Senior Software Engineer at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 10th, 2015

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

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Design, develop, maintain and enhance systems that support the activities of the Texas Digital Library. This position manages the repository and other systems of the Texas Digital Library, developing code toward digital asset access and preservation, and is involved in many digital scholarly publishing endeavors.

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    "Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 10th, 2015

    Heather Morrison et al. have published "Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014" in Publications.

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    As of May 2014, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) listed close to ten thousand fully open access, peer reviewed, scholarly journals. Most of these journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). This article reports the results of a survey of the 2567 journals, or 26% of journals listed in DOAJ, that do have APCs based on a sample of 1432 of these journals. Results indicate a volatile sector that would make future APCs difficult to predict for budgeting purposes. DOAJ and publisher title lists often did not closely match. A number of journals were found on examination not to have APCs. A wide range of publication costs was found for every publisher type. The average (mean) APC of $964 contrasts with a mode of $0. At least 61% of publishers using APCs are commercial in nature, while many publishers are of unknown types. The vast majority of journals charging APCs (80%) were found to offer one or more variations on pricing, such as discounts for authors from mid to low income countries, differential pricing based on article type, institutional or society membership, and/or optional charges for extras such as English language editing services or fast track of articles. The complexity and volatility of this publishing landscape is discussed.

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      Digital Curation News (2/9/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

      Posted in Digital Curation News on February 9th, 2015

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        Digital Preservation Software Specialist at University of Utah

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2015

        The University of Utah is recruiting a Digital Preservation Software Specialist.

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        The DPS Specialist will administer the back office environment of the Library's digital preservation software (currently the Ex Libris product, Rosetta). Within the software, the DPS Specialist creates and assigns user roles, configures deposit procedures for various collections, assesses problem files in the technical workbench, manages users, manages plug-ins, works with the technical metadata extractor, risk extractor, migration tools, custom fixity, format identifier, etc. The DPS Specialist also regularly deposits files, assesses and approves files deposited by others throughout the organization, and trains clients to use the software. The DPS Specialist will also work closely with the Digital Preservation Archivist to introduce new clients to the software and implement preservation plans within the software.

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          Public Domain: "Negotiators Burn Their Last Opportunity to Salvage the TPP by Caving on Copyright Term Extension "

          Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on February 9th, 2015

          Maira Sutton has published "Negotiators Burn Their Last Opportunity to Salvage the TPP by Caving on Copyright Term Extension" in DeepLinks.

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          New reports indicate that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have agreed to language that would bind its 12 signatory nations to extend copyright terms to match the United States' already excessive length of copyright. This provision expands the reach of the controversial US Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (or the "Mickey Mouse Act" as it was called due to Disney's heavy lobbying) to countries of the Pacific region. Nations including Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Canada would all be required to extend their terms and grant Big Content companies lengthy exclusive rights to works for no empirical reason. This means that all of the TPP's extreme enforcement provisions would apply to creative works for upwards of 100 years.

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            Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian at Case Western Reserve University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2015

            Case Western Reserve University is recruiting a Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian.

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            The Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian (DLSL) position is a non-supervisory position that reports to the Digital Learning & Scholarship Team Leader. The DLSL will vision and execute the future for the digital initiatives of the Library, including the institutional repository, data management and digitization best practices. The candidate is expected to work at a high level of performance, working independently and with initiative. The Librarian is responsible for managing a balanced portfolio of three key activities in support of the programs of the Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian: (1) digital research and data management support, (2) relationship management, and (3) digital instruction.

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              "Reflections on Library Licensing"

              Posted in Licenses, Publishing on February 9th, 2015

              Ann Shumelda Okerson has published "Reflections on Library Licensing" in Information Standards Quarterly.

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              The way libraries acquire basic content for their readers has been completely upended in the last two decades. In this rapid electronic environment, content providers are pressed to enhance and update existing products or to produce competitive new products, with ever-increasing functionality and with great uncertainty about what users will pay for and how much they will pay. At the same time, numerous new producers are entering the electronic marketplace. We are living in an information Wild West, which can put libraries and publishers face to face on Main Street at high noon, often without the third-party subscription agents or book jobbers we used to depend on. This article discusses how we got to this place; whether one should prefer copyright or license; the differing view of rights by authors, publishers, libraries and their end users; different types of licenses; and current issues in licensing.

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                COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 6th, 2015

                COAR has released COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability.

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                Scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, in particular with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review, and alternative methods for measuring impact. In parallel, technical developments, especially in communication and interface technologies facilitate bi-directional data exchange across related applications and systems. The aim of this roadmap is to identify important trends and their associated action points in order for the repository community to determine priorities for further investments in interoperability.

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