Cloud Computing Toolkit: Guidance for Outsourcing Information Storage to the Cloud

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Reports and White Papers on March 24th, 2011

The Archives & Records Association and the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University have released the Cloud Computing Toolkit: Guidance for Outsourcing Information Storage to the Cloud.

Here's an excerpt:

The toolkit covers four main areas that should be considered when an organisation intends to outsource business processes and information storage into a cloud environment and should help develop a consistent cloud computing strategy as well as requirements for the required cloud service. Each of the four main sections proposes questions that should be taken into consideration by the organisation or that should be addressed to the prospective cloud service provider:

  • Overview of cloud computing – Cloud computing definition, benefits and challenges
  • Preparing for the cloud – Cloud service selection and risk assessment
  • Managing the cloud – Information management, compliance, contract and cost
  • Operating in the cloud – Information security, access and availability

Read more about it at Storing Information in the Cloud: Project Report.

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Web Coordinator/Developer at University of Montana’s Mansfield Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 23rd, 2011

The University of Montana's Mansfield Library is recruiting a Web Coordinator/Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Position coordinates and manages the Mansfield Libraries Internet/Intranet projects to ensure that the Mansfield Library web and digital environment supports discovery and access for research, learning, and teaching. Also, this position will work with hosted services to integrate a common look and feel to the larger web presence. Duties include, but are not limited to: designing, building, implementing and maintaining the web environment, projects and initiatives for the Library using knowledge of and experience with LAMP applications, related web 2.0 technologies, and the ability to manage projects; developing and maintaining Library web and digital presences using current infrastructure, consisting of Drupal, ContentDM, Omeka, and more; collaborating with library personnel to develop research and learning services in the web environment; providing user support for web related questions and/or problems; assisting library faculty with usability testing; performing site analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of, and as needed, make improvements to the website; supervising students working as web developers; providing the Head of Systems with information on trends and needs of area of expertise; working with IT team member, library faculty and staff, and vendors to analyze new software; participating in integrating functionality of new software with existing products; following and helping devise best practices for delivery of a high-quality web presence; managing ongoing projects and workloads; keeping abreast of emerging technologies related to library digital environments.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/23/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 23rd, 2011

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Assistant Librarian, Scholarly Communications at University of Wyoming Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 23rd, 2011

The University of Wyoming Libraries are recruiting an Assistant Librarian, Scholarly Communications.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities: Provide outreach and education on scholarly communication issues to the university community. Share expertise and disseminate information about copyright law, fair use, authors’ rights, and privacy issues. Monitor and report on current developments affecting scholarly publishing, particularly open access. Work with the Office of Research as it establishes mechanisms for faculty to preserve data and publish results as required by federal regulation.

Work as part of a cross functional team within the Libraries focusing on collection building, metadata creation, and access issues for digital information. Work with bibliographers to identify and develop electronic scholarship projects to promote global access to UW research. . . . The position reports to the Associate Dean of Libraries.

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Emory University Faculty Council Adopts Statement Supporting Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access on March 23rd, 2011

The Emory University Faculty Council has adopted a statement supporting an open access policy for the university.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At its March 15 meeting, the Faculty Council unanimously voted to adopt a statement in support of a Universitywide open access policy to enable immediate, unfettered access to Emory faculty authored scholarly articles. This vote expresses the Council's support for the principle of open access as official University policy. It calls for the creation of a digital repository for Emory scholarship, including an "opt-in" approach to faculty participation and a commitment to minimizing administrative burden by "harvesting" Emory faculty work already available in existing repositories. Pending administrative approval of the principle expressed in

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Author’s Guild et al. v. Google Inc. Ruling: Amended Settlement Agreement Denied

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on March 23rd, 2011

Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York has denied the Amended Settlement Agreement for the Author's Guild et al. v. Google Inc. case.

Here's an excerpt from the ruling:

Before the Court is plaintiffs' motion pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for final approval of the proposed settlement of this class action on the terms set forth in the Amended Settlement Agreement (the "ASA"). The question presented is whether the ASA is fair, adequate, and reasonable. I conclude that it is not.

While the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many, the ASA would simply go too far. It would permit this class action—which was brought against defendant Google Inc. ("Google") to challenge its scanning of books and display of "snippets" for on-line searching—to implement a forward-looking business arrangement that would grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without permission of the copyright owners. Indeed, the ASA would give Google a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission, while releasing claims well beyond those presented in the case.

Accordingly, and for the reasons more fully discussed below, the motion for final approval of the ASA is denied. The accompanying motion for attorneys' fees and costs is denied, without prejudice.

