Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (February 28, 2011)

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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JISC Call for Grant Proposals for Four Digital Infrastructure Themes

JISC has issued a call for grant proposals for four digital infrastructure themes: supporting usability practice, usability case studies and practical implementation, adaptable and learnable user interfaces for research tools, and campus-based publishing. A total of £500,000 is available to support funded projects. The proposal deadline is 12:00 noon (UK time) on 3/30/11.

Here's an excerpt from the "Theme D: Campus based publishing" section:

58. Projects will run for 6 months and their outputs should add value to journals by, for example:

  • Converting existing journals that are currently only available in print to electronic publication
  • Creating new infrastructure for existing e-journals by, for instance, using overlays on repositories or shared service provision
  • Implementing innovative models of publication.
  • Being open access
  • Being interactive (see Internet Archaeology for an example)
  • Building online communities around the journal to increase the speed and depth of scholarly exchange (see ChemSpider for an example)
  • Creating a digital preservation infrastructure for the journal
  • Introducing a new partnership or infrastructure to reduce publication costs

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Head of Library Systems at University of Tennessee at Martin Library

The University of Tennessee at Martin Library is recruiting a Head of Library Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Tennessee at Martin invites applicants for a Head of Library Systems (This is an exempt position). The Head of Library Systems reports directly to the Library Director and provides a leadership role in the planning, development, and management of the Library’s technological infrastructure.

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Web Designer/Manager at University of Florida Libraries

The University of Florida Libraries are recruiting a Web Designer/Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0807356):

The Web Designer/Manager is the Libraries lead in developing, optimizing and monitoring the Smathers Libraries' considerable web presence. An effective web presence supports the work of UF students, faculty, researchers and affiliates, and enhances their access to library information and resources. The Web Designer/Manager evaluates, trains and supervises a staff of two who help design, maintain, and update the Libraries' web site. Reporting to the Smathers Libraries' Director of Information Technology, this position will support collaboration with all units of the Libraries to redesign the web site, forming an advisory committee to approve and consider design alternatives.

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"Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: February 2011 Current State and Roadmap"

W3C has released "Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: February 2011 Current State and Roadmap" by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux.

Here's an excerpt:

This document summarizes the various technologies developed in W3C that increases the power of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context, as of February 2011. . . .

The features that these technologies add to the Web platform are organized under the following categories:

  • Graphics
  • Multimedia
  • Forms
  • User interactions
  • Data storage
  • Sensors and hardware integration
  • Network
  • Communication
  • Packaging
  • Performance & Optimization

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Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada

The Sustaining Digital Scholarship for Sustainable Culture Group has released Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada.

Here's an excerpt:

This report reflects the growing concern in the scholarly and cultural communities, and beyond, regarding the sustainability of Canada's digital knowledge and heritage. Canada's digital advantage is only of value if it can be carried into the future. Canadians must meet the challenge of preserving and enhancing scholarly and artistic knowledge production and our culture in a digital environment. This report reviews the current state of knowledge about the sustainability of digital scholarship and related cultural activity in Canada and identifies research opportunities that emerge from consideration of the literature.

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Programmer/Analyst at McGill University

The McGill University Library is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working closely with Library Technology Service staff and other units to implement and support applications for data exchange across support systems. Plan, conduct, and supervise information systems assignments. Program, design, test, document, and support the automation of data loaders and other data exchange systems. Implement and support library web services. Communicate with Librarians, IT staff, vendors and suppliers to understand needs and objectives.

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Digital Archivist at Rutgers University

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Rutgers University Libraries seek a Digital Archivist to lead the digital initiatives of the Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives based on the New Brunswick Campus. The position will also work with the Institute of Jazz Studies in the Dana Library on the university’s Newark campus. The position will be responsible for managing the creation and conversion of finding aids to the online environment, collaborating in the Libraries digital preservation efforts, and promoting the digitization of Special Collections resources, including converting analog material to digital. The Digital Archivist will also work closely with colleagues who are creating digital exhibits and managing born-digital material. This is a tenure-track faculty position, requiring research and publication, and active participation in professional associations. The Digital Archivist reports to the Interim Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Development.

