Generations and Their Gadgets

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on February 6th, 2011

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Generations and Their Gadgets.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority now owning cell phones, laptops and desktop computers. . . .

  • Cell phones are by far the most popular device among American adults. Some 85% of adults own cell phones, and 90% of all adults—including 62% of those age 75 and older—live in a household with at least one working cell phone.
  • Desktop computers are most popular with adults ages 35-65, and Millennials are the only generation that is more likely to own a laptop computer or netbook than a desktop: 70% own a laptop, compared with 57% who own a desktop.
  • Almost half of all adults own an iPod or other mp3 player, but these are still most popular with Millennials—74% of adults ages 18-34 own an mp3 player, compared with only 56% of the next oldest generation, Gen X (ages 35-46).
  • Game consoles are uniformly popular with all adults ages 18-46, 63% of whom own these devices.
  • Overall, 5% of adults own an e-book reader, and 4% own an iPad or other tablet computer.

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    New Journal of Physics Now Includes Video Abstracts

    Posted in Digital Media, Scholarly Journals on February 6th, 2011

    The New Journal of Physics, an open access journal, now includes video abstracts.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    New Journal of Physics (NJP) has today announced the launch of video abstracts as a new integrated content stream that will give all authors the opportunity to go beyond the constraints of the written article to personally present the importance of their work to the journal's global audience.

    Early contributions include videos from the groups of David Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology and J. Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, talking about scalable ion traps for quantum information processing, and quantum superposition of living organisms. Researchers from more than 25 countries are represented by the videos abstracts that are published today.

    One of the first contributors, Neil Wilson of the University of Warwick, UK, said of the service "We are very excited to have the opportunity to feature a video abstract alongside our NJP article. Embracing the possibilities of online media in this way allows us to present our work as we see it, and helps focus interested readers on what we believe the key points to be. We hope that being able to put faces to names, and visualize some of the research in action, will add a human touch and so help the scientific community to grow closer." His video on the structure and topography of free-standing chemically modified graphene can be viewed at http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630/12/12/125010/.

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      Library Web Programmer/Drupal Developer at University of California, Santa Barbara

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 6th, 2011

      The University of California, Santa Barbara's Davidson Library is recruiting a Library Web Programmer/Drupal Developer. Salary range: $4,538-$5,082 monthly.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: 20110039):

      The Library Web Programmer/Drupal Developer provides dedicated programming support to meet the needs of the UCSB Library. Under the direction of the Programmer Manager, has primary responsibility for the technical development and maintenance of the Library website.

      Works with the Library Web Content Manager to identify unmet needs among Library staff and patrons. Implements new tools, user interfaces, and applications on the web in a variety of programming languages. Responsible for the administration of the Library's Content Management System, performing software upgrades and maintenance and providing technical support to the Web Content Manager as needed. Performs website-related system administration duties in a complex environment, working directly with file systems and databases. Performs creative layout, graphics creation, and design tasks, and advises the Library on design decisions during website redesigns.

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        Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/6/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 6th, 2011

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          Digital Archivist at Washington University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 6th, 2011

          Washington University's Olin Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist. Salary Range:$3,185.00-$4,060.88 per month.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The Digital Archivist will assume management responsibilities in the area of archival processing of material regardless of format; lead the archives’ digital initiatives; and develop strategies for the management of digital assets/electronic records. These responsibilities involve working closely with the University Archivist and other University departments. This position will also provide some references services.

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            "Did Online Access to Journals Change the Economics Literature?"

            Posted in E-Journals, Open Access on February 6th, 2011

            Mark J. McCabe and Christopher M. Snyder have self-archived "Did Online Access to Journals Change the Economics Literature?" in SSRN.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Does online access boost citations? The answer has implications for issues ranging from the value of a citation to the sustainability of open-access journals. Using panel data on citations to economics and business journals, we show that the enormous effects found in previous studies were an artifact of their failure to control for article quality, disappearing once we add fixed effects as controls. The absence of an aggregate effect masks heterogeneity across platforms: JSTOR boosts citations around 10%; ScienceDirect has no effect. We examine other sources of heterogeneity including whether JSTOR benefits "long-tail" or "superstar" articles more.

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              Twitter Updates for 2/4/11

              Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 4th, 2011

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                Michele Kimpton Named Chief Executive Officer of DuraSpace

                Posted in DSpace, DuraSpace, Fedora, People in the News on February 3rd, 2011

                DuraSpace has named Michele Kimpton as its Chief Executive Officer.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization providing open source software and services, announced today that Michele Kimpton will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2011. Kimpton is currently the Chief Business Officer of DuraSpace, and formerly the Executive Director of the DSpace Foundation.

                Kimpton will succeed current CEO, Sandy Payette, who will be entering a doctoral program at Cornell University to pursue a PhD and new research focused on the intersection of technology, society, and policy. Payette will continue to work with DuraSpace as strategic advisor to the Executive Team through June 2011. Brad McLean will continue in his current role on the Executive Team as Chief Technology Officer. . . .

                Also effective March 1, 2011, Jonathan Markow will assume the newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer for DuraSpace. Markow brings years of experience in open source software strategy and community leadership. Most recently, Markow was the Executive Director of JASIG, a not-for-profit organization devoted to sponsoring and supporting open source software for higher education.

                Kimpton was recently featured by the Library of Congress as a "Digital Preservation Pioneer" for her work in developing entrepreneurial, community-driven and culturally sensitive approaches to creating tools and strategies in support of digital archiving (http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/partners/pioneers/detail_kimpton.html). Kimpton’s ability to create nimble technologies and solutions that are "out of the gate" quickly were especially noted. Kimpton says, "Get a version out into the world as soon as possible and refine it as you go along." She has a strong background in technology development in Asia and Europe bringing innovative open source business practices and technologies to DuraSpace global communities.

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