Archive for 2015

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Posted in Announcements on December 7th, 2015

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 1/18/2016. Happy holidays.

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Associate Director of the Information Systems Division at National Agricultural Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 7th, 2015

The National Agricultural Library is recruiting an .Associate Director of the Information Systems Division

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent serves as Associate Director of the Information Systems Division with administrative, management, and strategic planning responsibility for the Division, including development and maintenance of computer and network systems, full life-cycle of application development, implementation of national standards and best industry practices in information technology, enterprise architecture and quality assurance for NAL databases (scientific data sets, bibliographic, digital objects), information security and privacy, cybersecurity, developing and managing NAL's World Wide Web presence, and ensuring interoperability with target information systems worldwide.

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"RDAP Review: Research Data Integration in the Purdue Libraries"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on December 7th, 2015

Lisa D. Zilinski, et al. have published "RDAP Review: Research Data Integration in the Purdue Libraries" in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2014, the Research Data group @ Purdue University Libraries developed and rolled out a new organizational structure, leading to increased collaborations across campus. This panel talk at the 2015 ASIS&T RDAP Summit gave an overview of the new Purdue model of data services and in-depth looks into how the specialists and liaisons have incorporated data services activities and education into their responsibilities and research. In this article, the panelists discuss their roles and how they integrate in the libraries' overall strategy.

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Grand Challenges Data Administrator at UCLA

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 7th, 2015

UCLA is recruiting a Grand Challenges Data Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Data Management Strategist, and working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program, the Grand Challenges Data Administrator (GCDA) addresses the data needs and requirements of researchers, students, community groups, and government agencies to carry out the work of the UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives, Sustainable Los Angeles Grand Challenge project, the Depression Grand Challenge project, and other upcoming UCLA Grand Challenge Initiatives.

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"NIH Manuscript Collection Optimized for Text-Mining and More"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Text and Data Mining on December 7th, 2015

NIH has released "NIH Manuscript Collection Optimized for Text-Mining and More."

Here's an excerpt:

You can download the entire PMC collection of NIH-supported author manuscripts as a package in either XML or plain text formats. The collection will encompass all NIH manuscripts posted to PMC since July 2008. While the public can access the articles' full text and accompanying figures, tables, and multimedia on the PMC Web site, the newly available article packages include full text only, in a form that facilitates text-mining.

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Digital Scholarship Programming Specialist at University of Idaho

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 4th, 2015

The University of Idaho is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Programming Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under direction of the Head, Data and Digital Services, this position provides web development and programming support for the University of Idaho Library, including but not limited to: programming assistance for digital scholarship projects; collections processing (in the form of metadata creation and maintenance) of manuscript, photograph, and archives collections; assistance with maintaining and improving hardware and software of digital scholarship spaces; website design and development; and assistance with other administrative tasks as assigned.

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"Text and Data Mining: Challenges and Solutions from the Publishers’ Perspective"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 4th, 2015

LIBER has released "Text and Data Mining: Challenges and Solutions from the Publishers' Perspective."

Here's an excerpt:

On 11 November, OpenMinTeD (a project in which LIBER participates) and Europeana organised a workshop titled 'Text and Data Mining in Europe: Challenges and Action'. The goal of the workshop was to bring together content providers (publishers, data centers, museums and libraries) who are open to making their data available for Text and Data Mining (TDM).

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Leader, Repository and Digital Curation Work Group at Northwestern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 4th, 2015

Northwestern University is recruiting a Leader, Repository and Digital Curation Work Group.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The leader for repository and digital curation is responsible for the overall conceptual development and execution of University Libraries' repository software and administrative processes, as well as the planning and coordination of digitization projects. The leader manages a group of staff that includes librarian faculty, IT professional, and paraprofessional staff.

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"Forging Our Cultural Commonwealth: The Importance of Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities on December 4th, 2015

Alex Poole's dissertation "Forging Our Cultural Commonwealth: The Importance of Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities" is available from the Carolina Digital Repository.

