New York, NY Representatives from Thomson Reuters, Eigenfactor.org, and MESUR will speak at Columbia University on the current debate concerning the best way to rank the importance and influence of scholarly publications. The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 3 p.m. in Hammer Health Sciences Center Room 401 at the Columbia University Medical Center. It is free and open to the public.
Charlottetown, PEI Canada Drupal is a popular put-of-the-box open source content management platform that meets the needs of thousands of different types of web sites from community to news portals, from corporate sites to educational institutions, and from media sites to international sites. The University of Prince Edward Island’s (UPEI) Robertson Library has added Fedora as the digital repository for a Drupal front-end to provide an easy way to build and manage repository content for use by web sites.
San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC A new video series presents six unique perspectives on the importance of Open Access to research across the higher education community and beyond.
Ithaca, NY Reinforcing its place in the scientific community, the arXiv repository at Cornell University Library reached a new milestone in October 2008. Half a million e-print postings–research articles published online– now reside in arXiv, which is free and available to the public.
Carissa Smith, Assistant Director of Business Operations and Web Presence, Fedora Commons, shares an overview of the recent DORSDL and Fedora EU User Group meetings held in Aarhus, Denmark in her blog.
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is sponsoring a mid winter symposium, ”Implementing an Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges.” Has your institution begun to develop, or is it considering developing, an institutional repository? If so, will there be a role for the library? Whether you answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to this question, please join us to consider the challenges, pitfalls and promises of establishing and supporting an institutional repository.
Cambridge, MA Mark R. Diggory is a software engineer who is on the DSpace 2.0 development team. He provides observations and details about combined DSpace/Fedora collaborative efforts and opportunities in a recent blog post that reports on “new synergies between DSpace and Fedora.” Diggory’s blog is entitled “Sapere Aude!” which means “Dare to Know.”
Ithaca, NY A cash prize of $2000, sponsored by Microsoft Research, has been awarded to Ross McFarlane, University of Liverpool, for his “OREsome” entry. The challenge prototypes were to focus on OAI-ORE functionality at the end-user level (e.g. in a browser) and the potential for the prototype to promote ORE within and beyond the repository community.
Amazon’s web services customers have been alerted to early details about a new content delivery service that is currently in development and expected to be widely available before the end of the year
This new service will provide a high performance method of distributing content to end users, and will give customers low latency and high data transfer rates when they access objects. The initial release will help developers and businesses who need to deliver popular, publicly readable content over HTTP connections. The goal is to create a content delivery service that: