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Open access via repositories

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 28/09/2022 - 12:12

Lorraine Estelle, EIFL Licensing Programme Manager, discusses the main routes for making articles open access and introduces EIFL’s guide for authors on obtaining their Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) from journal publishers.

2022 EIFL General Assembly

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 28/09/2022 - 12:06

The EIFL General Assembly is our major knowledge sharing event of the year. This year, we will be holding a virtual General Assembly via Zoom. 

3rd OA Specialist Workshop of China

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 23/09/2022 - 19:13

Lorraine Estelle, EIFL Licensing Programme Manager, will give a presentation at the 3rd Open Access Specialist Workshop of China on the practices and experiences of the  EIFL Licensing Programme in negotiating open access agreements with publishers.

First open science policy adopted in Congo

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 22/09/2022 - 19:21

Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs in Goma (ULPGL-Goma), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has adopted the first institutional open science policy in the country - Charte de l’ULPGL pour la science ouverte - in August 2022. 

Development of the policy was supported by EIFL, working with our national partner, the Consortium des Bibliothèques Académiques du Congo (COBAC). Through COBAC, we are also promoting the adoption of open science policies in other institutions in Congo.

EIFL joins DIAMAS project partnership

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 20/09/2022 - 17:26

EIFL is pleased to partner in the ‘Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication’ (DIAMAS) project, which was launched earlier this month and has received funding from the European Union to develop Diamond Open Access Publishing in Europe.

Webinar and demonstration - DSpace 7

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 15/09/2022 - 13:58

DSpace 7 brings to DSpace a single, modern user interface and integrates current technological standards and best practices, resulting in a lean, responsive, next-generation repository.

In this webinar, Narendra of DSquare Technologies and Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will discuss DSpace’s repository conventional use cases, software scenario until DSpace 6, give an overview of DSpace 7 and demonstrate new things in DSpace 7. They will also provide a glimpse of strategic thinking about repositories - knowledge management, use cases, ontologies, etc.

Open science policies in Francophone Africa

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 15/09/2022 - 13:37

Join this EIFL and LIBSENSE webinar (in French) with Cécile Coulibaly, Université Virtuelle de Côte d'Ivoire, Eliezer Bisimwa and Michael Ajuamungu, Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs, who will talk about their newly adopted institutional open science policies. Their input will be followed by discussion on the advancement of open science policies in Francophone Africa. 

Apply now! EIFL Public Library Innovation Award

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 15/09/2022 - 12:52

The 16th EIFL Public Library Innovation Award - for public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that enable learning through play - is now open for applications.

Digital skills@your local library

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 14/09/2022 - 18:11

EIFL’s partner, National Library of Uganda, is organizing a knowledge-sharing event for librarians and other trainers involved in the ‘Digital skills@your local library’ project, and representatives of agencies with an interest in advancing digital inclusion in Uganda. 

Global Equity in Open Access Publishing

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 13/09/2022 - 18:48

Authors, globally, publish a large proportion of their research articles in scholarly journals that charge fees for open access. With fee-based open access publishing growing rapidly, there is increasing concern around equity. 

‘Viewpoints and contributions from Africa and Europe’ is the first of three workshops seeking to advance equity in open access publishing worldwide by identifying and discussing financial and other barriers faced by authors and readers, and by developing practical mechanisms and action plans for removing these barriers.

Open Climate Campaign

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 02/09/2022 - 16:52

Climate change, and the resulting harm to our global biodiversity, are among the world's most pressing challenges. 

The climate crisis is complex and requires global, national, and local actions informed by multidisciplinary research.  However, knowledge and data about the climate crisis and the possible solutions, mitigations and actions to tackle it are too often not publicly accessible.

EIFL renews agreement with Edward Elgar

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 02/09/2022 - 16:29

EIFL’s agreement with Edward Elgar has been renewed for three years, until December 2025.  Edward Elgar Publishing is one of the leading independent academic book publishers in law, business and the social sciences. Edward Elgar also publishes a growing list of peer-reviewed journals.

The renewed agreement provides free access in 31 countries to 17 journals and the Edward Elgar Development Studies & Environment e-books Collections of 756 titles.

Getting started: Marrakesh Treaty in Kenya

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 01/09/2022 - 12:14

The Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities creates an unprecedented opportunity for enabling access to printed works for people with print disabilities. Libraries play a key role in facilitating access. 

