Digital Curation News (4/30/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Web Services Librarian at University of Houston-Victoria Library

The University of Houston-Victoria Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Web Services Librarian, Library, University of Houston-Victoria. Provides vision and direction for all aspects of the library's website; work collaboratively with library staff to maintain quality online services and resources; and provides leadership in developing web-based applications.

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"Data Publication Consensus and Controversies"

F1000Research has released an eprint of "Data Publication Consensus and Controversies."

Here's an excerpt:

As data publication venues proliferate, significant debate continues over formats, processes, and terminology. Here, we present an overview of data publication initiatives underway and the current conversation, highlighting points of consensus and issues still in contention.

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Associate Dean for Digital Strategies at University of Miami Libraries

The University of Miami Libraries are recruiting an Associate Dean for Digital Strategies.

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Reporting to the Dean and University Librarian, the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies will provide strategic leadership and direction for the UML digital infrastructure and technology planning. S/he will also provide University-wide leadership and serve as the primary spokesperson for the libraries' digital strategy and services to the UM community, will oversee the Libraries' digital production program and infrastructure development for all of the Libraries' digital content management systems and repositories, provide leadership within the Libraries on the creation and curation of digital objects for research and learning, and ensure a robust technical infrastructure to support a wide range of digital scholarship and scholarly publishing.

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Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content

OCLC Research has released Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content presents the preliminary findings of Phase 1 of our Preservation Health Check investigation of preservation monitoring and suggests that there is an opportunity to use PREMIS preservation metadata as an evidence base to support a threat assessment exercise based on the Simple Property-Oriented Threat (SPOT) model.

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Digital Curation News (4/29/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Systems Programmer/Analyst at University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Systems Programmer/Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Library IT Core Services is looking for a talented, resourceful systems programmer to develop an end-to-end digital archiving workflow for the Bentley Historical Library that incorporates two popular open-source software packages, Archivematica and ArchivesSpace.

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"A Survey of Authors Publishing in Four Megajournals"

David J. Solomon has published "A Survey of Authors Publishing in Four Megajournals" in PeerJ.

Here's an excerpt:

Megajournals are drawing an international group of authors who tend to be experienced academics. They are choosing to publish in megajournals for a variety of reasons but most seem to value the quality of the journal and the speed of the review/publication process. Having a broad scope was not a key factor for most authors though being OA was important for PeerJ and SAGE Open authors. Most authors appeared pleased with the experience and indicated they are likely to submit future manuscripts to the same or similar megajournal which seems to suggest these journals will continue to grow in popularity.

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Web Developer at Florida State University Libraries

The Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Major responsibilities include installing, developing and/or maintaining locally-written and open source web applications. Drafts specifications, coding, testing, debugging and documenting new and existing applications (some are vendor provided). May include gathering requirements from users. Highest priority will be given to the ongoing development of the FSU Digital Library built on the Islandora platform (http://fsu.digital.flvc.org).

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OCLC Makes WorldCat Works Available as Linked Data

OCLC has made WorldCat Works available as linked data.

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OCLC has made 197 million bibliographic work descriptions—WorldCat Works—available as linked data, a format native to the Web that will improve discovery of library collections through a variety of popular sites and Web services.

Release of this data marks another step toward providing interconnected linked data views of WorldCat. By making this linked data available, library collections can be exposed to the wider Web community, integrating these collections and making them more easily discoverable through websites and services that library users visit daily, such as Google, Wikipedia and social networks.

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Digital Curation News (4/28/2014) #digitalpreservation

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DigitalKoans Enters Its Tenth Year of Publication

DigitalKoans completed its 9th year of publication on April 20th. There have been over 6,300 posts. Excluding search engine requests, DigitalKoans has had over 16.2 million page requests (pages have textual content) with over 6.1 million visitors to those pages.

This August, DigitalKoans' publisher, Charles W. Bailey, Jr., will have been an open access publisher for a quarter-century.

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Library Digital Projects Manager at Dickinson College Library & Information Services

Dickinson College Library & Information Services is recruiting a Library Digital Projects Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is a 2-year temporary appointment responsible for a new institutional repository as well as for projects that highlight unique resources among the college's collections. . . .

Areas of responsibility include the following: ongoing testing, development, and management of an institutional repository (bepress Digital Commons); content management system programming and maintenance (Drupal and CONTENTdm); planning and implementing digital initiatives centered in unique library resources; website creation and maintenance; training library staff members and students; assessment of digital project outcomes; and coordinating activity of all digital project contributors. The Library Digital Projects Manager reports to the College Archivist and supervises undergraduate project interns.

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Linked Archival Metadata: A Guidebook (Version 0.99)

Eric Lease Morgan and LiAM have released Linked Archival Metadata: A Guidebook (Version 0.99).

