"Codifying Collegiality: Recent Developments in Data Sharing Policy in the Life Sciences "

Genevieve Pham-Kanter et al. have published "Codifying Collegiality: Recent Developments in Data Sharing Policy in the Life Sciences " in PLOS ONE.

Over the last decade, there have been significant changes in data sharing policies and in the data sharing environment faced by life science researchers. Using data from a 2013 survey of over 1600 life science researchers, we analyze the effects of sharing policies of funding agencies and journals. We also examine the effects of new sharing infrastructure and tools (i.e., third party repositories and online supplements). We find that recently enacted data sharing policies and new sharing infrastructure and tools have had a sizable effect on encouraging data sharing. In particular, third party repositories and online supplements as well as data sharing requirements of funding agencies, particularly the NIH and the National Human Genome Research Institute, were perceived by scientists to have had a large effect on facilitating data sharing. In addition, we found a high degree of compliance with these new policies, although noncompliance resulted in few formal or informal sanctions. Despite the overall effectiveness of data sharing policies, some significant gaps remain: about one third of grant reviewers placed no weight on data sharing plans in their reviews, and a similar percentage ignored the requirements of material transfer agreements. These patterns suggest that although most of these new policies have been effective, there is still room for policy improvement.

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Tribal Digital Archives Curriculum Coordinator at Washington State University

Washington State Universityis recruiting a Tribal Digital Archives Curriculum Coordinator.

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This position will assist in the development, coordination and promotion of a fifteen month curriculum focused on emphasizing the lifecycle of digital preservation and access with specific attention to tribal needs and relevant issues. Reports to the Head of Digital Scholarship and Curation (DSC). DSC is a new unit within the Libraries that encompasses all of the digital projects, assets and collections that the Libraries creates and maintains. In a broader context, the formation of DSC recognizes existing collaborations between the Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences and signals an expanded relationship in the future.

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Legal Analysis: Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act)

The EDUCAUSE Policy Office has released Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act).

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This analysis, however, demonstrates that the TEACH Act would actually create de facto enforceable standards for digital instructional materials and related technologies, and that in the process it would severely limit the ability of colleges and universities to effectively use technology to advance learning for all students.

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Digital Project Archivists at University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is recruiting two Digital Project Archivists.

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The University of California, Berkeley, is recruiting for two part-time (50% FTE) Digital Project Archivists to oversee the digitization and metadata workflows for collections related to the Japanese American War Relocation and Confinement that have been identified as priorities for online access. These are temporary, two-year appointments following on a successful completion of Phase One which focused on the digitization of the Library's Japanese Evacuation and Relocation Survey Records.

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Director of Library and Information Technology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Director of Library and Information Technology.

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The Director directly supervises the department heads responsible for Infrastructure Management Services and Software Development, unit heads responsible for Library Management Systems and Desktop Support, and the Information Security Liaison/Dev-Ops Administrator. The individual in this position is responsible for the management of the Library and Information Technology Department (25FTE), including planning, budgeting, and setting policy for information resources in the University Library and for some operations of the Health Sciences Library. Directly supervises unit managers responsible for Infrastructure Management Services, Digital Repository Services, Core Application Development, Library Systems Management, and Desktop Support (staff and public workstations), and oversees Agile (http://agilemanifesto.org/) project management methodology.

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"The Imperative for Open Altmetrics"

Stacy Konkiel, Heather Piwowar, and Jason Priem have published "The Imperative for Open Altmetrics" in The Journal of Electronic Publishing.

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If scholarly communication is broken, how will we fix it? At Impactstory—a non-profit devoted to helping scholars gather and share evidence of their research impact by tracking online usage of scholarship via blogs, Wikipedia, Mendeley, and more—we believe that incentivizing web-native research via altmetrics is the place to start. In this article, we describe the current state of the art in altmetrics and its effects on publishing, we share Impactstory's plan to build an open infrastructure for altmetrics, and describe our company's ethos and actions.

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"The Research Data Alliance: Globally Co-Ordinated Action against Barriers to Data Publishing and Sharing"

Andrew Treloar has published "The Research Data Alliance: Globally Co-Ordinated Action against Barriers to Data Publishing and Sharing" in a special issue of Learned Publishing on data publishing.

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This article discusses the drivers behind the formation of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), its current state, the lessons learned from its first full year of operation, and its anticipated impact on data publishing and sharing. One of the pressing challenges in data infrastructure (taken here to include issues relating to hardware, software and content format, as well as human actors) is how best to enable data interoperability across boundaries. This is particularly critical as the world deals with bigger and more complex problems that require data and insights from a range of disciplines. The RDA has been set up to enable more data to be shared across barriers to address these challenges. It does this through focused Working Groups and Interest Groups, formed of experts from around the world, and drawing from the academic, industry, and government sectors.

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Semantic Applications and Linked Data Developer at Cornell University

Cornell University is recruiting a Semantic Applications and Linked Data Developer.

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  • Researching,synthesizing, and applying the most appropriate knowledge, technologies and tools to improve data harvesting, integration, interoperability, and dissemination to consuming websites and services
  • Active participation with local, national, and international collaborators on ontology development, standards initiatives, and open source software
  • Contributing to the full range of information technology services provided by the Cornell University Library (may functionally supervise the work of others and lead project teams)
  • Preparing strategic guidance, white papers, project proposals, visualizations,presentations, technical documentation, and reports influencing technology development practices and policies and having broad impact within and beyond the University.

