Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies at Brown University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2017

Brown University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Contributing to the University's iconoclastic and entrepreneurial environment, the AUL provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the development, delivery, and integration of both traditional and innovative digital services, systems, and initiatives across the libraries. S/he supervises department heads for the following groups: Integrated Technology Services, Repository Services, Web Services, Digital Preservation, and works closely with the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

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"An Empirical Study of Law Journal Copyright Practices"

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 9th, 2017

Brian L. Frye, Christopher J. Ryan, Jr., and Franklin L. Runge have published "An Empirical Study of Law Journal Copyright Practices" in the Review of Intellectual Property Law.

Here's an excerpt:

This article presents an empirical study of the copyright practices of American law journals in relation to copyright ownership and fair use, based on a 24-question survey. It concludes that many American law journals have adopted copyright policies that are inconsistent with the expectations of legal scholars and the scope of copyright protection. Specifically, many law journals have adopted copyright policies that effectively preclude open-access publishing, and unnecessarily limit the fair use of copyrighted works. In addition, it appears that some law journals may not understand their own copyright policies. This article proposes the creation of a Code of Copyright Best Practices for Law Journals in order to encourage both open-access publishing and fair use.

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"Archiving Software Surrogates on the Web for Future Reference"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 8th, 2017

Helge Holzmann, Wolfram Sperber, Mila Runnwerth have self-archived "Archiving Software Surrogates on the Web for Future Reference."

Here's an excerpt:

Software has long been established as an essential aspect of the scientific process in mathematics and other disciplines. However, reliably referencing software in scientific publications is still challenging for various reasons. A crucial factor is that software dynamics with temporal versions or states are difficult to capture over time. We propose to archive and reference surrogates instead, which can be found on the Web and reflect the actual software to a remarkable extent. Our study shows that about a half of the webpages of software are already archived with almost all of them including some kind of documentation.

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Programmer I at Kansas State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 8th, 2017

Kansas State University is recruiting a Programmer I.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Programmer. We are seeking an individual with a background in web application development using client side technologies, demonstrated proficiency in user interface design, and who has a demonstrated ability to learn and adopt new and relevant technologies.

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Creative Commons Releases CC Search Beta

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access on February 8th, 2017

The Creative Commons has released CC Search Beta.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Our goal is to cover the whole commons, but we wanted to develop something people could test and react to that would be useful at launch. To build our beta, we settled on a goal to represent one percent of the known Commons, or about 10 million works, and we chose a vertical slice of images only, to fully explore a purpose-built interface that represented one type but many providers. . . .

After a detailed review of potential sources, the available APIs, and the quality of their datasets, we selected the Rijksmuseum, Flickr, 500px, the New York Public Library as our initial sources. Later, after discussions with the Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding their collection of public domain works, which were released under CC0 on February 7, 2017, we incorporated their 200,000 CC0 images as well. . . .

The prototype of this tool focuses on photos as its first media and uses open APIs in order to index the available works. The search filters allow users to search by license type, title, creator, tags, collection, and type of institution.

CC Search Beta also provides social features, allowing users to create and share lists as well as add tags and favorites to the objects in the commons, and save their searches. Finally, it incorporates one-click attribution, giving users pre-formatted copy for easy attribution.

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Software Engineer at Johns Hopkins University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 8th, 2017

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be responsible for the development and support of repository infrastructure to provide services to Welch Medical Library and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The repository infrastructure will support important initiatives for Johns Hopkins University, including research integrity, research reproducibility, scholarly output services and precision medicine.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts Images of Public Domain Artworks under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Museums, Open Access on February 8th, 2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has put images of public domain artworks under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This morning, we announced a major update to the Museum's policy governing the use and reuse of images in our collection: all images of public-domain artworks in the Museum's collection are now available for free and unrestricted use under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). This updated policy, known as Open Access, enables everyone to utilize more than 375,000 images of public-domain artworks in The Met's collection in any media without permission or fee.

See also: "Introducing Open Access at The Met."

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Digital Services Section Manager at North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 7th, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is recruiting a Digital Services Section Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Division of Archives and Records is seeking a manager of the Digital Services Section. The position manages, directs and oversees the resources, operations, personnel, programs and activities of the section in their key areas of responsibility, including developing standards and best practices for the preservation of and access to permanent electronic records and the division's digital assets.

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"E-Data Quality: How Publishers and Libraries are Working Together to Improve Data Quality"

Posted in Electronic Resources, Metadata, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on February 7th, 2017

Carlen Ruschoff et al. have published "Data Quality: How Publishers and Libraries are Working Together to Improve Data Quality " in Collaborative librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

High quality data is essential for discovery and access of e-resources, but in many cases low quality, inaccurate information leads to low usage and a poor return on library investment dollars. In this article, publishers, aggregators, librarians, and knowledge base providers talk about how they are working together to improve access to e-resources.

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Research Data Manager at Springer Nature

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 7th, 2017

Springer Nature is recruiting a Research Data Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will work on research data publishing activities across Springer Nature. They will shape, manage and deliver open data projects and services at Springer Nature, which are intended to help researchers and editors publish more transparent and reproducible research.

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"ArchiveSpark: Efficient Web Archive Access, Extraction and Derivation"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 7th, 2017

Helge Holzmann, Vinay Goel, and Avishek Anand have self-archived "ArchiveSpark: Efficient Web Archive Access, Extraction and Derivation."

Here's an excerpt:

Web archives are a valuable resource for researchers of various disciplines. However, to use them as a scholarly source, researchers require a tool that provides efficient access to Web archive data for extraction and derivation of smaller datasets. Besides efficient access we identify five other objectives based on practical researcher needs such as ease of use, extensibility and reusability.

Towards these objectives we propose ArchiveSpark, a framework for efficient, distributed Web archive processing that builds a research corpus by working on existing and standardized data formats commonly held by Web archiving institutions. Performance optimizations in ArchiveSpark, facilitated by the use of a widely available metadata index, result in significant speed-ups of data processing. Our benchmarks show that ArchiveSpark is faster than alternative approaches without depending on any additional data stores while improving usability by seamlessly integrating queries and derivations with external tools.

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Web Developer at Center for Research Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 6th, 2017

Center for Research Libraries is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Director of Information Systems, the candidate selected will work both independently, and in collaboration with other department staff, to design, develop, implement and maintain Web projects.

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