"The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey"

Posted in Net Neutrality on April 27th, 2015

Public Knowledge has released The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey by Kate Forscey.

Here's an excerpt:

Meanwhile, some members of Congress are also taking aim at the FCC's rules, introducing a slew of bills, each purporting to address some part of the agency process that only seem to be in response to the FCC's rules. . . .

  • MORE FLIES WITH HONEY: First, Senators Thune and Upton introduced bills before the FCC even voted, sensing the strong regulations coming and hoping to head the Commission off at the pass. They claim the bill legislatively protects net neutrality by preventing non-throttling and non-blocking. . . More importantly, the bill revokes the Commission's authority over any other aspect of the broadband ecosystem, forever. . . .
  • SALTING THE EARTH:  An alternative—but unsurprising—attack came from a different faction of Congressional Republicans, headed by Rep. Collins. Once the rules hit the Federal Register, the clock starts ticking on the Congressional Review Act—which allows Congress to review a "major" rule issued by any federal agency before the rules take effect (so, 60 days). The resolution ("CR") only needs a simple majority to pass in the House and the Senate—although the President can veto it, and likely would in this case. . . .
  • AND THE "REFORM" KITCHEN SINK: Most recently, three members dropped three different draft "FCC process reform" bills, each of which aims to restructure how the agency functions.

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    Repository Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 27th, 2015

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Repository Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Reporting to the Head of Software Development within the division of Library and Information Technology (LIT), the Repository Librarian is responsible for day-to-day management and operations of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), the preservation home for significant digitized, at-risk, and born digital collections. The librarian will ensure accurate ingest of materials, train others in the use of CDR tools, manage and coordinate operations with a diverse set of repository stakeholders, and collaborate with other departments that provide technical resources in support of the CDR.

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      IMLS Releases Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories, Grants on April 27th, 2015

      IMLS has released four national digital platform grant proposals for projects it awarded grants to.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      • Fostering a New National Library Network through a Community-¬≠Based, Connected Repository System (LG-70-15-0006): The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace will foster a greatly expanded network of open-access, content-hosting "hubs" that will enable discovery and interoperability, as well as the reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world. The three partners will engage in a major development of the community-driven open source Hydra project to provide these hubs with a new all-in-one solution, which will also allow countless other institutions to easily join the national digital platform.
      • Museum Hub for Open Content (LG-70-15-0002): ARTstor, in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staten Island Museum, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will create and implement software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open public access. The project will lower barriers to museum contributions to the DPLA by producing enhanced metadata tools, intellectual property rights decision support tools, and a direct-to-DPLA publishing capacity.
      • Combining Social Media Storytelling with Web Archives (LG-71-15-0077): Old Dominion University and the Internet Archive will collaborate to develop tools and techniques for integrating "storytelling" social media and web archiving. The partners will use information retrieval techniques to (semi-)automatically generate stories summarizing a collection and mine existing public stories as a basis for librarians, archivists, and curators to create collections about breaking events.
      • Repository Services for Accessible Course Content (LG-72-15-0009): This planning project, led by Tufts University, will bring together experts from disability services, including librarians, IT professionals, advocates, and legal counsel, to develop work plans for shared infrastructure, within which universities can support their students with disabilities. The intention is to create specifications and a business model that will complement existing platforms and services.

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        Associate Dean at University of Cincinnati

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 24th, 2015

        The University of Cincinnati is recruiting an Associate Dean.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Guided by UC Libraries' new strategic directions, the organization continues to pursue positive changes in supporting the university's core mission of teaching/learning, research, and community engagement, with increased emphasis on the areas of digital scholarship/e-learning, institutional digital repository, scholarly communication, publishing, research data management, digital curation, long-term preservation for both printing and digital archives, data analytics, informatics, software development, innovative hardware architecture, and 21st century library systems, and unique/special collections. The Associate Dean will play an important role in moving the Libraries forward in the above areas.

