"Starting a Research Data Management Program Based in a University Library"

Margaret Henderson and Teresa L. Knott have self-archived "Starting a Research Data Management Program Based in a University Library."

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As the need for research data management grows, many libraries are considering adding data services to help with the research mission of their institution. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries created a position and hired a director of research data management in September 2013. The position was new to the libraries and the university. With the backing of the library administration, a plan for building relationships with VCU faculty, researchers, students, service and resource providers, including grant administrators, was developed to educate and engage the community in data management plan writing and research data management training.

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Retirement Planning: "The 4 Percent Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World"

Michael S. Finke, Wade D. Pfau, and David Blanchett have self-archived "The 4 Percent Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World."

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The safety of a 4% initial withdrawal strategy depends on asset return assumptions. Using historical averages to guide simulations for failure rates for retirees spending an inflation-adjusted 4% of retirement date assets over 30 years results in an estimated failure rate of about 6%. This modest projected failure rate rises sharply if real returns decline. As of January 2013, intermediate-term real interest rates are about 4% less than their historical average. Calibrating bond returns to the January 2013 real yields offered on 5-year TIPS, while maintaining the historical equity premium, causes the projected failure rate for retirement account withdrawals to jump to 57%. The 4% rule cannot be treated as a safe initial withdrawal rate in today's low interest rate environment. . . . The success of the 4% rule in the U.S. may be an historical anomaly, and clients may wish to consider their retirement income strategies more broadly than relying solely on systematic withdrawals from a volatile portfolio.

The widely used 4 percent rule is based on "Determining Withdrawal Rates Using Historical Data" by William P. Bengen, which was written in 1994. See his 2006 Conserving Client Portfolios During Retirement for a detailed treatment and a further refinement of the rule. Under the rule, a first-year retiree could safely withdraw $40,000 from a $1 million dollar 50/50 stock/bond portfolio.

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Web Developer at University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Web Developer.

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The Web Developer position is responsible for the technical leadership, management and development of UT Arlington Libraries' websites, including online digital collections, web applications and other innovative digital initiatives.

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Data, Science and Systems Librarian at Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University is recruiting a Data, Science and Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Science

  • Provision of subject liaison support, including in-depth research assistance, for the Sciences (Aviation, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology). . . .

Systems

  • Overseeing the configuration, implementation, maintenance and upgrading of library systems, including the Integrated Library System, authentication and link resolving systems, discovery tools, archiving and repository systems, and other library and archival resources and databases
  • Monitoring and compiling usage data of electronic resources. . . .

Data

  • Playing a leadership role in exploring and implementing options for archiving, preservation, and access to research data
  • Serving as the primary resource person in the Libraries for use and analysis of data
  • Provision of in-depth assistance and instruction on data management and analysis
  • Acting as the Libraries' Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) / Nesstar contact
  • Working with colleagues on digitization initiatives and digital library collections

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"Ask The Chefs: What Do You Think Will Have the Biggest Impact on Scholarly Publishing In 2015?"

Ann Michael has published "Ask the Chefs: What Do You Think Will Have The Biggest Impact on Scholarly Publishing In 2015" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

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According to the Chefs, we're looking at a year of mergers and acquisitions, the continuing growth of open access both in number of opportunities and in scale, the publication of data and objects (like multimedia, application code, etc.), and more start-ups.

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Software Developer at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Software Developer .

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Working with the Django Web framework and other open source components, you will contribute to the feature development and upkeep of the content delivery system in use for The Portal to Texas History (http://texashistory.unt.edu/) and related products. In addition, you will provide programming support for our metadata creation and editing systems. You will work collaboratively with other programmers and technologists in the UNT Libraries to address software problems and to add and customize features for our products.

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DLPA Strategic Plan 2015 through 2017

The Digital Public Library of America has released DLPA Strategic Plan 2015 through 2017.

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We must, first and foremost, complete our hub network so that all collections and item types in America have an on-ramp to DPLA; fully build out our technology platform to ensure we have a solid foundation for many years to come and that anticipates further growth and diversification; and pursue an outreach plan that gets DPLA resources more widely into the hands of the global public, into education at all levels from kindergarten through graduate schools (with a special focus on underresourced organizations), and onto the screens of eager amateur and family historians and the developers who are creating the latest apps and websites.

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

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Initial duties include promoting the University's institutional repository; planning, implementing, and assessing FGCU's scholarly communications program; partnering with FGCU faculty and staff to collect, describe, and make accessible the university's intellectual assets; providing outreach and consultations on depositing content, publishing options, author rights, copyright, and Open Access; developing tools, guides, web resources, and services; creating metadata for institutional repository and digital collections; engaging in service and scholarship; participating in assessment and continuous improvement of operations and services; and helping to shape department policy, goals, and procedures.

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Linux Systems Administrator at University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting a Linux Systems Administrator.

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As the Library's senior systems administrator, the Linux Systems Administrator contributes to the overall development of the Library's Web and digital library infrastructure and will help plan, select, and implement technologies to support the Library's goal of anytime anywhere access to UIC's scholarly information. This person will lead the unit in providing excellent customer service to UIC and University Library colleagues.

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Bibliometric Study on Dutch Open Access

The Government of the Netherlands has released Bibliometric Study on Dutch Open Access.

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In this text we will primarily focus on the way Open Access (OA from now on) publications are represented in the Web of Science database. We have collected data for this analysis in two different ways, which leads to different perspectives on OA publishing in the Netherlands. We focus on the output of three smaller scientific nations in Europe, next to the Netherlands we focus on Denmark and Switzerland, as these countries do contest the scientific runner up positions globally after the USA, and are more or less of comparable volume in economic terms.

