Coordinator of Digital Projects at University of Houston

The University of Houston is recruiting a Coordinator of Digital Projects.

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The Coordinator of Digital Projects reports to the Head of Special Collections. Primary responsibilities include managing the internal workflow for the department's digital library projects and supervising assigned personnel. The Coordinator leads departmental efforts, in collaboration with other UH Libraries departments to preserve, process, and provide access to audiovisual and digital materials, including born-digital materials. The Coordinator also serves as Special Collections Department liaison to the Metadata & Digitization Services, Digital Repository Services, and Web Services departments.

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Cogent OA Launches Experimental Freedom APCs Program Letting Authors Choose What to Pay

Cogent OA has launched an experimental Freedom APCs Program.

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Through Cogent OA's Freedom APC model, authors are requested to explore all avenues for funding the publication of their article, such as their funding agency, institution or company and to select a fee from a range of options based on their circumstances and how much they can afford to pay. The final decision rests with the author.

Further information: Article Publishing Charges (APCs).

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Digital Curation News (4/2/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications.

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The Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications is a member of the UNT Libraries Scholarly Communications Unit within the Public Services Division. The librarian is responsible for completing general duties related to open access, data management, and ancillary matters associated with scholarly communications. This librarian works with other members of the library to engage and educate the UNT community about open access and data management quandaries that arise. The librarian also collaborates with the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Design (CLEAR), faculty, students, university administration, and other UNT stakeholders regarding scholarly communications issues. This librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the direction of the Director of Scholarly Communications.

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"Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support"

Ann L Holstein has published "Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support" in Information Technology and Libraries.

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One hundred fifteen academic libraries, all current members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), were selected to participate in an online survey in an effort to better understand campus use of geographic data and geospatial technologies, and how libraries support these uses. The survey was used to capture information regarding geographic needs of their respective campuses, the array of services they offer, and the education and training of geographic information services department staff members. The survey results, along with review of recent literature, were used to identify changes in geographic information services and support since 1997, when a similar survey was conducted by ARL. This new study has enabled recommendations to be made for building a successful geographic information service center within the campus library that offers a robust and comprehensive service and support model for all geographic information usage on campus.

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Web Architect and Manager at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is recruiting a Web Architect and Manager.

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Reporting to the Public Relations and Marketing Manager, this position is responsible for management of the Virginia Tech Libraries' website, including design, development, maintenance and information architecture. The Web Architect and Manager (WA&M) coordinates and facilitates the development of access to web content and services from library units. The position also assesses new standards, technologies and trends, and formulates strategies and plans for enhancing the Libraries websites.

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U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

The Pew Research Center has released U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015.

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Today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them—either because they lack broadband at home, or because they have few options for online access other than their cell phone.

Indeed, 7% of Americans own a smartphone but have neither traditional broadband service at home, nor easily available alternatives for going online other than their cell phone.

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Digital Curation News (4/1/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Web Developer 2 at University of Houston

The University of Houston is recruiting a Web Developer 2.

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Supports a college or department website, including writing HTML documents, creating graphics, digitizing pictures, and inserting audio and video to enhance the look and feel of the website. Coordinates various web projects that uphold the image of the university to a worldwide audience.

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"When Data Sharing Gets Close to 100%: What Human Paleogenetics Can Teach the Open Science Movement"

Paolo Anagnostou et al. have published "When Data Sharing Gets Close to 100%: What Human Paleogenetics Can Teach the Open Science Movement" in .

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This study analyzes data sharing regarding mitochondrial, Y chromosomal and autosomal polymorphisms in a total of 162 papers on ancient human DNA published between 1988 and 2013. The estimated sharing rate was not far from totality (97.6% ± 2.1%) and substantially higher than observed in other fields of genetic research (evolutionary, medical and forensic genetics). Both a questionnaire-based survey and the examination of Journals' editorial policies suggest that this high sharing rate cannot be simply explained by the need to comply with stakeholders requests. Most data were made available through body text, but the use of primary databases increased in coincidence with the introduction of complete mitochondrial and next-generation sequencing methods. Our study highlights three important aspects. First, our results imply that researchers' awareness of the importance of openness and transparency for scientific progress may complement stakeholders' policies in achieving very high sharing rates. Second, widespread data sharing does not necessarily coincide with a prevalent use of practices which maximize data findability, accessibility, useability and preservation. A detailed look at the different ways in which data are released can be very useful to detect failures to adopt the best sharing modalities and understand how to correct them. Third and finally, the case of human paleogenetics tells us that a widespread awareness of the importance of Open Science may be important to build reliable scientific practices even in the presence of complex experimental challenges.

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Digital Library Interface Developer at Lafayette College

Lafayette College is recruiting a Digital Library Interface Developer.

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Lafayette College seeks a talented and engaged user interface programmer to join the Library's Digital Scholarship Services department. Are you passionate about Open Source software development? Are you excited by the prospect of creating elegant interfaces for Hydra/Fedora repositories and innovative repository-backed digital research projects? Do you dream in JavaScript, think in Linked Open Data, and/or daydream in Ruby (with sporadic lapses into PHP (within Drupal))?

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Directions for Research Data Management in UK Universities

JISC has released Directions for Research Data Management in UK Universities.

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This report addresses five key topics:

  • Policy development and implementation
  • Skills and capability
  • Infrastructure and interoperability
  • Incentives for researchers and support stakeholders
  • Business case and sustainability

For each topic we have included a summary of the main current issues, alongside a vision of where the sector should aim to be in five years' time. We then suggest actions for each topic, divided into 'first steps' and then longer term, more complex priorities. Readers should note that each of the five topics do raise interrelated actions, for example, a usage statistics service is flagged as a potential infrastructure solution and this issue arises again as an action area that can help to incentivise research data management and sharing.

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