Randy S. Kiefer Named as Executive Director of CLOCKSS

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 25th, 2011

Randy S. Kiefer has been named as the Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The CLOCKSS Archive (http://www.clockss.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy S. Kiefer as their new Executive Director. Randy is the Principal Consultant in the Kiefer Strategy Group, LLC, which handles business development efforts for publishers like INFORMS, the American Accounting Association, the Military Operations Research Society, and others. From 1999 to May of 2010, Randy served in various roles at INFORMS. For his last three years, he was the Director of Subscription, Membership, and Technical Services at INFORMS, and his primary activity was developing the global library market for INFORMS' twelve journals.

Randy is a board member of COIN-OR (http://www.coin-or.org) , an organization dedicated to open-source software for the operations research community. and is on the board of two charitable organizations in the Baltimore area. Randy has been active in software development since 1985. . . .

Gordon Tibbitts, outgoing CLOCKSS executive director and President Atypon Systems declares, "The CLOCKSS Archive, now one year old is well placed for its next phase of growth. The Board of Directors is very pleased to have Randy on board as the Archive's first full time Executive Director."

CLOCKSS is a global nonprofit, community-governed archive that preserves digital scholarly materials for the very long term through a geo-physical and geo-political distributed network of archive nodes.

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    Web Developer at the Free Library of Philadelphia

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 25th, 2011

    The Free Library of Philadelphia is recruiting a Web Developer. Starting salary: $49,054.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Web development work programming, testing, and documenting web applications for the internet and intranet websites at the Library. Create and maintain dynamic, programmed applications and HTML pages, templates, and style sheets in order to develop and maintain a comprehensive web site. Working closely with internal staff to gather and organize requirements, manage and resolve problems, and perform systems analysis is a significant aspect of the work. Work also includes database modeling, analysis, and design for Web-enabled database applications. Work is performed under the direction of an information technology manager.

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      MIT Libraries Awarded $650,000 grant from the Library of Congress for Exhibit 3.0 Project

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Grants on January 25th, 2011

      The MIT Libraries have been awarded a $650,000 grant from the Library of Congress for the Exhibit 3.0 Project.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The MIT Libraries has been awarded a $650,000 grant from the Library of Congress for work in collaboration with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Zepheira, Inc. on "Exhibit 3.0," a new project to redesign and expand upon Exhibit, the popular open source software tool for searching, browsing and visualizing data on the Web. The goal is to provide libraries, cultural institutions and other organizations grappling with large amounts of digital content, with an enhanced tool that is scalable and useful for data management, visualization and navigation. According to the Library of Congress, "It is the Library's intent that this work also will further contribute to the collaborative knowledge sharing among the broader communities concerned about the critical infrastructure that will ensure sustainability and accessibility of digital content over time."

      "This innovative work has already made a considerable impact on digital content communities whose data is diverse and complex. The visualizations bring new understanding to users and curators alike," said Martha Anderson, Director of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress. "We're extremely fortunate to have the support of the Library of Congress on this important research," said Ann Wolpert, director of the MIT Libraries. "Our hope is that Exhibit 3.0 will be a useful tool in tackling the daunting challenge all libraries face in ensuring the future sustainability and accessibility of our digital content."

      Exhibit was originally developed as part of the MIT Simile Project (simile.mit.edu), an ambitious collaboration of the MIT Libraries, the MIT CSAIL, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to explore applications of the Semantic Web to problems of information management across both large-scale digital libraries and small-scale personal collections. Exhibit runs inside a Web browser and supports many types of information using common Web standards for data publishing. Since its release, Exhibit has been used by thousands of websites worldwide across a range of diverse industries including cultural heritage, libraries, publishers, medical research, life science and government. Most recently Exhibit has been used by DATA.GOV (http://data.gov/), an Open Government Initiative by President Obama's administration to increase public access to high value data generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The application has been used to help demonstrate new ways of visualizing government data. . . .

      The Exhibit 3.0 project will redesign and re-implement Exhibit to scale from small collections to very large data collections of the magnitude created by the Library of Congress and its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The redesigned Exhibit will be as simple to use as the current tool but more scalable, more modular, and easier to integrate into a variety of information management systems and websites—offering an improved user experience.

      In addition to the Library of Congress, the MIT Libraries and other organizations that manage large quantities of data will collaborate on the project for their own collections. A major focus of the project will be to build a lively community around Exhibit, of both users of the software and software developers, to help continuously improve the open source tool. Another aspect of the new project will incorporate research by students at MIT's CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab) on personal information management. The research will focus on improving the user experience working with data in Exhibit, and incorporating new data visualization techniques that allow users to explore data in novel ways. "Impressive data-interactive sites abound on the web, but right now you need a team of developers to create them. Exhibit demonstrated that authoring data-interactive sites can be as easy as authoring a static web page. With Exhibit 3.0 we can move from a prototype to a robust platform that anyone can use to author (not program) rich interactive information visualizations that effectively communicate with their users," said David Karger, computer science professor with CSAIL.

