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Library Tech Talk (U of Michigan): Sounded to bits: Digital preservation of U-M Library’s audio collections

Tue, 2017-03-21 00:00

The Audio/Moving Image Team has been digitizing audio since 2009. Read more to find out why, how, what we've done, what we're going to do, and what others are doing!

District Dispatch: #ALAWO is tracking #SaveIMLS and collecting your stories

Mon, 2017-03-20 22:36

Since 11 a.m. last Thursday (and as of 5 p.m. this afternoon), there have been 3,838 tweets under the #saveIMLS hashtag on Twitter. That is over 767 tweets a day. Or, sliced another way, there are currently 1,800 people who are participating in the conversation on Twitter. Anyway you dice it, we need this momentum to continue.

Right now, the ALA Washington Office is collecting your tweets and stories via TAGS, the Twitter Archiving Google Sheet. You can see the conversion as it has unfolded via this afternoon’s snapshot:

#SaveIMLS conversation on Twitter from March 17 through March 20. The Washington Office is collecting your stories. View and explore the live version here.

As we march towards the next phase of the appropriations process, we need to keep IMLS at the center of the conversation. We need you to keep beating the drum and sharing your stories.

How can you tell an impactful story?

  • First, look up what IMLS does for you specifically. Search their database to see what they have funded in your zip code.
  • Then, pick a project (from the database or one you already know about) and tweet about it’s impact with the hashtag #saveIMLS. (Bonus points: Enter your zip code into GovTrack so you can find and tag your Senator or representative; their social media information is listed.)

While your “numbers” — how many computers, how many programs, how many books, how many patrons — are very important, the best kind of stories talk about how IMLS or LSTA funding has helped you to contribute to the “big picture.” A powerful story from your Congressional district can and will move mountains.

Here are some examples, from the 3,838 tweets, that we thought were great. Keep it coming!

Stay tuned for more information, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters. Meanwhile, subscribe to our action alerts to ensure you receive the latest updates on the budget process.

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LITA: LITA @ ALA Annual 2017 – Chicago

Mon, 2017-03-20 18:01
Early bird registration closes at noon, Wednesday March 22 central time. Start making your plans for ALA Annual now by checking out all the great LITA events.

Go to the LITA at ALA Annual conference web page.

Attend the LITA President’s Program featuring Kameron Hurley
Sunday June 25, 2017 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Program Title: We are the Sum of our Stories

LITA President Aimee Fifarek welcomes Kameron Hurley, author of the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and many anthologies. Hurley has written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, Bitch Magazine, and Locus Magazine. She posts regularly at

Register for ALA Annual and Discover Ticketed Events.

Sign up for the LITA AdaCamp preconference

Friday, June 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Northwestern University Libraries, Evanston, IL
Facilitators: Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian, Loyola University Chicago; Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies, Northwestern University.

Women in technology face numerous challenges in their day-to-day work. If you would like to join other women in the field to discuss topics related to those challenges, AdaCamp is for you. This one-day LITA preconference during ALA Annual in Chicago will allow female-identifying individuals employed in various technological industries an opportunity to network with others in the field and to collectively examine common barriers faced.

Other Featured LITA Events Include

Top Technology Trends
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

LITA’s premier program on changes and advances in technology. Top Technology Trends features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts and thought leaders. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends. This conference panelists and their suggested trends include:

  • Margaret Heller, Session Moderator, Digital Services Librarian, Loyola University Chicago
  • Emily Almond, Director of IT, Georgia Public Library Service
  • Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant and Founder, Library Technology Guides
  • Vanessa Hannesschläger, Researcher, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities/Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Jenny Jing, Manager, Library Systems, Brandeis University Library
  • Veronda Pitchford, Director of Membership and Resource Sharing, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
  • Tara Radniecki, Engineering Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno

LITA Imagineering: Generation Gap: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Look at Youth and Technology
Saturday June 24, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join LITA, the Imagineering Interest Group, and Tor Books as a panel of Science Fiction and Fantasy authors discuss how their work can help explain and bridge the interests of generational gaps, as well as what it takes for a literary work to gain crossover appeal for both youth and adults. This year’s line up is slated to include:

  • Cory Doctorow
  • Annalee Newitz
  • V.E. Schwab
  • Susan Dennard

LITA Conference Kickoff
Friday June 23, 2017, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join current and prospective LITA members for an overview and informal conversation at the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Conference Kickoff. All are welcome to meet LITA leaders, committee chairs, and interest group participants. Whether you are considering LITA membership for the first time, a long-time member looking to engage with others in your area, or anywhere in between, take part in great conversation and learn more about volunteer and networking opportunities at this meeting.

LITA Happy Hour
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This year the LITA Happy Hour continues the year long celebration of LITA’s 50th anniversary. Expect anniversary fun and games. Make sure you join the LITA Membership Development Committee and LITA members from around the country for networking, good cheer, and great fun! There will be lively conversation and excellent drinks; cash bar.

Find all the LITA programs and meetings using the online conference scheduler.

More Information about LITA conference events and Registration

Go to the LITA at ALA Annual Conference web page.

Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Data Durban celebrates Open Data Day building an Arduino weather station

Mon, 2017-03-20 13:00

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This event was supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Open Environment theme.

This post was first published on Open Data Durban website:

Open Data Durban in partnership with The MakerSpace Foundation hosted International Open Data Day in a dual-charged effort to ignite openness and participation in the Durban community. Together with environmentalists, ecologists, data wranglers, techies and active citizens we built an Arduino weather station. According to, “Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software.”

How did we promote diversity on the day?

