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LIBER Copyright Update: Digital Humanities Campaign, Trilogue Progress & Plans for 2019

LIBER news - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 14:21

LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group has been busy in recent weeks, keeping track of various copyright developments and making plans for next year. Before we break for the Christmas holidays, here’s an overview of what has recently been achieved and what we’re working on for 2019. If you would like to receive future…

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Happy Holidays From DuraSpace

DSpace news - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 23:39

As 2018 draws to a close all of us here at DuraSpace wish our friends and colleagues near and far the happiest of holiday seasons, and extend warm wishes for a prosperous and healthy new year. We are grateful for your continued interest in and support of our shared goal of preserving and providing access to the world’s intellectual, cultural and scientific heritage.

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Exposing Repository Content to Google Scholar

DSpace news - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 20:36

From Atmire

DSpace Repositories serving scholarly content generally receive a significant amount of daily download traffic from Google Scholar. In a recent webinar for Atmire clients, Bram Luyten zoomed in on:

  • The basic principles of how Google Scholar indexes your repository
  • Detecting and resolving indexing problems using the free Atmire Analyzer
  • Monitoring traffic originating from Google Scholar with Google Analytics

Click here to download the slides, speaker notes and recording of this webinar from Atmire’s Open Repository Demo installation.

Future webinars

We are already preparing our next webinar. If you have feedback of suggestions for future Atmire webinars, don’t hesitate to send them using this feedback form.

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Making DSpace GDPR Compliant

DSpace news - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 18:51

From DSquare Technologies

DSquare Technologies is pleased to announce GDPR solution for DSpace.

Most of us are aware that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted during May, 2018 resulting in stricter data privacy requirements. It is now more  important than ever to ensure security of Personal Identifiable information.

DSquare Technologies developed a GDPR compliance solution for DSpace with GDPR requirements in mind and at the request of some of the esteemed institutions served by DSquare Technologies (Certified DuraSpace  Contributor for DSpace). While solutions are evolving for further improvement some of this solution’s highlights cover:  i) protecting Personal Identifiable Information (PII), ii) right to be forgotten, iii) communication about any data breach, iv) managing cookies as per user session, v) OWASP listed vulnerabilities complied repository and many other parameters for ensuring compliance with GDPR.

DSquare Technologies is happy to help institutions in ensuring compliance with GDPR and making its repositories more secured and reliable for users. For more information contact: sales@d2t.co | Skype: dsquare_technologies | Cell/WhatsApp: +919717396363

About DSquare Technologies

DSquare Technologies is a Certified DuraSpace Contributor and Registered Service Provider for DSpace addressing information management requirements starting from Entry level to Enterprise scale repositories having multiple millions of pages. Some of add-ons developed on DSpace are Real time data analytics & Reports, Browser based content viewer, Modern user interface with mobile first approach with RTL, GDPR etc. that enable it to provide solutions for verticals like Libraries, Archives, Research, Judiciary, Knowledge management, Office documents management etc.  

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Open access workshop in Uganda

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 11:44

EIFL and our partner consortium in Uganda, the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL), will host a two-day workshop for repository managers from 11 universities. The workshop aims to increase open access content in institutional repositories in Uganda.

VIVO Updates for December 16, 2018 — Interest groups and task forces, Coalition of Networked Information, a fantastic 2018

DSpace news - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 04:58

Our interest groups and task forces  VIVO has interest groups – sort of permanent recurring groups that meet to discuss topics of shared interest, and task forces – time limited groups that meet to create a work product.  Anyone can create either.

We currently have two interest groups – Development, which meets weekly, and Ontology, which meets every other week.  To join an interest group, just show up.  The groups are very friendly, there is no other requirement.  Showing up is easy, just dial-in or use Zoom (free software you can download to your computer) using the instructions on the meeting page (click on the links for each group to see the meeting pages).

We have a bunch of task forces:

All have Slack channels and wiki sites (linked above).  To join VIVO slack, see http://bit.ly/vivo-slack To join in the work of a task force, just show up.  And see above, the groups are very friendly and joining a meeting is as easy as dialing in or clicking on a Zoom link.

Coalition of Networked Information (CNI)  This week I attended the CNI fall meeting in Washington DC.  CNI is always interesting, a simple conference format – half day to start, 3/4 day to wrap-up.  An opening and closing plenary keynote.  Parallel sessions providing “project updates” – work of interest to those working on information approaches in scholarship, with an emphasis on libraries and librarianship.  Long breaks to provide plenty of time for catching up.  Held twice a year, CNI is one of my favorite conferences – a good chance to catch up with colleagues and to see interesting work.

