Archive for 2018

Jisc: Research Data Management Toolkit

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 9th, 2018

https://rdmtoolkit.jisc.ac.uk/

Digital Initiatives Librarian (Knowledge Analyst) at Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 9th, 2018

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian (Knowledge Analyst).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The librarian will provide technical, web-development expertise to maintain a portfolio of existing library projects. In addition, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will lead the way in actively identifying, evaluating, and, as necessary, deploying new technologies and tools to improve library services, further process automation, and respond to user needs.

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European Commission: "Trends for Open Access to Publications"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on August 9th, 2018

The European Commission has released Trends for Open Access to Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

Data and case studies covering access to scientific publications. Bibliometric data as well as well as data on the policies of journals and funders are available. . . .

See also: Open Science Monitor Methodological Note.

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Publication Management System Coordinator at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 9th, 2018

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Publication Management System Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The first project the incumbent will manage will be to expand the implementation of UC's OA policies to include the most recent Presidential Policy, which covers all UC staff (approximately 250,000 individuals). The Publication Management System Coordinator will also manage projects that connect the CRIS to other campus systems (e.g. researcher profiles, assessment & evaluation systems, etc.) and will identify new opportunities to build toward a networked academic information system across the UC system.

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"Creative Commons Awarded $800,000 from Arcadia to Support Discovery and Collaboration in the Global Commons"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access on August 9th, 2018

The Creative Commons has released "Creative Commons Awarded $800,000 from Arcadia to Support Discovery and Collaboration in the Global Commons."

Here's an excerpt:

CC Search—together with the Commons Metadata Library and the Commons API—will form the Commons Collaborative Archive and Library, a suite of tools for discovery and collaboration. CC aims through the development of this suite of tools to make the global commons of openly licensed content more searchable, usable, and resilient, and to provide essential infrastructure for collaborative online communities. The project elements will feature an index of every openly licensed and public domain work on the web (the Library); an API allowing developers to query the metadata library and to develop services and integrations for content in the Commons; and CC Search, a search engine that harnesses the power of open repositories and allows users to search across a variety of open content through a single interface.

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"Archive.org Has Created a Decentralized or Dweb Version of Their Site"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 8th, 2018

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/archiveorg-has-created-a-decentralized-or-dweb-version-of-their-site/

"NEH Announces $43.1 Million for 218 Humanities Projects Nationwide "

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Grants on August 8th, 2018

https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2018-08-08

"EU’s Top Court Backs Copyright Holder in Landmark Ruling"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on August 8th, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/08/07/technology/07reuters-eu-court-copyright.html

"New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level"

Posted in Artificial Intelligence/Robots, Security on August 8th, 2018

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-conference-ai/new-genre-of-artificial-intelligence-programs-take-computer-hacking-to-another-level-idUSKBN1KT120

Systems Librarian at Nevada State College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 8th, 2018

Nevada State College is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian will manage current library enterprise systems including ExLibris Alma, ILLiad, and OCLC's EZProxy.

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"Populating the Data Ark: An Attempt to Retrieve, Preserve, and Liberate Data from the Most Highly-Cited Psychology and Psychiatry Articles"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Scholarly Journals on August 8th, 2018

Tom E. Hardwicke and John P. A. Ioannidis have published "Populating the Data Ark: An Attempt to Retrieve, Preserve, and Liberate Data from the Most Highly-Cited Psychology and Psychiatry Articles" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

The vast majority of scientific articles published to-date have not been accompanied by concomitant publication of the underlying research data upon which they are based. This state of affairs precludes the routine re-use and re-analysis of research data, undermining the efficiency of the scientific enterprise, and compromising the credibility of claims that cannot be independently verified. It may be especially important to make data available for the most influential studies that have provided a foundation for subsequent research and theory development. Therefore, we launched an initiative—the Data Ark—to examine whether we could retrospectively enhance the preservation and accessibility of important scientific data. Here we report the outcome of our efforts to retrieve, preserve, and liberate data from 111 of the most highly-cited articles published in psychology and psychiatry between 2006–2011 (n = 48) and 2014–2016 (n = 63). Most data sets were not made available (76/111, 68%, 95% CI [60, 77]), some were only made available with restrictions (20/111, 18%, 95% CI [10, 27]), and few were made available in a completely unrestricted form (15/111, 14%, 95% CI [5, 22]). Where extant data sharing systems were in place, they usually (17/22, 77%, 95% CI [54, 91]) did not allow unrestricted access. Authors reported several barriers to data sharing, including issues related to data ownership and ethical concerns. The Data Ark initiative could help preserve and liberate important scientific data, surface barriers to data sharing, and advance community discussions on data stewardship.

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Library Systems Administrator at Boston College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 8th, 2018

Boston College is recruiting a Library Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Systems Administrator will serve as the primary manager for the Library’s proxy server (EZProxy) and resource sharing systems (ILLiad/Rapid). The Library Systems Administrator will also serve as the secondary administrator for the Library’s Integrated Library System (Alma).

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"Can Microsoft Academic Help to Assess the Citation Impact of Academic Books?"

Posted in Scholarly Books, Scholarly Metrics on August 8th, 2018

Kayvan Kousha and Mike Thelwall have self-archived "Can Microsoft Academic Help to Assess the Citation Impact of Academic Books?"

