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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