The fall meeting was a chance to catch up with Duraspace board members Tyler Walters, Dan Cohen, Evviva Weinraub, Rob Cartolano, and Tom Cramer, David Wilcox who helps with membership, and Erin Tripp CEO of Duraspace, many of our supporters and friends including David Carlson and Michael Bolton of TAMU, Mike Winkler, Dean Krafft, Kristi Holmes of Northwestern, Rick Johnson of SHARE, Ken Klingenstein of Internet 2, Laura Wruble of GWU, Valrie Minson of UF, and many others.

Some of the more interesting things I saw:

  • SHARE is working on some cool technology for harvesting metadata using Node-RED.
  • Ken Klingenstein caught us up on current work in identity systems and attribute management
  • Jason Priem gave an update on ImpactStory – they have an open API and have harvested much open metadata regarding scholarly communication.  Likewise, Internet Archive has an active scholarly communications harvesting business with an open API.  These sources join a growing collection of open metadata at scale including Research Graph, SHARE, and others.  With these emerging resources, and work on disambiguation at these sources, there is much to look forward to.
  • Patricia Brennan gave the closing keynote on work at the US National Library of Medicine.  Having come from this world, it was very exciting to see the discoveries in preventive medicine, public health, and treatment resulting from advanced informatics.

2018 was a fantastic year  VIVO had a fantastic year in 2018.  So many good things happened.  All because of our wonderful and growing community.  As we head into a time to reflect on the year that was and consider the year to come, I want to extend a special thanks to all the great people who work on the VIVO Project.

See you in 2019  This is the last VIVO Updates for 2018.  We’ve got some meetings this week, and then a break for the holidays.  We’ll see you all in 2019 with a first VIVO Updates coming January 6.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday break!



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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New publication

IFLA - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 04:01

You can read now all about the new publication 'Global Action on School Library Education and Training' by Barbara Schultz-Jones and Dianne Oberg (Eds.)

„რა ყოფილა გურია“ - ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკა გურიას და გურულებს მასპინძლობს

„რა ყოფილა გურია“ - ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკა გურიას და გურულებს მასპინძლობს

17 დეკემბერს საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკა გურიას და გურულებს მასშტაბური ღონისძიებით მასპინძლობს.

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Webinar Video & Audio: Skills and Training in Open Science and the EOSC ecosystem

LIBER news - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 16:54

Interested in skills and training in Open Science and the EOSC ecosystem, as it relates to libraries and researchers? On 14 December 2018, LIBER recorded a webinar in collaboration with the EOSCpilot project. The goal of the webinar was to connect LIBER’s community with the EOSCpilot project’s work on skills for stewardship in the EOSC context,…

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From Vision to Action: Towards the IFLA Strategic Plan 2019-2024

IFLA - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 12:32

IFLA is on a journey. Through the IFLA Global Vision, the library field has come together and started a worldwide conversation about how we can create the future, together.

Thanks to an unprecedented mobilisation over the last two years, we have never been in a better situation to do this. We have seen over 30,000 people share their opinions on the strengths and priorities of libraries from 190 United Nations Member States, and over 8500 ideas submitted to the IFLA Ideas Store.

At the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, we set out our intention to transform these contributions into a strategic plan. This will provide the guidance and framework necessary to move us towards our objective of a united field, supporting libraries worldwide to improve the lives of their users.

At the IFLA Governing Board meetings this week, we have taken further important steps. Board members, representing all library types and regions, explored how we can turn the evidence produced by the Global Vision, as well as key documents shaping the library environment, into a strategic plan.

In early 2019, we will be reaching out to our Professional Units, whose members provide so much of the energy and so many of the ideas that make IFLA what it is.

This will kick off an ongoing consultative process to ensure that the voices of all parts of the global library field are heard, and taken into consideration. When we arrive in Athens for our next World Library and Information Congress, we will not only be launching a strategic plan for IFLA as a whole, but also action plans for our Professional Units. Together, this work will set out a blueprint for a more powerful, more focused IFLA, better able to support libraries provide excellent service to their users.

However, this will by no means be the end of the road. Our goal is to build a strategic plan that not only allows IFLA to grow in its reach and impact, but which provides inspiration for everyone in the field in creating literate, informed and participatory societies.

