Archive for 2017

DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 8/1/2017

Posted in Announcements on July 26th, 2017

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 8/1/2017.

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Digital Library Services Developer at Northeastern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 25th, 2017

Northeastern University is recruiting a Digital Library Services Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Northeastern University Libraries' development team, you will have opportunities to participate in grant-funded research, collaborate on cutting-edge digital scholarship projects, and lead the development of new tools and services. You will get to contribute to the development and customization of key library systems, including our Samvera-based digital repository architecture, a digital humanities workflow system, integrated data management, preservation, analysis, and visualization systems, and real-time connections between the Library’s management system (Alma) and its Drupal-based website.

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"Searching Data: A Review of Observational Data Retrieval Practices"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 25th, 2017

Kathleen Gregory et al. have self-archived "Searching Data: A Review of Observational Data Retrieval Practices."

Here's an excerpt:

A cross-disciplinary examination of the user behaviours involved in seeking and evaluating data is surprisingly absent from the research data discussion. This review explores the data retrieval literature to identify commonalities in how users search for and evaluate observational research data. Two analytical frameworks rooted in information retrieval and science technology studies are used to identify key similarities in practices as a first step toward developing a model describing data retrieval.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Chicago

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 25th, 2017

The University of Chicago is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communication Librarian provides strategic leadership and direction for the development of the University of Chicago's growing scholarly communication services, including Knowledge@UChicago, the institutional repository (IR) being developed in collaboration with the University's IT Services.

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"Sci-Hub Provides Access to Nearly All Scholarly Literature"

Posted in Copyright, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 25th, 2017

Daniel S Himmelstein et al. have published "Sci-Hub Provides Access to Nearly All Scholarly Literature" in PeerJ.

Here's an excerpt:

Since its creation in 2011, Sci-Hub has grown rapidly in popularity. However, until now, the extent of Sci-Hub's coverage was unclear. As of March 2017, we find that Sci-Hub's database contains 68.9% of all 81.6 million scholarly articles, which rises to 85.2% for those published in closed access journals. Furthermore, Sci-Hub contains 77.0% of the 5.2 million articles published by inactive journals. Coverage varies by discipline, with 92.8% coverage of articles in chemistry journals compared to 76.3% for computer science. Coverage also varies by publisher, with the coverage of the largest publisher, Elsevier, at 97.3%.

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Digital Art: June’s Pastel Drawings, Pen and Ink Drawings, and Oil Paintings

Posted in Digital Art on July 24th, 2017

In June, I continued to transform public domain photos into pastel drawings, pen and ink drawings, and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr. The arkwork images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Oil Painting of the Beach at Ostend

Pen and Ink Drawing of the Grand Canal Seen from the Ca’ Rezzonico

Digital Oil Painting of Raquette Falls

Digital Oil Painting of Kirk Braddan in Douglas

Digital Oil Painting of an Old Mill Near Whitby

Digital Oil Painting of the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Digital Oil Painting of the Moon over the North Window in Arches National Park

Digital Oil Painting of Bread Sellers

Digital Pastel Drawing of Griffith Spring

Digital Oil Painting of Lockett Meadow in the Coconino National Forest

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Collection Services Specialist at HathiTrust

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 24th, 2017

The HathiTrust is recruiting a Collection Services Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Collection Services Specialist is the primary contact for members, staff, and development partners regarding the deposit and ingest of collections and metadata. This is a special opportunity to support the continued growth of the largest digital book collection in the public sector. The successful candidate will have experience in operating aspects of digital libraries and enjoy its challenges. The individual who joins our team will be service-minded, excited to work with others to solve problems, communicate comfortably and clearly via various methods, have excellent focus and attention to detail, and enjoy wrangling data.

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"Open Source Software for Digital Preservation Repositories: a Survey"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Open Source Software on July 24th, 2017

Carlos André Rosa et al. have self-archived "Open Source Software for Digital Preservation Repositories: a Survey."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper focuses on the state-of-the-art in open-source software solutions for the digital preservation and curation field used to assimilate and disseminate information to designated audiences. Eleven open source projects for digital preservation are surveyed in areas such as supported standards and protocols, strategies for preservation, methodologies for reporting, dynamic of development, targeted operating systems, multilingual support and open source license. Furthermore, five of these open source projects, are further analysed, with focus on features deemed important for the area. Along open source solutions, the paper also briefly surveys the standards and protocols relevant for digital data preservation. The area of digital data preservation repositories has several open source solutions, which can form the base to overcome the challenges to reach mature and reliable digital data preservation.

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Member Engagement and Communications Specialist at HathiTrust

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 24th, 2017

he HathiTrust is recruiting a Member Engagement and Communications Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Member Engagement and Communications Specialist will lead and develop our efforts to engage our members more in HathiTrust's development and encourage them to take advantage of our services. The individual who joins our team will have the chance to help build our community and to develop and execute communications strategies to do so. The successful candidate will be service minded, dedicated to our mission, and excited to elucidate the mission, values, and services of HathiTrust for its members, for the library and academic community, and for the wider world.

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Changing Publishing Ecologies: A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on July 24th, 2017

Jisc has released Changing Publishing Ecologies: A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In 2016 we commissioned a research project focused on institutional publishing initiatives which includes academic-led publishing ventures (ALPs) as well as new university presses and library-led initiatives (NUPs). We are pleased to announce the publication of the report 'Changing Publishing Ecologies. A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-led Publishing', which charts the outcomes of this research. . . .

The NUP and ALP strands of the research study were co-ordinated and run in tandem by [Janneke] [Graham] Stone and Adema. This study was informed by a desk top review of current library publishing ventures in the US, Europe and Australia and an overview of international academic-led initiatives and their existing and future directions. The NUP strand consisted of a survey, which collected 43 responses, where the ALP strand was informed by interviews with 14 scholar-led presses. Taking different approaches for these two types of press, the report captures the take-up, reasoning and characteristics of these initiatives, as well as their future plans.

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Software Developer at University of North Texas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 21st, 2017

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Software Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of North Texas Libraries are seeking to hire a Software Developer to join our Digital Libraries Division. The Software Developer will build applications in support of digital library initiatives.

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"DataCite as a Novel Bibliometric Source: Coverage, Strengths and Limitations"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Scholarly Metrics on July 21st, 2017

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia et al. have self-archived "DataCite as a Novel Bibliometric Source: Coverage, Strengths and Limitations."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper explores the characteristics of DataCite to determine its possibilities and potential as a new bibliometric data source to analyze the scholarly production of open data. Open science and the increasing data sharing requirements from governments, funding bodies, institutions and scientific journals has led to a pressing demand for the development of data metrics. As a very first step towards reliable data metrics, we need to better comprehend the limitations and caveats of the information provided by sources of open data. In this paper, we critically examine records downloaded from the DataCite's OAI API and elaborate a series of recommendations regarding the use of this source for bibliometric analyses of open data. We highlight issues related to metadata incompleteness, lack of standardization, and ambiguous definitions of several fields. Despite these limitations, we emphasize DataCite's value and potential to become one of the main sources for data metrics development.

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