Omeka Classic 2.5 Released

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Open Source Software on February 2nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has released Omeka Classic 2.5.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The final day of January 2017 brings with it the release of the long awaited version 2.5 of Omeka Classic. While the release includes a long list of minor changes and bug fixes (see the release notes), there are a number of key improvements that were requested by the user community:

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Metadata Analyst at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 2nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Metadata Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The D2D Metadata Analyst will identify, assess, and address metadata management needs in a range of data flows and systems, in part as a member of the team that manages metadata for the HathiTrust, a digital library preservation and access partnership in which the University of California actively participates. Responsibilities include engaging with metadata contributors to analyze submissions, developing metadata transformation use cases, working with team members to determine the system requirements that will address prioritized needs, and translating requirements into metadata handling specifications. Ideal candidates will be service-oriented, rigorous data sleuthers who are driven to solve detailed data problems and who are energized by new and evolving opportunities to mine large datasets and realize useful data interactions across complex systems and workflows.

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W3C: Data on the Web Best Practices

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on February 2nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

W3C has released Data on the Web Best Practices.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

W3C is delighted to publish its Data on the Web Best Practices as a Recommendation. The document offers 35 Best Practices for sharing data, openly or not, in a way that maximizes the potential of the Web as a data platform rather than simply as a way to send data from A to B. The Best Practices are prescriptive in their intended outcomes but not in how those outcomes are achieved. They cover everything from the basics (provide metadata!) through nuance (provide structural metadata), to topics like licensing, provenance and basic information on providing APIs through to more advanced topics like data archiving, data enrichment and republishing data.

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Digital Art: December’s Drawings and Paintings

Posted in Digital Art on February 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In December, I continued to transform public domain photos into ink drawings, oil pastel drawings, pastel drawings, pencil drawings, oil paintings, oil sticks paintings, and watercolor paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr.

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Cart on a Wharf in Naples

Digital Pencil Drawing of Die Alte Nahebrucke

Digital Color Pencil Drawing of a Gondola Near the San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of Eastgate Street in Chester

Digital Oil Sticks Painting of Barbers in Constantinople

Digital Watercolor Painting of a Sailing Ship in Menton Harbor

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of a Shepherd in Menton

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Web Developer at Oregon State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Oregon State University is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Developer leads the maintenance and future development of several websites including the main library site, branch library sites, and the OSU Press site. These sites serve as the "front door" to the Libraries and Press and they ideally echo and extend the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that we strive for in our physical spaces and interactions.

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"The Devil’s Shoehorn: A Case Study of EAD to ArchivesSpace Migration at a Large University"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Open Source Software on February 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Dave Mayo and Kate Bowers have published "The Devil's Shoehorn: A Case Study of EAD to ArchivesSpace Migration at a Large University" in the Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

A band of archivists and IT professionals at Harvard took on a project to convert nearly two million descriptions of archival collection components from marked-up text into the ArchivesSpace archival metadata management system. Starting in the mid-1990s, Harvard was an alpha implementer of EAD, an SGML (later XML) text markup language for electronic inventories, indexes, and finding aids that archivists use to wend their way through the sometimes quirky filing systems that bureaucracies establish for their records or the utter chaos in which some individuals keep their personal archives. These pathfinder documents, designed to cope with messy reality, can themselves be difficult to classify. Portions of them are rigorously structured, while other parts are narrative. Early documents predate the establishment of the standard; many feature idiosyncratic encoding that had been through several machine conversions, while others were freshly encoded and fairly consistent. In this paper, we will cover the practical and technical challenges involved in preparing a large (900MiB) corpus of XML for ingest into an open-source archival information system (ArchivesSpace). This case study will give an overview of the project, discuss problem discovery and problem solving, and address the technical challenges, analysis, solutions, and decisions and provide information on the tools produced and lessons learned.

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Digital Application Development Librarian at University of Miami

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Miami is recruiting a Digital Application Development Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web & Application development, this position will develop software and applications in support of digital initiatives and library infrastructure, help establish practices for software development and deployment, investigate and evaluate emerging academic and library technologies, and conduct research according to their interests and the Libraries' needs. The Digital Application Development Librarian is a faculty position and will collaborate with and support faculty and staff across the Libraries, with a focus on projects from the Digital Strategies unit.

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"Bridging Technologies to Efficiently Arrange and Describe Digital Archives: The Bentley Historical Library’s ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration Project"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on February 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Max Eckard, Dallas Pillen and Mike Shallcross have published "Bridging Technologies to Efficiently Arrange and Describe Digital Archives: The Bentley Historical Library's ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration Project" in the Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In recent years, ArchivesSpace and Archivematica have emerged as two of the most exciting open source platforms for working with digital archives. The former manages accessions and collections and provides a framework for entering descriptive, administrative, rights, and other metadata. The latter ingests digital content and prepares information packages for long-term preservation and access. In October 2016, the Bentley Historical Library wrapped up a two-year, $355,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner with the University of Michigan Library on the integration of these two systems in an end-to-end workflow that will include the automated deposit of content into a DSpace repository. This article provides context of the project and offers an in-depth exploration of the project’s key development tasks, all of which were provided by Artefactual Systems, the developers of Archivematica (code available at https://github.com/artefactual-labs/appraisal-tab).

