Practical Challenges For Researchers in Data Sharing

Springer Nature has released Practical Challenges For Researchers in Data Sharing.

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This survey aims to understand researcher activity around sharing data at a particular point in the research lifecycle—when they are preparing their work for publication. In this it builds on previously published studies that explore data sharing more generally during the research process. It explores attitudes briefly, but focuses on actions and challenges in sharing data. Responses from over 7,700 researchers enabled us to draw new insights across subject felds and, to a lesser extent, across geographies.

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"Digital Delivery Breathes New Life into Professional Books and Scholarly Monographs"

Simba Information has released "Digital Delivery Breathes New Life into Professional Books and Scholarly Monographs."

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Scholarly and professional e-books sales increased globally by 5.6% in 2017 and will grow an additional 4.8% in 2018, revitalizing a medium publishers once wrote off, according to the latest report from Simba Information.

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Data Manager & Project Coordinator, Digital Library of the Middle East at Stanford University

Stanford University is recruiting a Data Manager & Project Coordinator, Digital Library of the Middle East (two-year term).

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S/he will coordinate DLME data acquisition, data management, and day-to-day operations of the record harvesting and indexing pipeline. S/he will also provide technical support for digital library access tools to power and end users. As new data providers are identified by the Lead Curator and curatorial team, the Data Manager & Project Coordinator will work with them to acquire or harvest the metadata, map it to the DLME schema, and put content through the pipeline.

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"Releasing 1.8 Million Open Access Publications from Publisher Systems for Text and Data Mining"

Petr Knoth, Nancy Pontika and Lucas Anastasiou have published "Releasing 1.8 Million Open Access Publications from Publisher Systems for Text and Data Mining" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

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Text and data mining offers an opportunity to improve the way we access and analyse the outputs of academic research. But the technical infrastructure of the current scholarly communication system is not yet ready to support TDM to its full potential, even for open access outputs. To address this problem, Petr Knoth, Nancy Pontika and Lucas Anastasiou have developed the CORE Publisher Connector, a toolkit service designed to assist text miners in accessing content though a single machine interface. The Connector aims to solve the heterogeneity among publisher APIs and assist text miners with data collection, provide a centralised point of access to all openly available scientific publications, and provide a high-performance, constantly updated access interface.

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Metadata Librarian at Clemson University

Clemson University is recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

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unique collections housed in the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives provide a wealth of primary source material to researchers in the study of South Carolina and Clemson University history. The Metadata Librarian will join a team that supports the discovery and accessibility of this digital content through descriptive metadata creation, enrichment, and maintenance, allowing access to these resources to researchers worldwide.

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"Congress Funds $5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program in 2018 Spending Bil"

SPARC has released "Congress Funds $5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program in 2018 Spending Bil."

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In a landmark victory for the Open Education movement, the U.S. Congress has included funding for a $5 million open textbook grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill unveiled today. This marks the first major investment by Congress explicitly in open educational resources (OER) as a solution to the high cost of college textbooks, and underscores that course materials are a significant factor in making higher education affordable. The FY18 omnibus is expected to proceed swiftly to votes in the House and Senate and get signed into law this week.

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Senior Library Specialist—Digital Technologies at Brown University

Brown University is recruiting a Senior Library Specialist—Digital Technologies.

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The successful candidate will perform skilled tasks in support of the digital activities across the Library. The Sr. Library Specialist will assist in the creation, promotion and stewardship of digital collections and exhibits. He/she will work with curators to coordinate work on new and existing digital collections and serve as a liaison to librarians and their workflow. This is a 75% time position working Monday-Friday as a member of the Library’s bargaining unit staff.

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Scholarly Communications and Curation Librarian at Agronne National Laboratory

The Agronne National Laboratory is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Curation Librarian.

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The Scholarly Communications and Curation Librarian supports Argonne researchers in all aspects of the research, publication and data life cycle. As a member of the library’s publications team, this position reviews scientific publications, provides both formal and informal instruction regarding scholarly publishing methods and intellectual property rights, assembles and reports citation metrics and implement new solutions and technologies in the scholarly publishing and data management areas.

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Pathways to Open Access

The University of California has released Pathways to Open Access.

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Pursuant to the University of California (UC) Council of University Librarian’s (CoUL) 1 3 August 2017 charge, this Pathways to OA Working Group 2 has identified the current universe of Open Access (OA) approaches, and has analyzed the suite of strategies available for effectuating those approaches. Each approach described within this Pathways document offers unique and, in some cases, overlapping challenges, opportunities, and room for experimentation. The strategies examined here create space and freedom for the campuses to pursue both individualized and connected paths toward a large-scale transition to OA—though as we highlight below, collective action on implementing the strategies is likely to bear greater fruit.

See also: "Chart Summarizing OA Approaches and Strategies."

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

There is no description of duties, but qualifications include one year of experience with “digitization in academic or research library; experience with Institutional Repositories (bePress/Digital Commons preferred), knowledge of common metadata schemes, data use best practices and standards, RDF, and linked data; familiarity with copyright requirements.”

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"Data We Trust—But—What Data?"

Jennifer Golbeck has published "Data We Trust—But—What Data?" in Reference & User Services Quarterly.

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In the last year, we have not seen a massive removal of government data. We have seen targeted suppression and a general lack of concern for having government data sources reflect objective truth. Fortunately, many organizations are monitoring, archiving, and analyzing changes to official data.

