Archive for 2018

"TIB-arXiv: An Alternative Search Portal for the arXiv Pre-print Server"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Self-Archiving on June 19th, 2018

https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.06796

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

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Science, Research Libraries on June 19th, 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 Göttingen 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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"Current Trends and Goals in the Development of Makerspaces at New England College and Research Libraries"

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on June 19th, 2018

Ann Marie Lynn Davis has published "Current Trends and Goals in the Development of Makerspaces at New England College and Research Libraries" in Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This study investigates why and which types of college and research libraries (CRLs) are currently developing Makerspaces (or an equivalent space) for their communities. Based on an online survey and phone interviews with a sample population of CRLs in New England, the investigator found that more than two dozen (26) CRLs had or were in the process of developing a Makerspace in this region. In addition, a number of other CRLs were actively engaged in promoting and diffusing the Maker ethos. Of these libraries, most were motivated to promote open access to new technologies, literacies, and STEM-related knowledge.

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Research Data Specialist at Case Western Reserve University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 19th, 2018

Case Western Reserve University is recruiting a Research Data Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working independently and with initiative, the Research Data Specialist position is a non-supervisory position that reports to the digital learning and scholarship team leader. The RDS will provide leadership and expertise in the areas of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, geospatial data visualization, working in collaboration with campus-wide initiatives around research data management, providing guidance and creating best practices for ethical data creation, production and dissemination.

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Web Designer and Social Media Coordinator at Vanderbilt University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 19th, 2018

Vanderbilt University is recruiting a Web Designer and Social Media Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Designer and Social Media Coordinator will also oversee ongoing and sustainable social media communication. The position produces relevant content for various social media sites for targeted audiences, ensuring all online venues are updated and maintained consistently to maintain positive online presence.

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"’The Spotify for Books’ Hasn’t Worked Yet. Here’s Why."

Posted in E-Books, Publishing on June 18th, 2018

https://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/spotify-books-hasn-t-worked-yet-heres-why-806786

"California Lawmakers Combine Net Neutrality Bills to Better Fend Off ISP Greed"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on June 18th, 2018

https://gizmodo.com/california-lawmakers-combine-net-neutrality-bills-to-be-1826918944

"A Journal Implodes"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 18th, 2018

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/15/promising-open-access-anthropology-journal-moves-modified-subscription-service-amid

"The Scholarly Publishing Community Remembers Elsevier’s Karen Hunter"

Posted in Obituaries, Publishing on June 18th, 2018

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/77241-the-scholarly-publishing-community-remembers-elsevier-s-karen-hunter.html

"An Expertise Recommender System Based on Data from an Institutional Repository (DiVA)"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Science on June 18th, 2018

Milena Angelova et al. have self-archived "An Expertise Recommender System Based on Data from an Institutional Repository (DiVA)."

Here's an excerpt:

Finding experts in academics is an important practical problem, e.g. recruiting reviewers for reviewing conference, journal or project submissions, partner matching for research proposals, finding relevant M. Sc. or Ph. D. supervisors etc. In this work, we discuss an expertise recommender system that is built on data extracted from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) instance of the institutional repository system DiVA. The developed prototype system is evaluated and validated on information extracted from the BTH DiVA installation, concerning thesis supervision of researchers affiliated with BTH. The extracted DiVA classification terms are used to build an ontology that conceptualizes the thesis domain supported by the university. The supervisor profiles of the tutors affiliated with the BTH are constructed based on the extracted DiVA data. These profiles can further be used to identify and recommend relevant subject thesis supervisors.

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"The Public Knowledge Project: Reflections and Directions After Its First Two Decades"

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 18th, 2018

Juan Alperin, John Willinsky, Brian Owen et al. have self-archived "The Public Knowledge Project: Reflections and Directions After Its First Two Decades."

