Archive for February, 2014

PLOS Mandates Immediate Open Access to Article-Related Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PLOS has mandated that author's provide immediate open access to article-related data upon publication.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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Digital Humanities Librarian at Ohio State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Humanities Librarian will establish and grow a dynamic, multifaceted program that addresses the growing demand for digital arts and humanities support on campus. Working with arts and humanities scholars, faculty and students, the Digital Humanities Librarian will foster successful adoption and application of digital arts and humanities approaches to research, teaching, and learning. The librarian will engage deeply with the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group, the Digital Media Collective, ACCAD (Advanced Computer Center for the Arts and Design), and other campus entities to identify innovative and evolving digital tools and resources that advance scholarly investigation, while building upon the traditional cornerstones of research methodologies in the arts and humanities disciplines. The librarian will be the liaison to the University's Humanities Institute and will collaborate with faculty participating in Institute projects and initiatives funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, and will collaborate with the Head of Digital Initiatives in the Libraries on projects originating in the Institute. The Digital Humanities Librarian will be a change agent, partner, and resource person for subject librarians and special collections curators involved in facilitating faculty and student digital projects and will be expected to conduct regular environmental scans of the campus environment to identify emerging areas of interest.

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Feet on the Ground: A Practical Approach to the Cloud—Nine Things to Consider When Assessing Cloud Storage

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on February 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, has released Feet on the Ground: A Practical Approach to the Cloud—Nine Things to Consider When Assessing Cloud Storage.

Here's an excerpt:

There is no all-in-one solution that will fulfill every archives' needs for preservation storage. Often, cloud storage services fulfill a portion of an organization's larger preservation infrastructure, providing secure back up for preservation copies or supporting delivery of access files from low-latency storage. Vetting and selection is therefore the alignment of organizational and collection needs with the offerings and functionality of a service. This means defining your acceptance criteria for optimal functionality and understanding how a service will fit in your preservation environment.

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Digital Curation News (2/25/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis) at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Temporary Not-to-Exceed 13 months . . .

The incumbent reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives in repository development and works with a specialized group of programmers on complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems, and assists with software analysis, design, development, documentation and implementation of these systems. The incumbent updates and modifies existing Library applications, designs and implements new applications, generates documentation, and is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades.

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"Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality"

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries on February 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality."

Here's an excerpt:

At a minimum, libraries will need to be prepared to support augmented reality if and when it becomes more prevalent in textbooks and other print materials. But, while these materials are certainly relevant to the work of academic libraries, there are also several interesting library-specific augmented reality tools in use at various institutions. ShelvAR, developed by the Miami University Library, is an excellent example of how augmented reality can increase the efficiency of libraries' existing workflows. Available for use with any iOS or Android device with a camera, this app can scan any tagged library materials and overlay a red X over any item that is out of place on the shelf.

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IT Programmer at University of North Texas Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Texas Libraries recruiting an IT Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As web-systems developer for the User Interfaces Unit in the Digital Libraries Division, you will undertake the functional planning, execution, testing, and documentation of software solutions that power the Libraries’ web publishing and resource discovery systems

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"E-Book Platforms for Academic Librarians"

Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Licenses, Publishing, Scholarly Books on February 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Audrey Powers has self-archived "E-Book Platforms for Academic Librarians."

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this issue is to provide a succinct overview of e-book platforms for academic librarians as well as insights into where e-book platforms are headed in the future. Most of the authors work in academic libraries and their job responsibilities include developing, procuring, promoting, and educating users about e-books. The topics covered include an overview of e-book platforms including technical aspects and business models, lending platforms, aggregator platforms, commercial publisher platforms, and university press platforms. It is our hope that when you read these articles it will add to your knowledge base about the current and future state of e-book platforms in academic libraries.

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Digital Curation News (2/24/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Florida State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (faculty):

This position is for a one year period (March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015) for expert services in conjunction with FSU's Islandora implementation and development project. FSU is currently involved in a project with FLVC to implement Islandora as a digital platform for FSU and other SUS libraries.

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The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on February 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The NDSA has released The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report takes a measured look at the costs and benefits of the widespread use of the PDF/A-3 format, especially as it effects content arriving in collecting institutions. It provides background on the technical development of the specification, identifies specific scenarios under which the format might be used and suggests policy prescriptions for collecting institutions to consider.

For example, the report suggests that for memory institutions, the acceptance of embedded files in PDF/A documents would depend on very specific protocols between depositors and archival repositories that clarify acceptable embedded formats and define workflows that guarantee that the relationship between the PDF document and any embedded files is fully understood by the archival institution.

Additionally, the report notes that the complexity of the PDF format and the wide variance in PDF rendering implementations and creating applications suggests that PDF/A-3 may be appropriate for use in controlled workflows, but may not be an appropriate choice as a general-purpose bundling format.

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Information Technology Technical Associate at University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting an Information Technology Technical Associate (Senior Digital Library Applications Developer).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Design information, research and storage systems to support the Library’s goal of providing quality resources and expertise to students, faculty and staff. Act as project manager in designing or modifying information systems. Reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.

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