Digital Curation News (4/30/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Senior Software Engineer at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

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This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded through June 2016. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance. . . .

LTS is seeking a creative java software engineer to enhance our digital repository to support new content types, such as vector drawings, word processing files, 3D objects and raw camera image formats. In close collaboration with Harvard Library digital preservation staff and as part of an agile development team, the software engineer will design, implement, test, and deploy software enabling content deposit, preservation, management and presentation, opening Harvard's diverse collections to researchers, teachers and learners now and in the future.

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"Aaron’s Law Reintroduced: CFAA Didn’t Fix Itself"

The EFF has released Aaron's Law Reintroduced: CFAA Didn't Fix Itself by Cindy Cohn.

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Aaron's law, the proposed law named in honor of Internet hero Aaron Swartz was reintroduced last week by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Senator Wyden (D-Ore.), with new co-sponsor Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.). This bill is the same as the one introduced in 2013 and we call upon Congress to move it forward.

The CFAA is one of the laws that is misused by prosecutors, piling on potential jail time to relatively minor charges in order to ratchet up pressure on defendants and get them to plead guilty rather than risk trial. In the time since Aaron's tragic death, EFF has continued to see misuses of the CFAA in prosecutions across the country. While this bill wouldn't fix everything that is wrong with the law, it would ensure that people won't face criminal liability for violating a terms of service agreement or other solely contractual agreements. It would also rein in some of the potential for prosecutorial discretion by limiting penalties and stop some of the game playing with duplicate charges that we continue to see. More specifics on our website, along with links to EFF's ongoing work in the courts can be found on our CFAA Issue page.

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"Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals"

Alan Rubel and Mei Zhang have published "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals" in College & Research Libraries.

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This is a study of the treatment of library patron privacy in licenses for electronic journals in academic libraries. We begin by distinguishing four facets of privacy and intellectual freedom based on the LIS and philosophical literature. Next, we perform a content analysis of 42 license agreements for electronic journals, focusing on terms for enforcing authorized use and collection and sharing of user data. We compare our findings to model licenses, to recommendations proposed in a recent treatise on licenses, and to our account of the four facets of intellectual freedom. We find important conflicts with each.

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Digital Curation News (4/29/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Head, Health Information Technology Initiatives at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Head, Health Information Technology Initiatives.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library (HSL) is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to be Head of Health Information Technology Initiatives. The individual in this position will lead the Health Sciences Library's information technology initiatives that support and improve the research, teaching, and clinical services of the university's Health Affairs schools and UNC Health Care.

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"ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright"

ARL has released "ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright."

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Today, April 28, 2015, ARL joined US technology companies, trade associations, and civil society organizations in the launch of Re:Create, a coalition that promotes balanced copyright policy. A balanced copyright system depends on limitations and exceptions, such as fair use. As technology advances, it is imperative that the copyright law is responsive to these changes, balancing the interests of creators of copyrighted information and products with the interests of users of those products.

Re:Create promotes and defends the important balance of copyright. ARL's member institutions, as well as the general public, depend on balanced copyright that includes robust limitations and exceptions. A balanced system ensures that copyright does not limit or impede new and valuable technologies and uses.

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Metadata Architect at Duke University

Duke University is recruiting a Metadata Architect.

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The Metadata Architect provides leadership and support for metadata services for the Duke University Libraries' (DUL) digital projects and repository. She/he conceptualizes, plans, and implements descriptive framework and practices for the Libraries' digital collections program and other initiatives. The Metadata Architect serves as the leader in the library for adopting technologies related to creation and use of metadata, and for standardizing descriptive metadata practice across formats, projects, and programs, to facilitate digital preservation, and the interoperability of discovery environments both within and outside of DUL.

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Disrupting the Subscription Journals’ Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access

The Max Planck Digital Library has released Disrupting the Subscription Journals' Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access .

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This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring. There is sufficient momentum for this decisive push towards open access publishing. The diverse existing initiatives must be coordinated so as to converge on this clear goal. The international nature of research implies that this transformation will be achieved on a truly global scale only through a consensus of the world's most eminent research organizations. All the indications are that the money already invested in the research publishing system is sufficient to enable a transformation that will be sustainable for the future. There needs to be a shared understanding that the money currently locked in the journal subscription system must be withdrawn and re-purposed for open access publishing services. The current library acquisition budgets are the ultimate reservoir for enabling the transformation without financial or other risks. The goal is to preserve the established service levels provided by publishers that are still requested b y researchers, while redefining and reorganizing the necessary payment streams. By disrupting the underlying business model, the viability of journal publishing can be preserved and put on a solid footing for the scholarly developments of the future.

