"An Analysis of Federal Policy on Public Access to Scientific Research Data"

Adam Kriesberg et al. have published "An Analysis of Federal Policy on Public Access to Scientific Research Data" in Data Science Journal.

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The 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Memo on federally-funded research directed agencies with research and development budgets above $100 million to develop and release plans to increase and broaden access to research results, both published literature and data. The agency responses have generated discussion and interest but are yet to be analyzed and compared. In this paper, we examine how 19 federal agencies responded to the memo, written by John Holdren, on issues of scientific data and the extent of their compliance to the directives outlined in the memo. We present a varied picture of the readiness of federal science agencies to comply with the memo through a comparative analysis and close reading of the contents of these responses.

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Biosciences Liaison Librarian and Scientific Data Curator at University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is recruiting a Biosciences Liaison Librarian and Scientific Data Curator.

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The successful candidate will serve as liaison to designated academic departments and research centers in the biological sciences, forging new relationships with faculty and students and creating new services that respond to trends in scientific research in those disciplines. The incumbent will also serve as Research Services Coordinator for the ABES department and as a curator for scientific data in the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM), working closely with the Data Management/Curation Lead, the Research Data Services Team, and several disciplinary specialists to provide University Libraries data management and curation services.

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"Inconsistencies between Academic E-book Platforms: A Comparison of Metadata and Search Results"

portal: Libraries and the Academy has released and e-print of "Inconsistencies between Academic E-book Platforms: A Comparison of Metadata and Search Results."

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This article presents the results of a study of academic e-books that compared the metadata and search results from major academic e-book platforms. The authors collected data and performed a series of test searches designed to produce the same result regardless of platform. Testing, however, revealed metadata-related errors and significant variation in search results that could impact the user experience. This article describes how other libraries could perform this type of testing and how this information could be used to inform the selection of e-books that are available on multiple platforms.

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Developer for Digital Scholarship at Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is recruiting a Developer for Digital Scholarship.

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This position was created in part through an "Engaged Humanities" grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, and is critical to the delivery of essential applications and service within Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s "Build.ZSR" framework (http://build.zsr.wfu.edu) for partnerships between the library and faculty to carry out digitally-enriched scholarship.. . . This position researches, recommends, tests, and subsequently implements innovative software applications that are well-suited for digital scholarship activities. In collaboration with the Digital Humanities Research Designer and Digital Initiatives Librarian, the Developer trains Z. Smith Reynolds Library faculty and staff as well as campus clients on how these cutting-edge applications can be applied within a specific discipline or field of study.

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"Raising the Library’s Impact Factor: A Case Study in Scholarly Publishing Literacy for Graduate Students"

portal: Libraries and the Academy has released and e-print of "Raising the Library's Impact Factor: A Case Study in Scholarly Publishing Literacy for Graduate Students."

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Graduate students across disciplines feel pressure to publish their scholarship, but they are often unsure how to go about it, partly due to a lack of explicit training in this area. This article discusses the collaborative development of a semester-long Publishing Academy, designed to promote knowledge of scholarly publishing and increase the library’s impact within the graduate student community. Demonstrating how librarians can draw on their unique skills to build a niche service addressing unmet needs on campus, the project also puts into practice a broader conception of scholarly publishing literacy, which can be linked to the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

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Digital Media Asset, Program Manager at University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame is recruiting a Digital Media Asset, Program Manager.

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The successful candidate for this position will play a key role in the video asset management lifecycle of content created and/or stored in the Martin Digital Media Center. This position is responsible for the ingest workflow of incoming media materials including storage and retrieval from a storage area network, LTO tape library and cloud-based system.

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Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for the UConn Library to Retire

Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for the University of Connecticut Library, is retiring in July.

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Vice Provost Bedard has led the Library since 2013. During her tenure, she led the development of a new master plan for the Library that will secure its place as a central academic resource for years to come. She has worked to build donor relationships leading to high profile additions to the collection. She has championed open educational resources and supported their development and adoption here at UConn. She has brought all of the UConn Libraries, especially Storrs and the Health Center, closer together under the One Library initiative.

See also: "Holly Jeffcoat Appointed Interim Vice Provost for Libraries at University of Connecticut."

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Director of Data Education at Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University is recruiting a Director of Data Education.

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The Director of Data Education will establish a program to:

  • engage faculty and students in incorporating statistical and computational data analysis methods (data science) into the undergraduate curriculum and scholarship;
  • provide guidance for students in finding data sets as well as teaching students how to clean and manipulate data for use in analytical and statistical applications;
  • offer peer tutoring to students who need assistance with data and statistical applications.