On arrival, participants had to select different coloured stickers of what they thought represented their interest and skill set, choosing either a data wrangler; a maker; an environmentalist; techie and more importantly learners.  The latter being an obvious choice to Mondli, Nolwazi and Nosipho three learners from Umkhumbane Secondary School, located in Chesterville, a township on the periphery of Durban CBD. We invited the learners as part of our data club’s programme, where learners will also be building an Arduino weather station which will be rolling out soon.

It was essential that the teams were made up of each of the skill sets above to ensure:

  • the project speaks to the broader theme of an informed decision-making through the micro-weather station data;
  • participants are assisted in assembling the electronics;
  • the IoT device is programmed through code;
  • participants gain critical environmental insights towards the practical use of the tool;

and more importantly to enable and create a guild of new-age active citizens and evangelists of open knowledge.

Each team was provided with an Arduino weather kit consisting of dust, gas, temperature and rainfall sensors and all other relevant components to build the weather station. We did not provide the teams with step by step instructions for the build. Instead, we challenged them to google search the build instructions and figure out the steps. Within minutes, the teams were busy scouring for instructions from various websites such as Instructables. This emphasised the openness of sharing knowledge and introduced the learners to open knowledge and how someone from another place in the world can share their expertise with you.

What were some of the insights from the environmentalists?

Bruce and Lee, both retired ecologist and environmentalist respectively were charming in their approach to problem-solving and tinkering with the electronic parts. Although not well-versed in the Arduino toolkit, their gallant efforts saw them learning and later tutoring the learners on building the weather station.

Their insights into the environmental status of Durban was unmatched and painted a grim picture of the Durban community’s awareness of the problems that exist.

What were some of the insights from the techies?

Often at our events, we have a number of techies come in who are brilliant at coding but have no concept of data science or how coding can be used to address various issues such as economic, social and environmental. This event helped to introduce such techies to how coding Arduino boards and sensors can be used to gather weather condition data and how such data can be further used to monitor the weather conditions in a given area.

This data then allows the public to be aware of their weather conditions such as the concentrations of harmful gases in the air. The city can also map out pollution hotspots and identify trends which aid in decision making to eliminate or manage the air quality.

How did the learners participate in the session? What were some of their learnings?

There were many different languages spoken by the participants which made communication across all groups a challenge. However, the confidence and enthusiastic wanting to learn prompted the learners to ask some captivating questions for the group members more notably in their pursuit of understanding how things work in the space.

All the attendees were attempting to build the Arduino weather for the first time. The adult attendees were quite hesitant at first to share what they were doing with the learners because they were not certain if what they were doing was correct or not and did not want to confuse the learners. Once the adult attendees were confident with the method of building, they then began to communicate more with the learners.

Outcomes of the day

We eventually saw one complete weather station built by Sphe Shandu who stayed behind after some team members tinkered with other goods in the MakerSpace, minus the LCD component (no team figured this out).

  1. Lend an extra hand to students that engage with maker spaces for the first time in an urban setting, they have a natural innate understanding of the moving parts (3D printers, laser cutter, electronics etc) in the MakerSpace and not necessarily the context of new-age manufacturing, practicality and potential outputs.
  2. After lunch, the teams became quite weary. Progress dived down but the teams managed to pull through and complete as much as they could. Long events tend to be vigorous at the beginning and hit a stall towards the end. A possible lesson learnt is to host much shorter events.
  3. Teachers need to be incentivised to attend the programme outside formal school learning.
  4. Parents prove to be the most difficult stakeholders to engage – although involved in their children’s learning they need to be engaged to attend such functions.
  5. For community events on Saturday it is most difficult to rally large attendance numbers.



Open Knowledge Foundation: Celebrating International Open Data Day in Chicago

Mon, 2017-03-20 10:39

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This event was supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Open Research theme. 

This post was originally published on Teodora’s webpage:

Open Data Day Chicago 2017 was a great experience for everyone.

I am so glad to be the organiser of the celebration of open data in Chicago this year. 

We were about 30 people, working on 6 projects. There were participants from UChicago (RCC, ImLab, Becker Friedman Institute), Smart Chicago Collaborative, Cook County, Google NYC, Open Source Policy Center, Cornell University, and others. Also, the background experience of the participants was very diverse: economics, software engineering, genomics, humanities, web development, and others. While the hackathon was programmed from 10 am to 5 pm, we worked on some projects until 8 pm.

More information about the event:

As with any good hackathon, the day started with coffee and sandwiches. Thanks to Research Computing Center and SPARC-Science for sponsoring. 

With the opening festivities done, we started the day by presenting the 6 registered projects:

  1. Visualising Open Data of Chicago
  2. Taxbrain Web Application
  3. Open Data and Virtual Reality  
  4. Reddit Data Visualizer
  5. Computational methods for analysing large amounts of genomic data
  6. Exploring the data portal of Cook County

A member of each project team presented their project to the participants so anyone interested in the project could join the project team.

Kathleen Lynch, the Information Technology Communications Manager of Cook County Government presented their data portal and the work they are doing to support open data. She also presented the Chicago Hack Night event that takes places every Tuesday evening for people interested in supporting open data to meet, build, share, and learn about civic tech. After that, Josh Kalov, Consultant at Smart Chicago Collaborative presented the work they are doing to support Cook County Government, with a focus on access, skills, and data. Their work is currently focused on health, education, and justice.

Work on the projects then started. Using mainly datasets from the City of Chicago Data Portal, we analysed Red Light Traffic Violations in Chicago, and also the Beach Weather Stations. Here you can see a map we created in Python with the main locations in Chicago where the most red light traffic violations occur. Of course, the next step will be to label the locations.

