of ArchivesDirect, which pairs hosted Archivematica with DuraCloud. The session was presented by Stephen Klein, Digital Services Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center (CUNY); Ashley Blewer, AV Preservation Specialist at Artefactual; and Kelly Stewart, Digital Preservation Services Manager at Artefactual. Regina Carra published a recap of the presentation on SAA’s Electronic Records Section blog.

About DuraCloud
DuraCloud is an open source, hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

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Now Available: DuraCloud 5.1 Release

DSpace news - ხუთ, 17/01/2019 - 17:30

The new DuraCloud 5.1.0 release resolves several issues and brings transfer improvements in the DuraCloud Sync and Retrieval tools. Support was also added for independent management of existing secondary storage providers, such as Amazon Glacier and Chronopolis dark archive network.

DuraCloud is a freely available open source platform, and also a hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

A big thank you to the Texas Digital Library for their assistance in selecting tasks and working through issues in this release. Detailed release and deployment notes can be found on the DuraCloud GitHub repository.

To learn more about contributing to DuraCloud or to subscribe to the DuraCloud hosted service, please contact info@duracloud.org.

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VIDEO and SLIDES from the NDSA Infrastructure Interest Group Presentation: Uncovering the True Cost of Cloud Storage

DSpace news - ოთხ, 16/01/2019 - 18:33

Heather Greer Klein, Services Coordinator for DuraSpace, presented to the NDSA Infrastructure Interest Group December 2018 meeting about determining the full cost of Amazon Web Services when planning for cloud storage. These costs include highly variable charges such as the monthly data transfer and export. While these charges are bundled into an annual invoice as part of the DuraCloud service, they must be accounted for when planning for contracting directly with Amazon Web Services.

You can view the presentation slides and notes or watch a video of the web-based presentation on the Infrastructure Interest Group YouTube channel. The video also includes a presentation by Kara Van Malssen, Partner and Senior Consultant at AVP, about AVP’s cloud storage vendor profiles.

About DuraCloud
DuraCloud is an open source, hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

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Ubiquity Press open repositories platform

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 15/01/2019 - 11:37

EIFL webinar: The EIFL Open Access Programme is starting 2019 with a series of webinars highlighting new developments in open repositories platforms. Join us for the first webinar in the series, to learn about a new open source repositories platform that Ubiquity Press will be releasing in early 2019.

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Namibia public librarians’ training

EIFL-OA news and events - ორშ, 14/01/2019 - 16:43

Seventeen trainers from public libraries in Namibia will attend a four-day EIFL workshop on design thinking for public libraries and project management.

The 17 trainees were selected by Namibia Library and Archives Service (NLAS) to become trainers within the NLAS network of 65 public libraries. They will pass on their learning and skills to other librarians in the NLAS network.  

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Public librarians’ training in Kenya

EIFL-OA news and events - პარ, 11/01/2019 - 16:07

Twenty public librarians from libraries in the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) network will attend a four-day workshop on design thinking and project management for public libraries.

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VIVO Updates for January 6, 2019 — Happy New Year, Books for VIVO, Open Repositories, Wikidata, Calls This Week

DSpace news - ორშ, 07/01/2019 - 02:56

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break!  It’s a time for family, good cheer, for reflecting on the year past, and the year to come.

2018 was an important year for VIVO.  Many wonderful things happened as project participation grew and the idea of an open source system for representing scholarship grew around the world.  The project is very strong and provides a vibrant, open approach to providing critical information needed to improve the practice of research and scholarship.  We are producing an annual report (our first!) Expect to hear more in the weeks ahead.

Over the break we tweaked the wiki a bit.  Hopefully things are a bit cleaner and a bit clearer.  Colors were simplified, pages simplified, the calendar improved, some navigation improved, some obsolete material archived, and some pages improved.  We try to have a light touch in such changes so that people can find things, we also need to make sure that current material is easiest to find.  The SPARQL Resources were significantly improved – all examples now run correctly in current versions of VIVO and additional examples and references have been added.  If ever you find obsolete material in the VIVO wiki, please feel free to update it.  You’ll need a Duraspace account which you can request from sysadmin@durasapce.org 

We’ll share some thoughts about the project and 2019 here next year.  Our Product Direction for 2019 provides an overview of where the software is headed in the coming year.