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Digital Curation News (4/28/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

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Digital Publishing Services Manager at SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo is recruiting a Digital Publishing Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

SUNY Geneseo seeks a service-oriented, versatile, and dynamic professional to develop and implement a strategy for digital scholarship and publishing services at Milne Library. As part of the Milne Library's Technical Services Unit, this position will work closely with the Digital Archivist and the Digital Curriculum Librarian as a fellow team member in support of the Library's strategic goal to advance digital scholarship, publishing and learning initiatives, and establish the library's role in the research and publication lifecycle of scholarship at Geneseo.

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"Steps toward a New GSU Ruling"

Kevin Smith has published "Steps toward a New GSU Ruling" in Scholarly Communication @ Duke University.

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It appears that once again the publishers have failed in an effort to broaden the scope of the case beyond the item-by-item fair use analysis that has already been done and to possibly reintroduce some of the broad principles that they really want, which have so far been rejected at every stage. Now Judge Evans has explicitly told them, in her scheduling order, that what is required is "consideration and reevaluation of each of the individual claims" in order to redetermine "in each instance… whether defendants' use was a fair use under 17 U.S.C. section 107." Her schedule for the briefs is tight, with an end of the briefing now scheduled just two and a half months from now. Presumably we would still have a long wait while Judge Evans applies revised reasoning about fair use to each of the individual excerpts, but it looks a bit more like that is what is going to happen.

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Audiovisual Archivist at University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina is recruiting a Audiovisual Archivist.

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The Audiovisual Archivist will participate in the development of an integrated management system for sound and moving-image materials from accessioning through digitization for preservation and access. Reporting to the Head of Archival Technical Services and working closely with the SFC Curator, Audiovisual Conservator, and the Applications Analyst, the Audiovisual Archivist will process and catalog incoming and previously held SFC collections. The position will include: accessioning collections; appraisal; collection or item-level arrangement and description for archival collections; updating descriptions in legacy finding aids following digitization; and linking digital access copies to the finding aid. The Audiovisual Archivist will also participate in the writing of reports to the granting agency, as required.

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"A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure"

Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg have published "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure" in EDUCAUSE Review.

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The open-access movement, fueled by the digital revolution, is transforming the business of scholarly communication, affecting the entire value chain. Rapidly emerging technologies have been crucial enablers of this transformation, blurring traditional roles and attracting new participants. The infrastructure and the economic framework established to support a centuries-old model of scholarly publishing are no longer adequate to the task. We believe that a radically different approach is required-one that is open, flexible, collaborative, and networked.

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Head of Digital Preservation at New York Public Library

New York Public Library is recruiting a Head of Digital Preservation.

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The Head of Digital Preservation will lead efforts to create a long-term digital preservation strategy, establishing the policies and procedures that address the preservation of the digital assets the Library collects and generates. For over a decade, the Library has made significant investments in digitizing distinctive collections and building online systems to provide access worldwide. It has digitized over 800,000 images, which are available through its innovative Digital Collections and Archives & Manuscripts platforms. More recently, the Library has begun digital reformatting as its means of preserving its world-renowned audio and moving image collections and it has established a digital archives program to pursue and manage important born-digital collections. The Library has plans to substantially increase its activities in all three of these areas.

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"The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey"

Public Knowledge has released The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey by Kate Forscey.

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Meanwhile, some members of Congress are also taking aim at the FCC's rules, introducing a slew of bills, each purporting to address some part of the agency process that only seem to be in response to the FCC's rules. . . .

  • MORE FLIES WITH HONEY: First, Senators Thune and Upton introduced bills before the FCC even voted, sensing the strong regulations coming and hoping to head the Commission off at the pass. They claim the bill legislatively protects net neutrality by preventing non-throttling and non-blocking. . . More importantly, the bill revokes the Commission's authority over any other aspect of the broadband ecosystem, forever. . . .
  • SALTING THE EARTH:  An alternative—but unsurprising—attack came from a different faction of Congressional Republicans, headed by Rep. Collins. Once the rules hit the Federal Register, the clock starts ticking on the Congressional Review Act—which allows Congress to review a "major" rule issued by any federal agency before the rules take effect (so, 60 days). The resolution ("CR") only needs a simple majority to pass in the House and the Senate—although the President can veto it, and likely would in this case. . . .
  • AND THE "REFORM" KITCHEN SINK: Most recently, three members dropped three different draft "FCC process reform" bills, each of which aims to restructure how the agency functions.

