Archive for 2012

Simons Foundation Gives arXiv Multi-Year Operating Grant

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Grants, Open Access on August 28th, 2012

The Simons Foundation has given arXiv a multi-year matching operating grant from 2013 through 2017.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Thanks to an operating grant from the Simons Foundation, Cornell University Library has helped arXiv take a major step toward sustainability. Beginning in January and running through 2017, the Simons Foundation will provide up to $300,000 per year as a matching gift for the funds generated through arXiv's membership fees. The grant also provides $50,000 per year as an "unconditional gift" that recognizes the Library's stewardship of arXiv. . ..

The Library has been steering arXiv toward sustainability since January 2010, when it launched an initiative to create a business model that would engage libraries and research laboratories that benefit most from arXiv's service. A 2011 planning grant from Simons Foundation helped arXiv's leaders develop operating principles and establish a governing board for the new model.

Annual membership fees, paid by voluntary contribution from these institutions, help cover arXiv's costs—and, now, will provide a sum for the Simons Foundation to match.

The newly established model has garnered partners all over the globe. To date, more than 120 member institutions in over a dozen countries have pledged their support, totaling $285,000. Among the 100 institutions that use arXiv most heavily, nearly three-quarters committed to five-year pledges.

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    "The Inevitability of Open Access"

    Posted in Open Access on August 27th, 2012

    David W. Lewis has published "The Inevitability of Open Access" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Open access (OA) is an alternative business model for the publication of scholarly journals. It makes articles freely available to readers on the Internet and covers the costs associated with publication through means other than subscriptions. This article argues that Gold OA, where all of the articles of a journal are available at the time of publication, is a disruptive innovation as defined by business theorist Clayton Christensen. Using methods described by Christensen, we can predict the growth of Gold OA. This analysis suggests that Gold OA could account for 50 percent of the scholarly journal articles sometime between 2017 and 2021, and 90 percent of articles as soon as 2020 and more conservatively by 2025.

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

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      Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Northern British Columbia Library

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on August 27th, 2012

      The University of Northern British Columbia Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Responsibilities of this position also include, but are not limited to: supervising library IT support staff, providing leadership and direction with web design and usability, overseeing customization of access enhancements to web applications related to the library's integrated library system, e-resources, and online services and resources, providing leadership, assistance and support to library staff in the development of library related web-pages and web-based applications used in library instruction, administering the Library's web content management system, providing technical oversight and expertise for the development and managements of UNBC's digital institutional repository and electronic publishing platforms by coordinating activities of key library staff and the university community engaged in dissemination of scholarship in a variety of digital formats, providing technical expertise and liaising with the Archives in the continued development and enhancement of the Northern BC Archives digital infrastructure, and providing reference (evening and weekend work may be required), instruction, liaison, and collection development in designated subject areas.

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        Copyright and the Digital Economy

        Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on August 27th, 2012

        The Australian Law Reform Commission has released Copyright and the Digital Economy.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        This Issues Paper is the first formal publication of the Inquiry, intended to help frame discussion and encourage public consultation at an early stage. It provides background information about copyright in the digital environment, highlights the issues so far identified in preliminary research and consultations, and outlines the principles that will shape the ALRC's proposals for reform. It asks more than 50 questions about how the current copyright framework is affecting both commercial and creative enterprise and how current exceptions and statutory licences are working in the digital environment.

        | Digital Scholarship Overview | Digital Scholarship |

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          Web Services Librarian at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Health Sciences Library

          Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 26th, 2012

          The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus' Health Sciences Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus' Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an entry-level, innovative, service-oriented Web Services Librarian (WSL). The successful candidate will coordinate, develop and maintain web sites and services for the library. These include web resources provided by vendors, the library's web site, mobile site, catalog, repository, weblog, and other web sites and services as required.

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            "Modern Technology, Leaky Copyrights and Claims of Harm: Insights from the Curious History of Photocopying"

            Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on August 26th, 2012

            Diane Leenheer Zimmerman has self-archived "Modern Technology, Leaky Copyrights and Claims of Harm: Insights from the Curious History of Photocopying" in SSRN.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The core problem this paper attempts to address what should count as "economic harm" in determining whether particular kinds of copying are appropriately treated as copyright infringement. . . . The argument that copying without permission, especially on the internet, is per se harmful has led to a variety of increasingly stringent self-help and legislative measures designed to prevent and to punish the activity, although often without evidence of success. But researchers who study such things continue to find evidence of the damage, at least from noncommercial activity, elusive. The reasons this might be so, and the inferences to be drawn from it are an interesting subject for copyright theorists to consider, but so far, very little serious attention has been paid to examining the phenomenon. This paper is an effort to begin filling in that blank by setting out a case study of a rampant form of copying technology that long pre-dates the internet: photocopying. In many ways, the photocopying story is a microcosm of what happens when a new technology bursts onto the copyright scene, and as such, it is a possible source of learning about how copyright should treat the issue of noncommercial copying generally, whether it happens compliments of Xerox, or compliments of your regional ISP.

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              Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator at Cornell University Library

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 26th, 2012

              The Cornell University Library is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Cornell University Library is seeking a Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator. Reporting to the AUL for Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS), the Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital scholarship and preservation initiatives with a focus on needs assessment, requirements analysis, and business planning. One of the key responsibilities will be facilitating the implementation of CUL's scholarly communication outreach program by partnering with subject liaisons to understand service needs, coordinate awareness sessions, and facilitate forming new partnerships with faculty in pursuing digital research and teaching initiatives.

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                "Ten Recommendations for Libraries to Get Started with Research Data Management"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on August 26th, 2012

                The LIBER working group on E-Science has released "Ten Recommendations for Libraries to Get Started with Research Data Management."

                Here's an excerpt:

                LIBER installed the 'E-Science working group' in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first during the LIBER conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER ommunity. The "10 recommendations for libraries to support research data management" (see side bar) were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.

                | Digital Curation Resource Guide | Digital Scholarship |

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                  Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/23/12

                  Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 23rd, 2012

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                    Digital Repository Manager at University of Alabama Libraries

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 23rd, 2012

                    The University of Alabama Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Manager.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 007089):

                    The Digital Repository Manager will be focused on the management and support of our growing repository of content, as well as development of support for new and better functionality. This person will research software developments in the field and potentially modify those we adopt to meet our own needs. He or she would be deeply involved in infrastructure development and support for long-term access. The Digital Repository Manager will analyze technical and work flow problems and devise and implement solutions.

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                      NISO Releases JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012

                      Posted in Metadata, Scholarly Journals, Standards on August 23rd, 2012

                      NISO has released JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012. JATS provides a common XML format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content by preserving the intellectual content of journals independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered. In addition to the element and attribute descriptions, three journal article tag sets (the Archiving and Interchange Tag Set, the Journal Publishing Tag Set, and the Article Authoring Tag Set) are part of the standard. While designed to describe the textual and graphical content of journal articles, it can also be used for some other materials, such as letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. "Al

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                        Special Collections & Digital Initiatives Librarian at Longwood University’s Greenwood Library

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 23rd, 2012

                        Longwood University's Greenwood Library is recruiting a Special Collections & Digital Initiatives Librarian.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Longwood University's Greenwood Library seeks a creative, dynamic and service-oriented individual to serve as the new Special Collections & Digital Initiatives Librarian who will shape the future direction of the department and contribute to the strategic plan of the Library. The successful candidate will provide expertise and leadership in areas of special collections, archives, and digital project management. S/he will have primary responsibility for launching and maintaining the university's institutional repository that is hosted on the Digital Commons platform.

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