Here's an excerpt:

This exploratory qualitative study centered on the salience of digital curation to the digital humanities. A case study predicated upon semi-structured interviews, it explored the creation, use, storage, and planned reuse of data by 45 interviewees involved with nineteen Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (SUG) projects. Similarly, the study sought to determine what digital curation skills had been employed in these projects and what digital curation skills project personnel felt were most important in doing such work. Interviewees grappled with challenges surrounding data, collaboration and communication, planning and project management, awareness and outreach, resources, and technology. This study sought to understand the existing practices and needs of those engaged in digital humanities work and how closely these practices and needs align with the digital curation literature. It established a baseline for future research in this area and suggested key skills for digital curation work in the digital humanities. Finally, it provided a learning model for guiding such education.

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Digital Curation News (12/3/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 3rd, 2015

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Digital Resources Librarian at Sam Houston State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 3rd, 2015

Sam Houston State University is recruiting a Digital Resources Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Position will provide leadership in planning, selection and organizing digital projects, including electronic thesis and dissertations and an institutional repository.

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Harvard Launches State Copyright Resource Center

Posted in Copyright on December 3rd, 2015

Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication has launched the State Copyright Resource Center.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The State Copyright Resource Center aims to clarify the ambiguity around the copyright status of state-produced works. . . .

In brief, while the U.S. Copyright Act affirms that works produced by the U.S. federal government are ineligible for copyright protection (17 U.S.C. § 105), this law does not assert the same status for works created by state governments. As a result, many states assert a copyright interest in the surveys, reports, and other documents they produce, and many more lack clear legal guidance on the issue. This resource aims to gather the sources of law in each state to provide assistance to those seeking to make use of state-created works.

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Head, Design & Discovery at University of Michigan

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 3rd, 2015

The University of Michigan is recruiting a Head, Design & Discovery.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The unit's service and operational portfolio includes the library web site; in-house and vendor-based cross-platform search and discovery systems; user interface frameworks; library staff business work flow and content tools; and digital exhibits. Within its design portfolio, the unit promotes user-centered design while providing leadership and expertise in User Experience (UX) strategy, user research, assessment, content creation and management, and web accessibility.

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"Net Neutrality in Court This Week: The Story of How We Got Here"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on December 3rd, 2015

Harold Feld has published "Net Neutrality in Court This Week: The Story of How We Got Here" in Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to ensure the Internet remains an open platform for consumers and innovators. The new rules (adopted as part of the Open Internet Order) are a capstone to over a decade of policy battles and litigation over how the FCC regulates broadband Internet service. For close observers of the net neutrality saga, this Friday brings a sense of déjà vu,, as the agency again heads to Court to defend net neutrality rules at oral argument.

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Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Positioning the United States Copyright Office for the Future

Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on December 2nd, 2015

The United States Copyright Office has released Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Positioning the United States Copyright Office for the Future.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today released the Copyright Office's Strategic Plan, setting forth the Office's performance objectives for the next five years. This release follows a thirty-day comment period, during which the Office solicited feedback from stakeholders and the public on a draft of the plan. The Register is grateful for the comments received by the Office, which are reflected in the final Strategic Plan.

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"Open Access, Almost-OA, OA Policies, and Institutional Repositories"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on December 2nd, 2015

Richard Poynder has published "Open Access, Almost-OA, OA Policies, and Institutional Repositories" in Open and Shut?. This is part one of a planned two-part post.

Here's an excerpt:

First, I want to discuss how many of the documents indexed in "open" repositories are in fact freely available, rather than on "dark deposit" or otherwise inaccessible

Second, I want to look at the so-called eprint request Button, a tool developed to allow readers to obtain copies of items held on dark deposit in repositories.

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Web and Digital Services Librarian at Winona State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 2nd, 2015

Winona State University is recruiting a Web and Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Analysis, design, development, implementation, maintenance, content coordination and evaluation of the Krueger Library web presence, user interfaces, integrated web applications, and all related mobile environments that enhance the educational experience and improve access to library resources and services.

