Archive for 2018

Grant: "Arcadia Fund Supports Open Access Button to Improve Access to Research Without Subscriptions"

Posted in Grants, Open Access on August 22nd, 2018

The Open Access Button has released "Arcadia Fund Supports Open Access Button to Improve Access to Research Without Subscriptions."

Here's an excerpt:

We're happy to announce that Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has provided the Open Access Button with a two-year, $420,000 grant to accelerate our work to release content behind paywalls and improve researchers’ ability to do their work without expensive subscriptions. . . .

We hope to expand usage of the request system outside the Open Access Button, where it is currently in development, to include inside ILL, repositories and other services where users hit paywalls.

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Senior Software Engineer for Digital Libraries at University of Virginia

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 22nd, 2018

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer for Digital Libraries .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Senior Software Engineer for Digital Libraries will create, enhance and maintain web application services that give patrons a way to store scholarly work and access library resources. With an emphasis on Ruby-on-Rails programming, the library applications support the access, description and ingest of scholarly work in a Fedora Commons repository through the Samvera technology stack as well as access to Library resources leveraging Blacklight technology.

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"How Many Wikipedia References Are Available to Read? We Measured The Proportion of Open Access Sources Across Languages and Topics."

Posted in Open Access on August 22nd, 2018

The Wikimedia Foundation has released How Many Wikipedia References Are Available to Read? We Measured The Proportion of Open Access Sources Across Languages and Topics..

Here's an excerpt:

We recently released a dataset of all citations with identifiers in Wikipedia. . . .

To create this dataset, we cross-referenced our existing data with data provided by Unpaywall, a database gathering accessibility information of more than 19 million articles, and we associated each scholarly publication’s digital object identifier (DOI) cited in Wikipedia with an accessibility label: "Open" if the publisher (source) provides a free copy, "Closed" if it is a paywalled publication, or "Available" if the official version is paywalled but there exists an open copy available elsewhere on the web (e.g., legally deposited by the author in a university repository). In total, we gathered accessibility values for around 450,000 scholarly publications cited across 300 Wikipedia languages.[2]

We find that less than half of the official versions of scholarly publications cited with an identifier in Wikipedia are freely available on the web: 29% are free-to-read at the source, while an additional 10% have a free-to-read version available elsewhere.[3]

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"Twenty-Two States Urge Court to Block Net Neutrality Repeal"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on August 21st, 2018

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/twenty-two-states-urge-court-to-block-net-neutrality-repeal/ar-BBMdM5y

"Using Citation Metrics as Part of Academic Recruitment Decisions Leads to an Increase in Self-Citations"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics on August 21st, 2018

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/08/21/using-citation-metrics-as-part-of-academic-recruitment-decisions-leads-to-a-surge-in-self-citations/

"EFF & Privacy Coalition Oppose Efforts to Undo New California Data Privacy Law"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on August 21st, 2018

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/08/eff-privacy-coalition-oppose-efforts-undo-new-california-data-privacy-law

"Lehigh Research Team to Investigate a ‘Google for Research Data’"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Google and Other Search Engines on August 21st, 2018

https://www.lehigh.edu/engineering/news/faculty/2018/20180820-davison-heflin-jia-dataset-search-engine-nsf-award.html

Lead Software Engineer at Emory University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 21st, 2018

Emory University is recruiting a Lead Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Leads the design, development, implementation, testing and analysis of software applications to meet enterprise-wide business and user needs. Consults with managers and directors to understand business needs and propose new and improved software applications. . . . Hires, supervises and evaluates staff.

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"The Rent’s Too High: Self-Archive for Fair Online Publication Costs"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on August 21st, 2018

Robert T. Thibault, Amanda MacPherson, Stevan Harnad, Amir Raza have self-archived "The Rent's Too High: Self-Archive for Fair Online Publication Costs."

Here's an excerpt:

The main contributors of scientific knowledge, researchers, generally aim to disseminate their findings far and wide. And yet, publishing companies have largely kept these findings behind a paywall. With digital publication technology markedly reducing cost, this enduring wall seems disproportionate and unjustified; moreover, it has sparked a topical exchange concerning how to modernize academic publishing. This discussion, however, seems to focus on how to compensate major publishers for providing open access through a "pay to publish" model, in turn transferring financial burdens from libraries to authors and their funders. Large publishing companies, including Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley, PLoS, and Frontiers, continue to earn exorbitant revenues each year, hundreds of millions of dollars of which now come from processing charges for open-access articles. A less expensive and equally accessible alternative exists: widespread self-archiving of peer-reviewed articles. All we need is awareness of this alternative and the will to employ it

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Web Developer at Virginia Tech

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 21st, 2018

Virginia Tech is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Virginia Tech's University Libraries seeks a talented Web Developer to work within the Information Technology Division and collaborate with University Libraries’ team of software engineers, designers, professional communicators and librarians in developing front-end web applications. The successful candidate will engage in the design, implementation, testing, and maintenance for the Libraries’ growing portfolio of websites and web applications in collaboration with the University Libraries Strategic Communications team and will participate in planning for future development, taking into account newly available technologies.

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Creative Markets and Copyright in the Fourth Industrial Era: Reconfiguring the Public Benefit for a Digital Trade Economy

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, License Agreements/Contracts, Publishing on August 21st, 2018

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Developmen thas released Creative Markets and Copyright in the Fourth Industrial Era: Reconfiguring the Public Benefit for a Digital Trade Economy.

