Archive for January, 2012

Open Access: PEER Economics Report [Final Report]

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Self-Archiving on January 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) has released the final version of the PEER Economics Report.

Here's an excerpt:

This study considers the effect of large-scale deposit on scholarly research publication and dissemination (sharing of research outputs), beginning with the analysis of publishers and institutions managing repositories and their sustainability. The study associates costs with specific activities, performed by key actors involved in research registration, certification, dissemination and digital management: authors, the scholarly community, editors, publishers, libraries, readers and funding agencies. Contrary to most of the existing literature, the study analyses cost structures of individual organizations. The focus of this study is therefore to provide context for the costs to specific organizations and to their choices in terms of scale and scope. . . .

This study analyses 22 organizations involved with journal article publication and dissemination. Data were gathered via literature and public document analysis, as well as through individual in-depth interviews in order to assess the cost structure of publishers, OA journal publishers and institutions managing repositories and the conditions for their sustainability.

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Digital Collections Librarian at J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Collections Librarian will take a lead role in the creation, maintenance, and stewardship of digital collections and repository systems, including the digitization of special collections and other library materials and the implementation and maintenance of discovery tools related to these initiatives. S/he will devise and revise operating procedures and workflows; improve access to digitized content through ongoing evaluation of the department's digital services; investigate relevant standards and best practices and maintain compliance with standards, including metadata standards; investigate, plan, and manage format conversions and migrations; plan, implement, and monitor external contracts providing digitization and other related services to Joyner; seek and/or manage grant funding for digital initiatives; develop an in-depth knowledge of new technology; seek collaboration opportunities with other libraries and institutions; and develop preservation and curation plans for digital content in repositories.

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AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The AIMS Project has released AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship.

Here's an excerpt:

The AIMS project evolved around a common need among the project partners — and most libraries and archives — to identify a methodology or continuous framework for stewarding born-digital archival materials. These materials have been slowly accumulating in archival backlogs for years but are rapidly growing as more contemporary collections are accessioned. . . .

Into this climate, the AIMS partners proposed an inter-institutional framework for stewarding born-digital content. The AIMS partners realized that they could not solve all problems associated with born-digital materials but decided to focus their attention on professional practice defined by archival principles and by the current state of collections at the partner institutions.

In developing the AIMS Framework, the project would apply a practitioner-based research approach by developing a model based on real case studies of collections at each institution. Applying our theories would confirm or challenge the initial framework which could then be used as a model around which to build individual workflows and processes within each partner's organization.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/19/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Projects Coordinator at UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, the Digital Projects Coordinator will oversee the digital research and teaching initiatives of the Center. The Coordinator will work closely with the Center Director to develop and steward a number of digital initiatives, including web-based research projects, publishing platforms, and courses with digital components. In particular, the Coordinator will facilitate the "HyperCities—Mapping Jewish Los Angeles" project and serve as the point-of-contact for the HyperCities project in general. Together with the UCLA Library, "HyperCities—Mapping Jewish Los Angeles" is a collaborative research and teaching project to create a multimedia archive and digital mapping of the history of Jewish Los Angeles. Knowledge of and experience with web-based technologies and digital tools in spatial analysis, visualization, Geographic Information Systems, and digital archiving are necessary for this position.

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Apple Launches iBooks 2 for iPad and iBooks Author

Posted in E-Books, Publishing on January 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Apple has launched iBooks 2 for iPad and iBooks Author.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download from the App Store™. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of the finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new iBooks 2 app lets students study and learn in more efficient and effective ways than ever before.

iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors and publishers of any size can start creating with Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. iBooks Author lets you add your own text and images by simply dragging and dropping, and with the Multi-Touch™ widgets you can easily add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote® presentations and 3D objects.

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Digital Preservation Librarian at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Librarian will report to the head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation in the library's Collections Division (http://www.lib.umich.edu/preservation-and-conservation). Working closely with staff in Library IT Core Services, Digital Library Production Services, MPublishing, Deep Blue, Preservation, and other library units as well as partners at other institutions, the Digital Preservation Librarian will:

  • Research, plan, and implement an ongoing preservation program for University Library collections of value in digital format. Review existing library practices, analyze and respond to needs. Advise library staff and digital content managers on all phases of the life cycle of digital content, with the aim of long-term retention and access. Assist in the development of requirements, specifications, and policies related to digital content the library solicits, accepts, purchases, or creates. Advise both library staff and external content creators on strategies and implementation of those specifications. Support the development of the preservation program for the HathiTrust shared digital repository. Develop and maintain disaster recovery planning and policy documents.