We also created an application to visualise charts on Virtual Reality devices like Google cardboards. We used Three.js and D3 to create the 3D charts and Google Chrome VR.

We designed some graphical widgets for TaxBrain web application, a platform for accessing the open-source tax models. Also, we learned about Tax-Calculator, a tool that computes federal individual income taxes and Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes for a sample of tax filing units in years beginning with 2013.

We also discussed how we can integrate the Reddit Data Visualizer with other open datasets:

Professor Hae Kyung Im from Im-Lab at UChicago led a discussion on the Genomic Data Commons Data Portal and the prediction models offered by the tool which was developed by MetaXcan.

The projects that we worked on are all available on OpenDataDayChicago2017‘s Github.

After all the hard work during the hackathon, we decided to continue working after hours on some of the projects. The projects we worked were later presented at Chicago Hack Night.

All in all, the day was productive, entertaining, and educational. We celebrated open data in a pleasant way and good friendships were founded and strengthened.

Galen Charlton: IMLS support for free and open source software

Sat, 2017-03-18 19:26

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the U.S. government’s primary vehicle for direct federal support of libraries, museums, and archives across the entire country. It should come as no surprise that the Trump administration’s “budget blueprint” proposes to wipe it out, along with the NEA, NEH, Meals on Wheels, and dozens of other programs.

While there is reason for hope that Congress will ignore at least some of the cuts that Trump proposes, the IMLS in particular has been in the sights of House Speaker Paul Ryan before. We cannot afford to be complacent.

Loss of the IMLS and the funding it delivers would be a disaster for many reasons, but I’ll focus on just one: the IMLS has paid a significant role in funding in the creation and use of free and open source software for libraries, museums, and archives. Besides the direct benefit to the institutions who were awarded grants to build or use F/LOSS, such grants are a smart investment on the part of an IMLS: a dollar spent on producing software that anybody can freely use can rebound to the benefit of many more libraries.

For example, here is a list of some of the software projects whose creation or enhancement was funded by an IMLS grant:

This is only a partial list; it does not include LSTA funding that libraries may have used to either implement or enhance F/LOSS systems or money that libraries contributed to F/LOSS development as part of a broader grant project.

IMLS has also funded some open source projects that ultimately… went nowhere. But that’s OK; IMLS funding is one way that libraries can afford to experiment.

Do you or your institution use any of this software? Would you miss it if it were gone — or never existed — or was only available in some proprietary form? If so… write your congressional legislators today.

District Dispatch: Inspired by music: a copyright history

Fri, 2017-03-17 22:07

I started to work for ALA as a copyright specialist during the Eldred vs. Ashcroft public domain court battle that ultimately went to the Supreme Court. The question was whether the recent extension of the copyright term under the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 from life plus 50 years to life plus 70 years was constitutional. In a 7-2 ruling, the Court said that the term was constitutional and that Congress could determine any term of copyright as long as it was not forever. Even one day less than forever met the definition of “limited times” in the Copyright Clause. I was shattered because I was sure we were going to win. Naïve me.

ALA was one of the amici that supported Eric Eldred, an Internet publisher who relied on public domain materials for his business. A lot can be said about the case and a lot has been written. I have argued that the silver lining of the disastrous ruling was the formation of the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Creative Commons and other open licensing movements. The ruling also led the publication of comic book called Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain by James Boyle and Keith Aoki. It is a great book that should be in the collection of every library.

This year, there is another book by Boyle, Aoki and Jennifer Jenkins, that should be in the collection of every library. It’s called Theft: A History of Music. It examines the certainty that music could not written without relying on music that was created before—the “standing on the shoulders of giants” idea. There’s a great documentary called John Lennon’s Jukebox that illustrates how music that Lennon loved—rock n’ roll records from the United States—ended up in his music. This music inspired him to be a musician. Its creativity planted the seeds for his own creativity. You can hear a riff on the intro of Richie Barrett’s “Some Other Guy” on “Instant Karma.” That’s cool. (Meanwhile, we see court cases like Blurred Lines and Stairway to Heaven.)

Theft: A History of Music is a labor of love as well as a primer on copyright overall. If you are teaching copyright to librarians or students, this might be the only required text that you assign.

Available online under a Creative Commons license and in print. Here’s a video teaser.

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District Dispatch: Look Back, Move Forward: Freedom of Information Day

Fri, 2017-03-17 19:22

Senator Tester accepting the James Madison Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The award is given to those who have worked to protect public access to government information.

At the tail end of this year’s #SunshineWeek, let’s take a quick moment to #FlashbackFriday (or should we say #FOIAFriday?) to 29 years ago yesterday, when the American Library Association began celebrating Freedom of Information Day. In honor of the day this year, ALA presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana with the 2017 James Madison Award for his advocacy for public access to government information. Upon accepting the award, Senator Tester gave a short speech, which you can watch here.

“It is a true honor to receive this award. Throughout my time in the U.S. Senate, I have made it a priority to bring more transparency and accountability to Washington. By shedding more light across the federal government and holding officials more accountable, we can eliminate waste and ensure that folks in Washington, D.C. are working more efficiently on behalf of all Americans.”

At the ceremony, Senator Tester affirmed his longstanding commitment to increasing public access to information by formally announcing the launch of the Senate Transparency Caucus, which aims to shed more light on federal agencies and hold the federal government more accountable to taxpayers.

Earlier this week, Senator Tester also reintroduced the Public Online Information Act, which aims to make all public records from the Executive Branch permanently available on the Internet in a searchable database at no cost to constituents.” In other words, this bill (if enacted) would cement the simple concept we know to be true: in the 21st century, public means online.

