"Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 13th, 2016

Xiaotian Chen and Tom Olijhoek have published "Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool" in Serials Review.

Here's an excerpt:

HowOpenIsIt is a guide created by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), PLOS (Public Library of Science), and OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) to describe an array of policies a journal can have in the continuum between "Open" and "Closed." The OAS Evaluation Tool uses the HowOpenIsIt guide to measure the degree of openness of journals of all kinds with scores between 0 and 100. A total of 1,005 journal samples, both OA and non-OA journals in various languages and from various parts of the world, were evaluated and scored with the OAS Evaluation Tool by a team of information professionals in 2015 based on the policies posted on journals' websites. This article reports the findings of the OAS evaluation.

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    Head, Research & Scholarship at University of Guelph

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 13th, 2016

    The University of Guelph is recruiting a Head, Research & Scholarship.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The incumbent will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight for Research & Scholarship, including: program development and delivery; promotion and outreach initiatives; project management; workflow coordination and human resources management; monitoring and assessing projects, programs and services; and collaborative development and implementation of services and infrastructure to support digital scholarship projects on campus.

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      "Cloud-Based Big Data Management and Analytics for Scholarly Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Scope for Future Research"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing on June 13th, 2016

      Samiya Khan, Kashish A. Shakil, and Mansaf Alam have self-archived "Cloud-Based Big Data Management and Analytics for Scholarly Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Scope for Future Research."

      Here's an excerpt:

      With the shifting focus of organizations and governments towards digitization of academic and technical documents, there has been an increasing need to use this reserve of scholarly documents for developing applications that can facilitate and aid in better management of research. In addition to this, the evolving nature of research problems has made them essentially interdisciplinary. As a result, there is a growing need for scholarly applications like collaborator discovery, expert finding and research recommendation systems. This research paper reviews the current trends and identifies the challenges existing in the architecture, services and applications of big scholarly data platform with a specific focus on directions for future research.

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        Digital Initiatives Librarian at Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 10th, 2016

        The Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Digital Initiatives Librarian will support the continued development, implementation and use of emerging technologies that enrich the teaching and learning landscape. S/he will partner with Reference Librarians, Archives, and Information Technology staff to identify, build, and maintain our rapidly growing digital library collections. They will support and maintain existing software solutions for library and archival open source and vendor applications including but not limited to, DigitalCommons, CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, Omeka, XTF (eXtensibe Text Framework).

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          "Faculty Use of Author Identifiers and Researcher Networking Tools"

          Posted in Metadata, Publishing on June 10th, 2016

          College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Faculty Use of Author Identifiers and Researcher Networking Tools" by Clara Y. Tran and Jennifer A. Lyon .

          Here's an excerpt:

          Our survey results show that there is recognition and use of existing Author ID and researcher networking profiles, as well as some professional use of online social media platforms amongst academic faculty across all disciplines. Additionally, there was notable interest in access to training and support resources on the same resources. At this time, ORCID appears to have gained the highest level of awareness and use among Stony Brook faculty. Faculty also reported use of the two most well-known commercial authorIDs: Thomson Reuters' ResearcherID and Elsevier's Scopus Author ID.

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            Senior Developer at University of Pennsylvania

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 10th, 2016

            The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a Senior Developer.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Working with an innovative blend of open-source and best-in-breed development tools, the Senior Application Developer creates software for multiple, complex digital library projects in the areas of discovery, repository systems, and researcher profile services.

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              "Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too Much"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on June 10th, 2016

              College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too Much" by John Wenzler.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Why has the rise of the Internet—which drastically reduces the cost of distributing information—coincided with drastic increases in the prices that academic libraries pay for access to scholarly journals?This study argues that libraries are trapped in a collective action dilemma as defined by economist Mancur Olson in The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. To truly reduce their costs, librarians would have to build a shared online collection of scholarly resources jointly managed by the academic community as a whole, but individual academic institutions lack the private incentives necessary to invest in a shared collection. Thus, the management of online scholarly journals has been largely outsourced to publishers who have developed monopoly powers that allow them to increase subscription prices faster than the rate of inflation. Many librarians consider the Open Access Movement the best response to increased subscription costs, but the current strategies employed to achieve Open Access also are undermined by collective action dilemmas. In conclusion, some alternative strategies are proposed.

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                Digital Curation News (6/9/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

                Posted in Digital Curation News on June 9th, 2016

                Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 6. Over 560 works. Over 200 works added. Live links. Selected abstracts. OA. CC-BY License. Covers topics such as research data creation, acquisition, metadata, repositories, provenance, management, policies, support services, funding agency requirements, peer review, publication, citation, sharing, reuse, and preservation.

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                  Director, Library Systems and Technology at University of North Florida

                  Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 9th, 2016

                  The University of North Florida is recruiting a Director, Library Systems and Technology.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The director is responsible for the overall administration of systems in support of library operations, identifies and coordinates library computing needs in support of library and university users, sets the direction of the library's technology environment and develops strategic goals and objectives to meet the library's mission in a shared governance environment.

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                    Karger Publishers Agreement Allows Researchers at 9 UKB Members to Publish Up to 250 OA Articles per Year without APCs

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 9th, 2016

                    Karger Publishers has reached an agreement with nine menders of the Dutch UKB consortium that allows affiliated authors to publish up to 250 open access articles per year without APCs.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    The consortial agreement grants the participating UKB libraries and their clients full perpetual access to all Karger journal content of 2016 and 2017 as before. The novel part is that affiliated authors may publish up to 250 OA articles per year with Karger without having to pay the usual OA Article Processing Charges (APCs). Authors are free to submit to any of the 100 plus peer-reviewed hybrid and full OA Karger journals; however, they are asked to mention their affiliation with a participating institution during submission.

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                      National Digital Stewardship Residents (Five)

                      Posted in Scholarly Communication on June 9th, 2016

                      The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are recruiting five National Digital Stewardship Residents.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is a collaborative field experience program developed by The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This will be the third cohort of residents based in Washington, D.C. The program aims to develop a community of professionals in the dynamic field of digital stewardship.

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                        Open Access: The Beast That No-One Could—or Should—Control?

                        Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 9th, 2016

                        Stephen Curry has self-archived "Open Access: The Beast That No-One Could—or Should—Control?"

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        To set the scene, I will begin with a brief description of the open access movement and recent policy initiatives before discussing their impact on the attitudes of scientists towards the broader open science agenda and public engagement. I will then consider the effects of open access (and allied moves) on the authority and independence of science—concepts that are perturbed by the increasingly blurred boundary between the academy and the public. Lastly, I will focus attention on the various publics that are actively seeking to engage with science and scientists, mainly through advocacy groups or the growing ranks of citizen scientists; here, while the impact of open access appears relatively modest, it has the capacity to spring surprises that point to future growth.

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