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Repository Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

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Reporting to the Head of Software Development within the division of Library and Information Technology (LIT), the Repository Librarian is responsible for day-to-day management and operations of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), the preservation home for significant digitized, at-risk, and born digital collections. The librarian will ensure accurate ingest of materials, train others in the use of CDR tools, manage and coordinate operations with a diverse set of repository stakeholders, and collaborate with other departments that provide technical resources in support of the CDR.

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IMLS Releases Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

IMLS has released four national digital platform grant proposals for projects it awarded grants to.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

  • Fostering a New National Library Network through a Community-¬≠Based, Connected Repository System (LG-70-15-0006): The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace will foster a greatly expanded network of open-access, content-hosting "hubs" that will enable discovery and interoperability, as well as the reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world. The three partners will engage in a major development of the community-driven open source Hydra project to provide these hubs with a new all-in-one solution, which will also allow countless other institutions to easily join the national digital platform.
  • Museum Hub for Open Content (LG-70-15-0002): ARTstor, in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staten Island Museum, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will create and implement software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open public access. The project will lower barriers to museum contributions to the DPLA by producing enhanced metadata tools, intellectual property rights decision support tools, and a direct-to-DPLA publishing capacity.
  • Combining Social Media Storytelling with Web Archives (LG-71-15-0077): Old Dominion University and the Internet Archive will collaborate to develop tools and techniques for integrating "storytelling" social media and web archiving. The partners will use information retrieval techniques to (semi-)automatically generate stories summarizing a collection and mine existing public stories as a basis for librarians, archivists, and curators to create collections about breaking events.
  • Repository Services for Accessible Course Content (LG-72-15-0009): This planning project, led by Tufts University, will bring together experts from disability services, including librarians, IT professionals, advocates, and legal counsel, to develop work plans for shared infrastructure, within which universities can support their students with disabilities. The intention is to create specifications and a business model that will complement existing platforms and services.

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Associate Dean at University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is recruiting an Associate Dean.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Guided by UC Libraries' new strategic directions, the organization continues to pursue positive changes in supporting the university's core mission of teaching/learning, research, and community engagement, with increased emphasis on the areas of digital scholarship/e-learning, institutional digital repository, scholarly communication, publishing, research data management, digital curation, long-term preservation for both printing and digital archives, data analytics, informatics, software development, innovative hardware architecture, and 21st century library systems, and unique/special collections. The Associate Dean will play an important role in moving the Libraries forward in the above areas.

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American’ Views on Open Government Data

The Pew Research Center has released American' Views on Open Government Data.

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Few Americans think governments are very effective in sharing data they collect with the public:

  • Just 5% say the federal government does this very effectively, with another 39% saying the federal government does this somewhat effectively.
  • 5% say state governments share data very effectively, with another 44% saying somewhat effectively.
  • 7% say local governments share data very effectively, with another 45% responding somewhat effectively.

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Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information at Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting an Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information.

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information (CHI), a new research center jointly managed and run by the Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). This is a twelve-month, tenure-track, library faculty position based at the University Park campus, and will report to an Associate Dean in the University Libraries' administration. . . .

A key responsibility will be to co-direct CHI projects in collaboration with the Center's leadership and provide strategic and practical oversight for a newly conceived Digital Humanities Lab (DHL), an exciting new initiative of the University Libraries that will provide opportunities for faculty and students to engage in digitally enriched humanities scholarship and pedagogy. The Associate Director will be expected to lead, design, plan, and implement a service and program model for the Lab in collaboration with colleagues in the Libraries and the CLA.

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"Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015"

Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015" in Library Journal.

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Open access (OA) continues to develop, but some financial analysts, such as Sami Kassab, executive director at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas, now believe that OA may no longer be a pressure point on commercial publishing. OA has not been the disruptive force on commercial publishing for which many had hoped.

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Digital Curation News (4/23/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

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