CHORUS Progress Report, April 2015

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 3rd, 2015

CHORUS has released the CHORUS Progress Report, April 2015.

Here's an excerpt:

As of this month, CHORUS is providing access to and information about tens of thousands of articles reporting on federally funded research. CHORUS was also named by the US Department of Energy as part of its public-access solution. The significant progress we've made in the eight months since we moved into full production mode is a great foundation for CHORUS to build on for the benefit of the scholarly community. This report is a summary of our achievements during this pivotal period.

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    Coordinator of Digital Projects at University of Houston

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2015

    The University of Houston is recruiting a Coordinator of Digital Projects.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Coordinator of Digital Projects reports to the Head of Special Collections. Primary responsibilities include managing the internal workflow for the department's digital library projects and supervising assigned personnel. The Coordinator leads departmental efforts, in collaboration with other UH Libraries departments to preserve, process, and provide access to audiovisual and digital materials, including born-digital materials. The Coordinator also serves as Special Collections Department liaison to the Metadata & Digitization Services, Digital Repository Services, and Web Services departments.

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      Cogent OA Launches Experimental Freedom APCs Program Letting Authors Choose What to Pay

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 3rd, 2015

      Cogent OA has launched an experimental Freedom APCs Program.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Through Cogent OA's Freedom APC model, authors are requested to explore all avenues for funding the publication of their article, such as their funding agency, institution or company and to select a fee from a range of options based on their circumstances and how much they can afford to pay. The final decision rests with the author.

      Further information: Article Publishing Charges (APCs).

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        Digital Curation News (4/2/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

        Posted in Digital Curation News on April 2nd, 2015

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          Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications at University of North Texas

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 2nd, 2015

          The University of North Texas is recruiting a Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications is a member of the UNT Libraries Scholarly Communications Unit within the Public Services Division. The librarian is responsible for completing general duties related to open access, data management, and ancillary matters associated with scholarly communications. This librarian works with other members of the library to engage and educate the UNT community about open access and data management quandaries that arise. The librarian also collaborates with the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Design (CLEAR), faculty, students, university administration, and other UNT stakeholders regarding scholarly communications issues. This librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the direction of the Director of Scholarly Communications.

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            "Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support"

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on April 2nd, 2015

            Ann L Holstein has published "Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support" in Information Technology and Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt:

            One hundred fifteen academic libraries, all current members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), were selected to participate in an online survey in an effort to better understand campus use of geographic data and geospatial technologies, and how libraries support these uses. The survey was used to capture information regarding geographic needs of their respective campuses, the array of services they offer, and the education and training of geographic information services department staff members. The survey results, along with review of recent literature, were used to identify changes in geographic information services and support since 1997, when a similar survey was conducted by ARL. This new study has enabled recommendations to be made for building a successful geographic information service center within the campus library that offers a robust and comprehensive service and support model for all geographic information usage on campus.

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              Web Architect and Manager at Virginia Tech

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 2nd, 2015

              Virginia Tech is recruiting a Web Architect and Manager.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Reporting to the Public Relations and Marketing Manager, this position is responsible for management of the Virginia Tech Libraries' website, including design, development, maintenance and information architecture. The Web Architect and Manager (WA&M) coordinates and facilitates the development of access to web content and services from library units. The position also assesses new standards, technologies and trends, and formulates strategies and plans for enhancing the Libraries websites.

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                U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

                Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on April 2nd, 2015

                The Pew Research Center has released U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them—either because they lack broadband at home, or because they have few options for online access other than their cell phone.

                Indeed, 7% of Americans own a smartphone but have neither traditional broadband service at home, nor easily available alternatives for going online other than their cell phone.

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                  Digital Curation News (4/1/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

                  Posted in Digital Curation News on April 1st, 2015

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                    Digital Art: March Digital Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings

                    Posted in Digital Art on April 1st, 2015

                    In March, I continued to transform public domain photos from the late 19th century into digital pastel drawings and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins, Alien Skin Snap Art 4, and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on my Flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charleswbaileyjr/.

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of Blue Mountain

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of the Rialto Bridge in Venice

                    Digital Oil Painting of the South Street Seaport

                    Digital Oil Painting of Shanklin in the Isle of Wight

                    Digital Oil Painting of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of the Oppheimsvatnet in Norway

                    Digital Oil Painting of the Avenue de la Gare in Nice

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of the Chateau de Duingt in Annecy

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                      Web Developer 2 at University of Houston

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 1st, 2015

                      The University of Houston is recruiting a Web Developer 2.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Supports a college or department website, including writing HTML documents, creating graphics, digitizing pictures, and inserting audio and video to enhance the look and feel of the website. Coordinates various web projects that uphold the image of the university to a worldwide audience.

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                        "When Data Sharing Gets Close to 100%: What Human Paleogenetics Can Teach the Open Science Movement"

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 1st, 2015

                        Paolo Anagnostou et al. have published "When Data Sharing Gets Close to 100%: What Human Paleogenetics Can Teach the Open Science Movement" in .

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This study analyzes data sharing regarding mitochondrial, Y chromosomal and autosomal polymorphisms in a total of 162 papers on ancient human DNA published between 1988 and 2013. The estimated sharing rate was not far from totality (97.6% ± 2.1%) and substantially higher than observed in other fields of genetic research (evolutionary, medical and forensic genetics). Both a questionnaire-based survey and the examination of Journals' editorial policies suggest that this high sharing rate cannot be simply explained by the need to comply with stakeholders requests. Most data were made available through body text, but the use of primary databases increased in coincidence with the introduction of complete mitochondrial and next-generation sequencing methods. Our study highlights three important aspects. First, our results imply that researchers' awareness of the importance of openness and transparency for scientific progress may complement stakeholders' policies in achieving very high sharing rates. Second, widespread data sharing does not necessarily coincide with a prevalent use of practices which maximize data findability, accessibility, useability and preservation. A detailed look at the different ways in which data are released can be very useful to detect failures to adopt the best sharing modalities and understand how to correct them. Third and finally, the case of human paleogenetics tells us that a widespread awareness of the importance of Open Science may be important to build reliable scientific practices even in the presence of complex experimental challenges.

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