European Landscape Study of Research Data Management

SURF has released the European Landscape Study of Research Data Management.

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This report presents the results of an online survey to establish which interventions are already being used by funding agencies, research institutions, national bodies and publishers across the European Union member states and a number of countries outside Europe in order to improve the capacity and skills of researchers in making effective use of research data infrastructures. It also makes recommendations that organisations can adopt to help their researchers. . . .

Interviews with researchers indicate that the main drivers for writing a data management plan are requirements by the funder or the publisher. Nearly half of the research funders who took part in the survey have a policy covering research data management, whilst a quarter of the funders require data management plans as part of the grant application. Data management plans should address data acquisition, use, re-use, storage and protection and the rights of ownership. Just over one third of the responding funding organisations designate a specific organisation for preservation, although no term has been identified.

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"Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations"

Jonathan Zittrain, Kendra Albert, and Lawrence Lessig have self-archived "Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations" in SSRN.

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We document a serious problem of reference rot: more than 70% of the URLs within the Harvard Law Review and other journals, and 50% of the URLs found within U.S. Supreme Court opinions do not link to the originally cited information.

Given that, we propose a solution for authors and editors of new scholarship that involves libraries undertaking the distributed, long-term preservation of link contents.

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Web And Information Designer at Texas A&M Libraries

The Texas A&M Libraries are recruiting a Web And Information Designer.

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The Web & Information Designer is responsible for designing and producing a variety of web-based graphical imagery, animations and other multimedia-rich content that achieves the objectives of the Texas A&M University Libraries

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Constantia Constantinou Named Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook University

Constantia Constantinou has been named Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook University.

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Constantinou has served as the Library Director and Library Department Chair at the SUNY Maritime College Library since 2001. The SUNY Maritime College Library is considered a premier maritime library, a national leader in maritime collections, innovative research services, and rare collections. Under her direction, the Library's world-renowned rare collections have been enhanced with strong museum partnerships and collaborations with professional organizations. Constantinou has also served in a number of library leadership positions on advisory councils and governing boards, leading library organizations through ambitious strategic processes, partnerships in resource sharing and innovative services.

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Digital Asset Curator at Wheaton College Library

The Wheaton College Library is recruiting a Digital Asset Curator.

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The Digital Asset Curator serves as an instructional consultant, a technology specialist, an educator, and a research partner with an emphasis on the use and development of online information resources for teaching and learning, including web-based resources. The position works closely with faculty and colleagues to develop, administer, and coordinate services associated with digital assets and learning objects used by faculty and students of the college, including the college's teaching collection of 100,000+ digital images (used primarily but not exclusively by the Art and Art History Department), academic materials for the web, and the college's digital repository (maintained in close collaboration with the Archives).

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Public Access to Public Science Act

The Public Access to Public Science Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

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Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) today introduced the Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act. This legislation would ensure public access to published materials concerning scientific research and development activities funded by federal science agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Weather Service (NWS). An embargo period is included to help balance publishers' needs with public access goals. PAPS builds on efforts by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Read more about it at the Harvard Open Access Project's "Notes on the Public Access to Public Science Act."

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Senior Software Developer at DuraSpace

DuraSpace is recruiting a Senior Software Developer.

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This person will lead an effort to integrate three key software platforms DuraCloud, Chronopolis, and the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) that all play a critical role in keeping our digital materials safe and accessible to all. This position will involve designing and building software to integrate these three systems as well as coordinating with each of the technical teams to ensure that the strategy for interoperability works well for all involved.

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Assistant Manager for Library Web Services at The New School Libraries & Archives

The New School Libraries & Archives are recruiting an Assistant Manager for Library Web Services.

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The primary responsibility of the web services manager is application design and interface development for the university library's web applications and services. Reporting to the Library Systems Manager, this position collaborates with library, IT and other staff to plan, implement and manage a smooth, streamlined user experience of web-based library services.

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"A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries"

Emily Puckett Rodgers and Sarah Barbrow have self-archived "A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries" in Deep Blue.

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This document serves as an informational review of the emerging field and practices of alternative metrics or altmetrics. It is intended to be used by librarians and faculty members in research libraries and universities to better understand the trends and challenges associated with altmetrics in higher education. It is also intended to be used by research libraries to offer guidance on how to participate in shaping this emerging field.

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Presentations from Research Data Management Forum 10

Presentations from the Research Data Management Forum 10 are now available.

Here are some representative presentations:

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Digital Collections Archivist at American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo is recruiting a Digital Collections Archivist.

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The Digital Collections Archivist plays a leadership role in digital initiatives, including building collections of digitized and born-digital archival materials, and facilitating access to those collections. The position holder reports to the University Archivist and supervises the RBSCL's digitization staff. The Digital Collections Archivist is responsible for managing the CONTENTdm-based Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library, setting standards for digital preservation and metadata input, and providing related training and supervision for RBSCL staff. The position holder is also responsible for managing AUC's Digital Archive and Research Repository (a DSpace-based institutional digital repository) and managing the RBSCL's Web Archive, based on the ArchiveIt subscription service. The position holder also coordinates the RBSCL's website, blog, LibGuides, AUC Wiki, and social media sites, working cooperatively with other library staff.

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Digital Repository Librarian—Health Sciences at Creighton University Health Sciences Library

The Creighton University Health Sciences Library is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian—Health Sciences.

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The Digital Repository Librarian will work in the Health Sciences Library under the supervision of the Head of Information Services. The CDR (Creighton Digital Repository) team presently consists of two librarians and one support staff position. Librarians from all three libraries contribute to the management of particular collections. The CDR is well established and continues to grow in both size and complexity with over 32,000 items in more than 175 collections.

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"Who and What Links to the Internet Archive"

Yasmin AlNoamany, Ahmed AlSum, Michele C. Weigle, and Michael L. Nelson have self-archived "Who and What Links to the Internet Archive" in arXiv.org.

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The Internet Archive's (IA) Wayback Machine is the largest and oldest public web archive and has become a significant repository of our recent history and cultural heritage. Despite its importance, there has been little research about how it is discovered and used. Based on web access logs, we analyze what users are looking for, why they come to IA, where they come from, and how pages link to IA. We find that users request English pages the most, followed by the European languages. Most human users come to web archives because they do not find the requested pages on the live web. About 65% of the requested archived pages no longer exist on the live web. We find that more than 82% of human sessions connect to the Wayback Machine via referrals from other web sites, while only 15% of robots have referrers. Most of the links (86%) from websites are to individual archived pages at specific points in time, and of those 83% no longer exist on the live web.

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The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning.

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This survey of MOOC and ODL literature aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

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Software Engineer—Java at Virginia Tech Libraries

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Software Engineer—Java.

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This position writes code to improve locally developed and community-driven software from application development through deployment. Automates metadata discovery, extraction, creation and/or migration. Supports digital preservation strategies and digital library, repository, publishing, and virtual community systems by writing and/or using programs, including Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Performs project related work. Initial focus will be on developing Fedora and Hydra applications for local and broader initiatives.

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Software Engineer—Ruby at Virginia Tech Libraries

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Software Engineer—Ruby.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position writes code to improve locally developed and community-driven software from application development through deployment. Automates metadata discovery, extraction, creation and/or migration. Supports digital preservation strategies and digital library, repository, publishing, and virtual community systems by writing and/or using programs, including Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Performs project related work. Initial focus will be on developing Fedora and Hydra applications for local and broader initiatives.

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