Archive for May, 2014

U.S. Open Data Action Plan

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on May 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The White House has released the U.S. Open Data Action Plan.

Here's an excerpt:

The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Collection plans to make all digitized collections metadata public domain, and digitized collection images without copyright or other restriction publicly available at the highest available resolution for non-commercial, educational use. . . .

The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery plans to make all digitized collections metadata public domain, and digitized collection images without copyright or other restriction publicly available at the highest available resolution for non-commercial, educational use. . . .

After a successful limited release of an API of the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection and hackathon that resulted in a number of working prototypes, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is planning a staged release, from open metadata, like artist or medium, to an open API of digitized collections images without copyright or other restriction available for non- commercial, educational use.

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Associate Director of Libraries for Academic and Scholarly Technologies at University of New Brunswick Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of New Brunswick Libraries are recruiting an Associate Director of Libraries for Academic and Scholarly Technologies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Libraries the incumbent provides leadership across the library system being responsible for the administration and coordination of Library Systems and the Electronic Text Centre. Specifically, the incumbent coordinates strategies for technologies in support of the Libraries' academic and scholarly services for diverse audiences (students, faculty and staff, administration, the public). This work includes the development, enhancement, maintenance, and promotion of those services.

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"The Number of Scholarly Documents on the Public Web"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on May 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Madian Khabsa and C. Lee Giles mail have published "The Number of Scholarly Documents on the Public Web" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

The number of scholarly documents available on the web is estimated using capture/recapture methods by studying the coverage of two major academic search engines: Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search. Our estimates show that at least 114 million English-language scholarly documents are accessible on the web, of which Google Scholar has nearly 100 million. Of these, we estimate that at least 27 million (24%) are freely available since they do not require a subscription or payment of any kind. In addition, at a finer scale, we also estimate the number of scholarly documents on the web for fifteen fields: Agricultural Science, Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Material Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Social Sciences, and Multidisciplinary, as defined by Microsoft Academic Search. In addition, we show that among these fields the percentage of documents defined as freely available varies significantly, i.e., from 12 to 50%.

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Digital Curation News (5/9/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 9th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Archivist/Librarian at Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 9th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is recruiting a Digital Archivist/Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Digital Archivist has shared responsibility for technical program management, digitization, and digital forensics, including but not limited to planning and oversight of digital programs and workflows, the enabling of data integration across local and external data sources. Acts as liaison to library departments and participates in work groups to improve programs and services. Maintains budgets, statistics, and writes reports for internal and external sources, works efficiently and with follow-through, in a fast-paced, scholarly, research-library environment.

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ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2014)

Posted in Standards on May 9th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NISO has released the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2014).

Here's an excerpt:

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announce the publication of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2014)—a new American National Standard for the Web detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. The ResourceSync joint project, funded with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Jisc, was initiated to develop a new open standard on the real-time synchronization of web resources.

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Data Services Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 9th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries are recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Librarian, a library faculty position, conducts outreach and engagement efforts to members of the campus community and offers strategies, best practices and services to manage their data throughout the research life cycle with an eye to ensuring that the university complies with federal mandates. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Works with library personnel to implement data curation systems in current and future data preservation infrastructures (e.g. ArchivalWare, Research Showcase)
  • Provides support for the creation, review, cleaning, and publication of data products and associated metadata products
  • Provides technical support for data and content owners using data preservation infrastructures
  • Leads the development of policies and procedures for data curation and management on campus

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Digital Curation News (5/8/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 8th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Project Manager at University of Oregon Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 8th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Oregon Libraries are recruiting a Digital Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Project Manager plans, executes, and finalizes DSC digital media projects. Projects include instruction applications, digital scholarship, and digital cultural collections. The Digital Project Manager defines the project's objectives, coordinates with team members and clients, and oversees quality control. This position is responsible for designing communication and project workflows, assessing staff requirements and sustainability, tracking milestones and deliverables, developing reports and documentation, supervising a staff of 3.0 FTE design and development professionals, student assistants and/or interns, and managing project budgets. This position also collaborates with Library and academic faculty to plan projects and makes recommendations regarding technology, policy, and best practices. This position reports to the Head, Digital Scholarship Center.

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"Inter-Rater Reliability and Convergent Validity of F1000Prime Peer Review"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 8th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lutz Bornmann has self-archived "Inter-Rater Reliability and Convergent Validity of F1000Prime Peer Review."

Here's an excerpt:

Peer review is the backbone of modern science. F1000Prime is a post-publication peer review system of the biomedical literature (papers from medical and biological journals). This study is concerned with the inter-rater reliability and convergent validity of the peer recommendations formulated in the F1000Prime peer review system. The study is based on around 100,000 papers with recommendations from Faculty members. Even if intersubjectivity plays a fundamental role in science, the analyses of the reliability of the F1000Prime peer review system show a rather low level of agreement between Faculty members. This result is in agreement with most other studies which have been published on the journal peer review system. Logistic regression models are used to investigate the convergent validity of the F1000Prime peer review system. As the results show, the proportion of highly cited papers among those selected by the Faculty members is significantly higher than expected. In addition, better recommendation scores are also connected with better performance of the papers.

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Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries at University of Texas at Austin

Posted in ARL Libraries on May 8th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Vice Provost (VP) is responsible for the leadership and administration of the UT Libraries, overseeing the innovation and development of the Libraries in the areas of user services, collections and resources, management and infrastructure, cooperative initiatives and outreach, support and funding. The VP articulates a clear vision for the role of the academic research library, develops and implements the Libraries' strategic plan in support of the University's academic priorities, curricula, and research, and represents the UT Libraries to campus administration and external audiences. The VP is expected to be deeply engaged in development opportunities and expanding donor support. The Vice Provost reports to the Provost of the University of Texas at Austin.

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"Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals"

Posted in Electronic Resources, Libraries, Licenses, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 8th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released an eprint of "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals."

Here's an excerpt:

This is a study of the treatment of library patron privacy in licenses for electronic journals in academic libraries. We begin by distinguishing four facets of privacy and intellectual freedom based on the LIS and philosophical literature. Next, we perform a content analysis of 42 license agreements for electronic journals, focusing on terms for enforcing authorized use and collection and sharing of user data. We compare our findings to model licenses, to recommendations proposed in a recent treatise on licenses, and to our account of the four facets of intellectual freedom. We find important conflicts with each.

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