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Programmer and Born Digital Processor at Radcliffe Institute

Radcliffe Institute is recruiting a Programmer and Born Digital Processor.

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The Programmer and Born Digital Processor has responsibility for developing technical strategies and workflows for arranging, describing, and delivering born digital records. Acts as liaison to library teams, providing technical instruction, and arranges and describes born-digital and AV collections. Uses open source code to create or maintain online delivery platforms for such material. Works efficiently and with follow-through, in a fast-paced, scholarly, research-library environment.

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Texas Tech Names Earnstein Dukes as Interim Dean of Libraries

Texas Tech has named Earnstein Dukes as Interim Dean of Libraries.

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Texas Tech University has appointed Earnstein Dukes as interim dean of libraries, effective September 1, 2014. Dukes has served as associate dean of libraries at Texas Tech since 2003.

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Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality

ITHAKA S+R. has released Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality.

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In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores how the vision that the library should be the starting point for research-a vision many library directors hold-is often in conflict with the practices of faculty and students. As users migrate to other starting points, librarians could invest in ways to bring them back. But there is also an opportunity for librarians to re-think their role and perhaps pursue a different vision altogether.

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Digital Services Librarian at Illinois College

Illinois College is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

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The Digital Services Librarian advances digital scholarship initiatives by providing consultation, technical support, and project management for faculty, librarians, staff, and students engaged in technology-rich scholarly projects. Works directly with faculty, students, and staff in identifying and deploying appropriate tools and technologies to meet research or publication needs. In addition to direct support at the project level, s/he will deliver training, group instruction, and workshops on Digital Scholarship topics, and will maintain project documentation for digital scholarly production. This role requires strong technological and communication skills, and a willingness to learn about discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research methodology.

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Digital Preservation in the Age of Cloud and Big Data

Atos has released Digital Preservation in the Age of Cloud and Big Data .

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After introducing the basic concepts of Long-Term Digital Preservation, we show several examples of its importance in different sectors. Then, we explore the challenges that make this technical field a complex one, and in each case, we study the emerging state of the art that will define its evolution in the near future.

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Campus Relations & Strategic Planning Manager at California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Campus Relations & Strategic Planning Manager.

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Responsible for CDL's campus relations strategy, manages the Information Services group, and oversees CDL's overall outreach strategy for both internal and external audiences. Participates in strategic planning and business development as a resource to the Executive Director and program managers.

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ACRL Releases New Version of Scholarly Communication Toolkit

ACRL has released New Version of the Scholarly Communication Toolkit.

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The Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, continues to provide content and context on a broad range of scholarly communication topics, including expanded information on data management. It provides links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentations, and videos for libraries to use on their own campuses, and for library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work.

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Digital Applications Specialist at Oregon State University

Oregon State University is recruiting a Digital Applications Specialist.

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Reporting to the Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, the Digital Applications Specialist provides development and support of digital asset management, repository, publishing, metadata and preservation systems and services offered by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services within Oregon State University Libraries & Press. The position also provides research support in these areas of emphasis within the Center. The person in this position writes and/or modifies code; conducts quality assurance on code contributed by other developers; designs, develops, tests, and deploys new technologies, tools, and resources to extend and enhance digital content and services; and participates in ongoing evaluations of emerging academic and library technologies.

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"Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy"

Lisa D. Zilinski et al. have published "Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy" in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

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Undergraduate STEM students are increasingly expected to have some data use skills upon graduation, whether they pursue post-graduate education or move into industry. This project was an initial foray into the application of data information literacy competencies to training undergraduate students to identify markers of data and information quality. The data consumer training appeared within two courses to help students evaluate data objects, including databases and datasets available on the Internet. The application of the Data Credibility Checklist provides a foundation for developing data reuse competencies. Based upon the initial presentation of the content, it became obvious that students need very basic introductions to data concepts, including definitions for database and dataset, and the process of data object discovery.

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Digital Library Web Developer at Amherst College

Amherst College is recruiting a Digital Library Web Developer.

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The Web Developer will contribute to the overall development of the Amherst College Digital Collections infrastructure, including creating online discovery environments that allow users to search, analyze, visualize, and interact with digital collections and data; building tools for authoring and publishing digital works; and developing digital preservation functions. This position will also be responsible for developing selected digital scholarship projects for the library and the Amherst College Press. The Web Developer will work in concert with developers in the college’s Department of Information Technology, and in collaboration with library colleagues and faculty.

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The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know.

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CIOs Richard Holmgren, of Allegheny College, and Gene Spencer, of Ursinus College, draw on the workshop discussions to summarize the key challenges and opportunities facing LITS organizations. Developments of the past decade-from the ubiquity of cell phones to the growth of virtual server infrastructure and the maturation of open-source software support models-have created new opportunities for LITS organizations to improve student outcomes, increase revenue, and manage costs. The authors discuss these opportunities and identify the core competencies that LITS organizations will need to support positive institutional change in the decade ahead.

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Library Applications Developer at Drexel University

Drexel University is recruiting a Library Applications Developer.

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The incumbent will work in a collaborative, team-based environment to leverage, customize, and integrate new technologies and services in support of the Libraries' initiatives. Projects include developing support for the management and archiving of University research data and records and the planning and implementation of a coordinated search and discovery solution for accessing the Libraries' resources. This position will be a key contributor for these projects and will work with tools such as Fedora, Islandora, Solr, and Archivematica.

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