Migration Story – University of Maryland

DSpace news - სამ, 30/08/2022 - 23:13
Migration Story – University of Maryland

Migration user stories from institutions are some of the best ways to understand how our users are working with Fedora, what issues they’re experiencing and what is working well for them. These stories are also equally as important for fellow community members looking to understand what is possible at their own institutions.

With the release of Fedora 6 in June 2021, we have been actively following along with community members who are testing out the migration tools and documentation and these early migrations have proven that our work has paid off. The tools are working, the documentation is solid and with help from communication channels like Slack and the mailing lists, institutions are taking the leap and making the move out of their old Fedoras into Fedora 6.

But we can’t forget that migration success stories are not just of those moving to Fedora 6. Migrations are costly, resource intensive and take months or years of planning, and any time an institution is able to secure the preservation of their digital content by migrating to a supported version of Fedora, we consider this a success. So today I am excited to share with you a migration success story from the University of Maryland.

Introduce yourself:

Joshua Westgard (JW): My name is Joshua Westgard and I am the Systems Librarian, Digital Programs & Initiatives at the University of Maryland College Park.

Tell us about the repository you migrated:

JW:  We currently have about 4,780 videos and 6,299 sound recordings.

These represent all of our time-based digital media collections, primarily consisting of digitized content from Special Collections and University Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, and the former Library Media Services department. Major holdings include content related to campus athletics, student life, broadcasting archives, and faculty and student recitals and performances.  We also have some digitized versions of content in our physical collections on legacy media types, such as VHS tapes.

Most of the content (~ 9,000 items) was migrated from a legacy system built on Fedora 2 plus an external media streaming service. This instance also includes some newly digitized content that was deposited directly into the new system (~ 2,000 items).

What other types of integrations or software did you use?

JW: This is an instance of Avalon Media System, with authentication through our campus’ central authentication service. We have extended Avalon to allow for IP-based access controls to be applied to the individual items because we needed to allow for unauthenticated access by users who are physically present on campus. We also needed to restrict access to certain buildings for collections that are governed by strict donor agreements. IP-based access controls allow us to do both of these things. 

In addition, we added a feature to Avalon that allows administrative users to download a copy of the master media file for each object, so they can fulfill patron requests directly without needing to ask IT to restore the file from preservation storage. 

Finally, we added a feature that allows administrative users to create access tokens that can be shared with researchers who need to access content that is otherwise restricted. These tokens can be configured to allow streaming or download (or both), and can be scheduled to expire.

Tell us about the challenges did you encountered during the migration process:

JW: Probably the biggest challenge was locating original media for certain very old collections. The legacy system predated our current digital preservation workflow and because the Fedora objects used Fedora’s external relationship feature (rels-ext) to point to the streaming server, the files were not available in our legacy Fedora instance to be extracted for migration. Ultimately we did manage to locate most of the preservation files, and the ones we could not locate were manually extracted from our legacy streaming server.

Overall, our challenges really were not related to Fedora but rather to wrangling our data, much of which was very old.

Do you have any recommendations for the Fedora Team on ways we could have helped?

JW: The migration toolkit met our needs. We extended migration-utils with a python script to convert the extracted data into the Avalon batch import CSV format. 

You can see this fork of the migration-utils for our local changes: https://github.com/umd-lib/migration-utils/tree/feature/LIBAVALON-143

What would you like other institutions to know about your experience?

JW: It was very useful for us to think about the migration not as a straight migration from the old system to the new system, but rather as following the  “Extract/Transform/Load” (ETL) paradigm.  Migration-utils provided the extract to disk (binaries plus CSV), and then significant reorganization and cleaning of the data (the “transform” step) was performed by library staff. Our target was the existing Avalon batch import format (this was the “load” step). One of the challenges this presented was that the Avalon CSV import format, due to the way it handles multi-valued fields, meant that we had to be very careful when moving data around in this extracted form.

You can find the University of Maryland’s AV repository here: https://av.lib.umd.edu

A big thank you to Josh Westgard and Kate Dohe for their contributions to both this post and for sharing their stories at the Fedora Summer Open House in July, 2022. If you have any questions about their migration or any of the information provided above, you can feel free to reach out to Josh at westgard@umd.edu.

Thank you again!



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Migration Story – University of Maryland

DSpace news - სამ, 30/08/2022 - 23:13
Migration Story – University of Maryland

Migration user stories from institutions are some of the best ways to understand how our users are working with Fedora, what issues they’re experiencing and what is working well for them. These stories are also equally as important for fellow community members looking to understand what is possible at their own institutions.