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Director of Content and Digital Library Systems at Union College

Union College is recruiting a Director of Content and Digital Library Systems.

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The Director of Content and Digital Library Systems will provide vision and leadership for library digital infrastructure, workflows, policy and services to support expanding modes of research, teaching and scholarly communication. The Director will develop effective partnerships with the Information Technology Services staff to create and sustain system integration and infrastructure. The Director is responsible for establishing processes and support structures that ensure the library can select, acquire, preserve and provide access to the full spectrum of research materials.

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"Identifying Potential Solutions to Increase Discoverability and Reuse of Analog Datasets in Various Campus Locations"

Shannon L. Farrell and Julia Ann Kelly have published "Identifying Potential Solutions to Increase Discoverability and Reuse of Analog Datasets in Various Campus Locations" in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

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Describing, preserving, and providing access to data is now the purview of many science librarians, although the emphasis has been on data in electronic format. Data in paper or analog format might be found in many places around our campuses. At the University of Minnesota we conducted a preliminary investigation of analog data through discussions with faculty, staff, and the University Archives. We identified data in numerous locations, including the University Archives, personal collections, departmental holdings, museums, and off-campus research stations. We discovered data in many formats and carried out a few initial projects including creating a detailed inventory of one research center's analog data and digitizing and depositing one individual's dissertation data in our institutional repository. We also examined University Archives and discovered substantial amounts of analog data along with problems such as incomplete description or context. Overall we have identified several challenges and directions that we could take to make analog data more findable and available for reuse, but there is no clear single path forward.

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Metadata Specialist, E-Resources & Serials Management at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill is recruiting a Metadata Specialist, E-Resources & Serials Management.

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The position will primarily work with metadata (descriptive, technical, and administrative) for digital objects in the Carolina Digital Repository and other digital collection platforms used by the library.

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"Accessible, Dynamic Web Content Using Instagram"

Jaci Wilkinson has published "Accessible, Dynamic Web Content Using Instagram" in Information Technology and Libraries.

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The Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections (ASC) at the University of Montana had a simple enough request. Their homepage had been static for years and it was not possible to add more content creation to anyone’s workload. However, they had a robust Instagram account with more than one thousand followers. Was there any way to synchronize workflows with an Instagram embed on the homepage? The solution was more complicated than we thought. We developed an Instagram embed, but in the process grappled with some fundamental questions of technology in the library. How do we streamline the creation and sharing of ephemeral, dynamic content? How do we reconcile web accessibility standards with the innovative new platforms we want to incorporate on our websites? . . . .

The ASC's embedded homepage Instagram feed fits their needs, is accessible, and builds community around their unique collections. By providing all the code created in this project in GitHub, including the CSS we used, our hope is that institutions interested in this Instagram feed model could replicate it for their own purposes without extensive technical support.

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Department Head, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Department Head, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship.

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The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and forward-thinking Head of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS) to provide leadership and direction for several areas of strategic importance. ODIS is responsible for a range of digital services including digital stewardship and data architecture, digital scholarship, data sciences, research and geospatial data services. and scholarly communication.

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"Evidence of Open Access of Scientific Publications in Google Scholar: A Large-Scale Analysis"

Alberto Martín et al. have self-archived "Evidence of Open Access of Scientific Publications in Google Scholar: A Large-Scale Analysis."

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This article uses Google Scholar (GS) as a source of data to analyse Open Access (OA) levels across all countries and fields of research. All articles and reviews with a DOI and published in 2009 or 2014 and covered by the three main citation indexes in the Web of Science (2,269,022 documents) were selected for study. The links to freely available versions of these documents displayed in GS were collected. To differentiate between more reliable (sustainable and legal) forms of access and less reliable ones, the data extracted from GS was combined with information available in DOAJ, CrossRef, OpenDOAR, and ROAR. This allowed us to distinguish the percentage of documents in our sample that are made OA by the publisher (23.1%, including Gold, Hybrid, Delayed, and Bronze OA) from those available as Green OA (17.6%), and those available from other sources (40.6%, mainly due to ResearchGate). The data shows an overall free availability of 54.6%, with important differences at the country and subject category levels. The data extracted from GS yielded very similar results to those found by other studies that analysed similar samples of documents, but employed different methods to find evidence of OA, thus suggesting a relative consistency among methods.

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Digital Art: December’s Cartoon Drawings, Chalk and Charcoal Drawings, Pen and Ink Drawings, Colored Pencil Drawings, and Oil Paintings

In December, I transformed photos into cartoon drawings, chalk and charcoal drawings, pen and ink drawings, colored pencil drawings, and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are freely available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Oil Sticks Painting of a Burano Canal

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of an Actor Playing Iolaus

Digital Oil Painting of the Ruins of Thebes

Digital Colored Pencil Drawing of the Palais Garnier at Night

Digital Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of Charles Baudelaire

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Head of Preservation and Digitization at Washington University

Washington University is recruiting a Head of Preservation and Digitization.

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Under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections Services Division, is responsible for the development and operation of a library-wide, comprehensive preservation and digitization program. Leads and manages all preservation/conservation and digitization efforts, including the management of general and special collection care and digitization activities, preservation/digitization lab and services, disaster planning and recovery, environmental monitoring, exhibition preparation activities, and education and outreach efforts.

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