Digital Curation News (12/9/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 9th, 2016

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Repository Specialist (Data Operations) at Stanford University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 9th, 2016

Stanford University is recruiting a Repository Specialist (Data Operations) (3 year fixed term position).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Repository Specialist (Data Operations) supports the current and evolving operations of the Stanford Digital Repository. The role is focused on: managing projects to accession digital content from a wide variety of sources, including publishers, researchers and aggregators, into the repository for long term management and discovery; developing and improving processes to analyze, extract, transform, and load data in the library's enterprise digital library systems; and contributing to the development of new data models informed by the semantic web and current and emerging data standards.

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"Does Evaluative Scientometrics Lose Its Main Focus on Scientific Quality by the New Orientation towards Societal Impact?"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on December 9th, 2016

Lutz Bornmann and Robin Haunschild have published "Does Evaluative Scientometrics Lose Its Main Focus on Scientific Quality by the New Orientation towards Societal Impact?" in Scientometrics.

Here's an excerpt:

In this Short Communication, we have outlined that the current revolution in scientometrics does not only imply a broadening of the impact perspective, but also the devaluation of quality considerations in evaluative contexts. Impact might no longer be seen as a proxy for quality, but in its original sense: the simple resonance in some sectors of society. This is an alarming development, because fraudulent research is definitely of low quality, but is expected to have great resonance if measured in terms of altmetrics.

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Digital Information Technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 9th, 2016

Los Alamos National Laboratory is recruiting a Digital Information Technologist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Research Library seeks an experienced Digital Information Technologist. The main responsibility of the position will be the design, development, usability, implementation and management of digital library services with an initial focus on the Research Library's institutional repository. The Digital Information Technologist is expected to maintain a keen awareness of trends in digital tools and services, and will pursue opportunities for enhancing digital services through the adoption of new technologies, linked data practices, projects to develop new digital services, collaborations and partnerships.

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"Scholarly Context Adrift: Three out of Four URI References Lead to Changed Content"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 9th, 2016

Shawn M. Jones et al. have published "Scholarly Context Adrift: Three out of Four URI References Lead to Changed Content" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

Increasingly, scholarly articles contain URI references to "web at large" resources including project web sites, scholarly wikis, ontologies, online debates, presentations, blogs, and videos. Authors reference such resources to provide essential context for the research they report on. A reader who visits a web at large resource by following a URI reference in an article, some time after its publication, is led to believe that the resource's content is representative of what the author originally referenced. However, due to the dynamic nature of the web, that may very well not be the case. We reuse a dataset from a previous study in which several authors of this paper were involved, and investigate to what extent the textual content of web at large resources referenced in a vast collection of Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) articles published between 1997 and 2012 has remained stable since the publication of the referencing article. We do so in a two-step approach that relies on various well-established similarity measures to compare textual content. In a first step, we use 19 web archives to find snapshots of referenced web at large resources that have textual content that is representative of the state of the resource around the time of publication of the referencing paper. We find that representative snapshots exist for about 30% of all URI references. In a second step, we compare the textual content of representative snapshots with that of their live web counterparts. We find that for over 75% of references the content has drifted away from what it was when referenced. These results raise significant concerns regarding the long term integrity of the web-based scholarly record and call for the deployment of techniques to combat these problems.

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Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education at Ohio State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 8th, 2016

Ohio State University is recruiting a Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education (2 year term appointment).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education will join the Data Management Librarian to develop instructional programming and documentation to assist faculty and students in managing the lifecycle of data resulting from research projects of all types. The successful candidate will work with colleagues, engage the campus in broader conversations around e-science and e-scholarship and will contribute to the Libraries' initiatives to adapt, design and develop tools and services for organizing, storing and sharing research data.

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A Cookbook of Methods for Using CONTENTdm APIs

Posted in Coding, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Open Source Software on December 8th, 2016

Andrew Bullen has released A Cookbook of Methods for Using CONTENTdm APIs.

Here's an excerpt:

CONTENTdm has a number of useful APIs for directly accessing information contained in its indexes and files. This site is intended as a practical reference guide to using many—though not all—of these APIs.

See also: "Using CONTENTdm's APIs to Customize Your Site and Access Your Data."

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Digital Projects Librarian at College of Charleston

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 8th, 2016

The College of Charleston is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Librarian serves as Project Coordinator to both the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), striving to expand these projects and promote the history of the region. They will work with librarians, faculty members, and LCDL and LDHI partners, scholars, and contributors to digitize collections and create digital exhibits that support research about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World. This position will keep abreast of trends in the creation, maintenance, and migration of digital collections and exhibits, and will make recommendations to improve procedures and access.

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Modern Language Association Launches the Humanities Commons

Posted in Digital Humanities on December 8th, 2016

The Modern Language Association has launched the Humanities Commons.

Here's an excerpt from the website:

Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone.

Humanities Commons is a project of the office of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association. Its development was generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Humanities Commons is based on the open-source Commons-in-a-Box project of the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center and is an expansion of the MLA's MLA Commons, which launched in January 2013.

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Data Services Librarian at University of Houston

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 7th, 2016

The University of Houston is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Librarian will collaborate with subject liaison librarians across disciplines to provide expert support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, statistical, and other data. Such support may include instruction in methodologies and tools, especially those related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); analysis and visualization of data; and development and promotion of dataset collections.

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Across the Great Divide: Findings and Possibilities for Action from the 2016 Summit Meeting of Academic Libraries and University Presses with Administrative Relationships (P2L)

Posted in ARL Libraries, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, University Presses on December 7th, 2016

ARL has released Across the Great Divide: Findings and Possibilities for Action from the 2016 Summit Meeting of Academic Libraries and University Presses with Administrative Relationships (P2L).

Here's an excerpt:

P2L explored how these separate components of the scholarly communications ecosystem (e.g., libraries and publishers) might move beyond relationships often established for administrative convenience and think together, leveraging the skills and strengths of their distinctive enterprises to move toward a unified system of publication, dissemination, access, and preservation that better serves both the host institution and the wider world of scholarship. P2L was an important first step toward a shared action agenda for university presses and academic libraries that supports and updates traditional approaches to scholarly publishing, broader scholarly communication through established and emerging channels and practices, and digital scholarship services for faculty and students. This shared action agenda also must seek to adapt to the new challenges of the digital environment in commitments such as the preservation of the scholarly record.

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Digital Collections Librarian at Bryn Mawr College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 7th, 2016

Bryn Mawr College is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for coordinating the creation, presentation and preservation of the College's digital collections; for evaluating and implementing new digital collections systems; and for playing a leading role in establishing standards and best practices for digitization and metadata. S/he will be part of the Special Collections Department, and will report to the Associate Chief Information Officer/Director of Special Collections. S/he will also work closely on digital collections with colleagues in the Special Collections Department; within Library and Information Technology Services (LITS), particularly colleagues working in digital scholarship and pedagogy; and with colleagues across the Tri-College Libraries.

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