Digital Curation News (3/31/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services at Duke University Libraries

Duke University Libraries are recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services.

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The Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services (AUL ITS) provides vision and leadership for information technology strategy, operations and innovation for the Duke University Libraries (DUL). The AUL ITS guides and oversees all of the library information systems ranging from infrastructure and network, to applications, user services and business process automation by leading the division that includes four departments: Digital Projects and Production, Discovery and Core Services, Digital Repository Services and Data/GIS Services. S/he also serves as the DUL's chief liaison with the University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) and with other technology units on campus and in the area. The AUL ITS is a member of the DUL Executive Group.

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"Response to Elsevier’s Text and Data Mining Policy: A LIBER Discussion Paper"

LIBER has released "Response to Elsevier's Text and Data Mining Policy: A LIBER Discussion Paper."

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LIBER believes that the right to read is the right to mine and that licensing will never bridge the gap in the current copyright framework as it is unscalable and resource intensive. Furthermore, as this discussion paper highlights, licensing has the potential to limit the innovative potential of digital research methods by:

  1. restricting the tools that researchers can use
  2. limiting the way in which research results can be made available
  3. impacting on the transparency and reproducibility of research results.

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Director of Libraries at MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Director of Libraries.

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Responsible for the MIT Libraries and oversight of the MIT Press, the Director of the MIT Libraries uses visionary leadership to guide both organizations through times of transformation in their respective industries. The Director is expected to leverage an increasingly networked and collaborative information environment as an important partner with MIT's academic and administrative units to advance the Institute's research, teaching, and global agendas in alignment with its mission and values. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Director secures the support and resources necessary for providing outstanding innovative and creative collections and services across a broad range of research disciplines to a world-class scholarly community. The Director will play a prominent role in shaping the larger scholarly communication landscape at MIT and beyond. S/he is expected to grow the Libraries resource development program. Key strategic opportunities for the Libraries include MIT's exploration of new modes of learning and global engagement, upcoming investments in reshaping library spaces, and advancing MIT's commitment and influence in the area of Open Access. S/he is expected to actively build and develop a diverse, skilled, and engaged workforce dedicated to an inclusive MIT community. As the senior officer at MIT with management responsibility for the MIT Press, the Director of Libraries provides strategic guidance to the Press in accordance with its goals, which include greater international engagement and a strong portfolio of evolving business models.

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ARL Awarded $1 Million Grant for Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

ARL has been awarded a $1 million grant for the Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE).

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded a joint $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and launch the Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service. SHARE is a collaborative initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research findings and reports.

SHARE aims to make research assets more discoverable and more accessible, and to enable the research community to build upon these assets in creative ways. SHARE's first project, the Notification Service, will inform stakeholders when research results—including articles and data—are released.

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Digital Curation News (3/20/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Senior Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University IT Library Technology Services

Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is recruiting a Senior Digital Library Software Engineer.

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We are seeking a skilled java software developer to join an agile development team of developers, librarians, usability designers, testers, and product owners to design and develop core software using the J2EE software stack for a new version of Harvard Library Digital Repository Service. In collaboration with the Technical Lead for the DRS, the senior software engineer will develop software services and web applications for depositing, managing, and delivering digital objects and their metadata into and from the DRS, and migrating metadata to a new version of the repository. Developed software must be of highest quality and reliability, supporting long term digital preservation and public access for critical library digital content that is accessed by thousands of users on a daily basis.

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Current State of 3D Object Digital Preservation and Gap-Analysis Report

DURAARK has released the Current State of 3D Object Digital Preservation and Gap-Analysis Report.

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The gap analysis is approached through an in-depth analysis of two areas. One area is that of fundamental digital preservation tools and processes regardless of their content type. It describes processes and standards adapted by the global digital preservation community and implemented in archives of varying domains, e.g., archives dealing predominantly with e-publications as well as AV-archives. The second area is that of current existing processes for the digital preservation of 3D objects. It describes aspects and challenges which are uniquely tied to the long-term archiving process of this content-type and lists existing tools and standards. The gaps are identified through a comparison of the content type agnostic and the 3D-specific state of the art descriptions.

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Digital Repository Librarian at University of Waterloo Library

The University of Waterloo Library is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian.

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The Digital Repository Librarian:

  • Leads projects which design and develop technologies supporting the capture, description, delivery, and preservation of digital objects
  • Serves as a technical resource to liaison librarians and others across the Library to facilitate the Library's role in establishing and advancing scholarly communication, digital repositories, and publishing platforms
  • Provides ongoing development and support of repository infrastructures for digital collections
  • Assesses the technical requirements for digitization projects and drafts appropriate specifications and procedures

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“The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets”

Paul J. Heald has self-archived “The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets.”

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Prior studies demonstrate the shocking unavailability of most books published in the 20th Century, prompting The Atlantic Monthly headline: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish. The unavailability of new editions of older works would be less problematic, however, if little consumer demand existed for those works. In addition, the lack of new editions would be much less troubling if the works were easily available in alternative forms or markets. Newly collected data provides evidence of the demand for out-of-print books and then charts the availability of out-of-print works in digital form (eBooks and .mp3), in used book stores, and in public libraries. The situation with books remains dismal, although music publishers on iTunes seem to be doing a much better job of digitizing older works and making them available than do book publishers. Some theories for this discrepancy are offered.

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Digital Curation News (3/19/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Exemplar Good Governance Structures and Data Policies

APARSEN has released Exemplar Good Governance Structures and Data Policies.

