Archive for January, 2012

Digital Preservation: Report on Decision Factors and Their Influence on Planning

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Scalable Preservation Environments project has released the Report on Decision Factors and Their Influence on Planning.

Here's an excerpt:

This report sheds light on the actual decision criteria and influence factors to be considered when choosing digital preservation actions. It is based on an extensive evaluation of case studies on preservation planning for a range of different types of objects with partners from different institutional backgrounds. We analyse objective trees from a number of real-world decision making instances and classify the objectives and decision criteria. We analyse the measurability and required information for decision criteria, and the objectives and decision factors contained in objective trees. We further discuss the mapping of different quality models and map decision criteria to standardised models for decision factors in the areas of software quality, format assessment, and object properties.

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Manager Software & Systems Engineering, Online Library Environment at University of Virginia Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Virginia Library is recruiting a Manager Software & Systems Engineering, Online Library Environment.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0609299):

The Manager of Software and Systems Engineering is responsible for leading the design and implementation for the Library's priorities for access, retrieval, and use of digital content within the Online Library Environment. The position works closely with Library directors, selectors, and other stakeholders to assure a high level of coordination/communication regarding these efforts and to ensure work is aligned with Library priorities and policies. The Manager of Software and Systems Engineering manages a team of engineers and leads project teams in digital library development.

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Ten Library, Publishing, and Advocacy Organizations Oppose the Research Works Act in Letter

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Self-Archiving on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ten library, publishing, and advocacy organizations have opposed the Research Works Act in a letter sent to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's an excerpt:

We fully respect copyright law and the protection it affords content creators, owners, and users. The NIH Public Access Policy operates fully within current U.S. Copyright law as articles reporting on NIH funded research are copyrightable, and the copyright belongs to the author. The NIH Policy requires only the grant of a non-exclusive license to NIH, fully consistent with federal policies such as Circular A-110 and Circular A-102. The author is free to transfer some or all of the exclusive rights under copyright to a journal publisher or to assign these anywhere they so choose—a freedom crucial to the authors of scientific articles, who rightly want to determine where and how their work is distributed.

Under H.R. 3699, authors of articles reporting on federally funded research would face a new restriction. The proposed bill requires authors to seek the permission of a publisher before their work can be distributed through an online, networked government channel such as NIH’s PubMed Central, even if they themselves—as the author of the work and the relevant rights holder—have already consented to do so, potentially limiting the authors ability to distribute their work as widely as they may wish.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/25/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Assets Librarian at Morton Arboretum Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Morton Arboretum Library is recruiting a Digital Assets Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Assets Librarian is responsible for the day-to-day management of The Morton Arboretum's digital resources across the organization. The Librarian will be responsible for the production and organization of a growing collection of digital resources serving visitors, staff, and the education and scientific communities and will assist in the organization and curation of the Arboretum's archives. . . . This position is funded in whole or in part by grant or other restricted funding and is expected to conclude by September 2014.

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Survey on Open Access in FP7

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Commission has released Survey on Open Access in FP7

Here's an excerpt:

In May 2011, the Commission identified the 811 projects designated at the time with Special Clause 39 in their grant agreement and sent a questionnaire to all project coordinators in order to collect feedback on experiences of both the implementation of the pilot and the reimbursement of open access publishing costs. The objective was to provide input for the future of the open access policy and practices in Horizon 2020, which is the future EU framework programme for research and innovation, and for the preparation of a communication from the Commission and a recommendation to Member States on scientific publications in the digital age.

The online questionnaire was open between 29 June and 26 August 2011 and enabled the collection of a total of 194 responses (success rate: 24 %). Many respondents used the possibility to answer ‘no opinion’ to some questions, but this constitutes valuable information. The final report was prepared in October/November 2011. Annexes include tables of statistical results in each FP7 research area.

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Information Technology Specialist (Automation Specialist) at Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Automation Specialist) .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Automation Specialist supports the development and operation of automated activities of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The incumbent works under the direction of the NLS Automation Officer to ensure that the NLS IT infrastructure is appropriate to allow NLS staff to fulfill their mission now and in the future. The incumbent is responsible for the oversight of the READS integrated library management software.

