Archive for March, 2011

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (March 31, 2011)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on March 31st, 2011

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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    SPARC Subject Repositories Forum Launched

    Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives on March 30th, 2011

    SPARC has launched the SPARC Subject Repositories Forum (SPARC-SR).

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows.

    The SPARC Subject Repositories Forum ("SPARC-SR") will enable subject repository managers, both inside and outside libraries, to share procedures and best practices, discuss possible joint projects, and support each other in providing access to an important realm of scholarly literature. The email discussion list will aim to build on the momentum of recent meetings – including SPARC’s digital repositories meeting as well as those focused on subject repositories – and will be the first formal electronic platform for subject repository advocates to collaborate. The founders and community managers of the forum include:

    • Jessica Adamick, Ethics Clearinghouse Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
    • Julie Kelly, librarian at the University of Minnesota and a coordinator of AgEcon Search, a repository for agricultural and applied economics.
    • Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Science Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Project Manager for InterNano, an information portal and subject repository for nanomanufacturing.

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      Information Technologist III at University of New Hampshire Library

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on March 30th, 2011

      The University of New Hampshire Library is recruiting an Information Technologist III. Salary range: $53,200-$82,070.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Web Applications Developer will be responsible for writing back-end code to support new web applications and search services for end users and Library staff under the direction of the Systems Librarian. Responsibilities include all aspects of web application development, including defining requirements, writing code, testing, deployment, maintenance, and security for the institutional repository and for other web-based applications used by the Library and its users; auditing existing Library code for adherence to University IT security policy; providing end user and Library staff technical support as part of a customer-service-oriented team. This individual will have the autonomy to select the tools and processes to achieve the ends cited above in accordance with best practices and standards.

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        Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/30/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 30th, 2011

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          eScholarship Operations Coordinator at California Digital Library

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 30th, 2011

          The California Digital Library is recruiting an eScholarship Operations Coordinator.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 20110143):

          Reporting to the Director of CDL Publishing Services, the eScholarship Repository Operations Coordinator is responsible for providing project management and service enhancement analysis in order to refine and extend the eScholarship technology and service infrastructure to meet user needs. In addition, the Coordinator is responsible for frontline provision of support services and coordination with eScholarship service providers. The eScholarship Repository is a core technology that provides a publishing platform for the UC community at large.

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            Yahoo! Research: Who Says What to Whom on Twitter

            Posted in Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 30th, 2011

            Yahoo! Research has released Who Says What to Whom on Twitter.

            Here's an excerpt:

            We study several longstanding questions in media communications research, in the context of the microblogging service Twitter, regarding the production, flow, and consumption of information. To do so, we exploit a recently introduced feature of Twitter—known as Twitter lists—to distinguish between elite users, by which we mean specifically celebrities, bloggers, and representatives of media outlets and other formal organizations, and ordinary users. Based on this classification, we find a striking concentration of attention on Twitter—roughly 50% of tweets consumed are generated by just 20K elite users—where the media produces the most information, but celebrities are the most followed. We also find significant homophily within categories: celebrities listen to celebrities, while bloggers listen to bloggers etc; however, bloggers in general rebroadcast more information than the other categories. Next we re-examine the classical "two-step flow" theory of communications, finding considerable support for it on Twitter, but also some interesting differences. Third, we find that URLs broadcast by different categories of users or containing different types of content exhibit systematically different lifespans. And finally, we examine the attention paid by the different user categories to different news topics.

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              Royal Society: Knowledge, Networks and Nations: Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century

              Posted in Scholarly Communication on March 29th, 2011

              The Royal Society has released Knowledge, Networks and Nations: Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Knowledge, Networks and Nations reviews, based on available data, the changing patterns of science, and scientific collaboration, in order to provide a basis for understanding such ongoing changes. It aims to identify the opportunities and benefits of international collaboration, to consider how they can best be realised, and to initiate a debate on how international scientific collaboration can be harnessed to tackle global problems more effectively.