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Final Version: Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers

JSTOR has released the final version of Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers .

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This new version retains much of the structure of the previous one, and it still includes the ethnographic user profiles showing how six scholars do research with print and digital monographs. It also includes minor changes throughout addressing both specific and general questions we received and clarifying many points. We have gone from twelve to thirteen principles for the reimagined monograph. Most significantly, we have added as an appendix a new landscape review of related projects, which helps to situate our work on this project amongst a number of other important initiatives.

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User Experience Librarian at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a User Experience Librarian.

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This position will develop and coordinate programs focused on improving the user experience of the Coutnway Library and will engage users in the assessment of our services and spaces. Working with students, library staff and faculty across Harvard Medical School the User Experience Librarian is responsible for conducting usability testing and user research, and applying findings and expertise to build a framework for iterative design, implementation, and review of learning objects. The User Experience Librarian will conceive, propose, and design user interfaces through which teaching, learning, and assessment is conducted over the Web, based on contemporary technologies and techniques and accounting for the multiple modes of interaction (personal and portable computers, tablets, and smartphones, etc.).

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Jon E. Cawthorne Appointed Dean of Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science and the University Libraries

Jon E. Cawthorne has been appointed Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science and the University Libraries.

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Cawthorne comes to Wayne State from West Virginia University (WVU), where he has served as dean of libraries since 2014. In this role, he is responsible for seven libraries and 132 library, faculty and staff members. During his tenure, several significant research collections were obtained by WVU, including the Pearl S. Buck manuscripts, the Jay Rockefeller Senatorial Archives and the Rahall Congressional Papers.

Prior to joining WVU, Cawthorne was interim dean at San Diego State University, Library and Information Access; interim deputy director at the Detroit Public Library; and reference librarian and coordinator for outreach services at the University of Oregon.

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Digital Archivist at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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In this role, you will work closely with existing Archives faculty and staff to create policies, procedures, and workflows for processing, preserving, and managing born-digital and hybrid collections. As part of the University Archives team, you will advise departments and donors on the management of electronic records, as well as orchestrate the transfer of electronic assets to the Archives. Importantly, you will immediately be involved with the transfer, appraisal, and processing of born-digital records from the Office of the President.

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NCSU’s Susan K. Nutter to Retire

Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University, will retire this fall.

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When Nutter arrived at NC State in 1987, the Libraries ranked near the bottom of academic libraries in every significant category. Through her decades of innovative work, including the conception and construction of the "library of the future"—the James B. Hunt Jr. Library—on Centennial Campus in 2013, the NCSU Libraries stands among the best academic libraries in the nation.

In addition to the long list of Hunt Library honors, Nutter has also garnered the triple crown of national libraries awards during her tenure, being named the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year and the 2005 Library Journal "Librarian of the Year," and leading the first university library to win the ACRL "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" in 2000. Last spring, Nutter accepted the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service on the Libraries' behalf from First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House ceremony.

See also: "Greg Raschke Named Interim Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University."

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Digital Curation Coordinator at University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is recruiting a Digital Curation Coordinator.

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Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Technology Strategy and Data Services, the Digital Curation Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the AUL, the Assistant Director for Digital Library and Preservation Strategy, the Director of Scholarly Communication, and other library stakeholders to provide programmatic leadership pertaining to a variety of digital library services including digital curation, research data management, digital scholarship and digital preservation.

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"Wide-Open: Accelerating Public Data Release by Automating Detection of Overdue Datasets"

Maxim Grechkin, Hoifung Poon, and Bill Howe have published "Wide-Open: Accelerating Public Data Release by Automating Detection of Overdue Datasets" in PLOS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Open data is a vital pillar of open science and a key enabler for reproducibility, data reuse, and novel discoveries. Enforcement of open-data policies, however, largely relies on manual efforts, which invariably lag behind the increasingly automated generation of biological data. To address this problem, we developed a general approach to automatically identify datasets overdue for public release by applying text mining to identify dataset references in published articles and parse query results from repositories to determine if the datasets remain private. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach on 2 popular National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) repositories: Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and Sequence Read Archive (SRA). Our Wide-Open system identified a large number of overdue datasets, which spurred administrators to respond directly by releasing 400 datasets in one week.

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Mountain West Digital Library Metadata Librarian at University of Utah

The University of Utah is recruiting a Mountain West Digital Library Metadata Librarian.

