"On Being a Hub: Some Details behind Providing Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America"

Posted in Digital Libraries, Metadata on July 16th, 2014

Lisa Gregory and Stephanie Williams have published "On Being a Hub: Some Details behind Providing Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America" in D-Lib Magazine.

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After years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched in 2013. Institutions from around the United States contribute to the DPLA through regional "service hubs," entities that aggregate digital collections metadata for harvest by the DPLA. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has been one of these service hubs since the end of 2013. This article describes the technological side of being a service hub for the DPLA, from choosing metadata requirements and reviewing software, to the workflow used each month when providing hundreds of metadata feeds for DPLA harvest. The authors hope it will be of interest to those pursuing metadata aggregation, whether for the DPLA or for other purposes.

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    Digital Initiatives Librarian at Kansas State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 16th, 2014

    Kansas State University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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    This new position will be responsible for coordinating, evaluating, and optimizing digitization procedures, including capture, presentation, preservation, and other digital asset management activities. The incumbent will lead and participate in the strategic development of innovative, scalable, and sustainable digital collections through the establishment of benchmarks and specific objectives. The individual will directly supervise 2 FTE in the Digital Initiatives Unit, and collaborate with librarians, faculty, and staff to identify, implement, and promote access to digital collections.

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      "Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories"

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on July 16th, 2014

      Hélène Prostand Joachim Schöpfel have published "Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories" in D-Lib Magazine.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Institutional repositories, green road and backbone of the open access movement, contain a growing number of items that are metadata without full text, metadata with full text only for authorized users, and items that are under embargo or that are restricted to on-campus access. This paper provides a short overview of relevant literature and presents empirical results from a survey of 25 institutional repositories that contain more than 2 million items. The intention is to evaluate their degree of openness with specific attention to different categories of documents (journal articles, books and book chapters, conference communications, electronic theses and dissertations, reports, working papers) and thus to contribute to a better understanding of their features and dynamics. We address the underlying question of whether this lack of openness is temporary due to the transition from traditional scientific communication to open access infrastructures and services, or here to stay, as a basic feature of the new and complex cohabitation of institutional repositories and commercial publishing.

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        Geospatial Data Librarian at Queen's University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 15th, 2014

        Queen's University is recruiting a Geospatial Data Librarian.

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        Reporting to the Head, Academic Services Division the Geospatial Data Librarian is primarily responsible for identifying, developing, promoting, delivering and evaluating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and print cartographic information services. The Geospatial Data Librarian has primary responsibility for maintaining the Library's map and geospatial data collections, and delivering the Library's GIS service.

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          "EFF Urges Appeals Court to Keep Protecting Fair Use"

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton on July 15th, 2014

          EFF has released "EFF Urges Appeals Court to Keep Protecting Fair Use."

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          In this latest appeal, the Authors Guild (and its supporters) claim that fair use is being unjustly expanded, portraying Judge Chin's ruling and other recent court opinions as some kind of fair-use creep, stretching beyond the original intent of the doctrine. Specifically, the Guild argues that the first of the four statutory fair use factors—the purpose of the use, which asks whether the use of the copyrighted material is transformative and/or non-commercial—weighs against Google. The Authors Guild and its amici insist that a use cannot be transformative if it doesn't add new creative expression to the pre-existing work. But as Judge Chin so rightly recognized, a use can be transformative if serves a new and distinct purpose.

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            Head, Library Systems & Information Technology at University of Saskatchewan

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 15th, 2014

            The University of Saskatchewan is recruiting a Head, Library Systems & Information Technology.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Reporting to the Associate Dean, University Library, the successful appointee will:

            • Provide visionary leadership and management for the development and delivery of library systems and technology products and services across the library
            • Contribute to library planning, including expertise relating to new and emerging services (e.g. the storage, retrieval and preservation of research data and scholarly outputs of the university; copyright management; GIS; etc.)
            • Provide leadership of LS&IT unit operations including the effective deployment of resources assigned to the unit

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              "Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce"

              Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication on July 15th, 2014

              John P. A. Ioannidis et al. have published "Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce" in PLOS ONE.

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              The proportion of the scientific workforce that maintains a continuous uninterrupted stream of publications each and every year over many years is very limited, but it accounts for the lion's share of researchers with high citation impact. This finding may have implications for the structure, stability and vulnerability of the scientific workforce.

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                Digital Curation News (7/14/2014) #digitalpreservation

                Posted in Digital Curation News on July 14th, 2014

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