Archive for 2013

DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 1/13/2014

Posted in Announcements on December 13th, 2013

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 1/13/2014. Happy holidays.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (December 13, 2013)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on December 13th, 2013

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

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Altmetrics in Context

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on December 13th, 2013

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released Altmetrics in Context.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

As scholarly communication takes on new forms and moves increasingly to digital and open access venues, the value of new types of metrics is increasingly important for the research community. It is causing discussion and, in some camps, heated debate.

Altmetrics report the impact of a wide range of research outputs, including data sets, articles and code. This document, available on the CARL Website, provides a quick introduction to this new field of research impact assessment and encourages researchers to use altmetrics in their work.

Want more information on altmetrics? Try the Altmetrics Bibliography.

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Digital Curation News (12/13/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 13th, 2013

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Digital Library Developer at University of California, Santa Cruz Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 13th, 2013

The University of California, Santa Cruz Library is recruiting a Digital Library Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will architect, design and develop the Omeka Curator Dashboard (OCD), and will report to the Head of Digital Initiatives. Omeka is an open source web-publishing platform supporting the display and exhibition of digital collections and is a Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP application. Work is performed using PHP, MySQL, Javascript, XML and XSLT. Position will write technical specifications, develop code enhancing existing or creating new Omeka plug-ins, test code and perform quality assurance to evaluate code against original requirements. Position works closely with University Library Information Technology Services (ITS) staff to manage applications and servers (development, staging and production) in a LAMP environment for Omeka supported websites.

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"Multidimensional Journal Evaluation of PLOS ONE"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 13th, 2013

Christel Fein has published "Multidimensional Journal Evaluation of PLOS ONE" in Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services.

Here's an excerpt:

All 28,852 documents published in PLOS ONE during the 5-year-period between 2007 and 2011 have been extracted from Web of Science. This data provides the basis for the evaluation. The data concerning the conducted evaluation has been collected as well as analysed multidimensionally, to demonstrate more fully the complex structures and aspects of the impact, prestige and position of PLOS ONE, and to assess the information and data obtained as specifically as possible. Based on Juchem, Schlögl, and Stock (2006) and Haustein (2012), a framework of five dimensions of journal evaluation has been applied, in which each contains several metrics to analyse scientific periodicals from various perspectives, i.e. journal output,journal content, journal perception, journal citations, and journal management.

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Digital Resources Archivist at Tufts University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 13th, 2013

Tufts University is recruiting a Digital Resources Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Resources Archivist is a member of the Digital Collections and Archives, a central university library which manages permanent archival collections as well as providing services for digital curation and preservation. In conjunction with TTS, the DCA manages and provides technical and policy direction for the Tufts Digital Library. The Digital Resources Archivist is responsible for oversight of ingest, modification, and indexing processes in the Tufts Digital Library as well as programming tools in support of these processes; helping to set policies, priorities, and best practices for the creation and management of digital objects; serving as a knowledge resource for the DCA and its constituents on rapidly changing standards and practices for digital object creation and management; and coordinating development and maintenance activities for the Tufts Digital Library with TTS, including systems administration, database, and website management. Works closely with staff in other libraries to enable participation in the Tufts Digital Library, including providing training, education, and support

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From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 13th, 2013

The BitCurator Project has released From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions.

Here's an excerpt:

The application of forensics tools and methods to the curation of born-digital collections in LAMs has advanced significantly over the past several years. It would have been quite surprising, for example, to hear an archivist talking about write blockers or disk images ten years ago, but such terms are now used frequently at archival conferences and increasingly in the professional literature. The BitCurator project is actively working to construct both the tools and the necessary documentation to help LAMs integrate digital forensics into their workflows. The BitCurator software environment is freely available for download and installation, and we continue to add associated documentation. The next phase of BitCurator will focus on continued software development, professional engagement activities, and further uptake of the software as we work to resolve real-world challenges facing LAMs.

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Digital Curation News (12/12/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 12th, 2013

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Associate Dean for Libraries Information Technology at Western Michigan University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 12th, 2013

The Western Michigan University Libraries are recruiting a Associate Dean for Libraries Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Lead development of library information technology to support the University's current and emerging research and instructional needs.
  • Engage collaboratively with all units across WMU Libraries to identify and support existing needs and advance innovation.
  • Lead the Libraries information technology team including Digitization, Systems and Web Operations (2 Faculty and 6 Staff members) in service-oriented technology support of Library goals.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate library technology infrastructures and services.

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"A Risk Analysis of File Formats for Preservation Planning"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 12th, 2013

SCAPE has released "A Risk Analysis of File Formats for Preservation Planning."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents an approach for automatic estimation of preservation risk for file formats. The main contribution of this work is a definition of the risk factors with associated severity level and its automatic computation. Our goal is to apply a solid knowledge base automatically extracted from linked open data repositories as the basis of the risk analysis system for digital preservation. This method is meant to facilitate decision making with regard to preservation of digital content in libraries and archives.

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Social Sciences Data Curation Fellow at Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 12th, 2013

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are recruiting a Social Sciences Data Curation Fellow.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The fellow's responsibilities will focus on three fundamental, interconnected areas: 1) investigation of current research data practices to assess curation needs; 2) collection planning, based on assessment, for local research data sets, exploring approaches to ensuring data quality and optimizing for access, use, and reuse of data; and 3) pilot project investigations of curation processes to inform operationalizing a data curation service. By concentrating on these three areas, the fellow will contribute to our understanding of the costs of implementing data curation services for the social sciences at Penn State. Also central to these efforts will be Penn State's repository service, ScholarSphere, developed in 2012 as a partnership of the Libraries and ITS. . . . The fellow's contributions will test and help expand ScholarSphere to meet the curation needs of research data, initially in the social sciences and potentially extending to data from other disciplines, depending on outcomes from the sets of activities described.

