Digital Preservation Librarian at University of Toronto

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 27th, 2015

The University of Toronto is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Librarian is responsible for working with Scholars Portal staff and the broader OCUL community to ensure that assessment standards as established by relevant preservation communities (e.g. TRAC, DSA, etc…) are understood, communicated, and employed on an ongoing basis to ensure that Scholars Portal practices meet or exceed community standards.

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    "Penn Receives $7 Million Gift to Create Price Lab for Digital Humanities"

    Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on February 27th, 2015

    The University of Pennsylvania has released "Penn Receives $7 Million Gift to Create Price Lab for Digital Humanities."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Funded by a generous $7 million gift from alumnus and SAS Overseer Michael J. Price and his wife, Vikki, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities will be the centerpiece of the "Humanities in the Digital Age" initiative of SAS's recently released strategic plan, and will provide the technological hardware and technical support staff necessary for a robust program that reaches across the University. . . .

    The Price Lab will facilitate collaborations with the Penn Libraries; the Penn Museum; the Digital Media Design program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Center for Visualization of Digital Information; the Penn Institute for Computational Science; Penn Medicine's Cartographic Modeling Lab; and SAS's Linguistic Data Consortium.

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      Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist at University of Chicago

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 27th, 2015

      The University of Chicago is recruiting a Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist.

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      The position is responsible for the graphic design, coding, development, and ongoing maintenance of the Library's web pages (e.g. public web sites, digital collections, staff intranet), as well as for designing and producing some print materials such as brochures, giveaways, and posters. The position has expertise in web standards, in new web and digital media software, and in web-based scripting, and will contribute this expertise towards departmental decision-making and inter-departmental collaborations. The position is responsible for recommending software applications for website development, configuring and customizing applications including writing CSS, JavaScript, and PHP code to accomplish design and functionality requirements.

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        "FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet"

        Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on February 27th, 2015

        The FCC has released "FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet."

        Here's an excerpt:

        Today, the Commission—once and for all—enacts strong, sustainable rules, grounded in multiple sources of legal authority, to ensure that Americans reap the economic, social, and civic benefits of an Open Internet today and into the future. These new rules are guided by three principles: America's broadband networks must be fast, fair and open—principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million commenters who participated in the FCC's Open Internet proceeding. Absent action by the FCC, Internet openness is at risk, as recognized by the very court that struck down the FCC's 2010 Open Internet rules last year in Verizon v. FCC. . . .

        Bright Line Rules: The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet:

        • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
        • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
        • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind-in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

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          Digital Curation News (2/26/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

          Posted in Digital Curation News on February 26th, 2015

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            Data Services Librarian at New York University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 26th, 2015

            New York University is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Data Services Librarian position is a tenure-track position based in the NYU Data Services. Data Services offers access to specialty software packages; statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data analysis training and support; and consulting expertise in the use of numeric, qualitative, and spatial data for research, including data access, analysis, collection, data management, and preservation. This position reports to the Social Sciences Coordinator/Co-Coordinator of Data Services in the Collections and Research Services Division of New York University Libraries.

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              Data on the Web Best Practices

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on February 26th, 2015

              W3C has released a draft of Data on the Web Best Practices.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This document provides best practices related to the publication and usage of data on the Web designed to help support a self-sustaining ecosystem. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.

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                Director for Digital Library Development and Systems at University of Pennsylvania

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 26th, 2015

                The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a Director for Digital Library Development and Systems.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Reporting to the Director for Strategic Initiatives and Technology Services, the Director for Digital Library Development and Systems (DLDS) is a principal voice in IT strategy, sharing knowledge with staff, and providing strategic intelligence, and good judgment to planning and policy formation. The Director executes strategic IT decisions for the enterprise, and is the front-line leader of day-to-day operations, the DLDS service portfolio, staff, all in support of the aspirations and strategic goals of the Penn Libraries. DLDS operations are broad, ranging from computing and data infrastructure to applications design, digital development, software life-cycle management, and technology support for enterprise services, such as the Integrated Library System, the Expertise@Penn researcher service, and the Library data warehousing platform, MetriDoc. The Director serves as a key liaison between the Penn Libraries and Penn's central Information Systems and Computing (ISC) unit as well as with other technology operations on campus and institutional partners on the national scene.

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                  "Researcher Perspectives on Publication and Peer Review of Data"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on February 26th, 2015

                  John Ernest Kratz and Carly Strasser have published "Researcher Perspectives on Publication and Peer Review of Data" in PLOS ONE.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Data "publication" seeks to appropriate the prestige of authorship in the peer-reviewed literature to reward researchers who create useful and well-documented datasets. The scholarly communication community has embraced data publication as an incentive to document and share data. But, numerous new and ongoing experiments in implementation have not yet resolved what a data publication should be, when data should be peer-reviewed, or how data peer review should work. While researchers have been surveyed extensively regarding data management and sharing, their perceptions and expectations of data publication are largely unknown. To bring this important yet neglected perspective into the conversation, we surveyed ~ 250 researchers across the sciences and social sciences—asking what expectations "data publication" raises and what features would be useful to evaluate the trustworthiness, evaluate the impact, and enhance the prestige of a data publication. We found that researcher expectations of data publication center on availability, generally through an open database or repository. Few respondents expected published data to be peer-reviewed, but peer-reviewed data enjoyed much greater trust and prestige. The importance of adequate metadata was acknowledged, in that almost all respondents expected data peer review to include evaluation of the data's documentation. Formal citation in the reference list was affirmed by most respondents as the proper way to credit dataset creators. Citation count was viewed as the most useful measure of impact, but download count was seen as nearly as valuable. These results offer practical guidance for data publishers seeking to meet researcher expectations and enhance the value of published data.

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                    Digital Curation News (2/25/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

                    Posted in Digital Curation News on February 25th, 2015

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                      Digital Archivist at North Carolina Archives and Records Section

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 25th, 2015

                      The North Carolina Archives and Records Section is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The North Carolina Archives and Records Section, a leader in addressing the challenges of preserving digital information, is seeking an innovative and forward-thinking archivist to further develop standards and best practices for preservation of and access to permanent digital information and records and implementing a trusted digital repository. The position works closely with staff in the State Archives, the State Library, state and local government, and other institutions to assist and provide consultation to the same regarding technology with regards to electronic records; assists in testing and evaluating of technology solutions; and works with supervisor to communicate outreach to state and local governments, interpret technical information, and acquire and implement technologies to support functions for digital archiving. This position also assists with facilitation of policy development and building a publicly accessible digital archives.

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                        "Digital Curation and Doctoral Research"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 25th, 2015

                        Daisy Abbott has published "Digital Curation and Doctoral Research" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This article considers digital curation in doctoral study and the role of the doctoral supervisor and institution in facilitating students' acquisition of digital curation skills, including some of the potentially problematic expectations of the supervisory relationship with regards to digital curation. Research took the form of an analysis of the current digital curation training landscape, focusing on doctoral study and supervision. This was followed by a survey (n=116) investigating attitudes towards importance, expertise, and responsibilities regarding digital curation. This research confirms that digital curation is considered to be very important within doctoral study but that doctoral supervisors and particularly students consider themselves to be largely unskilled at curation tasks. It provides a detailed picture of curation activity within doctoral study and identifies the areas of most concern. A detailed analysis demonstrates that most of the responsibility for curation is thought to lie with students and that institutions are perceived to have very low responsibility and that individuals tend to over-assign responsibility to themselves. Finally, the research identifies which types of support system for curation are most used and makes suggestions for ways in which students, supervisors, institutions, and others can effectively and efficiently address problematic areas and improve digital curation within doctoral study.

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