Digital Preservation: PARSE.Insight Presentations and Report

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 14th, 2010

PARSE.Insight (Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe) has released several presentations and reports.

Coordinator II at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2010

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries are recruiting a Coordinator II (two-year appointment).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Grant Manager will coordinate the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Program, and NEH grant-funded program which will digitize newspapers published in Tennessee between 1836 and 1922. The Libraries, the College of Communication and Information and Tennessee State Libraries and Archives are working together on this project. The Grant Manager administers the two year grant working closely with information professionals across the State of Tennessee. The Grant Manager will develop time lines for project completion and coordinate projects activities.

Research Data Management: Incremental Project Releases Scoping Study And Implementation Plan

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 14th, 2010

The Incremental Project has released the Scoping Study And Implementation Plan. The Cambridge University Library and Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow jointly run the project.

Here's a brief description of the project from its home page:

The project is a first step in improving and facilitating the day-to-day and long-term management of research data in higher education institutions (HEI's). We aim to increase researchers’ capacity and motivation for managing their digital research data, using existing tools and resources where possible and working to identify and fill gaps where additional tailored support and guidance is required. We aim to take a bottom-up approach, consulting a diverse set of researchers in each stage of the project.

Read more about it at "Scoping Study and Implementation Plan Released."

Associate Director, SULAIR Enterprise Systems & Programming at Stanford University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 14th, 2010

The Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources are recruiting an Associate Director, SULAIR Enterprise Systems & Programming.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The person in this position provides management and oversight of the SULAIR enterprise systems, and provides process leadership in quality assurance and software/systems development and implementation in collaboration with Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) and Academic Computing Services (ACS). He/she will work within SULAIR and with other organizations within and outside of the University to ensure compliance with internal and external protocols, maximize efficiencies and synergies in software development, and integrate content, software and functionalities between systems within and outside of our domain.

The position directly manages a course management system (CourseWork, based on Sakai, an open source application), and an integrated library management system (Sirsi’s Symphony). As systems under development mature into enterprise services, it is anticipated that additional components may be added to the scope of this position. Such actions would be taken on a case-by-case basis after consultation with involved parties.

Duties include coordination with other units in SULAIR, with other organizations at Stanford, and with vendors as necessary. Primary engagement will involve work with DLSS on quality assurance and software/systems development involving digital library and digital archive initiatives. The Associate Director will participate in these developments as a QA and software development process lead and, where appropriate, help manage the transition of programs from a development environment to a production environment.

Mobile Access 2010

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on July 14th, 2010

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Mobile Access 2010

Here's an excerpt:

Six in ten American adults are now wireless internet users, and mobile data applications have grown more popular over the last year.

As of May 2010, 59% of all adult Americans go online wirelessly. Our definition of a wireless internet user includes the following activities:

  • Going online with a laptop using a wi-fi connection or mobile broadband card. Roughly half of all adults (47%) go online in this way, up from the 39% who did so at a similar point in 2009.
  • Use the internet, email or instant messaging on a cell phone. Two in five adults (40%) do at least one of these using a mobile device, an increase from the 32% of adults who did so in 2009.

Taken together, 59% of American adults now go online wirelessly using either a laptop or cell phone, an increase over the 51% of Americans who did so at a similar point in 2009.

H.R. 5704 Would Extend Copyright Protection to Works of Faculty at Department of Defense Service Academies and Schools of Professional Military Education

Posted in Copyright, Legislation and Government Regulation, Public Domain on July 13th, 2010

Rep. Todd Platts has introduced H.R. 5704 in the House, which would "allow faculty members at Department of Defense service academies and schools of professional military education to secure copyrights for certain scholarly works that they produce as part of their official duties in order to submit such works for publication, and for other purposes." Such works are currently in the public domain.

Read more about it at "Bill Would Curb Access to Government Works."

Information Technology Specialist (OS) at the Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 13th, 2010

The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (OS). Salary: $105,211-$136,771.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Performs work involved with the planning, installation, configuration, testing, implementation, and management of the systems environment in support of the organization's IT architecture and business needs. Installs, maintains, and modifies computer programs, often provided by the manufacturer, that are necessary to process applications programs and for the operation of the computer and its peripheral devices. Such systems programs include assemblers, compilers, multi-programming routines, files management routines, and other types of operating system software.

Analyzes computers and related equipment (hardware) in terms of feasibility, compatibility, and cost-effectiveness for purchase and use within the agency.

Performs systems development activities; integrates existing and new systems and applications, assuring compatibility, connectivity, and overall reliability of systems and software; designs and implements networks and firewalls, ensuring network security and efficiency. Ensures the resulting system meets the needs of the user(s). Advises and provides technical consultation and guidance to information technology management personnel. Advice involves matters related to optimization of software utilization, program development, subsystem design, and new developments and techniques.