      The project will begin in January for a period of one year, and a new website and other communication channels will be publicized soon. For more information see http://similewidgets.org/exhibit3.

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        Metadata Librarian at University of Colorado at Boulder

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 25th, 2011

        The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Reporting to the Faculty Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian is responsible for metadata creation and analysis of digital resources within the Libraries and/or for the campus community. The position may play a significant consultative role for metadata provision for the campus community. In furtherance of the Libraries' mission and departmental goals, the individual in this position may teach others in the library about metadata provision and provide metadata support to the campus community. The Metadata Librarian is a member of the tenure-stream Libraries faculty. Significant parts of the responsibilities of this position are scholarly activity and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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          GIS Programmer & Infrastructure Developer at Princeton University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 24th, 2011

          The Princeton University Library is recruiting a GIS Programmer & Infrastructure Developer.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0110026 ):

          The position will work with the GIS and Map Librarian to develop and update the Library's GIS and Map Collections website, and to design the search and discovery infrastructure and interface to the Library's Digital Map and Geographic Data Portal. It will also be responsible for helping the GIS and Map Librarian to coordinate map digitization projects, assist with writing scripts to perform specialized GIS analysis, and develop geospatial web applications to view, analyze, and update geospatial information. It is also responsible for helping to install, maintain, and update the Library's Digital Map and Geographic Data Portal software packages, such as ArcSDE, GeoServer, SQL database, JP2 Image Server, and may also be assigned other digital library projects as the need arises. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the GIS and Map Librarian, GIS personnel at OIT, Library curators of historic map collections, Library Digital Initiatives Team, Library GIS Centers at peer institutions. The position reports to the Library Systems Office.

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            Privacy Considerations in Cloud-Based Teaching and Learning Environments

            Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Privacy, Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 24th, 2011

            The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative has released Privacy Considerations in Cloud-Based Teaching and Learning Environments.

            Here's an excerpt:

            In this white paper, we outline the privacy issues relevant to using cloud-based instructional tools or cloud-based teaching and learning environments for faculty members and those supporting instruction. Our discussion of how teaching and learning in an increasingly technological environment has transformed the way we interact and interpret FERPA will help inform various choices that institutions can consider to best address the law, including policy and best-practice examples. We highlight practical suggestions for how faculty members can continue to use innovative instructional strategies and engage students while considering privacy issues. Finally, this paper discusses ways to further explore and address privacy locally and includes a comprehensive resource list for further reading.

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              Web Services Librarian at Montana State University

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 24th, 2011

              The Montana State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Montana State University Libraries seeks a Web Services Librarian to explore, test, implement, and support our library’s web-based applications. The Web Services Librarian is responsible for oversight of MSU Libraries’ website as well as the support and development of library web applications. The Web Services Librarian is a member of the Digital Access and Web Services (DAWS) team, works closely with all teams within MSU Libraries, and will report to the Associate Dean. We are looking for a candidate with a strong customer service focus and commitment to innovation. Technical responsibilities include significant web programming and database work. Design and accessibility responsibilities include web design, troubleshooting, and ongoing site development, maintenance, and evaluation. The position also has a variety of leadership and project management responsibilities including coordinating and facilitating communication between library teams and university departments, developing project specifications and documentation, and conducting project evaluations. Some involvement with students, faculty, and staff in a public service capacity is expected.

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                DataCite Metadata Scheme for the Publication and Citation of Research Data, Version 2.0 Released

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata, Standards on January 24th, 2011

                DataCite has released the DataCite Metadata Scheme for the Publication and Citation of Research Data, Version 2.0.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The DataCite Metadata Scheme is a list of core metadata properties chosen for the accurate and consistent identification of data for citation and retrieval purposes, along with recommended use instructions. At a minimum, the mandatory metadata scheme properties must be provided at the time of identifier registration. Data centres and other submitters may also choose to use the optional properties to identify their data more clearly. This metadata scheme can fulfill several key functions in support of the larger goals of DataCite. Primarily these are:

                • recommending a standard citation format for datasets, based on a small number of properties required for identifier registration;
                • providing the basis for interoperability with other data management schemas;
                • promoting dataset discovery with optional properties allowing for flexible description of the resource, including its relationship to other resources;
                • and, laying the groundwork for future services (e.g., discovery) through the use of controlled terms from both a DataCite vocabulary and external vocabularies as applicable. The DataCite vocabularies will be administered by the DataCite Metadata Supervisor who will establish and publicize procedures for submitting changes.

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