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Digital Projects Coordinator at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 31st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Coordinator coordinates and facilitates the projects for digital conversion of library materials. The incumbent individually and in collaboration with IT and digital media experts coordinates major program components that include internal communication strategies, a centralized archival facility, new digital content policies, metadata and standards for content development, and new models for access and delivery of digital content.

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PLOS: Response to NIH RFI—Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on January 31st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PLOS has released Response to NIH RFI—Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation.

Here's an excerpt:

We write to express the views of the Public Library of Science, a fully Open Access Publisher of seven Research Journals, in response to your RFI on Data Sharing, Management, and Citation. Open access to Research Articles is just the first step in what we consider should be the end state for all publicly funded research, and we support broader efforts towards open science. We are developing our own policies to help establish a new norm in which upon publication of a journal article, if not before, all of the underlying data (where ethically appropriate) is openly available to access and reuse without restriction according to the FAIR principles for data management to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable.

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Data Services Librarian at University of Maryland, College Park

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 31st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The primary responsibility of the Data Services Librarian is to serve as the program lead to implement and promote novel, sustainable data services throughout all stages of the research data lifecycle. The incumbent in this position should strive to become the Libraries’ primary expert for the technology required to support comprehensive data services initiatives, including repositories and hosting requirements. S/he serves as the expert on technology and tools to support University of Maryland researchers and partners as they manage, analyze, share, communicate, and preserve their research data.

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"Novel Processes and Metrics for a Scientific Evaluation Rooted in the Principles of Science—Version 1"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 31st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michaël Bon, Michael Taylor, and Gary S. McDowell have self-archived "Novel Processes and Metrics for a Scientific Evaluation Rooted in the Principles of Science—Version 1."

Here's an excerpt:

Scientific evaluation is a determinant of how scientists, institutions and funders behave, and as such is a key element in the making of science. In this article, we propose an alternative to the current norm of evaluating research with journal rank. Following a well-defined notion of scientific value, we introduce qualitative processes that can also be quantified and give rise to meaningful and easy-to-use article-level metrics. In our approach, the goal of a scientist is transformed from convincing an editorial board through a vertical process to convincing peers through an horizontal one. We argue that such an evaluation system naturally provides the incentives and logic needed to constantly promote quality, reproducibility, openness and collaboration in science. The system is legally and technically feasible and can gradually lead to the self-organized reappropriation of the scientific process by the scholarly community and its institutions. We propose an implementation of our evaluation system with the platform "the Self-Journals of Science" (www.sjscience.org).

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Systems Librarian II—Library Project Coordinator at Harvard University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 30th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University is recruiting a Systems Librarian II—Library Project Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director, Library Systems, Library Technology Service (LTS), the Systems Librarian II—Library Project Coordinator will be a member of a high performing team charged with implementing a new library platform used by most library staff to manage the library collections of the Harvard Library. This system facilitates collections management (i.e. acquisition, description, and inventory management) and access functions (i.e. circulation, course reserves). This 18 month project is a major effort for the Harvard Library and will require a strong partnership between LTS, many Harvard Library staff, and the system vendor. The project will involve a massive data migration, complex system configuration, revamping of many library workflows, and a comprehensive re-training program for library staff. The Systems Librarian II – Library Project Coordinator will be dedicated full time to the project and will play a key role in project coordination, under the direction of the Director.

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"A Metadata-Driven Approach to Data Repository Design"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Metadata on January 30th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Matthew J. Harvey, Andrew McLean, and Henry S. Rzep have published "A Metadata-Driven Approach to Data Repository Design" in the Journal of Cheminformatics.

Here's an excerpt:

The design and use of a metadata-driven data repository for research data management is described. Metadata is collected automatically during the submission process whenever possible and is registered with DataCite in accordance with their current metadata schema, in exchange for a persistent digital object identifier. Two examples of data preview are illustrated, including the demonstration of a method for integration with commercial software that confers rich domain-specific data analytics without introducing customisation into the repository itself.

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Lead System Architect, arXiv.org at Cornell University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 30th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cornell University is recruiting a Lead System Architect, arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Cornell University Library's Information Technology group seeks an experienced senior software engineer to serve as Lead System Architect for the next generation system of arXiv.org—the premier open access platform serving scientists in physics, math, computer science, and other disciplines. As a member of the arXiv "next generation" team (arXiv-NG), the lead system architect will design and develop a new integrated, modular system that will continue to provide the scientific community with access to the latest research results.

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"Out of Print: The Orphans of Mass Digitization"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Mass Digitizaton, Public Domain, Publishing on January 30th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mary Murrell has published "Out of Print: The Orphans of Mass Digitization" in Current Anthropology.

Here's an excerpt:

In the 2000s an interconnected set of elite projects in the United States sought to digitize "all books in all languages" and make them available online. These mass digitization projects were efforts to absorb the print book infrastructure into a new one centered in computer networks. Mass book digitization has now faded from view, and here I trace its setbacks through a curious figure—the "orphan"—that emerged from within these projects and acted ultimately as an agent of impasse. In legal policy debates, an "orphan" refers to a copyrighted work whose owner cannot be found, but its history, range of meanings, and deployments reveal it to be considerably more complex. Based on fieldwork conducted at a digital library engaged in mass digitization, this paper analyzes the "orphan" as a personifying metaphor that digital library activists embraced in order to challenge and/or disrupt the social relations that adhere in and around books.

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