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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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"Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation"

Jacqueline D. Lipton and John Tehranian have published "Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation" in the Northwestern University Law Review.

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As such, this Article reflects on the particular problems raised by the growth of crowdsourced projects and how our copyright regime can best address them. We conclude that future legal developments will require a thoughtful and sophisticated balance to facilitate free speech, artistic expression, and commercial profit. To this end, we suggest a number of options for legal reform, including: (1) reworking the strict liability basis of copyright infringement for noncommercial works, (2) tempering damages awards for noncommercial or innocent infringement, (3) creating an "intermediate liability" regime that gives courts a middle ground between infringement and fair use, (4) developing clearer ex ante guidelines for fair use, and (5) reworking the statutory definition of "derivative work" to exclude noncommercial remixing activities.

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Visualization and Digital Media Librarian at North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is recruiting a Visualization and Digital Media Librarian.

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The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Visualization and Digital Media Librarian in the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department. Recognizing the power of visualization to ask and answer novel questions, spark new insights, enable greater understanding, and communicate powerful ideas, the NCSU Libraries offers advanced visualization spaces, services, and technologies that support university research and teaching in all disciplines. Our state-of-the-art facilities and computing infrastructure invite scholars to engage with research data using advanced visualization software, to examine and compare high-resolution digital content, and to immerse themselves in simulations and virtual environments. This position reports to the Director of Visualization Services.

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The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Jaime L. Schumacher has self-archived The Digital POWRR Project—A Final Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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The POWRR project investigated and reported on scalable digital preservation (DP) solutions for small and mid-sized institutions often faced with small staff sizes, restricted IT infrastructures, and tight budgets. Its major deliverable, a white paper, has been well-received and widely read. During the investigation, POWRR uncovered the particular challenges and needs of under-resourced institutions and worked to address and overcome obstacles that often prevent practitioners from taking initial steps in preserving digital content. As a result, POWRR also delivered a well-marked, practical path towards sustainable digital stewardship by: creating a graphic-based tool grid that maps the functionalities of 60+ DP tools/services to an OAIS-based curation lifecycle; developing and teaching a pragmatic, hands-on workshops across the country on the initial steps necessary to accession digital content and how to realistically approach developing a DP program; and producing case studies, collaboration models, and other tools to aid smaller institutions in their DP efforts.

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University of Windsor Senate Adopts Open Access Policy

The University of Windsor Senate has adopted an open access policy.

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In recognition of the importance of providing open access to Windsor research, and building on the momentum of the Tri-Council Open Access Policy (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), University Senate passed the University of Windsor's own open access policy (OA), Friday May 8. . . .

In Canada, the recent release of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires grant recipients, as of May 2015, to take steps to ensure that peer-reviewed journal publications arising from supported research are made freely accessible within 12 months of publication.

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Industry Documents Digital Manager at University of California, San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco is recruiting an Industry Documents Digital Manager.

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The Industry Documents Digital Manager develops, supports, and maintains industry document collections that are freely available to anyone around the globe. The first and largest is the Legacy Tobacco Industry Documents followed by others including drug industry and food. The digital archives of documents were produced by the respective companies and serves as the foundation for databases to foster research that advances public health. Reporting to the University Librarian, the Industry Documents Digital Manager is responsible for the maintenance and expansion of these digital libraries, designing effective systems to ingest and manage documents and promotion and training of the collections. The individual may also design and carryout research using industry documents; work with federal and state legal offices to develop and monitor enforcement with legal remedies; and participate in grant writing and grants.

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Systems Administrator at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Systems Administrator.

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The Systems Administrator will be a key member of our Infrastructure Management Services team responsible for the design, implementation, and administration of IT infrastructure to support the enterprise. Primary focus for this role will be the management of virtualized and physical Linux and Windows servers as well as assisting with the administration of SAN storage, networks, and information security.

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Web Administrator and Digital Access Coordinator at Chicago State University

Chicago State University is recruiting a Web Administrator and Digital Access Coordinator.