This is a two-year, fixed-term appointment at the rank of assistant librarian. The Data Curation Services postdoctoral fellow will be based in the Libraries and expected to work in collaboration with a range of departments, both within and beyond the Libraries.

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Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on December 12th, 2013

The PrestoCentre Foundation has released Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template.

Here's an excerpt:

Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template is intended to take an institution step-by-step through the process of drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video formats to digital carriers for preservation. This template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation publication is part of the Video at Risk project undertaken by New York University and two partner institutions, Loyola University New Orleans and the University of California, Berkeley. The authors of this publication set out to create a template that would identify the key elements integral to the transfer of the video and audio signal from Standard Definition VHS to a preservation-quality digital file.

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Digital Curation News (12/11/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 11th, 2013

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Software Developer at University of Maryland Libraries

Posted in Scholarly Communication on December 11th, 2013

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Software Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Software Developer provides broad programming support to the University of Maryland Libraries for the development and delivery of Java-based software applications. The applications support development and management of web pages and large-scale digital collections. They include tools for cataloging, search, and discovery of digital collections, tools for acquisition of digital collections, access to and retrieval of digital objects in the collections, and tools for preservation and maintenance of digital collections over the long term.

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Digital Curation: D3.1—Evaluation of Cost Models and Needs & Gaps Analysis (MS12 Draft)

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 11th, 2013

The 4C Project has released D3.1—Evaluation of Cost Models and Needs & Gaps Analysis (MS12 Draft).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This draft report. . . provides an analysis of existing research related to the economics of digital curation and reports upon the investigation of how well current cost and benefit models meet stakeholders' needs for calculating and comparing financial information. It aims to point out gaps that need to be bridged between the capabilities of currently available models and tools, and stakeholders' needs for financial information.

To facilitate and clarify the model evaluation the report first outlines a basic terminology and a general description of the components of cost and benefit models.

The report then describes how the ten current and emerging cost models and benefit models included in the evaluation were identified and provides a summary of each of the models. This is followed by an in depth analysis of stakeholders' needs for financial information derived from the 4C project stakeholder consultation.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Western Carolina University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 11th, 2013

The Western Carolina University Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian provides expertise in creating and managing library digital collections, such as digital special collections, electronic theses and dissertations, and other born-digital or retrospectively digitized materials. The Digital Initiatives Librarian participates in the planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion, communication and promotion of digital library and institutional repository services, collections and content. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will serve as a member of the Digital, Access, and Technology Services Department's leadership team and, in coordination with the department head, will be responsible for developing a strategy for the current and future library's digital initiatives.

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Stop the Presses: Is the Monograph Headed toward an E-only Future?

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on December 11th, 2013

Ithaka S+R has released Stop the Presses: Is the Monograph Headed toward an E-only Future?.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Can we expect the print monograph to disappear anytime soon?

While the road to a fully digital future for scholarly monographs is not clearly in sight, the widespread availability of e-books is already transforming researchers' reading habits. As librarians and publishers consider their options, they must take into account how the usage behavior of academics is evolving. In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores the challenges and possibilities if we "Stop the Presses."

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Digital Curation News (12/10/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 10th, 2013

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Systems and User Experience Librarian at University of Colorado Springs Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 10th, 2013

The University of Colorado Springs Library is recruiting a Systems and User Experience Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems and User Experience Librarian is a member of the Web Services and Emerging Technology team. This position plays an integral role in administrating the integrated library system (ILS) and supporting other library web services with an emphasis on ensuring functional and accessible end-user design. Other specific responsibilities include enhancing and promoting the online library catalog and other discovery tools, conducting usability testing, exploring new and emerging technologies for improving library services, and training library faculty and staff on catalog enhancements and new technologies.

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A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 10th, 2013

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services has released A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This survey is based on the Preservation Statistics survey program coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) from 1984 through 2008. Following the collection of the 2007-2008 Preservation Statistics data, ARL discontinued surveying its members about their preservation activities; this decision left the preservation community without a way to document, assess, and analyze its collective current practices, staff and budget resources and strategic direction.

The report examines how respondents are organizing and administering traditional and digital preservation programs and chronicles their preventive preservation (disaster planning, environmental monitoring, outreach and education), conservation and reformatting/digitization activities. The report assesses trends in the preservation programs of academic and research libraries in the five-year span between the last ARL Preservation Statistics Survey in 2007 and this 2012 survey based on the responses provided by the 34 ARL members who participated in this pilot survey.

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Engineering and Data Services Librarian at Arizona State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 10th, 2013

The Arizona State University Libraries are recruiting a Engineering and Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will support the discovery, use and integration of library resources and services, provide leadership in the development and implementation of data management tools and data services for e-research needs across the ASU Libraries, and with our current Engineering Librarian, share faculty liaison responsibilities for ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Advises and assists assigned school faculty with scholarly communication, scholarly publishing, and intellectual property issues, and provides specialized assistance with advanced technologies for managing, publishing and archiving the creative and scholarly output of university faculty.

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