Archive for February, 2013

NEH 2013 Preservation and Access Research and Development Grant Guidelines

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on February 8th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has released its 2013 Preservation and Access Research and Development grant guidelines.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The 2013 guidelines for Preservation and Access Research and Development grants are now available. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2013.

These grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. Challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB file, PDF file, paperback, and XHTML website; over 650 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/7/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Library Software Engineer at the University of California Curation Center

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California Curation Center is recruiting a Digital Library Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital library software engineer at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) for a one year term, with the possibility for extension. . . .

Reporting to the UC3 development manager, and working with the UC3 team of managers, analysts, and developers, the incumbent will be responsible for the full range of agile software development activities: refining functional requirements from use cases; developing UI and data model designs and technical specifications; implementation of those specifications; testing and documenting the resulting codebase; and deployment of operational systems in a production environment.

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EFF and Public Knowlege’s Comments on Copyright Office’s Orphan Works Inquiry

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on February 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have released their comments on the Notice of Inquiry by the Copyright Office for comments regarding orphan works, Docket No. 2012-12.

Here's an excerpt:

A range of options, none of them exclusive, can alleviate the problems created by the prevalence of orphan works. Even in the absence of more systemic change that can stem the growing number of works whose copyright information disappears into obscurity, the application of fair use and legislative work on damages reduction (both for orphan works specifically and for good faith fair uses generally) can allow a variety of users to bring a variety of works to the public. Mass digitization projects promise to be a part of that process, and should be able to proceed in many cases under current law. However, more ambitious plans for broader, publicly available MDPs could be incentivized to serve the public interest with additional damages limitations, attended by public interest conditions. We

| Google Books Bibliography (XHTML website; over 320 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Data Services Manager at Penn State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Penn State University is recruiting a Data Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital Library Technologies (DLT), a unit within Information Technology Services at Penn State University, is seeking a Data Services Manager to lead the development of new data services to support teaching, research and outreach at Penn State. The Data Services Manager will be responsible for the development of services to support data throughout its lifecycle, including long-term archival data storage, preservation, and management, the management of restricted data, and database hosting. The Data Services Manager will collaborate with diverse constituencies at Penn State (ITS, the IT Leadership Council, the University Libraries, and researchers/faculty) and with our peers nationally, to design, develop, and implement sustainable data services that meet existing and emerging needs.

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Model Language for Research Data Management Policies

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and the Southeastern Universities Research Association have released Model Language for Research Data Management Policies.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Southeast Universities Research Association (SURA) have endorsed language to assist their member institutions in drafting sound policies to govern the uses and management of research data generated by university faculty and staff. . . .

Over the past few years, many major research funding agencies have started requiring a comprehensive data management plan as part of all new funding proposals. Additionally, researchers are seeking to re-use existing data sets to determine the replicability of results and reduce duplication of effort. The ASERL-SURA model draws upon the work of a variety of sources, including the University of Cambridge, Monash University, the Council on Government Relations, the National Science Board, and the National Science Foundation.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 (XHTML website; over 200 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Director of Library Information Technology at California State University Northridge Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

California State University Northridge Library is recruiting a Director of Library Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 2435):

Under the general direction of the Dean, the Director of Library Information Technology is responsible for the planning and implementation of all systems and technology. This position provides creative vision and expertise in strategic technology planning to enhance operational effectiveness and improve access to library resources. This position also supervises employees who are responsible for creation and maintenance of the Library's web presence; the campus Institutional Repository; repair and maintenance of IT equipment; and staffing open computer labs.

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2013 Digging into Data Challenge Grants

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Grants on February 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has announced the 2013 Digging into Data Challenge grant program.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Today, the third round of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to help develop digital research in the humanities and social sciences launches in Canada, the Netherlands, the UK and the United States. . . .

During the first two rounds of the Challenge, held in 2009 and 2011, nearly 150 teams, representing universities from across Canada, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK, competed to demonstrate how innovative research methods could be used to address questions in the humanities and social sciences. Twenty-two of those teams were awarded grants during those earlier rounds, each of them demonstrating new methods for analysing vast digital resources used for humanities and social science research, like digital books, survey data, economic data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage resources that are now being digitised on a huge scale.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the earlier rounds, two additional funders have joined for round three, enabling this competition to have a world-wide reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 (XHTML website; over 200 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Associate Director for Creation and Curation Services at Case Western Reserve University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Case Western Reserve University Library is recruiting an Associate Director for Creation and Curation Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) seeks imaginative, collaborative and dynamic candidates to provide visionary and strategic leadership to advance our cutting-edge initiatives in digital and scholarly resources. The ADCC leads two teams: The Digital Learning and Scholarship Team designs and manages all of KSL's technology-related services, and the Scholarly Resources and Special Collections Team (SRSC) manages the library's rare book, manuscript, and archival collections, and analog and digital preservation. Strategic opportunities include reimagining the library's services for e-research and digital scholarship, and developing an exciting new vision for special collections in the 21st century.

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"Open Access, Library and Publisher Competition, and the Evolution of General Commerce"

Posted in Libraries, Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Andrew Odlyzko has self-archived "Open Access, Library and Publisher Competition, and the Evolution of General Commerce."

Here's an excerpt:

Discussions of the economics of scholarly communication are usually devoted to Open Access, rising journal prices, publisher profits, and boycotts. That ignores what seems a much more important development in this market. Publishers, through the oft-reviled "Big Deal" packages, are providing much greater and more egalitarian access to the journal literature, an approximation to true Open Access. In the process they are also marginalizing libraries, and obtaining a greater share of the resources going into scholarly communication. This is enabling a continuation of publisher profits as well as of what for decades has been called "unsustainable journal price escalation." It is also inhibiting the spread of Open Access, and potentially leading to an oligopoly of publishers controlling distribution through large-scale licensing.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (paperback, PDF file, and XHTML website; over 1,100 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/5/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web and User Interface Librarian at Wayne State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Wayne State University Libraries are recruiting a Web and User Interface Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 039084):

The Web and User Interface Librarian works in the Discovery Services Team under the supervision of the Associate Director for Discovery Services. This position will collaborate with a wide range of library units to develop the next generation of fully integrated and engaging online library experiences.

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