Archive for February, 2015

"Digital Curation and Doctoral Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 25th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Daisy Abbott has published "Digital Curation and Doctoral Research" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

This article considers digital curation in doctoral study and the role of the doctoral supervisor and institution in facilitating students' acquisition of digital curation skills, including some of the potentially problematic expectations of the supervisory relationship with regards to digital curation. Research took the form of an analysis of the current digital curation training landscape, focusing on doctoral study and supervision. This was followed by a survey (n=116) investigating attitudes towards importance, expertise, and responsibilities regarding digital curation. This research confirms that digital curation is considered to be very important within doctoral study but that doctoral supervisors and particularly students consider themselves to be largely unskilled at curation tasks. It provides a detailed picture of curation activity within doctoral study and identifies the areas of most concern. A detailed analysis demonstrates that most of the responsibility for curation is thought to lie with students and that institutions are perceived to have very low responsibility and that individuals tend to over-assign responsibility to themselves. Finally, the research identifies which types of support system for curation are most used and makes suggestions for ways in which students, supervisors, institutions, and others can effectively and efficiently address problematic areas and improve digital curation within doctoral study.

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Copyright Librarian at University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 25th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Notre Dame is recruiting a Copyright Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

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

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"What Factors Influence Where Researchers Deposit their Data? A Survey of Researchers Submitting to Data Repositories"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Self-Archiving on February 25th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Shea Swauger and Todd J. Vision have published "What Factors Influence Where Researchers Deposit their Data? A Survey of Researchers Submitting to Data Repositories" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

In order to better understand the factors that most influence where researchers deposit their data when they have a choice, we collected survey data from researchers who deposited phylogenetic data in either the TreeBASE or Dryad data repositories. Respondents were asked to rank the relative importance of eight possible factors. We found that factors differed in importance for both TreeBASE and Dryad, and that the rankings differed subtly but significantly between TreeBASE and Dryad users. On average, TreeBASE users ranked the domain specialization of the repository highest, while Dryad users ranked as equal highest their trust in the persistence of the repository and the ease of its data submission process. Interestingly, respondents (particularly Dryad users) were strongly divided as to whether being directed to choose a particular repository by a journal policy or funding agency was among the most or least important factors. Some users reported depositing their data in multiple repositories and archiving their data voluntarily.

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Digital Curation News (2/24/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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"Persistent, Global Identity for Scientists via ORCID"

Posted in Metadata, Open Science on February 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

August E. Evrard et al. have self-archived "Persistent, Global Identity for Scientists via ORCID."

Here's an excerpt:

Scientists have an inherent interest in claiming their contributions to the scholarly record, but the fragmented state of identity management across the landscape of astronomy, physics, and other fields makes highlighting the contributions of any single individual a formidable and often frustratingly complex task. The problem is exacerbated by the expanding variety of academic research products and the growing footprints of large collaborations and interdisciplinary teams. In this essay, we outline the benefits of a unique scholarly identifier with persistent value on a global scale and we review astronomy and physics engagement with the Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID) service as a solution.

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Developer 2 at University of Minnesota

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Minnesota is recruiting a Developer 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Developer and Application Support position reports to the Director of the Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies, with project and day-to-day work directed by the Repository Architect who is responsible for digital object management technology design and solutions. This is an important position with regard to projects and services that are strategic to the organization's digital library trajectory and requires understanding system needs in relationship to library technologies.

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Digital Scholarship Services Manager at Brown University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Brown University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Services Manager in the Brown University Library oversees the projects and facilities managed by the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) for the Brown community. Working with colleagues from Digital Technologies and Research and Outreach Services, the Digital Scholarship Services Manager coordinates day-to-day Library work on faculty research projects, grant-funded digital publications initiatives, and research data services. The Digital Scholarship Services Manager supervises the Data Visualization Coordinator and Information Designer, works with Library colleagues to ensure that resources are appropriately allocated to digital scholarship projects, and plans for ongoing project maintenance and assessment.

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The Future of Library Resource Discovery

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Reports and White Papers on February 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NISO has released The Future of Library Resource Discovery.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

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Digital Curation News (2/23/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Archivist at Texas A&M University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Texas A&M University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, the Digital Archivist will establish and maintain a digital archiving program in collaboration with the University Archivist, Digital Preservation Librarian, Cushing archivists and curators, and other Libraries units. Responsibilities include: processing, describing, and providing access to born-digital and digitized archival and special collections materials; demonstrate initiative and innovation in developing and implementing processes for archiving current and legacy electronic and digital materials including document, image, and audio/video files, email, web sites, social media; and digital primary materials acquired on formats such as tape, floppy disks, hard drives, Compact Discs, and mobile devices. Additional responsibilities include acquiring and maintaining legacy hardware and software that may be necessary for providing access to digital materials. Working with the University Libraries Preservation unit, the Digital Archivist will aid in the development, documentation, and implementation of a digital preservation plan as it pertains to Cushing Memorial Library and Archives collections.

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Marta Brunner Named College Librarian by Skidmore College

Posted in People in the News on February 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Marta Brunner has been named College Librarian by Skidmore College.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Marta Brunner, head of collections, research and instructional services in the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been named the new college librarian at Skidmore College, replacing Ruth Copans, who will retire this year.

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Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian at Grand Valley State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Grand Valley State University is recruiting a Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Advise all metadata creation activities throughout the libraries and selects, designs, adapts and maintains appropriate metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies and data dictionaries to facilitate access to resources in the libraries' catalog, digital collections and institutional repository;
  • Track developments in metadata schemas and lead the ongoing development and implementation of metadata standards and best practices within the libraries and across the university;
  • Assist in setting policies, priorities and practices for the production, management and preservation of the library's digital assets;
  • Supports archival, e-records management and scholarly communication programs;
  • Provide consultative support and expertise to GVSU faculty and academic units on research projects to address their data service needs, including the development of data management plans for grant applications to ensure usability, preservation and access.

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