Digital Archivist at Kansas Historical Society

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 19th, 2014

The Kansas Historical Society is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Kansas State Historical Society seeks to hire a Digital Archivist to support the State Research Collections Division's management of born-digital and digitized archival collections, including but not limited to the Kansas Memory digital archives.

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    "Towards an Interoperable Digital Scholarly Edition"

    Posted in Metadata on November 19th, 2014

    Desmond Schmidt has published "Towards an Interoperable Digital Scholarly Edition" in Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The change in context between the pre-Web world of 1988, its isolated microcomputers and CD-ROMs, and the modern connected, mobile world of Web 2.0 is stark. Texts now have a different purpose: they need to be much more than simply exchangeable via disk or email, they need to instantly respond to heterogenous needs. Inevitably, this has resulted in a growing discontent with traditional approaches to encoding one-off literary and historical documentary texts (Mueller 2013; Robinson 2010). This discontent has focused on the size of the TEI Guidelines (currently 553 tags), the consequent difficulty of comprehending it enough to use it (Usdin 2009), and its inability to elegantly represent overlapping structures that are common in born-material texts (Renear, Mylonas, and Durand 1993). But arguably the most serious problem, now generally recognized (Unsworth 2011; Bauman 2011), is that TEI-encoded texts are not interoperable: that is, they cannot be fully used in various applications without preliminary, and often substantial, conversion.

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      Research Data Specialist at Florida Institute of Technology

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 19th, 2014

      The Florida Institute of Technology is recruiting a Research Data Specialist.

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      Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

      • Consult on grant requirements related to data management, data sharing and publication
      • Arrange and conduct data interviews with researchers
      • Analyze, collect and curate electronic data, including bibliographic data
      • Help establish standards and best practices for displaying data
      • Assist with testing of new tools and visualization framework

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        "Nevermind the Data, Where Are the Protocols?"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science on November 19th, 2014

        David Crotty has published "Nevermind the Data, Where Are the Protocols?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

        This is more complicated than you might think. The smallest variations in technique or reagents can lead to major differences in results. The scant information offered by most journals' Materials and Methods sections makes replication fairly impossible. Often when describing a technique, an author will merely cite a previous paper where they used that technique…which also cites a previous paper, which also cites a previous paper and the wild goose chase is on. Methodologies evolve over time, and even if you can track down the original source of the technique, it likely has changed a great deal over the years.

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          Digital Curation News (11/18/2014) #digitalpreservation

          Posted in Digital Curation News on November 18th, 2014

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            Web Developer at North Dakota State University

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 18th, 2014

            North Dakota State University is recruiting a Web Developer.

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            The Web Developer manages, configures, and supports the Libraries' websites and other digital initiatives, taking a lead role in planning and implementation. The Web Developer provides technical and operations support for web services in the NDSU Libraries. The Web Developer will also participate in training and support of staff and users, and perform other duties as assigned.

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              "Tenets of the Liberal Arts: Complex Thinking in the Digital Age"

              Posted in Scholarly Communication on November 18th, 2014

              Charles J. Henry and Elliott Shore have published "Tenets of the Liberal Arts: Complex Thinking in the Digital Age" in EDUCAUSE Review.

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              We are awash in millions of books and journals, with a high degree of redundancy across academic institutions. Perhaps justified in the non-digital environment that reaches back to Babylon, this expensive, competitive circumstance is indefensible in a digital ecology. In addition to the vast array of printed matter, we continue to proliferate projects that create digital content but that are often siloed and uncommunicative. Further, we pay exorbitant fees to lease content from providers, buying back the knowledge we essentially gave away to them in the first place. In this respect, the migration from our print-based traditions of discovery, publishing, access, and preservation to digital-based methods is indeed under way. But the process is so uncoordinated and ad hoc that our current hybrid library retains most of the costs, inefficiencies, and impediments of the older paradigm.

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                Digital Preservation Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 18th, 2014

                Indiana University Bloomington is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

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                The Digital Preservation Librarian will lead the development and implementation of preservation strategies and policies for digital collections for the IU Libraries, including both digitized and born-digital materials. The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Library Technologies for work-related issues with a dotted line relationship to the Associate Dean for Collection Development and Scholarly Communication for matters relating to promotion and tenure.

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