Archive for May, 2014

Open Access: Markup of Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act Reduces Embargo Period

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing on May 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has marked up the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act (FIRST Act), significantly reducing the embargo period for making works open access.

Here's an excerpt from "FIRST Act Amended to Make Open Access Provision Actually Pretty Good":

Calling this [Section 303 in the prior version of the bill] a "public access" section is a charitable reading: it extended embargo periods to up to three years, it allowed for simple linking to articles rather than the creation of an archive, and it delayed implementation unnecessarily long. (We've ranted about this bill time and again.)

But a glimmer of hope appeared at yesterday's markup. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner and Zoe Lofgren, introduced an amendment that radically changed Section 303. The new amendment [pdf] maps closely onto Sensenbrenner's Public Access to Public Science Act (H.R. 3157). It sets the embargo period at 12 months (like the NIH's current policy), though it allows stakeholders to extend this by 6 months if they can show a "substantial and unique harm." The amendment was also designed to facilitate long-term preservation, broad analysis of works, and closer investigation of broad copyright licenses. The current version is not perfect, but it is much improved—huge kudos to Sensenbrenner and Lofgren for standing up for open access.

Read more about it at "Revised FIRST Bill Would Give Science Agencies 1 Year to Make Papers Free."

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 5/26/2014

Posted in Announcements on May 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 5/26/2014.

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Digital Curation News (5/16/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Applications Programmer at Northeastern University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a Web Applications Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Applications Programmer has responsibility for designing, programming, and/or adapting existing web tools to augment and enhance the Library's various web-based systems. This position maintains key digital architecture in Drupal, WordPress, and Omeka, as well as contributing to the development of other core services, such as the Digital Repository Service, remote service systems, and the online catalog. He or she works collaboratively with library colleagues as well as colleagues in ITS and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extended funding.

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Web Accessibility Toolkit

Posted in ARL Libraries, Libraries, Research Libraries, Weblogs/Websites on May 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has released the Web Accessibility Toolkit.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

On the third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is proud to announce the availability of a new resource for the ARL membership and the library community—a Web Accessibility Toolkit for research libraries. ARL's toolkit shares the fundamental goal of GAAD, which is to "raise the profile" of digital accessibility and provide resources for improving access to information to "the broadest audience possible." The toolkit aims to:

  • Promote the principles of accessibility, universal design, and digital inclusion.
  • Help research libraries achieve digital accessibility.
  • Connect research libraries with the tools, people, and examples they need to provide accessible digital content.

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Scholarly Communications and Curation Librarian 2 at Argonne National Laboratory

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Argonne National Laboratory is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Curation Librarian 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

U.S. Citizenship required. Contributes to the dissemination and preservation of Argonne authored scientific and technical information products by providing instruction regarding scholarly publishing methods, advising authors on retention of author rights and federal funding compliance requirements, reviewing scientific publications authored by Argonne researchers and maintaining the integrity and accuracy of library produced databases.

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Canadian Researchers’ Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on May 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Canadian Science Publishing has released Canadian Researchers' Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Some key findings described in the report:

  • Researchers agree with principle, not cost, of open access (OA)
  • Almost half of the researchers reported publishing more than half of their research in open access format in past 2 years, yet availability of open access was 8 times less important than impact factor and 13 times less important than journal reputation when selecting a journal
  • For those who have published OA, institutions and tri-agency funding typically cover cost, yet many researchers indicated they did not know whether Canada's major funding bodies support OA
  • Peer review, reach, and discoverability are considered most important journal features
  • Use of repositories differs widely across disciplines
  • Laboratory/institutional blogs or websites and social media are increasingly being used for research dissemination

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Digital Curation News (5/15/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Developer and Designer at Northeastern University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer and Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Web Developer has responsibility for designing, programming, and/or adapting existing web tools to enhance the Library's various web-based systems. This position develops customized and project-specific solutions in JavaScript, PHP/Perl, CSS and other related web technologies, as well as contributing to the development of other core services, such as the Digital Repository Service, faculty online publications, remote service systems, and the online catalog. He or she works collaboratively with library colleagues as well as colleagues in Information Technology Services and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies.

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"The Embargoes Don’t Work: The British Academy Provides the Best Evidence Yet"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on May 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cameron Neylon has "The Embargoes Don't Work: The British Academy Provides the Best Evidence Yet" in PLOS Opens.

Here's an excerpt:

Embargoes are an artificial monopoly created to make the competition a bit less fierce. But truly, if a publisher believes that they add value and wants to be competitive then why should they fear a Word doc sitting on the web? Indeed if they do it suggests a lack of confidence in the additional value that they offer in the version of record. The best way to give yourself that confidence is to be tough on yourself and take a good look at how and where you add value. And the best way to do that is to compete successfully with "free."

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XML Applications Developer at Northeastern University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a XML Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The XML Applications Developer develops and maintains XML applications in support of the Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) and faculty projects affiliated with the DSG, with major focus on the TEI Archiving, Publishing and Access Service (TAPAS) and the Women Writers Project. He or she provides programming and systems analysis for the design, development and documentation of complex research tools across a wide range of projects. The XML Applications Developer will be responsible for designing, developing, testing and deploying new technologies, tools and resources to extend and enhance digital content and services, developing application programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate multiple submission and access pathways. He or she writes and/or modifies code and conducts quality assurance on code contributed by other developers, and performs related duties as necessary. He or she works collaboratively with library colleagues as well as colleagues in ITS and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extended funding.

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The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025

Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on May 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center has released The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025.

Here's an excerpt:

This current report is an analysis of opinions about the likely expansion of the Internet of Things (sometimes called the Cloud of Things), a catchall phrase for the array of devices, appliances, vehicles, wearable material, and sensor-laden parts of the environment that connect to each other and feed data back and forth. It covers the over 1,600 responses that were offered specifically about our question about where the Internet of Things would stand by the year 2025. The report is the next in a series of eight Pew Research and Elon University analyses to be issued this year in which experts will share their expectations about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, and net neutrality. It includes some of the best and most provocative of the predictions survey respondents made when specifically asked to share their views about the evolution of embedded and wearable computing and the Internet of Things.

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