Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on September 21st, 2015

The Universities UK's Open Access Co-ordination Group has released Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group.

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This study was commissioned in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented here are thus a first attempt at generating such indicators covering five sets of issues:

  • OA options available to authors . . . .
  • Accessibility. . . .
  • Usage. . . .
  • Financial sustainability for universities . . . .
  • Financial sustainability for learned societies

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    Librarian (Data Curator) at Department of Transportation

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 21st, 2015

    The Department of Transportation is recruiting a Librarian (Data Curator).

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    • Be responsible for researching best practices in data curation and preservation and making recommendations for improving NTL systems. Provide recommendations for (a) data standards, formats, and metadata policies; (b) data management and preservation plans; and (c) data dissemination and outreach activities.
    • Research metadata standards for all data formats and types, with a focus on needs for mid- and long-term preservation in order to keep abreast of developments in the areas of data management, data curation, and information sciences.

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      "Campus Open Access Funds: Experiences of the KU ‘One University’ Open Access Author Fund"

      Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on September 21st, 2015

      Rachel Gyore et al. have published "Campus Open Access Funds: Experiences of the KU 'One University' Open Access Author Fund" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This report documents the group's experience in developing eligibility criteria and administering the OA Fund. Here we provide insight into our efforts implementing the project, funding results, and plans for continuation. We share the results of the first two years of the OA Author Fund pilot and the lessons learned about open access fund administration.

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        Digital Archivist at East Carolina University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 18th, 2015

        East Carolina University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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        Reporting to the Assistant Director for Special Collections, the Digital Archivist provides key support to the University Archives and Records Program. The successful candidate will: 1. Develop a sustainable born digital e-records management system; 2. Develop procedures for ensuring the long-term preservation of digital materials found in manuscript collections; 3. Participate in the division's ongoing implementation of archival content management systems; 4. Work with the Digital Collections Librarian to ensure the online accessibility of finding aids; and 5. Work with staff throughout the division to select materials for digitization.

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          "Scholarship beyond the Word"

          Posted in Digital Media, Scholarly Communication on September 18th, 2015

          Tara McPherson has published "Scholarship beyond the Word" in EDUCAUSE Review.

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          If the early web tended to privilege text, today's web is deeply multimodal-full of image, sound, and video. The online photo-sharing site Flickr hosts billions of images, with roughly 1.83 million images uploaded daily in 2014; Instagram, launched in 2010, now surpasses 70 million photo uploads a day. An average of 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.

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            Humanities And Digital Scholarship Librarian at Grinnell College

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 18th, 2015

            Grinnell College is recruiting a Humanities And Digital Scholarship Librarian .

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            The Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian will serve as academic liaison for Chinese and Japanese, Classics, German, Music, Russian, and Theatre and Dance, providing faculty contact, reference consultation with students and faculty, research literacy teaching, and collection development. In addition, this librarian will be responsible for consulting with faculty, staff, and students from across the College on projects related to digital publishing and digital exhibitions, as well as on emerging forms of digital scholarship. In collaboration with other College staff, the Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian will help to ensure that these projects reflect best practices related to long-term digital preservation, accessibility, copyright, open access, and emerging methods of scholarly communication.

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              "The Digital Humanities Are Alive and Well and Blooming: Now What?"

              Posted in Digital Humanities on September 18th, 2015

              Nancy L. Maron has published "The Digital Humanities Are Alive and Well and Blooming: Now What?" in EDUCAUSE Review.

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              We sought to understand how institutions were handling DH projects: from conception to creation, then on to promotion and dissemination, and finally to ongoing support. Which units on campus currently "own" the different phases of support, and who should? Do the efforts contributed by different groups on one campus add up to a coherent plan for creating, supporting, and sustaining the impact of these works? And what sort of institutional model might best accomplish all of this?

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                Digital Curation News (9/17/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

                Posted in Digital Curation News on September 17th, 2015

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                  Digital Publishing Coodinator at University of Michigan

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 17th, 2015

                  The University of Michigan is recruiting a Digital Publishing Coodinator.

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                  The Digital Publishing Coordinator is primarily responsible for the management, performance, and completion of digital publishing projects, including overseeing the publication of journal issues, books, and digital projects. This position is responsible for preparing and producing scholarly content for publication online and in print. The Digital Publishing Coordinator also assists in acquiring and developing new scholarly publication projects.

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                    "The Presence of High-impact Factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Disciplines"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 17th, 2015

                    Annarita Barbara et al. have published "The Presence of High-impact Factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Disciplines" in the Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science.

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                    The present study means to establish to what extent high-quality open access journals are available as an outlet for publication, by examining their distribution in different scientific disciplines, including the distribution of those journals without article processing charges. The study is based on a systematic comparison between the journals included in the DOAJ, and the journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science edition 2013, released by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor of Open Access (OA) journals was lower than those of other journals by a small but statistically significant amount. Open access journals are present in the upper quartile (by impact factor) of 85 out of 176 (48.8%) categories examined. There were no OA journals with an Impact Factor in only 16 categories (9%).

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                      Assistant Director For Digital Scholarship at University of Pennsylvania

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 17th, 2015

                      The University of Pennsylvania, is recruiting an Assistant Director For Digital Scholarship.

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                      Under the general direction of the Director of Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, the Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship leads of a team of professionals that initiate and collaborate on digital scholarship initiatives throughout the Penn Libraries, with Penn faculty and staff partners campus-wide, and beyond. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable of contemporary digital library standards for the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects in all formats, both simple and complex, and tracks development of standards and community practice in emerging areas of digital library engagement, such as data management/curation and linked data. S/he is familiar with the use of technology, digital analytical and processing techniques, and markup standards used by faculty instructors and researchers, has experience with open access publishing, and repository services, and is comfortable engaging faculty to foster digital library integration into the scholarly enterprise as appropriate.

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                        "Enduring Access to Rich Media Content: Understanding Use and Usability Requirements"

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 17th, 2015

                        Madeleine Casad wt al. have published "Enduring Access to Rich Media Content: Understanding Use and Usability Requirements" in D-Lib Magazine.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Through an NEH-funded initiative, Cornell University Library is creating a technical, curatorial, and managerial framework for preserving access to complex born-digital new media objects. The Library's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art provides the testbed for this project. This collection of complex interactive born-digital artworks are used by students, faculty, and artists from various disciplines. Interactive digital assets are far more complex to preserve and manage than single uniform digital media files. The preservation model developed will apply not merely to new media artworks, but to other rich digital media environments. This article describes the project's findings and discoveries, focusing on a user survey conducted with the aim of creating user profiles and use cases for born-digital assets like those in the testbed collection.

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