Archive for July, 2012

Web Services Librarian at Norwich University Library

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

The Norwich University Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This newly aligned position is designed to focus on enhancing and supporting the library's web services. The librarian will provide leadership for the library's web presence and associated activities and initiatives. A user-centered approach, applying user experience and information architecture principles, will guide the librarians work and the successful candidate will be encouraged to employ user testing and usability studies. This position will also serve as the technical support contact for the Integrated Library System (OCLC WorldShare Management Services), of which Norwich is an early adopter.

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A Technical Review of Open Access Repository Registries: OpenDOAR and ROAR

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on July 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released A Technical Review of Open Access Repository Registries: OpenDOAR and ROAR, which was written in 7/1/2011 and deposited on 7/5/2012.

Here's an excerpt:

This document provides a technical review of the capabilities, benefits and drawbacks of two leading Open Access Repository Registries (OARRs)—OpenDOAR and ROAR. Both systems are considered qualitatively and quantitatively with a view to identifying those facets which provide value for a repository registry service.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/10/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Copyright Officer and Head of the Copyright Office at University of Winnipeg Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Winnipeg Library is recruiting a Copyright Officer and Head of the Copyright Office.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Winnipeg invites suitable candidates to apply for the Librarian position of Copyright Officer and Head of the Copyright Office. Situated in the Library, the incumbent will provide oversight for the University's copyright compliance efforts by developing a comprehensive copyright management program for the entire University community. This program will include the development and communication of copyright policies and copyright instruction for faculty, staff and students. Accordingly, the position requires extensive consultation with individuals and units external to the Library, including the University's Corporate Secretary and General Counsel Office, and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

"Copyright Law in the Digital Environment: Private Ordering and the Regulation of Digital Works"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Rights Management on July 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Primavera De Filippi has self-archived "Copyright Law in the Digital Environment: Private Ordering and the Regulation of Digital Works" in HAL.

Here's an excerpt:

The book begins with an analysis of copyright law as it applies to the physical and the digital world. The challenges that the law has to face in the digital environment are specifically addressed by illustrating how the self-regulating features of the copyright regime have been jeopardized with the advent of Internet and digital technologies. The book subsequently analyses the role of private ordering in the regulation of information and presents the various mechanisms of self-help that have been developed so far to address the challenges of the digital world. The contrast is between the use of end-user licensing agreements and technological measures of protection (e.g. DRM) intended to restrict the consumption of digital works beyond the scope of the copyright regime, and the use of Open Content licenses (e.g. Creative Commons) intended to support a greater dissemination and broader availability of works, amidst other goals. The book finally investigates the corresponding advantages and drawbacks of these two divergent approaches, and concludes by addressing the justifications for governmental intervention in regulating the operations of private ordering.

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Senior Developer at University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are recruiting a Senior Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (reference number: 120632982):

Reporting to the Director of Information Technologies and Digital Development, the position manages software development for multiple complex digital library projects

  • Develop and implement digital library applications to support teaching & learning and research efforts at the University including technical architectures, application specifications, coding, database design, & workflow analysis
  • Manage project teams and initiatives to implement technical solutions and designs
  • Provide expertise to the Libraries' IT operations on metadata that are relevant to digital library implementation and develop local, reusable methodologies for metadata interactions

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Research Data Management: "Improving University Research Value: A Case Study"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Kelley O'Reilly, Jeffrey Johnson, and Georgiann Sanborn have published "Improving University Research Value: A Case Study" in SAGE Open.

Here's an excerpt:

This article investigates the current data management practices of university researchers at an Intermountain West land-grant research university in the United States. Key findings suggest that researchers are primarily focused on the collection and housing of research data. However, additional research value exists within the other life cycle stages for research data—specifically in the stages of delivery and maintenance. These stages are where most new demands and requirements exist for data management plans and policies that are conditional for external grant funding; therefore, these findings expose a "gap" in current research practice. These findings should be of interest to academics and practitioners alike as findings highlight key management gaps in the life cycle of research data. This study also suggests a course of action for academic institutions to coalesce campus-wide assets to assist researchers in improving research value.

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

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/9/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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"The New Prohibition: A Look at the Copyright Wars through the Lens of Alcohol Prohibition"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, P2P File Sharing on July 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Donald P. Harris has self-archived "The New Prohibition: A Look at the Copyright Wars through the Lens of Alcohol Prohibition" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This Article argues that legislators, commentators, and the copyright industry must entertain laws that embrace filesharing, and seek other ways to incentivize artists and other creators. The Article traces Alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s as an historical example of laws that were inconsistent with the vast majority of society's morals and norms. Looking back, one can see many similarities between the Alcohol and Filesharing Prohibitions. The Article suggests, then, that lessons learned from the failed "noble experiment" of Alcohol Prohibition should be applied to the current filesharing controversy. Doing so, the Article advocates legalizing certain noncommercial filesharing. A scheme along these lines will comport with societal norms and will force new business models to replace outdated and ineffective business models.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Programmer Analyst 3 at Yale University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Yale University Library is recruiting a Programmer Analyst 3.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (STARS req ID: 17625BR.):

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library seeks an experienced Lead Developer to develop, integrate, implement, and support both front end and back end web applications. Reporting to the Head of Technology and Digital Assets, this position works collegially and collaboratively with staff within Beinecke, across the Yale University Library, the Office of Digital Assets & Infrastructure, and Yale Information Technology Services. Takes the lead role in providing recommendations, technical guidance, designs and documentation for projects related to implementing new systems, improving existing systems, describing how the new technology will integrate into staff workflows, and specifying how outside units or vendors will participate in projects. The right candidate will have demonstrable track record of developing high quality and innovative applications, products, and services preferably in a library, academic institution, or the non-profit sector.

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Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR) Final Report

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The UC Curation Center of the California Digital Library has released the Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR) Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

A deep understanding of digital formats is necessary to support the long-term preservation of digital assets, as it facilitates the preservation of the information content of those assets, rather than just their bit stream representations. A format is the set of syntactic and semantic rules that govern the mapping between information and the bits that represent that information. The Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR), http://udfr.org/, is a new open source, semantically-enabled platform for the collection, long-term management, and dissemination of the significant properties of formats of interest to the preservation community[4]. The UDFR builds upon and "unifies" the function and holdings of two existing registry solutions: PRONOM, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/PRONOM, from the UK National Archives since 2002; and GDFR (Global Digital Format Registry), http://gdfr.info/, from Harvard University since 2006. While these services rely on older relational and XML database technology, the UDFR uses a semantic database in which all information is represented in RDF form and exposed as Linked Data. Use of the UDFR is open to the public, although contribution or editing of information requires prior self-service account

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

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/8/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 8th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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