"Breaking Down Pros and Cons of Preprints in Biomedicine"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 4th, 2016

Hilda Bastian has published "Breaking Down Pros and Cons of Preprints in Biomedicine" in Absolutely Maybe.

Here's an excerpt:

The pros and cons on this are arguably different for physics and biomedicine. It might be easier to copy or fold in someone else's insights into an experiment or paper and beat them to press, so the argument goes. Perhaps this is in part a concern about losing out on a citation in a higher impact journal if your work is no longer seen as exciting. If it's a common concern, then it's a serious hurdle for preprint acceptance.

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    Metadata/Discovery Librarian at Amherst College

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 4th, 2016

    Amherst College is recruiting a Metadata/Discovery Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    You will work with a cross-departmental team to a) create and maintain metadata that provides or improves access to digital library collections and b) enable and facilitate the discoverability of resources. The Metadata/Discovery Librarian will participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of metadata policies, goals, and procedures and also work to provide optimal access to e-resources through user-focused practices with existing and potential discovery tools and systems.

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      Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI

      Posted in Metadata on May 4th, 2016

      OCLC Research has released Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      This report focusses on organizational identifiers from the perspective of academic institutions. Their ranks and reputation often determine their success in obtaining funding and attracting or retaining faculty. Identifiers provide the "glue" for institutions and funder systems to support comparing and ranking the outputs of the research process; assessing the impact of grants between institutions and their funders; and tracking and collating publications between researchers and their publishers. The report outlines a number of scenarios where the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) can be used to disambiguate organizations, including real-world examples.

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        Systems Librarian at SUNY Cortland

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 3rd, 2016

        SUNY Cortland is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        A full-time twelve-month academic librarian reporting to the Associate Director of Libraries. Provides support and development of library Information Technology (IT) services including the Library Management System (Aleph), library portal and webiste, EZProxy, InterLibrary Loan software (Illiad) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

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          "After Copyright Win, GSU Seeks $3.3 Million from Publishers "

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Research Libraries on May 3rd, 2016

          Andrew Albanese has published "After Copyright Win, GSU Seeks $3.3 Million from Publishers" in Publishers Weekly.

          Here's an excerpt:

          After winning a key copyright decision, attorneys for Georgia State University want the publishers who brought the suit to pay more than $3.3 million dollars in fees and costs.

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            Application Programmer at University of Toronto Scarborough

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 3rd, 2016

            The University of Toronto Scarborough is recruiting two Application Programmers.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Reporting to the Coordinator of Digital Scholarship Unit and in collaboration with librarians and faculty leading digital scholarship projects, and taking direction from Information and Instructional Technology Services, (IITS) the incumbent is responsible for providing quality resources and technical expertise to the Library's Digital Scholarship Unit (DSU) by researching, designing, developing and implementing web-based applications and the digital library technology stack to support various digital scholarship and research projects. . .

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              "Fifty Shades of Open"

              Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Open Source Software on May 3rd, 2016

              Jeffrey Pomerantz and Robin Peek have published "Fifty Shades of Open" in First Monday.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. The word "open" has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. This essay disambiguates the many meanings of the word "open" as it is used in a wide range of contexts.

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                Digital Art: April's Charcoal Drawings, Oil Paintings, and Pastel Drawings

                Posted in Digital Art on May 2nd, 2016

                In April, I continued to transform public domain photos from the late 19th century into charcoal 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 Oil Painting of Petit Bot Bay in Guernsey

                Digital Pastel Drawing of Brixham Harbor in England

                Digital Pastel Drawing of Hollandischer Brook

                Digital Charcoal and Chalk Drawing of H. G. Wells

                Digital Charcoal Drawing of Emmeline Pankhurst

                Digital Charcoal and Chalk Drawing of a Gondola Approaching a Venice Bridge

                Digital Pastel Drawing of Holborn Viaduct Street in London

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                  Web Services Librarian at Portland Community College

                  Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 2nd, 2016

                  Portland Community College is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  Under the direction of the Library Technology Manager, leads the Library's effort to enhance its virtual spaces, working closely with library reference and instructional faculty to develop and expand online library services. Participates in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of new web-based library instruction tools, including developing and delivering training. Interpersonal contacts extend to library management and staff, faculty, students, public users and library staff from external institutions.

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                    "Research Library Associations Endorse Open Data Accord"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Research Libraries on May 2nd, 2016

                    ARL has released "Research Library Associations Endorse Open Data Accord."

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    IARLA [International Alliance of Research Library Associations] views the Science International accord on "Open Data in a Big Data World" as an important step towards creating and enabling this common vision of the importance of open data. In setting out principles for open data that are derived from emerging practices within the scientific community, the accord lends the voice of a key stakeholder to the case for open data and provides a practical road map for the implementation of open data at the global level.

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                      Program Director of Mountain West Digital Library at University of Utah

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 2nd, 2016

                      The University of Utah is recruiting a Program Director of Mountain West Digital Library.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) seeks an energetic, visionary, innovative, and accomplished professional for the position of Program Director. . . . MWDL serves the Mountain West region as a Service Hub for the Digital Public Library of America, and it aggregates metadata from partnering libraries, museums, and archives in six states for sharing both regionally via the MWDL portal at http://mwdl.org/ and nationally via the DPLA portal at http://dp.la/. MWDL's Member Repositories and other collections partners collaborate to develop standards for digital collections metadata and other aspects of digital collection management.

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                        "Are Scientific Data Repositories Coping with Research Data Publishing?"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories, Open Science on May 2nd, 2016

                        Massimiliano Assante et al. have published "Are Scientific Data Repositories Coping with Research Data Publishing?" in Data Science Journal.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This study analyses the solutions offered by generalist scientific data repositories, i.e., repositories supporting the deposition of any type of research data. These repositories cannot make any assumption on the application domain. They are actually called to face with the almost open ended typologies of data used in science. The current practices promoted by such repositories are analysed with respect to eight key aspects of data publishing, i.e., dataset formatting, documentation, licensing, publication costs, validation, availability, discovery and access, and citation. From this analysis it emerges that these repositories implement well consolidated practices and pragmatic solutions for literature repositories. These practices and solutions can not totally meet the needs of management and use of datasets resources, especially in a context where rapid technological changes continuously open new exploitation prospects.

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