Archive for December, 2013

Engineering and Data Services Librarian at Arizona State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 10th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Arizona State University Libraries are recruiting a Engineering and Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will support the discovery, use and integration of library resources and services, provide leadership in the development and implementation of data management tools and data services for e-research needs across the ASU Libraries, and with our current Engineering Librarian, share faculty liaison responsibilities for ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Advises and assists assigned school faculty with scholarly communication, scholarly publishing, and intellectual property issues, and provides specialized assistance with advanced technologies for managing, publishing and archiving the creative and scholarly output of university faculty.

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"Speaking the Same Language: Building a Data Governance Program for Institutional Impact"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 10th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michael J. Chapple has published "Speaking the Same Language: Building a Data Governance Program for Institutional Impact" in EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

The need for consistent, reliable data across business and academic units is creating an unprecedented push toward strong data governance practices on college and university campuses. Working together, leaders from the central IT organization, the institutional research division, central administrative offices, and the academy can build a valuable platform to support data-driven decision-making across the institution. The tools used to create this platform will vary from institution to institution, but all should build toward the common goals of creating a data environment that embraces the five pillars of Quality & Consistency, Policies & Standards, Security & Privacy, Compliance, and Retention & Archiving.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 12/9/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Curation News (12/9/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Director of Research Data Services at University of New Mexico University Libraries & Learning Sciences

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of New Mexico University Libraries & Learning Sciences are recruiting a Director of Research Data Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Research Data Services leads the scientific data curation initiative that is aimed at assisting researchers with collection, management, preservation, and sharing of research data. The Director also serves as UL&LS scientific data lead on policy, service, and cyberinfrastructure development and will guide the innovative use of technology to advance the mission and goals of the University. The Director 1) advises UL&LS senior leadership on emerging technologies and opportunities in data services and 2) in collaboration with existing technology teams, develops and manages technology services, solutions, and staff to meet and exceed research goals within the University of New Mexico (UNM). The Director may teach graduate and undergraduate courses in information sciences and advise master's degree and doctoral students. The Director will conduct research and produce scholarly publications in the area of information sciences.

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SCOAP3 High-Energy Physics Open Access Publishing Initiative Launches on 1/1/2014

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The SCOAP3 High-Energy Physics open access publishing initiative will launch on 1/1/2014.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.

Convened at CERN this is the largest scale global Open Access initiative ever built, involving an international collaboration of over one thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations. SCOAP3 enjoys the support of funding agencies and has been established in co-operation with leading publishers. . . .

The objective of SCOAP3 is to grant unrestricted access to scientific articles appearing in scientific journals, which so far have only been available to scientists through certain university libraries, and generally unavailable to the wider public. Open dissemination of preliminary information, in the form of pre-peer-review articles known as preprints, has been the norm in High-Energy Physics and related disciplines for two decades. SCOAP3 sustainably extends this opportunity to high-quality peer-review service, making final version of articles available, within the Open Access tenets of free and unrestricted dissemination of science with intellectual property rights vested in the authors and wide re-use opportunities. In the SCOAP3 model, libraries and funding agencies pool resources currently used to subscribe to journals, in co-operation with publishers, and use them to support the peer-review system directly instead.

The SCOAP3 initiative looks forward to establishing further partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where scientists will enjoy the advantages of Open Access and many libraries and library consortia will benefit from reductions in their subscription costs. . . .

More information–publishers and scientific societies participating in SCOAP3:
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
Elsevier
Hindawi
Institute of Physics Publishing
Jagellonian University
Oxford University Press
Physical Society of Japan
SISSA Medialab
Springer
Società Italiana di Fisica

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A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services has released A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This survey is based on the Preservation Statistics survey program coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) from 1984 through 2008. Following the collection of the 2007-2008 Preservation Statistics data, ARL discontinued surveying its members about their preservation activities; this decision left the preservation community without a way to document, assess, and analyze its collective current practices, staff and budget resources and strategic direction.

The report examines how respondents are organizing and administering traditional and digital preservation programs and chronicles their preventive preservation (disaster planning, environmental monitoring, outreach and education), conservation and reformatting/digitization activities. The report assesses trends in the preservation programs of academic and research libraries in the five-year span between the last ARL Preservation Statistics Survey in 2007 and this 2012 survey based on the responses provided by the 34 ARL members who participated in this pilot survey.

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Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian at Yale University’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Yale University's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is recruiting a Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian serves as the primary liaison between the Library and research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists within the Medical Center, and is pivotal to defining and expanding the Library's role in supporting e-Science and biomedical research data management. . . . Through consultation and collaboration, the librarian works to enable these researchers to leverage information and data resources to the fullest. With experience using a wide range of bibliographic databases in the health and life sciences, the librarian develops and provides training in the use of biomedical knowledge management, information and data resources, tools, and strategies. . . The librarian assists researchers manage their data, navigate Yale University's available data management, curation and preservation landscape, and adhere to federal or other grant funding agencies' data management and public access policies and requirements.

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Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 9th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy.

Here's an excerpt:

Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy is a call for action that summarizes the benefits of systemic data management planning and identifies the stakeholders and their concerns. It also suggests that the library director proactively initiate a conversation among these stakeholders to get buy-in for a high-level, responsible data planning and management policy that is proactive, rather than reactive.

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Digital Curation News (12/6/2013) #digitalpreservation

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

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Systems and Applications Manager at Mount Holyoke College Library, Information, and Technology Services

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

Mount Holyoke College Library, Information, and Technology Services is recruiting a Systems and Applications Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Network, Systems and Application Support, the Systems and Applications Manager is part of a team of seven people who support the college community in using and applying information technologies to meet their educational and business goals and objectives. The position assists in planning, implementing and maintaining server systems, storage, and centralized application services. It involves consulting and support for the entire college community in general and other departments within Library and Information Services in particular.

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"Flexible and Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture (FEDORA)"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on December 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Sandra Payette and Carl Lagoze have self-archived "Flexible and Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture (FEDORA)."

Here's an excerpt:

We describe a digital object and repository architecture for storing and disseminating digital library content. The key features of the architecture are: (1) support for heterogeneous data types; (2) accommodation of new types as they emerge; (3) aggregation of mixed, possibly distributed, data into complex objects; (4) the ability to specify multiple content disseminations of these objects; and (5) the ability to associate rights management schemes with these disseminations. This architecture is being implemented in the context of a broader research project to develop next-generation service modules for a layered digital library architecture.

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