Cambridge University Library in Joint Repository Project

"Cambridge University Library and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries have embarked on a joint project to establish a digital repository for Cambridge University. The two libraries, working with Cambridge University Computing Service, will jointly receive £1.7 million over two years from the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) in order to install an open source computer system called 'DSpaceTM'. The project will be led in Cambridge by the University Librarian, Peter Fox, and at MIT by the Director of MIT Libraries, Ann Wolpert."

"For some time we in the University Library have been concerned about the amount of digital material being created in the University apparently without any provision being made for its long-term preservation and access. DSpace now provides us with the opportunity to offer such a service to our academic colleagues, and we are delighted to have the opportunity of developing it in collaboration with MIT Libraries", said Peter Fox." (from Managing Information)


DRM Primer

\"You start up a DVD movie and before the film starts, you encounter an annoying advertisement. But when you try to fast-forward past the commercial, your player doesn\'t respond.\"
\"You can play your new audio CD on your stereo system, but when you insert it into the CD drive on your Macintosh computer [or PC for that matter], the CD doesn\'t work.\"
DRM. Have so few letters ever inspired such fear in the hearts of librarians?

On the desk, I was flipping though the April 8, 2003 PC Magazine that was patiently waiting to be processed. Inside I found a good little article on DRM. If you don\'t know about DRM you might want to learn about it. For starters it is an acronym for Digital Rights Management. But I don\'t need to sit here insulting your intelligence. Read the article, which happens to have a nice DRM webliography.


The wide, wild world of ibiblio

Anne writes "The ever knowledgeable Gary Price has a link to an article about the ibiblio project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here's the article, and, ibiblio; and to Gary's Resource Shelf. "

From the article:

"Surfing the ibiblio Web site is like having a conversation with an eccentric intellectual with good intentions to enlighten but little tact or organization."


Let\'s Hurry Up with the WiFi, Borders Is!

Alleged menace to public (and academic?) libraries, Borders Group, has teamed with Intel to provide \"high-speed wireless Internet access to customers at more than 400 Borders Books & Music® locations nationwide.\" Nowhere in full article does it state if this access will be available to the public for free of for a cost. Borders has hooked up with Intel® for this venture. Intel® is promoting their Intel® Centrino(TM) mobile technology not only in these outlets, but also Hilton hotels and resorts. [link goes to article and list of hotels] and McDonald\'s.If libraries can\'t be on the cutting edge of this technology, we at least need to be ready and implement it before it gets totally mainstream. While I wish libraries could introduce this technology to everyone, it isn\'t happening that way. The news about Intel® promoting their product is heartening, though, becasue I\'m ready to be connected all of the time. See Wireless Librarian for articles and a list of libraries implementing wireless technology.


Preparing for Computer Disasters

A Chronicle Of Higher Ed. Article on planning for the worst.
They say for every story of how an institution was able to save its data, a professor somewhere has a horror story about losing years of research after a fire, natural disaster, or a server crash. And while most large universities religiously back up their main computer servers every night, some only save data on smaller servers once a week.

""The scary part is if you're planning for this disaster, and it fails in the calm moment, what's going to happen in a real disaster?" Mr. Ellis says. "Everybody talks about backup, but the really important part is how long it takes to do a restore."


A Kfsource Interview with Mark Webbink, General Counsel

David Goldman writes " recently talked with with Mark Webbink, General Counsel for Red Hat Inc. Red Hat is the largest and arguably the most recognized provider of open source technology in the United States. We asked Mr. Webbink about why open source software is important to librarians and legal professionals, wheter the GPL (GNU Public License) is truly anti-competitive as some have maintained as well as the issues surrounding the controversial DMCA. Mr. Webbink also responds critics who claim, open source software is by nature "viral"..."


Public Floods Copyright Office With Fair Use Requests

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says it helped 245 consumers submit comments to the Librarian of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office requesting protection for certain ordinary uses of CDs and DVDs. The consumer comments support the EFF's Dec. 18 request to the government to grant four exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in order to permit bypassing of certain technological protection measures for copyrighted works."

"Currently, the DMCA prevents users from making the following four uses of some digital media: listening to copy-protected music CDs on certain stereos and personal computers; viewing foreign movies on DVDs on U.S. players due to region-coding restrictions; skipping through commercials on some movie DVDs; and viewing and making fair uses of movies that are in the public domain and released on encrypted DVDs." (from


Study lauds open-source code quality

CNET Says a consulting group that scrutinizes the source code underlying several operating systems has found that a key networking component of Linux is of higher quality in several ways than that of competing closed-source software.
I'd love to see this repeated in other areas.

"Open-source applications...allow anyone to look at the source code. For major open-source applications, such as the Linux kernel, the Apache Web server, etc., dozens or hundreds of people will read the source code either to learn how it works, make modifications or look for mistakes," Trappe said. "Because the development process is also open, these independent reviewers can report the defects they find and even suggest appropriate fixes."


US govt sells music burned on CD-Rs; life is good.

"The major music companies may fret over falling revenue, but one label saw its business jump 33 percent last year — thanks in part to the recordable compact discs that the industry says are hurting its sales," writes Chris Nelson.

That label is part of the Smithsonian Institution, established by an act of Congress. They use ordinary CD-Rs to produce copies of obscure music recordings.

Google Groups has a banner-free, cookie-free link to the complete New York Times story on how Uncle Sam is burning discs to preserve and promulgate good music.

SOURCE: robot wisdom


Library Announces Approval of Plan to Preserve America's Digital Heritage

"Today the Librarian of Congress announced that the Library of Congress has received approval from the U.S. Congress for its "Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)," which will enable the Library to launch the initial phase of building a national infrastructure for the collection and long-term preservation of digital content."

"The Library of Congress is grateful for the continuing support that Congress has given us by asking us to lead this critical program to collect and preserve America's cultural and intellectual heritage in digital formats for generations to come," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "Together with other federal agencies and the library, archival, university and private sector communities, we will work to develop a network of collaborative partners as well as a technical architecture that will provide the framework for digital preservation."

"Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives Laura Campbell is overseeing this effort for the Library. "I echo Dr. Billington's remarks and add that the Library of Congress has gained an enormous amount of knowledge from its partners in this initiative. We look forward to a continued successful collaboration as we work together to preserve digital materials before they are forever lost." (from LOC Press Releases)



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