"New VPNFilter Malware Targets at Least 500K Networking Devices Worldwide"

The Cisco Talos Intelligence Group has released "New VPNFilter Malware Targets at Least 500K Networking Devices Worldwide."

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Working with our partners, we estimate the number of infected devices to be at least 500,000 in at least 54 countries. The known devices affected by VPNFilter are Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link networking equipment in the small and home office (SOHO) space, as well at QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices. No other vendors, including Cisco, have been observed as infected by VPNFilter, but our research continues. The behavior of this malware on networking equipment is particularly concerning, as components of the VPNFilter malware allows for theft of website credentials and monitoring of Modbus SCADA protocols. Lastly, the malware has a destructive capability that can render an infected device unusable, which can be triggered on individual victim machines or en masse, and has the potential of cutting off internet access for hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide.

See also: "F.B.I.'s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware."

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"Prepublication Disclosure of Scientific Results: Norms, Competition, and Commercial Orientation"

Jerry G. Thursby et al. have published "Prepublication Disclosure of Scientific Results: Norms, Competition, and Commercial Orientation" in Science Advances.

Here's an excerpt:

On the basis of a survey of 7103 active faculty researchers in nine fields, we examine the extent to which scientists disclose prepublication results, and when they do, why? Except in two fields, more scientists disclose results before publication than not, but there is significant variation in their reasons to disclose, in the frequency of such disclosure, and in withholding crucial results when making public presentations.

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"Academic Information on Twitter: A User Survey"

Ehsan Mohammadi et al. have published "Academic Information on Twitter: A User Survey" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

Although counts of tweets citing academic papers are used as an informal indicator of interest, little is known about who tweets academic papers and who uses Twitter to find scholarly information. Without knowing this, it is difficult to draw useful conclusions from a publication being frequently tweeted. This study surveyed 1,912 users that have tweeted journal articles to ask about their scholarly-related Twitter uses. Almost half of the respondents (45%) did not work in academia, despite the sample probably being biased towards academics. Twitter was used most by people with a social science or humanities background. People tend to leverage social ties on Twitter to find information rather than searching for relevant tweets. Twitter is used in academia to acquire and share real-time information and to develop connections with others. Motivations for using Twitter vary by discipline, occupation, and employment sector, but not much by gender. These factors also influence the sharing of different types of academic information. This study provides evidence that Twitter plays a significant role in the discovery of scholarly information and cross-disciplinary knowledge spreading. Most importantly, the large numbers of non-academic users support the claims of those using tweet counts as evidence for the non-academic impacts of scholarly research.

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Operations and Storage Sysadmin at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting an Operations and Storage Sysadmin.

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Reporting to the Data Center & Networking Services Manager, and as a member of the Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (DIIT) Core Operations team, the Operations and Storage Sysadmin (OSS) works within both virtualized and traditional ecosystems, provides expert management of servers and storage systems, maintains Library infrastructure, implements security solutions and remediates issues, coordinates activities and changes with other campus entities, and serves as a technical expert for UCLA Library projects and services.

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Mary-Jo Romaniuk Named Vice-Provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources at University of Calgary

Mary-Jo Romaniuk has been named Vice-Provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources at University of Calgary.

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Dr. Romaniuk joins UCalgary from the University of Manitoba, where she has been university librarian since 2014. . . . In her role at University of Manitoba, she initiated master planning to reinvest in their facilities, and worked collaboratively with faculties to reimagine more diverse library spaces. With a focus on user needs, she added technology and new services to create memorable experiences for new and returning students.

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Systems Analyst/Programmer at Columbia University

Columbia University is recruiting a Systems Analyst/Programmer.

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Reporting to the Systems Librarian, the incumbent prepares and deploys Linux server systems, develops and deploys applications, and performs maintenance on both as required, with a focus on maximizing security, usability, and uptime; assists in strategizing for Library server and application needs, including vendor services as needed; documents and provides support for Library Systems projects and services; works both independently and as part of a team or under supervision; and collaborates on projects and related activities with both internal and external units.

