"Wide-Open: Accelerating Public Data Release by Automating Detection of Overdue Datasets"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science on June 9th, 2017

Maxim Grechkin, Hoifung Poon, and Bill Howe have published "Wide-Open: Accelerating Public Data Release by Automating Detection of Overdue Datasets" in PLOS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Open data is a vital pillar of open science and a key enabler for reproducibility, data reuse, and novel discoveries. Enforcement of open-data policies, however, largely relies on manual efforts, which invariably lag behind the increasingly automated generation of biological data. To address this problem, we developed a general approach to automatically identify datasets overdue for public release by applying text mining to identify dataset references in published articles and parse query results from repositories to determine if the datasets remain private. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach on 2 popular National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) repositories: Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and Sequence Read Archive (SRA). Our Wide-Open system identified a large number of overdue datasets, which spurred administrators to respond directly by releasing 400 datasets in one week.

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Mountain West Digital Library Metadata Librarian at University of Utah

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 9th, 2017

The University of Utah is recruiting a Mountain West Digital Library Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Metadata Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library supports the improvement of metadata standards and metadata in digital collections from MWDL partners, including memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming. This position will also be responsible for creating, maintaining, and repurposing digital object metadata for the Marriott Library, including any collections, subjects, languages, and formats as assigned using the MWDL Dublin Core Application Profile or other necessary metadata standards.

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SSRN Launches Biology Research Network (BioRN)

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on June 9th, 2017

SSRN has launched the Biology Research Network (BioRN).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Biology researchers are able to post preprints and working papers on BioRN, share ideas and other early stage research, and collaborate. It allows users to quickly upload and read abstracts and full-text papers, free of charge. A preprint is the author’s own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed or had any value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements). A preprint server, or working paper repository as they are also known, allows users to share these documents.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Illinois Institute of Technology

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 8th, 2017

The Illinois Institute of Technology is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Located in the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide guidance and support for digital initiatives and academic publishing, open access, and scholarly communication opportunities. This position provides service, technical expertise, and leadership for the library's initiation of effective collaborations with campus stakeholders. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will promote and mediate the use of IIT's Institutional Repository and Open Journal Systems.

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Agriculture Scholars

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on June 8th, 2017

Ithaka S+R has released Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Agriculture Scholars.

Here's an excerpt:

Agriculture scholars report relatively low challenges with digital discovery and access, particularly in contrast to information management, in which a lack of services and support, coupled with gaps in responsibility, lead scholars to utilize idiosyncratic approaches to the detriment of long-term preservation. While they have a wealth of options for disseminating their scholarship, agriculture scholars struggle with conveying the underlying findings and importance of their research to wider audiences.

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Digital Curator/Librarian at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 8th, 2017

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is recruiting a Digital Curator/Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provide digital curation, preservation, and meta data entry and capture operations management of the digital resources to APL's digital archives. Have an expert knowledge of different digital objects to determine appropriate support needs. Understand and lead the storage and preservation procedures and practices that ensure the continued trustworthiness and accessibility of digital objects. Ensure the use of methods and tools that support interoperability of different applications and preservation technologies among users.

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"Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials—A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 8th, 2017

Darren B. Taichman et al. have published "Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials—A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors" in PLOS Medicine.

Here's an excerpt:

Therefore, ICMJE will require the following as conditions of consideration for publication of a clinical trial report in our member journals:

  1. As of July 1, 2018 manuscripts submitted to ICMJE journals that report the results of clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement as described below.
  2. Clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after January 1, 2019 must include a data sharing plan in the trial’s registration. The ICMJE's policy regarding trial registration is explained at www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html. If the data sharing plan changes after registration this should be reflected in the statement submitted and published with the manuscript, and updated in the registry record.

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Digital Asset Manager at University of Kansas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 7th, 2017

The University of Kansas is recruiting a Digital Asset Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director/Senior Archivist, the Digital Asset Manager will hold primary responsibility for preservation, digitization, management and access to digital assets and related systems.

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"Are Open Access Journals Immune from Piracy?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 7th, 2017

Angela Cochran has published "Are Open Access Journals Immune from Piracy?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Even though Sci-Hub is billed as providing access to paywalled content, there appear to be thousands of open access articles in the host database. Sci-Hub provided usage of their services from 2015 to Science news writer John Bohannon with the full data set. Reviewing just the data from December 2015, I found that over 200 users accessed PLOS ONE content, over 450 users accessed Hindawi content, and a whopping 2,145 users accessed BioMed Central content.

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Assistant/Associate Librarian–Digital Publishing Project at Texas Tech University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 7th, 2017

Texas Tech University is recruiting an Assistant/Associate Librarian–Digital Publishing Project.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will spend the first two years working with Texas Tech faculty authors to publish electronic books in Open Monograph Press with the support of the University Press. The position will be creating workflows, policies, and helping authors with technical issues related to publishing eBooks and non-traditional multimedia eBooks and developing sustainable models for library publishing.

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The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?

Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on June 7th, 2017

The Pew Research Centerhas released The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications? .

Here's an excerpt:

Researchers have been showing how easy it is to hack cars, voting machines and power plants. They have demonstrated ransomware exploits against home thermostats and exposed vulnerabilities in implanted heart pacemakers. In one paper, "IoT Goes Nuclear," analysts showed how a flaw in the design of smart lightbulbs could be used for a "bricking attack" that kills all of a city's traffic lights. . . .

Thus, the question: Could security vulnerabilities that become evident as the IoT rolls out prompt people, businesses and government to avoid or withdraw from certain online connectivity options? In summer 2016, Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large canvassing of technologists, scholars, practitioners, strategic thinkers and other leaders, asking them to react to this framing of the issue.

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Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager at American Theological Library Association

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 6th, 2017

The American Theological Library Association is recruiting a Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position coordinates multiple Editorial Boards to support open access publishing of major works, issues of contention, and schools of thought that propel research in religion and theology; develop knowledge and skills in librarianship, pedagogy, and research methodology; and represent specialized topics of interest religion and theology. This position works both independently and collaboratively to provide outreach and support for open publishing initiatives, raise awareness of open access and scholarly communication issues including open educational resources, and develop professional development opportunities for ATLA members in the areas of open publishing.

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