Archive for May, 2015

"Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 18th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Andrea Goethals et al. have published "Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Accessing the web has become part of our everyday lives. Web archiving is performed by libraries, archives, companies and other organizations around the world. Many of these web archives are represented in the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) . This article documents goals and activities of the IIPC Preservation Working Group (PWG), such as a survey about the current state of preservation in member web archives and a number of collaborative projects which the Preservation Working Group is developing. These resources are designed to help address the preservation and long-term access to the web by sharing ideas and experiences, and by building up databases of information for support of preservation strategies and actions.

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Webmaster at University of Southern California

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 18th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Southern California is recruiting a Webmaster.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

USC Libraries' Web Operations unit is seeking a Webmaster to join its team. The Webmaster will oversee and manage the content for the various user interfaces of the Libraries' web properties. In addition to strong organizational and management skills, the ideal candidate has a passion for continually improving web­ based library services for users.

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University of Colorado Boulder Adopts Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 18th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Colorado Boulder has adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

"We are delighted that the Chancellor's Executive Committee has approved an Open Access policy for the campus that was endorsed by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Council of Deans, and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor," said University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "CU-Boulder proudly joins the ranks of other campuses in higher education that have created such policies in the interest of openly sharing their published intellectual assets."

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Dean of Libraries at University of Alabama

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on May 15th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Alabama invites applications from, and nominations of, creative and dynamic candidates for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. As chief advocate for a library system with robust institutional support and proactive donor engagement, the Dean has overall responsibility for the collections, programs, and services of the libraries, as well as for planning and developing external sources of funding. Ultimately, the successful candidate will demonstrate a 21st-century vision for leadership in a thriving university library system.

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New Online Digital Public Humanities Certificate

Posted in Digital Humanities on May 15th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The George Mason University Department of History and Art History, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the Smithsonian Associates are offering an online Digital Public Humanities Certificate.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This one-year, 15-credit certificate program includes 3 online courses:

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities (Fall 2015; 3 credits)
  • Digital Public History (Spring 2016; 3 credits)
  • Teaching Humanities in the Digital Age (Spring 2016; 3 credits)

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Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at New York Public Library

Posted in Research Libraries on May 15th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Public Library is recruiting an Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

NYPL seeks a leader for one of the most prestigious positions in the research library community—the Andrew W. Mellon Director. The leader will ensure that the most democratically accessible of collections thrives and is well preserved, added to and curated, providing the best physical experiences and services for research, and developing innovative ways to increase our digital impact through curated and open collections, committed to access to and expansion of our expertise through community engagement to maximize use by writers, readers, students and creators throughout the world. The Mellon Director reports to the Chief Library Officer and is a member of the President's senior management team. He/she has oversight of the collections and staff of the iconic Schwarzman Building on 42nd street and Fifth Avenue, and the unparalleled collections and staff of the Library for Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for African American Studies, and the Science, Industry and Business Library, as well as the Cullman Center for Writers and other affiliated centers, for a total of 460+ staff and budget of $50M.

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"Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 15th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Hilda Bastian has published "Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review" in Absolutely Maybe.

Here's an excerpt:

There are some consequences that flow inevitably from the choice of anonymity or naming, like workload for journals, or the ability for peer reviewer conflicts of interests unknown to editors to be revealed. I'll come back to that later. But first, what evidence do we have that masking the identities of authors and peer reviewers achieves what it is meant to? . . .

So I've taken a deep dive into this literature. I found 17 relevant comparative studies, 12 of which are controlled trials. The quality of these studies varies greatly, especially the ability to control for variables. Some are in hypothetical situations. But there are some very good, decent-sized trials.

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Digital Curation News (5/14/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 14th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Community Engagement and Support Officer for THOR Project at DataCite

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 14th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DataCite is recruiting a Community Engagement and Support Officer for THOR Project.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Community Engagement and Support Officer will head communication, outreach, and training efforts for DataCite activities related to the THOR project. The successful candidate will work with a diverse community of researchers, libraries, data centres, publishers and research funders to promote the uptake of PIDs for data sharing and citation. This will be achieved by providing multi-­faceted outreach and training opportunities for a diverse community of users. Specific activities include:

  1. engage with a dynamic community of thought leaders to guide and work collaboratively with ORCID to deliver THOR's communication plan in this rapidly changing data driven research environment;
  2. create effective and compelling outreach and training materials for THOR partners, the diverse DataCite community, and the broader community of stakeholders; and
  3. plan and deliver webinars, workshops and events designed to inform and educate the diverse network of stakeholders relevant to THOR and DataCite.

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"Two Years of Transformative Open Data for Public Good"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on May 14th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The White House has released "Two Years of Transformative Open Data for Public Good."

Here's an excerpt:

Two years ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to improve how our government shares information for the benefit of the American people. The E.O. meant that for the first time in history, Federal government data was required to be open by default with common standards and machine-readable formats. As a result, government information is now more easily discoverable with the necessary safeguards to prevent release of sensitive and personally identifiable information. . . .

Today, more than 130,000 datasets reside on data.gov, the repository for the U.S. Government's open data. Data.gov is updated daily with datasets on important issues such as Climate, Public Safety, Health, and Education. Users can find data on the consumer complaints filed against their banks, on-time performance of airlines, or health indicators in their communities such as the prevalence of heart disease or cancer. One reason this is so important is that open data allows businesses, software developers, and anyone else who's interested to create consumer-friendly applications to help us all make better-informed decisions about health care, transportation, energy use, and more. Open data also has other positive impacts, such as fueling creation of new businesses and jobs. And the best part is that we're just getting started.

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Technical Architect for THOR Project at DataCite

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 14th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DataCite is recruiting a Technical Architect for THOR Project.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Technical Architect will work collaboratively to lead Datacite's technical contributions to the THOR project. This includes a focus on the overarching goals of the project to:

  • establish interoperability between community platforms, new Open Science services and DataCite. This will include work on the harmonization of persistent identifier (PID) data models for diverse data and content types, contributor platforms, and organizations.
  • work with THOR project partners and the broader DataCite community on the integration of new PID based services across organizations and disciplines. Such services will support the creation and capture of PIDs related to contributors, data and content, organizations and shall be integrated into data management processes, and repository and publisher submission workflows.

Success in fulfilling these goals requires an understanding of the relationships between various identifier schemes, data sources and schemas, and conceptual models combined with the implementation of THOR's technical components to cross-link identifiers and workflows.

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"Learning from Failure: The Case of the Disappearing Web Site"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 14th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Francine Barone et al. have published "Learning from Failure: The Case of the Disappearing Web Site" in .

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents the findings of the Gone Dark Project, a joint study between the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University. The project has sought to give substance to frequent reports of Web sites "disappearing" (URLs that generate "404 not found" errors) by tracking and investigating cases of excellent and important Web sites which are no longer accessible online. We first address the rationale and research methods for the project before focusing on several key case studies illustrating some important challenges in Web preservation. Followed by a brief overview of the strengths and weaknesses of current Web archiving practice, the lessons learned from these case studies will inform practical recommendations that might be considered in order to improve the preservation of online content within and beyond existing approaches to Web preservation and archiving.

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