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In addition to essential librarian duties, the applicant will be responsible for set up, design, maintenance, and support of web server systems, web page design and publishing systems, web site architecture and design, and other web-related applications for library services. Responsible for availability of library electronic services and preserving accessibility through library web server and site resource infrastructure, conducts digitization to expand and maintain digital library content.

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"Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group"

Andrea Goethals et al. have published "Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group" in D-Lib Magazine.

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Accessing the web has become part of our everyday lives. Web archiving is performed by libraries, archives, companies and other organizations around the world. Many of these web archives are represented in the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) . This article documents goals and activities of the IIPC Preservation Working Group (PWG), such as a survey about the current state of preservation in member web archives and a number of collaborative projects which the Preservation Working Group is developing. These resources are designed to help address the preservation and long-term access to the web by sharing ideas and experiences, and by building up databases of information for support of preservation strategies and actions.

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Webmaster at University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is recruiting a Webmaster.

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USC Libraries' Web Operations unit is seeking a Webmaster to join its team. The Webmaster will oversee and manage the content for the various user interfaces of the Libraries' web properties. In addition to strong organizational and management skills, the ideal candidate has a passion for continually improving web­ based library services for users.

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University of Colorado Boulder Adopts Open Access Policy

The University of Colorado Boulder has adopted an open access policy.

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"We are delighted that the Chancellor's Executive Committee has approved an Open Access policy for the campus that was endorsed by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Council of Deans, and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor," said University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "CU-Boulder proudly joins the ranks of other campuses in higher education that have created such policies in the interest of openly sharing their published intellectual assets."

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Dean of Libraries at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

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The University of Alabama invites applications from, and nominations of, creative and dynamic candidates for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. As chief advocate for a library system with robust institutional support and proactive donor engagement, the Dean has overall responsibility for the collections, programs, and services of the libraries, as well as for planning and developing external sources of funding. Ultimately, the successful candidate will demonstrate a 21st-century vision for leadership in a thriving university library system.

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New Online Digital Public Humanities Certificate

The George Mason University Department of History and Art History, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the Smithsonian Associates are offering an online Digital Public Humanities Certificate.

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This one-year, 15-credit certificate program includes 3 online courses:

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities (Fall 2015; 3 credits)
  • Digital Public History (Spring 2016; 3 credits)
  • Teaching Humanities in the Digital Age (Spring 2016; 3 credits)

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Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is recruiting an Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries.

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NYPL seeks a leader for one of the most prestigious positions in the research library community—the Andrew W. Mellon Director. The leader will ensure that the most democratically accessible of collections thrives and is well preserved, added to and curated, providing the best physical experiences and services for research, and developing innovative ways to increase our digital impact through curated and open collections, committed to access to and expansion of our expertise through community engagement to maximize use by writers, readers, students and creators throughout the world. The Mellon Director reports to the Chief Library Officer and is a member of the President's senior management team. He/she has oversight of the collections and staff of the iconic Schwarzman Building on 42nd street and Fifth Avenue, and the unparalleled collections and staff of the Library for Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for African American Studies, and the Science, Industry and Business Library, as well as the Cullman Center for Writers and other affiliated centers, for a total of 460+ staff and budget of $50M.

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"Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review"

Hilda Bastian has published "Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review" in Absolutely Maybe.

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There are some consequences that flow inevitably from the choice of anonymity or naming, like workload for journals, or the ability for peer reviewer conflicts of interests unknown to editors to be revealed. I'll come back to that later. But first, what evidence do we have that masking the identities of authors and peer reviewers achieves what it is meant to? . . .

So I've taken a deep dive into this literature. I found 17 relevant comparative studies, 12 of which are controlled trials. The quality of these studies varies greatly, especially the ability to control for variables. Some are in hypothetical situations. But there are some very good, decent-sized trials.

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Community Engagement and Support Officer for THOR Project at DataCite

DataCite is recruiting a Community Engagement and Support Officer for THOR Project.