Here's an excerpt:

A rapid succession of technological advances—big data, robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence—is steadily changing how firms engage in productive activity, how consumers interact, and how knowledge goods are acquired, shared, and governed. The rise of big data and the increasingly widespread adoption of artificial intelligence across many industries have complicated our understanding of the values of twentieth-century intellectual property rules. . . . This paper explores the fundamental questions facing the copyright system in the new industrial and digital era. It considers a broad range of issues including the evolving concept of authorship, originality, exhaustion issues, and the fair use or fair dealing doctrine in the new global context. It concludes with recommendations on how to redesign global copyright for innovation, competition, and inclusion.

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"North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages"

Posted in License Agreements/Contracts, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on August 20th, 2018

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/north-american-universities-increasingly-cancel-publisher-packages-64324

"It’s Not Technology That’s Disrupting Our Jobs"

Posted in Digital Culture on August 20th, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/18/opinion/technology/technology-gig-economy.html

"Number of Third-Party Cookies on EU News Sites Dropped by 22% Post-GDPR"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on August 20th, 2018

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/number-of-third-party-cookies-on-eu-news-sites-dropped-by-22-percent-post-gdpr/

Net Neutrality: "A Straightforward Timeline of the FCC’s Twisty DDoS Debacle"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on August 20th, 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/fcc-net-neutrality-investigation/

USENIX Security Symposium Presentation: "Just Say No: Wi-Fi-Enabled Appliance Botnet Could Bring Power Grid to Its Knees"

Posted in Security on August 20th, 2018

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/08/just-say-no-wi-fi-enabled-appliance-botnet-could-bring-power-grid-to-its-knees/

Four-Month Lending Embargo: "A Dystopian Twist for Library E-Books"

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Publishing, Scholarly Books on August 20th, 2018

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/77775-a-dystopian-twist-for-library-e-books.html

Library IT Project Manager at Princeton University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 20th, 2018

Princeton University is recruiting a Library IT Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Library IT and Digital Services, Princeton University Library seeks a Library IT Project Manager to manage all aspects of digital project implementation.

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"HydraDAM2: Extending Fedora 4 and Hydra for Media Preservation"

Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Grants, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on August 20th, 2018

Jon W. Dunn et al. have self-archived "HydraDAM2: Extending Fedora 4 and Hydra for Media Preservation."

Here's an excerpt:

The overarching goal of the HydraDAM2 project, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Research and Development program, was to extend the existing HydraDAM digital asset management system, developed with prior NEH support, to be able to serve as a digital preservation repository for time-based media collections implementable at a wide range of institutions using multiple digital storage strategies. The new open source digital preservation repository system developed as part of the project by partners Indiana University (IU) and WGBH, known as Phydo, is based on the Fedora 4.x digital repository system and Samvera (formerly Hydra) repository application development framework and is intended to support storage and long-term preservation management of audio and video files and their accompanying metadata. This white paper describes the work of the HydraDAM2 project to develop the Phydo system, along with future plans.

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Library IT Operations Manager at Princeton University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 20th, 2018

Princeton University is recruiting a Library IT Operations Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Library IT and Digital Services, the Library IT Operations Manager supervises a team of operations and devops engineers who are responsible for managing the Library’s IT infrastructure, and interfaces with the campus Office of Information Technology and Office of Audit and Compliance to ensure that the Library is in alignment with emerging and locally established best practices.

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"How Open Is Open Access Research in Library and Information Science?"

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on August 20th, 2018

Wanyenda Leonard Chilimo and Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha have published "How Open Is Open Access Research in Library and Information Science?" in the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science.

Here's an excerpt:

The study investigates Library and Information Science (LIS) journals that published research articles between 2003 and 2013, which were about open access (OA) and were indexed in LIS databases. The purpose was to investigate the journals’ OA policies, ascertain the degree to which these policies facilitate OA to publications, and investigate whether such texts are also available as OA. The results show that literature growth in the domain has been significant, with a total of 1,402 articles produced during the eleven years under study. The OA policies of the fifty-six journals that published the highest number of articles were analysed. The results show that most articles (404; 41%) were published in hybrid journals, whereas 272 (29.7%) appeared in OA journals. Some 143 (53%) of the articles published in hybrid journals were available as green OA copies. In total, 602 (66%) of all the articles published were available as OA. The results show that the adoption of OA for research articles on that very subject is somewhat higher than in other fields. The study calls on LIS professionals to be conversant with the OA policies of the various journals that may publish their research.

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"Guest Post: Challenges for Academics in the Global South—Resource Constraints, Institutional Issues, and Infrastructural Problems"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on August 17th, 2018

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2018/08/16/guest-post-challenges-academics-global-south-resource-constraints-institutional-issues-infrastructural-problems/

"Texas A&M University Press to Merge with University Libraries"

Posted in Scholarly Communication on August 17th, 2018

https://today.tamu.edu/2018/08/17/texas-am-university-press-to-merge-with-university-libraries/

"Ajit Pai Opposes Effort to Update the Definition of Broadband"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation on August 17th, 2018

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180815/08080740435/ajit-pai-opposes-effort-to-update-definition-broadband.shtml

IT Project Manager at Indiana University, Bloomington

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 17th, 2018

Indiana University, Bloomington is recruiting a IT Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Information Technology Project Manager will provide project management support for software and systems development projects across the Library Technologies division of the IU Bloomington Libraries. This work includes serving as project manager for specific information IT projects; serving as Scrum Master for projects following the Scrum Agile software development methodology; setting and tracking progress toward goals, objectives, and project deliverables; providing reports to managers and library leadership on IT project progress and status; working with managers to allocate staff capacity and resources to IT projects; and tracking and reporting on overall project portfolio and staff project allocations within the Library Technologies division.

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