"New ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act’ Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201’s Problems"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 21st, 2015

The EFF has released "Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act' Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201's Problems" by Mitch Stoltz.

Here's an excerpt:

On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jared Polis introduced a new bill to fix many of the problems that Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act causes for free speech, privacy, security research, and innovation. Called the "Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act," the bill would make it a little easier to get three-year exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumventing digital restrictions. It also expands and clarifies the exemptions for encryption research, security testing, strengthening privacy, and reverse engineering. . . .

There's another bill that strikes at the root of the problem. Just a few weeks ago, Representative Zoe Lofgren, along with Representatives Massie, Polis, and Eshoo, re-introduced the Unlocking Technology Act. It makes a simple and straightforward change to Section 1201 of the DMCA: circumventing DRM would only be illegal if a person intends to infringe copyright. With that change, extracting video clips from digital media to make fair uses, as well as modifying our own digital devices and making work more accessible would all be free from legal threats under the DMCA.

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    Repository Developer at University of Pittsburgh

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 21st, 2015

    The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Repository Developer.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University of Pittsburgh University Library System (ULS) is seeking an enthusiastic and talented key contributor to the growth, development and enhancement of a large ecosystem of digital repositories for scholarly content. This is a high-level, regular, full-time position reporting to the manager of Systems Development in the Information Technology department of the University Library System. Work will mainly consist of project management and programming tasks relating to the various repository systems run by the University Library System as well as contributing to collaborative Open Source software projects coordinated by other organizations for the benefit of the University Library System.

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      University of Arizona Launches School of Information

      Posted in Information Schools on April 21st, 2015

      The University of Arizona has launched its School of Information headed by Bryan Heidorn.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The iSchool combines the School of Information Resources and Library Science, or SIRLS, located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts, or SISTA, located in the College of Science.

      The iSchool will include additional affiliate faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Science, as well as faculty from College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities who have research interests in digital arts and humanities. . . .

      The Master of Arts in library and information science is accredited by the American Library Association and prepares students for careers in libraries, museums and archives, as well as in government and business information centers. . . .

      Students in the doctoral program in information learn to develop and apply computational methods to challenges that overlap multiple academic disciplines—from discovering signaling pathways in cells, to understanding musical improvisation, to training digital video cameras to understand what they see—and will be prepared for careers in academia, government and industry.

      A Master of Science in information is undergoing university approvals and is expected to be available for classes beginning in the fall.

      The iSchool also will offer a variety of certificates. Like most of the degrees, they will be offered face-to-face and online. They are:

      • The DigIn (Digital Information Management) graduate certificate, which trains professionals to create and manage large, complex digital collections.
      • The certificate in archival studies, which teaches students how archival practices affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical record.
      • The legal information and scholarly communication certificate, which prepares students to serve in various types of libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is critical for success. For jobs where a Juris Doctorate is required, the school provides a law librarianship graduate certificate.
      • The certificate in medical and community health information, which will involve skills in the acquisition and dissemination of quality health information as well as training on providing culturally competent health information services.

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        Digital Curation News (4/20/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

        Posted in Digital Curation News on April 20th, 2015

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          50 Universities or University Units Have Now Adopted Open Access Policies by Unanimous Faculty Votes

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 20th, 2015

          With recent votes by Boston University and University of Delaware faculty, 50 universities or university units, such as schools, have now adopted open access policies by unanimous faculty votes.

          Here's a list from Unanimous Faculty Votes. See the original document for omitted details, and see the recently revised (and praised) Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) for a complete list of over 670 open access policies.

          1. February 12, 2008. Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
          2. April 27, 2008. Macquarie University
          3. May 7, 2008, Harvard University, School of Law
          4. June 10, 2008, Stanford University, School of Education
          5. October 2008, University College London (UCL)
          6. February 11, 2009. Boston University
          7. March 6, 2009, Oregon State University, Library Faculty
          8. March 18, 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
          9. May 2009. University of Calgary, division of Library and Cultural Resources
          10. May 2009. University of Pretoria
          11. May 7, 2009, University of Oregon, Library Faculty
          12. May 14, 2009, University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages
          13. May 14, 2009, Gustavus Adolphus College, Library Faculty
          14. October 1, 2009, York University, librarians and archivists
          15. October, 2009. Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
          16. November 18, 2009, Oberlin College
          17. December 2, 2009, University of Northern Colorado, Library Faculty
          18. February 1, 2010, Wake Forest University, Library faculty
          19. February 9, 2010, California Polytechnic State University
          20. February 12, 2010, Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)
          21. February 24, 2010, University of Virginia
          22. February 25, 2010, Rollins College Faculty of Arts and Sciences
          23. March 18, 2010, Duke University
          24. March 24, 2010, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
          25. April 19, 2010, San Jose State University
          26. September 27, 2010, University of Northern Colorado
          27. October 2010, Trinity College Dublin
          28. December 22, 2010, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
          29. March 15, 2011, Emory University
          30. May 11, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
          31. September 2011, Princeton University
          32. October 19, 2011, Florida State University
          33. December 8, 2011, Pacific University
          34. January 27, 2012, Bifröst University
          35. February 15, 2012, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
          36. April 2012, Utah State University
          37. May 21, 2012, University of California, San Francisco
          38. February 6, 2013, Wellesley College
          39. March 4, 2013, College of Wooster
          40. March 5, 2013, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library faculty
          41. March 21, 2013, University of Rhode Island
          42. April 2013, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
          43. June 13, 2013, Oregon State University
          44. December 2013, Télé-université (TELUQ), Université du Québec
          45. December 2, 2013, Columbia University, School of Social Work
          46. June 18, 2014, Harvard Medical School
          47. October 7, 2014, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
          48. October 9, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
          49. February 11, 2015, Boston University
          50. April 6, 2015, University of Delaware

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            Information Technology Specialist (INET) at Library of Congress

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 20th, 2015

            The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (INET).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Information Technology Specialist (INET) position serves the Office of Strategic Initiatives on Internet and Web projects. Major responsibilities include the organization, design, implementation, and maintenance of web and multimedia initiatives. Provides technical support in the planning and development of existing and new Library websites. Works collaboratively with web managers, architects, designers, programmers, and stakeholders to meet and maintain customer requirements and needs for the Library's multimedia and web initiatives.

