Archive for February, 2011

Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/9/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 9th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Copyright and Licensing Librarian at Rutgers University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Copyright and Licensing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Copyright and Licensing Librarian, a member of the Rutgers University Libraries Faculty, provides leadership and expertise in matters of copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues for the Libraries and the university community. The Copyright and Licensing Librarian is responsible for library intellectual property policies and procedures and for advising library personnel on intellectual property issues relating to library collections, services, gifts, and digital projects. The Librarian works with library faculty and staff in public services, collection development, and digital initiatives to develop policy frameworks that facilitate digital initiatives and resource acquisition. The Librarian monitors legislative developments affecting copyright and other intellectual property matters; participates in appropriate library, university, regional, and national committees and programs; and performs other duties as requested and that fall within the scope of the duties of a member of the library faculty. Working closely with the Office of Vice President and General Counsel, the Copyright and Licensing Librarian serves as the university's primary resource on fair use and other copyright issues. The Librarian advises members of the university community about issues related to the works they write or otherwise create and appropriate use of works created by others. The librarian educates faculty, staff, and students about copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues through workshops, websites, consultations, etc. This is a tenure-track faculty position, requiring research and publications, and active participation in professional associations. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Planning and Organizational Research.

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The Horizon Report: 2011 Edition

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 9th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the New Media Consortium have released the The Horizon Report: 2011 Edition. The report is under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The report identifies six technologies that are expected "to enter mainstream use in learning-focused organizations." Each of the six is assigned to one of three adoption horizons: one year or less, two to three years, and four to five years. For 2011, electronic books and mobiles are identified in the one-year horizon; augmented reality and game-based learning in the two- to three-year horizon; and gesture-based computing and learning analytics in the four- to five-year horizon.

The advisory board for the project identified these technologies through comprehensive review, analysis, and discussion of research, articles, papers, and interviews. It then drafted a roster of over 100 candidate technologies, which it gradually refined to the six key technologies appearing in the 2011 report. This year, the advisory board consisted of 43 experts from numerous fields and was more internationally diverse than it has ever been. It included representatives from 10 countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Major Changes Could Be Ahead for JISC: HEFCE Review of JISC

Posted in Grants, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 8th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has released the HEFCE Review of JISC.

Here's an excerpt from the recommendations:

• JISC activity should be focused on achieving a large impact:

  • Activities need to be clearly linked to the sectors’ priorities
  • JISC should offer sector leadership through "routes to best practice," wherever such practice resides
  • Research and development activity should focus on horizon-scanning and thought leadership
  • Services and projects should be rationalised, with a view to significantly reducing their number

• JISC should be funded through a combination of grants and subscriptions/user charges

• It should become a separate legal entity and the implications of this for the four companies should be reviewed

• Governance arrangements should be clarified, to ensure that the Board takes clear overall strategic control

• The internal structure should be clarified and simplified, to improve efficiency and control

• A plan for the proposed internal structure and operations should estimate the savings to be achieved

• There should be discussions between JISC, the funders, sector representatives and other bodies, to determine an overall funding strategy for ICT in the HE and FE sectors.

Read more about it at "Questions and Answers—HEFCE's Review of JISC."

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Director, Scholarly Content Systems at James Madison University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 8th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies are recruiting a Director, Scholarly Content Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (request/posting number: 0403874):

Provide vision and energy for designing user discovery-delivery pathways. Support the scholarly community through ongoing enhancement of resource discovery and delivery. Provide leadership and project management in the development and implementation of digital initiatives and scholarly content software/system solutions.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/8/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 8th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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2010 U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers on February 8th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Victoria A. Espinel, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, has released the 2010 U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

Read more about it at "IP Czar Report Hits on All the Lobbyist Talking Points; Warns of More Draconian Copyright Laws to Come" and "White House Will Propose New Digital Copyright Laws."

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Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services at Florida State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 8th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Florida State University Libraries are recruiting an Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The FSU Libraries seek an innovative, experienced information professional to work with a variety of constituencies at a major research university to (1) provide high-quality digital information services, (2) develop a robust institutional repository and other tools that support digital scholarship, (3) encourage innovation in digital scholarship, (4) provide leadership on scholarly communication issues through broad-based solutions that work in a diverse, fast-paced academic environment.

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and serving on the Senior Management Team, the Associate Dean (AD) for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services, along with colleagues in the Libraries and throughout the university, will refine the Libraries' vision for information technology, with a focus on enhancing services.

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Action Alert: H.R. 408 Would Eliminate National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Legislation and Government Regulation on February 8th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has introduced H.R. 408, the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, which would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has introduced similar legislation (S. 178) in the Senate.