In honor of Senator Tester, here is a look back at the origins of ALA’s Freedom of Information Day: a 1988 resolution signed by Council to honor the memory of James Madison.

1988 Resolution on Freedom of Information Day.


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David Rosenthal: The Amnesiac Civilization: Part 4

Fri, 2017-03-17 15:00
Part 2 and Part 3 of this series covered the unsatisfactory current state of Web archiving. Part 1 of this series briefly outlined the way the W3C's Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) threaten to make this state far worse. Below the fold I expand on the details of this threat.

The W3C's abstract describes EME thus:
This proposal extends HTMLMediaElement [HTML5] providing APIs to control playback of encrypted content.

The API supports use cases ranging from simple clear key decryption to high value video (given an appropriate user agent implementation). License/key exchange is controlled by the application, facilitating the development of robust playback applications supporting a range of content decryption and protection technologies.The next paragraph is misleading; EME not merely enables DRM, it mandates at least an (insecure) baseline implementation of encrypted content:
This specification does not define a content protection or Digital Rights Management system. Rather, it defines a common API that may be used to discover, select and interact with such systems as well as with simpler content encryption systems. Implementation of Digital Rights Management is not required for compliance with this specification: only the Clear Key system is required to be implemented as a common baseline.The Clear Key system requires that content be encrypted, but the keys to decrypt it are passed in cleartext. I will return to the implications of this requirement.

EME data flowsThe W3C's diagram of the EME stack shows an example of how it works. An application, i.e. a Web page, requests the browser to render some encrypted content. It is delivered, in this case from a Content Distribution Network (CDN), to the browser. The browser needs a license to decrypt it, which it obtains from the application via the EME API by creating an appropriate session then using it to request the license. It hands the content and the license to a Content Decryption Module (CDM), which can decrypt the content using a key in the license and render it.

What is DRM trying to achieve? Ostensibly, it is trying to ensure that each time DRM-ed content is rendered, specific permission is obtained from the content owner. In order to ensure that, the CDM cannot trust the browser it is running in. For example, it must be sure that the browser can see neither the decrypted content nor the key. If it could see, and save for future use, either it would defeat the purpose of DRM.

The CDM is running in an environment controlled by the user, so the mechanisms a DRM implementation uses to obscure the decrypted content and the key from the environment are relatively easy to subvert. This is why in practice most DRM technologies are "cracked" fairly quickly after deployment. As Bunnie Huang's amazing book about cracking the DRM of the original Xbox shows, it is very hard to defeat a determined reverse engineer.

Content owners are not stupid. They realized early on that the search for uncrackable DRM was a fool's errand. So, to deter reverse engineering, they arranged for the 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to make any attempt to circumvent protections on digital content a criminal offense. Cory Doctorow explains what this strategy achieves:
So if DRM isn't anti-piracy, what is it? DRM isn't really a technology at all, it's a law. Specifically, it's section 1201 of the US DMCA (and its international equivalents). Under this law, breaking DRM is a crime with serious consequences (5 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for a first offense), even if you're doing something that would otherwise be legal. This lets companies treat their commercial strategies as legal obligations: Netflix doesn't have the legal right to stop you from recording a show to watch later, but they can add DRM that makes it impossible to do so without falling afoul of DMCA.

This is the key: DRM makes it possible for companies to ban all unauthorized conduct, even when we're talking about using your own property in legal ways. This intrudes on your life in three ways:
  1. It lets companies sue and threaten security researchers who find defects in products
  2. It lets companies sue and threaten accessibility workers who adapt technology for use by disabled people
  3. It lets companies sue and threaten competitors who want to let you do more with your property -- get it repaired by independent technicians, buy third-party parts and consumables, or use it in ways that the manufacturer just doesn't like.
Of course, among the "ways that the manufacturer just doesn't like" can be archiving.

IANAL, but I do not believe that it is a defense under the DMCA that the "protections" in question are made of tissue paper. Thus, for example, it is likely that even an attempt to reverse-engineer an implementation of EME's Clear Key system in order to preserve the plaintext of some encrypted content would risk severe criminal penalties. Would an open source implementation of Clear Key be legal?

It is this interaction between even purely nominal DRM mechanisms and the DMCA that has roused opposition to EME. J. M. Porup's A battle rages for the future of the Web is an excellent overview of the opposition and its calls on Tim Berners-Lee to decry EME. Once he had endorsed it, Glyn Moody wrote a blistering takedown of his reasoning in Tim Berners-Lee Endorses DRM In HTML5, Offers Depressingly Weak Defense Of His Decision. He points to the most serious problem EME causes:
Also deeply disappointing is Berners-Lee's failure to recognize the seriousness of the threat that EME represents to security researchers. The problem is that once DRM enters the equation, the DMCA comes into play, with heavy penalties for those who dare to reveal flaws, as the EFF explained two years ago.How do we know that this is the most serious problem? Because, like all the other code running in your browser, the DRM implementations have flaws and vulnerabilities. For example:
Google's CDM is Widevine, a technology it acquired in 2010. David Livshits, a security researchers at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk from Berlin's Telekom Innovation Laboratories, discovered a vulnerability in the path from the CDM to the browser, which allows them to capture and save videos after they've been decrypted. They've reported this bug to Google, and have revealed some proof-of-concept materials now showing how it worked (they've withheld some information while they wait for Google to issue a fix).

Widevine is also used by Opera and Firefox (Firefox also uses a CDM from Adobe).

