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Digital Curation News (11/7/2013) #digitalpreservation

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 11/7/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on November 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Assistant Dean for Collections & Digital Initiatives at Ohio University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Ohio University Libraries are recruiting an Assistant Dean for Collections & Digital Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a part of the senior management team, the Assistant Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries and works closely with the Assistant Dean for Research and Education on the development and evaluation of programs, staff, budget and other resources in support of the Libraries' mission. He or she works effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, including nine librarians and 20 support staff in acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, digital initiatives, and preservation.

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"Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-At-Risk Predicament"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-At-Risk Predicament."

Here's an excerpt:

Scientists produce vast amounts of data that often are not preserved properly or do not have inventories, placing them at risk. As part of an effort to more fully understand the data-at-risk predicament, researchers engaged in the DARI project at UNC's Metadata Research Center surveyed information custodians working in a range of settings. The survey collected information on the data characteristics and preservation plans. Forty-three information custodians completed the survey. The results indicate that at-risk data include a variety of formats, subject areas, and ownership status, as well as compliance with a variety of standards. Although a majority of respondents agree data preservation is important, they caution that time is the greatest barrier to sharing these data. The study has implications for data rescue and for training information custodians.

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Lead Digital Library QA Developer at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame are recruiting a Lead Digital Library QA Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Co-Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program, we are seeking an experienced quality assurance professional to establish a testing framework for our Digital Repository systems and coordinate the execution of tests by other technical staff. This position will focus on defining both manual and automated tests for a wide variety of systems to support archiving, describing, and sharing digital visual materials, documents, and research data. These include both back end services as well as public web interfaces and network clients on top of Fedora Commons and Solr including: Search Interface Tools; Digital Exhibits; Document, Data, Image, Audio, and Video viewers, User Workflows, Metadata Management Tools, Digital Collection Management, and Research Data Visualization Tools.

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"Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on November 7th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mark J. McCabe and Christopher M. Snyder have self-archived "Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals." in SSRN

Here's an excerpt:

An open-access journal allows free online access to its articles, obtaining revenue from fees charged to submitting authors or from institutional support. Using panel data on science journals, we are able to circumvent problems plaguing previous studies of the impact of open access on citations. In contrast to the huge effects found in these previous studies, we find a more modest effect: moving from paid to open access increases cites by 8% on average in our sample. The benefit is concentrated among top-ranked journals. In fact, open access causes a statistically significant reduction in cites to the bottom-ranked journals in our sample, leading us to conjecture that open access may intensify competition among articles for readers' attention, generating losers as well as winners.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 11/6/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on November 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Curation News (11/6/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on November 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Developer at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Library Web Systems seeks an experienced and motivated developer to manage and extend the University of Michigan Library's Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 websites. This position is part of a team of developers in Library Web Systems that creates new tools and sites for the library, including the public-facing library web site and a staff intranet. We are about to embark on a wholesale redesign of the public website. If you are a developer looking to work on interesting challenges and use your Drupal, PHP, MySQL, and Solr knowledge, this is the job for you.

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"A Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources"

Posted in Emerging Technologies on November 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Judith A. Pirani has published "A Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources" in EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) remain higher education's hot and sexy topic, influencing discussion and media, and creating conjecture and controversy. Nearly every publication and pundit has offered a view on the subject, resulting in an avalanche of information for busy IT leaders and others who want to discern what all this means for their institutions.

This compendium attempts to lend a helping hand, recounting perspectives, research, and resources gleaned from a search of EDUCAUSE and other published sources. It is by no means absolute, but rather aims to provide a starting point of discovery for interested parties.

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Digital Project Manager at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame are recruiting a Digital Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to Associate University Librarian, Digital Access, Resources and information Technology, the incumbent will be actively engaged in managing the Libraries' current portfolio of cross-programmatic technology projects, including software development projects and infrastructure projects. He or she will lead project planning, implementation, assessment, and improvement, as well as refine, optimize, and document on-going project management protocols and practices.

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"Going for Gold: An Investigation into Financial Models of Open Access Publishing in Biology"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lucy van Dorp has self-archived her master's thesis "Going for Gold: An Investigation into Financial Models of Open Access Publishing in Biology"

Here's an excerpt:

Using the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as an entry point, this study considers the numbers of OA journals in the life and biological sciences along with the proportion using an author-pays model. It considers how impact factor is related to business model, in particular author fees2, using data from the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (JCR, 2011) and SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SCImago); data for year 2011; retrieved in 2012. The most prominent publishing organisations are considered in depth looking explicitly at the income sources making up revenue. The study concludes with comments from three industry specialists on their views on the future of academic publishing, the place of subscription-based journals and what their own organisation is doing to allow sustainable, barrier-free literature dissemination.

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