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Digital Curation News (4/30/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 30th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Senior Software Engineer at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 30th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded through June 2016. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance. . . .

LTS is seeking a creative java software engineer to enhance our digital repository to support new content types, such as vector drawings, word processing files, 3D objects and raw camera image formats. In close collaboration with Harvard Library digital preservation staff and as part of an agile development team, the software engineer will design, implement, test, and deploy software enabling content deposit, preservation, management and presentation, opening Harvard's diverse collections to researchers, teachers and learners now and in the future.

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"Aaron’s Law Reintroduced: CFAA Didn’t Fix Itself"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation on April 30th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The EFF has released Aaron's Law Reintroduced: CFAA Didn't Fix Itself by Cindy Cohn.

Here's an excerpt:

Aaron's law, the proposed law named in honor of Internet hero Aaron Swartz was reintroduced last week by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Senator Wyden (D-Ore.), with new co-sponsor Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.). This bill is the same as the one introduced in 2013 and we call upon Congress to move it forward.

The CFAA is one of the laws that is misused by prosecutors, piling on potential jail time to relatively minor charges in order to ratchet up pressure on defendants and get them to plead guilty rather than risk trial. In the time since Aaron's tragic death, EFF has continued to see misuses of the CFAA in prosecutions across the country. While this bill wouldn't fix everything that is wrong with the law, it would ensure that people won't face criminal liability for violating a terms of service agreement or other solely contractual agreements. It would also rein in some of the potential for prosecutorial discretion by limiting penalties and stop some of the game playing with duplicate charges that we continue to see. More specifics on our website, along with links to EFF's ongoing work in the courts can be found on our CFAA Issue page.

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Senior Software Engineer at University of Texas at Austin

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 30th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provide software development in support of digital curation activities at the University of Texas Libraries.

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

Posted in Licenses, Privacy, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 30th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Alan Rubel and Mei Zhang have published "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals" in College & Research Libraries.

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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Digital Curation News (4/29/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 29th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Head, Health Information Technology Initiatives at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 29th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Head, Health Information Technology Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library (HSL) is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to be Head of Health Information Technology Initiatives. The individual in this position will lead the Health Sciences Library's information technology initiatives that support and improve the research, teaching, and clinical services of the university's Health Affairs schools and UNC Health Care.

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"ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 29th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has released "ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright."

Here's an excerpt:

Today, April 28, 2015, ARL joined US technology companies, trade associations, and civil society organizations in the launch of Re:Create, a coalition that promotes balanced copyright policy. A balanced copyright system depends on limitations and exceptions, such as fair use. As technology advances, it is imperative that the copyright law is responsive to these changes, balancing the interests of creators of copyrighted information and products with the interests of users of those products.

Re:Create promotes and defends the important balance of copyright. ARL's member institutions, as well as the general public, depend on balanced copyright that includes robust limitations and exceptions. A balanced system ensures that copyright does not limit or impede new and valuable technologies and uses.

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Metadata Architect at Duke University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 29th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Duke University is recruiting a Metadata Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Metadata Architect provides leadership and support for metadata services for the Duke University Libraries' (DUL) digital projects and repository. She/he conceptualizes, plans, and implements descriptive framework and practices for the Libraries' digital collections program and other initiatives. The Metadata Architect serves as the leader in the library for adopting technologies related to creation and use of metadata, and for standardizing descriptive metadata practice across formats, projects, and programs, to facilitate digital preservation, and the interoperability of discovery environments both within and outside of DUL.

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Disrupting the Subscription Journals’ Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on April 29th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Max Planck Digital Library has released Disrupting the Subscription Journals' Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access .

Here's an excerpt:

This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring. There is sufficient momentum for this decisive push towards open access publishing. The diverse existing initiatives must be coordinated so as to converge on this clear goal. The international nature of research implies that this transformation will be achieved on a truly global scale only through a consensus of the world's most eminent research organizations. All the indications are that the money already invested in the research publishing system is sufficient to enable a transformation that will be sustainable for the future. There needs to be a shared understanding that the money currently locked in the journal subscription system must be withdrawn and re-purposed for open access publishing services. The current library acquisition budgets are the ultimate reservoir for enabling the transformation without financial or other risks. The goal is to preserve the established service levels provided by publishers that are still requested b y researchers, while redefining and reorganizing the necessary payment streams. By disrupting the underlying business model, the viability of journal publishing can be preserved and put on a solid footing for the scholarly developments of the future.

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Digital Curation News (4/28/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 28th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Publishing Services Manager at SUNY Geneseo

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 28th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SUNY Geneseo is recruiting a Digital Publishing Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

SUNY Geneseo seeks a service-oriented, versatile, and dynamic professional to develop and implement a strategy for digital scholarship and publishing services at Milne Library. As part of the Milne Library's Technical Services Unit, this position will work closely with the Digital Archivist and the Digital Curriculum Librarian as a fellow team member in support of the Library's strategic goal to advance digital scholarship, publishing and learning initiatives, and establish the library's role in the research and publication lifecycle of scholarship at Geneseo.

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