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Posted in Copyright on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Social Media at the School of Communication of American University, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law of American University have released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.

It identifies eight situations that represent the library community's current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials and describes a carefully derived consensus within the library community about how those rights should apply in certain recurrent situations.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/24/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Library Applications Development Manager at University of Massachusetts Boston’s Healey Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Massachusetts Boston's Healey Library is recruiting a Library Applications Development Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Applications Development Manager for the Healey Library will be responsible for managing the Library’s applications and for the development of custom library applications, as needed. The Library Applications Development Manager will also: manage and analyze database and system projects, including new and on-going development, integration and support of the library’s digital and web-based services; make recommendations on library policies, procedures and protocols; define new projects and priorities, working with the University Librarian and other department heads; manage and schedule software development projects; coordinate deployment and management of production systems within the library. . .

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 80 | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Scholarship 2011 Use Statistics

Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications on January 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In 2011, Digital Scholarship had over 12.2 million file requests of which over 9.5 million were page views (requests for HTML, PDF, or Word files). The average number of visitors per day was over 7,000 visitors.

File requests came from 212 countries. The top 5 countries by number of visitors were:

Country No. of Visitors
United States > 1.4 million
China > 260,000
Germany > 97,000
France > 92,000
Japan > 84,000

The top five publications were (includes PDFs for related books):

Publication File Requests
DigitalKoans > 8.9 million
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography > 1.2 million
Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography > 100,000
Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography > 82,000
Institutional Repository Bibliography* > 80,000

* Does not include the Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 PDF, which had over 48,000 requests.

Log analysis was done with WebLog Expert.

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Digital Library Architect (Solutions Architect 3) at Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library is recruiting a Digital Library Architect (Solutions Architect 3).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Library Architect (Solutions Architect 3) will be responsible for researching, collaboratively planning and delivering a forward-looking, sustainable infrastructure for the content stewardship and delivery of scientific content by applying community established best practices to cutting-edge technology. The new infrastructure will integrate diverse content repositories of both data and scientific literature to create a cohesive and extensible suite of access, discovery, preservation, curation, security, repository, archival & storage services to underpin LANL's unique collections of scientific and technical information.

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"Orphan Works: Definitional Issues"

Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on January 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David Robert Hansen has self-archived "Orphan Works: Definitional Issues" in SSRN. This is a white paper from the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project.

Here's an excerpt:

When discussing orphan works, two basic definitional questions arise: (1) exactly what is the "orphan works" problem?, and (2) what is the size of this problem? The answers to these two questions are central to understanding how proposed solutions work to remedy the situation. Though both questions have long been posed, the answer to the first (what is the "orphan works"; problem) can vary based on the type of work or the particular user, and the answer to the second (what is the size of the problem) remains difficult to state with precision. This paper explores both and identifies areas where further research is needed.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/23/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Applications Developer, TAPAS Project at Brown University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Brown University Library is recruiting a Web Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Brown University Library and the TAPAS Project are seeking a developer to lead the technical implementation of the TAPAS service. Working with other members of the Brown Digital Repository development team, the developer will install and customize an instance of Islandora (Drupal and Fedora), and will develop functionality for publishing, describing, analyzing, visualizing, and sharing scholarly texts. The developer will collaborate with Brown systems and development staff, staff at Wheaton College, and other TAPAS participants, to create, refine, and implement ideas for building the service, and will work with those groups to test and roll out new web applications. Additionally, the developer will customize Drupal and the underlying Fedora repository to enable a broad set of interactions to support the publication of encoded texts, and will develop an API to provide programmatic access to TAPAS data.

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Open Access: Freedom for Scholarship in the Internet Age (Draft)

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on January 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Heather Morrison has released a draft of her doctoral thesis Freedom for Scholarship in the Internet Age.

Here's an excerpt:

The purpose of this thesis is to further the work of transitioning to an open access scholarly communication system designed to support and prioritize scholarship and the public good rather than profit. The method will involve analysis of key underlying historical trends in society and how they impact scholarly communication, as well as original empirical work on the growth of open access, economic analysis to inform economic aspects of transition, and a case study of scholarly communication in the discipline of communication.

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