Archive for July, 2012

Managing Research Data in Big Science

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Norman Gray, Tobia Carozzi, and Graham Woan have self-archived Managing Research Data in Big Science in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

The project which led to this report was funded by JISC in 2010-2011 as part of its 'Managing Research Data' programme, to examine the way in which Big Science data is managed, and produce any recommendations which may be appropriate. . . .

This project has explored these differences using as a case-study Gravitational Wave data generated by the LSC [LIGO Scientific Collaboration], and has produced recommendations intended to be useful variously to JISC, the funding council (STFC) and the LSC community.

In Sect. 1 we define what we mean by 'big science', describe the overall data culture there, laying stress on how it necessarily or contingently differs from other disciplines.

In Sect. 2 we discuss the benefits of a formal data-preservation strategy, and the cases for open data and for well-preserved data that follow from that. . . .

In Sect. 3 we briefly discuss the LIGO data management plan, and pull together whatever information is available on the estimation of digital preservation costs.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works | Digital Scholarship |

Drupal Programmer Analyst at Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is recruiting a Drupal Programmer Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Drupal programmer analyst is responsible for all aspects of Drupal content management system (CMS) development. This analyst develops new applications/modules, ports existing PHP applications into Drupal, performs security assessments, and leads efforts in Drupal upgrades. Required theme design will include a shift towards increased mobile responsiveness. Also, this developer works with the Linux systems analyst and network operations staff to fine-tune the Drupal configuration. Work is accomplished under the general guidance of the Lead Programmer Analyst or in coordination with the other application developers.

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"Open Access versus Subscription Journals: A Comparison of Scientific Impact"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on July 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Bo-Christer Björk and David Solomon have published "Open Access versus Subscription Journals: A Comparison of Scientific Impact" in BMC Medicine.

Here's an excerpt:

Overall, average citation rates, both unweighted and weighted for the number of articles per journal, were about 30% higher for subscription journals. However, after controlling for discipline (medicine and health versus other), age of the journal (three time periods) and the location of the publisher (four largest publishing countries versus other countries) the differences largely disappeared in most subcategories except for journals that had been launched prior to 1996. OA journals that fund publishing with article processing charges (APCs) are on average cited more than other OA journals. In medicine and health, OA journals founded in the last 10 years are receiving about as many citations as subscription journals launched during the same period.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

The Rise of the "Connected Viewer"

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released The Rise of the "Connected Viewer".

Here's an excerpt:

Television's solitary screen is being supplemented by multi-screen interactivity. Half of all adult cell owners (52%) have used their phones recently for engagement, diversion, or interaction with other people while watching TV. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project measured the prevalence of these multi-screen viewing experiences by asking the 88% of American adults who are cell owners whether they had used their phone to engage in several different activities while watching television in the 30 days preceding an April 2012 survey.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Librarian at Youngstown State University’s William F. Maag, Jr. Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Youngstown State University's William F. Maag, Jr. Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0600225):

To be responsible for Maag Library's major computer based systems that support library functions, provide library services and/or store and provide access to information content. To administer computer servers, administer library applications on those servers, and design and administer databases that define the functionality of these systems. To report to Maag Library Executive Director, to serve with the Executive Director and the Electronic Services Librarian as a member of the Technology group and, as a member of the Technology group supports other Maag technical applications and equipment as needed.

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Open Access Status of Journal Articles from ERC-Funded Projects

Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Research Council has released Open Access Status of Journal Articles from ERC-Funded Projects.

Here's an excerpt:

The main objective of this analysis is to estimate the extent to which journal articles from ERC funded projects are available in an open access. . . .

The results show that 62 % of journal articles from ERC funded projects are available in open access. The share of articles in open access varies across research domains. It is close to 70 % in Life Sciences, 65 % in Physical Sciences and Engineering and nearer 50 % in Social Sciences and Humanities. A comparison with the data on open access status provided by the grant holders in their mid-term reports shows that self-reporting leads to an underestimation of the proportion of open access articles.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

Director, Library Technology at Lehigh University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lehigh University is recruiting a Director, Library Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will plan, direct, and take a leadership role in the support of the digital library and library technology systems used by the Lehigh University Community.

| Digital Scholarship |

After UK’s RCUK Policy, European Commission Announces Another Major Open Access Policy

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Yesterday DigitalKoans reported on the Research Councils UK's new open access policy. Today, the European Commission has announced another major open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The European Commission today outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research. This will boost Europe's innovation capacity and give citizens quicker access to the benefits of scientific discoveries. In this way, it will give Europe a better return on its €87 billion annual investment in R&D. The measures complement the Commission's Communication to achieve a European Research Area (ERA), also adopted today.

As a first step, the Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020, the EU's Research & Innovation funding programme for 2014-2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible:

  • articles will either immediately be made accessible online by the publisher ('Gold' open access)—up-front publication costs can be eligible for reimbursement by the European Commission; or
  • researchers will make their articles available through an open access repository no later than six months (12 months for articles in the fields of social sciences and humanities) after publication ('Green' open access).

The Commission has also recommended that Member States take a similar approach to the results of research funded under their own domestic programmes. The goal is for 60% of European publicly-funded research articles to be available under open access by 2016.

The Commission will also start experimenting with open access to the data collected during publicly funded research (e.g. the numerical results of experiments), taking into account legitimate concerns related to the fundee's commercial interests or to privacy.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/16/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Data Services/Metadata Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Weill Cornell Medical College is recruiting a Data Services/Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The data services/metadata librarian supports the creation, discovery of and access to the institution's data and to the library's digital and print content through consultation, metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards.

| Digital Scholarship |

Project Archivist/ Digital Project Manager at University of California Berkeley

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California Berkeley is recruiting a Project Archivist/ Digital Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Processing Archivist and Digital Project Manager whose primary responsibility will be the processing of two large architectural records collections. This is a full-time (1 FTE), temporary appointment for one year. The successful candidate will have experience with processing complex collections, demonstrated understanding of archival description and non-traditional materials, familiarity with archival standards (EAD, METS, MARC, MODS), and strong communication skills.

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"Government Response to the Finch Group Report: ‘Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications’"

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David Willetts, the UK Minister for Science and Universities, has issued "Government Response to the Finch Group Report: 'Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications'."

Here's an excerpt:

The Government has listened carefully to what publishers, learned societies and the Finch Group collectively have had to say on this issue. We prefer the 'gold' over the 'green' model, especially where the research is taxpayer funded so the Government agrees with the sentiment expressed in the Finch Report. Embargo periods allowed by funding bodies for publishers should be short where publishers have chosen not to take up the preferred option of their receiving an Article Processing Charge (which provides payment in full for immediate publication by the 'gold OA' route). Where APC funds are not available to the publisher or learned society, for the publication of publicly-funded research, then publishers could reasonably insist on a longer more equitable embargo period. This could be up to 12 months for science, technology and engineering publications and longer for publications in those disciplines which require more time to secure payback. Even so, publications with embargo periods longer than two years may find it difficult to argue that they are also serving the public interest.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |


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