Archive for September, 2013

"A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries"

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on September 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Emily Puckett Rodgers and Sarah Barbrow have self-archived "A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries" in Deep Blue.

Here's an excerpt:

This document serves as an informational review of the emerging field and practices of alternative metrics or altmetrics. It is intended to be used by librarians and faculty members in research libraries and universities to better understand the trends and challenges associated with altmetrics in higher education. It is also intended to be used by research libraries to offer guidance on how to participate in shaping this emerging field.

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Presentations from Research Data Management Forum 10

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 20th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Presentations from the Research Data Management Forum 10 are now available.

Here are some representative presentations:

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Digital Collections Archivist at American University in Cairo

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The American University in Cairo is recruiting a Digital Collections Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Collections Archivist plays a leadership role in digital initiatives, including building collections of digitized and born-digital archival materials, and facilitating access to those collections. The position holder reports to the University Archivist and supervises the RBSCL's digitization staff. The Digital Collections Archivist is responsible for managing the CONTENTdm-based Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library, setting standards for digital preservation and metadata input, and providing related training and supervision for RBSCL staff. The position holder is also responsible for managing AUC's Digital Archive and Research Repository (a DSpace-based institutional digital repository) and managing the RBSCL's Web Archive, based on the ArchiveIt subscription service. The position holder also coordinates the RBSCL's website, blog, LibGuides, AUC Wiki, and social media sites, working cooperatively with other library staff.

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Digital Repository Librarian—Health Sciences at Creighton University Health Sciences Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Creighton University Health Sciences Library is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian—Health Sciences.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Librarian will work in the Health Sciences Library under the supervision of the Head of Information Services. The CDR (Creighton Digital Repository) team presently consists of two librarians and one support staff position. Librarians from all three libraries contribute to the management of particular collections. The CDR is well established and continues to grow in both size and complexity with over 32,000 items in more than 175 collections.

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"Who and What Links to the Internet Archive"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on September 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Yasmin AlNoamany, Ahmed AlSum, Michele C. Weigle, and Michael L. Nelson have self-archived "Who and What Links to the Internet Archive" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

The Internet Archive's (IA) Wayback Machine is the largest and oldest public web archive and has become a significant repository of our recent history and cultural heritage. Despite its importance, there has been little research about how it is discovered and used. Based on web access logs, we analyze what users are looking for, why they come to IA, where they come from, and how pages link to IA. We find that users request English pages the most, followed by the European languages. Most human users come to web archives because they do not find the requested pages on the live web. About 65% of the requested archived pages no longer exist on the live web. We find that more than 82% of human sessions connect to the Wayback Machine via referrals from other web sites, while only 15% of robots have referrers. Most of the links (86%) from websites are to individual archived pages at specific points in time, and of those 83% no longer exist on the live web.

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The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning

Posted in MOOCs, Reports and White Papers on September 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning.

Here's an excerpt:

This survey of MOOC and ODL literature aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 9/19/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Curation News (9/19/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on September 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Software Engineer—Java at Virginia Tech Libraries

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

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Software Engineer—Java.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position writes code to improve locally developed and community-driven software from application development through deployment. Automates metadata discovery, extraction, creation and/or migration. Supports digital preservation strategies and digital library, repository, publishing, and virtual community systems by writing and/or using programs, including Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Performs project related work. Initial focus will be on developing Fedora and Hydra applications for local and broader initiatives.

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Software Engineer—Ruby at Virginia Tech Libraries

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

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Software Engineer—Ruby.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position writes code to improve locally developed and community-driven software from application development through deployment. Automates metadata discovery, extraction, creation and/or migration. Supports digital preservation strategies and digital library, repository, publishing, and virtual community systems by writing and/or using programs, including Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Performs project related work. Initial focus will be on developing Fedora and Hydra applications for local and broader initiatives.

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Digital Curation News (9/18/2013) #digitalpreservation

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

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 9/18/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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