Canadian Researchers’ Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on May 16th, 2014

Canadian Science Publishing has released Canadian Researchers' Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Some key findings described in the report:

  • Researchers agree with principle, not cost, of open access (OA)
  • Almost half of the researchers reported publishing more than half of their research in open access format in past 2 years, yet availability of open access was 8 times less important than impact factor and 13 times less important than journal reputation when selecting a journal
  • For those who have published OA, institutions and tri-agency funding typically cover cost, yet many researchers indicated they did not know whether Canada's major funding bodies support OA
  • Peer review, reach, and discoverability are considered most important journal features
  • Use of repositories differs widely across disciplines
  • Laboratory/institutional blogs or websites and social media are increasingly being used for research dissemination

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    Posted in Digital Curation News on May 15th, 2014

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      Web Developer and Designer at Northeastern University Libraries

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 15th, 2014

      The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer and Designer.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Library Web Developer has responsibility for designing, programming, and/or adapting existing web tools to enhance the Library's various web-based systems. This position develops customized and project-specific solutions in JavaScript, PHP/Perl, CSS and other related web technologies, as well as contributing to the development of other core services, such as the Digital Repository Service, faculty online publications, remote service systems, and the online catalog. He or she works collaboratively with library colleagues as well as colleagues in Information Technology Services and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies.

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        "The Embargoes Don’t Work: The British Academy Provides the Best Evidence Yet"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on May 15th, 2014

        Cameron Neylon has "The Embargoes Don't Work: The British Academy Provides the Best Evidence Yet" in PLOS Opens.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Embargoes are an artificial monopoly created to make the competition a bit less fierce. But truly, if a publisher believes that they add value and wants to be competitive then why should they fear a Word doc sitting on the web? Indeed if they do it suggests a lack of confidence in the additional value that they offer in the version of record. The best way to give yourself that confidence is to be tough on yourself and take a good look at how and where you add value. And the best way to do that is to compete successfully with "free."

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          XML Applications Developer at Northeastern University Libraries

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 15th, 2014

          The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a XML Applications Developer.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The XML Applications Developer develops and maintains XML applications in support of the Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) and faculty projects affiliated with the DSG, with major focus on the TEI Archiving, Publishing and Access Service (TAPAS) and the Women Writers Project. He or she provides programming and systems analysis for the design, development and documentation of complex research tools across a wide range of projects. The XML Applications Developer will be responsible for designing, developing, testing and deploying new technologies, tools and resources to extend and enhance digital content and services, developing application programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate multiple submission and access pathways. He or she writes and/or modifies code and conducts quality assurance on code contributed by other developers, and performs related duties as necessary. He or she works collaboratively with library colleagues as well as colleagues in ITS and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extended funding.

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            The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025

            Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on May 15th, 2014

            The Pew Research Center has released The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This current report is an analysis of opinions about the likely expansion of the Internet of Things (sometimes called the Cloud of Things), a catchall phrase for the array of devices, appliances, vehicles, wearable material, and sensor-laden parts of the environment that connect to each other and feed data back and forth. It covers the over 1,600 responses that were offered specifically about our question about where the Internet of Things would stand by the year 2025. The report is the next in a series of eight Pew Research and Elon University analyses to be issued this year in which experts will share their expectations about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, and net neutrality. It includes some of the best and most provocative of the predictions survey respondents made when specifically asked to share their views about the evolution of embedded and wearable computing and the Internet of Things.

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              Digital Curation News (5/14/2014) #digitalpreservation

              Posted in Digital Curation News on May 14th, 2014

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                "Cultivating Scholarship: The Role of Institutional Repositories in Health Sciences Libraries" Lisa A. Palmer

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on May 14th, 2014

                Lisa A. Palmer has self-archived "Cultivating Scholarship: The Role of Institutional Repositories in Health Sciences Libraries."

                Here's an excerpt:

                The early promise of institutional repositories is beginning to bear fruit. Medical libraries with institutional repositories, like other academic libraries, have found that their repositories support new ways of engaging with researchers and meeting the challenges posed by the transformation in scholarly communication over the past decade exemplified by open access, the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy, campus-based publishing, and the sharing of research data. Institutional repositories can grow and thrive in academic health sciences libraries and be a vital component in the provision of library services to faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

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