- Wellcome Trust Gets Tough on Open Access, http://bit.ly/HlpOK9
- Digital Public Library of America: The Biggest Library the World Has Ever Seen?, http://bit.ly/HjIekR
- RUP's [Rockefeller University Press] Mike Rossner: Doing What's Right, http://bit.ly/Hlr3cp
- Comparing ACTA [Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement] and the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement], http://bit.ly/H07WsW
- Automation Marketplace 2012: Agents of Change, http://bit.ly/GZ9PXD
- Are You a Press or Are You a Library? An Interview with NYU's Monica McCormick, http://bit.ly/H1yE5E
Archive for March, 2012
Lehigh University is recruiting a Sr. Library Systems Analyst.
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
This position performs professional and technical duties in support of the digital library and library applications & systems. This position provides business analysis functions for library management applications, provides system administration for Linux-based application servers, and manages the Library's Drupal powered website. This position will serve as the technical contact for Kuali OLE and third-party library applications.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released "Fact Sheet: Big Data Across the Federal Government."
Here's an excerpt:
Below are highlights of ongoing Federal government programs that address the challenges of, and tap the opportunities afforded by, the big data revolution to advance agency missions and further scientific discovery and innovation.
| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010: "If you're looking for a reading list that will keep you busy from now until the end of time, this is your one-stop shop for all things digital preservation."— "Digital Preservation Reading List," Preservation Services at Dartmouth College weblog, February 21, 2012. | Digital Scholarship |
Harvard University's Peabody Museum is recruiting a Museum Manager (Archivist).
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
Develops and implements procedures to increase preservation and access to the collections. Proposes and manages digital initiatives and manages digital archive. Manages and carries out the day-to-day activities in the Peabody Museum's Archives Department including working with staff and researchers to access the archival photographic and paper collections.
House Hearing on Federally Funded Research: Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication InterestsPosted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on March 29th, 2012
The House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing today on Federally Funded Research: Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication Interests.
Here are the documents that have been released for this hearing:
- Hearing Charter [overview]
- Opening Statement by Andy Harris (R-MD), Chairman, Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight
- Testimony by H. Frederick Dylla, Executive Director and CEO American Institute of Physics
- Testimony by Elliot Maxwell, Project Director for the Digital Connections Council, Committee on Economic Development
- Testimony by Crispin Taylor, Executive Director, American Society of Plant Biologists
- Testimony by Stuart Shieber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communications, Harvard University
- Testimony by Scott Plutchak, Director, Lister Hill Library at University of Alabama at Birmingham
| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This work gives an outstanding overview of scholarship relating to the growing Open Access movement." — George Machovec, The Charleston Advisor 12, no. 2 (2010): 3. | Digital Scholarship |
James M. Donovan and Carol A. Watson have published "Will An Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking? Calming the Faculty Fear" in the latest issue of AALL Spectrum.
Here's an excerpt:
Plans for a new IR project within the law school, however, can quickly find such worthy motives swept aside as faculty members invariably voice some version of the following comments: "Won't posting my articles elsewhere steal downloads away from SSRN? That would lower my rankings in SSRN and perhaps reduce my professional stature."
One can regret that law academics today reflexively cower at the thought of appearing to perform poorly on any new ranking system that crosses their path, no matter how dubious. Even so, there can be no denying that SSRN, or the Social Science Research Network, has earned a respectable cachet among the professoriate.
France has implemented a new law on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books.
Here's an excerpt from the Library of Congress' summary:
This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 provides that an unavailable book is "a book published in France before January 1, 2001, which is commercially unavailable and is not currently published in paper or digital format." (Id.) The Law creates a public database specifically dedicated to unavailable books, accessible at no charge, which will list these titles. . . .
After a book has been registered in the database for six months without any opposition, a collective management society approved by the Ministry of Culture will be authorized to grant a publisher a non-exclusive license for digital exploitation of the book for a period of five years, which will be renewable (art. L.134-3). . . .
In addition, the Law provides an exception for libraries. It states that the collective management society must authorize libraries that are accessible to the public to digitally reproduce at no cost and distribute to their patrons unavailable books, where a holder of the right to reproduce the work in its paper format has not been found within ten years of the first authorization to reproduce, provided that the library does not receive any commercial profit. If the collective management society refuses to grant such a right, it has to state the grounds for that refusal (art. L.134-8). The holder of the right to reproduce the work in its paper format may at any time request that the collective management society withdraw the right granted to a library (id).
JISC has released Future Proofing: Enabling Practical Preservation of Born-Digital Records.
Here's an excerpt:
The results show that is it possible to build a low-cost, practical solution that addresses immediate preservation problems, makes use of available open source tools, and requires minimal IT support. We think the results of the case study can feasibly be used by other Institutions facing similar difficulties, and scaled up to apply to the preservation of other and more complex digital objects. It will enable non-specialist information professionals to perform certain preservation and information management tasks with a minimum of preservation-specific theoretical knowledge.