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

Posted in Digital Art on June 7th, 2016

In May, I continued to transform public domain photos from the late 19th century and my own photos into color pen and ink drawings, oil paintings, and pastel drawings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are freely available on Flickr or 500px.

Digital Pastel Drawing of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Digital Color Pen and Ink Drawing of a Dutch Fisherman in Marken

Digital Pastel Drawing of Mont Saint-Michel in Moonlight

Digital Pastel Drawing of The Torrs in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Boat Arriving in Guernsey

Digital Oil Painting of the Wheat Exchange Hall in Leiden

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Digital and Media Archivist at University of Wisconsin–Madison

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 7th, 2016

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is recruiting a Digital and Media Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manage born digital collections: working with library and campus partners to ingest, preserve, describe and make available archival materials in digital form; identifying digital media to be added to the Archives' collections; identifying/testing software to help with born digital materials; overseeing the Archive's Archive-It site.

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"Demographics of Scholarly Publishing and Communication Professionals"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on June 7th, 2016

Albert N. Greco, Robert M. Wharton, and Amy Brand have published the "Demographics of Scholarly Publishing and Communication Professionals" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

While a great deal is known about the companies active in this sector, we need to know more about the employees of the firms that edit, produce, market, and distribute today's scholarly books and journals. To achieve this goal, the researchers conducted an international survey in late 2014 and early 2015 of approximately 6,121 scholarly publishing employees in 33 nations.

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Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications at Duke University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 7th, 2016

Duke University is recruiting a Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications will provide leadership and coordinate scholarly communication activities for Duke University. Working with library colleagues, s/he will offer training and consultative services for the university community about intellectual property issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction. . . . S/he will also be an advocate for innovation in scholarly publishing with individuals, as well as in regard to institutional and national policies.

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"Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 7th, 2016

Misha Teplitskiy, Grace Lu, and Eamon Duede have self-archived "Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science."

Here's an excerpt:

With the rise of Wikipedia as a first-stop source for scientific knowledge, it is important to compare its representation of that knowledge to that of the academic literature. Here we identify the 250 most heavily used journals in each of 26 research fields (4,721 journals, 19.4M articles in total) indexed by the Scopus database, and test whether topic, academic status, and accessibility make articles from these journals more or less likely to be referenced on Wikipedia. We find that a journal's academic status (impact factor) and accessibility (open access policy) both strongly increase the probability of it being referenced on Wikipedia. Controlling for field and impact factor, the odds that an open access journal is referenced on the English Wikipedia are 47% higher compared to paywall journals. One of the implications of this study is that a major consequence of open access policies is to significantly amplify the diffusion of science, through an intermediary like Wikipedia, to a broad audience.

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Director of Library Technology and Special Collections at Binghamton University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on June 6th, 2016

Binghamton University is recruiting a Director of Library Technology and Special Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Library Technology and Special Collections is responsible for providing administrative and programmatic leadership for innovative, high quality information technologies, digital initiatives and discovery services, Special Collections and Archives in the University Libraries, which includes the Glen B. Bartle and Science Libraries, the Library Annex©Conklin, and the University Downtown Center Library and Information Commons.

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"Revisiting the Data Lifecycle with Big Data Curation"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 6th, 2016

Line Pouchard has published "Revisiting the Data Lifecycle with Big Data Curation" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

As science becomes more data-intensive and collaborative, researchers increasingly use larger and more complex data to answer research questions. The capacity of storage infrastructure, the increased sophistication and deployment of sensors, the ubiquitous availability of computer clusters, the development of new analysis techniques, and larger collaborations allow researchers to address grand societal challenges in a way that is unprecedented. In parallel, research data repositories have been built to host research data in response to the requirements of sponsors that research data be publicly available. Libraries are re-inventing themselves to respond to a growing demand to manage, store, curate and preserve the data produced in the course of publicly funded research. As librarians and data managers are developing the tools and knowledge they need to meet these new expectations, they inevitably encounter conversations around Big Data. This paper explores definitions of Big Data that have coalesced in the last decade around four commonly mentioned characteristics: volume, variety, velocity, and veracity. We highlight the issues associated with each characteristic, particularly their impact on data management and curation. We use the methodological framework of the data life cycle model, assessing two models developed in the context of Big Data projects and find them lacking. We propose a Big Data life cycle model that includes activities focused on Big Data and more closely integrates curation with the research life cycle. These activities include planning, acquiring, preparing, analyzing, preserving, and discovering, with describing the data and assuring quality being an integral part of each activity. We discuss the relationship between institutional data curation repositories and new long-term data resources associated with high performance computing centers, and reproducibility in computational science. We apply this model by mapping the four characteristics of Big Data outlined above to each of the activities in the model. This mapping produces a set of questions that practitioners should be asking in a Big Data project

The article is under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

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Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System at University of Pittsburgh

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on June 6th, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

A member of the Association of American Universities, current enrollment in Pitt's 16 undergraduate and graduate schools and 4 regional campuses is 34,934 (25,074 undergraduate and 9,860 graduate students).

In 2015, the University's federally funded research summed to almost $600 million. . . .

The ULS is comprised of 11 libraries and holdings of nearly 7.2 million volumes and employs a total FTE count of 180. The director oversees the ULS budget, which in 2015 was approximately $32 million.

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Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 6

Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications on June 6th, 2016

Digital Scholarship has released Version 6 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 560 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. Over 200 new works have been added to the bibliography since version five.

The Research Data Curation Bibliography covers topics such as research data creation, acquisition, metadata, repositories, provenance, management, policies, support services, funding agency requirements, peer review, publication, citation, sharing, reuse, and preservation.

Most sources have been published from January 2009 through May 2016; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

Abstracts are included in this bibliography if a work is under a Creative Commons Attribution License (BY and national/international variations), a Creative Commons public domain dedication (CC0), or a Creative Commons Public Domain Mark and this is clearly indicated in the work.

The Research Data Curation Bibliography is under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 6/6/2016

Posted in Announcements on May 5th, 2016

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 6/6/2016.

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Digital Curation News (5/5/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 5th, 2016

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Library Systems Analyst at Brown University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 5th, 2016

Brown University is recruiting a Library Systems Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working within a large team of technical experts, the Systems Analyst will be charged to creatively improve the efficiency of the overall workflows in Library Access Services and to allow effective systems' interoperability while dealing with traditional and unconventional metadata and its wide range of uses in acquisitions, electronic resources, cataloging, circulation, resource sharing, and off-site storage. In addition, the Systems Analyst will assist in developing effective, user-friendly training modules and documentation for staff in the use of such tools.

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