Enabling Open Scholarship Organization Launched

Posted in Open Access on June 22nd, 2009

Professor Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Lige, and Dr. Alma Swan of Key Perspectives have launched Enabling Open Scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the 6/11/09 American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum announcement:

Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is a membership organisation for universities and research institutions. The organisation is a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities, particularly with regard to the creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.

Anyone who is interested in enrolling their institution as a member, or in attending an EOS meeting or briefing session, is invited to email the convenor of the group, Dr Alma Swan . . .

Contact information for Dr. Swan can be found on the Key Perspectives Contact Us page.

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    Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 Presentations

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, DSpace, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Institutional Repositories on June 21st, 2009

    Presentations from the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 are now available.

    Here's those by Texas Digital Library staff:

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      “File-Sharing and Copyright”

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on June 21st, 2009

      Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf of the Harvard Business School have released "File-Sharing and Copyright" as a working paper.

      Here's an excerpt:

      As our survey indicates, the empirical evidence on sales displacement is mixed. While some studies find evidence of a substitution effect, other findings, in particular the papers using actual file-sharing data, suggest that piracy and music sales are largely unrelated. In contrast, there is clear evidence that income from complements has risen in recent years. For example, concert sales have increased more than music sales have fallen. Similarly, a fraction of consumer electronics purchases and internet-related expenditures are due to file sharing. Unfortunately, we know little about the distribution of these impacts. How markets for complimentary goods have responded to file sharing remains an area of inquiry that is largely unexplored in academic research.

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        Library IT Jobs: Systems & Electronic Services Librarian at Genesee Community College

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 21st, 2009

        The Alfred C. O’Connell Library at Genesee Community College is recruiting a Systems & Electronic Services Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Manages, configures and maintains the library's electronic resources, on and off campus, including electronic databases, internet resources, the library web site, remote patron authentication software and system (proxy), Open URL link resolving software, and other applications.

        Develops, implements, enhances and assesses integrated library system and web OPAC, including upgrades and updates, in collaboration with the LMS Administrator. . . .

        Responsible for technical support of library electronic equipment: PC workstations, printers, scanners, fax machines, electronic classroom management system equipment, etc. Troubleshoots and performs maintenance as necessary.

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          “Not Served on a Silver Platter! Access to Online Mathematics Information in Africa”

          Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on June 21st, 2009

          Anders Wandahl has self-archived "Not Served on a Silver Platter! Access to Online Mathematics Information in Africa" in arXiv.org.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The "truly free" resources listed in the table [e.g., open access journals] above are free to anyone and anywhere. Resources provided by other programmes and initiatives, which are described below [e.g., HINARI], are also free to end-users in all or most African countries. However, there is an importance difference between these two groups of resources. The second group requires some sort of authentication before the user is allowed access. . . .

          In order for the IP number control system to work smoothly, the public IP number(s) should be fairly stable. In Africa, this is not always the case, since a change of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) also usually means a change of the IP number. African institutions sometimes see an advantage in negotiating terms and prices with a new Internet Service Provider now and then, in order to find a more favorable deal, but this means that the new IP numbers must be supplied to all journals and publishers before access is reestablished.

          To complicate this picture a little further, there is a distinction between static and dynamic IP numbers. In general, there is a world-wide shortage of IP numbers. In order to cope with this situation, the numbers are sometimes assigned to universities and institutions in a dynamic as opposed to static way. A dynamically assigned IP number may change any time (even though they usually are pretty stable over time). A static number is assigned once and is not supposed to change as long as you have a running contract with an Internet Service Provider, which makes them better for authentication purposes. The flip-side of the coin is that static numbers are more expensive.

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            Digital Library Jobs: Library Applications Developer at the University of Maryland

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 21st, 2009

            The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Library Applications Developer (Web Programmer).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Responsibilities include providing general development and support for applications run by the Digital Technology & Interface Services department, such as content management systems (Drupal, etc), authentication, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, and library-specific applications such as DSpace and discovery tools. The Web Programmer will support back-end operations and enterprise integration, develop web interfaces for information discovery, customize and integrate commercial and open-source applications, and provide original programming. Knowledge/skills/abilities include: thorough knowledge of and experience with web technologies (HTML, the HTML DOM, CSS, XML, XSLT, RSS and AJAX); experience working collaboratively in a team environment; experience building an application which programmatically interacts with a database; and good oral/written communication skills.

