Archive for 2009

Project Manager for the OpenAIRE project

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 2nd, 2009

The Goettingen State and University Library is recruiting a Project Manager for the OpenAIRE project.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Your responsibility will be to manage the project, working closely with the scientific, technical and administrative coordinators of the project by supporting the effective collaboration of all partners, across organisational and technological developments and a broad scale advocacy and awareness programme. . . .

The OpenAIRE project supports the Open Access Pilot conducted by the European Commission in the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). The project will deliver an electronic infrastructure and supporting mechanism for the presentation and monitoring of research articles (and to some extent related scientific data) funded in seven disciplines (energy, environment, ICT, electronic infrastructures, science in society etc.). The SUB Goettingen acts as the scientific coordinator of the project, and will coordinate the establishment and operation of a "European Open Access Helpdesk System" based on a network of national "Open Access Liason Offices" covering the European Union member states.

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    Issues Surrounding Syndicated Feed Deposit into Institutional Repositories

    Posted in Institutional Repositories on December 2nd, 2009

    Jorum has released Issues Surrounding Syndicated Feed Deposit into Institutional Repositories.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Repositories offer various ways of depositing resources. This paper examines the issues surrounding the potential offered by a syndicating feed standard such as Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and the ATOM protocol. The distinction is made between notification of metadata, for the purpose of registration and supply of metadata (to support search and subsequent onward linking to the object described being hosted elsewhere) and deposit of the object with metadata (to support its release for others to use).

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      Catalyzing Collaboration: Seven New York City Libraries

      Posted in OCLC, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2009

      OCLC Research has released Catalyzing Collaboration: Seven New York City Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      This report provides a record of the collaboration discussions between seven institutions and includes the resulting interactions, methodology, content and recommendations.

      The discussions were facilitated by OCLC Research Program Officers Günter Waibel and Dennis Massie. Participants in this effort agreed that the record of these interactions might be useful to other libraries that are striving to collaborate. Participating libraries, all RLG Partnership institutions, included Brooklyn Museum Library, Columbia University Libraries, Frick Art Reference Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J. Watson Library, Museum of Modern Art Library, New York Public Library and New York University Libraries.

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        Webinar: "DuraCloud: Enabling Services for Managing Data in the Cloud"

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, DuraSpace on December 1st, 2009

        DuraSpace has released a webinar on "DuraCloud: Enabling Services for Managing Data in the Cloud" with Michele Kimpton and Bill Branan.

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          Digitization Project Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2009

          The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are recruiting a Digitization Project Coordinator.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is currently engaged in three major digitization projects these include the Daily Pennsylvanian (1885 to the present), AMAR (Ancient Mesopotamian Archaeological Reports) and KDOD (Kirtas Digitize on Demand ) project. Of the three the Daily Pennsylvanian is the largest and most complex of the three. Each of these projects is based in the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image which is organizationally part of the Library's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. In the case of the AMAR project, the Digital Project Coordinator (DPC) will manage the scanning of 500 archaeological reports for which SCETI is under contract with Stony Brook University and represents holdings in multiple institutions including the University of Pennsylvania's Museum Library, the University of Chicago and the Oriental Institute (Chicago). Reporting to the Director, Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, the DPC will be responsible for the daily oversight, management and operations of the three projects. Utilizing a small team of scanning technicians and related library staff, the DPC will manage workflow and assure that content is digitized according to project specifications and in a timely fashion. The DPC will also be responsible for preparing monthly reports and working with coordinating libraries or institutions. This is one year full time position with the possibility of extension. The DPC will work in close collaboration with the SCETI Project Coordinator and Scanning Supervisor.

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            Paul Ginsparg Gets $882,610 Grant for arXiv Enhancement

            Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Grants on December 1st, 2009

            Paul Ginsparg, professor of physics and information science at Cornell University, has been awarded a $882,610 grant by the NSF for the Tools for Open Access Cyberinfrastructure project, which will enhance the popular arXiv repository. The grant was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

            Here's an excerpt from the grant award :

            This project proposes to investigate and implement a variety of tools for enhancing the very widely used and popular infrastructure, based on information filters for assisted service discovery and selection, text-mining, information genealogy, automated classification and identification of composite resources, data-mining, usage analyses, matching and ranking heuristics, support for next-generation document formats, and semantic markup.

            Read more about it at "Stimulus Grant to Enhance arXiv E-Preprints for Scientists."

