Archive for May, 2012

"REDDNET and Digital Preservation in the Open Cloud: Research at Texas Tech University Libraries on Long-Term Archival Storage"

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Texas Academic Libraries on May 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

James Brewer, Tracy Popp, and Joy Perrin have published "REDDNET and Digital Preservation in the Open Cloud: Research at Texas Tech University Libraries on Long-Term Archival Storage" in the latest issue of the Journal of Digital Information.

Here's an excerpt:

In open cloud systems users can develop their own software and data management, control access, and purchase their own hardware while running securely in the cloud environment. . . . It is in this context that REDDnet (Research and Education Data Depot network) is presented as the place where the Texas Tech University (TTU) Libraries have been conducting research on long-term digital archival storage. The REDDnet network by year's end will be at 1.2 petabytes (PB) with an additional 1.4 PB for a related project. . . additionally there are over 200 TB of tape storage. These numbers exclude any disk space which TTU will be purchasing during the year. National Science Foundation (NSF) funding covering REDDnet and CMS-HI was in excess of $850,000 with $850,000 earmarked toward REDDnet. In the terminology we used above, REDDnet is an open cloud system that invited TTU Libraries to participate. This means that we run software which fits the REDDnet structure. We are beginning to complete the final design of our system, and starting to move into the first stages of construction. And we have made a decision to move forward and purchase one-half petabyte of disk storage in the initial phase. The concerns, deliberations and testing are presented here along with our initial approach.

| 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 |

Head, Libraries Systems at University of Manitoba Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Manitoba Libraries are recruiting a Head, Libraries Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of the Libraries' computer systems including the local integrated library system (ILS), the discovery layer, the inter-library loan system, the electronic reserves system, the Libraries' authentication systems, the subject guides system, the OpenURL resolver, the electronic resources management system and the virtual reference system.

| Digital Scholarship |

Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research for Voluntary and Charitable Sector Organisations

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research for Voluntary and Charitable Sector Organisations.

Here's an excerpt:

We have learned in this study that the voluntary and charitable sector has an appetite and need for scholarly research that it cannot currently satisfy. The organisations contributing to the study have described the importance of research to the voluntary and charitable sector's commitment to playing its very distinctive role in the most effective way it can. In scoping interviews, case studies and survey responses, VCOs have identified a consistent set of barriers to accessing research. They have shown too that they are creative and resourceful, finding ways to overcome these barriers some of which might place them on or over the border of copyright infringement. We do not think that VCOs should be put in the position of having to choose between what is legally permitted and what they feel is ethically required of them in order to fulfil their charitable objectives. We think too that if the VCS is being asked to expand its role and play an increasing part in delivering public services, then access to research is essential. In this final chapter, we provide some recommendations which, we hope, will go some way to widening the voluntary and charitable sector's access to scholarly research outputs.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals: This is an excellent resource for its extensive background documentation of the open access arguments and issues. — Ann Jensen, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, no. 43 (2005) | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wright State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Wright State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

To support the University Libraries' scholarly communications,online publishing, and institutional repository initiatives

| Digital Scholarship |

Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research to the Public Sector

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research to the Public Sector.

Here's an excerpt:

The total cost to the public sector of accessing journal papers is around £135 million per annum. The savings that accrue from the availability of Open Access articles (using both Green and Gold routes) amount to £28.6 million (£26 million in access fees and £2.6 million in time savings).

Extending the number or articles available through Open Access further increases the potential for savings. Each extra 5% of journal papers accessed via Open Access would save the public sector £1.7 million, even if no subscription fees were to be saved. Increasing the number of journal papers accessed through Open Access to 25% would save the public sector an extra £29 million.

| 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 |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 5/2/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on May 2nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Library Infrastructure Lead at University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 2nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries are recruiting a Digital Library Infrastructure Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Library Services Department Head, we are seeking a senior candidate with strong software development and leadership skills to lead and implement automated services to support digital initiatives for both the Hesburgh Libraries and the wider campus community. Collaborating with the Digital Library Services Department Head and Digital Library Applications Lead, the incumbent will lead digital library infrastructure design to ensure access, discovery, security, data integrity, and preservation of unique library collections, campus research data, and conference event data. The incumbent will lead creation of complex software services to automate capture of metadata, archive data files, transform image and video files, automate digitization, and aggregate information from multiple sources.

| Digital Scholarship |

Report on Peer Review of Digital Repositories

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Reports and White Papers on May 2nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science Network has released the Report on Peer Review of Digital Repositories.

Here's an excerpt:

This document reports on the work which has been undertaken in support of the European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories which was initiated by the European Commission's unit which funds APARSEN. . . .

The main part of this report provides details of the test audits which were carried out, the problems encountered and the lessons learned. The European repositories were the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), UK Data Archive (UKDA), Centre Informatique National de l'Enseignement Supérieur: Département Archivage et Diffusion (CINES-DAD) and in addition, in the USA, the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) at the Center for Earth Science Information, the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Projects Librarian at Amherst College Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 2nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Amherst College Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Coordinates digital reformatting operations that preserve and improve access to library and archival collections in all formats and that conform to digital library standards and best practices. Contributes to the development and implementation of digital projects.

| Digital Scholarship |

Report on Peer Review of Research Data in Scholarly Communication

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on May 2nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science Network has released the Report on Peer Review of Research Data in Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

This report documents ideas, attitudes, developments and discussion concerning quality assurance of research data. The focus is on action taken by scientists, e-infrastructure providers and scientific journals. Their measures are documented and categorized. Future fields of research are to be described based on this work.

| 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 |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 5/1/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on May 1st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 1st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard Library is recruiting a Digital Library Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (auto req ID: 26614BR):

The Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) oversees the mechanisms by which the fruits of scholarship are communicated within and without the University, with a special aim to increase the availability of the scholarly output of the University and maximize the efficiency with which scholarly materials are made available to members of the Harvard community and beyond. The OSC department of the Harvard Library seeks a programmer/analyst for development and support of the DASH open access digital scholarship repository. This is a unique opportunity to serve as the technical lead on a project to collect and share the University's research with the world. Please note: This is a one year term appointment with possibility of renewal depending on funding and performance.

| Digital Scholarship |


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