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              Open Journal Systems 2.1.2 Released

              Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Publishing on June 21st, 2009

              The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Journal Systems 2.1.2.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement listing new features:

              • Complete CAPTCHA support in OCS 2.x
              • Review forms ported from OJS
              • Add a la carte items to registration
              • Merge users at site level
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                Presentations from 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting

                Posted in OCLC, Scholarly Communication on June 21st, 2009

                Presentations (PDF, MP4, and WMV formats) from the 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting are now available.

                Here's a brief selection of PDF files:

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                  A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement

                  Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on June 18th, 2009

                  The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries have released A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  The University of Michigan, one of the original participating libraries in the Google Book project, recently entered into an amended agreement that will govern the relationship between Google and Michigan if the proposed Google Book Search settlement is approved by the judge.

                  Jonathan Band, author of "A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement," has provided a concise description of the Google-Michigan amended terms. The document highlights some rights and responsibilities of participating libraries, including the following:

                  • Michigan and any partner library can initiate a review of the pricing of the institutional subscription to determine whether the price properly meets the objectives set forth in the settlement agreement.

                  • Google must provide to partner libraries information on books, such as whether Google is treating the book as in the public domain and whether a book is being excluded from any display uses for editorial or non-editorial reasons.

                  • Google will provide Michigan with a free institutional subscription for at least 25 years.

                  • Michigan is permitted to provide digital copies of the public domain books to academic institutions and research or public libraries for non-commercial research, scholarly, or academic purposes, as long as the library uses reasonable efforts to prevent bulk downloads of the copies.

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                    Home Broadband Adoption 2009

                    Posted in Digital Culture on June 18th, 2009

                    The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released Home Broadband Adoption 2009.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    An April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows 63% of adult Americans now have broadband internet connections at home, a 15% increase from a year earlier. April’s level of high-speed adoption represents a significant jump from figures gathered by the Project since the end of 2007 (54%). . . .

                    The growth in home broadband adoption occurred even though survey respondents reported paying more for broadband compared to May 2008. Last year, the average monthly bill for broadband internet service at home was $34.50, a figure that stands at $39.00 in April 2009.

                    The growth in broadband adoption indicates that the economic recession has had little effect on decisions about whether to buy or keep a home high-speed connection. The Pew Internet Project’s April 2009 survey found that people are twice as likely to say they have cut back or cancelled a cell phone plan or cable TV service than internet service.

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                      Digital Library Jobs: Associate Director for Technical and Digital Services at Florida International University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2009

                      The Florida International University Libraries are recruiting an Associate Director for Technical and Digital Services.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number 41782):

                      This position leads shapes and overseas the works of 35 staff on two campuses engaged in acquiring and making accessible the resources in all formats of the FIU Libraries. The Associate Director is a member of the Libraries management team, with leadership and management responsibilities for all technical services and systems operations. The Associate Director is also responsible for leading the Libraries digital services program, coordinating projects and planning across library departments (Digital Collections Center, Sound & Image, GIS/MIUS, Special Collections, and Reference).

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                        eIFL Case Studies on Low Cost Digitisation Projects: Final Report

                        Posted in Digitization on June 18th, 2009

                        eIFL.net has released eIFL Case Studies on Low Cost Digitisation Projects: Final Report.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This report summarizes the experiences with digitisation by some eIFL countries. Although there are probably many more examples of digitisation in eIFL countries, this report includes only those where the country responded to the survey.

                        The main objective of this study was to raise awareness about best practice digitisation projects that are: (1) affordable, (2) easily managed at the technical and organisation level, (3) sustainable, and (4) enable eIFL countries to preserve and promote their local content online.

                        Libraries in eIFL countries with digitisation projects were asked to complete a survey that asked them about the intent of their projects. Surveys were completed and returned by libraries with additional relevant information, such as pictures illustrating the digitisation (scanning). Subsequently, the respondents were interviewed briefly by phone or Skype about their survey answers.

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