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Public Domain Defeat: US Supreme Court Golan v. Holder Ruling

Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on January 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In a major defeat for public domain advocacy, the US Supreme Court has ruled against Lawrence Golan and others in Golan v. Holder.

Here is an excerpt from a synopsis of the case from the Legal Information Institute:

Congress enacted Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act in order to comply with the international copyright standards of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Section 514 restores copyright protection to foreign works currently found in the public domain. Lawrence Golan and other performers, educators, and motion picture distributors brought this suit challenging Section 514, arguing that Congress's removal of works from the public domain exceeded its Copyright Clause powers. Golan also argues that Section 514 violates the First Amendment because the law does not serve any important government interests. Attorney General Holder counters that the Copyright Clause does not restrict Congress's authority to remove works from the public domain. He further argues that Section 514 does not violate the First Amendment because the government has a substantial interest in complying with the Berne Convention and protecting American works abroad.

Here's an excerpt from the ruling:

Congress determined that U. S. interests were best served by our full participation in the dominant system of international copyright protection. Those interests include ensuring exemplary compliance with our international obligations, securing greater protection for U. S. authors abroad, and remedying unequal treatment of foreign authors. The judgment §514 expresses lies well within the ken of the political branches. It is our obligation, of course, to determine whether the action Congress took, wise or not, encounters any constitutional shoal. For the reasons stated, we are satisfied it does not. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is therefore Affirmed.

In a lengthy dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer said:

The fact that, by withdrawing material from the public domain, the statute inhibits an important preexisting flow of information is sufficient, when combined with the other features of the statute that I have discussed, to convince me that the Copyright Clause, interpreted in the light of the First Amendment, does not authorize Congress to enact this statute.

Justice Samuel Alito also dissented.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/18/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Metadata Coordinator at University of Houston Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Cataloging, the successful candidate will work closely with the Digital Services and Special Collections Departments to provide leadership and support in metadata creation, maintenance and enhancement for digital resources. This incumbent will also develop approaches to ensure the quality and consistency of metadata in core library systems; translate metadata among different formats and integrate metadata from a variety of sources; be responsible for exploring, evaluating and recommending alternative metadata and emerging technologies that can be applied in the libraries' broader discovery environment; participate in reviewing, developing and implementing metadata application policies and procedures; lead projects, workflow design and training involving metadata and use of metadata in digital repositories and other discovery systems; assist in loading or batch loading of electronic theses and dissertations into the library catalog; keep current with trends, innovations and best practices affecting library metadata and digital collections.

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"The Five Stars of Online Journal Articles— A Framework for Article Evaluation"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David Shotton has published "The Five Stars of Online Journal Articles— A Framework for Article Evaluation" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

I propose five factors—peer review, open access, enriched content, available datasets and machine-readable metadata—as the Five Stars of Online Journal Articles, a constellation of five independent criteria within a multi-dimensional publishing universe against which online journal articles can be evaluated, to see how well they match up with current visions for enhanced research communications. Achievement along each of these publishing axes can vary, analogous to the different stars within the constellation shining with varying luminosities. I suggest a five-point scale for each, by which a journal article can be evaluated, and provide diagrammatic representations for such evaluations. While the criteria adopted for these scales are somewhat arbitrary, and while the rating of a particular article on each axis may involve elements of subjective judgment, these Five Stars of Online Journal Articles provide a conceptual framework by which to judge the degree to which any article achieves or falls short of the ideal, which should be useful to authors, editors and publishers. I exemplify such evaluations using my own recent publications of relevance to semantic publishing.

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Digital Stewardship Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries (Two Positions)

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Texas Tech University Libraries are recruiting two Digital Stewardship Librarians.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the LTMS (Library Technology Management and Services) Research and Development Team, this tenure-track Library faculty position engages in highly innovative and sustainable digital library stewardship, to include preservation and curation research and development activities and initiatives, and digital library business continuity solutions; and works closely with library faculty and staff, the TTU community, other academic institutions, and other partners in a variety of collaborative ways.

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