Archive for July, 2013

DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 8/19/2013

Posted in Announcements on July 30th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 8/19/2013.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 7/29/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 29th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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DigitalCurationNews (7/29/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 29th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Postdoc Position in Innovating Scholarly Communication at University of California, Davis

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 29th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California, Davis is recruiting a postdoc position in innovating scholarly communication.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

A new UC Davis initiative on "Innovating the Communication of Scholarship" is hiring a 3-year postdoctoral fellow, starting September 1, 2013. This is a cross-disciplinary project to study the future of academic publishing, involving faculty from the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Library, the Genome Center, and the School of Law (with additional collaborators in Computer Science, English, Philosophy, and the Graduate School of Management). Research topics include open access models, peer review, new forms of quality metrics, data publication, use of social media, and new forms of misconduct.

The successful candidate will conduct research, collaborate on or lead organization of conferences, workshops, pedagogical activities, and grant writing.

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"Laying the Groundwork for Newspaper Preservation through Collaboration and Communication: The Texas Digital Newspaper Program"

Posted in Digitization, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Research Libraries, Texas Academic Libraries on July 29th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ana Krahmer and Mark Phillips have self-archived "Laying the Groundwork for Newspaper Preservation through Collaboration and Communication: The Texas Digital Newspaper Program" in the UNT Digital Library.

Here's an excerpt:

University of North Texas Libraries established the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) to digitize any Texas newspaper title, of any date, and to digitally preserve and make them available via The Portal to Texas History. Through site visits to multiple Texas libraries and personal interviews with librarians, genealogists, educators, students, and historians, UNT Libraries prioritized newspaper digitization within the content scope for The Portal to Texas History and determined processes for acquiring and ingesting multiple formats of newspapers, including from physical papers, microfilm, and born-digital PDF print masters. . . .

This presentation will elaborate on the financial, communicational, and technological processes involved in building the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. UNT Libraries digitally preserves and makes freely available, via The Portal to Texas History, over 1 million pages of Texas newspapers, spanning from 1829 to the present. The Texas Digital Newspaper Program is a case study in digital preservation and open access to digitized newspapers and is utilized by multiple communities of users, including genealogists, academic and lay historians, and K-12 and university researchers.

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Digital Archivist at Harvard Art Museums

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 29th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard Art Museums are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist provides leadership, strategic planning, and management of this content. The Digital Archivist is responsible for the long term preservation, organization, and distribution of the museums' digitized and born-digital material. The Digital Archivist works closely with the museums' Media Resources department and the Collections Information and Database Specialist to create a sustainable system to meet these goals. The incumbent also works across Harvard University departments to meet our shared goals of preservation and dissemination of digital materials.

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"If We Share Data, Will Anyone Use Them? Data Sharing and Reuse in the Long Tail of Science and Technology"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on July 29th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jillian C. Wallis, Elizabeth Rolando, and Christine L. Borgman have published "If We Share Data, Will Anyone Use Them? Data Sharing and Reuse in the Long Tail of Science and Technology" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

Research on practices to share and reuse data will inform the design of infrastructure to support data collection, management, and discovery in the long tail of science and technology. These are research domains in which data tend to be local in character, minimally structured, and minimally documented. We report on a ten-year study of the Center for Embedded Network Sensing (CENS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. We found that CENS researchers are willing to share their data, but few are asked to do so, and in only a few domain areas do their funders or journals require them to deposit data. Few repositories exist to accept data in CENS research areas.. Data sharing tends to occur only through interpersonal exchanges. CENS researchers obtain data from repositories, and occasionally from registries and individuals, to provide context, calibration, or other forms of background for their studies. Neither CENS researchers nor those who request access to CENS data appear to use external data for primary research questions or for replication of studies. CENS researchers are willing to share data if they receive credit and retain first rights to publish their results. Practices of releasing, sharing, and reusing of data in CENS reaffirm the gift culture of scholarship, in which goods are bartered between trusted colleagues rather than treated as commodities.

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Digital Humanities Specialist at Getty Research Institute

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 26th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Getty Research Institute is recruiting a Digital Humanities Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a creative, technology-grounded person with a background in art history and/or computer science to conceptualize, advise, and coordinate digital humanities projects and collection digitization projects. Reporting to the GRI Deputy Director, the position will interact with a diverse range of collaborators including resident scholars, curators, research staff, librarians, technologists, and external partners to increase access to collections, develop new tools for using digital collections, and facilitate original art-historical research using digital resources. The Digital Humanities Specialist will recommend strategic directions, participate in prioritizing projects, research and recommend new technologies, track advancements in the field, manage project teams, and collaborate with external partners.

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Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers on July 26th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In this paper, we use a new set of online research tools to develop a detailed study of the public debate over proposed legislation in the United States that was designed to give prosecutors and copyright holders new tools to pursue suspected online copyright violations. Our study applies a mixed-methods approach by combining text and link analysis with human coding and informal interviews to map the evolution of the controversy over time and to analyze the mobilization, roles, and interactions of various actors.

This novel, data-driven perspective on the dynamics of the networked public sphere supports an optimistic view of the potential for networked democratic participation, and offers a view of a vibrant, diverse, and decentralized networked public sphere that exhibited broad participation, leveraged topical expertise, and focused public sentiment to shape national public policy.

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Program Coordinator, Digital Projects at University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 26th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography is recruiting a Program Coordinator, Digital Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Program Coordinator is responsible for all technical and strategic aspects of the Center's digital imaging operation. The incumbent works closely with archive, curatorial, registration, and conservation staff to plan and implement large digitization projects, aimed at preserving and exposing the Center's unique collections. Incumbent strategizes workflow for digital capture of fine prints and archive materials including prints, film, documents and 3D objects. Oversees digital preservation activities at CCP, working in collaboration with IT personnel. This includes managing workflow for quality control, backup to network servers, image processing, and metadata creation. Incumbent interfaces with registrars, archivists, collection information specialists, and licensing professionals in planning, prioritizing, storage and delivery of digitized materials. Advises on the Center's ongoing digitization strategy.

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Draft Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Archives and Special Collections on July 26th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Educopia Institute has released Draft Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness.

Here's an excerpt:

These Guidelines are a first-draft version of our work to distil preservation-readiness steps into an incremental process that an institution of almost any size or type should be able to use to begin maturing its digital newspaper content management practices.

This first draft is being issued for public review and comment here from July 22, 2013-September 20, 2013.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 7/25/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 25th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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