Under German law -- derived from Article 6 of the EUCD -- Mikityuk could face criminal and civil liability for revealing this defect, as it gives assistance to people wishing to circumvent Widevine. Livshits has less risk, as Israel is one of the few major US trading partners that has not implemented an "anti-circumvention" law, modelled on the US DMCA and spread by the US Trade Representative to most of the world.Note that we (and Google) only know about this flaw because one researcher was foolhardy and another was from Israel. Many other flaws remain unrevealed:
The researchers who revealed the Widevine/Chrome defect say that it was likely present in the browser for more than five years, but are nevertheless the first people to come forward with information about its flaws. As many esteemed security researchers from industry and academe told the Copyright Office last summer, they routinely discover bugs like this, but don't come forward, because of the potential liability from anti-circumvention law.Glyn Moody again:
The EFF came up with a simple solution that would at least have limited the damage the DMCA inflicts here:
a binding promise that W3C members would have to sign as a condition of continuing the DRM work at the W3C, and once they do, they not be able to use the DMCA or laws like it to threaten security researchers.Alas, Cory Doctorow again:
How do we know that companies only want DRM because they want to abuse this law, and not because they want to fight piracy? Because they told us so. At the W3C, we proposed a compromise: companies who participate at W3C would be allowed to use it to make DRM, but would have to promise not to invoke the DMCA in these ways that have nothing to do with piracy. So far, nearly 50 W3C members -- everyone from Ethereum to Brave to the Royal National Institute for Bind People to Lawrence Berkeley National Labs -- have endorsed this, and all the DRM-supporting members have rejected it.

In effect, these members are saying, "We understand that DRM isn't very useful for stopping piracy, but that law that lets us sue people who aren't breaking copyright law? Don't take that away!"Its not as though, as an educated Web user, you can decide that you don't want to take the risks inherent in using a browser that doesn't trust you, or the security researchers you depend upon. In theory Web DRM is optional, but in practice it isn't. Lucian Armasu at Tom's Hardware explains:
The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.You definitely want to disable Flash. To further "optimize the user experience":
So far only the Flash plugin can be disabled in the Chrome Settings page, but there is no setting to disable the Widevine DRM plugin, nor the PDF viewer and the Native Client plugins. PDF readers, including the ones that are built into browsers, are major targets for malicious hackers. PDF is a “powerful” file format that’s used by many, and it allows hackers to do all sorts of things given the right vulnerability.

People who prefer to open their PDF files in a better sandboxed environment or with a more secure PDF reader, rather than in Chrome, will not be able to do that anymore. All PDF files will always open in Chrome’s PDF viewer, starting with Chrome 57.But that's not what I came to tell you about. Came to talk about the draft archiving.

I fully appreciate the seriousness of the security threat posed by EME, but it tends to overwhelm discussion of EME's other impacts. I have long been concerned about the impact of Digital Rights Management on archiving. I first wrote about the way HTML5 theoretically enabled DRM for the Web in 2011's Moonalice plays Palo Alto:
Another way of expressing the same thought is that HTML5 allows content owners to implement a semi-effective form of DRM for the Web. That was then, but now theory is practice. Once again, Glyn Moody is right on target:
One of the biggest problems with the defense of his position is that Berners-Lee acknowledges only in passing one of the most serious threats that DRM in HTML5 represents to the open Web. Talking about concerns that DRM for videos could spread to text, he writes:
For books, yes this could be a problem, because there have been a large number of closed non-web devices which people are used to, and for which the publishers are used to using DRM. For many the physical devices have been replaced by apps, including DRM, on general purpose devices like closed phones or open computers. We can hope that the industry, in moving to a web model, will also give up DRM, but it isn't clear.
So he admits that EME may well be used for locking down e-book texts online. But there is no difference between an e-book text and a Web page, so Berners-Lee is tacitly admitting that DRM could be applied to basic Web pages. An EFF post spelt out what that would mean in practice:
A Web where you cannot cut and paste text; where your browser can't "Save As..." an image; where the "allowed" uses of saved files are monitored beyond the browser; where JavaScript is sealed away in opaque tombs; and maybe even where we can no longer effectively "View Source" on some sites, is a very different Web from the one we have today.
It's also totally different from the Web that Berners-Lee invented in 1989, and then generously gave away for the world to enjoy and develop. It's truly sad to see him acquiescing in a move that could destroy the very thing that made the Web such a wonderfully rich and universal medium -- its openness. The EFF's post (from 2013) had several examples of EME "mission creep" beyond satisfying Netflix:
Just five years ago, font companies tried to demand DRM-like standards for embedded Web fonts. These Web typography wars fizzled out without the adoption of these restrictions, but now that such technical restrictions are clearly "in scope," why wouldn't typographers come back with an argument for new limits on what browsers can do?

Indeed, within a few weeks of EME hitting the headlines, a community group within W3C formed around the idea of locking away Web code, so that Web applications could only be executed but not examined online. Static image creators such as photographers are eager for the W3C to help lock down embedded images. Shortly after our Tokyo discussions, another group proposed their new W3C use-case: "protecting" content that had been saved locally from a Web page from being accessed without further restrictions. Meanwhile, publishers have advocated that HTML textual content should have DRM features for many years.Web archiving consists of:
content ... saved locally from a Web page ... being accessed without further restrictions.It appears that the W3C's EME will become, in effect, a mandatory feature of the Web. Obviously, the first effect is that much Web video will be DRM-ed, making it impossible to collect in replayable form and thus preserve. Google's making Chrome's video DRM impossible to disable suggests that YouTube video will be DRM-ed. Even a decade ago, to study US elections you needed YouTube video.