The National Humanities Alliance has posted two items about this issue: "Republican Study Committee Leaders Unveil Spending Reduction Act of 2011" and, on the DuraSpace Blog, "Proposal to Eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities in U.S. Congress."

You can use the NHA's Legislative Action Center Contact Form to send messages to your Congressional representatives. The form includes suggested bullet points that you can include in your message.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/7/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Georgia Tech

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Georgia Tech Library & Information Center is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Georgia Tech Library & Information Center is seeking applications for Digital Initiatives Librarian position reporting to the Head of Scholarly Communication and Digital Services. We seek a technical, service-oriented person interested in digital library services and technologies that support the management of locally created scholarly content. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership in the management, enhancement, and ongoing assessment of existing and future digital publishing services, which currently include online journals and conference proceedings support;
  • Providing project management and oversight of technical operations;
  • Coordinating and/or performing quality control, workflow design and analysis, software training, copyright assistance, metadata maintenance, and production and post-production services;
  • Formulating policies and business models and drafting clear and appropriate documentation for staff or the general public about functions, procedures, services and/or systems;
  • Serving as the primary liaison to publishing customers and campus partners;
  • Creating opportunities to engage with stakeholders in the development of services;
  • Actively seeking out new content, users, and partnerships;
  • Exploring and implementing emerging technologies and innovative services;
  • Participating as an active team member in the development of scholarly communication tools and services;
  • Providing outreach to campus on scholarly communication issues and the library’s digital services.

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Streaming Videos of EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference Sessions Released

Posted in Emerging Technologies on February 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

EDUCAUSE has released streaming videos of sessions from the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference.

Here's a selection of sessions:

  • Featured Session: Clouds: From Both Sides Now
  • In the Hot Seat: Phasing Out Public Computing Labs
  • Track Session: The Academic Library in 2025
  • Track Session: Dealing with the Changing World of E-Textbooks
  • Track Session: Owning a Data Center Is So Last Century!
  • Track Session: Real-World Cloud Computing
  • Track Session: A Survey of Video-Streaming Practice and Aspirations in Academic Libraries

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Associate Director for Technology at MIT

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The MIT Libraries are recruiting an Associate Director for Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The MIT Libraries seek an innovative and experienced manager to fill its senior technology position. The Associate Director for Technology will lead the Libraries’ evolving technology strategy, advance its digital technology research efforts, and manage and coordinate IT development in furtherance of the Libraries’ strategic initiatives and service priorities. S/he will have broad responsibility for information technology across the Libraries, including assessing IT trends and innovations and maintaining important relationships with key players outside the Libraries.

The AD for Technology will seek funding and collaborative partners at MIT, within foundations, and with other institutions – educational, governmental, and non-governmental – to advance system-wide initiatives. S/he will continue the work of the Libraries’ respected and productive research program in the practical applications of digital technology for libraries. As the leader of the Technology Directorate, s/he will be responsible for the oversight of software development and systems administration activities within the Libraries, and for assessing and planning the Libraries’ enterprise systems environment.

The AD will be a member of the senior management team and will contribute to long-range planning, program development and evaluation, resource development, budget formulation, and allocation of resources in support of the Libraries’ mission. In the context of a distributed technology organization, s/he will also provide leadership in technology transfer, assessment, and coordination related to technology-driven processes and services throughout the MIT Libraries.

The Associate Director for Technology will extend existing working relationships with other IT service organizations at MIT, as well as with academic departments and labs engaged in complementary research efforts. S/he will be the MIT Libraries’ primary liaison with organizations such as CNI, EDUCAUSE, DLF, and will participate actively in the national and international development of digital library models and standards.

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Special Issue of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication about the Creative Commons

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses on February 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication has published a special issue about the Creative Commons.

Here's an excerpt from the issue's editorial by Elliott Bledsoe and Jessica Coates:

We are privileged to be able to begin this issue with an interview with one of the leading thinkers in the field, Esther Wojcicki, the Vice-Chair of the Creative Commons Board of Directors. Esther is an award winning journalist and educator, who has taught at Palo Alto High School in California for 25 years and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Hotchalk. She is an articulate and experienced advocate of open, using it in her professional and personal life. In Wojcicki’s interview she introduces us to the background philosophy of Creative Commons through the lens of her experience, giving her take on why rights literacy is necessary to teach a generation that will work and play primarily on the net.

