Recommendations for Independent Scholarly Publication of Data Sets

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 5th, 2010

The Creative Commons has released Recommendations for Independent Scholarly Publication of Data Sets. This is a working paper.

Here's an excerpt:

In an ideal world, any data collected by a research study would be available to anyone interested in validating or building on that data, just as is the documentation describing the study itself. Some data has value that goes beyond the study for which it is generated, and getting the data to those who can use it for reanalysis, meta-analysis, and other applications unimagined by the study authors is to everyone's benefit. Data reuse failure is receiving growing recognition as a problem for the research community and the general public. The road to reuse is perilous, involving as it does a series of difficult steps:

  1. The author must be professionally motivated to publish the data
  2. The effort and economic burden of publication must be acceptable
  3. The data must become accessible to potential users
  4. The data must remain accessible over time
  5. The data must be discoverable by potential users
  6. The users use of the data must be permitted
  7. The user must be able to understand what was measured and how (materials and methods)
  8. The user must be able to understand all computations that were applied and their inputs
  9. The user must be able to apply standard tools to all file formats
  10. The user must be able to understand the data in detail (units, symbols)

This report considers how the genre of the data paper, suitably construed, might be used to help a data set survive these trials.

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    Web Services Librarian at McGill University

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 5th, 2010

    The McGill University Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian. Salary minimum: $50,000.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Duties and responsibilities:

    1. Lead and manage the development of the Library web site and other non-ILS web-based services
    2. Liaise with the branch libraries and sections on web-based content and presentation and provide training, documentation and support as appropriate to ensure effective access to information resources and services.
    3. Liaise with the technical staff and designers in the Web Services Group and other IT staff as required.
    4. Coordinate content development associated with the library web site.
    5. Monitor, analyze, and report on use of the web site and related services and respond to user needs and client use.
    6. Coordinate content organization and population of the staff intranet.
    7. Lead and manage the use of large public display screens to display information about the library events and services in the branch libraries
    8. Monitor developments in information resource discovery, web site design, interface analysis, HTML, XML, content management systems and other software enhancements, and make appropriate responses.
    9. As Leader of the Website Team, oversee the work of other library staff in designated areas and work as a member of a team.
    10. Advise clients on discovering, accessing and using effectively the full range of library and information resources available to meet teaching, learning and research needs.
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      MementoFox Add-on for FireFox Released

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 5th, 2010

      Herbert Van de Sompel. Michael L. Nelson, and Robert Sanderson have announced the release of the MementoFox Add-on.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      We are excited to share some news about the Memento (Time Travel for the Web) effort. Memento proposes to extend HTTP with datetime content negotiation as a means to better integrate the present and past Web. The Memento effort is partly funded by the Library of Congress.

      =>The MementoFox add-on for FireFox browsers has been released. It allows time travel on the Web in a manner compliant with the Memento framework.

      (*) The MementoFox add-on can be downloaded at

      (*) Suggested Web time travels that can be undertaken using the add-on are described at They involve navigations for both the document Web and the Linked Data cloud.

      => There is also a Memento plug-in available for the MediaWiki platform. The plug-in provides support for Memento-style navigation of a Wiki's history pages.

      (*) The MediaWiki plug-in can be downloaded at

      (*) If you run a MediaWiki platform, please install this plug-in and let us know the URI of your Wiki.

      See also: Memento project website.

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        "University Supports for Open Access: A Canadian National Survey"

        Posted in Open Access on April 4th, 2010

        Devon Greyson, Kumiko Vezina, Heather Morrison, Donald Taylor, and Charlyn Black have published "University Supports for Open Access: A Canadian National Survey" in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The advent of policies at research-funding organizations requiring grantees to make their funded research openly accessible alters the life cycle of scholarly research. This survey-based study explores the approaches that libraries and research administration offices at the major Canadian universities are employing to support the research-production cycle in an open access era and, in particular, to support researcher adherence to funder open-access requirements. Responses from 21 universities indicated that librarians feel a strong sense of mandate to carry out open access-related activities and provide research supports, while research administrators have a lower sense of mandate and awareness and instead focus largely on assisting researchers with securing grant funding. Canadian research universities already contain infrastructure that could be leveraged to support open access, but maximizing these opportunities requires that research administration offices and university libraries work together more synergistically than they have done traditionally.

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          Digital Projects Coordinator at Library of Congress

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2010

          The Library of Congress is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator. Salary: $105,211-$136,771.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Analyzes and participates in the development of appropriate guidelines, standards and mechanisms for setting program priorities. Creates innovative approaches to software implementation within the broad framework of program strategies and goals using high level programming languages and other tools.

          Works collaboratively inside and outside the project team and program areas to facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of institution-wide and national best practices and standards. Attends conferences/meetings to make presentations or for professional development to keep abreast of current trends in technology.

          Directs studies and testing of digital library best practices and standards. Researches hardware and software to meet existing and anticipated needs. Develops cost estimates and makes recommendations for purchases of specialized hardware and associated software.

