DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 4/20/2015

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DigitalKoans posts will resume on 4/20/2015.

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    Metadata Librarian, Librarian I at Michigan State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2015

    Michigan State University is recruiting a Metadata Librarian, Librarian I.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, this creative librarian will generate metadata for past and future digital projects covering a variety of media types. The librarian shall work collaboratively with staff across the Library, the University and beyond on services and projects that depend upon metadata for success. Utilizing standards and best practices the librarian will establish efficient workflows for data creation and maintenance, including descriptive, technical and administrative metadata. Emphasis will be placed on activities that facilitate user discovery, access and the long-term stewardship of Library collections.

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      "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness"

      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2015

      A. Swan et al. have self-archived "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness".

      Here's an excerpt:

      The PASTEUR4OA project analyses what makes an Open Access (OA) policy effective. The total number of institutional or funder OA policies worldwide is now 663 (March 2015), over half of them mandatory. ROARMAP, the policy registry, has been rebuilt to record more policy detail and provide more extensive search functionality. Deposit rates were measured for articles in institutions' repositories and compared to the total number of WoS-indexed articles published from those institutions. Average deposit rate was over four times as high for institutions with a mandatory policy. Six positive correlations were found between deposit rates and (1) Must-Deposit; (2) Cannot-Waive-Deposit; (3) Deposit-Linked-to-Research-Evaluation; (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention; (5) Must-Make-Deposit-OA (after allowable embargo) and (6) Can-Waive-OA. For deposit latency, there is a positive correlation between earlier deposit and (7) Must-Deposit-Immediately as well as with (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention and with mandate age. There are not yet enough OA policies to test whether still further policy conditions would contribute to mandate effectiveness but the present findings already suggest that it would be useful for current and future OA policies to adopt the seven positive conditions so as to accelerate and maximise the growth of OA.

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        Digital Library Programmer, Librarian I at Michigan State University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2015

        Michigan State University is recruiting a Digital Library Programmer, Librarian I.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Reporting to the Head of the Digital and Multimedia Center, we are looking for a creative Librarian who will plan, code, test, and implement technologies and systems that promote and advance the Library's mission of preservation, creation, transmission and application of knowledge. As part of a unified team, the incumbent shall work with and through the G.M. Kline Digital and Multi-media Center, Digital Curation, Collections, Systems and Public Service staffs to further develop or enhance application design and functionality for vendor supplied, open source or in-house applications, with an emphasis on collection stewardship and discovery.

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          Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available

          Posted in Copyright, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 13th, 2015

          The Authors Alliance has released Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This guide is the product of extensive outreach to the publishing industry. In the process, we interviewed authors, publishers, and literary agents, ranging from a CEO of a major publishing house to contracts and rights managers of trade and academic presses, editorial assistants, novelists, and academic authors.

          We were happily surprised by the consistency of publishers' responses: across the board, publishers told us that they want to work together with their authors and that they are often willing to give authors their rights back if its in the books' best interests.

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            Digital Curation News (4/10/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

            Posted in Digital Curation News on April 10th, 2015

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              Data Services Librarian at Middlebury College

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 10th, 2015

              Middlebury College is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              A special focus for this position is data services. The person in this position provides expert assistance to faculty and students working with data, concentrating on the social sciences and humanities but stretching across the curriculum as needed. This includes advice regarding data analysis and interpretation, instruction in new tools and techniques, and support for visualization of data.

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                Digital Humanities: "CSDH/SCHN Cyberinfrastructure Conversations Summary"

                Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Digital Humanities on April 10th, 2015

                CSDH/SCHN has released the "CSDH/SCHN Cyberinfrastructure Conversations Summary."

                Here's an excerpt:

                This is a high-level summary of the outcome of a series of conversations regarding the CFI Cyberinfrastructure Initiative among Canadian Digital Humanists. The conversations emerged from CSDH/SCHN consultations that began in the Spring of 2014. The document tries to reflect the priorities and areas of emphasis that have emerged from these discussions, and suggests several areas of focus for broad-based collaborative cyberinfrastructure that would serve the needs of many in the digital humanities research community. The diversity of work in the digital humanities makes it impossible to mention every need, but in the view of the CSDH executive, this summary covers a number of pressing needs from a range of research groups across the country, and balances the need to serve existing researchers with that of expanding access to important datasets and cyberinfrastructure to leading humanities researchers who are experimenting with advanced research computing.

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                  Digital Projects and Archives Librarian at Middlebury College

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 10th, 2015

                  Middlebury College is recruiting a Digital Projects and Archives Librarian.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  Under the general direction of the Director of Special Collections and Archives and working in close collaboration with Library colleagues and technical groups across the College, the Digital Projects and Archives Librarian (DPAL) contributes to shaping the future of digital collections and services at the Middlebury College Library including electronic records management. The DPAL plays a key role in sustaining the Middlebury College Library's existing digital collections, facilitates the creation of new online digital content, and works collaboratively across the College on digital collections infrastructure.

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                    "Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 10th, 2015

                    SPARC has released "Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA" by Heather Joseph.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its plan to create policies ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive. . . .

                    The NOAA plan calls for all agency-funded intramural and extramural researchers to deposit final, accepted manuscripts into the agency's repository upon acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal. Unlike many of the other agencies that have released plans to date, NOAA will also require its investigators to submit technical reports, data reports, and technical memoranda into the repository as well—significantly increasing the scope of the materials covered by the agency's policy.

                    NOAA will use the OSTP-suggested 12-month embargo period as its baseline. Like other agencies, it will provide stakeholders with a mechanism for petitioning the agency to change the embargo period. The plan indicates that requests must include evidence that outweighs the public benefit of having the embargo remain at one year. . . .

                    Currently, funded researchers are required to make data "visible and accessible" within two years. The new plan calls for this time frame to be shortened to just one year. It also indicates that data underlying the conclusions of peer-reviewed articles will most likely be required to be made available at the time of the article's publication, in appropriate repositories (presumably to be designated by NOAA).

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                      Digital Curation News (4/9/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

                      Posted in Digital Curation News on April 9th, 2015

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                        "Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2015 First Quarter"

                        Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 9th, 2015

                        Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2015 First Quarter" in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        OpenDOAR added 129 repositories for a total of 2,857. The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine added close to 3 million documents for a total of over 71 million documents. Another 7,690 authors joined the Social Sciences Research Network for a total of over 275,000 authors.

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