Books for VIVO  Each month we suggest a book for your VIVO library.  This month’s book is by Barend Mons, of the Leiden University Medical Center, GoFAIR, and CoData.  Professor Mons has written a book for all data practitioners interested in the FAIR data principles.  The book uses hundreds of questions to challenge practitioners in thinking through how to make their data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.  All those engaged in the production, curation, and sharing of data from scientific work will appreciate the insights here.  As one involved in these process for my entire career, I can say that this book would have been a tremendous help along the way and asks many of the questions we asked each other as we tried to create and share data.  The lessons here are not limited to scientific data.  VIVO is involved in the collection and sharing of data (some call metadata) regarding the work of scholarship.  VIVO practitioners, and groups tasked with creating and advancing VIVO implementations would undoubtedly benefit from discussing the issues raised here.

Mons, Barend 2018. Data Stewardship for Open Science: Implementing FAIR Principles 1st Edition ISBN 978-1498753173. 244 pages.

Open Repositories  will be held in Hamburg Germany, June 10-13, 2019.  The call for proposals is open here https://or2019.blogs.uni-hamburg.de/cfp/  While primarily focused on data and publication repositories, VIVO as a metadata repository, and as a front-end to repositories such as Dspace, Invenio, and Fedora is of interest.  If you are presenting or attending please let us know.  It could be an opportunity for a VIVO meet-up!

Wikidata  Before the holiday break, the developers group hosted a guest presentation by Daniel Mietchen of the University of Virginia and a wikimedian.  You can find his talk here: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Scholia/Talks/Wikidata_and_VIVO_in_2018  There is also a video recording.  There is interest in how VIVO and Wikidata might collaborate – how we might provide data to Wikidata and consume data from Wikidata.  Have ideas about this?  Please share on VIVO Slack (http://bit.ly/vivo-slack) or email.

Calls this week  VIVO calls resume this week.  All are welcome!  All times are US eastern time.  Follow the links for call information.



Mike Conlon 
VIVO Project Director

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Sustainable non-APC publishing models

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 03/01/2019 - 17:29

EIFL Open Access (OA) Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma and EIFL-OA coordinator Gwen Franck will be among facilitators at this two-day interactive OpenAIRE workshop for book and journal publishers and librarians supporting non-APC publishing initiatives.

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WIPO Copyright Committee (39th Session)

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 03/01/2019 - 16:49

The 39th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) takes place in Geneva from 21 - 25 October 2019.

EIFL will participate in the session when delegates from WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) member states discuss limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives, education and research, and a proposed treaty for the protection of broadcast organizations, among other topics.

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DSpace Users Group Meeting and Training Workshop Held in New Delhi, India

DSpace news - სამ, 01/01/2019 - 20:33

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Kalanidhi Division in collaboration with DSquare Technologies (Certified DuraSpace Contributor for DSpace) hosted a “DSpace Users Group Meeting and Training Workshop” on 3-4 December, 2018.

Key objectives of the event included bringing the local user community together and enhancing their understanding of DSpace based on experiences of users and practitioners.

DSpace  is an  open source  repository application typically used to create solutions for easy and secured digital access and long-term preservation of texts and images. One of the main use cases for
the solution is open access  repositories for scholarly digital content. DSpace Open Source software is developed by a growing community of developers committed to continuously expanding and improving the software. It’s also a recommended solution for Digital Archives as per the Government of India’s Open source solution framework.

Shri Shravan Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, inaugurated the programme. While speaking on the occasion, he emphasized that Kalanidhi is the leading repository of research and reference Resources in Humanities and Arts and such academic activities must be continued to benefit the masses. Dr. Ramesh C Gaur, HoD (Kalanidhi) gave the welcome speech. Almost 100 users, professionals and students from all over India attended the User group meeting to gain understanding of the concepts and best practices for using DSpace as a Digital Library system.

The User Group meeting was followed by a day-long training session on DSpace conducted by the expert team of DSquare Technologies.

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Renewal agreement for Cambridge Journals Online

EIFL-OA news and events - ორშ, 24/12/2018 - 14:58

EIFL has signed a renewal agreement with Cambridge University Press for Cambridge Journals Online.

Cambridge Journals Online offers access to a multidisciplinary collection of over 398 leading journals, including over 200 published on behalf of learned and professional societies. In 2019, the collection includes 167 journals in Science & Technology, 262 in Humanities & Social Sciences, and 73 in Medicine.

