Archive for May, 2012

"Implementing DOIs for Research Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on May 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Natasha Simons has published "Implementing DOIs for Research Data" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Research is increasingly collaborative and global in nature, and efforts to manage the vast amounts of research data generated daily require global solutions. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system provides a means of persistent identification of research data collections and datasets that is global, standardised and widely used. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) partnered with DataCite to offer a DOI minting service. At Griffith University, implementing DOIs raised governance questions common to other institutions that encouraged discussion and collaboration.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

"Issue Brief: GSU Fair Use Decision Recap and Implications"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing on May 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has released "Issue Brief: GSU Fair Use Decision Recap and Implications."

Here's an excerpt:

Although the decision is certainly not perfect (the use of bright line rules for appropriate amount under factor 3 is particularly troubling), Judge Evans has written a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the issues, and her opinion represents an overwhelming victory for Georgia State individually, a major defeat for the plaintiff publishers and for the AAP and CCC, and overall a positive development for libraries generally. The substance of the opinion is not ideal, but it is far more generous than the publishers have sought, it establishes a very comfortable safe harbor for fair use of books on e-reserve, and libraries remain free to take more progressive steps.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 5/14/12

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

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Metadata Librarian at University of California, Santa Barbara Library

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

The University of California, Santa Barbara Library is recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the Metadata Librarian has responsibility for providing guidance in creating, reviewing and editing metadata for digital collections and born-digital content in the library, working with colleagues to support the discovery of and access to the Libraries' digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. The incumbent is responsible for planning, managing, and reviewing metadata for Library digital projects and Library-led digitization and data management efforts.

| Digital Scholarship |

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Now an ISO Standard

Posted in Metadata, Standards on May 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The International Organization for Standardization has published ISO 26324:2012, Information and Documentation—Digital Object Identifier System.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

A DOI name is an identifier of an entity—physical, digital or abstract—on digital networks. It provides information about that object, including where the object, or information about it, can be found on the Internet. . . .

ISO 26324:2012 gives the syntax, description and resolution functional components of the digital object identifier system. It also gives the general principles for the creation, registration and administration of DOI names.

The DOI system was initiated by the International DOI Foundation (a not-for profit member-based organization initiated by several publishing organizations) in 1998.

| Digital Scholarship's Digital/Print Books | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Initiatives and Technical Services Librarian at University of California, Riverside Libraries

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

The University of California, Riverside Libraries are recruiting a Digital Initiatives and Technical Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director and Department Head of the WRCA the successful candidate will be responsible for expanding and managing the existing digital content of the collection (eScholarship, Web Archiving Service, Encoded Archival Description, e.g.); managing the technical services functions of the collection, including engaging directly in the cataloging of materials that require original cataloging, and working collaboratively with the UCR Metadata and Technical Services Department. . . . Currently a digital platform is being considered by the Libraries to enhance state-wide, national, and international access to these unique resources.

| Digital Scholarship |

DCEP Final Report; Centuries of Knowledge: Graduate School of Library and Information Science Data Curation Education Program

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Information Schools, Reports and White Papers on May 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Melissa H. Cragin et al. have self-archived the DCEP Final Report; Centuries of Knowledge: Graduate School of Library and Information Science Data Curation Education Program in IDEALS.

Here's an excerpt:

The Centuries of Knowledge grant was designed to increase educational and research capacity in data curation at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We developed the Data Curation Education Program, a specialization within our Master of Science degree program, graduating 38 students to date. New courses developed for the specialization include Foundations of Data Curation, a survey course on the emerging field, and Digital Preservation. We developed the Summer Institute on Data Curation for practicing information professionals, facilitating the development of a community of practice across U.S. and Canadian academic and research organizations. Our outreach and service activities have led to a range of new partnerships that have resulted in student fieldwork opportunities, as well as new collaborative research and education activities resulting in 4 successful grant proposals.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, OCLC, Reports and White Papers on May 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

This report offers a quick environmental scan of the repository landscape and then focuses on disciplinary repositories—those subject-based, often researcher-initiated loci for research information.

Written by Senior Program Officer Ricky Erway, Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories is intended to help librarians support researchers in accessing and disseminating research information. The report includes profiles of seven repositories with a focus on their varied business models. It concludes with a discussion of sustainability, including funding models, factors that contribute to a repository's success, and ways to bring in additional revenue.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Web Services Librarian at Stevens Institute of Technology Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Stevens Institute of Technology Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Provide leadership and expertise in the management of the library website
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the library website
  • Ensure that the website provides accurate information, easy navigation and effective user support
  • Ensure compliance with web/ADA standards, institute branding and security policies
  • Support library digital projects
  • Manage the mobile applications suite within the library environment

| Digital Scholarship |

Open Access Bibliography Tops 500,000 File Requests

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on May 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

As of 4/30/12, the Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. has had over 500,000 file requests. Of those file requests, over 439,000 have been page views (either XHTML files for bibliography sections or PDF files for the entire bibliography).

In 2005, the bibliography was published by the Association of Research Libraries in print form, and ARL released an open access PDF file as well. The author then added a web site for the bibliography.

All versions of the bibliography are under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

In 2010, the author released a second version of the bibliography, Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography, as a PDF file, a paperback, and a web site under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. While the first version of the bibliography had a very wide range of included material, the second version, reflecting the rapid maturation of the field, primarily included books and published journal articles.

Since digital publication in 9/9/10, the second version has had over 153,000 file requests. Of those file requests, over 132,000 have been page views.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Head of Information Systems at Folger Shakespeare Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is recruiting a Head of Information Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for maintaining the integrity and security of the Folger network and infrastructure, including phone and voice mail systems. Responsible for data security and retention. Responsible for computer operations, including infrastructure, systems, hardware, operational and office operations software, security, backup and protection of data. Maintains integrity of computer infrastructure, including wiring and connections, shared software and files, and configuration design. Performs network troubleshooting and upgrades. Maintains internet and VPN connections. . . . Monitors technology needs of the institution and prepares budget projections to support expansion of these systems. Supports Head of Collection Information Services in administering servers for Library's ILS and digital preservation systems. Supports division specific software and systems and provides technical support to institution's web sites.

| Digital Scholarship |

Georgia State University E-Reserves Copyright Case Ruling (Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al.)

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing on May 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The ruling is in for the Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. case.

Here's an excerpt from the ruling:

Of the 99 alleged infringements that Plaintiffs maintained at the start of trial, only 75 were submitted for post-trial findings of fact and conclusions of law. This Order concludes that the unlicensed use of five excerpts (of four different books) infringed Plaintiffs' copyrights. The question now is whether Georgia State's 2009 Copyright Policy caused those infringements. The Court finds that it did, in that the policy did not limit copying in those instances to decidedly small excerpts as required by this Order. Nor did it proscribe the use of multiple chapters from the same book. Also, the fair use policy did not provide sufficient guidance in determining the "actual or potential effect on the market or the value of the copyrighted work," a task which would likely be futile for prospective determinations (in advance of litigation). The only practical way to deal with factor four in advance likely is to assume that it strongly favors the plaintiff-publisher (if licensed digital excerpts are available).

Read more about it at "The GSU Decision—Not an Easy Road for Anyone" and “Inside the Georgia State Opinion.”

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010: "SEP [Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography] is compiled with utter professionalism. It reminds me of the work of the best artisans who know not only every item that leaves their workshops, but each component used to create them—providing the ideal quality control." — Péter Jacsó ONLINE 27, no. 3 (2003): 73-76. | Digital Scholarship |


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