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              JISC National E-Books Observatory Project: Key Findings and Recommendations

              Posted in E-Books, Publishing on December 1st, 2009

              JISC has released JISC National E-Books Observatory Project: Key Findings and Recommendations. Final Report, November 2009.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              The results of the two year project exploring the behaviours of e-book users and the impact of course text e-books on print sales are now available. The final report summarises the key findings of the project and the recommendations for future action. . . .

              The final report summarises the findings and data captured through deep log analysis, focus groups, user surveys and print sales analysis. I recommend that if you wish to see more detail that you read the relevant reports and look at the original data that is also available. Please see the reports page for further information and for the individual reports.

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                Armbruster and Romary Compare Four Repository Types

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories on November 30th, 2009

                Chris Armbruster and Laurent Romary have self-archived "Comparing Repository Types: Challenges and Barriers for Subject-Based Repositories, Research Repositories, National Repository Systems and Institutional Repositories in Serving Scholarly Communication" in SSRN.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Four types of publication repository may be distinguished, namely the subject-based repository, research repository, national repository system and institutional repository.

                Two important shifts in the role of repositories may be noted. With regard to content, a well-defined and high quality corpus is essential. This implies that repository services are likely to be most successful when constructed with the user and reader uppermost in mind. With regard to service, high value to specific scholarly communities is essential. This implies that repositories are likely to be most useful to scholars when they offer dedicated services supporting the production of new knowledge.

                Along these lines, challenges and barriers to repository development may be identified in three key dimensions: a) identification and deposit of content; b) access and use of services; and c) preservation of content and sustainability of service. An indicative comparison of challenges and barriers in some major world regions such as Europe, North America and East Asia plus Australia is offered in conclusion.

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                  Cornell's DigitalCommons@ILR Nears 2 Million Downloads

                  Posted in Digital Commons, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on November 30th, 2009

                  Cornell's DigitalCommons@ILR repository, which serves the ILR School (also known as the School of Industrial and Labor Relations), has had nearly two million downloads and contains close to 10,000 documents.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  Featuring the scholarship of ILR faculty and researchers, DigitalCommons@ILR also contains workplace-related collections selected by Catherwood staff. Collection items include collective bargaining agreements, records of Congressional commissions and archives of labor and globalization-related web sites. . . .

                  The most downloaded items in the repository include works by ILR faculty, archived issues of the ILR Review and reports from the Congressional Research Service.

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                    Presentations from the DSpace User Group Meeting 2009

                    Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories on November 30th, 2009

                    Presentations and other materials from the DSpace User Group Meeting 2009 are now available.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Over 90 participants from 20 different countries attended the fall DSUG 2009 meeting. In addition to the European community, DSpace users from the United States, Brazil, New Zealand and Singapore were in attendance. Copies of the presentations and video recordings are now available for most of the sessions.

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                      CMAJ to Cease Being an Open Access Journal in January 2010

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 30th, 2009

                      CMAJ, which has been an open access journal since 1995, will cease being so in January 2010, when some content will be restricted to subscribers.

                      Here's an excerpt from the "No Longer Free for All":

                      The harsh economic reality is that CMAJ, like many others in the publishing industry, has experienced a considerable decline in advertising revenue over the past two years. This loss necessitated an extensive examination of other business models to adequately address today’s economic challenges.

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                        University of Guelph's School of Environmental Sciences Adopts Open Access Policy

                        Posted in Open Access on November 29th, 2009

                        The University of Guelph's School of Environmental Sciences has adopted an open access policy.

                        Here's an excerpt from the policy:

                        Researchers in the School of Environmental Sciences commit to making the best possible effort to publish in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. They will endeavour to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and will deposit these works in the Atrium.

                        The School of Environmental Sciences grants the University of Guelph Library the non-exclusive right to make their scholarly publications accessible through self-archiving in the Atrium institutional repository subject to copyright restrictions. . . .

                        This policy applies to all appropriate scholarly and professional work produced as a member of the School of Environmental Sciences produced as of the date of the adoption of this policy. Retrospective deposit is encouraged. Co-authored works should be included with the permission of the other author(s). . . .

                        Works should be deposited in the Atrium as soon as is possible, recognizing that some publishers may impose an embargo period.

                        This policy is effective as of 11/05/2009 and will be assessed a year after implementation.

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