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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                Digital Curation News (4/29/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

                Posted in Digital Curation News on April 29th, 2016

                | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 5 | Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works and Supplement | Digital Scholarship | Digital Scholarship Sitemap

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                  Web Developer at Ohio State University

                  Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 29th, 2016

                  Ohio State University is recruiting a Web Developer.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  As a full-stack PHP developer, you will customize and maintain the Libraries content management systems (Drupal, WordPress, Omeka). You will support library.osu.edu, cartoons.osu.edu, and an expanding digital exhibits program.

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                    "The Mystery of Creative Commons Licenses"

                    Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 29th, 2016

                    De Gruyter Open has released "The Mystery of Creative Commons Licenses" by Witold Kieńć.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    While more than half of open access papers are published under the terms of a liberal Creative Commons Attribution Licence, the majority of authors of open access works seem not to accept the terms of either this or any other Creative Commons license.

                    Despite the fact that the majority of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals use liberal Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence as a default, and that probably more than half of all articles published in open access serials are published under the terms of this licence, academic authors seem not to support liberal licensing. How is it possible? Are authors of more than 600 thousand CC-BY licensed works invisible in surveys? Or do they publish under the terms of this license against their will?

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                      Archivist Manager/University Digital Records at Central Michigan University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 29th, 2016

                      Central Michigan University is recruiting an Archivist Manager/University Digital Records.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Develop and implement the operation of an ongoing electronic records program for University and University-related born digital records. Will work in cooperation with relevant CMU offices and officials and, insofar as possible, will work within the framework of existing institutional information technology structures, policies, and practices, which sometimes will include handling of confidential records.

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                        "Policy: Google Books: The Final Chapter?"

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on April 29th, 2016

                        Walt Crawford has published "Policy: Google Books: The Final Chapter?" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        On Monday, April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Authors Guild appeal of a district court decision finding, once again, that Google Books Search is fair use. . . .

                        That should be the final chapter in this decade-long epic case, and maybe I should stop right here.

                        But let's look at a couple of the early commentaries after the denial (two of many), then go back for the usual chronological citations and notes on items since the last coverage of this legal marathon. The question mark in the essay's title? Well, the Authors Litigation Guild (the middle word isn't part of the name, but maybe it should be) seems as incapable of admitting defeat as it apparently is of recognizing that it only represents the interests of a few hundred or few thousand writers. And, of course, there's the enticing if unlikely counter possibility: what if Google asked to recover its legal costs, which must surely be in the millions of dollars?

                        See also: “Google Case Ends, but Copyright Fight Goes On.”

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