"Making Progress Toward Open Data: Reflections on Data Sharing at PLOS ONE"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 11th, 2017

Meg Byrne has published "Making Progress Toward Open Data: Reflections on Data Sharing at PLOS ONE" in the EveryONE Blog

Here's an excerpt:

PLOS ONE has published over 65,000 papers with a DAS in the three years since the open data policy was put in place. We were initially concerned we would not be able to consider a significant number of submissions because authors could not share data, but this did not turn out to be the case. Since the implementation of the updated policy, we estimate staff have rejected less than 0.1% of submissions due to authors’ unwillingness or inability to share data. What we have seen is a growing acceptance of data sharing and evolution of data sharing practices. For instance, there has been a steady growth in datasets available directly via public data repositories such as the NCBI databases, Figshare or Dryad. While the proportion of articles with a data availability statement linking to one of these repositories is still relatively low, at around 20% in 2016, the growth is encouraging.

Another 60% of articles include data in the main text and supplementary information. While we strongly recommend discipline-specific open repositories where they exist, we also deposit the supporting information files, figures, and tables included with every article to Figshare and give each of these its own DOI. Thus, in addition to being available via the PLOS ONE article, this content is also available through an external data repository. The remaining 20% of papers have data available upon request due to restrictions acceptable under our policy, including restrictions related to sensitive data or because the data are owned by and available from a third party.

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Global Digital Humanities Librarian at Ohio State University

Posted in Scholarly Communication on May 10th, 2017

Ohio State University is recruiting a Global Digital Humanities Librarian (two-year residency).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Research Services and Area Studies teams, the Resident will connect faculty and students in international and area studies departments with the Libraries’ growing digital humanities services through the Research Commons. The Resident will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Libraries to support this academic community throughout the research lifecycle from content generation/acquisition to data curation.

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"From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on May 10th, 2017

Nicky Agate et. al have published "From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

There has been quite a bit of discussion lately about the future of scholarly communication in libraries (for an example, see Clifford Lynch's guest editorial in the February issue of C&RL), and we wanted to give our board a chance to weigh in. They were asked to share their take on the most pressing issues in scholarly communication today, in their capacity as Editorial Board members (rather than as representatives of their respective institutions), and the following six short pieces are the result.

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Data Services Librarian at University of Alabama

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 10th, 2017

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Assessment & Government Information, the Data Services Librarian will develop a robust suite of data services, including components of instructional support, that serve to bolster student and faculty research through the discovery, management, analysis, and visualization of data.. . . Additionally, the Data Services Librarian will work across the libraries to advance open data and deliver services that support those faculty engaged in data-intensive research projects.

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A System That Prioritises Publications Means Early Career Researchers’ Scholarly Attitudes and Behaviours Remain Conservative

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 10th, 2017

Dave Nicholas has published "A System That Prioritises Publications Means Early Career Researchers' Scholarly Attitudes and Behaviours Remain Conservative" in the LSE Impact Blog.

Here's an excerpt:

Reporting the first-year findings of a longitudinal study of an international panel of ECRs, Dave Nicholas reveals that many remain conservative in their scholarly attitudes and practices. ECRs are concerned by "risky" open peer review, regard archiving their work in repositories as a non-priority, and display little interest in open science or altmetrics. Many ECRs see opportunities for change, but do not feel able to grasp them as they are shackled to a reputational system that promotes publication record and citation scores above all else.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 5/10/2017

Posted in Announcements on April 22nd, 2017

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 5/10/2017.

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Research Associate, Albert Johannsen Project at Northern Illinois University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2017

Northern Illinois University is recruiting a Research Associate, Albert Johannsen Project.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This three-year term position serves as the Project Director for the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections Grant, "The Albert Johannsen Project: Digitizing the House of Beadle and Adams and their Nickel and Dime Novels." Reporting to the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries, the Project Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the grant project.

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"It Takes a Village: One Year of Journals Requiring ORCID iDs"

Posted in Metadata, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 22nd, 2017

Alice Meadows has published "It Takes a Village: One Year of Journals Requiring ORCID iDs" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Today, well over 1,500 journals published by 16 publishers and societies, require iDs for at least their corresponding authors and, from our conversations with leaders of organizations across all sectors, we know that similar approaches are actively being considered by organizations in other sectors.

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Research Data Management Systems Librarian at Queen’s University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2017

Queen's University is recruiting a Research Data Management Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Queen’s University Library is looking for a Research Data Management Systems Librarian to join our team and play a key role in building the infrastructure needed to support students and faculty at Queen's University with the management of research data, including big data generated by computationally intensive research programs. I

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"A Century of Science: Globalization of Scientific Collaborations, Citations, and Innovations"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on April 22nd, 2017

Yuxiao Dong, Hao Ma, Zhihong Shen, and Kuansan Wang have self-archived "A Century of Science: Globalization of Scientific Collaborations, Citations, and Innovations."

Here's an excerpt:

In this work, we study the evolution of scientific development over the past century by presenting an anatomy of 89 million digitalized papers published between 1900 and 2015. We find that science has benefited from the shift from individual work to collaborative effort, with over 90% of the world-leading innovations generated by collaborations in this century, nearly four times higher than they were in the 1900s. We discover that rather than the frequent myopic- and self-referencing that was common in the early 20th century, modern scientists instead tend to look for literature further back and farther around. Finally, we also observe the globalization of scientific development from 1900 to 2015, including 25-fold and 7-fold increases in international collaborations and citations, respectively, as well as a dramatic decline in the dominant accumulation of citations by the US, the UK, and Germany, from 95% to 50% over the same period.

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Web Specialist at University of Nevada, Reno

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 21st, 2017

The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting a Web Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks applications for a Web Specialist to be responsible for coordinating the University Libraries’ web presence. The position is responsible for the ongoing technical management, updating, and repair of all server-side and client-side code on which the Libraries’ website is built. This includes routine maintenance and content upkeep as well as design and quality assurance activities.

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An Interactive Map for Showcasing Repository Impacts

Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on April 21st, 2017

Hui Zhang and Camden Lopez have published "An Interactive Map for Showcasing Repository Impacts>" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Digital repository managers rely on usage metrics such as the number of downloads to demonstrate research visibility and impacts of the repositories. Increasingly, they find that current tools such as spreadsheets and charts are ineffective for revealing important elements of usage, including reader locations, and for attracting the targeted audiences. This article describes the design and development of a readership map that provides an interactive, near-real-time visualization of actual visits to an institutional repository using data from Google Analytics. The readership map exhibits the global impacts of a repository by displaying the city of every view or download together with the title of the scholarship being read and a hyperlink to its page in the repository. We will discuss project motivation and development issues such as authentication with Google API, metadata integration, performance tuning, and data privacy.

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