The value of digitally encoded information for libraries


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  • The value of digitally encoded information for libraries

    1. 1. Value to organisations:the research library viewpointSusan Reilly, @skreillyAPA, Frascati, Nov 6, 2012
    2. 2. Overview• The bottom line• Digitally encoded information in research libraries• Digital preservation challenges & opportunities
    3. 3. but, of course, scholarship is changing• Collaborative• Interdisciplinary• Change in information seeking behaviour (Google Generation)• Culture of ‘openness’
    4. 4. The bottom line “one thing about scholarship will never change: scholars will demand access to information resources to examine what others have discovered and thought; to use and reuse evidence and scientific conclusions; and to publish results of their own research based on these resources. That is why their sources must be authentic, reliable, easy to find and retrieve, and easy to use and reuse”Paul N. Courant (2008) No brief candle,
    5. 5. No. 1 benefit to organisations* “Increased use of content as a result of better findability and availability” *From APARSEN WP36 survey of libraries (Sep212)
    6. 6. No. 2 benefit to organisations “Ensure the integrity of research results”
    7. 7. Types of digitally encoded information• Scholarly discourse• Digital cultural heritage• Research data• Dynamic Web content
    8. 8. Investment in digitisation• All European cultural heritage available online by 2025 (Neelie Kroes)• All public domain masterpieces available in Europeana(Digital Agenda)• Cost= 10 billion per year over the next 10 years (Collections Trust)
    9. 9. Increasing access and availability: some examples• Europeana Libraries • Aggregating digitised content from European research library • Developing and applying best practice standards in metadata • Making it available via api and • a portal designed for researchers 3,319,045 pages 598,130 books and theses 368,000 articles 848,078 images 1,200 film and video clips 34,000 mixed content objects
    10. 10. some examples…• Europeana Newspapers • 18 million newspapers • OCR’d full text newspaper content from across Europe • Content browser
    11. 11. Making the content accessible• OCR enables full text searching• OLR enables more targeted searching (titles and sections)• NER enables searching by people, place,and the discover of new relationships between entities
    12. 12. Issues• If access is the final objective it can only be achieved through preservation of the work• 22% of cultural heritage institutes have long term DP strategy in place• Need for a strong business case and PPP• Shared infrastructure needed• No final solution – R&D, turn strategies into action, work with private sector (obsolescense) Numeric final report, p. 40. URL:
    13. 13. Research data• Changing the role of libraries - demand for data management support -data curation - trusted infrastructure for collaboration and data sharing
    14. 14. No preservation strategies!* *ODE Report on best practice in citability of data and evolving roles in scholarly communications
    15. 15.
    16. 16. Realising the value of digitally encoded information• Trust -in the content -in the infrastructure• Infrastructure -access -reuse -deposit• Sustainability -roles -mandates to preserve -partnership
    17. 17. Do/Will preservation mandates make a difference? What should a shared preservation infrastructure look like?