Digital Curation News (4/28/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

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    Digital Publishing Services Manager at SUNY Geneseo

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 28th, 2015

    SUNY Geneseo is recruiting a Digital Publishing Services Manager.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    SUNY Geneseo seeks a service-oriented, versatile, and dynamic professional to develop and implement a strategy for digital scholarship and publishing services at Milne Library. As part of the Milne Library's Technical Services Unit, this position will work closely with the Digital Archivist and the Digital Curriculum Librarian as a fellow team member in support of the Library's strategic goal to advance digital scholarship, publishing and learning initiatives, and establish the library's role in the research and publication lifecycle of scholarship at Geneseo.

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      "Steps toward a New GSU Ruling"

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing, Research Libraries on April 28th, 2015

      Kevin Smith has published "Steps toward a New GSU Ruling" in Scholarly Communication @ Duke University.

      Here's an excerpt:

      It appears that once again the publishers have failed in an effort to broaden the scope of the case beyond the item-by-item fair use analysis that has already been done and to possibly reintroduce some of the broad principles that they really want, which have so far been rejected at every stage. Now Judge Evans has explicitly told them, in her scheduling order, that what is required is "consideration and reevaluation of each of the individual claims" in order to redetermine "in each instance… whether defendants' use was a fair use under 17 U.S.C. section 107." Her schedule for the briefs is tight, with an end of the briefing now scheduled just two and a half months from now. Presumably we would still have a long wait while Judge Evans applies revised reasoning about fair use to each of the individual excerpts, but it looks a bit more like that is what is going to happen.

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        Audiovisual Archivist at University of North Carolina

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 28th, 2015

        The University of North Carolina is recruiting a Audiovisual Archivist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Audiovisual Archivist will participate in the development of an integrated management system for sound and moving-image materials from accessioning through digitization for preservation and access. Reporting to the Head of Archival Technical Services and working closely with the SFC Curator, Audiovisual Conservator, and the Applications Analyst, the Audiovisual Archivist will process and catalog incoming and previously held SFC collections. The position will include: accessioning collections; appraisal; collection or item-level arrangement and description for archival collections; updating descriptions in legacy finding aids following digitization; and linking digital access copies to the finding aid. The Audiovisual Archivist will also participate in the writing of reports to the granting agency, as required.

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          "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 28th, 2015

          Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg have published "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure" in EDUCAUSE Review.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The open-access movement, fueled by the digital revolution, is transforming the business of scholarly communication, affecting the entire value chain. Rapidly emerging technologies have been crucial enablers of this transformation, blurring traditional roles and attracting new participants. The infrastructure and the economic framework established to support a centuries-old model of scholarly publishing are no longer adequate to the task. We believe that a radically different approach is required-one that is open, flexible, collaborative, and networked.

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            Digital Art: April Digital Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings

            Posted in Digital Art on April 27th, 2015

            In April, 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. The first image below is the three hundredth digital artwork I've made public since June 13, 2010. 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 the Ca' Rezzonico Palazzo in Venice

            Digital Pastel Drawing of the Bridge of Sighs St John's College, Cambridge University

            Digital Pastel Drawing of a Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice

            Digital Pastel Drawing of Ross Castle

            Digital Pastel Drawing of Desenzano del Garda

            Digital Pastel Drawing of Salisbury Cathedral

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              Head of Digital Preservation at New York Public Library

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 27th, 2015

              New York Public Library is recruiting a Head of Digital Preservation.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Head of Digital Preservation will lead efforts to create a long-term digital preservation strategy, establishing the policies and procedures that address the preservation of the digital assets the Library collects and generates. For over a decade, the Library has made significant investments in digitizing distinctive collections and building online systems to provide access worldwide. It has digitized over 800,000 images, which are available through its innovative Digital Collections and Archives & Manuscripts platforms. More recently, the Library has begun digital reformatting as its means of preserving its world-renowned audio and moving image collections and it has established a digital archives program to pursue and manage important born-digital collections. The Library has plans to substantially increase its activities in all three of these areas.

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                "The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey"

                Posted in Net Neutrality on April 27th, 2015

                Public Knowledge has released The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey by Kate Forscey.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Meanwhile, some members of Congress are also taking aim at the FCC's rules, introducing a slew of bills, each purporting to address some part of the agency process that only seem to be in response to the FCC's rules. . . .

