Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager at Ball State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 30th, 2017

Ball State University is recruiting a Copyright and Scholarly Communications Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages copyright and scholarly communications activities through the University Libraries’ Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office. Provides instructional, training, and consultative services and resources related to intellectual property, fair use, scholarly publishing, and author’s rights and works in conjunction with the Ball State University Office of General Counsel to interpret and assure compliance with U.S. Copyright Law and standardized intellectual property guidelines.

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"Discovering Scholarly Orphans Using ORCID"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 30th, 2017

Martin Klein and Herbert Van de Sompel have self-archived "Discovering Scholarly Orphans Using ORCID."

Here's an excerpt:

Archival efforts such as (C)LOCKSS and Portico are in place to ensure the longevity of traditional scholarly resources like journal articles. At the same time, researchers are depositing a broad variety of other scholarly artifacts into emerging online portals that are designed to support web-based scholarship. These web-native scholarly objects are largely neglected by current archival practices and hence they become scholarly orphans. We therefore argue for a novel paradigm that is tailored towards archiving these scholarly orphans. We are investigating the feasibility of using Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) as a supporting infrastructure for the process of discovery of web identities and scholarly orphans for active researchers. We analyze ORCID in terms of coverage of researchers, subjects, and location and assess the richness of its profiles in terms of web identities and scholarly artifacts. We find that ORCID currently lacks in all considered aspects and hence can only be considered in conjunction with other discovery sources. However, ORCID is growing fast so there is potential that it could achieve a satisfactory level of coverage and richness in the near future.

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Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Institutional Repository Manager at Virginia Tech

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 29th, 2017

Virginia Tech is recruiting an Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Institutional Repository Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reports to the Director of Scholarly Communication and works with her to set priorities, assign responsibilities and direct activities associated with scholarly communication initiatives and services. The Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Institutional Repository Manager oversees collections and provides user support for Virginia Tech’s 60,000-item institutional repository, VTechWorks.

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Challenges & Opportunities Concerning Corporate Formation, Nonprofit Status, & Governance for Open Source Projects

Posted in Open Source Software on March 29th, 2017

The Berkman Klein Center has released Challenges & Opportunities Concerning Corporate Formation, Nonprofit Status, & Governance for Open Source Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

To help open source projects navigate these foundational questions, this report addresses a number of key considerations that those managing open source software development initiatives should take into account when thinking about structure, organization, and governance. The guide elucidates reasons why institutional structure and internal governance processes are important and walks the reader through several models of each, explaining how they might benefit or impact the open source development initiative, and is also replete with case studies and diagrams to illustrate these ideas in practice.

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Head, Digital Scholarship Services at University of Oregon

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 29th, 2017

The University of Oregon is recruiting a Head, Digital Scholarship Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) is charged with developing DSS policies and procedures; coordination and management of DSS projects, budgets, and departmental workflow; and supervision of DSS personnel and Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) operations. The Head collaborates with others to strengthen library programs related to: digital scholarship services, digital collections, open access publishing, the institutional repository, and digital preservation.

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"On the Reuse of Scientific Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science on March 29th, 2017

Irene V. Pasquetto, Bernadette M. Randles, and Christine L. Borgman have published "On the Reuse of Scientific Data" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Data sharing practices, especially motivations and incentives, have received far more study than has data reuse, perhaps because of the array of contested concepts on which reuse rests and the disparate contexts in which it occurs. Here we explicate concepts of data, sharing, and open data as a means to examine data reuse. We explore distinctions between use and reuse of data. Lastly we propose six research questions on data reuse worthy of pursuit by the community: How can uses of data be distinguished from reuses? When is reproducibility an essential goal? When is data integration an essential goal? What are the tradeoffs between collecting new data and reusing existing data? How do motivations for data collection influence the ability to reuse data? How do standards and formats for data release influence reuse opportunities? We conclude by summarizing the implications of these questions for science policy and for investments in data reuse.

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Digital Assets Librarian at University of Mississippi

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 28th, 2017

The University of Mississippi is recruiting a Digital Assets Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Mississippi Libraries seeks applicants for the position of Digital Assets Librarian. The position is a twelve-month, tenure track, assistant professorship to work closely with library personnel to identify and prioritize materials for addition to the library’s digital collections and publications.

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Towards a Competitive and Sustainable Open Access Publishing Market in Europe

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 28th, 2017

OpenAIRE has released Towards a Competitive and Sustainable Open Access Publishing Market in Europe.

Here's an excerpt:

Without intervention, immediate OA to just half of Europe's scientific publications will not be achieved until 2025 or later. Readers in academia have greater access, to more content, than ever before. Despite this, the majority of publications arising from public investments in research remain in accessible to the public, and the growth of OA appears to be slowing.

This study considers the economic factors contributing to the current state of the open access publishing market, and evaluates the potential for European policymakers to enhance market competition and sustainability in parallel to increasing access.

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Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Trinity College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 28th, 2017

Trinity College is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Coordinator will work with faculty and students to amplify excellent recent work in digital scholarship, and to develop new research projects. . . . Some teaching of undergraduates will be required to help faculty develop projects with our students, and expand student research opportunities and access to critical thinking about the digital sphere. This position will play a key role in helping shape a new program for digital scholarship including designing new physical space.

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"Emerging Trends In Peer Review—A Survey"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 28th, 2017

Richard Walkerand Pascal Rocha da Silva have published "Emerging Trends In Peer Review—A Survey" in Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Here's an excerpt:

"Classical peer review" has been subject to intense criticism for slowing down the publication process, bias against specific categories of paper and author, unreliability, inability to detect errors and fraud, unethical practices, and the lack of recognition for unpaid reviewers. This paper surveys innovative forms of peer review that attempt to address these issues. Based on an initial literature review, we construct a sample of 82 channels of scientific communication covering all forms of review identified by the survey, and analyze the review mechanisms used by each channel. We identify two major trends: the rapidly expanding role of preprint servers (e.g., ArXiv) that dispense with traditional peer review altogether, and the growth of "non-selective review," focusing on papers' scientific quality rather than their perceived importance and novelty. Other potentially important developments include forms of "open review," which remove reviewer anonymity, and interactive review, as well as new mechanisms for post-publication review and out-of-channel reader commentary, especially critical commentary targeting high profile papers.

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Associate Dean for Content Management and Scholarly Communications at Kansas State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 27th, 2017

Kansas State University is recruiting an Associate Dean for Content Management and Scholarly Communications.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide leadership and expertise to refine and reposition collections and technical services in the context of emerging trends to meet evolving needs of the university community. . . .This position, one of two associate deans, reports to the Dean of Libraries and directly supervises three department heads: Content Development/Acquisitions, Metadata/Preservation/Digital Initiatives, and Center for Advancement of Digital Scholarship.

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Martin Halbert Named Dean of University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries

Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on March 27th, 2017

Martin Halbert has been appointed Dean of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Halbert has served as dean of libraries and associate professor at the University of North Texas since 2009. Halbert also serves as president of the board of directors of the Educopia Institute, a growing international alliance of cultural memory organizations that was one of the founding partners of the National Digital Preservation Program. Prior to Halbert’s appointment at the University of North Texas, he served as the director for digital innovations and earlier as the director for digital programs and systems at Emory University Libraries.

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