Daily Tweets 2010-09-27

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 27th, 2010

"Why Linked Data is Not Enough for Scientists"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on September 26th, 2010

Sean Bechhofer et al. have self-archived "Why Linked Data is Not Enough for Scientists" in the ECS EPrints Repository

Here's an excerpt:

Scientific data stands to represent a significant portion of the linked open data cloud and science itself stands to benefit from the data fusion capability that this will afford. However, simply publishing linked data into the cloud does not necessarily meet the requirements of reuse. Publishing has requirements of provenance, quality, credit, attribution, methods in order to provide the reproducibility that allows validation of results. In this paper we make the case for a scientific data publication model on top of linked data and introduce the notion of Research Objects as first class citizens for sharing and publishing.

"OpenAccess Statistics: Alternative Impact Measures for Open Access Documents?"

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Metrics on September 26th, 2010

Ulrich Herb has self-archived "OpenAccess Statistics: Alternative Impact Measures for Open Access Documents? An Examination How to Generate Interoperable Usage Information from Distributed Open Access Services" in E-LIS.

Here's an excerpt:

Publishing and bibliometric indicators are of utmost relevance for scientists and research institutions as the impact or importance of a publication (or even of a scientist or an institution) is mostly regarded to be equivalent to a citation-based indicator, e.g. in form of the Journal Impact Factor or the Hirsch-Index. Both on an individual and an institutional level performance measurement depends strongly on these impact scores. This contribution shows that most common methods to assess the impact of scientific publications often discriminate Open Access publications — and by that reduce the attractiveness of Open Access for scientists. Assuming that the motivation to use Open Access publishing services (e.g. a journal or a repository) would increase if these services would convey some sort of reputation or impact to the scientists, alternative models of impact are discussed. Prevailing research results indicate that alternative metrics based on usage information of electronic documents are suitable to complement or to relativize citation-based indicators. Furthermore an insight into the project OpenAccess-Statistics OA-S is given. OA-S implemented an infrastructure to collect document-related usage information from distributed Open Access Repositories in an aggregator service in order to generate interoperable document access information according to three standards (COUNTER, LogEc and IFABC). The service also guarantees the deduplication of users and identical documents on different servers. In a second phase it is not only planned to implement added services like recommender features, but also to evaluate alternative impact metrics based on usage patterns of electronic documents.

Library Systems Specialist at Binghamton University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 26th, 2010

The Binghamton University Libraries are recruiting a Library Systems Specialist (Lead Programmer/Analyst).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Technology Department supports the various systems related needs in the Library. The incumbent provides excellent service and support to Library staff and users as well as communicating effectively with all Library departments and with Computing Services. The position reports to the Assistant Director for Library Technology. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Install, upgrade, maintain, and provide technical support for all aspects of staff desktop and laptop computers, public computers (Microsoft Windows 7 and XP, Mac OS X), printers, and peripherals.
  • Troubleshoot, resolve, and support Library-specific and other software applications; e-mail, Microsoft Office Suite, Aleph client, Ariel, electronic reserves, Adobe Creative Suite, and scanning software.
  • The successful candidate is responsible for overall customer satisfaction as the primary contact for help desk support during normal business hours.
  • Resolve staff and patron's technical problems in a timely and professional manner.
  • Provide training to staff on all aspects of Library applications, work-flow and general technology trends.
  • Maintain/increase personal knowledge and skills through continuing education and professional development.

Internet Archive Announces That University of Toronto Has Digitized 250,000 Books

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digitization, E-Books, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access on September 26th, 2010

Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive has announced that the University of Toronto has digitized 250,000 books.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

When I talked with Carole Moore, the fantastic librarian from University of Toronto, about 6 years ago, she had a vision of scanning 250,000 books from their libraries. Well, a few days ago she succeeded. (http://www.archive.org/details/university_of_toronto)

It has been a winding road to here, with financial help from Yahoo and Microsoft, from the Canadian government and from the University of Toronto—but she got there in grand style. . . .

250,000 books for free to the world from one of the great libraries in the world.

Daily Tweets 2010-09-26

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 26th, 2010

Emerging Technologies Librarian at Central Oregon Community College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 23rd, 2010

The Central Oregon Community College Library is recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian. Salary: $46,817-$55,734.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0600244):

Reporting to the College Librarian, this position will be a member of the leadership team of the library and will work closely with the Associate College Librarian for Information and Access, the Associate College Librarian for Collections and Acquisitions, and the two resident OSU-Cascades librarians. The Emerging Technologies Librarian will manage current systems, including a shared ILS with OSU. This Librarian will also research, recommend, and implement emerging library information technologies. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with all departments in the library, faculty and students, OSU Valley Library, the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and its members and partners. The Emerging Technologies Librarian will work closely with the campus IT department in maintaining, troubleshooting, recommending and implementing technology vital to the library's mission.

