Archive for June, 2012

Current News: Twitter Updates for 6/28/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on June 28th, 2012

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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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