Develops specifications for IT contracts and programs involving hardware, software, components, systems, subsystems, and/or services. Prepares Statements of Work, RFIs, RFOs, and RFPs. Assists other technical staff in preparing statements of work. Evaluates computer requirements. Develops evaluation plans. Participates on proposal evaluation teams. Evaluates vendor proposals for adequacy in terms of vendor ability to perform desired actions and produce proper results. Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) in monitoring vendor/contractor performance.

University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science Releases All Public Data in Open Linked Data Format

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on July 13th, 2010

The University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science has released all of its public data in an open linked data format.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

In what is believed also to be a world-first, ECS has become the UK’s first University department to release all its public data in open linked data format.

The School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton is at the forefront of the open linked data initiative through the work of its Professors Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt.

Now, in accordance with the spirit of the initiative, ECS has released all its own data for public reuse. This includes data about research papers in the EPrints archive (announced this in the official global rankings as one of the top ten in the world), people in the School, research groups, teaching modules, seminars and events, buildings and rooms.

All public (RDF) data from rdf.ecs.soton.ac.uk and eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk is now available and can be reused for any legal purpose, including derivative works and commercial use. The School has opted for a creative commons public domain (CC0) license to allow the data to be reused.

Christopher Gutteridge, ECS Web Projects Manager, comments: "We believe that in the future this will become common practice for certain types of open data, and it is our responsibility to lead the way in setting the standards of best practice."

"We have decided not to make attribution of our data a legal requirement, as this makes it difficult to create large scale mashups."

"So, rather than "MUST attribute", our policy is 'please attribute'. Obviously an attribution would be nice, but we don't want to restrict innovation by requiring it under all circumstances."

Professor Nigel Shadbolt comments: "The University of Southampton has pioneered some of the most important developments in the Semantic Web and Open Access in recent years. This announcement will ensure more data is released in the right format to enable new innovative uses of the information."

"This kind of open data policy will become the standard by which all public institutions are judged. Working with the UK government over the past year Tim Berners-Lee and I have been looking to change everyone's attitude to data. Publicly-held non-personal data is now being released all over the country and as this continues we'll see innovation to exploit it and applications that use it." . . .

More information on the available data from ECS: http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/docs/.

Digital Collections Archivist at American University in Cairo

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 13th, 2010

The American University in Cairo is recruiting a Digital Collections Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the University Archivist, the DCA manages AUC’s Digital Archive and Research Repository (DSpace-based) including supervising all digital holdings (photographs, video, audio files), setting standards for digital preservation and metadata, providing training for staff, collaborating on development, policies, and storage space matters for the repository with other university units, managing the ingest of electronic theses, dissertations (ETDs) and faculty publications and coordinating policies and procedures with academic administration, computing, student affairs and other university units.

The position also oversees the encoding of archival finding aids (XML, EAD), creates MARC records using Innovative Interfaces Millenium Metadata Builder, manages ArchiveIt subscription service, the RBSCL’s website, news blog, online subject guides, and social media sites. There will also be opportunities to collaborate on fundraising efforts, mounting exhibitions, and other RBSCL-wide tasks.

Information Technology and Libraries Launches Preprint Service

Posted in E-Prints, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on July 13th, 2010

Information Technology and Libraries now provides access to preprints of forthcoming articles.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Beginning July 12, 2010, we will post preprints of forthcoming articles at the ITAL Web site. Preprints will be added when available and will be removed upon publication.

"The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data: A Briefing Paper"

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on July 12th, 2010

JISC CETIS has released "The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data: A Briefing Paper."

Here's an excerpt:

This briefing paper will provide a high level overview of key concepts relating to the Semantic Web, semantic technologies, linked and open data; along with references to relevant examples and standards. The briefing is intended to provide a starting point for those within the teaching and learning community who may have come across the concept of semantic technologies and the Semantic Web but who do not regard themselves as experts and wish to learn more. The examples and links are intended as starting points for further exploration.

Information Technology Specialist at Texas Library Association

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 12th, 2010

The Texas Library Association is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist. Salary: $55,000-$60,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Oversees contract for technology support for the Association. Coordinates strategic technology planning. Troubleshoots and resolves technology problems.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of system security measures (e.g., backups, access control, and disaster recovery). Designs and implements plan for archiving TLA electronic internal and external materials and provides searchable archive of materials available to the public.
  • Monitors trends and recommends new technologies for internal operations and for member communications and education. Researches, recommends, and implements hardware and software upgrades.
  • Collaborates with members and staff to implement and constantly update short and long-term technology goals for the Association. Provides oversight for implementation of any adopted long-range technology plan.
  • Analyzes and evaluates existing and potential social media and their application to the library environment. Manages and oversees the successful implementation of social networking services for members and staff.

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