Archive for July, 2015

Take Action: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act Being Marked Up

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 29th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act is being marked up.

Here's an excerpt from the SPARC announcement:

After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.

There are two major changes from the original bill language to be particularly aware of. Specifically, the amendment

  • Replaces the six month embargo period with "no later than 12 months, but preferably sooner," as anticipated; and
  • Provides a mechanism for stakeholders to petition federal agencies to 'adjust' the embargo period if the 12 months does not serve "the public, industries, and the scientific community."

To support the bill and communicate your concerns, see: "Help Move FASTR" "Secure Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research"

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Digital Curation News (7/28/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

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

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Software Engineer for Digital Content Management at University of Virginia

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

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Software Engineer for Digital Content Management.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Virginia Library collects, curates and facilitates access to a wide variety of rare and unique materials, chiefly in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The Library acquires born-digital materials and digitizes many rare and unique materials for the purpose of preservation and dissemination to support the University's research and scholarly objectives. The employee in this position supports that mission by collaborating with archivists, curators and digitization specialists to understand their technology needs and as part of a team to procure or design and develop software solutions.

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"’Total Cost of Ownership’ of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 28th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lawson has self-archived "'Total Cost of Ownership' of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together."

Here's an excerpt:

Managing subscription journals and open access charges together has created challenges which may in part be dealt with by offsetting the two revenue streams against each other. In order to do this, it is necessary to have reliable financial data about the extent of the two interacting markets. Jisc Collections has been undertaking data collection regarding universities' article publication charge (APC) expenditure. This process is difficult without a standardized way of recording data, so Jisc Collections has developed a standard data collection template and is helping institutions to release data openly. If available data become more comprehensive and transparent, then all parties (libraries, publishers, research funders, and intermediaries) will have better knowledge of the APC market and can more accurately predict the effects of offsetting.

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Academic Preservation Trust System Administrator/Developer at University of Virginia Library

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

The University of Virginia Library is recruiting an Academic Preservation Trust System Administrator/Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Administrator/Developer of the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust.org) consortium performs system administration and programming related to the Trust's digital-preservation repository environment and other technical environments associated with the Trust. . . .

The person in this role performs system administration, operational support, and programming/development for the APTrust systems, and related systems such as the Digital Preservation Network (DPN.org).

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"TPP Undermines User Control and That’s Disastrous for Accessibility"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on July 28th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Maira Sutton has published "TPP Undermines User Control and That's Disastrous for Accessibility" in Deeplinks.

Here's an excerpt:

The passage of the Marrakesh Treaty led to a change in the TPP's Limitations and Exceptions section of the Intellectual Property chapter, expanding the definition of a legitimate use as one that is "facilitating access to works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled" (some of this wording is still contested, but on the whole is included in the most recent leak of the agreement). This was of course a welcome change to see in the TPP.

What's worrying however, is that in order to pass a new international exception for other kinds of disabilities, such as for the deaf, it will require another agonizing, years-long process. While Marrakesh was intended to set a lower limit on the number of potential exceptions for accessibility, the wording of trade agreements like the TPP could turn the same language into an upper limit. This is due to its approach to copyright exceptions, exemplified by its "three-step test" provision. It's a set of criteria that governments must follow in order to pass any new exception (like say, allowing works to be used for educational or even accessibility purposes). In practice, the three-step test can embolden restrictions against using copyrighted works, rather than being more permissive like fair use.

So instead of providing only a narrow right to people with visual impairments, the TPP could include an exception that would help anyone who has difficulty accessing work due to a disability. But unlike at Marrakesh there are no representatives of the disabled to make that argument in the closed negotiating rooms of the TPP.

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Digital Production Librarian at Boston College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 27th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Boston College is recruiting a Digital Production Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Production Librarian supports the mission of the Digital Library program at BC by managing all aspects of digital capture and ingest, including overseeing operations and output, establishing and documenting projects and processes, and supervising staff. Working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program and in concert with team members, this professional will ensure effective and efficient capture and ingest of an increasing amount of digital content by applying professional skills in project management and digital collections, and applied technical abilities in metadata manipulation and repository ingest.

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"Journal Subscription Expenditure of UK Higher Education Institutions, Version 3″

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on July 27th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lawson and Ben Meghreblian have published "Journal Subscription Expenditure of UK Higher Education Institutions, Version 3." in F1000Research.

Here's an excerpt:

The academic libraries of higher education institutions (HEIs) pay significant amounts of money each year for access to academic journals. The amounts paid are often not transparent especially when it comes to knowing how much is paid to specific publishers. Therefore data on journal subscription expenditure were obtained for UK HEIs using a series of Freedom of Information requests. Data were obtained for 153 HEIs' expenditure with ten publishers over a five-year period. The majority of institutions have provided figures but some are still outstanding. The data will be of interest to those who wish to understand the economics of scholarly communication and see the scale of payments flowing within the system. Further research could replicate the data collection in other jurisdictions.

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Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian at Boston College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 27th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Boston College is recruiting a Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Collections & Preservation Librarian supports the mission of the Digital Library program at BC by guiding data management, digital preservation and digital archiving activities for an increasing amount of born-digital and digitised content. Working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program and in concert with team members, this professional will consider all stages of the life cycle, from the point of capture through to repository ingest. S/he will establish and document policies; contribute to planning for projects and ongoing production; advise on equipment, metadata, standards and formats; and communicate broadly with collaborators and stakeholders within the library and externally.

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"SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 27th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SHARE has released "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC."

Here's an excerpt:

Accomplishments since the first SHARE Community Meeting in October 2014 include the DuraSpace webinar series, launch of the share-research.org website and the SHARE Notify beta, and surpassing the milestone of one million research release events included in SHARE Notify. Currently in the works are partnerships with IRIS [http://iris.isr.umich.edu/] and ORCID and a pending grant proposal to fund Phase II of SHARE.

See also: "SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015."

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Digital Curation News (7/24/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

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

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Research Data Services Librarian at University of British Columbia Library

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

The University of British Columbia Library is recruiting a Research Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Research Data Services Librarian designs and guides the implementation of research data management and curation services at UBC Library and is responsible for managing, preserving, and providing access to research data created by UBC researchers according to national best practices and policies. The role also promotes awareness of resources and services among faculty and students through outreach and liaison activities and works closely with the metadata specialists to ensure that acquired data resources are described to facilitate discoverability.

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