"Developing and Implementing a Technical Framework for Interoperable Rights Statements"

Posted in Copyright, Licenses, Standards on May 21st, 2015

Mark Matienzo has published "Developing and Implementing a Technical Framework for Interoperable Rights Statements" in DPLA Updates.

Here's an excerpt:

Within the Technical Working Group of the International Rights Statements Working Group, we have been focusing our efforts on identifying a set of requirements and a technically sound and sustainable plan to implement the rights statements under development. Now that two of the Working Group's white papers have been released, we realized it was a good time to build on the introductory blog post by our Co-Chairs, Emily Gore and Paul Keller. Accordingly, we hope this post provides a good introduction to our technical white paper, Recommendations for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements, and more generally, how our thinking has changed throughout the activities of the working group.

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    23 Groups Oppose Elsevier’s New Sharing and Hosting Policy

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 21st, 2015

    SPARC has released "New Policy from Elsevier Impedes Open Access and Sharing."

    Here's an excerpt:

    [Statement]

    On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with funders' open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers' subscriptions.

    Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a "non-commercial and no derivative works" license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

    Furthermore, the policy applies to "all articles previously published and those published in the future" making it even more punitive for both authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to readers.

    As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research results.

    We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.

    The statement is available here and we welcome others to show their support by also endorsing it.

    The statement has been signed by the following groups:

    COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
    SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
    ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
    ALA: American Library Association
    ARL: Association of Research Libraries
    Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
    Australian Open Access Support Group
    IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
    CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
    CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
    COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
    Creative Commons
    Creative Commons (USA)
    EIFL
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Greater Western Library Alliance
    LIBER: European Research Library Association
    National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    OpenAIRE
    Open Data Hong Kong
    Research Libraries UK
    SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
    University of St Andrews Library

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      Digital Curation News (5/20/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

      Posted in Digital Curation News on May 20th, 2015

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        Programmer at University of Michigan

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 20th, 2015

        The University of Michigan is recruiting a Programmer .

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The University of Michigan Library is seeking an electronic publishing programmer to design, build, and maintain web sites, systems, services, and applications in support of new models in academic publishing. The ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of and demonstrate experience with object- oriented programming languages, web frameworks, and current best practices in code design and web technologies.

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          "Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation"

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on May 20th, 2015

          Jacqueline D. Lipton and John Tehranian have published "Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation" in the Northwestern University Law Review.

          Here's an excerpt:

          As such, this Article reflects on the particular problems raised by the growth of crowdsourced projects and how our copyright regime can best address them. We conclude that future legal developments will require a thoughtful and sophisticated balance to facilitate free speech, artistic expression, and commercial profit. To this end, we suggest a number of options for legal reform, including: (1) reworking the strict liability basis of copyright infringement for noncommercial works, (2) tempering damages awards for noncommercial or innocent infringement, (3) creating an "intermediate liability" regime that gives courts a middle ground between infringement and fair use, (4) developing clearer ex ante guidelines for fair use, and (5) reworking the statutory definition of "derivative work" to exclude noncommercial remixing activities.

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            Visualization and Digital Media Librarian at North Carolina State University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 20th, 2015

            North Carolina State University is recruiting a Visualization and Digital Media Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Visualization and Digital Media Librarian in the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department. Recognizing the power of visualization to ask and answer novel questions, spark new insights, enable greater understanding, and communicate powerful ideas, the NCSU Libraries offers advanced visualization spaces, services, and technologies that support university research and teaching in all disciplines. Our state-of-the-art facilities and computing infrastructure invite scholars to engage with research data using advanced visualization software, to examine and compare high-resolution digital content, and to immerse themselves in simulations and virtual environments. This position reports to the Director of Visualization Services.

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              The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 20th, 2015

              Jaime L. Schumacher has self-archived The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The POWRR project investigated and reported on scalable digital preservation (DP) solutions for small and mid-sized institutions often faced with small staff sizes, restricted IT infrastructures, and tight budgets. Its major deliverable, a white paper, has been well-received and widely read. During the investigation, POWRR uncovered the particular challenges and needs of under-resourced institutions and worked to address and overcome obstacles that often prevent practitioners from taking initial steps in preserving digital content. As a result, POWRR also delivered a well-marked, practical path towards sustainable digital stewardship by: creating a graphic-based tool grid that maps the functionalities of 60+ DP tools/services to an OAIS-based curation lifecycle; developing and teaching a pragmatic, hands-on workshops across the country on the initial steps necessary to accession digital content and how to realistically approach developing a DP program; and producing case studies, collaboration models, and other tools to aid smaller institutions in their DP efforts.

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                University of Windsor Senate Adopts Open Access Policy

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 19th, 2015

                The University of Windsor Senate has adopted an open access policy.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                In recognition of the importance of providing open access to Windsor research, and building on the momentum of the Tri-Council Open Access Policy (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), University Senate passed the University of Windsor's own open access policy (OA), Friday May 8. . . .

                In Canada, the recent release of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires grant recipients, as of May 2015, to take steps to ensure that peer-reviewed journal publications arising from supported research are made freely accessible within 12 months of publication.

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                  Digital Curation News (5/19/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

                  Posted in Digital Curation News on May 19th, 2015

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                    Industry Documents Digital Manager at University of California, San Francisco

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 19th, 2015

                    The University of California, San Francisco is recruiting an Industry Documents Digital Manager.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Industry Documents Digital Manager develops, supports, and maintains industry document collections that are freely available to anyone around the globe. The first and largest is the Legacy Tobacco Industry Documents followed by others including drug industry and food. The digital archives of documents were produced by the respective companies and serves as the foundation for databases to foster research that advances public health. Reporting to the University Librarian, the Industry Documents Digital Manager is responsible for the maintenance and expansion of these digital libraries, designing effective systems to ingest and manage documents and promotion and training of the collections. The individual may also design and carryout research using industry documents; work with federal and state legal offices to develop and monitor enforcement with legal remedies; and participate in grant writing and grants.

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                      Systems Administrator at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 19th, 2015

                      The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Systems Administrator.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The Systems Administrator will be a key member of our Infrastructure Management Services team responsible for the design, implementation, and administration of IT infrastructure to support the enterprise. Primary focus for this role will be the management of virtualized and physical Linux and Windows servers as well as assisting with the administration of SAN storage, networks, and information security.

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                        Institutional ORCID Implementation and Cost-Benefit Analysis Report

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata, Reports and White Papers on May 19th, 2015

                        JISC has released the Institutional ORCID Implementation and Cost-Benefit Analysis Report .

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        In May 2014, Jisc and ARMA commissioned eight HEI ORCID Pilot projects to support the broader use of ORCID unique researcher identifiers (ORCID iDs) in UK higher education. Information Power Ltd and Research Consulting Ltd were commissioned to prepare this report on the results of the eight pilot projects in order to:

                        • Inform how ORCID is implemented in UK HEIs;
                        • Enable institutional managers to build a business case for ORCID adoption in HEIs; and
                        • Encourage wider adoption of ORCID IDs

                        The report is based on semi-structured interviews with the Jisc-ARMA ORCID pilot projects and other research community stakeholders conducted either face-to-face or through telephone/Skype interviews, attendance at the September 2014 and January 2015 pilot project workshops and desk-based review of other relevant evidence.

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