Archive for January, 2012

Michael Nielsen Named as SPARC Innovator

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, People in the News on January 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michael Nielsen has been named as a SPARC Innovator.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

While Nielsen is not alone in promoting the open sharing of data and research to advance science, he has been in the spotlight this fall as an advocate for the cause. The Open Society Foundations supported sending him on an awareness-raising tour on Open Science. In three months, Nielsen did 33 talks in 17 cities—from small gatherings of high school students in Lithuania to a 1,000-plus audience in Canada. (The recording on ted.com of his presentation at TEDxWaterloo has received more than 150,000 hits.). . .

For being a thought leader of how doing science in the open can promote change and bringing the discussion to a new level, SPARC honors Nielsen as the January 2012 SPARC Innovator. "Michael is an incredibly bright scientist and researcher in his own right," says Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. "But he also has a view beyond 30,000 feet of the entire scientific enterprise, and the value that open brings to the table." Nielsen has found a way to engage the general public in this issue to understand why it matters. In his push to open up the scientific process, he has helped advance the entire open-access movement. "He is a voice into the mainstream that has been sorely lacking," says Joseph.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/17/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Senior Product Analyst, OCLC

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC is recruiting a Senior Product Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Product Analyst provides a high level of support and extensive experience in all aspects of the product planning and development process. This role provides detailed information utilized in strategic decision making regarding product development, customer support, positioning, and release. The Senior Product Analyst must be able to successfully collaborate with team members in Sales, Marketing and Development to ensure the effective and efficient execution of product plans. The Senior Product Analyst needs a broad knowledge of systems development, product/project management processes, business analysis, and the ability to network across the OCLC's product and development organizations. The Senior Product Analyst will be overseeing development and support for an e-journal and ebook platform that serves as a core component of OCLC's data architecture.

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Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 2: Survey Analysis

Posted in Libraries, Museums, Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 2: Survey Analysis.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

In the first report, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 1: Site Reviews, the 21-member RLG Partners Social Metadata Working Group reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. In this second report, we analyzed the results from a survey of site managers conducted in October-November 2009. Forty percent of the responses came from outside the United States. The survey focused on the motivations for creating a site, moderation policies, staffing and site management, technologies used, and criteria for assessing success. In our upcoming third report, we provide recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums as well as the factors contributing to success.

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Department Head, Digital Library Services, Georgia State University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Georgia State University Library is recruiting a Department Head, Digital Library Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The department head sets direction for the library's technology environment and services through strategic planning, resource allocation and management, assessment, and policy development. S/he encourages creativity in digital and information technology initiatives that respond to and anticipate user needs and ensures that the library's technology programs, services, and infrastructure are responsive to the academic needs of the Georgia State University community.

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 6

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Scholarly Communication on January 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Digital Scholarship has released the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 6. It includes selected English-language articles, books, conference papers, technical reports, unpublished e-prints and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations. Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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ARL, Johns Hopkins University Libraries, and SPARC Reply to White House RFI on Public Access to Digital Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on January 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Research Libraries, the Johns Hopkins University Libraries, and SPARC have replied to the White House's Request for Information: Public Access to Digital Data Resulting from Federally Funded Scientific Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Question 1

What specific Federal policies would encourage public access to and the preservation of broadly valuable digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research, to grow the U.S. economy and improve the productivity of the American scientific enterprise?

Comment 1

The most effective Federal policies in this regard would mandate digital data deposit into publicly accessible repositories. In the absence of such policies, there are already cases of digital data which have been lost or remain inaccessible or accessible only with high barriers. While laudable efforts such as the NSF and NIH data management plans move the community in the direction of supporting U.S. economic growth and productivity, the reality is that many researchers continue to strictly interpret the requirement as sharing data based on specific requests or personal provisions. The Federal policy framework should move public access to digital data away from the current idiosyncratic environment to a systematic approach that lowers barriers to data access, discovery, sharing and re-use.

Instead of relying upon individual investigators to interpret and support public access through a point to point network (e.g., researcher provides digital data upon request), Federal policies should ensure that public access can occur through well managed, sustained, preservation archives that enable a legally and policy compliant peer to peer model for sharing. A useful metric for full-fledged public access to digital data is whether someone (or some machine) other than the original data producer can discover, access, interpret and use the digital data without contacting the original data producer.

See also Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' reply and the Creative Commons' reply.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/16/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Projects Manager/Processing Archivist at Boston University’s School of Theology Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Boston University's School of Theology Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Manager/Processing Archivist. Required degree: "Master's Degree, preferably in Library Science or Archives."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (tracking code: 7254/A0612):

Responsible for managing and developing the digital collections and processing and maintenance of archival and special collections held by the School of Theology (STH) Library. Take the lead in the development of digitization initiatives and manage the library’s digital collections. Work with the Head Librarian to develop a comprehensive digitization plan for the STH Library. Liaise with School of Theology faculty to identify and develop digital projects relating to faculty research and teaching. Identify and select significant items from the library’s archival collections for digitization. Oversee the preparation of materials for digitization, including the creation of metadata and obtaining copyright permissions. Manage student and/or paraprofessional staff involved in digitization.

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Three New Documents about Creative Commons Licenses for Data

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on January 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Creative Commons has released three new documents about the use of its licenses for data: "Data," "Data and CC Licenses," and "CC0 Use for Data."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement by Sarah Hinchliff Pearson:

We have done a lot of thinking about data in the past year. As a result, we have recently published a set of detailed FAQs designed to help explain how CC licenses work with data and databases.

These FAQs are intended to:

  1. alert CC licensors that some uses of their data and databases may not trigger the license conditions,
  2. reiterate to licensees that CC licenses do not restrict them from doing anything they are otherwise permitted to do under the law, and
  3. clear up confusion about how the version 3.0 CC licenses treat sui generis database rights.

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Head of Library Systems at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries are recruiting a Head of Library Systems. Required degree: "ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree in a related field."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Library Systems is responsible for the management of the Library Systems Department, which includes planning, budgeting, and setting policy for information resources in the University Library and for some operations of the Health Sciences Library. The Head of Library Systems directly supervises unit managers responsible for desktop support, application development, and infrastructure architecture and administration and supports staff in the performance of their duties. The individual in this position leads a service-oriented program that researches, develops, and supports advanced information systems for the Library, and ensures excellent operational management of information systems and support of end users. The Head of Library Systems provides leadership in coordinating and defining system requirements and tasks for library-wide projects and initiatives.

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"From Stacks to the Web: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting"

Posted in Digitization, E-Books, Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on January 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released a preprint of "From Stacks to the Web: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting" by David W. Lewis.

Here's an excerpt:

The existence of a ubiquitous and cheap worldwide communication’s network that increasingly makes documents easily and freely available will require a transformation of academic library collecting practice. It will be driven by a number of specific developments including: the digitization of content; the development of print repositories; the development of e-readers and print-on-demand publishing; the growth of open access; challenges to establish academic publishing organizations; and the growth of new forms of scholarship based on openness and social productivity. If academic libraries are to be successful, they will need to: deconstruct legacy print collections; move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions; manage the transition to open access journals; focus on curating unique items; and develop new mechanisms for funding national infrastructure.

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