Results of the SOAP Survey: A First Overview of the Dutch Situation

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 23rd, 2011

Marnix van Berchum and Annemiek van der Kuil have released Results of the SOAP Survey: A First Overview of the Dutch Situation.

Here's an excerpt:

Based on the results above, the following conclusions can be made on the "Dutch situation"

  • A high number of researchers thinks the publishing of Open Access articles is beneficial to their discipline (90%)
  • Main reasons why Open Access publishing is beneficial are the scientific community benefit and benefit for outside the scientific community ("public good")
  • Quality, impact and prestige are still very important in making choices on Open Access publishing in journals
  • Publication fees for Open Access articles are for a large part covered by the institutions (40%)
  • There is no strong feeling on how easy or difficult it is to obtain funding

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    Web Applications Specialist at University of Virginia

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 23rd, 2011

    The University of Virginia Library's Scholars' Lab is recruiting a Web Applications Specialist.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    We're seeking someone passionate about tackling technical problems in the digital humanities – preferably a person with both a technical and humanities background, prepared to build next-generation DH interfaces and tools. Our new Web Application Specialist will also be able to take advantage of the "20% time" that all Department of Digital Research & Scholarship faculty and staff are granted to pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) R&D projects. This is a full-time, permanent position at UVa. . . .

    As a Web Applications Specialist reporting to the Head of R&D for the Scholars' Lab, you will be responsible for building, testing, and debugging code. You should possess an extreme attention to detail and a high level of accountability and responsibility. We're looking for someone who enjoys technical challenges, likes to figure out how things work, and stays involved in the latest Web and digital humanities technologies. You will need to be able to fit in to a creative and collaborative environment.

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      Results of the SOAP Survey: A Preliminary Overview of the Situation in EIFL Partner Countries

      Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 23rd, 2011

      EIFL has released Results of the SOAP Survey: A Preliminary Overview of the Situation in EIFL Partner Countries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. In the SOAP Symposium on 13 January 2011 in Berlin, the results of the SOAP Survey were made publicly available. "Highlights from the SOAP project survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing" article is available in arXiv:1101.5260v2 presenting preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data were released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing. . . .

      We followed the approach of the SURFfoundation and made the first overview of the SOAP survey results, tailored to the situation in 11 EIFL partner countries: Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine.

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        "Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy"

        Posted in Copyright on February 22nd, 2011

        Eric E. Johnson has self-archived "Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy" in SSRN.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Intellectual property law has long been justified on the belief that external incentives are necessary to get people to produce artistic works and technological innovations that are easily copied. This Essay argues that this foundational premise of the economic theory of intellectual property is wrong. Using recent advances in behavioral economics, psychology, and business-management studies, it is now possible to show that there are natural and intrinsic motivations that will cause technology and the arts to flourish even in the absence of externally supplied rewards, such as copyrights and patents.

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          Web Applications Programmer at University of Miami

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 22nd, 2011

          The University of Miami's Richter Library is recruiting a Web Applications Programmer.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Under the direction of the Digital Technologies Programmer/Analyst, and working closely with Web & Emerging Technologies staff, the Web Applications Programmer assists in and supports the development, implementation, and maintenance of the infrastructure supporting search, discovery, and presentation of library web services and digital object delivery and presentation. Technical infrastructure includes Drupal CMS and digital repository development with proprietary and open source software. The position is also responsible for utilizing emerging web technology to enhance electronic access to library resources and services, and to promote user-centered digital services and technologies to develop a superior user experience.

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            Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/22/11

            Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 22nd, 2011

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              Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 22nd, 2011

              The Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries are recruiting a Systems Engineer.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Systems Engineer will provide systems administration and, to a lesser extent, programming support for the Systems department's multi-platform—primarily Linux, but also some Windows and Solaris—environment. This position will support services provided by the Systems department, including, but not limited to, library catalog, search interface, federated search tools, library web sites, blogs, file and print shares, desktop applications and mobile interfaces. The Systems department shares server infrastructure with Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC), and collaborates closely with DRCC systems administrator.

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                "Eprints Institutional Repository Software: A Review"

                Posted in Digital Repositories, EPrints, Institutional Repositories on February 22nd, 2011

                Mike Beazley has published "Eprints Institutional Repository Software: A Review" in latest issue of Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Setting up an institutional repository (IR) can be a daunting task. There are many software packages out there, some commercial, some open source, all of which offer different features and functionality. This article will provide some thoughts about one of these software packages: Eprints. Eprints is open-source, and the software is easy to modify. This presents clear advantages for institutions will smaller budgets and that have programmers on staff.

                Installation and initial configuration are straightforward and once the IR is up and running, users can easily upload documents by filling out a simple web form. Eprints is an excellent choice for any institution looking to get an IR up and running quickly and easily, although it is less clear that an institution with an existing IR based on another software package should migrate to Eprints.

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