Digital Curation News (3/16/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 16th, 2017

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Digital Infrastructure Developer at Princeton University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 16th, 2017

Princeton University is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure Developer (2 positions).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the growing Library Systems development team, reporting to the Library Application Development Manager, the developers in this position will implement, test, and document applications using the Hydra repository framework as well as other open source applications related to digital preservation, access, and associated workflows.

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"Open Access to Scientific Information in Emerging Countries"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 16th, 2017

Joachim Schöpfel has published "Open Access to Scientific Information in Emerging Countries" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Access to information plays a critical role in supporting development. Open access to scientific information is one solution. Up to now, the open access movement has been most successful in the Western hemisphere. The demand for open access is great in the developing world as it can contribute to solving problems related to access gaps. Five emerging countries, called BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — play a specific and leading role with a significant influence on regional and global affairs because of their large and fast-growing national economies, their demography and geographic situation. In order to better understand open access in each of the five countries, in this paper we take a look at specific conditions in each country, relying on data from information professionals and scientists from BRICS, with an empirical approach focused on country-specific characteristics and challenges. The paper is an updated and enriched synthesis of a recent work on open access in the BRICS countries published by Litwin, Sacramento CA.

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Data Management Analyst at University of California, Davis

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 16th, 2017

The University of California, Davis is recruiting a Data Management Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under general direction of Social Science Data Service (SSDS) and the Associate Director of the University Library's Data Management Program provide leadership and expertise for research data management and analysis across a broad array of researchers in the Division of Social Sciences and other researchers working with survey-type and qualitative data.

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"The Landscape of Research Data Repositories in 2015: A re3data Analysis"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on March 16th, 2017

Maxi Kindling et al. have published "The Landscape of Research Data Repositories in 2015: A re3data Analysis" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

This article provides a comprehensive descriptive and statistical analysis of metadata information on 1,381 research data repositories worldwide and across all research disciplines. The analyzed metadata is derived from the re3data database, enabling search and browse functionalities for the global registry of research data repositories. The analysis focuses mainly on institutions that operate research data repositories, types and subjects of research data repositories (RDR), access conditions as well as services provided by the research data repositories. RDR differ in terms of the service levels they offer, languages they support or standards they comply with. These statements are commonly acknowledged by saying the RDR landscape is heterogeneous. As expected, we found a heterogeneous RDR landscape that is mostly influenced by the repositories' disciplinary background for which they offer services.

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Research Data Management Librarian or Specialist at University of Arizona

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 15th, 2017

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Research Data Management Librarian or Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will serve two major purposes. 1) Provide data management and curation support for research projects such as recommending data management technology and tools, metadata standards in collaboration with the metadata librarian, and assist researchers in depositing their data in disciplinary repositories or the Campus Repository. 2) Work with the data curation librarian to expand data management and curation services and programs focusing on reaching out to campus to provide a variety of educational support for data management and data curation, including engagement with graduate and diverse students around best practices.

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"’Just Google It’—The Scope of Freely Available Information Sources for Doctoral Thesis Writing"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on March 15th, 2017

Vincas Grigas et al. have published "'Just Google It'—The Scope of Freely Available Information Sources for Doctoral Thesis Writing" in Information Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Library collections and subscribed databases could cover up to 80 per cent of all information resources used in doctoral theses. Among the most significant findings to emerge from this study is the fact that on average more than half (57 per cent) of all utilised information resources were freely available or were accessed without library support. We may presume that the library as a direct intermediator for information users is potentially important and irreplaceable only in four out of ten attempts of PhD students to seek information.

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Digital Preservation Librarian or Specialist at University of Arizona

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 15th, 2017

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian or Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will collaborate closely with colleagues across various programs, including digital projects teams in Special Collections, technologists working on digital preservation repository administration, as well as institutional repository staff regarding preservation planning. The Digital Preservation Specialist will monitor trends and best practices in digital preservation and incorporate corresponding workflows across the libraries. This role will guide best practices and workflow integration between systems across the libraries to enable long-lived digital objects. The incumbent will report to the head of ODIS.

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Web Archiving in the United States: A 2016 Survey

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 15th, 2017

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Web Archiving in the United States: A 2016 Survey .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

From January 20 to February 16, 2016, a team representing multiple NDSA member institutions and interest groups conducted a survey of organizations in the United States actively involved in, or planning to start, programs to archive content from the Web. This effort built upon a similar survey undertaken by NDSA in late 2011 and published online in June 2012 and a second survey in late 2013 published online in September 2014.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 3/15/2017

Posted in Announcements on March 3rd, 2017

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 3/15/2017.

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Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 3rd, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will provide research consultations for both traditional and digital humanities research and projects in collaboration with the UNC Libraries’ Research Hub staff, facilitate digital scholarship projects and extend relationships with campus partners. The Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian will develop training and serve as a resource for subject librarians who want to incorporate digital projects in teaching and learning.

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"New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on March 3rd, 2017

The EFF has released "New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy."

Here's an excerpt:

Newly minted Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai just granted the telecom industry its wish: he has blocked new requirements that Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast apply common sense security practices to protect your private data. . . .

Republicans in Congress are planning a much bigger assault on the Internet, by making it illegal for the FCC to protect consumer privacy online. With heavy support from the cable and telephone industry, they are hoping to use a rare and far reaching tool known as a Congressional Review Act resolution, which would not only completely eliminate all of the FCC's broadband privacy rules (not just the data security rule), it would prohibit the FCC from ever enacting any "substantially similar" privacy rules in the future. Because of the current regulatory landscape, the Federal Trade Commission is also barred from policing ISPs, leaving no federal cop on the beat to protect consumer privacy in this space.

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