"A Review of Theory and Practice in Scientometrics"

Posted in Scholarly Metrics on January 26th, 2015

John Mingers and Loet Leydesdorff have self-archived "A Review of Theory and Practice in Scientometrics."

Here's an excerpt:

Scientometrics is the study of the quantitative aspects of the process of science as a communication system. It is centrally, but not only, concerned with the analysis of citations in the academic literature. In recent years it has come to play a major role in the measurement and evaluation of research performance. In this review we consider: the historical development of scientometrics, sources of citation data, citation metrics and the "laws" of scientometrics, normalisation, journal impact factors and other journal metrics, visualising and mapping science, evaluation and policy, and future developments.

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    Digital Curation News (1/23/2015) #digitalpreservation

    Posted in Digital Curation News on January 23rd, 2015

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      Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management) at Library of Congress

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 23rd, 2015

      The Library of Congress is recruiting a Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management).

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The position serves as the Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management) and is located in the American Folklife Center (AFC) within Library Services and reports directly to the Head, Archive of Folk Culture. The purpose of this position is to oversee the administration of American Folklife Center's digital asset management program, including developing and managing born-digital and reformatted collection processing workflows.

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        "Why Principal Investigators Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Publish in the Public Library of Science Journals"

        Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 23rd, 2015

        Nancy Pontika has published "Why Principal Investigators Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Publish in the Public Library of Science Journals" in Information Research.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The Institutes-funded investigators submitted to the Public Library of Science journals because they favour the high impact factor, fast publication speed, fair peer-review system and the articles/ immediate open access availability.

        Conclusions. The requirements of the National Institutes' public access policy do not influence the investigators' decision to submit to one of the Public Library of Science journals and do not increase their familiarity with open access publishing options.

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          Digital Initiatives Librarian at Binghamton University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 23rd, 2015

          Binghamton University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian .

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          As a member of the Library Technology department, reporting to the Director of Library Technology, the Digital Initiatives Librarian provides quality service and support to library faculty, staff and patrons.

          They collaborate in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of digital projects to enhance user experience and improve workflows within the library. This includes digital initiatives such as digital curation and preservation, digital exhibits, the Libraries' website, and search and discovery of library resources. Digital curation and preservation tasks include digital forensics, applying metadata schema for access and preservation, and investigating and developing submission workflows for digital content. They assist in training and supervising student assistants and serve as a project manager for processing materials for digital collections; working closely with metadata/cataloging, Special Collections and University Archives, and others to deploy and configure systems to fully leverage the potential of metadata and digital objects derived from disparate sources.

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            Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE

            Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on January 23rd, 2015

            The HEFCE has released Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            • Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access. The availability of printed books alongside the open-access versions will be essential.
            • Contrary to many perceptions, it would not be appropriate to talk of a crisis of the monograph; this does not mean that monographs are not facing challenges, but the arguments for open access would appear to be for broader and more positive reasons than solving some supposed crisis.
            • Open access offers both short- and long-term advantages for monograph publication and use; many of these are bound up with a transition to digital publishing that has not been at the same speed as that for journals.
            • There is no single dominant emerging business model for supporting open-access publishing of monographs; a range of approaches will coexist for some time and it is unlikely that any single model will emerge as dominant. Policies will therefore need to be flexible.

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              Digital Curation News (1/22/2015) #digitalpreservation

              Posted in Digital Curation News on January 22nd, 2015

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                Digital Library Programmer at UCLA

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 22nd, 2015

                UCLA is recruiting a Digital Library Programmer.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Reporting to the Digital Library Team Leader & System Architect the Digital Library Programmer (DLP) develops applications and services using the components of the Islandora application stack, a collection of open source software components. Incumbent defines and configures complex digital objects, comprised of data streams (e.g., image, sound, and video) and associated descriptive and technical metadata, for retention in the Fedora Commons repository; develops or modify existing object ingest procedures through the Islandora modules of the Drupal content management system; writes scripts to invoke micro services to transform objects and create derivative objects; develops procedures to create SOLR indexes that support faceted and geospatial searching; and assists Drupal content managers to publish collections.

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                  "The Cobweb"

                  Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 22nd, 2015

                  Jill Lepore has published "The Cobweb," a look at the Internet Archive, in The New Yorker.

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                    Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies at Penn State

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 22nd, 2015

                    Penn State is recruiting an Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies will provide leadership and advocacy for information technology, digital initiatives, repository services and resource discovery and access services. The position will serve as administrator for the Libraries' Department for Information Technologies, Publishing and Curation Services, and Media Technology and Support Services as well as for cross-organizational teams such as the Digital Preservation Strategies Team, ScholarSphere (institutional repository) Service Team, and Hydra Strategy Team.

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                      "Digital Forensics on A Shoestring: A Case Study from the University of Victoria"

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 22nd, 2015

                      John Durno and Jerry Trofimchuk have published "Digital Forensics on A Shoestring: A Case Study from the University of Victoria" in Code4Lib Journal.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      While much has been written on the increasing importance of digital forensics in archival workflows, most of the literature focuses on theoretical issues or establishing best practices in the abstract. Where case studies exist, most have been written from the perspective of larger organizations with well-resourced digital forensics facilities. However organizations of any size are increasingly likely to receive donations of born-digital material on outdated media, and a need exists for more modest solutions to the problem of acquiring and preserving their contents. This case study outlines the development of a small-scale digital forensics program at the University of Victoria using inexpensive components and open source software, funded by a $2000 research grant from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

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                        Digital Curation News (1/21/2015) #digitalpreservation

                        Posted in Digital Curation News on January 21st, 2015

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