But that's not the big impact that EME will have on society's memory. It will spread to other forms of content. The business models for Web content are of two kinds, and both are struggling:
  • Paywalled content. It turns out that, apart from movies and academic publishing, only a very few premium brands such as The Economist, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have viable subscription business models based on (mostly) paywalled content. Even excellent journalism such as The Guardian is reduced to free access, advertising and voluntary donations. Part of the reason is that Googling the headline of paywalled news stories often finds open access versions of the content. Clearly, newspapers and academic publishers would love to use Web DRM to ensure that their content could be accessed only from their site, not via Google or Sci-Hub.
  • Advertising-supported content. The market for Web advertising is so competitive and fraud-ridden that Web sites have been forced into letting advertisers run ads that are so obnoxious and indeed riddled with malware, and to load up their sites with trackers, that many users have rebelled and use ad-blockers. These days it is pretty much essential to do so, to keep yourself safe and to reduce bandwidth consumption. Sites are very worried about the loss of income from blocked ads. Some, such as Forbes, refuse to supply content to browsers that block ads (which, in Forbes case, turned out to be a public service; the ads carried malware). DRM-ing a site's content will prevent ads being blocked. Thus ad space on DRM-ed sites will be more profitable, and sell for higher prices, than space on sites where ads can be blocked. The pressure on advertising-supported sites, which include both free and subscription news sites, to DRM their content will be intense.
Thus the advertising-supported bulk of what we think of as the Web, and the paywalled resources such as news sites that future scholars will need will become un-archivable. Kalev Leetaru will need to add a fourth, even more outraged, item to his list of complaints about Web archives.

The prospect for academic journals is somewhat less dire. Because the profit margins of the big publishers are so outrageous, and because charging extortionate subscriptions for access to the fruits of publicly and charitably-funded research so hard to justify, they are willing to acquiesce in the archiving of their content provided it doesn't threaten their bottom line. The big publishers typically supply archives such as Portico and CLOCKSS with content through non-Web channels. CLOCKSS is a dark archive, so is no threat to the bottom line. Portico's post-cancellation and audit facilities can potentially leak content, so Portico will come under pressure to DRM content supplied to its subscribers.

Almost all the world's Web archiving technology is based on Linux or other Open Source operating systems. There is a good reason for this, as I wrote back in 2014:
One thing it should be easy to agree on about digital preservation is that you have to do it with open-source software; closed-source preservation has the same fatal "just trust me" aspect that closed-source encryption (and cloud storage) suffer from.Lucian Armasu at Tom's Hardware understands the issue:
there may also be an oligopoly issue, because the content market will depend on four, and perhaps soon only three, major DRM services players: Google, Microsoft, and Apple. All of these companies have their own operating systems, so there is also less incentive for them to support other platforms in their DRM solutions.

What that means in practice is that if you choose to use a certain Linux distribution or some completely new operating system, you may not be able to play protected content, unless Google, Microsoft, or Apple decide to make their DRM work on that platform, too.So it may not even be possible for Web archives to render the content even if the owner wished to give them permission.

Open Knowledge Foundation: Creating awareness about Open Data in Kyambogo University, Uganda

Fri, 2017-03-17 14:00

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This event was supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Open Research theme.

Kyambogo University’s Open Data Day event was about creating awareness of open data within the University community.

Held in the Library’s Computer lab on 4th March 2017, the event included presentations on open data and open access resources; an exhibition of open access library resources and a bonus event – tour of the library service centres. It was attended by librarians, academic staff, and students drawn from different faculties of the University.

Participants registering for the open data day event

The event kicked off with a presentation about open data by Mr Wangwe Isimail, a computer technician in Kyambogo University Library. He covered the following topics: What is open data, Kinds of open data, who can open data? Why open data? Key features of openness. How to open data and Top 21 data sources.

He briefed the participants on an open access workshop that was organised by the Kyambogo University Library in June 2016 which was attended by librarians, deans of faculties, lecturers, researchers and graduate students. The open access workshop was facilitated by Mr David Ball, a SPARC Europe Project Officer for PASTEUR4OA and FOSTER [European Union projects]. Mr Wangwe, in his presentation, emphasised the importance of open data as another element of open science in addition to open access and open source. Hopefully, in the future, the library will organise a workshop on open source too.

Mr Wangwe Isimail delivering a presentation on open data

At the end of the presentation, participants were asked to work in groups of five to discuss what Kyambogo University can contribute towards open access. Participants demonstrated an understanding of initiatives to promote open data. They suggested:

  • Increasing the participation on world open data day celebrations so as to increase awareness to a wider audience
  • Set up a data repository (Kyambogo University Library is already in the process of setting up an institutional repository). It was exciting to hear the participants asking for sensitisation for the university management so they will deposit data into the institutional repository to increase transparency in the university.
  • Carry out sensitization workshops in Kyambogo University to encourage people to open up their research data

Participants in a group discussion

The second presentation was about open access resources by Mary Acanit, An assistant Librarian and Head of ICT Services in Kyambogo University Library. The presentation covered: the meaning of open access; open access resources available at Kyambogo University; comparison between open access resources and subscribed resources; how to access open access resources and; information searching techniques.

Ms. Mary Acanit delivering a presentation on open access resources

The presentation further looked at the benefits of open access and open access publishing models. In addition, participants went through a hands-on training on how to search for open access resources and each was asked to select any of the open access resource databases and download an article of choice on any topic. 

After the presentation, participants were given a tour of the library services. In the interest of time, participants were asked to visit a library service centre of their choice and were guided by librarians on duty.

There are four service centres and they are located in different parts of the university campus. Barclays Library is located in the East End of the Campus with subject strengths in humanities, social sciences and business and management. Barclays library mainly serves Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Management and Entrepreneurship and Faculty of Vocational Studies. West End library has subject strengths in Science, technology and Engineering and serves mainly faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering. Faculty of Education Library is a faculty library with subject strengths on Education. Faculty of Special needs and Rehabilitation Library (FSN&R) is also a faculty library in the North end of the campus with subject strengths of its collection in special needs studies. Each of the service centres has a wireless internet connection to facilitate access to online library resources including open access resources.