                • MORE FLIES WITH HONEY: First, Senators Thune and Upton introduced bills before the FCC even voted, sensing the strong regulations coming and hoping to head the Commission off at the pass. They claim the bill legislatively protects net neutrality by preventing non-throttling and non-blocking. . . More importantly, the bill revokes the Commission's authority over any other aspect of the broadband ecosystem, forever. . . .
                • SALTING THE EARTH:  An alternative—but unsurprising—attack came from a different faction of Congressional Republicans, headed by Rep. Collins. Once the rules hit the Federal Register, the clock starts ticking on the Congressional Review Act—which allows Congress to review a "major" rule issued by any federal agency before the rules take effect (so, 60 days). The resolution ("CR") only needs a simple majority to pass in the House and the Senate—although the President can veto it, and likely would in this case. . . .
                • AND THE "REFORM" KITCHEN SINK: Most recently, three members dropped three different draft "FCC process reform" bills, each of which aims to restructure how the agency functions.

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                  Repository Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 27th, 2015

                  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Repository Librarian.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  Reporting to the Head of Software Development within the division of Library and Information Technology (LIT), the Repository Librarian is responsible for day-to-day management and operations of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), the preservation home for significant digitized, at-risk, and born digital collections. The librarian will ensure accurate ingest of materials, train others in the use of CDR tools, manage and coordinate operations with a diverse set of repository stakeholders, and collaborate with other departments that provide technical resources in support of the CDR.

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                    IMLS Releases Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

                    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories, Grants on April 27th, 2015

                    IMLS has released four national digital platform grant proposals for projects it awarded grants to.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    • Fostering a New National Library Network through a Community-¬≠Based, Connected Repository System (LG-70-15-0006): The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace will foster a greatly expanded network of open-access, content-hosting "hubs" that will enable discovery and interoperability, as well as the reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world. The three partners will engage in a major development of the community-driven open source Hydra project to provide these hubs with a new all-in-one solution, which will also allow countless other institutions to easily join the national digital platform.
                    • Museum Hub for Open Content (LG-70-15-0002): ARTstor, in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staten Island Museum, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will create and implement software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open public access. The project will lower barriers to museum contributions to the DPLA by producing enhanced metadata tools, intellectual property rights decision support tools, and a direct-to-DPLA publishing capacity.
                    • Combining Social Media Storytelling with Web Archives (LG-71-15-0077): Old Dominion University and the Internet Archive will collaborate to develop tools and techniques for integrating "storytelling" social media and web archiving. The partners will use information retrieval techniques to (semi-)automatically generate stories summarizing a collection and mine existing public stories as a basis for librarians, archivists, and curators to create collections about breaking events.
                    • Repository Services for Accessible Course Content (LG-72-15-0009): This planning project, led by Tufts University, will bring together experts from disability services, including librarians, IT professionals, advocates, and legal counsel, to develop work plans for shared infrastructure, within which universities can support their students with disabilities. The intention is to create specifications and a business model that will complement existing platforms and services.

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                      Associate Dean at University of Cincinnati

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 24th, 2015

                      The University of Cincinnati is recruiting an Associate Dean.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Guided by UC Libraries' new strategic directions, the organization continues to pursue positive changes in supporting the university's core mission of teaching/learning, research, and community engagement, with increased emphasis on the areas of digital scholarship/e-learning, institutional digital repository, scholarly communication, publishing, research data management, digital curation, long-term preservation for both printing and digital archives, data analytics, informatics, software development, innovative hardware architecture, and 21st century library systems, and unique/special collections. The Associate Dean will play an important role in moving the Libraries forward in the above areas.

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                        American’ Views on Open Government Data

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on April 24th, 2015

                        The Pew Research Center has released American' Views on Open Government Data.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Few Americans think governments are very effective in sharing data they collect with the public:

                        • Just 5% say the federal government does this very effectively, with another 39% saying the federal government does this somewhat effectively.
                        • 5% say state governments share data very effectively, with another 44% saying somewhat effectively.
                        • 7% say local governments share data very effectively, with another 45% responding somewhat effectively.

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