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Roy Tennant: "Remembering PACS-L"

Posted in Libraries, Scholarly Communication on December 2nd, 2015

Roy Tennant has published "Remembering PACS-L" in The Digital Shift.

Here's an excerpt:

For quite a while this list was where everything new in librarianship was happening. Despite its name, topics well beyond public access computer systems were discussed and debated. It was, in a nutshell, an essential place to hear and be heard. Its like was never to be again, as since then online communication channels have burgeoned and diversified.

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Dean of Libraries at University of Virginia

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on December 2nd, 2015

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University Library includes twelve facilities, in addition to specialized libraries serving the Darden School, the Health Sciences, and Law. Additionally, the Library offers digital resources, specialized labs, and other services to support research and scholarship at all levels. These services include: Collections; Data Services; Digitization & Computing; Reference, Consultations, & Classes; Rooms, Equipment, & Reservations; and Scholarly Communication Services. The Dean of Libraries is the chief administrator of the Library and oversees 212 staff members and a $33 million budget.

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"Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 2nd, 2015

Stuart Lawson et al. have self-archived "Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing."

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper we present work to trace and reassemble a picture of financial flows around the publication of journals in the UK in the midst of a national shift towards open access. We contend that the current lack of financial transparency around scholarly communication is an obstacle to evidence-based policy-making—leaving researchers, decision-makers and institutions in the dark about the systemic implications of new financial models. We conclude that obtaining a more joined up picture of financial flows is vital as a means for researchers, institutions and others to understand and shape changes to the sociotechnical systems that underpin scholarly communication.

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Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian at George Washington University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2015

George Washington University is recruiting a Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The George Washington University's Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library seeks a librarian to manage all cataloging and organization of the current collections and content of the library, including all types and formats of materials, and the institutional repository.

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"How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples"

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2015

Elena Simperl has published "How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples" in LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

Crowdsourcing has become the mot du jour when it comes to resolving any types of problems, online or offline, that require sustained human involvement. We see it applied in order to motivate employees to engage with less rewarding daily routines, to attract the best possible ideas and approaches to boost innovation, or to complete data processing tasks that computing technology has yet to master quickly and accurately.

In this paper we look at its various forms and flavors, from gamification to human computation and grand challenges, and discuss how it could be used to turn conventional content management applications into social machines in which tasks are performed as optimal combinations of human and computational intelligence. We introduce a framework for the analysis of the most important building blocks of such systems, as well as design and participation best practices that should guide their development.

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Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager at University of Maryland, College Park

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2015

The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Programs and Initiatives (DPI) Manager is responsible for providing visionary leadership and oversight for the Digital Programs and Initiatives department. The DPI Manager initiates and is the first point of contact for all new digital projects and digital initiatives, and works with both internal and external project stakeholders to develop an achievable project plan guided by a clear project charter.

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"CHORUS Gets a Boost from Federal Agencies—But Will New Approaches Make It Harder to Implement?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 1st, 2015

Angela Cochran has published "CHORUS Gets a Boost from Federal Agencies—But Will New Approaches Make It Harder to Implement?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Today, CHORUS and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced an agreement to use CHORUS for facilitating the discovery of NSF funded works. . . .

With the NSF on board, CHORUS has been given a big boost. However, it seems many publishers, whose membership dues are the only source of financial support for CHORUS, have been hanging back to see which agencies will participate.

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Director, Digital Scholarship Commons at University of California, Santa Cruz

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 30th, 2015

The University of California, Santa Cruz is recruiting a Director, Digital Scholarship Commons.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Commons at McHenry Library will play a key role in fostering the advancement of technologically driven interdisciplinary scholarship and asserting the University Library's commitment to supporting new modes of digital research across the campus. The Commons will build and sustain an intellectual community around Digital Scholarship that invites all members of the campus community to feel invested in the new Digital Commons and leverages the new infrastructure and services it represents.

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