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Digital Preservation Librarian at University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Librarian is responsible for working with Scholars Portal staff and the broader OCUL community to ensure that assessment standards as established by relevant preservation communities (e.g. TRAC, DSA, etc…) are understood, communicated, and employed on an ongoing basis to ensure that Scholars Portal practices meet or exceed community standards.

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"Penn Receives $7 Million Gift to Create Price Lab for Digital Humanities"

The University of Pennsylvania has released "Penn Receives $7 Million Gift to Create Price Lab for Digital Humanities."

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Funded by a generous $7 million gift from alumnus and SAS Overseer Michael J. Price and his wife, Vikki, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities will be the centerpiece of the "Humanities in the Digital Age" initiative of SAS's recently released strategic plan, and will provide the technological hardware and technical support staff necessary for a robust program that reaches across the University. . . .

The Price Lab will facilitate collaborations with the Penn Libraries; the Penn Museum; the Digital Media Design program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Center for Visualization of Digital Information; the Penn Institute for Computational Science; Penn Medicine's Cartographic Modeling Lab; and SAS's Linguistic Data Consortium.

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Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is recruiting a Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist.

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The position is responsible for the graphic design, coding, development, and ongoing maintenance of the Library's web pages (e.g. public web sites, digital collections, staff intranet), as well as for designing and producing some print materials such as brochures, giveaways, and posters. The position has expertise in web standards, in new web and digital media software, and in web-based scripting, and will contribute this expertise towards departmental decision-making and inter-departmental collaborations. The position is responsible for recommending software applications for website development, configuring and customizing applications including writing CSS, JavaScript, and PHP code to accomplish design and functionality requirements.

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"FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet"

The FCC has released "FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet."

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Today, the Commission—once and for all—enacts strong, sustainable rules, grounded in multiple sources of legal authority, to ensure that Americans reap the economic, social, and civic benefits of an Open Internet today and into the future. These new rules are guided by three principles: America's broadband networks must be fast, fair and open—principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million commenters who participated in the FCC's Open Internet proceeding. Absent action by the FCC, Internet openness is at risk, as recognized by the very court that struck down the FCC's 2010 Open Internet rules last year in Verizon v. FCC. . . .

Bright Line Rules: The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet:

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind-in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

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Digital Curation News (2/26/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Data Services Librarian at New York University

New York University is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Librarian position is a tenure-track position based in the NYU Data Services. Data Services offers access to specialty software packages; statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data analysis training and support; and consulting expertise in the use of numeric, qualitative, and spatial data for research, including data access, analysis, collection, data management, and preservation. This position reports to the Social Sciences Coordinator/Co-Coordinator of Data Services in the Collections and Research Services Division of New York University Libraries.

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Data on the Web Best Practices

W3C has released a draft of Data on the Web Best Practices.

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This document provides best practices related to the publication and usage of data on the Web designed to help support a self-sustaining ecosystem. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.

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Director for Digital Library Development and Systems at University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a Director for Digital Library Development and Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director for Strategic Initiatives and Technology Services, the Director for Digital Library Development and Systems (DLDS) is a principal voice in IT strategy, sharing knowledge with staff, and providing strategic intelligence, and good judgment to planning and policy formation. The Director executes strategic IT decisions for the enterprise, and is the front-line leader of day-to-day operations, the DLDS service portfolio, staff, all in support of the aspirations and strategic goals of the Penn Libraries. DLDS operations are broad, ranging from computing and data infrastructure to applications design, digital development, software life-cycle management, and technology support for enterprise services, such as the Integrated Library System, the Expertise@Penn researcher service, and the Library data warehousing platform, MetriDoc. The Director serves as a key liaison between the Penn Libraries and Penn's central Information Systems and Computing (ISC) unit as well as with other technology operations on campus and institutional partners on the national scene.

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"Researcher Perspectives on Publication and Peer Review of Data"

John Ernest Kratz and Carly Strasser have published "Researcher Perspectives on Publication and Peer Review of Data" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

Data "publication" seeks to appropriate the prestige of authorship in the peer-reviewed literature to reward researchers who create useful and well-documented datasets. The scholarly communication community has embraced data publication as an incentive to document and share data. But, numerous new and ongoing experiments in implementation have not yet resolved what a data publication should be, when data should be peer-reviewed, or how data peer review should work. While researchers have been surveyed extensively regarding data management and sharing, their perceptions and expectations of data publication are largely unknown. To bring this important yet neglected perspective into the conversation, we surveyed ~ 250 researchers across the sciences and social sciences—asking what expectations "data publication" raises and what features would be useful to evaluate the trustworthiness, evaluate the impact, and enhance the prestige of a data publication. We found that researcher expectations of data publication center on availability, generally through an open database or repository. Few respondents expected published data to be peer-reviewed, but peer-reviewed data enjoyed much greater trust and prestige. The importance of adequate metadata was acknowledged, in that almost all respondents expected data peer review to include evaluation of the data's documentation. Formal citation in the reference list was affirmed by most respondents as the proper way to credit dataset creators. Citation count was viewed as the most useful measure of impact, but download count was seen as nearly as valuable. These results offer practical guidance for data publishers seeking to meet researcher expectations and enhance the value of published data.

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Digital Curation News (2/25/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Digital Archivist at North Carolina Archives and Records Section

The North Carolina Archives and Records Section is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The North Carolina Archives and Records Section, a leader in addressing the challenges of preserving digital information, is seeking an innovative and forward-thinking archivist to further develop standards and best practices for preservation of and access to permanent digital information and records and implementing a trusted digital repository. The position works closely with staff in the State Archives, the State Library, state and local government, and other institutions to assist and provide consultation to the same regarding technology with regards to electronic records; assists in testing and evaluating of technology solutions; and works with supervisor to communicate outreach to state and local governments, interpret technical information, and acquire and implement technologies to support functions for digital archiving. This position also assists with facilitation of policy development and building a publicly accessible digital archives.

