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Thousands of UNH library books found in dumpster | Local News – WMUR Home January 29, 2015

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Librarians said they need to make room for new science books, but one art history professor said they are throwing out volumes worth keeping.

A 20-yard bin that sits behind the library is filling up with books.

“I’m absolutely appalled,” said Patricia Emison, an art history professor. “I don’t know what’s going on. I was never consulted. It seems to me a travesty.”

via Thousands of UNH library books found in dumpster | Local News – WMUR Home.

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Planning For Project Management Success January 29, 2015

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Here’s an insight into the way we believe planning should be approached and why. It’s a logical sequence of events. The process includes the initial ‘scheduling’ steps required to underpin the whole process.

The following process could take a few days, or several months to undertake. The time taken depends on the complexity of the project being undertaken, HOWEVER, no matter what the complexity of the project…

WE ALWAYS CONSIDER EACH STEP!

TIP! You could also use the steps as a checklist for carrying out your own health check on an existing project.

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The Successful Digital PM, Part 1: What is a Digital Project Manager’s Role? | Metal Toad January 29, 2015

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Project management. Is it a dark art? Is it science? Probably some combination of both. Across the web/app/software development industry, consensus seems to be that finding project managers is easy, but finding great project managers is hard to impossible. At Metal Toad (and likely many similar organizations), a project manager needs a much broader skill set than the ability to create Gannt charts, track budgets, and manage scope. Metal Toad project managers are truly directors of their projects, owning them in their entirety from inception to go-live and beyond. The vast responsibilities of our PMs (see below) make it difficult to find and retain the right talent. Metal Toad has certainly struggled over the years in this area, but we’ve learned a ton along the way, and at this point I’ve nearly perfected who we’re looking for and how we go about finding them.

via The Successful Digital PM, Part 1: What is a Digital Project Manager’s Role? | Metal Toad.

Open Archives Initiative Appoints Steering Committee January 27, 2015

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subsequent workshop, held in conjunction with the ACM Digital Libraries meeting in San Antonio in June 2000, reviewed experiences in implementing the Santa Fe convention and mapped out issues that needed to be addressed. Out of that meeting came a consensus that the Santa Fe convention will be revised and updated with the intent of producing a new version of the document by January 2001. The newly established steering committee will oversee these efforts and will assemble technical experts as required.

In addition, there is considerable interest in extending the concepts developed at the Santa Fe convention beyond their initial context in order to support metadata harvesting for a wider range of digital resources of academic and scholarly interest. Besides e-prints and electronic texts, such resources include science and social science data sets, visual materials, archival collections, geographic information system data, sound and music, and video. This work is being pursued under the auspices of the DLF, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Unlike the project involving the e-print archives, this effort is still highly experimental and requires validation through implementation experience. The steering committee will also help to guide the integration of this effort into the further evolution of the Santa Fe convention.

Members of the OAi steering committee include the following::

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Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting January 27, 2015

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Interoperability through Metadata Exchange

The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) is a low-barrier mechanism for repository interoperability. Data Providers are repositories that expose structured metadata via OAI-PMH. Service Providers then make OAI-PMH service requests to harvest that metadata. OAI-PMH is a set of six verbs or services that are invoked within HTTP.

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Scirus has retired January 27, 2015

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Scirus has retired

Thank you for being a user of Scirus. We have enjoyed serving you.

To access ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s full-text content platform, please click here.

To access Scopus (subscription), please click here. If you (or your institution) are not a Scopus subscriber, you can still view your Author Profile here.

To help manage your document library, sign-up for Mendeley, a free research reference and PDF management tool.

Thank you again for being a loyal Scirus user.

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Scirus, one of the first science search engines, is “retiring” soon | The Disruptive Searcher January 27, 2015

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Scirus, one of the first science search engines, is “retiring” soon

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Sarah

I was sad to read that Scirus is being retired next year (2014).

Scirus is one of the most comprehensive and oldest science search engines, plus it has the added advantage of having an Advanced search option. If you haven’t ever used it, it’s worth visiting before it disappears.

Where to go for science searching instead?

Well, a useful starting point is a page of open access (i.e. free) science resources kindly provided by the Special Libraries Association (SLA). As they say, the demise of Scirus will be a significant loss, but this is a useful page.

They are missing a few though. To their list I would add:

SciCentral for news and literature sources

Scientific.net for materials science and engineering (also has an advanced search option)

The simply named Science Research which is in beta

The science news site E! Science News

The British Library‘s vast collections (also with Advanced search option)

Google Scholar shouldn’t be ignored either

There we are, we’ll get by. I will post other useful sites when I find them.

via Scirus, one of the first science search engines, is “retiring” soon | The Disruptive Searcher.

Use an old serial VT100 terminal with OS X – Mac OS X Hints January 21, 2015

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Old VT-100 serial (RS232) terms can often be found for free in the computer trashes of various institutions like universities. I use mine as a terminal in a room away from my main computer location, but it could also be useful as a cheap second monitor dedicated to command-line work, to display logs or man pages, or as a jukebox interface in parties to avoid exposing your computer to spilled beer or other liquids (just run the lynx text web browser and some form of web remote control for iTunes). It costs almost nothing and is cool, maybe even useful!

Hardware: apart from the terminal itself, you need the appropriate type of serial cables (depends on hardware you have), a serial port, and a null modem. The old beige G3 is the only OSX supported computer that have the appropriate built-in serial ports. If you’re not the lucky owner of such a machine, you can use a USB – RS232 interface (I do have a beige G3, so I do not have tested this with USB, but it should work as well).

Basically, you simply connect the serial connector of the old terminal to the null modem (whose function is to swap transmit and receive lines), then the null modem to the serial connector of your computer.

Configuration: from the command line, backup the original ttys file by typing sudo cp /etc/ttys /etc/ttys.orig. Edit /etc/ttys with your favorite text editor as administrator to enable login from the serial line — change the line:

tty.serial “/usr/libexec/getty serial.9600” vt100 off secure

to the line:

tty.printer “/usr/libexec/getty serial.9600” vt100 on secure

Notes: I use tty.printer, which is the printer port on my beige G3. Obviously, use tty.modem if you connect your old terminal to the modem port. I don’t know the appropriate device for a USB-RS232 interface. If someone try this, please post the info here. Also, your old terminal should be set at 9600 baud. If you use 19200 baud instead, use serial.19200.

Final step: next time you reboot with your old terminal properly connected and configured for VT100 mode and 9600 baud, you should get a login prompt on it. Enter your login and password, and you’re now able to run any command you like!

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Snap Judgment Performance of the YEAR! Jamie DeWolf / The God Or The Man – YouTube January 20, 2015

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Jamie DeWolf rocks Snap Judgment LIVE in San Francisco with a brand new story this weekend, Aug 1st & 2nd. Get tix now at http://www.SnapJudgment.org

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Hydra’s Open Source Approach: An Interview with Tom Cramer | The Signal: Digital Preservation January 19, 2015

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Tom: Hydra’s goals are to combine the power of a repository for enterprise-scale digital asset management and preservation, with tailored interfaces, workflows and access systems specific to different content types and streams–e.g., articles vs. images vs. time-based media vs. books vs. data. The project started in 2009 when three universities (Hull, Stanford, Virginia) plus Fedora Commons came together to see if they could jointly develop a flexible application framework to complement Fedora. The project motto quickly became “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”, and we’ve spent as much energy on building a vibrant and sustainable community as we have on the code.

via Hydra’s Open Source Approach: An Interview with Tom Cramer | The Signal: Digital Preservation.