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Internet Archive and Library Partners Launch E-Book Lending Collection

The Internet Archive and a group of academic and public library partners have launched an e-book lending collection, which contains over 80,000 e-books. The majority of books were published in the 20th century.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks. Books can only be borrowed by one person at a time. People can choose to borrow either an in-browser version (viewed using the Internet Archive’s BookReader web application), or a PDF or ePub version, managed by the free Adobe Digital Editions software. This new technology follows the lead of the Google eBookstore, which sells books from many publishers to be read using Google's books-in-browsers technology. Readers can use laptops, library computers and tablet devices including the iPad.

Read more about it at "Open Library Launches New 'Digitize and Lend' E-Book Lending Program."

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Final Guidelines on Copyright Clearance and IPR Management

The European Film Gateway project has released Final Guidelines on Copyright Clearance and IPR Management.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report includes:

  • an overview of legal frameworks in EU countries for the film sector
  • guidelines how to successfully clear rights related to film works
  • copyright basics (moral rights vs. exploitation rights, orphan works etc)
  • diligent search guidelines for rights holders

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Head of Outreach and Consulting at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Library's Scholars' Lab is recruiting a Head of Outreach and Consulting.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Are you an excellent and enthusiastic communicator with a strong background in technological approaches to humanities and social science scholarship? UVa Library seeks a Head of Outreach and Consulting to coordinate public services in our internationally-recognized Scholars' Lab. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, eager to work collaboratively, and able to represent — to internal and external audiences — UVa Library's involvement in the digital humanities. This supervisory position is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Scholars' Lab (overseeing staff dedicated to geospatial, data-driven, and text-based research consultation) and plays a key role in our program for Graduate Fellows in the Digital Humanities. This position reports to the Library's Director of Digital Research & Scholarship.

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Results of the SOAP Survey: A First Overview of the Dutch Situation

Marnix van Berchum and Annemiek van der Kuil have released Results of the SOAP Survey: A First Overview of the Dutch Situation.

Here's an excerpt:

Based on the results above, the following conclusions can be made on the "Dutch situation"

  • A high number of researchers thinks the publishing of Open Access articles is beneficial to their discipline (90%)
  • Main reasons why Open Access publishing is beneficial are the scientific community benefit and benefit for outside the scientific community ("public good")
  • Quality, impact and prestige are still very important in making choices on Open Access publishing in journals
  • Publication fees for Open Access articles are for a large part covered by the institutions (40%)
  • There is no strong feeling on how easy or difficult it is to obtain funding

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Web Applications Specialist at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Library's Scholars' Lab is recruiting a Web Applications Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We're seeking someone passionate about tackling technical problems in the digital humanities – preferably a person with both a technical and humanities background, prepared to build next-generation DH interfaces and tools. Our new Web Application Specialist will also be able to take advantage of the "20% time" that all Department of Digital Research & Scholarship faculty and staff are granted to pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) R&D projects. This is a full-time, permanent position at UVa. . . .

As a Web Applications Specialist reporting to the Head of R&D for the Scholars' Lab, you will be responsible for building, testing, and debugging code. You should possess an extreme attention to detail and a high level of accountability and responsibility. We're looking for someone who enjoys technical challenges, likes to figure out how things work, and stays involved in the latest Web and digital humanities technologies. You will need to be able to fit in to a creative and collaborative environment.

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Results of the SOAP Survey: A Preliminary Overview of the Situation in EIFL Partner Countries

EIFL has released Results of the SOAP Survey: A Preliminary Overview of the Situation in EIFL Partner Countries.

Here's an excerpt:

The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. In the SOAP Symposium on 13 January 2011 in Berlin, the results of the SOAP Survey were made publicly available. "Highlights from the SOAP project survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing" article is available in arXiv:1101.5260v2 presenting preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data were released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing. . . .