With the release of Fedora 6 in June 2021, we have been actively following along with community members who are testing out the migration tools and documentation and these early migrations have proven that our work has paid off. The tools are working, the documentation is solid and with help from communication channels like Slack and the mailing lists, institutions are taking the leap and making the move out of their old Fedoras into Fedora 6.

But we can’t forget that migration success stories are not just of those moving to Fedora 6. Migrations are costly, resource intensive and take months or years of planning, and any time an institution is able to secure the preservation of their digital content by migrating to a supported version of Fedora, we consider this a success. So today I am excited to share with you a migration success story from the University of Maryland.

Introduce yourself:

Joshua Westgard (JW): My name is Joshua Westgard and I am the Systems Librarian, Digital Programs & Initiatives at the University of Maryland College Park.

Tell us about the repository you migrated:

JW:  We currently have about 4,780 videos and 6,299 sound recordings.

These represent all of our time-based digital media collections, primarily consisting of digitized content from Special Collections and University Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, and the former Library Media Services department. Major holdings include content related to campus athletics, student life, broadcasting archives, and faculty and student recitals and performances.  We also have some digitized versions of content in our physical collections on legacy media types, such as VHS tapes.

Most of the content (~ 9,000 items) was migrated from a legacy system built on Fedora 2 plus an external media streaming service. This instance also includes some newly digitized content that was deposited directly into the new system (~ 2,000 items).

What other types of integrations or software did you use?

JW: This is an instance of Avalon Media System, with authentication through our campus’ central authentication service. We have extended Avalon to allow for IP-based access controls to be applied to the individual items because we needed to allow for unauthenticated access by users who are physically present on campus. We also needed to restrict access to certain buildings for collections that are governed by strict donor agreements. IP-based access controls allow us to do both of these things. 

In addition, we added a feature to Avalon that allows administrative users to download a copy of the master media file for each object, so they can fulfill patron requests directly without needing to ask IT to restore the file from preservation storage. 

Finally, we added a feature that allows administrative users to create access tokens that can be shared with researchers who need to access content that is otherwise restricted. These tokens can be configured to allow streaming or download (or both), and can be scheduled to expire.

Tell us about the challenges did you encountered during the migration process:

JW: Probably the biggest challenge was locating original media for certain very old collections. The legacy system predated our current digital preservation workflow and because the Fedora objects used Fedora’s external relationship feature (rels-ext) to point to the streaming server, the files were not available in our legacy Fedora instance to be extracted for migration. Ultimately we did manage to locate most of the preservation files, and the ones we could not locate were manually extracted from our legacy streaming server.

Overall, our challenges really were not related to Fedora but rather to wrangling our data, much of which was very old.

Do you have any recommendations for the Fedora Team on ways we could have helped?

JW: The migration toolkit met our needs. We extended migration-utils with a python script to convert the extracted data into the Avalon batch import CSV format. 

You can see this fork of the migration-utils for our local changes: https://github.com/umd-lib/migration-utils/tree/feature/LIBAVALON-143

What would you like other institutions to know about your experience?

JW: It was very useful for us to think about the migration not as a straight migration from the old system to the new system, but rather as following the  “Extract/Transform/Load” (ETL) paradigm.  Migration-utils provided the extract to disk (binaries plus CSV), and then significant reorganization and cleaning of the data (the “transform” step) was performed by library staff. Our target was the existing Avalon batch import format (this was the “load” step). One of the challenges this presented was that the Avalon CSV import format, due to the way it handles multi-valued fields, meant that we had to be very careful when moving data around in this extracted form.

You can find the University of Maryland’s AV repository here: https://av.lib.umd.edu

A big thank you to Josh Westgard and Kate Dohe for their contributions to both this post and for sharing their stories at the Fedora Summer Open House in July, 2022. If you have any questions about their migration or any of the information provided above, you can feel free to reach out to Josh at westgard@umd.edu.

Thank you again!



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EIFL, CC and SPARC launch Open Climate Campaign

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 30/08/2022 - 21:07

EIFL, Creative Commons and SPARC have launched the Open Climate Campaign, a major four-year campaign to open research in climate science and biodiversity. 

The Latvian Open Science Strategy

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 30/08/2022 - 16:06

EIFL welcomes the Latvian Open Science Strategy, a comprehensive document that aims to provide society, researchers, businesses, policymakers and other stakeholders with openly available research outputs, scientific publications and research data, and to promote citizen science - meaningful societal engagement in the research process.

International Training Workshop on Open Science and SDGs

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 25/08/2022 - 14:34

EIFL Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma will speak about the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science at the International Training Workshop on Open Science and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

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