Archive for September, 2011

DigitalKoans Returns on 10/4/11

Posted in Announcements on September 4th, 2011

DigitalKoans postings will resume on 10/4/11.

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    Web Coordinator and Information Services Librarian at Boston University’s Alumni Medical Library

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 1st, 2011

    Boston University's Alumni Medical Library is recruiting a Web Coordinator and Information Services Librarian. Degree: "Must have a Masters degree in Library Science or an equivalent degree and at least 3 years experience in a similar position."

    Here's an excerpt from the ad (tracking code: 5781):

    This position develops, designs and maintains the database-driven Library Website (transitioning from Cold Fusion/MySQL to PHP) in compliance with BU standards.

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      Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on September 1st, 2011

      The National Science Foundation has released Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) held a workshop titled "Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age" on November 12, 2010, to promote international cooperation in such policy areas as the promotion of data access, the development of technical solutions for open data platforms, and attribution for research contributions. This report describes the discussions, findings, and suggestions generated by the distinguished group of international workshop participants. . . .

      There was a strong consensus that this vision could be achieved with the help of a concerted, collaborative effort by international funding agencies to:

      1. Establish a system of persistent identifiers for researchers and their outputs;
      2. Develop national and international pilot projects that compare different technical solutions for establishing and maintaining open data platforms, fostering the replication of scientific research, and ensuring attribution for the intellectual contributions of researchers; and
      3. Foster formal and informal training to develop scientists' skills in knowledge and data access, as well as data analysis.

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        Emerging Technologies Librarian at Library of Congress

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 1st, 2011

        The Library of Congress is recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian. Salary range:$105,211-$136,771.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Emerging Technologies Librarian coordinates and facilitates the design, development and deployment of information technology to support a multijurisdictional legal web presence known conceptually as the One World Law Library (OWLL), a portal to and repository of local, state, tribal, national, international legal and legislative information. By aligning with Library of Congress web developments, OWLL leverages semantic and other conceptual and relational web technologies and utilizes content integration strategies such as federated and aggregated searching technologies to provide access to global legislative, legal and law related information. The incumbent collaborates with internal and external information technologists, law librarians and legal and other information professionals to design and implement Library of Congress approved enterprise and information architectures; identifies state-of-the-art web technologies to be deployed by information technologists; coordinates efforts through libraries and information service providers to define and promote national and international metadata and data modeling standards for legal and legislative information.

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          Data Centres: Their Use, Value and Impact

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories, Reports and White Papers on September 1st, 2011

          The Research Information Network has released Data Centres: Their Use, Value and Impact.

          Here's an excerpt:

          In recent years, the value of data as a primary research output has begun to be increasingly recognised. New technology has made it possible to create, store and reuse datasets, either for new analysis or for combination with other data in order to answer different questions. In the UK, academic researchers, funders and institutions have responded to these possibilities by supporting a number of data centres' organisations with responsibility for supplying research data to the academic community, and in some cases for collecting, storing and curating such data as well. . . .

          This study sought to understand usage of UK data centres among researchers, and to examine the impact of such use upon their work. We undertook a series of initial interviews with research funders to understand the role and importance of data and data centres within various academic fields, followed by a survey of the users of five data centres. Finally, through the interviews and surveys, a set of case studies was identified where the data centre had benefited a researcher's work, and in some cases that work had gone on to have an impact in wider society.

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