"Ethics and Access 2: The So-Called Sting"

Walt Crawford has published "Ethics and Access 2: The So-Called Sting" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

John Bohannon wrote a news article in Science that either shows that many open access journals with APC charges have sloppy (or no) peer review…or shows almost nothing at all. This story discusses the article itself, offers a number of responses to it—and then adds something I don't believe you'll find anywhere else: A journal-by-journal test of whether the journals involved would pass a naive three-minute sniff test as to whether they were plausible targets for article submissions without lots of additional checking. Is this really a problem involving a majority of hundreds of journals—or maybe one involving 27% (that is, 17) of 62 journals? Read the story; make up your own mind.

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Digital Curation News (4/2/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Library Systems Manager at Chapel Hill Public Library

The Chapel Hill Public Library is recruiting a Library Systems Manager.

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  • Manages Library database of holdings and patrons—oversees system updates, data integrity, server maintenance and backups; approves/conducts all changes to file structure, data tables and system settings; manages all data loads and transfers; provides ILS training to library staff
  • Manages Library computers and software—manages in-house client servers network of public computers and catalog stations; maintains and upgrades RFID systems and equipment (i.e. self- check- out, self- payment technology, security gates, etc.); administers all Library systems for computer reservations, print management and meeting room bookings; assesses effectiveness of current systems, reviews new systems and recommends changes as necessary
  • Manages Library’s online presence and resources—manages online catalog interface; administers library website; oversees remote access to library databases, digital content and online resources; monitors software, database and digital content usage and trends

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"Measuring the Value of Research Data: A Citation Analysis of Oceanographic Data Sets"

Christopher W. Belter has published "Measuring the Value of Research Data: A Citation Analysis of Oceanographic Data Sets" in PLOS ONE.

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Evaluation of scientific research is becoming increasingly reliant on publication-based bibliometric indicators, which may result in the devaluation of other scientific activities—such as data curation—that do not necessarily result in the production of scientific publications. This issue may undermine the movement to openly share and cite data sets in scientific publications because researchers are unlikely to devote the effort necessary to curate their research data if they are unlikely to receive credit for doing so. This analysis attempts to demonstrate the bibliometric impact of properly curated and openly accessible data sets by attempting to generate citation counts for three data sets archived at the National Oceanographic Data Center. My findings suggest that all three data sets are highly cited, with estimated citation counts in most cases higher than 99% of all the journal articles published in Oceanography during the same years. I also find that methods of citing and referring to these data sets in scientific publications are highly inconsistent, despite the fact that a formal citation format is suggested for each data set. These findings have important implications for developing a data citation format, encouraging researchers to properly curate their research data, and evaluating the bibliometric impact of individuals and institutions.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Kenyon College Library and Information Services

The Kenyon College Library and Information Services is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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The Digital Initiatives Librarian will develop and maintain digital conversion best practices for all formats, especially print, audio, and video. This role explores, adopts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies in support of library and campus digital collections and publishing initiatives. The successful candidate will guide development of digital initiatives and work with library and other LBIS colleagues and vendors to resolve complex issues relating to scholarly content systems in support of Kenyon's curricular mission.

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"Student Embargoes within Institutional Repositories: Faculty Early Transparency Concerns"

David Stern has published "Student Embargoes within Institutional Repositories: Faculty Early Transparency Concerns" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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Libraries encourage students to utilize Institutional Repositories (IRs) to house e-portfolios that demonstrate their skills and experiences. This is especially important for students when applying for jobs and admission into graduate schools. However, within the academic sphere there are legitimate reasons why some faculty-student collaboration efforts should not be documented and openly shared in institutional repositories. The need for the protection of ideas and processes prior to faculty publication can be in direct conflict with the intention for institutional repositories to promote the excellent efforts of students. This is certainly true in laboratory situations where details of experiments and research areas are guarded for the lifetime of the exploration process. Librarians must work with others to develop guidelines and educational programs that prepare all stakeholders for these new information release considerations. One outcome of such deliberations could be the development of mutually beneficial publication guidelines which protect sensitive details of research yet allow students to submit selective research documentation into an IR. The other extreme, with no agreed upon partial embargo scenarios, could result in the removal of students from sensitive collaborations. Given the need for scientific laboratories to utilize student workers, and the benefit of real research experiences for students, the academy must find a balanced solution to this inherent conflict situation.

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Digital Publishing Production Lead at George Mason University Libraries

The George Mason University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Publishing Production Lead.

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The George Mason University Libraries seeks an experienced professional to be responsible for the management of, and front-line user support for, digital publishing tools and platforms in use by the Mason Publishing Group.

Mason Publishing is a new library initiative that unites the library's existing digital publishing activity with the George Mason University Press to form a new set of publishing services for the university.

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NISO Draft for Comment: Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs

NISO has released a draft of NISO RP-20-201x, Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs for comment.

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The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP-20-201x). Launched in June 2012, the NISO Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) Working Group was charged with developing a flexible model for DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) that works for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries. The draft Recommended Practice discusses and makes recommendations about key aspects of DDA, goals and objectives of a DDA program, choosing parameters of the program, profiling options, managing MARC records for DDA, removing materials from the consideration pool, assessment of the program, providing long-term access to un-owned content, consortial considerations for DDA, and public library DDA.

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Social Science Data Librarian at University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Social Science Data Librarian.

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The Social Science Data Librarian will collaborate with social science subject liaison librarians to provide expert support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, and other data. Such support may include instruction in methodologies and tools, especially those related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); development of dataset collections; and analysis and visualization of data. Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support, this new position is part of the Liaison Services Department and will serve as an important member of a dynamic and collegial team of subject and functional specialists committed to providing outstanding service in the areas of instruction, outreach, collections, and research support.

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HEFCE and Three Other UK Funding Bodies Enact Open Access Mandate

The Higher Education Funding Council for England and three other UK funding bodies (the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning) have enacted an open access mandate.

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5. The core of this policy is as follows: to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and made open-access within a specified time period. This requirement applies to journal articles and conference proceedings only; monographs and other long-form publications, research data and creative and practice-based research outputs are out of scope. Only articles and proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will need to fulfil these requirements, but we would strongly urge institutions to implement the policy now. The policy gives a further list of cases where outputs will not need to fulfil the requirements.

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