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DigitalCurationNews (7/25/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 25th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Operations Librarian at University of Houston Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 25th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Digital Operations Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, the Digital Operations Librarian oversees day to day digitization activities of the Digital Services Department. The position coordinates with Special Collections, Metadata and Bibliographic Services, and other units to shepherd digital projects from inception to completion, and collaborates in the development of procedures and workflow for digital collections. The Digital Operations Librarian may also provide support to the Digital Collections Committee. The position supervises the work of 2 Digital Photograph Technicians, student workers and library student interns. The Digital Operations Librarian is a two year term appointment, with the potential for renewal.

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Director, Information Technologies and Services at Virginia Tech Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 25th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Director, Information Technologies and Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the general direction of the Dean of University Libraries, the Director of Information Technologies and Services (ITS) is responsible for the planning and management of the department's activities and employees. The Director provides managerial leadership and expertise in strategic technology management to enhance the growth and effectiveness of the Libraries' services. Among other direct reports, there are two ITS unit heads reporting to the ITS Director; the Head of Desktop and Commons Technology and the Head of Server, Network, and Application Systems. Together, these three positions form the management team of ITS.

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Library Publishing Coalition Launches Website

Posted in ARL Libraries, Libraries, Publishing, Research Libraries on July 25th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library Publishing Coalition has launched a website.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)—a library led, two-year initiative to advance the field of library publishing—has launched its new website at http://www.librarypublishing.org/. Current LPC activities include development of a Shared Documentation Portal that hosts model documents, compilation of a Directory of Library Publishing Services, and planning for a forum to be held in March 2014.

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Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 25th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

Here's an excerpt:

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems are used in both industry and academia to create digital models, whether of engineering designs, archaeological dig sites, or virtual worlds. These models can be of long-lasting significance and importance, particularly if they contain irreplaceable data or relate to long-lived products. This report is primarily aimed at those responsible for archives and repositories with CAD content, but may also be useful for creators of CAD content who want to make their models more amenable to preservation. It begins with an introduction to the historical development and basic concepts of CAD systems, then reviews the most pertinent issues associated with preserving CAD models, and indicates the current state of standardization work in the area. The report goes on to present some recent research of relevance to preserving CAD models before drawing conclusions and making recommendations on how archives should handle the CAD models they accept.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 7/24/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 24th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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DigitalCurationNews (7/24/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 24th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Senior Digital Library Applications Developer at University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 24th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library is recruiting a Senior Digital Library Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Digital Library Applications Developer will act as project manager in designing or modifying information systems. This position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.

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"An Evaluation of Caching Policies for Memento TimeMaps"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 24th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Justin F. Brunelle and Michael L. Nelson have self-archived "An Evaluation of Caching Policies for Memento TimeMaps" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt from :

As defined by the Memento Framework, TimeMaps are machine-readable lists of time-specific copies—called "mementos"—of an archived original resource. In theory, as an archive acquires additional mementos over time, a TimeMap should be monotonically increasing. However, there are reasons why the number of mementos in a TimeMap would decrease, for example: archival redaction of some or all of the mementos, archival restructuring, and transient errors on the part of one or more archives. We study TimeMaps for 4,000 original resources over a three month period, note their change patterns, and develop a caching algorithm for TimeMaps suitable for a reverse proxy in front of a Memento aggregator. We show that TimeMap cardinality is constant or monotonically increasing for 80.2% of all TimeMap downloads observed in the observation period. The goal of the caching algorithm is to exploit the ideally monotonically increasing nature of TimeMaps and not cache responses with fewer mementos than the already cached TimeMap. This new caching algorithm uses conditional cache replacement and a Time To Live (TTL) value to ensure the user has access to the most complete TimeMap available. Based on our empirical data, a TTL of 15 days will minimize the number of mementos missed by users, and minimize the load on archives contributing to TimeMaps.

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Library Systems Coordinator at Trinity College Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 24th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Trinity College Library is recruiting a Library Systems Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting the Library's information technology systems and services. Ensures the successful deployment of our integrated library system (Voyager), interlibrary loan software (ILLiad), and other critical local systems. Develops and maintains multiple tools and applications to discover, support, and analyze library collections and operations. Provides leadership in helping staff evaluate opportunities for the introduction of new technologies that enhance library services.

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"Open Access and the Changing Landscape of Research Impact Indicators: New Roles for Repositories"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Metrics on July 24th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Isabel Bernal has published "Open Access and the Changing Landscape of Research Impact Indicators: New Roles for Repositories" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

The debate about the need to revise metrics that evaluate research excellence has been ongoing for years, and a number of studies have identified important issues that have yet to be addressed. Internet and other technological developments have enabled the collection of richer data and new approaches to research assessment exercises. Open access strongly advocates for maximizing research impact by enhancing seamless accessibility. In addition, new tools and strategies have been used by open access journals and repositories to showcase how science can benefit from free online dissemination. Latest players in the debate include initiatives based on alt-metrics, which enrich the landscape with promising indicators. To start with, the article gives a brief overview of the debate and the role of open access in advancing a new frame to assess science. Next, the work focuses on the strategy that the Spanish National Research Council's repository DIGITAL.CSIC is implementing to collect a rich set of statistics and other metrics that are useful for repository administrators, researchers and the institution alike. A preliminary analysis of data hints at correlations between free dissemination of research through DIGITAL.CSIC and enhanced impact, reusability and sharing of CSIC science on the web.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 7/23/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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