"Data Management in the Long Tail: Science, Software, and Service"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on October 13th, 2016

Christine L. Borgman et al. has published "Data Management in the Long Tail: Science, Software, and Service" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

Scientists in all fields face challenges in managing and sustaining access to their research data. The larger and longer term the research project, the more likely that scientists are to have resources and dedicated staff to manage their technology and data, leaving those scientists whose work is based on smaller and shorter term projects at a disadvantage. The volume and variety of data to be managed varies by many factors, only two of which are the number of collaborators and length of the project. As part of an NSF project to conceptualize the Institute for Empowering Long Tail Research, we explored opportunities offered by Software as a Service (SaaS). These cloud-based services are popular in business because they reduce costs and labor for technology management, and are gaining ground in scientific environments for similar reasons. We studied three settings where scientists conduct research in small and medium-sized laboratories. Two were NSF Science and Technology Centers (CENS and C-DEBI) and the third was a workshop of natural reserve scientists and managers. These laboratories have highly diverse data and practices, make minimal use of standards for data or metadata, and lack resources for data management or sustaining access to their data, despite recognizing the need. We found that SaaS could address technical needs for basic document creation, analysis, and storage, but did not support the diverse and rapidly changing needs for sophisticated domain-specific tools and services. These are much more challenging knowledge infrastructure requirements that require long-term investments by multiple stakeholders.

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Digital Library Developer at Vassar College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 12th, 2016

Vassar College is recruiting a Digital Library Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will be a critical team member of the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Department, creating and maintaining applications (particularly web applications) that provide current services and make feature-rich new ones come to life. Our department provides digital scholarship, digital library, repository, and technology services to the Libraries and the College and closely collaborates with IT and academic computing groups on campus.

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"SCOAP3 Journals Double Downloads"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on October 12th, 2016

SCOAP3 has released "SCOAP3 Journals Double Downloads."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The four largest journals participating in SCOAP3, two published by Elsevier and two by SpringerNature in partnership with the Italian Physical Society (SIF), and the Italian Institute for Advanced Studies (SISSA) have now analysed their logs to understand the impact of SCOAP3.

Elsevier announced that downloads to their two journals, Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B have doubled since they became Open Access at the start of SCOAP3 in January 2014. This increase is remarkable as SCOAP3 covers the most recent 3,500 articles in the journals, while most of the historic content of over 77,000 articles, is available to subscribers.

SpringerNature announced that since January 2014 they have observed a doubling of downloads across their two learned-society journals participating in SCOAP3: European Physical Journal C and the Journal of High Energy Physics.

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Digital Services & Technology Librarian at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 12th, 2016

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University is recruiting a Digital Services & Technology Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University Library is seeking a dynamic and innovative librarian to play a leadership role in planning, implementing, and supporting digital collections and services including the coordinating and functioning of Bronco Scholar, the university's institutional repository; providing vision and direction for all aspects of the Library's website; and working collaboratively with library staff and others to design, develop, and provide ongoing maintenance for the library's digital resources and digital collections.

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"Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities: New Grant Opportunity"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on October 12th, 2016

IMLS has released "Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities: New Grant Opportunity."

Here's an excerpt:

Through Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities, IMLS will be able to support innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance the preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with, digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and NEH will jointly fund Digital Humanities Advancement Grant projects (link is external) that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries in support of the National Digital Platform effort.

These projects will advance the IMLS mission of improving broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning. Through this partnership, IMLS funds will support Level I and II projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries. Level I projects (from $5,000 to $40,000) are small grants designed to fund exploratory sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level II projects (from $40,001 to $75,000) can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept.

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Digital Librarian at Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 11th, 2016

Ripley Entertainment Inc. is recruiting a Digital Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As part of the Intellectual Property/Content Management team the Digital Librarian will administer digital asset workflows, as well as monitor physical inventory. Ripley content is both interesting and unique and ranges from historical Robert Ripley photos to a variety of attraction branding and publishing media. The Digital Librarian will use company data and content management systems to maintain and distribute content within the company and outside agencies.

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"Dash: Data Sharing Made Easy at the University of California"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories on October 11th, 2016

Stephen Abrams et al. have published "Dash: Data Sharing Made Easy at the University of California" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

While the UC Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library supports a growing roster of innovative curation services for University use, most were intended originally to meet the needs of institutional information professionals, such as librarians, archivists, and curators. In order to address the new curation concerns of individual scholars, UC3 realized that it needed to deploy new systems and services optimized for stakeholders with widely divergent experiences, expertise, and expectations. This led to the development of Dash, an online data publication service making campus data sharing easy. While Dash gives the appearance of being a full-fledged repository, in actuality it is only a lightweight overlay layer that sits on top of standards-compliant repositories, such as UC3's existing Merritt curation repository. The Dash service offers intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces for dataset submission, description, publication, and discovery. By imposing minimal prescriptive eligibility and submission requirements; automating and hiding the mechanical details of DOI assignment, data packaging, and repository deposit; and featuring a streamlined, self-service user experience that can be integrated easily into scholarly workflows, Dash is an important new service offering with which UC scholars can meet their RDM obligations.

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Head of Library Systems and Electronic Resource Management at Our Lady of the Lake University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 11th, 2016

Our Lady of the Lake University is recruiting a Head of Library Systems and Electronic Resource Management.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Dean of the University Library and working closely with other library managers, the Systems & ERM Librarian position is a position provides technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards. . . . This will include first-line support as well as maintenance and implementation in a broad range of systems with primary, sustained focus on the integrated library system (SirsiDynix Symphony) and Worldshare Discovery.

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"How Do Scientists Define Openness? Exploring the Relationship between Open Science Policies and Research Practice"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 11th, 2016

Nadine Levin et al. have published "How Do Scientists Define Openness? Exploring the Relationship between Open Science Policies and Research Practice " in the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

Here's an excerpt:

This article documents how biomedical researchers in the United Kingdom understand and enact the idea of "openness." . . . This study is based on 22 in-depth interviews with U.K. researchers in systems biology, synthetic biology, and bioinformatics, which were conducted between September 2013 and February 2014. Through an analysis of the interview transcripts, we identify seven core themes that characterize researchers' understanding of openness in science and nine factors that shape the practice of openness in research.

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DigitalKoans Posts Will Resume on 10/11/2016: Unscheduled Tweets until Then

Posted in Announcements on September 23rd, 2016

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 10/11/2016; however, there will be tweets on an unscheduled basis until then.

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Research Support & Data Services Librarian at Columbia University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 23rd, 2016

Columbia University is recruiting a Research Support & Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Research Support & Data Services Librarian is responsible for providing support for social science research, including the use of quantitative and qualitative data and data applications, to faculty, students, and staff, and for identifying and assisting in the implementation of new library technologies related to social science research and data. As a member of the team providing research and data support in the Digital Social Science Center, the incumbent will assist students, faculty, and researchers with research projects and will aid users in finding and using qualitative and quantitative data, including offering training and guidance in the use of data analysis and research software.

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Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment Project

Posted in Scholarly Metrics, Standards on September 23rd, 2016

NISO has released Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment Project.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The National Information Standards Organization has published NISO RP-25-2016, Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment Project. This recommended practice on altmetrics, an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly impact of research in the knowledge environment, was developed by working groups that were part of NISO's Altmetrics Initiative, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The document outlines altmetrics definitions and use cases, alternative outputs in scholarly communications, data metrics, and persistent identifiers in scholarly communications. This guidance was necessary because, before the project began, scholars had long expressed dissatisfaction with traditional measures of success, such as the Impact Factor, but needed standards relating to other viable assessment methods.

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