Archive for June, 2012

Current News: Twitter Updates for 6/28/12

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    Software Developer at University of Maryland Libraries

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 28th, 2012

    The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Software Developer.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Software Developer provides broad programming support to the University of Maryland Libraries for the development and delivery of Java-based software applications. The applications support development and management of large-scale digital collections. They include tools for cataloging, search, and discovery of digital collections, tools for acquisition of digital collections, access to and retrieval of digital objects in the collections, and tools for preservation and maintenance of digital collections over the long term.

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      Wellcome Trust Enforces Its Open Access Policy More Vigorously

      Posted in Grants, Open Access on June 28th, 2012

      The Wellcome Trust is enforcing its open access policy with three new rules.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Since 2006, its open access policy has required that all research papers funded in whole or in part by the Wellcome Trust be made available via the UK PubMed Central repository as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of the date of publication. At present, only 55 per cent of research papers acknowledging Wellcome Trust funding comply with its open access policy. . . .

      Sir Mark has written to university vice-chancellors and the directors of the Trust's major overseas programmes to outline the steps that the Trust will be taking:

      • When Trust-funded researchers prepare final grant reports, it will require the principal investigator's institution to provide assurance that all papers associated with the grant comply with the Trust's policy. If they are unable to do this, the final payment on the grant will be withheld.
      • Non-compliant publications will be discounted as part of a researcher's track record in any renewal of an existing grant or new grant application.
      • Trust-funded researchers will be required to ensure that all publications associated with their Wellcome-funded research are compliant with the Trust's policy before any funding renewals or new grant awards will be activated.

      All three steps will apply to research articles published from 1 October 2009 onwards.

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        Metadata Specialist at Society for College and University Planning

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 28th, 2012

        The University of Michigan's Society for College and University Planning is recruiting a Metadata Specialist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        SCUP seeks a Metadata Specialist who will bring energy, creativity, and an expansive vision to continue the construction and deployment of its digital library initiative, the Cybrary. The SCUP Cybrary is a digital repository built on open source software and architecture for research and education in higher education planning. The qualified candidate will be responsible for overseeing the creation and strategic application of metadata across a wide range of digital materials, as well as the development of new services leveraging preexisting open source initiatives and software and the design and creation of new digital tools.

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          TechWatch: Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure (Draft)

          Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on June 28th, 2012

          The JISC Observatory has released a draft for public comment of TechWatch: Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure.

          Here's an excerpt :

          This report provides an overview of some concepts and approaches as well as tools, and can be used to help organisational planning. Specifically, this report:

          • describes data-centric architectures;
          • gives some examples of how data are already shared between organisations and discusses this from a datacentric perspective;
          • introduces some of the key tools and technologies that can support data-centric architectures as well as some new models of data management, including opportunities to use "cloud" services;
          • concludes with a look at the direction of travel and lists the sources cited in a References section.

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            Current News: Twitter Updates for 6/27/12

            Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on June 27th, 2012

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              Library Systems Administrator at George Mason University Libraries

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 27th, 2012

              The George Mason University Libraries are recruiting a Library Systems Administrator.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 02372z):

              This position reports to the Head of Systems Group, Digital Programs and Systems Division. Incumbent will perform UNIX system administration tasks on a number of different systems, to include: Solaris 10; Red Hat Linux and Mac OS X server (10.5+). Ability to write detailed scripts in at least one administrative language (e.g., Perl, shell, etc.) and an awareness of UNIX security procedures is required. Duties include installing software, performing backups, generating statistical reports, and interacting with outside departments and vendors as required. Knowledge of SQL is preferred.

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                "The Web Privacy Census," June 2012

                Posted in Privacy on June 27th, 2012

                The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology has released "The Web Privacy Census," June 2012.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In this report, we discuss the results of a crawl conducted on 5/17/12. We found cookies on all popular websites (by "popular websites," we mean the top 100 most popular according to Quantcast). We conduct two different crawls—a shallow one where our test browser just visits the homepage of a site, and a deep crawl where our browser visits six links on a site. Our shallow crawl of the 25,000 most popular sites revealed that 87% have cookies (24% first, 76% third), 9% had HTML5 storage objects, and less than .0001% had flash cookies. Twenty-five percent of cookies include names such as "UID" and "GUID", suggesting that they are used for uniquely identifying users. Overall, we found that flash cookie usage is dropping and HTML5 storage use is rising and at least one tracker is using HTML5 local storage to hold unique identifiers from third party cookies.

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                  Scientific Data Curator at Brown University Library

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 27th, 2012

                  The Brown University Library is recruiting a Scientific Data Curator.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The Brown University Library invites applications for the position of Scientific Data Curator. As the Library's primary liaison for scientific data management, the Scientific Data Curator plays a central role in developing library services and guidelines to support scientific research. Together with other Research and Outreach Services Librarians, the Center for Digital Scholarship and other campus partners, the Scientific Data Curator will work to increase the Library's ability to collect, preserve and provide access to scientific data, and will act as a resource for students and faculty grappling with issues of data curation, digital methods for scientific research, and emerging digital resources. The Scientific Data Curator will contribute to the development of data management plans for funded projects, and will assist in data extraction, reporting, and monitoring compliance with established data management protocols. S/he will contribute to the work of the Brown Digital Repository by helping to develop the requirements and work flows necessary to support research at Brown; by advising teaching faculty on the management of data and providing technical support for use of analytical tools; and in serving as an agent between researchers and the Library's repository.

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                    "Digital Repositories Ten Years On: What Do Scientific Researchers Think of Them and How Do They Use Them?"

                    Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, Self-Archiving on June 27th, 2012

                    David Nicholas has self-archived "Digital Repositories Ten Years On: What Do Scientific Researchers Think of Them and How Do They Use Them?" at the CIBER Research Ltd.'s website

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Digital repositories have been with us for more than a decade, and despite the considerable media and conference attention they engender, we know very little about their use by academics. This paper sets out to address this by reporting on how well they are used, what they are used for, what researchers' think of them, and where they thought they were going. Nearly 1,700 scientific researchers, mostly physical scientists, responded to an international survey of digital repositories, making it the largest survey of its kind. High deposit rates were found and mandates appear to be working, especially with younger researchers. Repositories have made significant inroads in terms of impact and use despite, in the case of institutional repositories, the very limited resources deployed. Subject repositories, like arXiv and PubMed Central, have certainly come of age but institutional repositories probably have not come of age yet although there are drivers in place which, in theory anyway, are moving them towards early adulthood.

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                      Current News: Twitter Updates for 6/26/12

                      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on June 26th, 2012

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                        IT Project Manager 2 at Multnomah County Library

                        Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 26th, 2012

                        The Multnomah County Library is recruiting an IT Project Manager 2.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Multnomah County seeks a collaborative, strategic, and experienced IT Project Manager to manage a complex portfolio of Library technology projects, ensuring that the Library's annual $5 million IT investment delivers excellent value to library patrons and staff. . . .

                        Incumbent will usually run several medium to large projects concurrently (e.g. RFID equipment implementation, replacement of public and staff computers, implementation of new Integrated Library System software, implementation of Verifone payment terminals in 19 library locations), while also ensuring that resources are deployed to accomplish numerous smaller projects and the on-going IT work required to support library operations.

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