We’re looking forward to making further announcements about how we can help libraries and library associations worldwide work more closely with IFLA to achieve our common goals.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
IFLA President 2017-2019

EIFL looks forward to an exciting 2019 at WIPO

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 11:24

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, attended the 37th meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the global body that sets international copyright law and policy, that took place in Geneva from 26 - 30 November 2018.

Giant leap forward for Marrakesh Treaty in 2018

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 14:48

Access to knowledge for millions of people around the world who are blind or otherwise print disabled took a giant leap forward in 2018 with 42 more countries joining or taking steps to join the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities.

The upsurge in ratifications in 2018 brings the total number of countries worldwide that have joined the Marrakesh Treaty since its adoption in 2013 to 73.

Partnerships in the Public Interest: IFLA Submits Initial Comments to UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

IFLA - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:54

IFLA has prepared an initial response to the consultation launched by the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. This highlights the importance of action for access to information, and the need to involve libraries in discussions about the future of the internet.

The development of the internet has been marked by the influence of government, businesses and civil society. Given its global nature, it has also posed challenges to traditional decision-making, given that policies made at the national level can have limited impact on a global network.

This creates difficult questions about the best way to respond to key policy issues, such as ensuring that everyone can get online and use the internet effectively, how to respond to cybercrime, or protect copyright and user rights.

The Internet Governance Forum has provided a valuable space to discuss such issues since 2006. IFLA has taken an active part in this work, promoting the importance of public access through libraries, and showing how library values and experience can help in solving other questions.  

Recognising the value of such discussions, as well as the need for collaboration in actions, the UN Secretary General has set up a High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Led by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma, this aims to explore the types of cooperation already taking place to address key challenges on the internet, and make recommendations on what more can be done. They have launched a consultation, calling for evidence and input from all stakeholders.

IFLA has submitted initial comments, underlining the importance of partnerships for guaranteeing access to the internet, and giving people skills.

IFLA has also noted the need to ensure that institutions already involved in delivering key policy goals such as literacy, health and innovation should be involved in discussions about the internet, given the need to ensure that access helps improve lives.

You can read IFLA’s initial submission. IFLA will be working, through the FAIFE Committee, to develop a final set of comments on the consultation in the coming weeks. Read more about IFLA's engagement with the Internet Governance Forum.

Release of the FOSTER Open Science courses

EIFL-OA news and events - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:29

The European Union-funded FOSTER project has launched 10 free online courses for early career researchers covering key topics of open science, and is awarding ‘open badges’ which recognize the skills and knowledge of learners who complete the courses.

The courses answer common questions about putting open science into practice, and include practical tips on getting started with open science as well as information on discipline-specific tools and resources.

Making Development Disability-Inclusive: UN Report Highlights IFLA Evidence

IFLA - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:08

​​A new United Nations report underlines the need for action to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy the same opportunities and possibilities as others. It also highlights good practices, including those adopted by libraries.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda underlines that no-one should be left behind, but this is all too often the case for people with disabilities.

Action, not only by Member States, but also by all stakeholders, including libraries, is therefore necessary if we are to succeed.

This is as much the case for access to information as for anything else. This access can be an important enabler, opening up new economic, social and cultural possibilities, and helping people take better decisions.

At the same time, a lack of access can mean exclusion, and a greater risk of poverty and other problems. Libraries have a mission to support everyone in their communities, and many have a specific duty to users with disabilities.

IFLA has engaged over the past years with the UN on its work on disability-inclusive development, carrying out a survey of libraries around the world. This looked at physical accessibility, provision of accessible resources, and programming aimed to provide specific support.

This work has now fed into the Flagship UN Report on Disability and Development, which cites IFLA statistics, as well as pointing to best practices in libraries in terms of defining policies, ensuring accessibility, and providing materials.  

Nancy Bolt, member of IFLA’s Section on Libraries Serving People with Special Needs, attended the launch in New York, welcoming the inclusion of libraries in the report, and encouraging further engagement with our institutions.

Such efforts of course rely on recognition by, and support from, governments, in order to ensure that libraries are able to deliver. Laws – such as implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in ways that create no unnecessary barriers to access to information – also make a major contribution.

Find out more about the work of IFLA’s Section on Libraries Serving Persons with Special Needs, and about IFLA’s broader work on libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Namibia public librarians’ training

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 18:36

Five public library trainers from Namibia who recently attended e-resources and internet search training organized by EIFL and the Namibia Library and Archives service (NLAS) will pass on their skills to 17 public librarians from NLAS libraries.

