Archive for October, 2014

"Estimating Open Access Mandate Effectiveness: I. The MELIBEA Score"

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

Philippe Vincent-Lamarre et al. have self-archived Estimating Open Access Mandate Effectiveness: I. The MELIBEA Score.

Here's an excerpt:

MELIBEA is a Spanish database that uses a composite formula with eight weighted conditions to estimate the effectiveness of Open Access mandates (registered in ROARMAP). We analyzed 68 mandated institutions for publication years 2011-2013 to determine how well the MELIBEA score and its individual conditions predict what percentage of published articles indexed by Web of Knowledge is deposited in each institution's OA repository, and when. We found a small but significant positive correlation (0.18) between MELIBEA score and deposit percentage. We also found that for three of the eight MELIBEA conditions (deposit timing, internal use, and opt-outs), one value of each was strongly associated with deposit percentage or deposit latency (immediate deposit required, deposit required for performance evaluation, unconditional opt-out allowed for the OA requirement but no opt-out for deposit requirement). When we updated the initial values and weights of the MELIBEA formula for mandate effectiveness to reflect the empirical association we had found, the score's predictive power doubled (.36). There are not yet enough OA mandates to test further mandate conditions that might contribute to mandate effectiveness, but these findings already suggest that it would be useful for future mandates to adopt these three conditions so as to maximize their effectiveness, and thereby the growth of OA.

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Archivist/Digital Data Specialist at University of Pennsylvania

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

The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting an Archivist/Digital Data Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Work with ASC librarian and ASC [Annenberg School for Communication] IT staff to manage the School's digital archives. Reports to the librarian. Consults with IT director and staff and other archivists at the University. Archivist will develop and implement a comprehensive archival program for the School's archives, evaluating new and existing collections and integrating them into the resource environment.

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"Exposing the Predators: Methods to Stop Predatory Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Margot Wehrmeijer has self-archived "Exposing the Predators: Methods to Stop Predatory Journals."

Here's an excerpt:

This thesis looks at three possible methods to stop predatory journals: black-and white-lists, open peer review systems and new metrics. Black- and white-lists have set up rules and regulations that credible publishers and journals should follow. Open peer review systems should make it harder for predatory publishers to make false claims about their peer review process. Metrics should measure more aspects of research impact and become less liable to gaming. The question is, which of these three methods is the best candidate to stop predatory journals.

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Digital Curation News (10/14/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on October 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Senior Systems Librarian at Emory University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Emory University is recruiting a Senior Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Application Support (Library), the Senior Systems Librarian is a key position with responsibility on providing high-quality, robust systems that facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources to the entire Emory university campus. The Senior Systems Librarian is an expert in library systems and works collaboratively with a wide range of libraries and units to support the discoverability of library resources in both the physical and digital realms.

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"Wall Street Analysts Say Open Access Has Failed Due to Lack of Focus, but Their Analysis Might Help It Succeed"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Curt Rice has published "Wall Street Analysts Say Open Access Has Failed Due to Lack of Focus, but Their Analysis Might Help It Succeed" in The LSE's Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy.

Here's an excerpt:

The absence of clear leadership at the helm of the open access movement is made painfully clear in a recent report about Elsevier's value as a company, entitled Goodbye to Berlin—The Fading Threat of Open Access. Why could the authors of this report at Bernstein Research let go of their earlier concerns and now upgrade their predictions about Elsevier's stock? "The rise of OA," they write, "has inflicted little or no damage on the leading subscription publishers."

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Director of Visualization Services at NCSU

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NCSU is recruiting a Director of Visualization Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Visualization Services in the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department. Recognizing the power of visualization to ask and answer novel questions, spark new insights, enable greater understanding, and communicate powerful ideas, the NCSU Libraries offers advanced visualization spaces, services, and technologies that support university research and teaching in all disciplines. Our state-of-the-art facilities and computing infrastructure invite scholars to engage with research data using advanced visualization software, to examine and compare high-resolution digital content, and to immerse themselves in simulations and virtual environments.

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"Journals and ‘Journals’: Taking a Deeper Look"

Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Walt Crawford has published "Journals and 'Journals': Taking a Deeper Look" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This essay builds on the July 2014 Cites & Insights investigation by including full article counts for the thousands of OA journals in Beall's lists (that is, those that actually publish articles!) and those published by OASPA members, extending the article counts back to 2011, and modifying the groups of journals to be more meaningful.

It also introduces the rough numbers for the new set of Gold OA journals that will form the heart of Part 2 of this two-part essay (the December 2014 C&I), namely more than three thousand journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals as of May 7, 2014 that aren't in one of the other two sets, that do have enough English in the interface for me to analyze them and that are not on biology-related or human medicine-related topics.

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Digital Curation News (10/13/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on October 13th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 13th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Notre Dame is recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The individual in this position will be responsible for assisting users with the identification, evaluation, and use of emerging technologies in the creation of a variety of media-rich projects. S/he will explore, develop, promote, and assess innovative online tools and related services for library learners and identify learning and engagement opportunities to support student research and promote student success. A significant task will be to maintain and expand a website (https://remix.nd.edu/) that promotes and supports student creation of media-rich projects.

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Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies on October 13th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age.

Here's an excerpt:

To explore the possibilities of the next leap in connectivity we asked thousands of experts and Internet builders to share their thoughts about likely new Internet activities and applications that might emerge in the gigabit age. We call this a canvassing because it is not a representative, randomized survey. Its findings emerge from an "opt in" invitation to experts, many of whom play active roles in Internet evolution as technology builders, researchers, managers, policymakers, marketers, and analysts. We also invited comments from those who have made insightful predictions to our previous queries about the future of the Internet.

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Digital Archivist at University of Georgia

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 13th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Georgia is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Digital Archivist who will be responsible for working collaboratively with the staff of the Media Archives to manage existing digital holdings, acquire and normalize born digital content, manage future migration of digital assets, transfer analog media to digital files as needed, manage and maintain the Collective Access database, develop, manage and assess digital preservation policies and procedures. Additionally, the Digital Archivist will monitor and plan for additional digital storage on a regular basis, and will be expected to assist in developing other sources of outside funding for ongoing or new digital projects. This position reports to the Director of The Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

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