Some learnings from our Open Data Day event

I am glad to be part of a community that organised the open data day event at my institution and added a voice to promoting access to research data.

I was overwhelmed by the support I received from my library. I shared the idea about open data day event with my colleagues and they were willing to offer a hand: making presentations, guiding participants during the library tour, identifying logistics, distributing invitations, etc. I learnt that we can make greater strides if we work as a team. My advice to people planning to organise similar events is that identify with people who are passionate about the same cause as you and start your local open data community.



District Dispatch: #TTW17 recap, upcoming conferences and more

Fri, 2017-03-17 13:10

Hi all. Well, I have accumulated a number of items and so figured it was time for a little update. I would like to begin with YALSA’s Teen Tech Week, which just concluded. We had a big push on coding-related activities and a highlight was a segment on the news in Detroit on WXYZ-TV (the ABC affiliate). It is great; check it out — only 90 seconds.

Next, I will be out in a couple of venues to talk about information policy. I will be at the ACRL conference in Baltimore on March 23-24 and identified two specific times to meet up with folks to provide an update from the Washington swamp and answer questions: Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If interested, please email me at for details.

I also will be a presenter at the upcoming Coalition for Networked Information Task Force meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 3-4. In the session, “Direct from the Swamp: Developments of the 45th President and 115th Congress,” I will be presenting with Krista Cox of the Association of Research Libraries. If you will be there and want to talk, please contact me and we can set up a time, or just see each other on-site.

Mr. Nick Minchin, Australian Consul-General, speaking at a recent Library For All reception at the Australian Consulate-General. LFA was co-founded by Australian citizen Rebecca MacDonald.

As I reported elsewhere, I accompanied ALA leadership to New York City to meet with publishing and library organizations. In addition, I had other meetings and I would like to highlight one of them. I am on the advisory board of the non-profit Library For All (LFA). By a happy coincidence of scheduling, I was able to attend a reception at the Australian Consulate-General to honor LFA, which was co-founded by Australian citizen Rebecca MacDonald.

LFA has built a digital library to deliver quality educational materials in developing countries. LFA’s mission is to make knowledge accessible to all, equally. Initially focused on obtaining published works to make them available to youth in developing countries (e.g., Haiti, Rwanda, Cambodia), new directions include creating original works such as building a Girls’ Collection that will inspire, empower and educate girls across the world.

“The Girls’ Collection will contain books with strong female characters and stories that show female readers that they are powerful and equal members of society. Through the Collection, girls accessing the digital library will be able to see their identities reflected in the characters of the stories they read, an essential reminder of how important their lives are and a powerful message for them to continue their education, pursue careers, and stand up for their rights as contributing members of the global economy.”

Finally, I would like to mention some noteworthy meetings on the Hill. Larra Clark and I, with Kevin Maher and Adam Eisgrau of the Office of Government Relations and counsel Norm Lent at Arent Fox, had a dozen meetings with staffers (for both the majority and minority) on the Congressional Committees on Small Business and Veterans Affairs or whose Members are on one of these committees. We made good use of our policy advocacy videos and the briefs on small business and veterans. There was considerable interest and goodwill and multiple opportunities for next steps. We are now contemplating our follow-ups for the coming months.

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District Dispatch: ALA urges action to increase Lifeline broadband options for low-income Americans

Fri, 2017-03-17 12:54

Yesterday, the American Library Association joined digital inclusion allies in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to act quickly on enabling Lifeline Broadband Providers to serve low-income Americans through the federal program. Developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the joint letter comes in the wake of the FCC revoking LBP designations in early February.

“The Wireline Competition Bureau Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) revocation order delays an array of innovative and high quality Lifeline broadband offerings and has a chilling effect on other potential Lifeline broadband entrants. The new LBP designation process is critical for increasing competition and facilitating competition and innovation in the Lifeline broadband program, and we urge the Federal Communications Commission to resume the designation process immediately.

We urge the Commission to act quickly on this matter as uncertainty regarding the process for broadband providers to participate in the Lifeline program delays access to affordable broadband to low-income households.”

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District Dispatch: President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding

Thu, 2017-03-16 22:09

This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating. Library funding that comes through other sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the National Endowment for the Humanities is also affected. Just how deeply overall federal library funding is impacted is unclear at this point. The Washington Office is working closely with our contacts in the federal government to gather detailed information. We will provide the analysis of the total impact when it is complete and as quickly as possible.

One thing we all know for certain: Real people will be impacted if these budget proposals are carried through.

While we are deeply concerned about the president’s budget proposal, it is not a done deal. As I said in a statement issued this morning,

“The American Library Association will mobilize its members, congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a congressional reality.”

There are several actions we can take right now:

  1. Call your Members of Congress  – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. (You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center.)
  2. Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
  3. Sign up to receive our action alerts – we will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.
  4. Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online.

Timing is key to the Federal budget/appropriations process. More information – along with talking points and scripts – will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters. Meanwhile, please take the time to subscribe to action alerts and District Dispatch to ensure you receive the latest updates on the budget process.

The president’s budget has made clear that his funding agenda is not ours. It’s time for library professionals and supporters to make our priorities clear to Congress.

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Open Knowledge Foundation: Transparency and Accountability in the management of DRC’s Extractive Sector: the role of Open Data

Thu, 2017-03-16 14:00

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth OfficeThis event was supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Open contracting and tracking public money flows theme. 

The Open Data Initiative of the Democratic Republic of Congo joined the world to celebrate its first ever Open Data Day on 4th March in Kinshasa.

In a conference style, the event brought together more than 50 participants with varying backgrounds who are interested in open data and the impact it can have on the development of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The participants who came to the event included representatives from government, Parliamentarians, researchers from universities, students, entrepreneurs, innovators, etc.  

DRCongo Open Data initiative team welcome participants for the March 4th, 2017 Open data day in Kinshasa

The event centred on discussions on how open data can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in the DRC.

There was also discussions on how open data can contribute to enhancing transparency and accountability in the extractive industries in the DRC. For example, the discussion on open data and the extractive sector focused on the availability and state of data on revenue from mining, petroleum, etc. as well as the amount of tax extractive companies pay to the government and how the money is spent.

Participants at Open Data Day in democratic republic of Congo, March 4, 2017

The event was led by 15 speakers at various sessions of the conference who made visual and oral presentations on open data to help participants understand open data and how open data can contribute to the development of the DRC. Through questions and responses, participants have built skills and knowledge on open data. Several participants commented on the Open Data Day in the DRC:

The Open Data Day event helped me have a good understanding of open data and its significance to enhancing transparecy and accountability in different fields of activities, especially in the extractive sectors – Mr Mayambo; student, University of Kinshasa

The Open Data Initiative team received several recommendations from the participants and plans to call on the DRC government with those recommendations so as to promote open data in the country. Thanks to the grant from Hivos [facilitated by Open Knowledge International], the Open Data Day celebrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo was successful and helped to promote the importance of open data. Our analysis of the event has led us to conclude that many people in the country do not yet know about open data and its importance.

Therefore, we will work to strengthen the promotion of open data through strong marketing campaigns on TV, radio, newspapers, face-to-face campaigns, social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and improve our participation in major conferences on IT and data at national level, particularly in the provinces. The DRCongo Open Data Initiative has decided to organise the next Open Data Day on March 4, 2018, in Lubumbashi.

Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Data Day 2017: Throwback on the event organized in Cotonou (Benin)

Thu, 2017-03-16 11:00

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  This event was supported through the min-grants scheme under the Open contracting and tracking public money flows theme.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the premises of the fablab, Blolab hosted the Open Data Day in Cotonou in Benin. Like the 300 other events held around the world on the occasion of World Data Day, the initiative attracted dozens of people with different profiles to learn, exchange and share their experiences around open data. In Cotonou, the Bloggers Association of Benin organised the event under the theme « Learning and understanding the interest of open data as a lever for transparency ». 

The idea was to explain to the public the importance of open data in the perspective of fighting corruption to promote good governance and citizen participation and citizen control of public action. Innovation and improved services to citizens/users are other open data issues addressed during the meeting.

Four communications on open data

The first presentation was entitled « Open Data, from the origins to the present » which was delivered by myself, Maurice Thantan. As head of the Association of Bloggers of Benin, the main organiser of the meeting, I first recalled the history, the objectives, the principles but also the advantages of open data. This presentation was punctuated by examples of citizen projects carried out using open data. Tools and resources needed to deepen the discussion were also shared.

The second presentation focused on the relationship between open data and transparency. This lively presentation was led by Franck Kouyami. As an open data specialist and an adept of the free movement in general, he had already organised and co-organized two open data days in Cotonou in the past.

The third communication was peculiar. It was rather a sharing of experience. Indeed, Malick Tapsoba, head of Open Data Burkina Faso was the special guest of the event. He shared the experience of Burkina Faso in the implementation of open data policy. In Francophone Africa, Burkina Faso is cited as a model for opening up public data. The country cited as one of the most promising and to follow closely this year according to Guardian.

The fourth and final communication of the day was the work of Shadai Ali. Partner at Open SI (one of the sponsors of this Open Data Day), Shadaï explained in his presentation how open data can accelerate the digital transformation of companies.

In #Cotonou #OpenDataDay gathered this Saturday high-level participants including the Director of State Information Systems and Services

— Maurice Thantan (@seigla) March 5, 2017

Enthusiastic personalities and participants

These four presentations were of interest to the participants because of the quality of the speakers. The public was also composed of personalities. The Director of the Digital Agency and Director of State of Information Services and Systems at the Presidency of the Republic was present. The general manager of the media was also there. Researchers, civil society actors, journalists and academics also made the trip.

The event ended on a note of satisfaction. Some participants who had just been sensitised on the Open Data theme ensured their commitment to advocate for Open Data in Benin. A Storify thread of the day’s event in tweets and pictures is available here.

#OpenDataDay à #Cotonou, ils parlent de l'organisation par @ab_benin. Ici Jean Jaures Tingbo apprécie #ODD17. Vidéo réalisée par @jnoumonvi

— Maurice Thantan (@seigla) March 6, 2017

#OpenDataDay à #Cotonou, ils parlent de l'organisation par @ab_benin. Ici Malick T. @mbakatre de @OpenDataBurkina apprécie #ODD17 @jnoumonvi

— Maurice Thantan (@seigla) March 6, 2017



DuraSpace News: Recordings Available: DSpace 7 Webinar Series

Thu, 2017-03-16 00:00

Austin, TX  DuraSpace concluded its latest Hot Topics Webinar Series, "Introducing DSpace 7: Next Generation UI.”  Curated by Claire Knowles, Library Digital Development Manager, The University of Edinburgh, this three-part series began by showcasing the efforts of the team behind the next generation UI for DSpace highlighting aspects of DSpace 7 development.  The second webinar demonstrated how DSpace can be used for research data taking a closer look at DSpace in action at the University of Edinburgh and the Dryad Digital Repository.

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