Providing a broader overview of where things are at, the issue commences with Rachel Cobcroft’s piece chronicling the development of the international Creative Commons Case Studies initiative. The 2-year-old qualitative research project uses real world examples to gauge the impact of the Creative Commons licensing scheme's legal, technological, social, media and policy initiatives. As well as providing the fundamentals of the Creative Commons model, Cobcroft's piece examines the progress of open content licensing; identifies models of implementation and licensing trends across industry sectors as diverse as music, government, wikis and fashion; and, perhaps most importantly, explores individual motivations for the adoption of open philosophies.

A similar focus on motivations is central to our second piece by Cheryl Foong. However, in contrast to the broad picture provided by Cobcroft, Foong takes a narrow focus for her analysis, asking the question can open philosophies go hand in hand with commercial gain? Drawing on examples of adoption of Creative Commons licensing by content creators and intermediaries, Foong concludes that, if used wisely, the open licensing scheme can be a useful tool for those creators who wish to circumvent traditional distribution channels dominated by content intermediaries, while maintaining a level of control over their copyright works. However, Foong identifies a need for caution – giving your work away is not a business model in itself, and only those who can successfully adapt the tools provided by the open movement to, as Techdirt CEO Mike Masnick puts it, connect with fans and give them a reason to buy,. . . will achieve success in this space.

The message that open is valuable, but does not solve all problems is taken up in our third paper, a collaborative piece by Alexandra Crosby and Ferdiansyah Thajib. Viewed through the lens of video activism in Indonesia, Crosby and Thajib seek to explore the experience of individual creators attempting to tackle the behemoth of copyright in the liberated, but confusing, internet age. In doing so, they argue that while open licensing is an improvement on the models of the past, there is not yet a solution for the problems of copyright management that fits the Indonesian context. Of particular concern are issues of collaboration and credit in a world where attribution is the new currency, and the increasing gap between the global rhetoric of copyright enforcement and the diversity of practices on the ground. In the end Crosby and Thajib conclude that if the commons movement is to be successful in Indonesia, it must address cultural issues, images of imperialism and practical barriers to clear and open licensing in a society where no strong copyright tradition exists.

The final paper by Peter Jakobsson also focuses on the principle of collaboration that underpins the current commons movement, but with a more critical, theoretical eye. Relying primarily on the analytical model provided by Rene Girard's theory of mimetic desire, Jakobsson examines the relationship between the growing trend, and rhetoric, of cooperation on the ‘social web' and the often undervalued importance of competition in the same field. In doing so, he argues that both competition and collaboration are not only valuable but central to the new forms and platforms of cultural production. Most interestingly, to demonstrate his argument he draws on the real world example of YouTube's Partnership program, demonstrating that even in a limitless world, scarcity still exists in resources such as viewer attention.

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Generations and Their Gadgets

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on February 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Generations and Their Gadgets.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority now owning cell phones, laptops and desktop computers. . . .

  • Cell phones are by far the most popular device among American adults. Some 85% of adults own cell phones, and 90% of all adults—including 62% of those age 75 and older—live in a household with at least one working cell phone.
  • Desktop computers are most popular with adults ages 35-65, and Millennials are the only generation that is more likely to own a laptop computer or netbook than a desktop: 70% own a laptop, compared with 57% who own a desktop.
  • Almost half of all adults own an iPod or other mp3 player, but these are still most popular with Millennials—74% of adults ages 18-34 own an mp3 player, compared with only 56% of the next oldest generation, Gen X (ages 35-46).
  • Game consoles are uniformly popular with all adults ages 18-46, 63% of whom own these devices.
  • Overall, 5% of adults own an e-book reader, and 4% own an iPad or other tablet computer.

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New Journal of Physics Now Includes Video Abstracts

Posted in Digital Media, Scholarly Journals on February 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New Journal of Physics, an open access journal, now includes video abstracts.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

New Journal of Physics (NJP) has today announced the launch of video abstracts as a new integrated content stream that will give all authors the opportunity to go beyond the constraints of the written article to personally present the importance of their work to the journal's global audience.

Early contributions include videos from the groups of David Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology and J. Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, talking about scalable ion traps for quantum information processing, and quantum superposition of living organisms. Researchers from more than 25 countries are represented by the videos abstracts that are published today.

One of the first contributors, Neil Wilson of the University of Warwick, UK, said of the service "We are very excited to have the opportunity to feature a video abstract alongside our NJP article. Embracing the possibilities of online media in this way allows us to present our work as we see it, and helps focus interested readers on what we believe the key points to be. We hope that being able to put faces to names, and visualize some of the research in action, will add a human touch and so help the scientific community to grow closer." His video on the structure and topography of free-standing chemically modified graphene can be viewed at http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630/12/12/125010/.

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