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Programmer at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is recruiting a Programmer.

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The University of Michigan Library is seeking an electronic publishing programmer to design, build, and maintain web sites, systems, services, and applications in support of new models in academic publishing. The ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of and demonstrate experience with object-oriented programming languages, web frameworks, and current best practices in code design and web technologies.

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SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access

SciELO has released SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access.

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The creation of SciELO 15 years ago and its further development were driven by two innovative and pioneering approaches: first, the indexing of national quality journals to complement international indexes and the publication of the full texts with free access on the Web in the modality known today as the "Golden Road", which took place about four years before the launch of the Budapest Declaration that is internationally agreed to as the beginning of the Open Access movement; and, second, the cooperative convergence of independent publishers, editors and national research agencies around a common objective to increase the visibility and quality of journals (Packer 1998; Meneghini, 2003; Packer 2009). During this development, SciELO became a standard of quality for the journals it indexes. As of June 2013, the SciELO network covers 15 Ibero-American countries plus South Africa, with each country publishing a national collection of journals in the network. There are also two multinational thematic collections in the network. Together these countries index about one thousand journal titles that publish more than 40 thousand articles per year. To date, the network has published a total of more than 400 thousand open access articles that receive a daily average of over 1.5 million article downloads, 65% as PDF files and 35% as HTML files.

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Digital Repository Analyst at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Digital Repository Analyst.

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As part of a team of developers, the Digital Repository Analyst develops tools supporting ingest, management, preservation, and delivery of digital content. Working collaboratively with library staff and campus partners, the Digital Repository Analyst participates in the full life cycle of application development, from design through implementation, support, and maintenance. The Analyst evaluates new technologies and techniques for use in the CDR. This position plans, implements, and tests software upgrades and enhancements, working with systems administrators and other stakeholders as necessary. The Digital Repository Analyst coordinates and assists with user acceptance testing. From time to time the Analyst might also work on projects not directly related to the repository.

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"Let’s Make It Easier to Expand the Public Domain"

John Bergmayer has published "Let's Make It Easier to Expand the Public Domain" in Copyright Reform.

Here's an excerpt:

The fact that a license is "perpetual" doesn't require the copyright holder to keep offering the license; it just means the license, once granted, can't be revoked.

Except it can be. Copyright termination means that any license, including a perpetual public license, can be revoked. This means, for example, that contributors to projects like Wikipedia (where an original contributor continues to own the copyright to her work, but licenses that copyright under a liberal license) can revoke that license. It also means that people who transfer actual ownership of their copyrights to stewards like the Free Software Foundation can claw back that ownership.

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Digital Project Librarian at University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is recruiting a Digital Project Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Special Collections, the Digital Project Librarian manages and performs digitization and processing activities related to the Hevelin Fanzine Digitization project.

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"Analyzing Data Citation Practices According to the Data Citation Index"

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia et al. have self-archived "Analyzing Data Citation Practices According to the Data Citation Index."

Here's an excerpt:

The findings of this study show that data citation practices are far from common in most research fields. Some differences have been reported on the way researchers cite data: while in the areas of Science and Engineering and Technology data sets were the most cited, in Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities data studies play a greater role. 88.1 percent of the records have received no citations, but some repositories show very low uncitedness rates. While data citation practices are rare in most fields, they have expanded in disciplines such as Crystallography or Genomics. We conclude by emphasizing the role that the DCI could play in encouraging the consistent, standardized citation of research data—a role that would enhance its value as a means of following the research process from data collection to publication.

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Head, Digital Library Services at Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University is recruiting a Head, Digital Library Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The OSU Library seeks a highly motivated professional to lead Digital Library Services. The Department facilitates access to electronic information, print materials, and library services to ensure that the information needs of OSU students, faculty, and staff are met, regardless location.

The department supports web-based scholarly publishing initiatives. This position provides guidance and leadership in the continuing development and promotion of SHAREOK.org, the collaborative repository project with the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

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"The Open Access Citation Advantage"

SPARC Europe has released "The Open Access Citation Advantage."

Here's an excerpt:

The OpCit project has for many years kept up to date a list of studies on whether or not there is a citation advantage for Open Access articles. That project has now completed and the list is no longer being managed. SPARC Europe is pleased to maintain the list henceforth and has brought it up to date.

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Digitization Services Manager at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Digitization Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Imaging Unit of NYPL Labs is seeking a visionary, inventive manager to help The New York Public Library to share its vast collections with the world through digitization. The Manager will oversee the preservation-grade photography and reformatting of The New York Public Library's rare and unique holdings (including illuminated manuscripts, prints, rare books, literary and historical archives, historical maps, one of the world's largest photography collections, Broadway set and costume designs, and diverse documents charting the changing landscape of New York City). The Digitization Services Manager will also serve as a primary architect of a range of new digitization streams with the goal of dramatically increasing the volume, speed, and range of NYPL's imaging activities (e.g. rapid book scanning, high-speed microfilm digitization, and experiments with new approaches).

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"A Review of Theory and Practice in Scientometrics"

John Mingers and Loet Leydesdorff have self-archived "A Review of Theory and Practice in Scientometrics."

Here's an excerpt:

Scientometrics is the study of the quantitative aspects of the process of science as a communication system. It is centrally, but not only, concerned with the analysis of citations in the academic literature. In recent years it has come to play a major role in the measurement and evaluation of research performance. In this review we consider: the historical development of scientometrics, sources of citation data, citation metrics and the "laws" of scientometrics, normalisation, journal impact factors and other journal metrics, visualising and mapping science, evaluation and policy, and future developments.

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