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Fantastic results! Support our project in Ghana

EIFL-OA news and events - კვი, 23/12/2018 - 22:17

Almost all of the children (98%) who attended EIFL-supported hands-on computer classes in under-resourced schools in three regions of Ghana have passed ICT in the Basic Education Certificate Exam (B.E.C.E) in 2018.

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EIFL renews agreements with Duke University Press

EIFL-OA news and events - პარ, 21/12/2018 - 13:29

The e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collections provides online access to 50 Duke University Press journals in the humanities and social sciences.

The Euclid Prime Collection is a collection of journals in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics hosted by Project Euclid. The 2019 collection includes current content from 32 titles, as well as archival content from another 15 journals. There are also 26 open access journals available from Project Euclid.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Fedora 5.0.0

DSpace news - ხუთ, 20/12/2018 - 17:34

From Daniel Bernstein, Technical Lead and Developer, on behalf of the Fedora Committers

We are proud to announce the release of Fedora 5.0.0 December 14th, 2018.

The move from Fedora 3.x to 4.x represented a full reimplementation of the Fedora architecture.

The move from Fedora 4.x to 5.x DOES NOT represent the same scope of change. The changes between Fedora 4.7.5 and 5.0.0 are relatively small, although they represent non-backwards compatible breaking changes due to API and data model differences.

As of the 5.0.0 release, the Fedora project is conforming to standard Semantic Versioning. See the Fedora Semantic Versioning policy for details.

Resources Team Release Manager Major  development contributions All Developers Testers and Documentation Contributors Issue Reporters Summary

The focus of this major release is alignment of the Fedora codebase with the Fedora API Specification.  While the code behind basic CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, and Delete) changed only incrementally from the previous release (4.7.5),  Versioning and Access Control functionality underwent major refactorings. Per the Fedora API Specification, this release of the Fedora application implements the following underlying specifications:

294 JIRA issues were worked by fifteen developers for this release.  In addition, we also developed the Fedora API Test Suite which can be run against this release to verify compliance with the aforementioned specification.  Finally, the documentation underwent a full overhaul with special attention to the modifications to the API changes, additions, deletions, deprecations, configuration settings, and a new User’s Guide focused on content modeling and metadata recommendations.

Due to the changes to existing APIs and data models, Fedora 5.0.0 is not backwards compatible.  The Fedora Import Export Utility does not currently support upgrading data from Fedora 4 to Fedora 5. However adding upgrade support this utility is a top priority for the first quarter of 2019. Please see the outstanding issues section at the bottom of the release page for any known issues.


The following features are still in this release, but have been flagged for future removal.

Housekeeping and Bugs

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Complete Listing of Resolved Tickets

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Outstanding issues slated for the 5.0.1 Bugfix release (To be released in January 2019)
  • FCREPO-2969 – Cannot add rdf:type properties to binaries CLOSED
  • FCREPO-2970 – Cannot version RDF resource with a blank node CLOSED

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IGF 2018: Making the case for public libraries

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 19/12/2018 - 18:04

EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Advisor for Initiatives for Africa, Janet Sawaya, shares her takeaways from the 13th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2018, in Paris, France (November 12 - 14), which attracted more than 3,000 participants from 143 countries. This year’s IGF theme was the Internet of Trust.

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Webinar on Persistent Identifiers

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 19/12/2018 - 15:41

EIFL Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma will speak at this FREYA and OpenAIRE webinar about new developments in the field of Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), and why PIDs they are important to the research community.

Kuchma will speak about how OpenAIRE is using PIDs (long-lasting references to a digital file or set of files) for the discovery, enrichment and linking of research results.

Date: 10 January 2019

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 CET (Central European Time)

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EIFL renews SAGE Premier journals agreement

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 18/12/2018 - 20:38

Institutions in 18 EIFL partner countries can subscribe to the SAGE Premier journals collection of nearly 1,100 titles for free or at discounted rates.

The SAGE Premier journals collection contains leading international peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of subject areas, including business, humanities, social science, and science, technology and medicine. The 2019 Collection counts 1,093 titles, with 74 new journals.  

The agreement run until 31 December 2020 and is open to institutions from 18 EIFL partner countries:

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