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    Open Access in the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05) Sjolund, Anna-Kaisa ; Open Access Project (Finland)
    The universities of applied sciences in Finland have decided together to create a digital repository for theses and research publications during the years 2008-2009, The aim is to apply open access principles and use open source solutions. The authentication to the service uses Shibboleth software, the publications will be licensed with Creative Commons and the platform for the service will be open source technology based DSpace. The essential goals in this project - as in all digital library services - are accessibility, user-friendliness, flexibility and transformality. The Open Access Project. The ministry of education in Finland and 26 universities of applied sciences found the project together. The main objective of the project is to promote open access publishing among the collaborating universities. The joint venture consists of two parts: The web journal applies the academic form of publishing and utilizes the peer-review process. is published on Open Journal Systems -platform and is available for authors and readers also in English. repository will digitally store and make available the 20.000 theses annually that are produced in Finnish universities of applied sciences. The purpose of is to solve the problems of access, storage and preservation with a user friendly way. The repository exploits the DSpace platform provided by the National Library of Finland who is also responsible of the technical implementation of CSC - Finnish IT Center for Science. The students will upload the thesis to the repository. The self-archiving requires electronic authentication that will be carried out under the identity federation of the Finnish universities and research institutions. The Haka-federation uses Shibboleth open source standard and is operated by the CSC. Users, students and teachers, are able to access the services using a single user account and password. User identities are provided by the users home organizations. Creative Commons Finland. The publishing system will create automatically a copyright information page with responding metadata for every published work. Creative Commons licenses are used by default as they provide free and easy way to express the rights that are granted with the work. The copyright information page is used also to further define the license terms in cases where CC-licenses need clarification. The attachment of legal metadata serves wide dissemination of works by creating clear legal rules for sharing the work but at the same time respects the authors' copyrights. Arene ry, Amkit Consortium, CSC, Ministry of education in Finland, Seinäjoki University of applied sciences.
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    LORE: A Compound Object Authoring and Publishing Tool for Literary Scholars based on the FRBR
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05) Gerber, Anna ; Hunter, Jane ; University of Queensland
    This paper presents LORE (Literature Object Re-use and Exchange), a light-weight tool designed to enable scholars and teachers of literature to author, edit and publish OAI-ORE-compliant compound information objects that encapsulate related digital resources and bibliographic records. LORE provides a graphical user interface for creating, labelling and visualizing typed relationships between individual objects using terms from a bibliographic ontology based on the IFLA FRBR. After creating a compound object, users can attach metadata and publish it to a Fedora repository (as an RDF graph) where it can be searched, retrieved, edited and re-used by others. LORE has been developed in the context of the Australian Literature Resource project (AustLit) and hence focuses on compound objects for teaching and research within the Australian literature studies community.
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    Progress in the Redevelopment of the RoMEO Service
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05) Hubbard, Bill ; Smith, Jane H. ; SHERPA
    This poster will focus on recent and ongoing developments to the RoMEO service since Open Repositories 2008. RoMEO provides a searchable database of publishers' copyright transfer agreements as they relate to OA archiving and is aimed at authors and repository administrators. RoMEO aims to provide and maintain a web-accessible database that records publishers' copyright transfer agreements. It categorises the agreements according to the permissions given by the publishers for authors to self-archive material in OA digital repositories. The service represents this information in a searchable format giving guidance on specific publishers' archiving policies. By using different colours to highlight publishers' archiving policies, users can differentiate between the four categories of archiving rights. RoMEO continues to extend the dataset upon which it is based through updates and appropriate suggestions from the user community. Suggestions are received through individual user contributions and through formal agreements between RoMEO and interested partners. Recent developments have seen the addition of two new lists: * Publishers Allowing use of their PDFs in Repositories * Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access These lists enable repository staff to deposit a large volume of work directly into repositories even if the author has not retained their own final draft, whether this is by the use of the Publishers PDF or through payment of an Open Access fee. We hope that this information will help repository administrators to encourage deposit into their own repositories. SHERPA is currently working on the standardisation of phrases used in RoMEO; these entries have development in complexity since RoMEO was started. As a result many similar phrases have been used that can be better described with a single term. We will also looking at introducing new terms for different versions of articles. On a technical side, we are working towards providing a fully supported Application Programmers Interface. This poster will finish by briefly describing some of our planned developments.
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    Facilitating Wiki/Repository Communication with Metadata
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05-20) Bartolo, Laura M. ; Lowe, Cathy S. ; Songar, Poonam ; Tandy, Robert J. ; Kent State University ; Yale University
    The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Materials Digital Library Pathway (MatDL) has implemented an information infrastructure to disseminate government funded research results and to provide content as well as services to support the integration of research and education in materials. This paper describes how we are enabling two-way communication between a digital repository and open-source collaborative tools, such as wikis, to support users in materials research and education in the creation and re-use of compelling learning resources. A search results plug-in for MediaWiki has been developed to display relevant search results from the Fedora-based MatDL repository in the Soft Matter Wiki established and developed by MatDL and its partners. Wiki-to-repository information transfer has also been facilitated by mapping the metadata associated with resources originating in the wiki onto Dublin Core (DC) metadata elements and making the metadata and resources available in the repository.
