MVP Spotlight- August 2009

August 10, 2009

Each month, we highlight news relating to digital scholarship, access and preservation at Berkeley and around the world. To contribute, email Lizzy.

On Campus
Opencast Matterhorn Project Awarded Funding from Mellon and Hewlett Foundations
The Opencast Matterhorn project recently received 1.3 million dollars from the Andrew W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett foundations. Scheduled to be launched next summer, this project will focus on developing software that “will support the scheduling, capture, encoding and delivery of educational content to video-and-audio sharing sites such as YouTube and iTunes, so that learners can access lectures when and where they need it” Software will also include various tools (bookmarking, annotations, etc.) that will help users become even more engaged with the content.  The Opencast Project is made up of 12 institutions from all over the world, including UC Berkeley.

The Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access
Conference Schedule
Friday, August 28, 2009, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
The School of Information invites the campus community and public to attend a one-day conference that will be focusing on the recent “Google Books Settlement.” The conference intends to “address major issues arising from the proposed settlement,” such as: “the right of the public to have access to works embraced by such a settlement, the questions of privacy inevitably arising from creating and controlling access to such a collection, the potential for and restrictions on research into the content and use of such a collection, the quality of the content and the metadata surrounding it.”

The Sixth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
October 5-6, 2009
Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
The California Digital Library (CDL) will be hosting the sixth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPres). This conference will be held in San Franciso on October 5-6, 2009. This conference will “bring together researchers and practitioners from around the world to explore the latest trends, innovations, and practices in preserving our scientific and cultural digital heritage,” as well as “continue the discussion of creating our digital future.”

Around the World

Sun in Education Web Seminar Series
“All About Repositories” series
Part of Sun’s “Technology that Bridges the Digital Divide” seminars, the “All About Repositories” series will begin in September. Along with Sun, DuraSpace and SPARC International will “provide overviews of best practices, technology updates, and key trend analyses for academic resources directors, IT managers, digital librarians, repository managers and developers, and curators.”

New Open-Access Monograph Series Is Announced
It was recently announced that Open Humanities Publishing (OHP) will be “joining the University of Michigan Library’s Scholary Publishing Office (SPO) to create five new open-access monograph series with a focus on critical and cultural theory.” All content will be given a Creative Commons license and will be accessible digitally and as a book. Readers are also encouraged to remix, tag, annotate, etc all content. Established in spring 2008, Open Humanities Press (OHP) is an open-access scholarly publishing collective made up of individuals from all over the world.

The Digital Imaging and Archiving Department at Virginia Tech Creates New Digital Repository to Support Research
Since March 2009, Virginia Tech has been working to creating a “a university-wide digital research repository that enables a broad range of content owners to digitally archive and collectively publish important collections of research materials by providing a secure mechanism for the delivery and display of those items to other researchers, or learners who seek out authentic sources of significant information.” Virginia Tech will be using the product Vital, which was “built on Fedora.” This repository is for students, faculty, and the general public to contribute to, learn from,  and explore.

Free Tools to Back Up Your Online Accounts
Lifehacker recently featured different services to help you back up content stored in the cloud (e.g Gmail, Flickr, and etc. accounts) onto your computer. Although users may think that storing content in the cloud seems safer since big companies are likely to have a good backup workflow compared to a regular individual, there is still a possibility of losing all your data. “Depending on an external service to host, update, and maintain the software you love and the data you need is both the cloud’s advantage and disadvantage: you’re putting your stuff on computers you don’t control at a single point of access (or failure). Companies get shut down or bought, accounts get locked up, servers (and you) go offline.”