Case Study of a Book Published under a Creative Commons License

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on November 12th, 2014

Here's a brief case study of how one book under a Creative Commons license evolved and was accessed.

In 2005, the Association of Research Libraries published my book, the Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. With ARL's agreement, I made an open access PDF available on Digital Scholarship.

In 2006, I converted the book into an open access XHTML website and published the Open Access Bibliography Author Index and the Open Access Bibliography Title Index.

In 2008, I worked with Open Access Directory staff to convert it to wiki format and publish it as the basis for the Bibliography of Open Access.

In 2010, I published Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography as an open access PDF file, an open access XHTML website, and a low-cost paperback. All versions of the bibliography were under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License. This derivative work was an updated version of the Open Access Bibliography that was more narrowly focused on scholarly treatments of open access.

Below are the Digital Scholarship use statistics for the two books as of October 31, 2014. In this analysis, only HTML files or PDF files are counted as "page views"; image files and other supporting website files are excluded. This analysis also excludes spider use.

  • Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals: over 355,000 page views.
  • Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: over 152,000 page views.

That's a total of over 507,000 page views. For the measured time period, about 7.9% of all file requests to Digital Scholarship failed. Consequently, I'll eliminate 7.9% of the above page views and estimate that there were over 466,000 successful page views. This tally does not include any access statistics from ARL or the OAD (nor does it include paperback sales).

If the multi-file HTML versions of the books are eliminated from consideration, the two books still had a total of over 173,000 PDF requests (excluding spider requests), adjusted to an estimated 159,000 plus successful PDF requests.

To put these use statistics in perspective, in 2005, Willis Regier (Director of the University of Illinois Press) estimated that the typical university press book sold between 400 to 800 copies.

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    Research Programmer for the Research Data Service at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 12th, 2014

    The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is recruiting a Research Programmer for the Research Data Service.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    As a member of the Repository Development Team and reporting to the Manager for Repository Development, the Research Programmer will provide design, programming, and technical support for all components of a large-scale, campus-wide, research data repository system.

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      Guideline for Preservation Planning: Procedural Model and Implementation (English Translation)

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on November 12th, 2014

      Nestor has released an English translation of version 2.0 of its Guideline for Preservation Planning: Procedural Model and Implementation.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The guideline for preservation planning describes a procedural model for the long-term archiving of digital objects and provides information on possible forms of implementation. It serves above all as a theoretical and practical implementation of the "Preservation Planning" functional unit of the OAIS reference model. Other key concepts introduced in the last 15 years have been included and brought together.

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        Data Curation Specialist at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 12th, 2014

        The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is recruiting a Data Curation Specialist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Research Data Service seeks innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals for two Data Curation Specialist positions. The candidates will advance the campus' Research Data Service program (http://researchdataservice.illinois.edu) by directly partnering with researchers and units to manage, curate, publish, and archive research data. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in enabling world-class, data-driven research.

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          "Summary of SHARE Community Meeting, Fall 2014"

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing on November 12th, 2014

          ARL has released "Summary of SHARE Community Meeting, Fall 2014."

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          On October 13-14, 2014, members of the SHARE community gathered in Crystal City, Virginia, for their first face-to-face meeting. Attendees included more than half the members of the SHARE working groups (communications, technical, repository, and workflow), as well as SHARE Notification Service prototype participants and other stakeholders. The two-day meeting was intended to showcase progress on the Notification Service; identify challenges and opportunities related to the Notification Service prototype; explore future SHARE projects; and delve into ways in which the higher education community can play a proactive role in the stewardship of research. The meeting was convened with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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            President Obama Releases Net Neutrality Statement

            Posted in Net Neutrality on November 11th, 2014

            President Obama has issued a statement about net neutrality.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:

            • No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player—not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP—gets a fair shot at your business.
            • No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others—through a process often called "throttling"—based on the type of service or your ISP's preferences.
            • Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs—the so-called "last mile"—is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
            • No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a "slow lane" because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet's growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

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              Digital Collections Archivist/Project Manager, Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 11th, 2014

              Indiana University Bloomington is recruiting a Digital Collections Archivist/Project Manager, Archives of African American Music and Culture.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Working collaboratively with the Director and Head of Collections for the Archives of African American Music and Culture(AAAMC), the Digital Collections Archivist/Project Manager is responsible for planning, implementing and/or supervising digitization projects pertaining to legacy collections, and managing born-digital audio, video, image and text collections. This work involves appraisal and preparation of analog time-based media materials for reformatting; evaluating proposed acquisitions of born-digital collections and developing procedures for the migration, description, and management of files; managing access to digital/online collections; managing digital imaging projects; and assisting with and providing administrative support for AAAMC projects including publications, website development and maintenance, public programming and services.

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                "Curation Costs Exchange: Supporting Smarter Investments in Digital Curation"

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 11th, 2014

                Sarah Middleton has published "Curation Costs Exchange: Supporting Smarter Investments in Digital Curation" in EDUCAUSE Review.

                Here's an excerpt:

                A sizeable canon of research exists on cost modeling for digital curation. Although this research typically emphasizes the cost and complexity of digital curation and preservation, it is in many ways preliminary; the tools and methods developed have seen little uptake. Tools to manage and estimate costs, for example, have not been integrated into other digital curation processes or tools. The question is why? To answer it, a consortium of 13 European partners and cost modeling specialists launched the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project.

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