New blog: Metadata Matters

Metadata Matters is a new blog by Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps. Definately worth subscribing to if you work with metadata for networked resources.

Two important Dublin Core Working Drafts published

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative has published two Working Drafts of note, Guidelines for Dublin Core Applicaton Profiles and Interoperability Levels for Dublin Core Metadata. The public is invited to issue reposes to these working drafts by December 1, 2008. Information on doing so is available on the DCMI website.

JHOVE2

The popular JHOVE application, which performs format-specific identification, validation, and characterization of digital objects, is evolving into a second generation, thanks to funding from the Library of Congress, under its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) initiative. Detailed information is available at the JHOVE2 website.

New Study on Digital Preservation Policies in UK Higher Ed

JISC has published a Digital Preservation Policies Study that "aims to provide an outline model for digital preservation policies and to analyse the role that digital preservation can play in supporting and delivering key strategies for Higher and Further Education Institutions." The full report and appendices are available.

Theora 1.0 released

The Xiph.Org Foundation has announced the release of Theora 1.0, "a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties." The maintainers of Firefox and Opera have already pledged native support for the format.

Google and publishers reach settlement

The dispute over Google's ability to scan copyrighted books that started in 2005 is over. Google and bodies representing publishers have come to an agreement. Details about the specific outcomes of the settlement are also available.

Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange specifications released

The "production" version of the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) specification is now available. See the press release for more information.

Mass book digitization: The deeper story of Google Books and the Open Content Alliance

This article by Kalev Leetaru (First Monday, Volume 13 Number 10 - 6 October 2008) compares these two flagship mass digitization efforts. From the abstract:

A metadata tool that scales

Will Sexton, Metadata Analyst / Programmer at Duke University Libraries has posted an interesting item on his blog that identifies some "Digitization and Description use cases". People evaluating or developing tools for digitization and digital assets managment will find Will's list very useful.

Brewster Kahle: A digital library, free to the world @ TED

Ocean State Librarian is providing this video of Brewster Kahle's talk at the EG2007 Conference, in which Kahle describes the Internet Archive's activities to a non-librarian (but very tech savy) audience. This video is also available at the Internet Archive.

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