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Month: July 2015

DH2015 – Researchers, librarians and a lot of information

Two weeks ago I just arrived in Sydney, Australia after a quite comfortable, but long flight for DH2015, thé conference on Digital Humanities. We had the good fortune to be able to present our Researcher-in-residence program there, during the poster presentations. But that meant, of course, that we (my colleague Steven Claeyssens and I) could also enjoy the rest of the conference. And enjoy it, we did! Of course, there is too much to capture in one blog post, so I’ll just highlight a few that you might be seeing some more of here or in our Lab.

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Why PDF/A validation matters – Part 2

This is the second and final instalment of a 2-part blog on the use of PDF/A validators for identifying preservation risks in PDF. You can read the first part here. In Part 1 I showed how PDF/A validators can be used to identify preservation risks in a PDF. I illustrated this with an example that uses the PDF/A validator component of Adobe Acrobat’s Preflight tool. Needless to say, Acrobat is not scalabe to situations where you need to verify large volumes of PDFs. Luckily, several stand-alone PDF/A validators exist that are designed especially to do just that.

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Why PDF/A validation matters, even if you don’t have PDF/A

This is the first installment of a 2-part blog (part 2 is here). It was prompted by the upcoming Digital Preservation Coalition briefing When is a PDF not a PDF?, for which I was asked to prepare a presentation. My initial idea was to give an overview of the work we did on PDF preservation risk assessment using a PDF/A validator in the SCAPE project. Most of this has already been covered by a series of earlier blog posts. Those blogs very much represent different stages of a work in progress, and I think this makes them somewhat challenging for readers who are new to the subject.

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PoliMedia project with KB data wins LODLAM Open Data Prize

This post is written by Martijn Kleppe and adapted for the blog by Lotte Wilms

During the LODLAM Challenge in Sydney this summer, CLARIN-NL project PoliMedia has won the Open Data Prize. PoliMedia assists researchers in analysing the media coverage of debates in the Dutch Parliament. The system automatically generates links between the debates and coverage about those debates in newspapers and radio bulletins, which have been provided by the KB. Out of 39 entries, the jury judged PoliMedia to be the most innovative project because of its optimal use of semantic techniques and transparent process in opening up the generated links to other researchers.

Previously, PoliMedia won the Veni LinkedUp Challenge and was finalist of the Semantic Web Challenge. The project was a joined effort of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, TU Delft, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands and has been financed by CLARIN-NL.

For more information, please visit www.polimedia.nl or see the video at http://polimedia.nl/about. Do you also want to use a KB data set for a project? Leave a comment below or contact us at dh @ kb . nl.

“Towards Open Science” Liber conferentie, 24-26 juni in Londen

“Towards Open Science” was het thema van de Liber conferentie en het lijkt op een nieuw buzzword na jaren van  “Open Access”. Maar waar Open Access zich richt op de eindresultaten, dus de artikelen in tijdschriften, richt Open Science zich op transparantie van het hele wetenschappelijke proces. En bibliotheken kunnen daar een grote rol in spelen, volgens Dr Jean-Claude Burgelman, hoofd van unit Science Policy and Foresight van de Europese Commissie (zie ook http://scienceintransition.eu/ ). “Libraries are the knowledge brokers for Open Science”, luidde het in zijn lezing. Open Science is een grote verandering in denken (paradigm shift) maar biedt ook mogelijkheden, als meer transparantie, meer waar voor je geld en een betere relatie tussen wetenschap en de gemeenschap (society).  Het thema Open Science staat hoog op de agenda van de Europese Commissie en we zullen dat in Nederland merken als we volgend jaar voorzitter van de EU worden. Ook Sir Mark Walport (chief Scientific Advisor van HM Government in de UK) zag ‘electronic publishing’ als de “second Gutenberg”, omdat het zoveel kansen biedt, betere indexering, betere vindbaarheid en  ‘evoluerende’ artikelen doordat zowel positieve als negatieve feedback in nieuwe versies verwerkt wordt (ik denk dan, hoe bewáren we dat?). De impact van wetenschap kan groter worden als er meer gedeeld wordt via Open Science. Continue reading

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