SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a Lightweight Protocol for Exchanging Usage via Web Services (Draft for Comment)

Posted in Electronic Resources, Standards on July 17th, 2015

NISO has released SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a Lightweight Protocol for Exchanging Usage via Web Services, a draft for comment.

Here's an excerpt:

ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014, also known as the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) standard, is the key to automating the harvesting of COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) usage statistics. SUSHI is a critical standard for librarians charged with measuring and monitoring the use of their online collections by eliminating hours of painstaking effort that would otherwise be spent locating, retrieving and loading usage reports. However, environmental requirements evolve and standards like SUSHI need to update to serve these requirements. The introduction of various applications into the marketplace which offer alternative metrics, the development of the COUNTER Journal Usage Factor, the flourishing of institutional repositories and need to capture usage from them, and continued progress towards open and integrated systems in general, have all made an impact on how usage is consumed and exchanged. There is now a need for more lightweight technologies that will allow smaller sets of usage data to be exchanged in real-time.

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    Digital Curation News (7/16/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

    Posted in Digital Curation News on July 16th, 2015

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      Digital Art: May Digital Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings

      Posted in Digital Art on July 16th, 2015

      In May, I continued to transform public domain photos from the late 19th century into digital pastel drawings and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins, Alien Skin Snap Art 4, and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on my Flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charleswbaileyjr/.

      Digital Oil Painting of the Kobolzeller Tor in Rothenbur

      Digital Oil Painting of the Ponte Garibaldi in Verona

      Digital Pastel Drawing of the Ca' Foscari in Venice

      Digital Oil Painting of Queens' College Cloister, University of Cambridge

      Mixed Media Drawing of Piccadilly Circus

      Digital Oil Painting of Shanklin Chine on the Isle of Wight

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        Director of Systems Management and Integration at Sonoma State University

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 16th, 2015

        Sonoma State University is recruiting a Director of Systems Management and Integration.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Under the general supervision of the Library Dean and in consultation with Library faculty and staff, the Director of Systems Management and Integration recommends, guides, and implements strategic priorities for library technology services to fulfill the Library's mission. The Director of Systems Management and Integration is responsible for planning and implementing new library technologies, ensuring the quality of existing technologies, sunsetting obsolete technologies, coordinating with stakeholders such as campus IT, and participating in CSU-wide technology initiatives. May also direct activities required for achieving these plans.

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          "Barriers to Initiation of Open Source Software Projects in Libraries"

          Posted in Libraries, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on July 16th, 2015

          Curtis Thacker and Charles Knutson have published "Barriers to Initiation of Open Source Software Projects in Libraries" in the Code4Lib Journal.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Libraries share a number of core values with the Open Source Software (OSS) movement, suggesting there should be a natural tendency toward library participation in OSS projects. However Dale Askey's 2008 Code4Lib column entitled "We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can't Have Our Code," claims that while libraries are strong proponents of OSS, they are unlikely to actually contribute to OSS projects. He identifies, but does not empirically substantiate, six barriers that he believes contribute to this apparent inconsistency. In this study we empirically investigate not only Askey's central claim but also the six barriers he proposes. In contrast to Askey's assertion, we find that initiation of and contribution to OSS projects are, in fact, common practices in libraries. However, we also find that these practices are far from ubiquitous; as Askey suggests, many libraries do have opportunities to initiate OSS projects, but choose not to do so. Further, we find support for only four of Askey's six OSS barriers. Thus, our results confirm many, but not all, of Askey's assertions.

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            Software Engineer for Scholarly Works at University of Virginia

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 16th, 2015

            The University of Virginia is recruiting a Software Engineer for Scholarly Works.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The employee in this position analyzes requirements, evaluates solutions and primarily designs and develops software systems to support description, ingest, annotation and access tools (search, exhibit, programmatic access).

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              "Data Stewardship in the Earth Sciences"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 16th, 2015

              Robert R. Downs et al. have published "Data Stewardship in the Earth Sciences" in D-Lib Magazine.

              Here's an excerpt:

              In the Earth Sciences, for the past 15+ years, the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) has been working to make Earth science data more discoverable, accessible, and usable by more people. As a part of this effort, the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee has worked on a variety of recommendations, best practices, and guidelines that have significantly moved data stewardship in the Earth sciences forward, with impacts ranging from influencing how data management is done within government agencies and by other data stewards, to providing guidelines for citation of Earth science data used by publishers in the Earth sciences. Completed and ongoing activities of the committee are described. Interested readers are invited to join our community.

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                Digital Curation News (7/15/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

                Posted in Digital Curation News on July 15th, 2015

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                  Digital Content Metadata Librarian at Johns Hopkins University

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 15th, 2015

                  The Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Digital Content Metadata Librarian.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The Johns Hopkins Libraries and University Museums invite applications for the Digital Content Metadata Librarian position. The position provides leadership and expertise in developing creative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions for providing and managing metadata for locally hosted digital resources.

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                    CHORUS and ORCID Sign Memorandum of Understanding

                    Posted in Metadata, Open Access, Publishing on July 15th, 2015

                    CHORUS and ORCID have signed a memorandum of understanding.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Our plans include supporting simple and non-ambiguous links between researchers and funders by linking CHORUS article records to ORCID ID researcher records, building awareness of the ORCID registry among funding agency researchers and administrators, and encouraging the use of persistent identifiers for researchers and organizations to support public access to research works.

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                      Library Applications & Operations Developer at Tri-College Library Consortium

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 15th, 2015

                      The Tri-College Library Consortium is recruiting an Library Applications & Operations Developer.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      S/he designs, implements, administers, tests, and documents features and functionality for LAMP applications, chiefly the catalog discovery service, to facilitate access to library resources and to support consortial staff initiatives. S/he manages the configuration of Apache HTTP Servers, virtual servers, and library application development environments. S/he optimizes production environments, administers version control software and workflows, and documents deployment procedures. S/he develops, optimizes, and coordinates lifecycle development processes and strategies for redundancy, fail-over, and optimal caching.

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                        Emerald Announces Zero Embargo Trial for Library and Information Science Journals

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 15th, 2015

                        Emerald has announced a zero embargo trial for library and information science journals.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice, today announces the launch of its Green Open Access, Zero Embargo trial, applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company's Library and Information Science (LIS) and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals.

                        This change allows authors to deposit the post-print version of the article into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication, rather than after Emerald's 24 month embargo period for mandated articles. . . .

                        The evaluation of this trial will help to inform future Emerald Open Access initiatives. Emerald will work with its Librarian Advisory Group to assess the impact of the trial, by monitoring the quality and volume of submissions, feedback from authors, and readership figures from both the Emerald platform and institutional repositories.

                        See also: "Emerald and Open Access."

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