"The Multidimensional Assessment of Scholarly Research Impact"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on June 24th, 2014

Henk F. Moed and Gali Halevi have self-archived "The Multidimensional Assessment of Scholarly Research Impact."

Here's an excerpt:

This article introduces the Multidimensional Research Assessment Matrix of scientific output. Its base notion holds that the choice of metrics to be applied in a research assessment process depends upon the unit of assessment, the research dimension to be assessed, and the purposes and policy context of the assessment. An indicator may by highly useful within one assessment process, but less so in another. For instance, publication counts are useful tools to help discriminating between those staff members who are research active, and those who are not, but are of little value if active scientists are to be compared one another according to their research performance. This paper gives a systematic account of the potential usefulness and limitations of a set of 10 important metrics including altmetrics, applied at the level of individual articles, individual researchers, research groups and institutions. It presents a typology of research impact dimensions, and indicates which metrics are the most appropriate to measure each dimension. It introduces the concept of a meta-analysis of the units under assessment in which metrics are not used as tools to evaluate individual units, but to reach policy inferences regarding the objectives and general setup of an assessment process.

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    Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator at Grand Valley State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 24th, 2014

    Grand Valley State University is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator.

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    The Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Libraries' scholarly communication program and repository services. The person in this position provides outreach to GVSU community on scholarly communications issues and services and leads the Libraries' efforts to support new models of scholarly communication. Responsibilities include advocating for alternatives to traditional publishing models, working with faculty and liaison librarians in identifying and adding materials to the repository, serving as a primary point of contact on copyright issues, and developing and providing University-wide educational opportunities for sharing information about scholarly communications, open access, copyright and institutional repositories. Promotes and administers the Libraries' Open Access Publishing Support Fund.

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      Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on June 24th, 2014

      The Library of Congress has released the Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The creation and publication of these recommended format specifications is not intended to serve as an answer to all the questions raised in preserving and providing long-term access to creative content. They do not provide instructions for receiving this material into repositories, managing that content or undertaking the many ongoing tasks which will be necessary to maintain this content so that it may be used well into the future. Tackling each of those aspects is a project in and of itself as each form of content has a unique set of facets and nuances. These specifications provide guidance on identifying sets of formats which are not drawn so narrowly as to discourage creators from working within them, but will instead encourage creators to use them to produce works in formats which will make preserving them and making them accessible simpler. Following these specifications helps make it realistic to build, grow and save creative output for our individual and collective benefit for generations to come.

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        Digital Curation News (6/24/2014) #digitalpreservation

        Posted in Digital Curation News on June 24th, 2014

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          Digital Curation News (6/23/2014) #digitalpreservation

          Posted in Digital Curation News on June 23rd, 2014

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            Director of Library Technology at Central Michigan University

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 23rd, 2014

            Central Michigan University is recruiting a Director of Library Technology.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Director of Library Technology provides vision and strategic leadership for Library Systems in a team- and service-oriented environment. The Director is responsible for overseeing and managing the full life cycle of the University Libraries' systems, applications, hardware, and web services. The Director manages the departmental budget, leads a department of six staff members, and serves as a member of the Libraries' senior management group. The Director will develop and employ strategies to ensure that the library systems support the academic needs of a 21st century university.

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              Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 4

              Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on June 23rd, 2014

              Digital Scholarship has released version 4 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 320 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.

              The "digital curation" concept is still evolving. In "Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps toward Success," Christopher A. Lee and Helen R. Tibbo define digital curation as follows:

              Digital curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials, a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts.

              Most sources have been published from January 2009 through June 2014; 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.

              It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

              For broader coverage of the digital curation literature, see the author's Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works,which presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports, and the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works, 2012 Supplement, which presents over 130 additional sources.

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                Digital Projects Developer at Duke University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 23rd, 2014

                Duke University is recruiting a Digital Projects Developer.

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                The Digital Projects Developer develops and maintains web applications utilized by faculty, staff, students, and patrons of the Duke University Libraries (DUL). S/He provides support for middleware and interface development for DUL's enterprise platforms. S/He serves as analyst in a variety of areas, including data management, usability, applications architecture, and workflow enhancement.

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