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The Community Engagement and Support Officer will head communication, outreach, and training efforts for DataCite activities related to the THOR project. The successful candidate will work with a diverse community of researchers, libraries, data centres, publishers and research funders to promote the uptake of PIDs for data sharing and citation. This will be achieved by providing multi-­faceted outreach and training opportunities for a diverse community of users. Specific activities include:

  1. engage with a dynamic community of thought leaders to guide and work collaboratively with ORCID to deliver THOR's communication plan in this rapidly changing data driven research environment;
  2. create effective and compelling outreach and training materials for THOR partners, the diverse DataCite community, and the broader community of stakeholders; and
  3. plan and deliver webinars, workshops and events designed to inform and educate the diverse network of stakeholders relevant to THOR and DataCite.

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"Two Years of Transformative Open Data for Public Good"

The White House has released "Two Years of Transformative Open Data for Public Good."

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Two years ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to improve how our government shares information for the benefit of the American people. The E.O. meant that for the first time in history, Federal government data was required to be open by default with common standards and machine-readable formats. As a result, government information is now more easily discoverable with the necessary safeguards to prevent release of sensitive and personally identifiable information. . . .

Today, more than 130,000 datasets reside on data.gov, the repository for the U.S. Government's open data. Data.gov is updated daily with datasets on important issues such as Climate, Public Safety, Health, and Education. Users can find data on the consumer complaints filed against their banks, on-time performance of airlines, or health indicators in their communities such as the prevalence of heart disease or cancer. One reason this is so important is that open data allows businesses, software developers, and anyone else who's interested to create consumer-friendly applications to help us all make better-informed decisions about health care, transportation, energy use, and more. Open data also has other positive impacts, such as fueling creation of new businesses and jobs. And the best part is that we're just getting started.

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Technical Architect for THOR Project at DataCite

DataCite is recruiting a Technical Architect for THOR Project.

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The Technical Architect will work collaboratively to lead Datacite's technical contributions to the THOR project. This includes a focus on the overarching goals of the project to:

  • establish interoperability between community platforms, new Open Science services and DataCite. This will include work on the harmonization of persistent identifier (PID) data models for diverse data and content types, contributor platforms, and organizations.
  • work with THOR project partners and the broader DataCite community on the integration of new PID based services across organizations and disciplines. Such services will support the creation and capture of PIDs related to contributors, data and content, organizations and shall be integrated into data management processes, and repository and publisher submission workflows.

Success in fulfilling these goals requires an understanding of the relationships between various identifier schemes, data sources and schemas, and conceptual models combined with the implementation of THOR's technical components to cross-link identifiers and workflows.

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"Learning from Failure: The Case of the Disappearing Web Site"

Francine Barone et al. have published "Learning from Failure: The Case of the Disappearing Web Site" in .

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This paper presents the findings of the Gone Dark Project, a joint study between the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University. The project has sought to give substance to frequent reports of Web sites "disappearing" (URLs that generate "404 not found" errors) by tracking and investigating cases of excellent and important Web sites which are no longer accessible online. We first address the rationale and research methods for the project before focusing on several key case studies illustrating some important challenges in Web preservation. Followed by a brief overview of the strengths and weaknesses of current Web archiving practice, the lessons learned from these case studies will inform practical recommendations that might be considered in order to improve the preservation of online content within and beyond existing approaches to Web preservation and archiving.

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"What Do We Mean by ‘Preserving Digital Information’? Towards Sound Conceptual Foundations for Digital Stewardship"

Simone Sacchi has self-archived "What Do We Mean by 'Preserving Digital Information'? Towards Sound Conceptual Foundations for Digital Stewardship."

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Digital preservation is fundamental to information stewardship in the 21st century. Although much useful work on preservation strategies has been accomplished, we do not yet have an adequate conceptual framework that articulates precisely and formally what preservation actually is. The intention of the account provided here is to bring us closer to this goal. Following an initial analysis of the concept of preservation as it occurs in ordinary discourse around digital stewardship, several influential preservation models are analyzed, identifying both useful insights and problems. A framework of interrelated concepts is then developed that analyzes the challenges of long term digital stewardship through the lens of information communication.

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