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                Information Technology Specialist (Application Development and Infrastructure) at Library of Congress

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 29th, 2011

                The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist. Salary range:$74,872-$97,333.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The IT Specialist (Application Development and Infrastructure) will work independently, as well as in a team environment. The incumbent is responsible for managing the operation of the application development environment consisting of operating systems, virtualization strategies and source code management. Additional responsibilities include application development of new projects and troubleshooting of existing systems.

                This position is located in the Web Services Division, Office of Strategic Initiatives. . . .

                Administer a managed Linux based development application development environment utilizing automation tools such as puppet or chef. Working knowledge of web hosting configuration components, including firewalls, load balancers, web and database servers. Well versed in Apache web server, PHP, MySQL, and server Virtualization – ability to deploy, support, and diagnose issues for development environments. Plans and analyzes systems configuration and whether changes are needed to support the organization's program of work.

                Conducts application design, programming and testing work encompassing the full range of applications development for major software projects. Has a working knowledge of the PHP language to participate in developing new web applications and maintaining existing applications. Designs and develops APIs to support creation of XML or JSON based REST or SOAP services. Ensures applications are consistent with a service based architecture and open data standards able to run in a clustered configuration. Familiar with search, indexing and crawling technologies such as Lucene, SOLR and Nutch.

                Monitors implementation, maintenance, enhancement, and coordination of online systems and Web site(s) on the Internet and Intranet. Familiar with multiple third party web tools such as WordPress, Confluence, Omniture, OpinionLab and Teamsite. Supplies technical aid to resolve issues and problems related to loc.gov sites and applications. Oversees emerging web technologies and directions and makes recommendations accordingly.

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                  Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/29/11

                  Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 29th, 2011

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                    Web Services Specialist at Mississippi State University Libraries

                    Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 29th, 2011

                    The Mississippi State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Specialist.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad (PARF number: 5835 ):

                    Maintains existing and create new web applications including database programming, multimedia development and web editing; assists the Library Web Sites Manager with concept design, content delivery and exploring/recommending emerging technologies and services that will benefit the library program; provides technical support, training and development for a variety of existing applications (Student Time Clock, Virtual Reference application, MAGNOLIA, Book Orders Online, Microsoft Sharepoint); develops and maintains mobile web applications; works with Library Web Team to ensure appropriate web site ADA compliance; supervises student workers and manages student payroll for Web Services team; tracks, analyzes and reports on current web usage statistics; performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

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                      E-Reserves and Copyright: Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. Trial Set for 5/16/2011

                      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves on March 29th, 2011

                      The Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. trial date has been set for 5/16/2011.

                      Here's an excerpt from ruling:

                      At trial, the parties will need to present evidence and argument that will allow the Court to rule on the question whether Plaintiffs may proceed under Ex Parte Younp or whether the case must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Based on the pleadings alone, the Court cannot say that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case. Dismissal under Rules 12(b) (1) and 12(c), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, would be improper.

                      Accordingly, Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 2393) is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The parties are DIRECTED to file a proposed consolidated pretrial order no later than April 29, 2011. The trial is set for May 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

                      Read more about it at "Judge Sets Trial Date in Georgia State University E-Reserves Lawsuit ."

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                        Jessica Litman: "Readers’ Copyright"

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on March 28th, 2011

                        Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, has self-archived "Readers' Copyright" in SSRN.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This essay is part of a project intended to help reclaim copyright for readers, listeners, and viewers. A system of copyright protection makes little sense unless it is designed to encourage the use and enjoyment of the works it induces authors to create and publishers to disseminate. I argue that a clear-eyed examination of copyright's history reveals that solicitude for readers and members of the audience is, in fact, deeply encoded in copyright's DNA. Recently, readers' interests have faded in apparent importance in the copyright scheme in ways that have unbalanced the copyright system, and undermined public support for copyright law. In response to growing criticism of copyright, some of copyright law's most ardent supporters have insisted that users have no rights, should have no rights, and have never had rights in the copyright scheme. That approach, I suggest, is making the problem worse, not better. Copyright seems out of whack because it has forgotten its most important constituents. In this essay, I take a series of very small baby steps in the direction of recognizing rights and liberties within the copyright system for readers, listeners, viewers and other members of the copyright audience.

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