Arte, cultura e información en la perspectiva de la Agenda 2030

IFLA - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 17:34

En los días 24 y 25 de septiembre de 2018 en Río de Janeiro, Brasil, se realizó el 6º Seminario de Información en Arte, con el lema “Arte, cultura e información en la perspectiva de la Agenda 2030”. La presidenta de la IFLA, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, fue la invitada de honor de este evento, organizado por la Red de Bibliotecas y Centros de Información en Arte en el Estado de Río de Janeiro (REDARTE/RJ), con el patrocinio y apoyo del Instituto Cervantes de Río de Janeiro. El seminario fue precedido por una reunión técnica el 22 de septiembre, en el Instituto Cervantes, con el tema “Movimientos asociativos, información en arte y sostenibilidad”. La actuación de la IFLA y el papel fundamental de las bibliotecas en la Agenda 2030 fueron la inspiración para la elección del tema central de estos eventos. 

La reunión técnica contó con la participación especial de Antonio Maura, director del Instituto Cervantes, Denise Maria da Silva Batista, presidenta de la REDARTE/RJ y Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, presidenta de la IFLA, quien habló del trabajo de la IFLA y el papel del bibliotecario en la sociedad y su compromiso con la Agenda 2030. La reunión fue moderada por Isabel Ayres, Secretaria de la Sección de Bibliotecas de Arte de la IFLA, e incluyó presentaciones de Adriana Ferrari, presidenta de la FEBAB, Marcos Miranda, representante del presidente del Consejo Federal de Biblioteconomía, y Alpina Rosa, tesorera de REDARTE/RJ. La audiencia estuvo conformada por autoridades de las áreas de educación, cultura y artes, dirigentes y representantes de bibliotecas, colaboradores, patrocinadores, profesionales del área de las bibliotecas, autores, profesores y estudiantes.

El seminario tuvo como objetivo contribuir en la divulgación y discusión sobre la Agenda 2030 y el rol que juegan las bibliotecas. Fue inaugurado por Luis Prados Covarrubias, Cónsul General de España en Río de Janeiro, Antonio Maura, director del Instituto Cervantes de Río de Janeiro, Gustavo Barreto, asesor de Información del Centro de Información de las Naciones Unidas para Brasil (UNIC Río), Adauto Cândido Soares, coordinador de comunicación e información de la UNESCO en Brasil, y Denise Maria da Silva Batista, presidenta de la REDARTE/RJ.

A continuación, la presidenta de la IFLA ofreció una impactante conferencia de apertura en la cual enfatizó la importancia del papel social de las bibliotecas como motores de transformación social y de los bibliotecarios como incentivadores y multiplicadores de acciones individuales y colectivas que puedan impactar positivamente la sociedad donde actúan y el mundo. El evento incluyó un debate e interesantes presentaciones por representantes de IBICT, IFLA-LAC, REDARTE/RJ, FEBAB, Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (FBN), Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Museos Castro Maya, PPGCI/UFF, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa y el Sistema de Bibliotecas e Información de la Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro – SiBi/UFRJ. 

Este proyecto fue realizado gracias a una colaboración de la REDARTE/RJ junto con el Instituto Brasileño de Información en Ciencia y Tecnología (IBICT) y al apoyo y patrocinio del Instituto Cervantes de Río de Janeiro. El evento tuvo como patrocinadores: Instituto Cervantes, Sophia Biblioteca, Proquest, Scansystem y EBSCO, y apoyaron: FEBAB, IBICT, CRB7, SINDIB/RJ, APCIS/RJ, GIDJ/RJ, Contempory y Data Coop.

E4GDH newsletter is now available

IFLA - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 14:43

Our first E4GDH Special Interest Group newsletter is now available. Read highlights from our first 10 months and plans for future activities - and sign up to receive these occasional updates by email.

წიგნის „აფხაზი არისტოკრატები ემიგრაციაში“ პრეზენტაცია სტამბოლში

წიგნის „აფხაზი არისტოკრატები ემიგრაციაში“ პრეზენტაცია სტამბოლში

7 დეკემბერს სტამბოლში არსებული ქართული კულტურის ცენტრის დახმარებითა და სტამბოლის მერიის მხარდაჭერით გაიმართა წიგნის „აფხაზი არისტოკრატები ემიგრაციაში“ პრეზენტაცია.

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