Archive for September, 2012

"LOCKSS Boxes in the Cloud"

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 30th, 2012

David S. H. Rosenthal and Daniel L. Vargas have self-archived "LOCKSS Boxes in the Cloud" at the LOCKSS website.

Here's an excerpt:

The 30-year history of raw disk costs shows a drop of at least 30% per year. The history of cloud storage costs from commercial providers shows that they drop at most 3% per year. Until there is a radical change in one or other of these cost curves it clear that cloud storage is not even close to cost-competitive with local disk storage for long-term preservation purposes in general, and LOCKSS boxes in particular.

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    Web Services Librarian at Washington State University Libraries

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 30th, 2012

    Washington State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number:42214):

    The librarian will lead the Libraries' effort to enhance its virtual spaces, across all devices used to access services. The Web Services Librarian will provide leadership in ongoing efforts to define the goals of the Libraries' virtual presence and to provide online services that match these goals. This tenure track position is based in the Systems Department.

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      Research Trends Special Issue on Big Data

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 30th, 2012

      Research Trends has published a special issue on big data.

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        Digital Archivist at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga’s Lupton Library

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 30th, 2012

        The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga's Lupton Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, the Digital Archivist plays a leadership role in the development, planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of digital initiatives involving Special Collections materials and services.

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          "Understanding and Making Use of Academic Authors’ Open Access Rights"

          Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 30th, 2012

          David R. Hansen has published "Understanding and Making Use of Academic Authors' Open Access Rights" in the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

          Here's an excerpt:

          METHODS To understand the scope of author-retained rights (including the right to purchase hybrid or other open access options) at some sample universities, author-rights data through the SHERPA/RoMEO API was combined with individual article citations (from Thomson Reuters' Web of Science) for works published over a one-year period (2011) and authored by individuals affiliated with five major U.S. research universities. RESULTS Authors retain significant rights in the articles that they create. Of the 29,322 unique articles authored over the one year period at the five universities, 28.83 percent could be archived in final PDF form and 87.95 percent could be archived as the post-print version. Nearly 43.47 percent also provided authors the choice of purchasing a hybrid paid open access option. DISCUSSION A significant percentage of current published output could be archived with little or no author intervention. With prior approval through an open access policy or otherwise, article manuscripts or final PDFs can be obtained and archived by library staff, and hybrid paid-OA options could be negotiated and exploited by library administrators.

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

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            Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (September 23, 2012)

            Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on September 23rd, 2012

            The latest monthly update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog is now available. It provides information about selected new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, technical reports, and white papers.

            | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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              DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 10/1/2012

              Posted in Announcements on September 16th, 2012

              DigitalKoans posts will resume on 10/1/2012.

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                "Academic Libraries as Data Quality Hubs"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 16th, 2012

                Michael Joseph Giarlo has self-archived a preprint of "Academic Libraries as Data Quality Hubs" in ScholarSphere.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This position paper argues that academic libraries have a critical role to play serving as data quality hubs on campus, based on the need for increased data quality for "e-science" and on academic libraries' record of providing digital curation and preservation services. Scientific data are shown to be sufficiently at risk to demonstrate a clear niche for such services to be provided. Data quality measurements are defined, and digital curation processes are explained and mapped to these measurements in order to establish that academic libraries already have sufficient competencies "in-house" to provide data quality services. Opportunities for improvement and challenges are identified as areas that are fruitful for future research and exploration.

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

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                  Metadata Librarian at Wright State University Libraries

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 16th, 2012

                  Wright State University Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  To be responsible for the creation of metadata, associated authority and quality control, and maintenance of digital materials

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                    Important Changes for Users and Participants of the Open Access Tracking Project

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on September 16th, 2012

                    The Open Access Tracking Project is migrating to TagTeam.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) is moving to TagTeam.

                    If you previously subscribed to OATP feeds as a reader, or helped build OATP feeds as a tagger, this page explains how to continue with the TagTeam version of the project. If you haven't previously participated in OATP, this page explains how to get started.

                    • As a reader, you should stop subscribing to the Connotea versions of the OATP feeds and start subscribing to the TagTeam versions. Starting September 17, 2012, only the TagTeam versions will be comprehensive.
                    • As a tagger, you may continue to tag at Connotea if you wish. But you are now free to tag for OATP from other tagging platforms as well. Either way, you'll have to tell TagTeam to follow your OATP tagging activity.

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

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                      Digital Collections and Applications Developer at University of Nebraska at Omaha Library

                      Posted in Digital Repositories on September 16th, 2012

                      The University of Nebraska at Omaha Library is recruiting a Digital Collections and Applications Developer.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Administrate & maintain the institutional repository, Digital Commons @ UNO, and other digital collections: manage daily operation of the institutional repository, including negotiating with publishers & other repositories to include materials in the IR; Collaborate with subject specialists to promote and market the repository; Collect & process research & scholarly publications deposits from faculty across campus; manage related projects and IR initiatives; Collaborate with library staff & stakeholders to establish, implement & maintain IR guidelines & metadata standards; establish, document and analyze policies, procedures and workflows for the IR; investigate & implement ways to populate the IR and other digital collections with content; actively cultivate communication with IR stakeholders & content providers; coordinate and provide training in support of IR; supervise students working on IR or other digitization projects; develop web applications to deliver library resources & services to users; develop and deploy new or improved interfaces to digital collections & e-resources; develop or assist with usability studies & evaluations to understand stakeholder needs and improve access to library resources & services.

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                        "The Data Conservancy Instance: Infrastructure and Organizational Services for Research Data Curation"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 16th, 2012

                        Matthew S. Mayernik, G. Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Elliot Metsger, Barbara Pralle, Mike Rippin, and Ruth Duerr have published "The Data Conservancy Instance: Infrastructure and Organizational Services for Research Data Curation" in the latest issue of D-LIB Magazine.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Digital research data can only be managed and preserved over time through a sustained institutional commitment. Research data curation is a multi-faceted issue, requiring technologies, organizational structures, and human knowledge and skills to come together in complementary ways. This article provides a high-level description of the Data Conservancy Instance, an implementation of infrastructure and organizational services for data collection, storage, preservation, archiving, curation, and sharing. While comparable to institutional repository systems and disciplinary data repositories in some aspects, the DC Instance is distinguished by featuring a data-centric architecture, discipline-agnostic data model, and a data feature extraction framework that facilitates data integration and cross-disciplinary queries. The Data Conservancy Instance is intended to support, and be supported by, a skilled data curation staff, and to facilitate technical, financial, and human sustainability of organizational data curation services. The Johns Hopkins University Data Management Services (JHU DMS) are described as an example of how the Data Conservancy Instance can be deployed.

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