"The Development of Open Access Repositories in the Asia-Oceania Region: A Case Study of Three Institutions"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on August 19th, 2014

IFLA has released "The Development of Open Access Repositories in the Asia-Oceania Region: A Case Study of Three Institutions."

Here's an excerpt:

In recent years, open access models of publishing have transcended traditional modes thus enabling freer access to research. This paper takes a trans-regional approach to examining open access publishing in the Asia and Oceania region focusing on three institutions—Charles Darwin University in Australia, University of Hong Kong, and University of Malaya in Malaysia—reflecting on how each is rising, in its own individual way, to meet the range of challenges that its research communities are facing. Specifically, it focuses on open access and institutional repository development, and traces their development at each of the aforementioned institutions.

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    Digital Infrastructure Librarian at Washington University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Scholarly Communication on August 19th, 2014

    Washington University is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Washington University Libraries is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to design and implement a new digital library application infrastructure using the Hydra repository framework and related technologies. Reporting to the Head of Scholarly Publishing, the Digital Infrastructure Librarian will work collaboratively with Libraries' staff and campus partners to lead all aspects of system design and implementation, including gathering requirements, establishing coding standards, and participating in system testing, resulting in the delivery of a functioning digital asset management system based on the Hydra repository framework. This position will participate in writing text and project plans that will be incorporated into grant submissions.

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      eLife Research Advances Allows Authors to Update Their Papers

      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 19th, 2014

      eLife has announced Research Advances, which allows authors to update their papers.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The new article format, which we have named Research Advances, is for new results that build on previously published Research Articles or Short Reports in an important way. Authors will therefore be able to report progress in their research programs rapidly and efficiently when it is judged to be a substantial addition to the original work. These contributions might use a new technique or a different experimental design to generate results that strengthen, refine or even challenge the conclusions of the original research paper.

      On a historical note, the University of Houston Libraries' e-journal The Public-Access Computer Systems Review began to offer authors the option of updating articles in 1995. For example, the 1995 "The Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS): Building a Digital Archive Using Imaging, OCR, and Natural Language Processing Technologies" and the 1998 "The Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS): An Update."

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        Digital Curation News (8/18/2014) #digitalpreservation

        Posted in Digital Curation News on August 18th, 2014

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          Digital Services Specialist at Georgetown University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 18th, 2014

          Georgetown University is recruiting a Digital Services Specialist.

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          Under the supervision of the Digital Services Librarian, the Digital Services Specialist participates in the addition, maintenance, and expansion of digital library and institutional repository collections and content. Responsible for digital production processes and quality assurance during the digital conversion process, and digital content management within traditional file systems as well as content management systems and digital access platforms such as DigitalGeorgetown. Leverages a variety of tools to ensure digital content integrity, and ingest content into various platforms.

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            "A Current Snapshot of Institutional Repositories: Growth Rate, Disciplinary Content and Faculty Contributions"

            Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on August 18th, 2014

            Ellen Dubinsky has published "A Current Snapshot of Institutional Repositories: Growth Rate, Disciplinary Content and Faculty Contributions" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Mean and median growth rates of IRs have increased since measured in 2007, with variance depending upon size and type of academic institution and age of the IR. Disciplinary content in IRs is unevenly distributed, with the Sciences predominantly represented. IR administrators remain actively involved in the submission process and in the promotion of their IRs. Personal contact with individuals or groups of faculty is the most used and successful interaction method.

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              Digital Collections Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 18th, 2014

              The University of Nevada Las Vegas is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              This faculty position, reporting to the Head, Digital Collections, is primarily responsible for managing digital library workflow as part of a fast-paced and highly collaborative team. The librarian is responsible for coordinating several functional areas of a growing digital library; including: management of a digitization lab and scanning operations, digital file management and digital preservation; metadata and linked open data creation, quality control for large scale production, and administration of specialized digital asset management software (currently CONTENTdm).

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                "Online Collaboration: Scientists and the Social Network"

                Posted in Scholarly Communication, Social Media/Web 2.0 on August 18th, 2014

                Richard Van Noorde has published "Online Collaboration: Scientists and the Social Network" in Nature.

                Here's an excerpt:

                More than 4.5 million researchers have signed up for ResearchGate, and another 10,000 arrive every day, says Madisch. That is a pittance compared with Facebook's 1.3 billion active users, but astonishing for a network that only researchers can join.

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