Archive for October, 2013

Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on October 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released the Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update.

Here's an excerpt:

The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.

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Web Librarian at Appalachian State University Libraries

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

Appalachian State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Librarian serves as the point of contact for website development and support. As a member of the Technology Services Team, the successful candidate will:

  • Oversee website issues, including accessibility, website policy and technical standards.
  • Provide advice, training, and support for library personnel involved in web content creation.
  • Improve the user experience to streamline access to services and resources;
  • Develop the library's mobile web presence.
  • Coordinate ongoing assessment of the website, including usability studies.
  • Supervise one or more staff or students.

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"Data Curation Issues in the Chemical Sciences"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 21st, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Colin L. Bird, Cerys Willoughby, Simon J. Coles, and Jeremy G. Frey have published "Data Curation Issues in the Chemical Sciences" in a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly on data curation.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article, the authors investigate the extent to which chemists respect the importance of curation in their day-to-day activities in the laboratory or, nowadays, frequently at the computer. They emphasize that an essential ingredient in the curation process is metadata, especially for capturing context, which critical for reproducibility. They also consider the potential roles for librarians and information specialists in assisting with scientific curation, both directly and in training scientists. They assert that curation practice will increasingly emphasize the capture of metadata at the time data and information are created, described as curation at source. Innovative and automated methods for curation will be needed to overcome the perceived burden of curation.

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Project Manager, Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Library at University of Oregon Libraries

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

The University of Oregon Libraries are recruiting a Project Manager, Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Library.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a grant-funded, limited duration position, expected to last for two years, pending funding availability. The position is anticipated at .90 FTE, or 36 hours/week. There is a possibility that the position may increase to full-time in the future, depending on needs, funding, and performance. . . .

The ODNP Project Manager will: manage day-to-day workflow of the Oregon National Digital Newspaper Program grant (from the National Endowment for the Humanities); promote and provide outreach by developing education packages and presentations using Oregon digital newspapers, promoting resources at regional educational, library and historic association conferences and meetings, making site visits to local K-12 schools, historical societies, and public libraries; prepare interim and final grant reports with the Project Director, manage vendor invoices and grant budget reports, and conduct assessment and evaluation, including user studies. The position will supervise 1.0 classified employee and several student workers. Reports to the Head, Digital Scholarship Center and Project Director.

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"Research Data Management at the University of Warwick: Recent Steps towards a Joined-up Approach at a UK University"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jenny Delasalle has published "Research Data Management at the University of Warwick: Recent Steps towards a Joined-up Approach at a UK University" in LIBREAS. Library Ideas.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper charts the steps taken and possible ways forward for the University of Warwick in its approach to research data management, providing a typical example of a UK research university's approach in two strands: requirements and support. The UK government approach and funding landscape in relation to research data management provided drivers for the University of Warwick to set requirements and provide support, and examples of good practice at other institutions, support from a central national body (the UK Digital Curation Centre) and learning from other universities' experiences all proved valuable to the University of Warwick. Through interviews with researchers at Warwick, various issues and challenges are revealed: perhaps the biggest immediate challenges for Warwick going forward are overcoming scepticism amongst researchers, overcoming costs, and understanding the implications of involving third party companies in research data management. Building technical infrastructure could sit alongside and beyond those immediate steps and beyond the challenges that face one University are those that affect academia as a whole.

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Library Web Manager at Brown University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Brown University Library is recruiting a Library Web Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Brown University Library seeks a Library Web Manager to oversee and manage content and software tools to support the Library's web presence. The Library Web Manager will coordinate with stakeholders across the Library to administer the Library's content management system and ensure consistency and accuracy of information on the Library's public websites, intranet, and social media. S/he will work to improve the integration of the Library's web-based discovery systems, and assist in the assessment, testing and implementation of new or improved services.

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"Mandates and the Contributions of Open Genomic Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jingfeng Xia has published "Mandates and the Contributions of Open Genomic Data" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

This research attempts to seek changing patterns of raw data availability and their correlations with implementations of open mandate policies. With a list of 13,785 journal articles whose authors archived datasets in a popular biomedical data repository after these articles were published in journals, this research uses regression analysis to test the correlations between data contributions and mandate implementations. It finds that both funder-based and publisher-based mandates have a strong impact on scholars' likelihood to contribute to open data repositories. Evidence also suggests that like policies have changed the habit of authors in selecting publishing venues: open access journals have been apparently preferred by those authors whose projects are sponsored by the federal government agencies, and these journals are also highly ranked in the biomedical fields. Various stakeholders, particularly institutional administrators and open access professionals, may find the findings of this research helpful for adjusting data management policies to increase the number of quality free datasets and enhance data usability.

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Digital Curation News (10/17/2013) #digitalpreservation

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

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 10/17/2013

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

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Head, Beinecke Library Digital Services Unit at Yale University Library

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

The Yale University Library is recruiting a Head, Beinecke Library Digital Services Unit.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Head of Technical Services and working in close collaboration with units across the Beinecke Library and the Yale University Library, the Head of Beinecke Digital Services leads and coordinates the Beinecke Library's digitization program, digital projects, and user experience initiatives that enhance access to and use of Beinecke Library and its collections, including the Beinecke Digital Library, collection web pages, and online exhibits. The Head leads and provides technical expertise in the investigation, development, and application of interfaces and tools that affect the user experience, as well as metadata and digitization workflows and standards.

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"A Cross Disciplinary Study of Link Decay and the Effectiveness of Mitigation Techniques"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 17th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jason Hennessey and Steven Xijin Ge have published "A Cross Disciplinary Study of Link Decay and the Effectiveness of Mitigation Techniques" in BMC Bioinformatics.

Here's an excerp:

We accessed 14,489 unique web pages found in the abstracts within Thomson Reuters' Web of Science citation index that were published between 1996 and 2010 and found that the median lifespan of these web pages was 9.3 years with 62% of them being archived. Survival analysis and logistic regression were used to find significant predictors of URL lifespan. The availability of a web page is most dependent on the time it is published and the top-level domain names. Similar statistical analysis revealed biases in current solutions: the Internet Archive favors web pages with fewer layers in the Universal Resource Locator (URL) while WebCite is significantly influenced by the source of publication. We also created a prototype for a process to submit web pages to the archives and increased coverage of our list of scientific webpages in the Internet Archive and WebCite by 22% and 255%, respectively.

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Librarian, Web Services at Yale University Medical Library

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

The Yale University Medical Library is recruiting a Librarian, Web Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Library Technology Services & Support, this position is responsible for developing, testing, implementing and maintaining Medical Library websites and other technology initiatives in support of the educational, research and clinical needs of Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center . The Web Services Librarian works closely with fellow Medical Library staff, others within the Medical Center community and the larger Yale Library to create the best digital environment for library users.

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