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Comparative Analysis of  Distributed Digital Preservation  (DDP) Systems

Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) Systems

Date: April 2, 2014
Creator: Schultz, Matt & Skinner, Katherine
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded Chronicles in Preservation project (http://metaarchive.org/neh/) completed this Comparative Analysis of three Distributed Digital Preservation systems to analyze their underlying technologies and methodologies: -Chronopolis using iRODS (http://chronopolis.sdsc.edu/). -University of North Texas using Coda (http://www.library.unt.edu/). -MetaArchive Cooperative using LOCKSS (http://metaarchive.org/). This Comparative Analysis is not intended to designate any of the Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) systems as superior or inferior to one another in any of the areas disclosed. On the contrary, digital preservation is often best served by maintaining a variety of solutions, and each of the three DDP systems have partnered actively with one another on several digital preservation initiatives and are learning constantly from one another’s approaches. The Chronicles in Preservation project, and more specifically, this Comparative Analysis, has been undertaken by these three systems in order to test, document, and refine their processes, not in isolation, but as a collaborative effort.
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The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads:  the Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2012 Library Spending Plans

The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads: the Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2012 Library Spending Plans

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Date: April 2012
Creator: McKendrick, Joseph
Description: The second annual benchmark study of library spending plans from Library Resource Guide explores the wide range of spending and priorities decision-making taking place in 2012 budgets for public, academic and special libraries. Includes year-to-year comparative data. Learn where peer institutions are focusing their scarce investments, based on a study of over 700 participating North American institutions.
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Ecological Studies of the Hudson River Near Indian Point

Ecological Studies of the Hudson River Near Indian Point

Date: April 1971
Creator: New York University. Medical Center. Institute of Environmental Medicine.
Description: "The general purpose of [this study is] to determine the ecological responses of the [Hudson] River to various classes of potential pollutants, so that the discharge of waste heat and radionuclides from the Indian Point Power Plant can be evaluated in context with these" (p. 1).
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[Interview with Elda Harrington]

[Interview with Elda Harrington]

Date: April 2, 2008
Creator: Kidd, Allison & Westrup, Sarah
Description: This transcript is the record of an interview with photographer Elda Harrington about how technology affects her work as part of a lecture series, "Women Art Technology." During the interview, Harrington discusses her own work in photography as well as the schools and the photography festival that she has established in Argentina. The transcript includes a brief introduction with a biography of Harrington and general information about the lecture series and the specific interview. A list of 'Suggested reading' materials is also listed at the end of the transcript.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[Interview with Paula Sibilia]

[Interview with Paula Sibilia]

Date: April 23, 2008
Creator: Kidd, Allison & Westrup, Sarah
Description: This transcript is the record of an interview with Paula Sibilia about how technology affects her work as part of a lecture series, "Women Art Technology." During the interview, Sibilia discusses her research into how technological body modifications affect the cultural, social, and philosophical aspects of the human body. The transcript includes a brief introduction with a biography of Sibilia and general information about the lecture series and the specific interview. A list of 'Suggested reading' materials is also listed at the end of the transcript.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012

The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012

Date: April 8, 2013
Creator: Housewright, Ross; Schonfeld, Roger C. & Wulfson, Kate
Description: The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey has focused since its inception on capturing an accurate picture of faculty members' practices, attitudes, and needs. In the fifth triennial cycle, fielded in fall 2012, the survey focused on research and teaching practices broadly, as well as the dissemination, collecting, discovery, and access of research and teaching materials. Findings from this cycle of the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey will provide colleges and universities, libraries, learned societies, and academic publishers with insight into the evolving attitudes and practices of faculty members in the context of substantial environmental change for higher education. The development of the 2012 questionnaire was guided by an advisory committee of librarians, publishers, policy makers, and a scholarly society executive. The overall project was supported by some 20 colleges and universities, learned societies, and publishers / vendors.
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Map of Routes to the Principal Mining Districts in the Central States of Mexico.

Map of Routes to the Principal Mining Districts in the Central States of Mexico.

Date: April 1828
Creator: Ward, H. G. (Henry George), 1797-1860.
Description: Map of several states bordering the Gulf of Mexico in central Mexico from 1828. The routes to the principal mining districts and other roads are marked, as well as towns, landmarks, rivers, and some topographic features (with relief shown by hachures).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
National Highways preliminary map of the state of Texas: showing sixty-two hundred miles of national highways proposed by the National Highways Association, Washington, D.C.

National Highways preliminary map of the state of Texas: showing sixty-two hundred miles of national highways proposed by the National Highways Association, Washington, D.C.

Date: April 1916
Creator: National Highways Association
Description: Blue line political map of Texas with proposed highways in red. Various statistics are shown in the bottom left corner. Scale 1:1,000,000
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content

Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content

Date: April 2014
Creator: Kool, Wouter; Werf, Titia van der & Lavoie, Brian
Description: The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) has suggested the need for digital preservation repositories to perform periodic “health checks” as a routine part of their preservation activities. In the same way that doctors monitor basic health properties of their patients to spot indications of infirmity, repositories should monitor a set of properties associated with “preservation health” to provide an early warning of potential threats to the ongoing security of the archived digital objects in their care. The Preservation Health Check (PHC) project, undertaken as a joint effort by OPF and OCLC Research, aims to evaluate the usefulness of the preservation metadata created and maintained by operational repositories for assessing basic preservation properties. The PHC project seeks to develop an implementable logic to support preservation health checks of this kind, and to test this logic against the store of preservation metadata maintained by an operational preservation repository. The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has agreed to share their preservation metadata in support of this project. The authors aim is to advance the use of preservation metadata as an evidence base for conducting preservation health checks according to a standardized, widely-applicable protocol. Doing so opens up possibilities for internal or third-party threat assessment services ...
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