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DigitalCurationNews (6/18/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: A DaMaRO Project Survey

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on June 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The DaMaRO Project has released Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: A DaMaRO Project Survey.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

A few weeks ago, in collaboration with our colleagues from the DataPool Project in Southampton, we ran a survey for staff involved in supporting researchers at the University of Oxford. . . .

The survey asked support staff about a range of different research data management tasks. For each task, we asked them how confident they personally felt to advise researchers on this. As it's clearly unrealistic to expect all support staff to advise on all topics, we also asked how confident they felt of their ability to refer researchers to the appropriate person, organization, or resources for advice.

The responses revealed that current average confidence levels are low to moderate at best. Respondents did in general seem slightly more confident about referring researchers elsewhere for advice, but there's still a lot of room for improvement here.

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Metadata Librarian at University of Kansas Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Discovery Services, the Metadata Librarian is a member of the Metadata, Data, and Discovery Services department. The Metadata Librarian is oversees projects, workflow design and training involving metadata and use of metadata in digital repositories and other discovery systems. She/he works closely with colleagues in the Cataloging Department, the Distinctive Collections division and the Research and Learning division to support the discovery of and access to the Libraries’ digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance in accordance with local and national cataloging and metadata standards. The Metadata Librarian is expected to provide consultation services for faculty on metadata and data in support of digital scholarship to enhance research, teaching, and learning at the University of Kansas.

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"arXiv E-prints and the Journal of Record: An Analysis of Roles and Relationships"

Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on June 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Vincent Lariviere, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Benoit Macaluso, Stasa Milojevic, Blaise Cronin, and Mike Thelwall have self-archived "arXiv E-prints and the Journal of Record: An Analysis of Roles and Relationships" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

Since its creation in 1991, arXiv has become central to the diffusion of research in a number of fields. Combining data from the entirety of arXiv and the Web of Science (WoS), this paper investigates (a) the proportion of papers across all disciplines that are on arXiv and the proportion of arXiv papers that are in the WoS, (b) elapsed time between arXiv submission and journal publication, and (c) the aging characteristics and scientific impact of arXiv e-prints and their published version. It shows that the proportion of WoS papers found on arXiv varies across the specialties of physics and mathematics, and that only a few specialties make extensive use of the repository. Elapsed time between arXiv submission and journal publication has shortened but remains longer in mathematics than in physics. In physics, mathematics, as well as in astronomy and astrophysics, arXiv versions are cited more promptly and decay faster than WoS papers. The arXiv versions of papers – both published and unpublished – have lower citation rates than published papers, although there is almost no difference in the impact of the arXiv versions of both published and unpublished papers.

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Data Services Librarian at University of Kansas Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Discovery Services, the Data Services Librarian works in a team environment as a member of the Metadata, Data, and Discovery Services department and in close collaboration with colleagues in Research and Learning and other divisions to build, support, and help users with numeric data research collections; to market the use of data services to the university community including faculty and students; to provide specialized instruction, consultation and outreach services to a diverse campus; and to create new strategic services and programs that embed the work of the libraries into an environment of rapidly changing information technologies, and scholarly communication models with emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. The Data Services Librarian also works closely with other specialists in KU Libraries who manage and analyze data, including Government Information, Geographic Information Systems, and Statistical Consulting.

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DigitalCurationNews (6//172013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 6/17/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Linked Data Technologist at Stanford University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stanford University Libraries are recruiting a Linked Data Technologist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The primary duty of the Linked Data Technologist will be the transformation of metadata from multiple metadata schemas into approved RDF models for ingestion into appropriate data stores (triple store, etc.). More specific duties include the automated remediation and augmentation of ingested metadata to meet the model’s standard including both the development of various mechanisms for data manipulation and the processing itself, as well as the identification and scoping of both local and external sources of metadata that can be remediated through semi-automated means. Candidate metadata will need to be analyzed for technical conformance to its metadata schema so that conversion to RDF can take place accurately. The incumbent will also be responsible for the investigation and selection of key technologies to meet program objectives and the combination, integration, and tracking of provenance of ingested metadata.

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Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities

Posted in Digital Humanities, Scholarly Communication on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

digitalculturebooks has released Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities, edited by Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Hacking the Academy both explores and contributes to ongoing efforts to rebuild scholarly infrastructure for a new millennium. This book poses important and timely questions about scholarship in the digital age.

  • Can an algorithm edit a journal?
  • Can a library exist without books?
  • Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms?
  • Can a conference be held without a program?
  • Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?

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Emerging Technology and System Librarian at Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University is recruiting a Emerging Technology and System Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian reports directly to the Library Dean and provides leadership in building staff awareness of new and emerging technologies to improve library services and workflow. This faculty rank position provides oversight and planning for library systems, including Millennium and ILLiad, and assists the Electronic Resources Librarian in administering the electronic resource management system. This position also leads the development and management of the Shapiro Library portal site and keeps the library public website up-to-date.

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"A Look Back at 24 Years as an Open Access Publisher"

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Digital Scholarship has released "A Look Back at 24 Years as an Open Access Publisher" by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Here's an excerpt:

Imagine the Internet without the Web. Imagine that there is no Google or similar search engine. Imagine that the cutting edge Internet applications are e-mail and LISTSERVs, FTP, and Telnet (terminal sessions). Imagine that the Internet is made up of a number of different networks, and that the connections between them are not always transparent. Imagine that no established publisher has even experimented with an e-journal.

That was the situation in June 1989 when I launched PACS-L, a LISTSERV mailing list. PACS-L was one of the first library-oriented mailing lists, and it was unusual in that it had a broad subject focus (public-access computer systems in libraries). Although PACS-L's greatest contribution may have been in raising librarians' awareness of the importance and potential of the then fledgling Internet, it was also the platform on which my initial scholarly digital publishing efforts were based.

In August 1989, I launched The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, one of the first e-journals on the Internet and the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. It was freely available, allowed authors to retain their copyrights, and had special copyright provisions for noncommercial use. Issues were announced via e-mail, and articles were distributed as ASCII files from a LISTSERV. Starting in 1994, ASCII articles were also distributed via a Gopher server. In 1995, a website was established, and articles were also distributed as HTML files.

I edited the The Public-Access Computer Systems Review through 1996. By the end of that year, there had been over 4.2 million requests for the journal's files.

In 1996, I established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book that had 79 subsequent versions. It was initially published in the HTML, PDF, and Word formats.

These early digital publishing projects were sponsored by the University of Houston Libraries, which maintains an archive of ASCII articles from The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (http://journals.tdl.org/pacsr/index.php/pacsr). The PACS-L archive was deleted in 2013 when the list shut down.

In 1995, I established Digital Scholarship (http://digital-scholarship.org/), and I began to publish open access works under Creative Commons licenses. By 2013, Digital Scholarship was publishing PDF books, inexpensive paperback books, XHTML bibliographies, weblogs, Twitter streams, and other works.

The last version of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography was published in 2011 (http://digital-scholarship.org/sepb/sepb.html). From 1996 through 2011, the e-book had over 11.9 million file requests.

From April 2005 through May 2013, Digital Scholarship had over 12.2 million visitors from 229 counties and over 58.7 million file requests.

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Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 3

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications on June 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Digital Scholarship has released version 3 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 230 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.

The "digital curation" concept is still evolving. In "Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps toward Success," Christopher A. Lee and Helen R. Tibbo define digital curation as follows:

Digital curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials, a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts.

Most sources have been published from January 2000 through June 2012; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included.

The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, italicized links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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