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This report summarises the level of preparedness for interoperable governance and data policies based on both desktop research on selected data policies and online survey conducted during this study. It is important to understand what current data policies address and if they miss out on important topics, such as specific requirements for data preservation. This will give an indication on the possible impact of such data policies on the individual communities and allows recommendations to be drawn up to guide forthcoming policies. This report concludes with selected recommendations that should be taken into account when drawing up data policies concerning digital preservation.

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Systems Librarian at BYU-Hawaii Library

The BYU-Hawaii Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

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This newly created faculty position serves under the direction of the University Librarian and will provide leadership, management, and support for library systems and applications at the Joseph F. Smith Library in Laie, Hawaii.

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Digital Archivist at Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital Archivist works to ensure the long term preservation, organization, distribution and retrieval of digitized, born-digital, and traditional institutional assets illustrating the evolution, development and history of Mayo Clinic. Environment includes digital, multimedia and paper based records and historical documents which illustrate and memorialize the memory of the Clinic. The Librarian II – Digital Archivist will help define and apply the methodology and standards for archival best practices to born digital and digitized collections. The Librarian II – Digital Archivist will participate in shaping and promoting the Archives online presence and promotion of collections and services.

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Report on DRM Preservation

APARSEN has released the Report on DRM Preservation.

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This report places the subject of Digital Rights and Access Management (DRM) within the context of long-term digital preservation and examines the related risks and challenges which arise in connection with the long-term archiving and ongoing accessibility of DRM-protected objects, and also the safeguarding of associated rights. It reviews the results of initiatives and projects already undertaken in this field and provides the results of a recent survey. It also analyses current user scenarios both within and outside the APARSEN consortium before offering a summary of recommendations and best practices for dealing with digital rights and DRM protected objects.

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Digital Curation News (3/18/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Library Access Engineer at Stanford University Libraries

Stanford University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Library Access Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a 4-year, fixed-term position in the library's Digital Library Systems and Services group, with the possibility for renewal. . . .

This position will be a key contributor to a dynamic team of technologists, architects and information professionals defining the library of the future. Come work in an agile-inspired, test-driven, team environment, balancing the rapid and incremental delivery of new features with operational robustness. Join us to realize the benefits of working with one of the most talented technology teams in Silicon Valley to support Stanford scholars in one of the nation's most inspiring campus environments, in the heart of the beautiful Bay Area.

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"Can Formalities Save the Public Domain? Reconsidering Formalities for the 2010s"

Niva Elkin-Koren has published "Can Formalities Save the Public Domain? Reconsidering Formalities for the 2010s" in The Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

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In essence, formalities advocates argue that current copyright law protects too many works, and shifting back to an opt-in regime would help restore the balance in copyright law between incentives and access. Restoring formalities would arguably expand the public domain by increasing the number of works in which copyright is not affirmatively claimed. It has been further suggested that works of unknown authorship are underused. 8 This is due to uncertainty about whether they are protected by copyright or not, which creates a chilling effect. A notice requirement would signal to potential users which works are protected by copyright. A notice would also generate the information necessary for licensing, thereby facilitating the clearance of rights and reducing the problem of orphan works.

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Data Services and Collections Librarian at UC San Diego Library

The UC San Diego Library is recruiting a Data Services and Collections Librarian.

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The Data Services and Collections Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for managing and providing data and statistical services, with a focus on social science data. The position reports primarily to the Director of the Library's Reference & Research Advisory Services Program with additional assigned responsibilities in the Library's Collection Development & Management and Research Data Curation programs.

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"Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis"

Kyle Rimkus et al. have published "Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis" in D-Lib Magazine.

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In the interest of gaining a broad view of contemporary digital preservation practice in North American research libraries, this paper presents the findings of a study of file format policies at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions. It is intended to present the digital preservation community with an assessment of the level of trust currently placed in common file formats in digital library collections and institutional repositories. Beginning with a summary of file format research to date, the authors describe the research methodology they used to collect and analyze data from the file format policies of ARL Library repositories and digital library services. The paper concludes with a presentation and analysis of findings that explore levels of confidence placed in image, text, audio, video, tabular data, software application, presentation, geospatial, and computer program file formats. The data show that file format policies have evolved little beyond the document and image digitization standards of traditional library reformatting programs, and that current approaches to file format policymaking must evolve to meet the challenges of research libraries' expanding digital repository services.

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Digital Curation News (3/17/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Programmer/Analyst 2 at University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst 2.

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Programmer/Analyst 2: Works with customers to analyze workflows, develop design specifications, create, modify, implement, customize, test, document and maintain software solutions to support the University of Chicago Library's digital collections and other library systems for which the DLDC is responsible.

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"Time to Change: Effects and Implications of Digital Preservation in an Organizational Context"

Michelle Lindlar has published "Time to Change: Effects and Implications of Digital Preservation in an Organizational Context" in the IASSIST Quarterly.

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Digital preservation within an organizational context requires different layers of change: During the implementation process the necessary resources have to be allocated and aligned. Since digital preservation is a cross-sectional task, drawing from the expertise of different stakeholders, this may require organizational change in form of new team structures. Furthermore, digital preservation is a rather fluid task, which requires constant monitoring and adaptability. Both change layers—the initial one as well as the ongoing one—have direct effects and implications on an organization.

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Digital Repository Analyst at Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries is recruiting a Digital Repository Analyst.

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The Digital Repository Analyst will assess and compare the capacity of various systems to provide long-term access to digitized news. Based on this assessment, he/she will play a key role in developing a rational methodology and process for libraries and publishers to collaborate on digitizing newspaper content to ensure broad access, interoperability, and persistence.

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