Archive for October, 2013

"Open-Access Repositories Worldwide, 2005-2012: Past Growth, Current Characteristics and Future Possibilities"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stephen Pinfield et al. have self-archived "Open-Access Repositories Worldwide, 2005-2012: Past Growth, Current Characteristics and Future Possibilities" in White Rose Research Online.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper reviews the worldwide growth of open-access (OA) repositories, December 2005 to December 2012, using data collected by the OpenDOAR project. It shows that initial repository development was focused on North America, Western Europe and Australasia, particularly the USA, UK, Germany and Australia. Soon after, Japan increased its repository numbers. Since 2010, other geographical areas and countries have seen repository growth, including East Asia (especially Taiwan), South America (especially Brazil) and Eastern Europe (especially Poland). During the whole period, countries such as France, Italy and Spain have maintained steady growth, whereas countries such as China and Russia have experienced relatively low levels of growth. Globally, repositories are predominantly institutional, multidisciplinary and English-language-based. They typically use open-source OAI-compliant repository software but remain immature in terms of explicit licensing arrangements. Whilst the size of repositories is difficult to assess accurately, the available data indicate that a small number of large repositories and a large number of small repositories make up the repository landscape. These trends and characteristics are analyzed using Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) building on previous studies. IDT is shown to provide a useful explanatory framework for understanding repository adoption at various levels: global, national, organizational and individual. Major factors affecting both the initial development of repositories and their take up by users are identified, including IT infrastructure, language, cultural factors, policy initiatives, awareness-raising activity and usage mandates. It is argued that mandates in particular are likely to play a crucial role in determining future repository development.

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Research and Data Support Coordinator at University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries are recruiting a Research and Data Support Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position works with faculty, academic units and research centers, assisting in managing, describing, preserving and making research and data available and accessible to appropriate audiences. The position will assist faculty with writing data management plans, will work closely with the Libraries' subject liaisons, and will provide library-wide training, research, and assistance for our research and data support initiatives. The Research and Data Support Coordinator reports to the Head of ERIT, who is also an Assistant Dean of University Libraries. This is a non tenure-track professional position.

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"The Open Access Divide"

Posted in Open Access on October 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jingfeng Xia has published "The Open Access Divide" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper is an attempt to review various aspects of the open access divide regarding the difference between those academics who support free sharing of data and scholarly output and those academics who do not. It provides a structured description by adopting the Ws doctrines emphasizing such questions as who, what, when, where and why for information-gathering. Using measurable variables to define a common expression of the open access divide, this study collects aggregated data from existing open access as well as non-open access publications including journal articles and extensive reports. The definition of the open access divide is integrated into the discussion of scholarship on a larger scale.

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Digital Curation News (10/22/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on October 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 10/22/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Star Trek: Predicting the Future Since 1966 [Infographic]

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Research Informationist at UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

UCLA's Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library is recruiting a Research Informationist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Research Informationist provides a broad range of information services, including data curation and management, across the entire research life cycle for UCLA students, faculty, staff, and researchers in the health and life sciences. The Research Informationist also contributes to research, consultation, instruction, and collection services within defined areas of responsibility from both clinical and basic science departments. The Research Informationist is a member of the Research, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) division and reports to the RICS Team Leader.

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Report of the European Commission Public Consultation on Open Research Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Commission has released the Report of the European Commission Public Consultation on Open Research Data.

Here's an excerpt:

The European Commission held a public consultation on open research data on 2 July 2013 in Brussels, which was attended by a variety of stakeholders from the research community, industry, funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers and others. The debate focused on five questions posed by the Commission to structure the debate and can be summarized as follows. Information on the consultation, including the agenda, the list of participants, the list of contributions and the final report are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/node/67533.

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Librarian—Digital Repository/Archivist/Special Collections at California State University, Long Beach Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The California State University, Long Beach Library is recruiting a Librarian—Digital Repository/Archivist/Special Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Oversee and manage the University's digital institutional repository, Scholarship @ the Beach (S@tB).
  • Oversee the University Library's Special Collections and Archives unit.
  • Oversee and manage the digitization of several archival collections.
  • Collaborate with library Technical Services staff and Academic Technology staff to make the digitized collections available via the library's web portal.
  • Provide reference and consultation services to the student, faculty, and visiting scholar patrons; conduct library instruction for classes by interpreting and helping students to appreciate the unique and rare resources.

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PRESERVING.EXE: Toward a National Strategy for Software Preservation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program has released PRESERVING.EXE: Toward a National Strategy for Software Preservation.

Here's an excerpt:

A report from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress, focused on identifying valuable and at-risk software. Topics covered include executable software preservation, game preservation, electronic literature and ideas for approaches to ensure long-term access.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 10/21/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Digital Curation News (10/21/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on October 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Analyst/Programmer 2 at University of New Mexico Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of New Mexico Libraries are recruiting an Analyst/Programmer 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will work in a broad spectrum of technical areas such as: application development, web presence, digital archival collections, metadata, and research facilitation. They will work within an agile development team to produce output that will be iterative in nature. As such, this position will require the ability to engage customers, face to face, and extrapolate specific requirements.

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