Here's an excerpt:

Despite recent evidence that Microsoft Academic is an extensive source of citation counts for journal articles, it is not known if the same is true for academic books. This paper fills this gap by comparing citations to 16,463 books from 2013-2016 in the Book Citation Index (BKCI) against automatically extracted citations from Microsoft Academic and Google Books in 17 fields. About 60% of the BKCI books had records in Microsoft Academic, varying by year and field. Citation counts from Microsoft Academic were 1.5 to 3.6 times higher than from BKCI in nine subject areas across all years for books indexed by both. Microsoft Academic found more citations than BKCI because it indexes more scholarly publications and combines citations to different editions and chapters. In contrast, BKCI only found more citations than Microsoft Academic for books in three fields from 2013-2014. Microsoft Academic also found more citations than Google Books in six fields for all years. Thus, Microsoft Academic may be a useful source for the impact assessment of books when comprehensive coverage is not essential.

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APC Fees: "Articles More Precious Than Gold?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 7th, 2018

https://walt.lishost.org/2018/08/articles-more-precious-than-gold/

Open Access: "OPERAS launches White Papers"

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on August 7th, 2018

https://operas.hypotheses.org/2136

"Elizabeth Adelman Named Interim Vice Provost for University Libraries at University at Buffalo"

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on August 7th, 2018

https://www.buffalo.edu/ubnow/briefs/2018/06/adelman-vice-provost-libraries.html

"Trump Admin Asks Supreme Court to Re-Kill Already-Dead Net Neutrality Rules"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on August 7th, 2018

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/trump-admin-asks-supreme-court-to-re-kill-already-dead-net-neutrality-rules/

"Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on August 7th, 2018

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/3ky5wj/telecom-lobbyists-have-stalled-70-state-level-bills-that-would-protect-consumer-privacy

"FCC’s Net Neutrality DDos Story Falls Apart, Ajit Pai Blames Previous Admin"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on August 7th, 2018

https://www.cnet.com/news/fccs-net-neutrality-ddos-story-falls-apart-ajit-pai-blames-previous-admin/

[Research Data] Metadata Specialist at UCSD

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 7th, 2018

UCSD is recruiting a Metadata Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The UC San Diego Library seeks a motivated and collaborative candidate to join the Library as a Metadata Specialist (at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Librarian). This position will provide metadata expertise for research data from a wide variety of disciplines on the UC San Diego campus. While the position is classified as a librarian, candidates from a range of backgrounds and experience are encouraged to apply.

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"Open Science Support as a Portfolio of Services and Projects: From Awareness to Engagement"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Research Libraries on August 7th, 2018

Birgit Schmidt et al. have published "Open Science Support as a Portfolio of Services and Projects: From Awareness to Engagement" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

Together with many other universities worldwide, the University of Gõttingen has aimed to unlock the full potential of networked digital scientific communication by strengthening open access as early as the late 1990s. Open science policies at the institutional level consequently followed and have been with us for over a decade. However, for several reasons, their adoption often is still far from complete when it comes to the practices of researchers or research groups. To improve this situation at our university, there is dedicated support at the infrastructural level: the university library collaborates with several campus units in developing and running services, activities and projects in support of open access and open science. This article outlines our main activity areas and aligns them with the overall rationale to reach higher uptake and acceptance of open science practice at the university. The mentioned examples of our activities highlight how we seek to advance open science along the needs and perspectives of diverse audiences and by running it as a multi-stakeholder endeavor. Therefore, our activities involve library colleagues with diverse backgrounds, faculty and early career researchers, research managers, as well as project and infrastructure staff. We conclude with a summary of achievements and challenges to be faced.

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Developer, Digital Scholarship at Wake Forest University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 7th, 2018

Wake Forest University is recruiting a Developer, Digital Scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Developer builds and implements new web applications and sites for faculty research projects. 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 as part of the Library’s partnerships with faculty to create digitally-enriched scholarship.

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"How Are We Measuring Up? Evaluating Research Data Services in Academic Libraries"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on August 7th, 2018

Heather L. Coates et al. have published "How Are We Measuring Up? Evaluating Research Data Services in Academic Libraries" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION In the years since the emergence of federal funding agency data management and sharing requirements (http://datasharing.sparcopen.org/data), research data services (RDS) have expanded to dozens of academic libraries in the United States. As these services have matured, service providers have begun to assess them. Given a lack of practical guidance in the literature, we seek to begin the discussion with several case studies and an exploration of four approaches suitable to assessing these emerging services. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM This article examines five case studies that vary by staffing, drivers, and institutional context in order to begin a practice-oriented conversation about how to evaluate and assess research data services in academic libraries. The case studies highlight some commonly discussed challenges, including insufficient training and resources, competing demands for evaluation efforts, and the tension between evidence that can be easily gathered and that which addresses our most important questions. We explore reflective practice, formative evaluation, developmental evaluation, and evidence-based library and information practice for ideas to advance practice. NEXT STEPS Data specialists engaged in providing research data services need strategies and tools with which to make decisions about their services. These range from identifying stakeholder needs to refining existing services to determining when to extend and discontinue declining services. While the landscape of research data services is broad and diverse, there are common needs that we can address as a community. To that end, we have created a community-owned space to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and existing resources.

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"Clowns to the Left of Me… Jokers to the Right: The Independent Publisher in an Age of Mergers and Acquisitions"

Posted in Publishing on August 6th, 2018

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2018/08/06/clowns-left-jokers-right-independent-publisher-age-mergers-acquisitions/

"Joseph Meisel to Serve as Interim University Librarian at Brown University"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on August 6th, 2018

http://www.arl.org/news/community-updates/4587-joseph-meisel-to-serve-as-interim-university-librarian-at-brown-university


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