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The Digital Metadata Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library supports the improvement of metadata standards and metadata in digital collections from MWDL partners, including memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming. This position will also be responsible for creating, maintaining, and repurposing digital object metadata for the Marriott Library, including any collections, subjects, languages, and formats as assigned using the MWDL Dublin Core Application Profile or other necessary metadata standards.

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SSRN Launches Biology Research Network (BioRN)

SSRN has launched the Biology Research Network (BioRN).

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Biology researchers are able to post preprints and working papers on BioRN, share ideas and other early stage research, and collaborate. It allows users to quickly upload and read abstracts and full-text papers, free of charge. A preprint is the author’s own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed or had any value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements). A preprint server, or working paper repository as they are also known, allows users to share these documents.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Illinois Institute of Technology

The Illinois Institute of Technology is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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Located in the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide guidance and support for digital initiatives and academic publishing, open access, and scholarly communication opportunities. This position provides service, technical expertise, and leadership for the library's initiation of effective collaborations with campus stakeholders. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will promote and mediate the use of IIT's Institutional Repository and Open Journal Systems.

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Agriculture Scholars

Ithaka S+R has released Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Agriculture Scholars.

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Agriculture scholars report relatively low challenges with digital discovery and access, particularly in contrast to information management, in which a lack of services and support, coupled with gaps in responsibility, lead scholars to utilize idiosyncratic approaches to the detriment of long-term preservation. While they have a wealth of options for disseminating their scholarship, agriculture scholars struggle with conveying the underlying findings and importance of their research to wider audiences.

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Digital Curator/Librarian at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is recruiting a Digital Curator/Librarian.

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Provide digital curation, preservation, and meta data entry and capture operations management of the digital resources to APL's digital archives. Have an expert knowledge of different digital objects to determine appropriate support needs. Understand and lead the storage and preservation procedures and practices that ensure the continued trustworthiness and accessibility of digital objects. Ensure the use of methods and tools that support interoperability of different applications and preservation technologies among users.

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"Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials—A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors"

Darren B. Taichman et al. have published "Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials—A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors" in PLOS Medicine.

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Therefore, ICMJE will require the following as conditions of consideration for publication of a clinical trial report in our member journals:

  1. As of July 1, 2018 manuscripts submitted to ICMJE journals that report the results of clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement as described below.
  2. Clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after January 1, 2019 must include a data sharing plan in the trial’s registration. The ICMJE's policy regarding trial registration is explained at www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html. If the data sharing plan changes after registration this should be reflected in the statement submitted and published with the manuscript, and updated in the registry record.

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Digital Asset Manager at University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is recruiting a Digital Asset Manager.

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Under the supervision of the Assistant Director/Senior Archivist, the Digital Asset Manager will hold primary responsibility for preservation, digitization, management and access to digital assets and related systems.

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"Are Open Access Journals Immune from Piracy?"

Angela Cochran has published "Are Open Access Journals Immune from Piracy?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Even though Sci-Hub is billed as providing access to paywalled content, there appear to be thousands of open access articles in the host database. Sci-Hub provided usage of their services from 2015 to Science news writer John Bohannon with the full data set. Reviewing just the data from December 2015, I found that over 200 users accessed PLOS ONE content, over 450 users accessed Hindawi content, and a whopping 2,145 users accessed BioMed Central content.

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Assistant/Associate Librarian–Digital Publishing Project at Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is recruiting an Assistant/Associate Librarian–Digital Publishing Project.

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This position will spend the first two years working with Texas Tech faculty authors to publish electronic books in Open Monograph Press with the support of the University Press. The position will be creating workflows, policies, and helping authors with technical issues related to publishing eBooks and non-traditional multimedia eBooks and developing sustainable models for library publishing.

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The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?

The Pew Research Centerhas released The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications? .

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Researchers have been showing how easy it is to hack cars, voting machines and power plants. They have demonstrated ransomware exploits against home thermostats and exposed vulnerabilities in implanted heart pacemakers. In one paper, "IoT Goes Nuclear," analysts showed how a flaw in the design of smart lightbulbs could be used for a "bricking attack" that kills all of a city's traffic lights. . . .

Thus, the question: Could security vulnerabilities that become evident as the IoT rolls out prompt people, businesses and government to avoid or withdraw from certain online connectivity options? In summer 2016, Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large canvassing of technologists, scholars, practitioners, strategic thinkers and other leaders, asking them to react to this framing of the issue.

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