Archive for March, 2014

MOOC Content Licensing Solution Launched

Posted in Copyright, Emerging Technologies, Publishing on March 10th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Copyright Clearance Center has Launched the MOOC Content Licensing Solution.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The MOOC Content Licensing Solution uses the current per-page or per-article academic-based pricing rightsholders have established through CCC's Electronic Course Content pay-per-use service. CCC offers digital rights from over 5,000 rightsholders around the world to public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit U.S.-based institutions of higher education that conduct academic MOOCs.

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Copyright and Licensing Librarian at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 10th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame are recruiting a Copyright and Licensing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Copyright and Licensing Librarian is the Hesburgh Libraries' coordinator and consultant on issues that span copyright, licensing, and information policies pertaining to library services and initiatives. In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame's Office of General Counsel, this individual is responsible for developing, managing, and analyzing intellectual property policies that pertain to the creation, addition, or use of copyrighted or licensed content.

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PLOS Clarifies Open Data Policy

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 10th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PLOS has clarified its open data policy.

Here's an excerpt:

In the previous post, and also on our site for PLOS ONE Academic Editors, an attempt to simplify our policy did not represent the policy correctly and we sincerely apologize for that and for the confusion it has caused. We are today correcting that post and hoping it provides the clarity many have been seeking. . . .

Two key things to summarize about the policy are:

  1. The policy does not aim to say anything new about what data types, forms and amounts should be shared.
  2. The policy does aim to make transparent where the data can be found, and says that it shouldn't be just on the authors' own hard drive.

Correction

We have struck out the paragraph in the original PLOS ONE blog post headed "What do we mean by data", as we think it led to much of the confusion. Instead we offer this guidance to authors planning to submit to a PLOS journal.

What data do I need to make available?

We ask you to make available the data underlying the findings in the paper, which would be needed by someone wishing to understand, validate or replicate the work. Our policy has not changed in this regard. What has changed is that we now ask you to say where the data can be found.

As the PLOS data policy applies to all fields in which we publish, we recognize that we'll need to work closely with authors in some subject areas to ensure adherence to the new policy. Some fields have very well established standards and practices around data, while others are still evolving, and we would like to work with any field that is developing data standards. We are aiming to ensure transparency about data availability.

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Unix Systems Administrator at Virginia Tech Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Unix Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for systems administration of the Unix servers; web servers and associated services; installation and management of Unix servers and workstations; and the training of library personnel using them. Provides support to information providers, assisting them in publishing their information on the various available platforms. Develop digital library solutions to specifications for various library needs.

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Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Educopia Institute has released Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness.

Here's an excerpt:

These Guidelines are an effort to distill preservation-readiness steps into incremental processes that an institution of almost any size or type can deploy to begin maturing its digital newspaper content management practices.

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Web Services Coordinator at University of Houston Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, this position will play a key role in coordinating the development and management of the library website and other web-based applications, sites, and services. The successful candidate for the position will:

  • Participate on a team that oversees the direction of the websites and services across the Libraries' web presence
  • Serve as a liaison to committees and departments within the Libraries to understand their needs and focus their ideas into potential web projects and services
  • Recommend improvements to websites and applications based on assessment, user data, analytics, and cutting-edge web design and content strategy trends
  • Manage the Libraries' web user experience program and work closely with stakeholders

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Getty Images Announces Free Noncommercial Use

Posted in Publishing on March 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Getty Images has announced that its images can be used freely on the web for noncommercial purposes.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Global digital media company Getty Images today announces, for the first time, the ability for people to easily embed and share its imagery—at no cost—or non-commercial use on websites, blogs and social media channels through a new embed tool. . . .

This is the latest in a series of moves by Getty Images to harness technology and social media to drive broader exposure and usage of its content. Recent initiatives include a unique partnership with Pinterest, the fastest growing content sharing channel*, announced in October 2013, whereby Pinterest pays Getty Images a fee in exchange for metadata. Getty Images then shares these fees with its contributors, who also receive attribution when their content is used.

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Digital Curation News (3/6/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 6th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Illinois Institute of Technology Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 6th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Illinois Institute of Technology Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian is a member of the Paul V. Galvin Library professional staff who, under the direction of the Head of Assessment, Planning and Scholarly Communications, provides leadership for digital collections and special collections services. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will also manage select digital resources at Galvin Library including the IIT digital repository.

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AV Digitisation and Digital Preservation TechWatch Report #01

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on March 6th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The PrestoCentre has released the AV Digitisation and Digital Preservation TechWatch Report #01.

Here's an excerpt:

This first TechWatch Report has been written by members of PrestoCentre involved in the Presto4U project and was compiled through meetings they had with specialist technology vendors and researchers late 2013.

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Director, Digital Library Applications at New York Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 6th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Director, Digital Library Applications.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, and working with Director of Digital Initiatives in the Chief Library Organization (CLO), this position will establish and oversee development of our technology architecture for digital asset management, ILS (library catalogue), information discovery, digital content management (preservation, user generated, library-generated), and new areas we push the library in such as learning management systems, partnerships with other content repositories (e.g. Hathi Trust, DPLA), and of course our taxonomy and metadata work. The Director of Digital Library Applications will guide an internal team of developers, database, and system administrators in addition to external vendors, to deliver robust, supportable platforms. The Director of Digital Library Applications will also work closely with system architects and operational leads to develop the services architecture and search engine frameworks needed to power an exceptional, seamless information discovery experience across all of these systems. Additionally, there will be a strong emphasis on devising the technical framework for a library that is increasingly experienced on mobile devices.

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Geospatial Data Stewardship: Key Online Resources

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on March 6th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Geospatial Data Stewardship: Key Online Resources.

Here's an excerpt:

This document lists online resources that highlight key concepts and practices supporting the preservation and stewardship of digital geospatial data and information. GIS practitioners take the initial preservation actions in the decisions they make regarding data creation and management. Librarians, archivists and museum professionals are often called on to support access and the long-term historical and temporal analysis of these same materials. The resources below offer a starting point to methods, tools and approaches across the information lifecycle to assist in understanding current best practices in the stewardship of geospatial data.

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