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              Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 20th, 2015

              Northwestern University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Leads all phases of the life cycle of technology systems to support first-class services and provide alignment with the business goals of the organization. • Oversees systems and resources including Alma/Primo, a Fedora repository, a Hydra partnership and other open source platforms in a mixed Linux/Windows environment, using Agile project management methodology and service-oriented architecture. • Develops methods for risk profile, gap and budgetary analysis to determine the diversification and investments in technology. • Applies IT resource management towards new capabilities to support and enable strategic initiatives while reducing investments in legacy systems and outmoded business processes. •

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                "How to Hack it as a Working Parent"

                Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2015

                Jaclyn Bedoya et al. have published "How to Hack it as a Working Parent" in Code4Lib Journal.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The problems faced by working parents in technical fields in libraries are not unique or particularly unusual. However, the cross-section of work-life balance and gender disparity problems found in academia and technology can be particularly troublesome, especially for mothers and single parents. Attracting and retaining diverse talent in work environments that are highly structured or with high expectations of unstated off-the-clock work may be impossible long term. . . .

                We present some practical solutions for those in technical positions in libraries. Such solutions involve strategic use of technical tools, and lightweight project management applications. Technical workarounds are not the only answer; real and lasting change will involve a change in individual priorities and departmental culture such as sophisticated and ruthless time management, reviewing workloads, cross-training personnel, hiring contract replacements, and creative divisions of labor. Ultimately, a flexible environment that reflects the needs of parents will help create a better workplace culture for everyone, kids or no kids.

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                  DigitalKoans Marks Its Tenth Year of Publication

                  Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on April 20th, 2015

                  DigitalKoans, which was established by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. on April 20, 2005, has now been published for ten years. During that time, it has had over 11.1 million visitors, over 50.8 million file requests, and over 36.8 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 6.8 million visitors, over 49.7 million file requests, and over 17 million page views. There have been over 7,100 DigitalKoans posts.

                  DigitalKoans was the first publication of Digital Scholarship, a digital press that was founded by Bailey on the same date. In its ten years of operation, Digital Scholarship has had over 14.9 million visitors from 231 counties, over 72 million file requests, and over 52 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9 million visitors from 231 counties, 43.4 million file requests, and over 24.1 million page views.

                  Digital Scholarship has primarily published e-books, low-cost paperbacks, digital bibliographies/webliograpies, and blogs. The publications have been under Creative Commons licenses, usually versions of the Attribution-NonCommercial license. The digital publications have been open access. Digital Scholarship has operated without advertising revenue or other external funding.

                  One of the most popular e-books published by Digital Scholarship has been Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography. Excluding spiders, the PDF version has been requested over 475,000 times; with the addition of page views from the HTML version, total use is over 539,000 requests.

                  Prior to establishing Digital Scholarship, Bailey worked at the University of Houston Libraries, where he led the digital publishing program from 1989-2007 as Assistant Dean/Director for Systems and subsequently Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development. He established and acted as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (1989-1996), the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. In 1996, he established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book that had 79 subsequent versions (16 of which were published by Digital Scholarship). These two publications had over 9 million file requests while under Bailey's direction at the UH Libraries.

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                    DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 4/20/2015

                    Posted in Announcements on April 14th, 2015

                    DigitalKoans posts will resume on 4/20/2015.

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                      Metadata Librarian, Librarian I at Michigan State University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2015

                      Michigan State University is recruiting a Metadata Librarian, Librarian I.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, this creative librarian will generate metadata for past and future digital projects covering a variety of media types. The librarian shall work collaboratively with staff across the Library, the University and beyond on services and projects that depend upon metadata for success. Utilizing standards and best practices the librarian will establish efficient workflows for data creation and maintenance, including descriptive, technical and administrative metadata. Emphasis will be placed on activities that facilitate user discovery, access and the long-term stewardship of Library collections.

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                        "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness"

                        Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2015

                        A. Swan et al. have self-archived "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness".

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The PASTEUR4OA project analyses what makes an Open Access (OA) policy effective. The total number of institutional or funder OA policies worldwide is now 663 (March 2015), over half of them mandatory. ROARMAP, the policy registry, has been rebuilt to record more policy detail and provide more extensive search functionality. Deposit rates were measured for articles in institutions' repositories and compared to the total number of WoS-indexed articles published from those institutions. Average deposit rate was over four times as high for institutions with a mandatory policy. Six positive correlations were found between deposit rates and (1) Must-Deposit; (2) Cannot-Waive-Deposit; (3) Deposit-Linked-to-Research-Evaluation; (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention; (5) Must-Make-Deposit-OA (after allowable embargo) and (6) Can-Waive-OA. For deposit latency, there is a positive correlation between earlier deposit and (7) Must-Deposit-Immediately as well as with (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention and with mandate age. There are not yet enough OA policies to test whether still further policy conditions would contribute to mandate effectiveness but the present findings already suggest that it would be useful for current and future OA policies to adopt the seven positive conditions so as to accelerate and maximise the growth of OA.

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