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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Digital Scholarship Project Manager at Yale University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 3rd, 2017

Yale University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for the coordination and completion of projects for Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) in the Yale University Library. Oversees all aspects of digital scholarship project management. Sets deadlines, assigns responsibilities, and monitors and summarizes progress of projects. Prepares reports for upper management regarding status of projects.

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"Data Science Programs in U.S. Higher Education: An Interview with the Authors"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on March 3rd, 2017

Rong Tang and Watinee Sae-Lim are featured in "Data Science Programs in U.S. Higher Education: An Interview with the Authors," a video article, in the Journal of eScience Librarianship. A transcript of the interview is also available.

Here's an excerpt:

Their exploratory content analysis of 30 randomly selected Data Science (DS) programs from eight disciplines revealed significant gaps in current DS education in the United States. These findings have implications for improving DS education in iSchools and across other disciplines.

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Assistant Professor of Library Media/Open Access Project Initiative Librarian at Southern Utah University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 2nd, 2017

Southern Utah University is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Library Media/Open Access Project Initiative Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be the driving force in the University’s open textbook initiative. This person will work with individual faculty and departments looking for opportunities to adopt open access textbooks across the curriculum with priority on general education courses. Will track adoptions, effect on student learning, and fiscal savings for students.

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"Open-Access Mega-Journals: The Future of Scholarly Communication or Academic Dumping Ground? A Review"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 2nd, 2017

Valerie Spezi, et al. have published "Open-Access Mega-Journals: The Future of Scholarly Communication or Academic Dumping Ground? A Review" in the Journal of Documentation.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper represents the first comprehensive review of the mega-journal phenomenon, drawing not only on the published academic literature, but also grey, professional and informal sources. The paper advances a number of ways in which the role of OAMJs in the scholarly communication environment can be conceptualised.

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Digital Humanities Librarian at University of Kentucky

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 2nd, 2017

The University of Kentucky is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship, the Digital Humanities Librarian will explore and promote new models for digital publishing, participate in research data management initiatives, and serve as a resource person for scholarly communication issues. Responsibilities will include working collaboratively with colleagues throughout UK Libraries and the campus to advance the content development and management of UKnowledge (http://uknowledge.uky.edu), the university's institutional repository.

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"Copyright Compliance and Infringement in ResearchGate Full-Text Journal Articles"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Prints, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on March 2nd, 2017

Hamid R. Jamali has self-archived "Copyright Compliance and Infringement in ResearchGate Full-Text Journal Articles."

Here's an excerpt:

This study aims to investigate the extent to which ResearchGate members as authors of journal articles comply with publishers' copyright policies when they self-archive full-text of their articles on ResearchGate. . . . The key finding was that 201 (51.3%) out of 392 non-OA articles infringed the copyright and were non-compliant with publishers' policy. While 88.3% of journals allowed some form of self-archiving (SHERPA/RoMEO green, blue or yellow journals), the majority of non-compliant cases (97.5%) occurred when authors self-archived publishers' PDF files (final published version).

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Librarian: Digital Collections at Texas State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 1st, 2017

Texas State University is recruiting a Librarian: Digital Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital and Web Services, the Digital Collections Librarian will provide daily management and oversight of the university’s institutional repository, data repository and assistance with metadata on digital projects.

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"Public Funding and Open Access to Research: A Review of Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Research"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 1st, 2017

Caitlin Bakker et al. have published "Public Funding and Open Access to Research: A Review of Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Research" in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Objective: The goal of the study was to determine the open access (OA) cost implications and repository policies of journals frequently used by a sample of MS researchers. This study benchmarked current publishing preferences by MS Society of Canada researchers by examining the OA full-text availability of journal articles written by researchers funded between 2009 and 2014. . . .

Results: There were 758 articles analyzed in this study, of which 288 (38.0%) were OA articles. The majority of authors were still relying on journal policies for deposit in PubMed Central or availability on publisher websites for OA. Gold OA journals accounted for 10.2% of the journals in this study and were associated with significantly lower APCs (US $1900) than in hybrid journals (US $3000). Review of the journal self-archiving options highlighted the complexity of stipulations that authors would have to navigate to legally deposit a version of their article.

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