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            DSpace 1.6.0 Demonstration Repositories

            Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories on April 4th, 2010

            DSpace has released DSpace 1.6.0 demonstration repositories.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The DSpace team announced today that an updated DSpace Demonstration Repository running DSpace 1.6.0 is now available for the community to use. The DSpace Demonstration Repository is a good place to run demonstrations, or to use as a sandbox for testing DSpace software before installing it. . . .

            This demonstration site provides a sample repository with new DSpace 1.6.0 features enabled. This demonstration site also includes all DSpace interfaces (JSPUI, XMLUI, SWORD, OAI-PMH, LNI), connected to the same underlying database (so items created via XMLUI will also appear under JSPUI).

            Also of interest: "screencast showing DSpace 1.6 authority control for author names and publishers from @mire.

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              Scholarly Communications Librarian at University of Florida

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2010

              The University of Florida's Smathers Libraries are recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian. Salary: $52,000 minimum.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Scholarly Communications Librarian will lead the UF Libraries outreach efforts to build a scholarly communications program in support of scholarly publication reform and Open Access (OA) activities at UF. This role includes educating the university community about OA resources and services at UF, scholarly publication modes and reform, and intellectual property issues and their impact on scholarly inquiry and instruction. In this endeavor, the incumbent will coordinate efforts to recruit, collect, showcase, and preserve the scholarly output of the University of Florida.

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                Clipping Our Own Wings Copyright and Creativity in Communication Research

                Posted in Copyright on April 4th, 2010

                The Center for Social Media at American University has released Clipping Our Own Wings Copyright and Creativity in Communication Research.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                A survey of communication scholars' practices, conducted by the Ad Hoc Committee on Fair Use and Academic Freedom in the International Communication Association (ICA), reveals that copyright ignorance and misunderstanding hamper distribution of finished work, derail work in progress, and most seriously, lead communication researchers simply to avoid certain kinds of research altogether.

                Nearly half the respondents express a lack of confidence about their copyright knowledge in relation to their research. Nearly a third avoided research subjects or questions and a full fifth abandoned research already under way because of copyright concerns. In addition, many ICA members have faced resistance from publishers, editors, and university administrators when seeking to include copyrighted works in their research. Scholars are sometimes forced to seek copyright holders' permission to discuss or criticize copyrighted works. Such permission seeking puts copyright holders in a position to exercise veto power over the publication of research, especially research that deals with contemporary or popular media.

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                  Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-04-04

                  Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on April 4th, 2010
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                    "Free Speech Unmoored in Copyright's Safe Harbor: Chilling Effects of the DMCA on the First Amendment"

                    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 1st, 2010

                    Wendy Seltzer has self-archived "Free Speech Unmoored in Copyright's Safe Harbor: Chilling Effects of the DMCA on the First Amendment" in SSRN.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Each week, more blog posts are redacted, more videos deleted, and more web pages removed from Internet search results based on private claims of copyright infringement. Under the safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Internet service providers are encouraged to respond to copyright complaints with content takedowns, assuring their immunity from liability while diminishing the rights of their subscribers and users. Paradoxically, the law's shield for service providers becomes a sword against the public who depend upon these providers as platforms for speech. . . .

                    Part I surveys the legal, economic, and architectural sources of the DMCA's chilling effects on speech. Part II then examines the First Amendment doctrines that should guide lawmaking, with critique of copyright's place in speech law. Part III reviews the history and mechanics of the DMCA and provides examples of chilled speech and a few instances of limited warming. Finally, Part IV engages current policy debates and proposes reform to protect online speech better.

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                      Librarian, Digital Projects at University of British Columbia

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 1st, 2010

                      University of British Columbia Library is recruiting a Librarian, Digital Projects (two-year term).

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      We are seeking a two-year term professional librarian to provide operational oversight for Library digitization projects. This new position will support The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010–2015 which has identified that a key strategic goal is the implementation of a comprehensive digitization program to provide unlimited online access to materials of research and teaching value. The Librarian, Digital Projects will assist with the development and management of the Library's locally created digital collections. In consultation with other members of the Library, this position will be responsible for planning digitization projects by coordinating and managing contracts, staff, services and projects as required. Additionally, we are seeking a candidate who is flexible and willing to assume a variety of assignments and priorities as the responsibilities and duties evolve in the two year term. This position will report to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives.

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                        Digital Video: Who Pays for Open Access?

                        Posted in Open Access on April 1st, 2010

                        Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program has released a digital video of its Who Pays for Open Access? meeting, which had the following panelists; Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press; Ivy Anderson, Director of Collection Development and Management at the California Digital Library; and Bettina Goerner, Manager, Open Access for Springer.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Is publishing an open-access journal good business? And for whom? Many in the academic community agree that the goal of open access—increasing the availability and usability of the results of research and scholarship—is laudable. Yet there is great uncertainty about the financial viability of open-access journals. Will authors have to pay publication fees out of their own pockets? Can universities afford to support open-access journals? Can respected journals convert to open access and survive? The panelists will consider which models hold the most promise for sustainable open-access publishing.

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