OAIster Update: More Access & No Conditions

In previous posts, I sought to clarify our plans for taking over the OAIster aggregation of metadata from the University of Michigan. Since then a couple key things have changed, which are being communicated to the repositories being harvested as well as to the broader community. One of the changes is that there are no …

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The Cult of Brewster Finds Its Church

Last night Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive unveiled his latest project in a venue suitable for any high priest or cult leader — a former Christian Science Church in San Francisco. As it turns out, the Internet Archive recently purchased the building, and as Brewster remarked during the grand unveiling of the Bookserver project, …

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Delivering the goods

I’ve been skimming the report from the University of Minnesota Discoverability. Lorcan recently blogged about this report in detail, but this bit caught my eye: Users draw little distinction between discovery and delivery; systems, data, and information objects should be optimized for fulfillment. This is no surprise, but the finding deserves attention in relationship to …

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Emphasis on Ebooks

Along with some colleagues I attended the O’Reilly Emphasis on Ebooks online conference today. It’s part of the ongoing O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference. In Research we’re investing significant time over the next several months to thinking about services built around books and how those services will change as the migration from physical …

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A DLF Forum Like No Other

Ever since it was announced that the Digital Library Federation was merging with CLIR, I’ve heard people wondering about the fate of the Forum, which has long been appreciated as one of the signal benefits of the Digital Library Federation. As stated in the press release: “While we do not believe an independent, governance-based organizational …

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