First Sale Doctrine: "Digital Exhaustion"

Posted in Copyright on September 23rd, 2010

Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz have self-archived "Digital Exhaustion" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

As digital networks emerge as the dominant means of distributing copyrighted works, the first sale doctrine is increasingly marginalized. The limitations first sale places on the exclusive right of distribution are of little importance when the alienation and use of copies entails their reproduction. This fact of the modern copyright marketplace has led to calls for statutory clarification of digital first sale rights.

Acknowledging the obstacles to legislative intervention, this Article argues that courts are equipped today to limit copyright exclusivity in order to enable copy owners to make traditionally lawful uses of their copies, including resale through secondary markets. We argue that first sale is not simply an isolated limitation on the distribution right. Instead, it is a component of a broader principle of copyright exhaustion that emerges from early case law preceding the Supreme Court’s foundational decision in Bobbs-Merrill v. Strauss. This context reveals a common law of copyright exhaustion that embraces a set of user privileges that includes not only alienation, but renewal, repair, adaptation, and preservation. Despite congressional recognition of exhaustion in sections 109 and 117 of the Copyright Act, this Article concludes that courts have ample room to apply and continue to develop common law rules that preserve the many benefits of the first sale doctrine in the digital marketplace.

Library Automation Manager at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 23rd, 2010

The Polk Library at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is recruiting a Library Automation Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Automation Manager (LAM) is responsible for managing the information technology resources of Polk Library to maximize their positive impact on teaching, learning and research for the students, faculty and staff of the University. This position will be responsible for the overall installation, operation and maintenance of all automated library systems and services. Working closely with the Emerging Technologies Librarian and other staff, the LAM will provide vision and leadership in the investigation and implementation of new and emerging technologies. The LAM will represent the Library on university and UWS-wide committees and groups. This position reports to the Head of Technical Services.

Zotero Everywhere Initiative Announced

Posted in Research Tools on September 23rd, 2010

Zotero has announced its Zotero Everywhere initiative.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

We're delighted to announce Zotero Everywhere, a major new initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Zotero Everywhere is aimed at dramatically increasing the accessibility of Zotero to the widest possible range of users today and in the future. Zotero Everywhere will have two main components: a standalone desktop version of Zotero with full integration into a variety of web browsers and a radically expanded application programming interface (API) to provide web and mobile access to Zotero libraries. . . .

Today we are announcing support for Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer, which account for 98% of the web's usage share. Plugins for these browsers will soon allow users to add anything they find on the web to their Zotero libraries with a single click, regardless of the their browser preferences. Rather than use the Zotero pane in Firefox, users will have the new option of accessing their libraries via a standalone desktop version of Zotero, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Zotero's web API offers any application developer the ability to access individual and group libraries via a simple, human-readable programming interface. Until now, this API has been “read-only”—users could view their libraries but they could not change them via the web or via the API. Today we're announcing the opening of Zotero's write API to the public over the coming months.

Daily Tweets 2010-09-23

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 23rd, 2010

Executive Director of CLOCKSS

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 22nd, 2010

CLOCKSS is recruiting an Executive Director.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

CLOCKSS is a global nonprofit, community-governed archive that preserves digital scholarly materials for the very long term through a geo-physical and geo-political distributed network of archive nodes. . . .

• Operations: Manage all aspects of CLOCKSS operations – marketing, strategy, board relations, finances, and part-time staff. Prepare annual plan with objectives, a budget and financial projections.

• Member development and growth: CLOCKSS receives contributions from participating publishers and libraries. Recruit new publishers and libraries to meet financial targets for growth. Make sure that the archive responds to the needs of the scholarly community as it relates to archiving scholarly content. Create a valuable community and services to participants.

• Marketing: Provide a vision and voice that establishes CLOCKSS as a valuable and unique international scholarly archive. Create outreach and campaigns to the community to attract and follow up with new participating publishers and libraries.

• Board coordination: build consensus and report activities on a regular basis.

• Staff: manage several part-time staff members and coordinate activities with our Stanford technology partners. To meet program needs, hire new employees as resources allow.

• Leadership: Raise the profile of CLOCKSS by speaking at conferences and seminars and writing articles. Keep up-to-date with developments in scholarly publishing and issues facing academic libraries. Form strategic alliances with other groups in the scholarly communications arena.

• Fundraising: In addition to participation fees, CLOCKSS seeks to build an endowment for long-term stability. Explore foundation and individual donor funding and launch an endowment campaign over the next two to three years.

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