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          American’ Views on Open Government Data

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on April 24th, 2015

          The Pew Research Center has released American' Views on Open Government Data.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Few Americans think governments are very effective in sharing data they collect with the public:

          • Just 5% say the federal government does this very effectively, with another 39% saying the federal government does this somewhat effectively.
          • 5% say state governments share data very effectively, with another 44% saying somewhat effectively.
          • 7% say local governments share data very effectively, with another 45% responding somewhat effectively.

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            Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information at Pennsylvania State University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 24th, 2015

            Pennsylvania State University is recruiting an Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information (CHI), a new research center jointly managed and run by the Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). This is a twelve-month, tenure-track, library faculty position based at the University Park campus, and will report to an Associate Dean in the University Libraries' administration. . . .

            A key responsibility will be to co-direct CHI projects in collaboration with the Center's leadership and provide strategic and practical oversight for a newly conceived Digital Humanities Lab (DHL), an exciting new initiative of the University Libraries that will provide opportunities for faculty and students to engage in digitally enriched humanities scholarship and pedagogy. The Associate Director will be expected to lead, design, plan, and implement a service and program model for the Lab in collaboration with colleagues in the Libraries and the CLA.

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              "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 24th, 2015

              Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015" in Library Journal.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Open access (OA) continues to develop, but some financial analysts, such as Sami Kassab, executive director at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas, now believe that OA may no longer be a pressure point on commercial publishing. OA has not been the disruptive force on commercial publishing for which many had hoped.

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                Digital Curation News (4/23/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

                Posted in Digital Curation News on April 23rd, 2015

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                  Digital Curation News (4/23/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

                  Posted in Digital Curation News on April 23rd, 2015

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                    Digital Initiatives Librarian at Salem State University

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 23rd, 2015

                    Salem State University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    Duties and Responsibilities:

                    • Manages the university library's institutional repository, including outreach to the campus community. Develops policies and procedures concerning digital objects and metadata, establishes workflows, implements appropriate standards and best practices, and conducts quality assurance for digital collections
                    • Identifies campus digitization projects (i.e undergraduate and graduate symposium papers, community service project reports, student and faculty publications, born-digital materials, etc.) and liaises with stakeholders
                    • Collaborates with the archivist and special collections librarian to identify and prepare significant items from special collections for digitization
                    • Instructs the campus community in the use of the repository and digital collections. Advises and provides guidance on issues related to intellectual property, open access publishing, and fair use
                    • Participates in digital library-related initiatives and projects with Massachusetts public higher education institutions and statewide and regional consortia
                    • Works with the Center for Research and Creative Activities to develop digital projects relating to faculty research; collaborates with the center to recruit open access faculty scholarship for the repository

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                      Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 23rd, 2015

                      The National Academies Press has released Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation .

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements arising from a deficit in the institutional and technological structures and the human capital necessary to utilize and sustain the abundance of new digital information. This National Research Council consensus study report focuses on the need for education and training in digital curation to meet the societal demands for access to and meaningful use of digital information, now and in the future. For the purposes of this study, digital curation is defined as: "The active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use." This definition provided the committee with a shared understanding of the scope of digital curation. As discussed below, digital curation entails more than secure storage and preservation of digital information because curation may add value to digital information and increase its utility.

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                        Data Management Specialist at Johns Hopkins University

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 23rd, 2015

                        Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Data Management Specialist.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        The Data Management Consultant will provide consultative data management planning support and training to JHU researchers. The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

                        • Manage inquiries from researchers for data management planning support.
                        • Provide consultative support to PIs including evaluation of data planning needs, assessing options for sharing data, catering planning to specific granting agency or publisher requirements, and editing data management plans.
                        • Track specific scientific domain areas building knowledge and expertise in data types, formats, and needs within domains.
                        • Identify data standards, metadata standards, best practices for data management, etc. to continuously build expertise and improve provision of service.
                        • Maintain knowledge on a broad range of data repositories including their submission, Intellectual Property, and use arrangements, and provide guidance on repository selection for deposit.
                        • Develop and deliver data management training programs including training materials.
                        • Proactively collaborate and coordinate with JHUDMS team to implement data management plans, including coordinating data deposits with researchers and preparing collections for archiving in the JHU Data Archive.

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