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Digital Curation News (6/30/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Senior Systems/Software Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Carnegie Mellon University is recruiting a Senior Systems/Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This temporary, full-time one-year position is responsible for designing systems and software, and coding, integrating, and maintaining new and existing software and scripts for the University Libraries’ UNIX-based information retrieval systems using standard protocols and programming interfaces. Duties include working with the Head of Research and Development to design distributed systems and modular software architectures to handle information in multiple formats; creating technical specifications; analyzing systems problems and devising practical and feasible solutions to them, including troubleshooting, fixing bugs, and improving functionality; implementing, integrating and maintaining client-server applications; writing Java and/or C/C++ code to agreed upon specifications (including code comments and documentation); and submitting regular status reports.

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Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery

Posted in Electronic Resources on June 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NISO has released Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery.

Here's an excerpt:

Based on the input from a survey done early in the project (see 2.7), the ODI group agreed to develop recommended practices in the following areas:

Technical recommendations for data format and data transfer, including method of delivery and ongoing updates.

  1. Recommendations for the communication (automated or through reporting) of libraries' rights to distribute or display specific content (e.g., restricted to subscribers versus open to all users). These recommendations are to include technical specifications on how data will be exchanged and procedural specifications regarding update frequency and other logistical details.
  2. Clear descriptors regarding the level of indexing performed for each item or collection of content and the level of availability of the content.
  3. Definition of fair linking from discovery service to the published content.
  4. Determination of what usage statistics should be collected, for whom, and how these data should
  5. be disseminated.

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DevOps Engineer/Systems Administrator at DuraSpace

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DuraSpace is recruiting a DevOps Engineer/Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

DuraSpace, a not-for-profit serving the needs of hundreds of academic and cultural heritage institutions worldwide, is seeking an experienced operations specialist to manage the administration and automation of technical infrastructure and software systems used by the DuraSpace organization and the teams that are creating open source systems such as DSpace, Fedora, VIVO, and DuraCloud.

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"Measuring the Broader Impact of Research: The Potential of Altmetrics"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Metrics on June 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lutz Bornmann has self-archived "Measuring the Broader Impact of Research: The Potential of Altmetrics."

Here's an excerpt:

Today, it is not clear how the impact of research on other areas of society than science should be measured. While peer review and bibliometrics have become standard methods for measuring the impact of research in science, there is not yet an accepted framework within which to measure societal impact. Alternative metrics (called altmetrics to distinguish them from bibliometrics) are considered an interesting option for assessing the societal impact of research, as they offer new ways to measure (public) engagement with research output. Altmetrics is a term to describe web-based metrics for the impact of publications and other scholarly material by using data from social media platforms (e.g. Twitter or Mendeley). This overview of studies explores the potential of altmetrics for measuring societal impact. It deals with the definition and classification of altmetrics. Furthermore, their benefits and disadvantages for measuring impact are discussed.

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Digital Curation News (6/27/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian at Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Penn State Dickinson School of Law is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Specifically, the SCFSL, in concert with other members of the Law Library's professional team, will be responsible for the development and leadership of creative scholarly support programs that are custom fit to provide the type of research assistance needed by individual faculty members. In providing this level of scholarly support, it is expected that the SCFSL will maintain enhanced expertise in all aspects of legal and law-related publishing, regardless of format, and will develop strategies for keeping the faculty abreast of developments and trends that increase the likelihood of placing their works in prestigious and highly-visible print and electronic publications. Additionally, the SCFSL will serve as the lead administrator of the Law Library's digital Institutional Repository—the Penn State Law eLibrary, (elibrary.law.psu.edu), working with authors, student journal editors, and publishers to populate our eLibrary with current and archival scholarly publications published by our law faculty and student journals.

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"Can Libraries Help Stop this Madness?"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on June 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Kevin L. Smith has published "Can Libraries Help Stop this Madness?" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

If university presses can make a successful transition to less-expensive digital publishing, we should support that transition as fully as we can, but we should withhold funds where the digital product reflects the high prices and other inefficiencies mandated by print.

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Emerging Technology and Digital Research Librarian at Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Electronic Resources Jobs on June 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Penn State Dickinson School of Law is recruiting an Emerging Technology and Digital Research Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Specifically, the ETDRL will evaluate digital information products, track emerging trends in their use as research and publishing resources in an academic environment, and make recommendations of digital works that would enhance the Law Library's research collection quality. For those digital products chosen for the collection, the ETDRL will take a lead role in the process of licensing and maintaining licenses for those digital works. Additionally, the ETDRL will develop tools and training programs designed to increase faculty and student awareness and effective use of digital collections, and will draft policies related to the acquisition, use, and retention of electronic resources and online information. The ETDRL will also assist the Law Library's Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian with the maintenance of the digital Institutional Repository—the Penn State Law eLibrary (elibrary.law.psu.edu).

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Economic Impacts of Adapting Certain Limitations and Exceptions to Copyright and Related Rights

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on June 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Commission has released Economic Impacts of Adapting Certain Limitations and Exceptions to Copyright and Related Rights.

Here's an excerpt from the summary:

The first part of the study is the report by Charles River Associates "Assessing the economic impacts of adapting certain limitations and exceptions to copyright and related rights in the EU" (Langus et al., 2013, henceforth "CRA Methodology Report"), which establishes a methodology to assess exceptions and limitations to copyright. . . .

In turn, the present report uses the aforementioned methodology to assess the economic impacts of specific policy options in several topics of interest, in view of providing policy guidance on these topics. This report focuses on the following topics:

  • Digital preservation by cultural heritage and educational institutions;
  • The provision of remote access by cultural heritage and educational institutions to their collections for the benefit of their patrons;
  • E-lending by publicly accessible libraries;
  • Text and data mining for the purpose of scientific research;
  • Reproductions made by natural persons for private uses.

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Digital Curation News (6/26/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Application Developer at University of Illinois at Chicago

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting a Web Application Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will provide technical and programming expertise to build the administrative and public interfaces of the Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC) Portal using the Django Web application framework. The Web Application Developer will write code, develop unit tests, and write documentation for both user interfaces; participate in testing throughout the development process and work to ensure that development is completed successfully within project deadlines.

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