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"Digital Curation and Doctoral Research"

Daisy Abbott has published "Digital Curation and Doctoral Research" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

This article considers digital curation in doctoral study and the role of the doctoral supervisor and institution in facilitating students' acquisition of digital curation skills, including some of the potentially problematic expectations of the supervisory relationship with regards to digital curation. Research took the form of an analysis of the current digital curation training landscape, focusing on doctoral study and supervision. This was followed by a survey (n=116) investigating attitudes towards importance, expertise, and responsibilities regarding digital curation. This research confirms that digital curation is considered to be very important within doctoral study but that doctoral supervisors and particularly students consider themselves to be largely unskilled at curation tasks. It provides a detailed picture of curation activity within doctoral study and identifies the areas of most concern. A detailed analysis demonstrates that most of the responsibility for curation is thought to lie with students and that institutions are perceived to have very low responsibility and that individuals tend to over-assign responsibility to themselves. Finally, the research identifies which types of support system for curation are most used and makes suggestions for ways in which students, supervisors, institutions, and others can effectively and efficiently address problematic areas and improve digital curation within doctoral study.

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Copyright Librarian at University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame is recruiting a Copyright Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Copyright Librarian is the Hesburgh Libraries' coordinator and consultant on issues that span copyright, licensing, scholarly communications and information policies pertaining to library services and initiatives. In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame's Office of General Counsel and internal library stakeholders, this individual is responsible for analyzing intellectual property policies that pertain to the creation, addition, or use of copyrighted or licensed content.

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"What Factors Influence Where Researchers Deposit their Data? A Survey of Researchers Submitting to Data Repositories"

Shea Swauger and Todd J. Vision have published "What Factors Influence Where Researchers Deposit their Data? A Survey of Researchers Submitting to Data Repositories" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

In order to better understand the factors that most influence where researchers deposit their data when they have a choice, we collected survey data from researchers who deposited phylogenetic data in either the TreeBASE or Dryad data repositories. Respondents were asked to rank the relative importance of eight possible factors. We found that factors differed in importance for both TreeBASE and Dryad, and that the rankings differed subtly but significantly between TreeBASE and Dryad users. On average, TreeBASE users ranked the domain specialization of the repository highest, while Dryad users ranked as equal highest their trust in the persistence of the repository and the ease of its data submission process. Interestingly, respondents (particularly Dryad users) were strongly divided as to whether being directed to choose a particular repository by a journal policy or funding agency was among the most or least important factors. Some users reported depositing their data in multiple repositories and archiving their data voluntarily.

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Digital Curation News (2/24/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Developer 2 at University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is recruiting a Developer 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Developer and Application Support position reports to the Director of the Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies, with project and day-to-day work directed by the Repository Architect who is responsible for digital object management technology design and solutions. This is an important position with regard to projects and services that are strategic to the organization's digital library trajectory and requires understanding system needs in relationship to library technologies.

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Digital Scholarship Services Manager at Brown University

Brown University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Services Manager in the Brown University Library oversees the projects and facilities managed by the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) for the Brown community. Working with colleagues from Digital Technologies and Research and Outreach Services, the Digital Scholarship Services Manager coordinates day-to-day Library work on faculty research projects, grant-funded digital publications initiatives, and research data services. The Digital Scholarship Services Manager supervises the Data Visualization Coordinator and Information Designer, works with Library colleagues to ensure that resources are appropriately allocated to digital scholarship projects, and plans for ongoing project maintenance and assessment.

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The Future of Library Resource Discovery

NISO has released The Future of Library Resource Discovery.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

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Digital Archivist at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, the Digital Archivist will establish and maintain a digital archiving program in collaboration with the University Archivist, Digital Preservation Librarian, Cushing archivists and curators, and other Libraries units. Responsibilities include: processing, describing, and providing access to born-digital and digitized archival and special collections materials; demonstrate initiative and innovation in developing and implementing processes for archiving current and legacy electronic and digital materials including document, image, and audio/video files, email, web sites, social media; and digital primary materials acquired on formats such as tape, floppy disks, hard drives, Compact Discs, and mobile devices. Additional responsibilities include acquiring and maintaining legacy hardware and software that may be necessary for providing access to digital materials. Working with the University Libraries Preservation unit, the Digital Archivist will aid in the development, documentation, and implementation of a digital preservation plan as it pertains to Cushing Memorial Library and Archives collections.

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Marta Brunner Named College Librarian by Skidmore College

Marta Brunner has been named College Librarian by Skidmore College.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Marta Brunner, head of collections, research and instructional services in the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been named the new college librarian at Skidmore College, replacing Ruth Copans, who will retire this year.

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Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian at Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is recruiting a Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Advise all metadata creation activities throughout the libraries and selects, designs, adapts and maintains appropriate metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies and data dictionaries to facilitate access to resources in the libraries' catalog, digital collections and institutional repository;
  • Track developments in metadata schemas and lead the ongoing development and implementation of metadata standards and best practices within the libraries and across the university;
  • Assist in setting policies, priorities and practices for the production, management and preservation of the library's digital assets;
  • Supports archival, e-records management and scholarly communication programs;
  • Provide consultative support and expertise to GVSU faculty and academic units on research projects to address their data service needs, including the development of data management plans for grant applications to ensure usability, preservation and access.

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"AHRQ, NASA, USDA Release Plans for Public Access to Funded Research"

ARL has released AHRQ, NASA, USDA Release Plans for Public Access to Funded Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Three US Government agencies-the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-recently released their plans for increasing public access to federally funded research in response to the 2013 White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) directive. The OSTP memorandum directed federal agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication.

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