We followed the approach of the SURFfoundation and made the first overview of the SOAP survey results, tailored to the situation in 11 EIFL partner countries: Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine.

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"Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy"

Eric E. Johnson has self-archived "Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

Intellectual property law has long been justified on the belief that external incentives are necessary to get people to produce artistic works and technological innovations that are easily copied. This Essay argues that this foundational premise of the economic theory of intellectual property is wrong. Using recent advances in behavioral economics, psychology, and business-management studies, it is now possible to show that there are natural and intrinsic motivations that will cause technology and the arts to flourish even in the absence of externally supplied rewards, such as copyrights and patents.

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Web Applications Programmer at University of Miami

The University of Miami's Richter Library is recruiting a Web Applications Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Digital Technologies Programmer/Analyst, and working closely with Web & Emerging Technologies staff, the Web Applications Programmer assists in and supports the development, implementation, and maintenance of the infrastructure supporting search, discovery, and presentation of library web services and digital object delivery and presentation. Technical infrastructure includes Drupal CMS and digital repository development with proprietary and open source software. The position is also responsible for utilizing emerging web technology to enhance electronic access to library resources and services, and to promote user-centered digital services and technologies to develop a superior user experience.

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Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries are recruiting a Systems Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Engineer will provide systems administration and, to a lesser extent, programming support for the Systems department's multi-platform—primarily Linux, but also some Windows and Solaris—environment. This position will support services provided by the Systems department, including, but not limited to, library catalog, search interface, federated search tools, library web sites, blogs, file and print shares, desktop applications and mobile interfaces. The Systems department shares server infrastructure with Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC), and collaborates closely with DRCC systems administrator.

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"Eprints Institutional Repository Software: A Review"

Mike Beazley has published "Eprints Institutional Repository Software: A Review" in latest issue of Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Setting up an institutional repository (IR) can be a daunting task. There are many software packages out there, some commercial, some open source, all of which offer different features and functionality. This article will provide some thoughts about one of these software packages: Eprints. Eprints is open-source, and the software is easy to modify. This presents clear advantages for institutions will smaller budgets and that have programmers on staff.

Installation and initial configuration are straightforward and once the IR is up and running, users can easily upload documents by filling out a simple web form. Eprints is an excellent choice for any institution looking to get an IR up and running quickly and easily, although it is less clear that an institution with an existing IR based on another software package should migrate to Eprints.

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"Comments Submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office Regarding Pre-1972 Sound Recordings"

Kenneth D. Crews has self-archived "Comments Submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office Regarding Pre-1972 Sound Recordings" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

The U.S. Copyright Office solicited comments regarding the possibility of extending federal copyright protection to sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972. Such recordings may have some state or common law copyright protection, but most are in the public domain. These comments outline some of the complications in lawmaking that often result from extending protection to works that were previously available to the public without copyright protection. Lessons are derived from such examples as the creation of new protection for architectural works and the restoration of foreign works.

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Director of Library Digital Services and Systems at Roberts Wesleyan College

The Roberts Wesleyan College's B. Thomas Golisano Library is recruiting a Director of Library Digital Services and Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Roberts Wesleyan College invites applications for a full-time, 11-month Director of Library Digital Services & Systems, available immediately. This academic support faculty position is responsible to the Director of Library Services for leadership in selecting/developing, implementing, managing, maintaining, and assessing the library's digital services and systems. Responsibilities include providing leadership and advice regarding selection of the library's services and systems software; maintaining and managing the software and serving as liaison to the vendors; and managing access to and use of the library's electronic information resources, including reference and e-books/collections. In addition, the Director of Library Digital Systems and Services will serve as the primary liaison with the Information Technology Services (ITS) staff in maintaining and upgrading technology in multiple areas of the library; will coordinate with ITS, Creative Services, and the library faculty in maintaining and enhancing the library web site; and will strive to learn emerging technologies and technology-based strategies that enhance research, learning, and patron service.

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