Open Science, Open Data, Open Access

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on January 25th, 2016

UKeiG has released Open Science, Open Data, Open Access for non-members.

Here's an excerpt:

Open Science is shown to be moving centre-stage, with a rationale of improving efficiency in science; increasing transparency and quality in the research validation process; speeding the transfer of knowledge; increasing knowledge spill-overs to the economy; addressing global challenges more effectively; and promoting citizens' engagement in science and research.

Open Data is shown to have undergone a surge in practical development, mirroring the well established repositories for research outputs. The development and application of model policies and of principles is also discussed.

The current major developments in Open Access are discussed in detail, including the identification and mirroring of success factors in funders' and institutions' policies and mandates for driving Open Access deposits and the growth in Gold Open Access.

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    Informatics Project Coordinator at Virginia Tech

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 22nd, 2016

    Virginia Tech is recruiting an Informatics Project Coordinator.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University Libraries of Virginia Tech seek a project coordinator for an expanding suite of informatics consulting services. This new position is part of a team of data and informatics consultants offering critical and sophisticated new technology development services that enhance the scholarly, scientific, and creative expression of researchers at Virginia Tech. Ideal candidates will have experience working in or alongside the software development cycle, technical project management experience, web development and programming skills, and knowledge of digital research methods.

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      "Tracing Digital Footprints to Academic Articles: An Investigation of PeerJ Publication Referral Data"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 22nd, 2016

      Xianwen Wang, Shenmeng Xu, and Zhichao Fang have self-archived "Tracing Digital Footprints to Academic Articles: An Investigation of PeerJ Publication Referral Data."

      Here's an excerpt:

      In this study, we propose a novel way to explore the patterns of people's visits to academic articles. About 3.4 million links to referral source of visitors of 1432 papers published in the journal of PeerJ are collected and analyzed. We find that at least 57% visits are from external referral sources, among which General Search Engine, Social Network, and News & Blog are the top three categories of referrals. Academic Resource, including academic search engines and academic publishers' sites, is the fourth largest category of referral sources. In addition, our results show that Google contributes significantly the most in directing people to scholarly articles. . . . Correlation analysis and regression analysis indicates that papers with more mentions are expected to have more visitors, and Facebook, Twitter and Reddit are the most commonly used social networking tools that refer people to PeerJ.

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        Information Technology Specialist (Data Specialist) at Library of Congress

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 22nd, 2016

        The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Data Specialist).

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        This position serves as an IT specialist (Data Specialist) on the Web Archiving team in the Office of Technology Policy, Library Services. The purpose of this position is to provide support for the technical operations of the Library's Web Archiving program, which collects and preserves born-digital web content for the Library's collections. This position will involve solving problems relate to transfer of large amounts of data from external institutions and within the Library, investigating issues with harvested data, managing and organizing content and metadata about the archived content, and to provide analysis of reports and data about the crawls to enable better capture and management of preserved born-digital content.

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          Putting Down Roots: Securing the Future of Open Access Policies

          Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on January 22nd, 2016

          Knowledge Exchange has released Putting Down Roots: Securing the Future of Open Access Policies.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The summary report; 'Putting down roots: Securing the future of open access policies' includes an analysis of a wide range of OA services and policies currently in use and presents:

          • an analysis of the common elements found in the current OA policies adopted by research funders and institutions
          • a set of case studies that illustrate the direct or indirect dependency of OA policies on key services
          • the views of stakeholders on the key services that enable compliance with OA policies
          • use cases, presented in accessible formats and language for a non-technical audience
          • a set of priorities for action if OA policies are to be successfully implemented

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            Digital Curation News (1/21/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

            Posted in Digital Curation News on January 21st, 2016

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              Head of Systems Development at Old Dominion University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 21st, 2016

              Old Dominion University is recruiting a Head of Systems Development.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              As a member of the Libraries' Management Team, collaboratively manage the priorities, organizational structure, budget, and future directions of the University Libraries. As Head of the Systems Development Department, lead and manage projects and initiatives for all aspects of library technology. Working closely with the Libraries' staff, campus IT, and other campus partners, this position will adopt, adapt, buy, or create the technology infrastructure necessary to meet current and future needs of faculty, students, and Libraries' personnel.

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                "ARL Libraries and Research: Correlates of Grant Funding"

                Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on January 21st, 2016

                Ryan P. Womack has self-archived "ARL Libraries and Research: Correlates of Grant Funding."

                Here's an excerpt:

                This study focuses on U.S. members of the ARL, the Association for Research Libraries. Research success is measured by the total grant funding received by the University, creating an ordered set of categories. Combining data from the NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, ARL Statistics, and IPEDS, the primary explanatory factors for research success are examined. Using linear regression, logistic regression, and the cumulative logit model, the best-fitting models generated by ARL data, NSF data, and the combined data set for both nominal and per capita funding are compared. These models produce the most relevant explanatory variables for research funding, which do not include library-related variables in most cases.

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                  Department Head, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship at University of Arizona

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 21st, 2016

                  The University of Arizona is recruiting a University of Arizona.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  he University Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative Head of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS), a position with the primary responsibility of providing leadership and strategic direction for digital innovation and stewardship within the broader context of the strategic plans of the University Libraries and the University of Arizona. ODIS provides a broad range of services including digital collections, data management, campus repository, metadata, journal hosting and publishing, copyright and scholarly communication, open access, and geospatial data.

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                    If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on January 21st, 2016

                    OCLC Research has released If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Some research libraries have been proactive in taking on the new role of supporting the research data management needs of researchers and the university, whereas others have been assigned this role without having sought it. Either way, additional financial or personnel resources rarely are in place to implement and sustain this activity. This brief document explores the pros and cons of seven possible funding sources. It also describes the current circumstances in seven countries outside the United States.

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                      Developer at Northwestern University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 20th, 2016

                      Northwestern University is recruiting a Developer.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Develops, codes, tests, and debugs new software or enhancements to existing software 'particularly in the areas of library digital preservation, metadata, collections, discovery, scholarly projects, and repository services (Fedora/Hydra).

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                        "Academic Social Networks and Open Access: French Researchers at the Crossroads"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 20th, 2016

                        Christine Okret-Manville has published "Academic Social Networks and Open Access: French Researchers at the Crossroads" in LIBER Quarterly.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        For some years, researchers have been using new ways to communicate and share their work by using academic social networks. In an attempt to foster the development of Open Access in France, the French consortium COUPERIN (Unified Consortium of Higher Education and Research Organizations for Access to Numerical Publications) proposed that academic social networks could be used to convince researchers of becoming more involved in Open Access. To test this hypothesis, a nationwide survey was launched in 2014 to explore whether and how these academic social networks are used to share content, but also how they compare to other Open Access classic tools. Within a month (20 May to 20 June), 1,898 researchers answered this 28-question survey. It was fully completed by 1,698 of them.

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