Here's an excerpt:

Linked data is a process for embedding the descriptive information of archives into the very fabric of the Web. By transforming archival description into linked data, an archivist will enable other people as well as computers to read and use their archival description, even if the others are not a part of the archival community. The process goes both ways. Linked data also empowers archivists to use and incorporate the information of other linked data providers into their local description. This enables archivists to make their descriptions more thorough, more complete, and more value-added. For example, archival collections could be automatically supplemented with geographic coordinates in order to make maps, images of people or additional biographic descriptions to make collections come alive, or bibliographies for further reading.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Frostburg State University Library

The Frostburg State University Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Library Director and in collaboration with the User Services and Library Technology Divisions, manage digital collections and implement digital projects from inception to completion. Coordinate cross-departmental project workflows and identify collection development opportunities, including seeking grant funding. Research, plan, and provide technical expertise for digital initiatives. Support digital content creation and conversion, interoperability of platforms, and integration of digital resources into library web pages, as well as opportunities for expanding digital services. Collaborate with computing staff on technical infrastructure needed to manage a digital library. Keep current on trends in digital collections, institutional repositories, scholarly publishing, and data curation; utilize appropriate design principles, coding and metadata standards, and best practices for managing a digitization program.

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"Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals"

Micah Vandegrift and Chealsye Bowley have published "Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals" in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Here's an excerpt:

This article presents an analysis of 111 Library and Information Science journals based on measurements of "openness" including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options. We propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index), based on measures of openness rather than perceived rank or citation impact. Finally, the article calls for librarians and researchers in LIS to examine our scholarly literature and hold it to the principles and standards that we are asking of other disciplines.

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Digital Curation News (4/11/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Manager of Digital Experience at Westport Library

The Westport Library is recruiting a Manager of Digital Experience.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Westport Library is seeking a Manager of Digital Experience who will coordinate the development of the Library's web/digital content. The successful candidate will develop and implement an online strategy that supports the Library's mission and goals; contribute to the evolution of that strategy over time; maintain, enhance, develop, and produce select online content; plan and develop new digital tools and services; collaborate with library staff to develop and execute strategies to build engagement on the website and social media platforms.

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"Statement Regarding the Suspension of Springer’s Membership in OASPA"

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has released a "Statement Regarding the Suspension of Springer's Membership in OASPA."

Here's an excerpt:

In February, it was reported by Nature (http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763) that around 120 fake articles had been published in apparently peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Springer, one of the affected publishers, which published 16 of these articles, is a member of OASPA. Given that the publication of these articles is evidence of a systematic problem with editorial processes, we have placed Springer's membership of OASPA 'under review', pending a thorough response and description of the steps that are being taken to strengthen the necessary processes. Springer has already indicated that the fake articles are being retracted (http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/statements?SGWID=0-1760813-6-1458253-0).

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Data Curation Librarian at Indiana State University Library

The Indiana State University Library is recruiting a Data Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This 12-month, tenure-track position provides technical leadership for the creation, management, preservation of and access to digital assets and scholarship. The incumbent will manage, develop and migrate digital application systems and serve as webmaster for digital initiatives' websites.

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"The Bleeding Hearts Club: Heartbleed Recovery for System Administrators"

David Grant has posted "The Bleeding Hearts Club: Heartbleed Recovery for System Administrators."

Here's an excerpt:

The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability presents significant concerns for users and major challenges for site operators. This article presents a series of steps server and site owners should carry out as soon as possible to help protect the public. We acknowledge that some steps might not be feasible, important, or even relevant for every site, so the steps are given in order both of their importance and the order they should be carried out.

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Digital Curation News (4/10/2014) #digitalpreservation

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"’The Returned’: on the Future of Monographic Books"

Mercedes Bunz has published "'The Returned': on the Future of Monographic Books" in Insights: The UKSG journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This article evaluates the current state of academic book publishing based on the findings of the Hybrid Publishing Lab's business model research. With students relying more and more on Google and Wikipedia, the role of books within today's university studies is a difficult one. From the perspective of publishers, open access (OA) embracing the digital is seen as one potential way to bridge this gap between online search engines and traditional monographs. To illustrate this further, the article delivers an overview of its findings, which highlight changes in academic publishing: publishers have switched their emphasis from delivering a product to creating a service, whereby the author rather than the reader becomes their most focused-on customer. Research frameworks, funding and conventions about academic careers, however, often still need to adjust to this new development. If these frameworks acknowledge and foster OA publishing, and new experiments with collaborative book productions flourish, the monograph will have a future.

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Library Fellow for Resesarch Data Management at MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Library Fellow for Resesarch Data Management.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will support and expand our evolving services for research data management (RDM), working with staff within the Libraries as well as the wider MIT community. The Fellow will report to the Convener of the Research Data Services Working Group (which provides the Libraries' data management services, for all disciplines and formats across MIT).

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