"The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 22nd, 2015

Walt Crawford has published "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!" in Walt at Random.

Here's an excerpt:

The full set of 29 subject discussions that extend this summer's Library Technology Report issue "The State of Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism" has been posted, and will appear on Fridays from now through September 11, 2015. (Oops: The actual title is Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism.)

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    Digital Scholarship Librarian at Duquesne University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 22nd, 2015

    Duquesne University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    This non-tenured faculty position will report initially to the Director of Information Services. This is a newly created position, and the reporting line is subject to change as the position and organization develop. The Digital Scholarship Librarian incorporates support for digital scholarship into the library's program of services that support teaching, learning and research. Manages the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation filing process. Facilitates the use of library content for digital scholarship creation by faculty and students; serves as a resource on digital scholarship for other librarians; and keeps abreast of innovations in scholarly communication. Works collaboratively to develop the library's digital resources. Represents the library in campus discussions of implementing an institutional repository.

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      "Development of a Scale for Measuring Perceptions of Trustworthiness for Digitized Archival Documents"

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on May 22nd, 2015

      Devan Rays Donaldson has self-archived "Development of a Scale for Measuring Perceptions of Trustworthiness for Digitized Archival Documents."

      Here's an excerpt:

      This dissertation advances scholarship on trustworthiness in three ways. First, it revises an existing conceptual model for trustworthiness perception. Second, it creates an original measurement model for digitized archival document trustworthiness perception-the Digitized Archival Document Trustworthiness Scale (DADTS). Third, it contributes to a deeper understanding of the concept of trustworthiness by providing measurement of the concept in a way that is sensitive to its nuances.

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        Core Systems DLP Project Manager at Emory University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 21st, 2015

        Emory University is recruiting a Core Systems DLP Project Manager.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Reporting to the Director of Library Core Systems, and in close collaboration with the Digital Library Program Coordinator, the Library Software Engineering Team, and Central IT resources, the Digital Program Project Manager will provide technical leadership and assist in product development during the implementation of the Hydra Repository Framework, transition of the framework into an operationalized service, and will assume responsibility for the operational support of the DLP applications and infrastructure.

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          Digital Archivist at Oregon Historical Society

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 21st, 2015

          The Oregon Historical Society is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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          The Oregon Historical Society is seeking a creative, energetic, and technically savvy Digital Archivist to develop and maintain the OHS Digital Vault, the institution's new digital repository. The archivist will join a team committed to collaboration, public service, and stewardship of the extensive and diverse historical collections in the OHS Davies Family Research Library.

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            "Developing and Implementing a Technical Framework for Interoperable Rights Statements"

            Posted in Copyright, Licenses, Standards on May 21st, 2015

            Mark Matienzo has published "Developing and Implementing a Technical Framework for Interoperable Rights Statements" in DPLA Updates.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Within the Technical Working Group of the International Rights Statements Working Group, we have been focusing our efforts on identifying a set of requirements and a technically sound and sustainable plan to implement the rights statements under development. Now that two of the Working Group's white papers have been released, we realized it was a good time to build on the introductory blog post by our Co-Chairs, Emily Gore and Paul Keller. Accordingly, we hope this post provides a good introduction to our technical white paper, Recommendations for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements, and more generally, how our thinking has changed throughout the activities of the working group.

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              23 Groups Oppose Elsevier’s New Sharing and Hosting Policy

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 21st, 2015

              SPARC has released "New Policy from Elsevier Impedes Open Access and Sharing."

              Here's an excerpt:

              [Statement]

              On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with funders' open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers' subscriptions.

              Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a "non-commercial and no derivative works" license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

              Furthermore, the policy applies to "all articles previously published and those published in the future" making it even more punitive for both authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to readers.

              As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research results.

              We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.

              The statement is available here and we welcome others to show their support by also endorsing it.

              The statement has been signed by the following groups:

              COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
              SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
              ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
              ALA: American Library Association
              ARL: Association of Research Libraries
              Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
              Australian Open Access Support Group
              IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
              CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
              CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
              COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
              Creative Commons
              Creative Commons (USA)
              EIFL
              Electronic Frontier Foundation
              Greater Western Library Alliance
              LIBER: European Research Library Association
              National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
              OpenAIRE
              Open Data Hong Kong
              Research Libraries UK
              SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
              University of St Andrews Library

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                Digital Curation News (5/20/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

                Posted in Digital Curation News on May 20th, 2015

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                  Programmer at University of Michigan

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 20th, 2015

                  The University of Michigan is recruiting a Programmer .

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The University of Michigan Library is seeking an electronic publishing programmer to design, build, and maintain web sites, systems, services, and applications in support of new models in academic publishing. The ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of and demonstrate experience with object- oriented programming languages, web frameworks, and current best practices in code design and web technologies.

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                    "Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation"

                    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on May 20th, 2015

                    Jacqueline D. Lipton and John Tehranian have published "Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation" in the Northwestern University Law Review.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    As such, this Article reflects on the particular problems raised by the growth of crowdsourced projects and how our copyright regime can best address them. We conclude that future legal developments will require a thoughtful and sophisticated balance to facilitate free speech, artistic expression, and commercial profit. To this end, we suggest a number of options for legal reform, including: (1) reworking the strict liability basis of copyright infringement for noncommercial works, (2) tempering damages awards for noncommercial or innocent infringement, (3) creating an "intermediate liability" regime that gives courts a middle ground between infringement and fair use, (4) developing clearer ex ante guidelines for fair use, and (5) reworking the statutory definition of "derivative work" to exclude noncommercial remixing activities.

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                      Visualization and Digital Media Librarian at North Carolina State University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 20th, 2015

                      North Carolina State University is recruiting a Visualization and Digital Media Librarian.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Visualization and Digital Media Librarian in the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department. Recognizing the power of visualization to ask and answer novel questions, spark new insights, enable greater understanding, and communicate powerful ideas, the NCSU Libraries offers advanced visualization spaces, services, and technologies that support university research and teaching in all disciplines. Our state-of-the-art facilities and computing infrastructure invite scholars to engage with research data using advanced visualization software, to examine and compare high-resolution digital content, and to immerse themselves in simulations and virtual environments. This position reports to the Director of Visualization Services.

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                        The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 20th, 2015

                        Jaime L. Schumacher has self-archived The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The POWRR project investigated and reported on scalable digital preservation (DP) solutions for small and mid-sized institutions often faced with small staff sizes, restricted IT infrastructures, and tight budgets. Its major deliverable, a white paper, has been well-received and widely read. During the investigation, POWRR uncovered the particular challenges and needs of under-resourced institutions and worked to address and overcome obstacles that often prevent practitioners from taking initial steps in preserving digital content. As a result, POWRR also delivered a well-marked, practical path towards sustainable digital stewardship by: creating a graphic-based tool grid that maps the functionalities of 60+ DP tools/services to an OAIS-based curation lifecycle; developing and teaching a pragmatic, hands-on workshops across the country on the initial steps necessary to accession digital content and how to realistically approach developing a DP program; and producing case studies, collaboration models, and other tools to aid smaller institutions in their DP efforts.

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