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Research Data Preservation in Canada: A White Paper

The Portage Network has released Research Data Preservation in Canada: A White Paper.

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The Preservation Expert Group (PEG) was created to advise Portage on developing research data management (RDM) infrastructure and best practices for preserving research data and metadata in Canada. The members of PEG have written this White Paper as a foundation document to describe the current digital preservation landscape, highlighting some of the digital preservation work already being undertaken in Canada, and to identify challenges that need to be addressed by Portage and other stakeholders to develop and improve RDM capacity and infrastructure across the country.

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Austin Booth Named Dean of Libraries at New York University

Austin Booth has been named Dean of Libraries at New York University.

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Austin received her BA in English and Economics from Cornell University in 1984, and received her MLIS from University of California, Berkeley in 1987. She received an MA in English Language and Literature in 1992 and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 1995, both from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Austin has been with the Libraries at Buffalo in increasingly prominent roles since 1997, including Director, Arts & Sciences Libraries and Director of Collections. Previously, Austin worked at San Jose State University, UC Berkeley, and Oakland Public Library.

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Digital Art: April’s Pastel Drawings, Pen and Ink Drawings, and Oil Paintings

In April, I continued to transform public domain photos into pastel drawings, pen and ink drawings, and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8 x 10 in. or 8 x 12 in.) and descriptions of the processing steps involved are freely available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Grocery Store in Lincoln

Digital Oil Painting of the Rjecina River Valley

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of Saint Mark's Basilica

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of the Devil's Bridge in Schollenen Gorge

Digital Oil Painting of Red Rock Country

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Digital Archivist II at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is recruiting a Digital Archivist II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist II is responsible for the digital archives services that ensure the long-term preservation and availability of CHOP-generated biomedical data, objects, and collections. As a member of the new Library Science team, the incumbent will implement and manage the standards-based workflows and processes necessary to establish a new digital archive and catalog of research data that facilitates new research initiatives and discoveries. The Digital Archivist II will establish long-term preservation strategy and collaborate on strategies for metadata and discovery.

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"Announcing LSE Press—A New Open Access Publishing Platform for the Social Sciences"

Kieran Booluck has published "Announcing LSE Press—A New Open Access Publishing Platform for the Social Sciences" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

In addition to journals, LSE Press intends to publish a range of book publications, including more traditional research monographs, short-form monographs, and even textbooks. Again, offering authors viable open access routes to publication is of increased importance here, in response to a changing policy environment and the announcement by HEFCE—now Research England—that future Research Excellence Framework assessments will extend open access requirements to include books as well as journals.

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Digital Archivist at Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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The Digital Archivist will work with the Librarian to identify collection priorities, and create and maintain policies, procedures, workflows, and strategies for sustainable digital preservation and access practices. The Digital Archivist will be responsible for evaluating, organizing, preserving, and maintaining records for the library’s collections of multimedia materials, including films, sound recordings, ephemera, and historical photographs, as well as selected Club publications.

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Open Access and Monographs: Where Are We Now?

The British Academy has released Open Access and Monographs: Where Are We Now?.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Academy argues that any future model for open access monograph publication needs to be properly funded with additional money. And a generous list of exceptions will need to be defined—for example 'crossover' books which merit submission to the REF but which also make an important contribution to the UK’s 'trade' publishing industry.

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Software Preservation Analyst at Yale University

Yale University is recruiting a Software Preservation Analyst (term: two years from date of hire).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Software Preservation Program Manager, the Software Preservation Analyst leads department efforts in the planning and configuration of a library of emulated software applications for use in the Library’s emulation-as-a-service platform, a developing framework for access and use of preserved software and digital objects. . . . The Analyst is responsible for management of a growing collection of legacy computer hardware, installation media, and software applications. They create computer images of legacy equipment, using digital forensic tools and the command-line interface, for configuration and use in the emulation service.

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