Archive for March, 2012

"Wait for It. . . Commons, Copyright and the Private (Re)Ordering of Scientific Publishing"

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing on March 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jorge L. Contreras has self-archived "Wait for It. . . Commons, Copyright and the Private (Re)Ordering of Scientific Publishing" in SSRN.

In this paper, Contreras critiques various open access strategies, and he proposes that publishers be granted one-year exclusive licenses as an alternative to these strategies.

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COUNTER Code of Practice for Usage Factors, Draft Release 1

Posted in Electronic Resources, Standards on March 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) has released the COUNTER Code of Practice for Usage Factors, Draft Release 1.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Draft Release 1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Usage Factors, is one of the most significant outcomes to-date of the Usage Factor project, and is an important part of this, the final Stage of the project, which will take Usage Factor forward to full implementation. This Draft Release 1 is based on well-established COUNTER standards, procedures and protocols; it is designed to enable the recording and reporting by publishers of credible, consistent and compatible global Usage Factors for online publications hosted by them (and incorporating usage of these publications on other platforms that are capable of delivering COUNTER-compliant usage statistics). While Release 1 of this Code of Practice focuses on Usage Factors for journals, it is envisaged that its scope will be extended in subsequent Releases to cover other online publications, such as books and reference works.

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"Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences"

Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on March 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Nicholas W. Jankowski, Andrea Scharnhorst, Clifford Tatum, and Zuotian Tatum have self-archived "Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

Enhancing publications has a long history but is gaining acceleration as authors and publishers explore electronic tablets as devices for dissemination and presentation. Enhancement of scholarly publications, in contrast, more often takes place in a Web environment and is coupled with presentation of supplementary materials related to research. The approach to enhancing scholarly publications presented in this article goes a step further and involves the interlinking of the "objects" of a document: datasets, supplementary materials, secondary analyses, and post-publication interventions. This approach connects the user-centricity of Web 2.0 with the Semantic Web. It aims at facilitating long-term content structure through standardized formats intended to improve interoperability between concepts and terms within and across knowledge domains. We explored this conception of enhancement on a small set of books prepared for traditional academic publishers. While the project was primarily an exercise in development, the conclusion section of the article reflects on areas where conceptual and empirical studies could be initiated to complement this new direction in scholarly publishing.

For related information, see the SURF Enhancing Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences project website.

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

Planning for Big Data: A CIO’s Handbook to the Changing Data Landscape

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on March 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

O'Reilly Media has released Planning for Big Data: A CIO's Handbook to the Changing Data Landscape as a free Kindle e-book.

See the publisher's description for details.

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Guidelines for a Long-Term Preservation Strategy for Digital Reproductions and Metadata

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization, Metadata on March 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Digitising Contemporary Art project has released Guidelines for a Long-Term Preservation Strategy for Digital Reproductions and Metadata.

Here's an excerpt:

These Guidelines for a long-term preservation strategy for digital reproductions and metadata explains how to preserve digital materials such as text, images and video. It gives a theoretical introduction to the subject as well as practical examples of how to manage a collection of digitised and born-digital artworks. . . .

These Guidelines are intended to be used by participants of the DCA project, but can also be used by other institutions in the process of digitising their collections. The different elements of digital preservation are explained in a basic and accessible way that is not too technical. Together with some examples from real life situations and recommendations for practical tools, this approach should give the basics needed for collection managers to create a suitable preservation policy and plan. It is important to keep in mind that digital preservation is a continuous process that has to be regularly re-evaluated by the collecting institution.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

IT Systems Manager, Software Systems Development & Research at University of Maryland Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting an IT Systems Manager, Software Systems Development & Research.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The SSDR Manager will be responsible for the research, development, deployment, support and management of library application software and software systems; and for the integration, implementation, and maintenance of software to provide acquisition, curation, preservation, access and discovery services to the libraries' collections. The software development activities encompass all phases of software development lifecycle, including implementation of interfaces to other software systems, development of Web interfaces and user interfaces for the tools developed in SSDR.

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Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Report

Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on March 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

James L. Mullins et al. have self-archived the Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Report in e-Pubs,. In 2011, a more detailed preliminary version of the report was released, and readers may want to consult that as well.

Here's an excerpt:

This report briefly presents the findings and recommendations of the "Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success" project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built. The research described (consisting of a survey, some case studies, three workshops, and a set of further reading recommendations) was mainly conducted between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011. It was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Libraries Studies, made to Purdue University Libraries in collaboration with the Libraries of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/15/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Special Issue of D-Lib Magazine on Web Archiving

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

D-Lib Magazine has published a special issue on Web archiving.

Articles include:

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/14/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Head of Metadata Creation at Harvard Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard Library is recruiting a Head of Metadata Creation.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Information and Technical Services (ITS) and working closely with the ITS management team, the Head of Metadata Creation will lead staff members engaged in conceptualizing, developing and managing metadata descriptive practices that leverage a rich past as Harvard explores new, scalable techniques to provide access to unique content and objects. Together they will lead the effort to optimize metadata, including user generated metadata, and cataloging output and to find new ways to make the library's collections more accessible to local and global user communities and scholarly resources existing elsewhere more accessible to Harvard faculty and students. Success attributes include strong strategic focus, active participation in the ITS management team, a visible commitment to staff development in an environment that promotes creativity, innovation and continuous improvement, robust and effective communication with key constituents and stakeholders, and accountability for results.

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

The Value and Benefits of Text Mining

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on March 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JIASC has released The Value and Benefits of Text Mining.

Here's an excerpt:

Vast amounts of new information and data are generated everyday through economic, academic and social activities. This sea of data, predicted to increase at a rate of 40% p.a., has significant potential economic and societal value. Techniques such as text and data mining and analytics are required to exploit this potential. . . .

To date there has been no systematic analysis of the value and benefits of text mining to UK further and higher education (UKFHE), nor of the additional value and benefits that might result from the exceptions to copyright proposed by Hargreaves. JISC thus commissioned this analysis of 'The Value and Benefits of Text Mining to UK Further and Higher Education'.

We have explored the costs, benefits, barriers and risks associated with text mining within UKFHE research using the approach to welfare economics laid out in the UK Treasury best practice guidelines for evaluation [2]. We gathered our evidence from consultations with key stakeholders and a set of case studies.

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