Archive for July, 2012

Research Councils UK Adopts New Open Access Policy

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.

The Research Councils UK has adopted a new open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 16th July 2012, unveiled its new Open Access policy. Informed by the work of the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Professor Dame Janet Finch, the policy at once harmonises and makes significant changes to existing Research Councils' Open Access policies. . . .

The new policy, which will apply to all qualifying publications being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013, states that peer reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils:

  • must be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on Open Access, and;
  • must include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed.

Criteria which journals must fulfill to be compliant with the Research Councils' Open Access policy are detailed within the policy, but include offering a 'pay to publish'; option or allowing deposit in a subject or institutional repository after a mandated maximum embargo period. In addition, the policy mandates use of 'CC-BY', the Creative Commons 'Attribution' license, when an APC is levied. The CC_BY licence allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.

The Research Councils will provide block grants to eligible UK Higher Education Institutions, approved independent research organisations and Research Council Institutes to support payment of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with 'pay-to-publish'. In parallel, eligible organisations will be expected to set-up and manage their own publication funds. The Research Councils will work with eligible organisations to discuss the detail of the new approach to funding APCs and to ensure that appropriate and auditable mechanisms are put in place to manage the funds.

Along with HEFCE and other relevant Funding Bodies, we shall monitor these policies actively, both to review their effects and to ensure that our joint objectives on Open Access are being met.

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

Web Developer/Digital Content Specialist at St. Charles City-County Library District

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The St. Charles City-County Library District is recruiting a Web Developer/Digital Content Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Web Developer responsible for technical aspects of the District's web services and digital content. Also develops and maintains District Mobile Apps and will be lead person for Electronic Media, including hardware/software troubleshooting and management.

| Digital Scholarship |

"Multi-Stage Open Peer Review: Scientific Evaluation Integrating the Strengths of Traditional Peer Review with the Virtues of Transparency and Self-Regulation"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on July 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ulrich Pöschl has published "Multi-Stage Open Peer Review: Scientific Evaluation Integrating the Strengths of Traditional Peer Review with the Virtues of Transparency and Self-Regulation" in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Here's an excerpt:

The traditional forms of scientific publishing and peer review do not live up to all demands of efficient communication and quality assurance in today's highly diverse and rapidly evolving world of science. They need to be advanced and complemented by interactive and transparent forms of review, publication, and discussion that are open to the scientific community and to the public. The advantages of open access, public peer review, and interactive discussion can be efficiently and flexibly combined with the strengths of traditional scientific peer review.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Collections and Metadata Lead at Mount Holyoke College’s Library, Information, and Technology Services

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mount Holyoke College's Library, Information, and Technology Services is recruiting a Digital Collections and Metadata Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Assets and Preservation Services (DAPS), the Digital Collections and Metadata Lead manages digital repository systems and supports day-to-day operations of the department. Collaborates closely with other LITS departments and MHC units to develop rich local and unique digital collections, especially those that showcase the work of faculty and students and support the College's mission of teaching excellence.

| Digital Scholarship |

"A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University"

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

Jeanine Marie Scaramozzino, Marisa L. Ramírez, and Karen J. McGaughey have published "A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper describes information gathered from a survey distributed to the College of Science and Mathematics faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), a master's-granting, teaching-centered institution. There was a more than 60 percent response rate to the survey. The survey results provided insight into the science researchers' data curation awareness, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as what needs they exhibited for services and education regarding maintenance and management of data. It is important that professional librarians understand what researchers both inside and outside their own institutions know so that they can collaborate with their university colleagues to examine data curation needs.