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    High-Throughput Workflow for Computer-Assisted Human Parsing of Biological Specimen Label Data
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05) Amin, Aliasgar ; Arsiwala, Zainab ; Best, Jason ; Huang, Jane Q. ; McCotter, Melody ; Moen, William E. ; Neill, Amanda ; Botanical Research Institute of Texas ; University of North Texas ; Texas Center for Digital Knowledge
    Hundreds of thousands of specimens in herbaria and natural history museums worldwide are potential candidates for digitization, making them more accessible to researchers. An herbarium contains collections of preserved plant specimens created for scientific use. Herbarium specimens are ideal natural history objects for digitization, as the plants are pressed flat and dried, and mounted on individual sheets of paper, creating a nearly two-dimensional object. Building digital repositories of herbarium specimens can increase use and exposure of the collections while simultaneously reducing physical handling. As important as the digitized specimens are, the data contained on the associated specimen labels provide critical information about each specimen (e.g., scientific name, geographic location of specimen, etc.). The volume and heterogeneity of these printed label data present challenges in transforming them into meaningful digital form to support research. The Apiary Project is addressing these challenges by exploring and developing transformation processes in a systematic workflow that yields high-quality machine-processable label data in a cost- and time-efficient manner. The University of North Texas's Texas Center for Digital Knowledge (TxCDK) and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), with funding from an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant, are conducting fundamental research with the goal of identifying how human intelligence can be combined with machine processes for effective and efficient transformation of specimen label information. The results of this research will yield a new workflow model for effective and efficient label data transformation, correction, and enhancement.
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    Connecting Authors and Repositories Through SWORD
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05) Fernicola, Pablo ; Microsoft Corporation
    By incorporating SWORD support into an add-in for Microsoft Word, it is now possible for authors to deposit articles to Information Repositories directly from their word processor. Furthermore, in order to simplify and make the submission process as transparent as possible, the SWORD related information can be incorporated into template files, so that all that is required from authors is to click a button. Additionally, since templates can incorporate semantic information, articles can be validated against the template as part of the submission process, enabling authors to correct errors prior to submission, which should result in a higher level of metadata and compliance of the content submitted to repositories. Also, through the add-in, author metadata can be gathered in a largely automated fashion, reducing duplication in data entry and author aggravation.
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    Linnean Online and SNEEP
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05-20) Davis, Richard Miles ; University of London. Computer Centre
    I will outline ongoing work by the University of London Computer Centre and the Linnean Society of London to provide online access to a large quantity of digitised material from the archives of the 18th Century scientist Carl Linnaeus ( Technical innovations have included several additions to the core EPrints functionality. For the user, these include: - use of the FSI Viewer utility to enable the user to magnify and measure the images - embedded hyperlinks to cross-link common metadata values - user-managed bookmarks - links to an external site of transcripts and translations of the correspondences Work on Linnean Online also led to a UK JISC-funded project, SNEEP (Social Networking Extensions for EPrints). This extended the Bookmarks functionality to implement user-contributed Comments and Tagging for items in the repository.
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    Adding OAI-ORE Support to Repository Platforms
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05-19) Maslov, Alexey ; Texas A & M University
    The Texas Digital Library is a cooperative initiative of Texas universities. One of TDL's core services is a federated collection of ETDs from its member schools. As this collection grew, the need for tools to manage the content exchange from the local to the federated repository became evident. This paper presents our experiences adding harvesting support to the DSpace repository platform using the ORE and PMH protocols from the Open Archives Initiative. We describe our use case for a statewide ETD repository and the mapping of the OAI-ORE data model to the DSpace architecture. We discuss our implementation which adds both dissemination and harvesting functionality to the repository. We conclude by discussing the architectural flexibility added to the TDL repository through this project.
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    FESL: Fedora Enhanced Security Layer (A Community-Based Project)
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05-20) Shin, Eddie ; MediaShelf
    While there have been many significant changes to Fedora since the release of Fedora 3.0, there has not been any new work in the area of authentication and authorization. At the same time, there have been many requests from the Fedora user community to support a wider range of authentication methods and to better enable management and enforcement of XACML authorization policies. As a result, members of the Fedora community initiated the FESL project to re-factor and improve the Fedora security architecture. The FESL team has decided to incorporate Muradora's authentication and authorization modules into Fedora. The FESL project team will re-factor the current security implementation of the core Fedora service into a more modular architecture based on Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS). In terms of making XACML easier to use, the FESL team will work towards providing a uniform "vocabulary" for typical authorization use cases. This vocabulary will make XACML policies more easy understood by end users without specific knowledge of Fedora's APIs or the XACML standard. A uniform vocabulary will also aid in the development of a more intuitive UI editor for expressing authorization requirements.
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    Each Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Custom Aggregations of Fedora Digital Objects
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05) Nugent, Jason ; Whitney, Jennifer ; University of New Brunswick. Electronic Text Centre
    Search and browse tools in digital repository applications provide a simple, intuitive interface for locating objects housed in a repository. Once found, however, the applications offer little native support for users to organize the objects into custom views of repository content. This project seeks to offer personalized views of repository content with a service for users to select, annotate, combine, and re-distribute objects housed in a Fedora digital repository. We offer repository users the ability to combine objects in a personally meaningful way. Our service, combined with a content management system (CMS), provides an interface layer for selecting and ordering Fedora objects into a custom aggregation. Users may choose to add context to their selections with supplemental information for individual objects or the entire grouping. This service is intended to support short-term aggregations useful enough to warrant persistent storage, but insufficiently so to require preservation in the repository as a separate object. For example, an instructor may want to assemble from the repository a series of readings for use in the classroom, repackaged for distribution in a convenient format. Persistent storage is supported with personal web spaces in the CMS. Fedora 3 local services (e.g., the Saxon XSLT processor, Apache FOP formatter, etc.) are used to distill the aggregation into a single digital object, in common file formats, that can then be distributed from public views of CMS web spaces.