Archive for February, 2015

ERCIM News Special Issue on Scientific Data Sharing and Re-use

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on February 12th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ERCIM has released a special issue of ERCIM News on scientific data sharing and re-use.

Here's an excerpt from "Introduction to the Special Theme Scientific Data Sharing and Re-use":

This special issue features a keynote paper from an EU funding organization, an invited paper from a global organization that aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange, an invited paper from a prominent US scientist and an invited paper from a large Australian data organization. The core part of this issue presents several contributions of European researchers that address the different aspects of the data sharing and (re)use problem.

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NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 11th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice.

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Digital Curation News (2/11/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 11th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Scholarship & Publishing Librarian at University of South Florida

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 11th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of South Florida is recruiting a Digital Scholarship & Publishing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The USF Tampa Library invites applications for the position of Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian. Building on the current program in open-access publishing, digital scholarship, and data management, this position will coordinate scholarly communications activities across the campus and help guide the campus toward innovative and sustainable methods of dissemination and preservation of the university's scholarly output. The successful candidate will oversee and expand Scholar Commons, the institutional repository; collaborate with the Coordinator for Serials in managing the open-access publishing program; and have supporting roles in promoting both the open-access textbook initiative and data management services. This is a key leadership role that will advocate broadly for open access initiatives and the library's central role in expanding the impact of the research and creative activities of our students and faculty.

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"The Valuation of Unprotected Works: A Case Study of Public Domain Photographs on Wikipedia"

Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on February 11th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Paul J. Heald et al. have self-archived "The Valuation of Unprotected Works: A Case Study of Public Domain Photographs on Wikipedia."

Here's an excerpt:

We study the biographical Wikipedia pages of a large data set of authors, composers, and lyricists to determine whether the public domain status of available images leads to a higher rate of inclusion of illustrated supplementary material and whether such inclusion increases visitorship to individual pages. We attempt to objectively place a value on the body of public domain photographs and illustrations which are used in this global resource. . . . We find that the large majority of photos and illustrations used on subject pages were obtained from the public domain, and we estimate their value in terms of costs saved to Wikipedia page builders and in terms of increased traffic corresponding to the inclusion of an image. Then, extrapolating from the characteristics of a random sample of a further 300 Wikipedia pages, we estimate a total value of public domain photographs on Wikipedia of between $246 to $270 million dollars per year.

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Director of Technology Initiatives at Louisiana State University (Revised)

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 11th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Louisiana State University is recruiting a Director of Technology Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Technology Initiatives develops innovative and effective strategies to support the Libraries' information technology operations including: Creating an adaptive and dynamic organizational structure to meet Libraries changing needs; recruiting, developing, and deploying staff for current and new positions; defining departmental goals and objectives aligned with Libraries' and university's strategic plans; securing administrative and/or external funding through grants and contracts to facilitate future growth.

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Digital Curation News (2/10/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian works collaboratively to: assess and implement initiatives related to digital content in the library, archives and special collections; develop and implement digital preservation strategies and policies; develop new digital library offerings; provide outreach to the campus on the library's digital projects and services; advance infrastructure supporting digital and archival library collections; and identify and help develop technologies for these purposes and in support of digital initiatives across campus.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Adopts Open Access Mandate

Posted in Open Access on February 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has adopted an open access mandate.

Here's an excerpt:

For scholarly publications, the AHRQ Public Access Policy will require that authors submit the final peer-reviewed accepted journal manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC). In lieu of the final peer-reviewed manuscript, AHRQ will accept the final published article, provided the awardee can ensure AHRQ has the rights to make the published version public. AHRQ's Public Access Policy is subject to law; Agency mission; resource constraints; U.S. national, homeland, and economic security; and the objectives listed in the OSTP directive.

To the extent feasible and consistent with applicable law and policy; Agency mission; resource constraints; U.S. national, homeland, and economic security; and the objectives listed below, digitally formatted scientific data resulting from unclassified research supported wholly or in part by Federal funding should be stored and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze. For sharing of data in digital format, all AHRQ-funded researchers will be required to include a data management plan for sharing final research data in digital format, or state why data sharing is not possible.

Peter Suber has critiqued the mandate.

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Senior Software Engineer at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Design, develop, maintain and enhance systems that support the activities of the Texas Digital Library. This position manages the repository and other systems of the Texas Digital Library, developing code toward digital asset access and preservation, and is involved in many digital scholarly publishing endeavors.

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"Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Heather Morrison et al. have published "Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

As of May 2014, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) listed close to ten thousand fully open access, peer reviewed, scholarly journals. Most of these journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). This article reports the results of a survey of the 2567 journals, or 26% of journals listed in DOAJ, that do have APCs based on a sample of 1432 of these journals. Results indicate a volatile sector that would make future APCs difficult to predict for budgeting purposes. DOAJ and publisher title lists often did not closely match. A number of journals were found on examination not to have APCs. A wide range of publication costs was found for every publisher type. The average (mean) APC of $964 contrasts with a mode of $0. At least 61% of publishers using APCs are commercial in nature, while many publishers are of unknown types. The vast majority of journals charging APCs (80%) were found to offer one or more variations on pricing, such as discounts for authors from mid to low income countries, differential pricing based on article type, institutional or society membership, and/or optional charges for extras such as English language editing services or fast track of articles. The complexity and volatility of this publishing landscape is discussed.

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Digital Curation News (2/9/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 9th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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