Read more about it at "After Rejection, a Rocky Road for Google Settlement"; "GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement"; "Google Books Settlement: Copyright, Congress, and Information Monopolies"; "Google Settlement Is Rejected"; "Inside Judge Chin's Opinion"; "Please Refine Your Search Terms"; and "Publishers Remain Committed to Expanding Online Access to Books and Upholding Copyright Despite Court Decision."

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"The Costs and Potential Benefits of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on March 22nd, 2011

John W. Houghton has published "The Costs and Potential Benefits of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models" in the latest issue of Information Research.

Here's an excerpt:

The costs and benefits associated with alternative scholarly publishing models demonstrate that research and research communication are major activities and the costs involved are substantial. Our preliminary analysis of the potential benefits of more open access to research findings suggests that returns to research are also substantial and that different scholarly publishing models might make a material difference to the returns realised as well as the costs faced. It seems likely from this preliminary analysis that more open access could have substantial net benefits in the longer term and, while net benefits may be lower during a transitional period they would be likely to be positive for both open access journal publishing and self-archiving alternatives.

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Library Associate I at Rutgers University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 22nd, 2011

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Library Associate I.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reports to the RUcore (Rutgers University Community Repository) Collection Manager. Provides coordination for all digital library projects; engages in many digital projects that involve faculty and staff across the university. Coordinates, monitors, and enables all projects to be successfully completed. Maintains a schedule of all digital library projects and consults with the managers of primary collections within the repository—scholarship, research, and special collections/cultural heritage. Assists with project set up and organization, checks that adequate resources such as staffing and equipment are available for each project, and monitors and reports on project progress. Leads individual projects or performs digital tasks as needed for identified projects. These tasks include, but are not limited to, original metadata creation and digitization of analog resources. Supervises student assistants who assist with digital projects and trains other staff in digital collection building tasks such as resource digitization and metadata creation.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/22/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 22nd, 2011

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Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Portland State University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 22nd, 2011

The Portland State University Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Coordinator. Salary range: $40,632-$66,732.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Coordinator will provide leadership, project management, and work in the creation, development, and production of digital content associated with the Library's collections and related projects. This innovative, energetic individual will work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and implement policies, procedures, workflows, and metadata standards for the Library's digital collections program; manage assigned digitization projects; and participate in the overall management of digital collections. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian, and is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified, and unranked position. The incumbent will be expected to work collaboratively to build partnerships within the Library and the campus.

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Cornell University Library Will Not Sign E-Resources Licenses with Nondisclosure Clauses

Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, Electronic Resources, Licenses on March 22nd, 2011

The Cornell University Library has adopted a policy of not signing e-resources licenses with nondisclosure clauses.

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

To promote openness and fairness among libraries licensing scholarly resources, Cornell University Library will not enter into vendor contracts that require nondisclosure of pricing information or other information that does not constitute a trade secret. All new and renewed licenses submitted with nondisclosure clauses will not be signed but henceforth will be referred to the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections for further negotiation. . . .

It has become apparent to the library community that the anticompetitive conduct engaged in by some publishing firms is in part a result of the inclusion of nondisclosure agreements in contracts.1 As Robert Darnton recently noted, by "keeping the terms secret, … one library cannot negotiate for cheaper rates by citing an advantage obtained by another library."2 For this reason, the International Coalition of Library Consortia's "Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information" states that "Non-disclosure language should not be required for any licensing agreement, particularly language that would preclude library consortia from sharing pricing and other significant terms and conditions with other consortia."3 The more that libraries are able to communicate with one another about vendor offers, the better they are able to weigh the costs and benefits of any individual offer. An open market will result in better licensing terms.

Read more about it at "Cornell U. Library Takes a Stand with Journal Vendors: Prices Will Be Made Public."

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Grants: Second Round of Digging into Data Challenge Announced

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 21st, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities and seven international research funders have announced the second round of the Digging into Data Challenge. Grant applications are due by June 16, 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Digging into Data Challenge asks researchers these provocative questions: How can we use advanced computation to change the nature of our research methods? That is, now that the objects of study for researchers in the humanities and social sciences, including books, survey data, economic data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly and scientific resources are being digitized at a huge scale, how does this change the very nature of our research? How might advanced computation and data analysis techniques help researchers use these materials to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world? . . .

Due to the overwhelming popularity of round one, the Digging into Data Challenge is pleased to announce that four additional funders have joined for round two, enabling this competition to have a world-wide reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains. The eight sponsoring funding bodies include the Arts & Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom), the Economic & Social Research Council (United Kingdom), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (United States), the Joint Information Systems Committee (United Kingdom), the National Endowment for the Humanities (United States), the National Science Foundation (United States), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

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