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

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/12/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Scholarly Communication Program Case Study: "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections"

Posted in Author Rights, Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Micah Vandegrift and Gloria Colvin have published "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Two years ago use of the terms scholarly communication and open access on the Florida State University (FSU) campus was limited primarily to library administrators and a few library and teaching faculty. But, in a relatively short time, we have dramatically increased awareness of these topics on our campus and accomplished many of our goals. Our focus has been on promoting authors' rights, the option to archive publications in open access repositories, and the evolution of scholarly publication in a digital environment, rather than a focus on the serials crisis facing libraries. Looking back over these past two years, the relationships that we developed along the way have been foundational to our success. Here, we discuss development of the FSU program and key steps we took, which we hope are instructive to others in developing a scholarly communication program.

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

"Taking Stock of the Creative Commons Experiment: Monitoring the Use of Creative Commons Licenses and Evaluating Its Implications for the Future of Creative Commons and for Copyright Law"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Giorgos Cheliotis, Warren Chik, Ankit Guglani, and Giri Kumar Tayi have self-archived "Taking Stock of the Creative Commons Experiment: Monitoring the Use of Creative Commons Licenses and Evaluating Its Implications for the Future of Creative Commons and for Copyright Law" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

We provide data demonstrating the popularity of CC, examine which specific license types within the CC framework are most popular, and then identify contributing factors for the relative popularity of some of the license types. This includes individual author incentives, the consistency and aims of the online communities which adopt CC as a licensing model, the underlying medium (text, photography, audio, video or interactive
content), the intended use of the work, as well as the sociopolitical, legal and economic background of the jurisdictions where the works are being produced. We show that the spread of the licenses is global and encompasses both developed and developing nations with varied cultural and historical backgrounds, which we claim is indicative of a general social shift towards more open collaboration and the rise of a new global consciousness of sharing and participation across national borders. . . . In conclusion we examine to what extent copyright law and policy should be informed by the needs and choices of this new generation of authors adopting CC licenses, also taking into consideration the changing interests of society in the digital age.

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

Web Applications Developer (Library) at Rice University’s Fondren Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Rice University's Fondren Library is recruiting a Web Applications Developer (Library).

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 12335):

The Library Web Applications Developer designs, develops, codes, tests, implements and manages innovative web-based applications that improve the user experience in discovering, accessing, and using library resources and services. S/he gathers requirements, writes code, maintains documentation and works with the Web/Graphic Designer on web design and layout. S/he is responsible for maintaining various local and cloud based servers. In addition, the Library Web Applications Developer is responsible for backing up the desktop support specialist when s/he is absent.

| Digital Scholarship |

"Open Metrics for Open Repositories"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Metrics on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Brian Kelly, Nick Sheppard, Jenny Delasalle, Mark Dewey, Owen Stephens, Gareth J Johnson, and Stephanie Taylor have self-archived "Open Metrics for Open Repositories" in University of Bath Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Increasingly there is a need for quantitative evidence in order to help demonstrate the value of online services. Such evidence can also help to detect emerging patterns of usage and identify associated operational best practice. This paper seeks to initiate a discussion on approaches to metrics for institutional repositories by providing a high-level overview of the benefits of metrics for a variety of stakeholders. The paper outlines the potential benefits which can be gained from providing richer statistics related to the use of institutional repositories and also reviews related work in this area. The authors describe a JISC-funded project which harvested a large number of repositories in order to identify patterns of use of metadata attributes and summarise the key findings. The paper provides a case study which reviews plans to provide a richer set of statistics within one institutional repository as well as requirements from the researcher community. An example of how third-party aggregation services may provide metrics on behalf of the repository community is given. The authors conclude with a call for repository managers, developers and policy makers to be pro-active in providing open access to metrics for open repositories.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Web Developer at University of Kansas Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 00007883):

This web development position develops and integrates applications that improve the user experience in discovering, accessing, and using library resources and services across the entire KU Libraries environment. S/he assists in gathering requirements, writes code, maintains documentation, and supports applications use. The web developer explores and analyses emerging technologies to support the Libraries' expanding services in digital scholarship and scholarly communication.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies Offers Online Introduction to Research Data Management Course

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies is offering an online Introduction to Research Data Management course taught by Dorothea Salo. The course runs from 9/10/2012-11/30/2012.

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


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