Spotlight – May 2010

News relating to digital scholarship, access and preservation at Berkeley and around the world. To contribute, email Rick Jaffe

On Campus

Raymond Yee, Eric Kansa present on opening federal budget data
iSchool News, posted Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On May 20, iSchool faculty members Eric Kansa and Raymond Yee presented recommendations for making federal budget data “intelligible and available for public review and debate” to the Federal Spending Transparency Conference in Washington, DC. Drawing upon lessons from the web site, the authors called for budget information to be made available via web services, and archived and curated in a manner that maintains the public’s access to the data and trust in its validity. The text of their presentation can be found here (pdf).

The Conservator’s Art: Preserving Egypt’s Past
Exhibit, May 12, 2010 – May 11, 2011

From the event listing: “Explore techniques and see results of extensive conservation carried out on pieces including crocodile mummies, statuary, mummy portraits, amulets, and stela collected through the patronage of Phoebe A. Hearst ca. 1900. We hope you will celebrate with us as we work to preserve cultural information for the benefit of future generations. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

It’s Not Just Black and White: Photographing the Built Environment
Exhibit, May 4 – August 16, 2010

From the event listing: “Drawing on the collections of the Environmental Design Archives, the Environmental Design Library, the CED Visual Resources Center, and private collections, the exhibit stimulates thinking about photographic representation of the built environment and how this representation influences our design, writing, and research activity.” Curated by Jason Miller. 210 Wurster Hall.

Around the World

JISC releases “Keeping Research Data Safe 2” report

The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee, a body that provides leadership and funding for higher education and research, has just released the final report of a major study on the costs of preservation of research data. From the report: “One of the key findings on the long-term costs of digital preservation for research data was that the cost of archiving activities (archival storage and preservation planning and actions) is consistently a very small proportion of the overall costs and significantly lower than the costs of acquisition/ingest or access activities for all the case studies in KRDS2.”


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