Here's an excerpt:

As the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) enters its third decade, it faces the responsibilities of supporting the more than 10,000 journals using its software and are dependent on PKP continuing to develop the code. In the fall of 2017, PKP, with the support of the Arnold Foundation, contracted the consulting services of BlueSky to Blueprint, with its principal Nancy Maron embarking on an exploration of PKP's standing and prospects among a sample of those involved in scholarly publishing, including current, former, and potential users of its software (Maron 2018). This paper presents BlueSky's findings and PKP's responses in what may serve as a lesson on the maturing of, and challenges faced by, an open source software project seeking to sustain in-creased global access to research and scholarship.

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Online Learning Librarian at Penn State

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2018

Penn State is recruiting an Online Learning Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is responsible for creating strategies and building partnerships to develop, assess, and maintain a robust online instruction program within University Libraries for strategic integration into online and blended courses and programs including, but not limited to, those that are part of Penn State’s World Campus.

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A Look Back at 29 Years as an Open Access Publisher

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on June 18th, 2018

Imagine the Internet without the Web. Imagine that there is no Google or similar search engine. Imagine that the cutting edge Internet applications are e-mail, LISTSERV, FTP, and Telnet (terminal sessions). Imagine that the Internet is made up of a number of different noncommercial networks, and that the connections between them are not always transparent. Imagine that Microsoft only shipped one million copies of the second version of Windows last year, and you are using MS-DOS without a graphical interface instead. Imagine that no established publisher has even experimented with an e-journal. Imagine that the latest mid-range PC has a 6 MHz 16/32-bit 80386SX processor, a 30 MB hard drive, and 2 MB of RAM and costs about $3,900.

That was the situation in June 1989 when I launched PACS-L, a LISTSERV mailing list, after distributing some photocopied handouts at the ALA Annual meeting. PACS-L was one of the first library-oriented mailing lists, and it was unusual in that it had a broad subject focus (public-access computer systems in libraries). PACS-L was sponsored by the University of Houston Libraries. Walt Crawford and Roy Tennant have shared their thoughts about PACS-L in "Talking about Public Access: PACS-L's First Decade" and "Remembering PACS-L."

In August 1989, I launched and began editing The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, one of the first e-journals on the Internet and the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. It was freely available, allowed authors to retain their copyrights, and had special copyright provisions for noncommercial use. It was published by the University of Houston Libraries. Issues were announced via e-mail, and articles were distributed as ASCII files from a LISTSERV. You can find a history of the journal and links to articles and reviews about it in "The Public-Access Computer Systems Review." From 1989 through 1996, the journal had over 4.2 million file requests (including spiders).

In 1996, I established and began writing the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book, which was published in the HTML, PDF, and Word formats. It had 79 subsequent versions. This early e-book was published by the University of Houston Libraries until late 1996. My "Evolution of an Electronic Book: The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography" article recounts the history of the e-book through 2001. From 1996 through 2011 when the last version was published, the e-book had over 11.9 million file requests (including spiders).

All three of these digital publishing ventures were authorized and supported by Robin N. Downes, the visionary Director of the University of Houston Libraries.

In 2005, I established Digital Scholarship, and I began to write and publish open access works under Creative Commons licenses. Since then, Digital Scholarship has published PDF books, inexpensive paperback books, XHTML bibliographies, weblogs, Twitter streams, and other works.

The most popular publications have been (excluding spiders): DigitalKoans (over 22.7 million page views), Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (over 575,000 page views), the Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals (over 422,00 page views), and the Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography (over 288,000 page views).

Back in 1989, I never thought that a wacky idea and a few handouts would lead to 29 years of digital publishing projects.

You can find a complete chronology of my digital publishing activities in A Look Back at 29 Years as an Open Access Publisher.

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Associate Dean, Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications at Penn State

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2018

Penn State is recruiting an Associate Dean, Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working collaboratively with the dean and two other associate deans, this AD position provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for a comprehensive collections and research support strategy, consisting of: acquisitions, collection development, and the office of scholarly communications and copyright. The AD also directs liaison activities including collection development, research consultation, instruction, outreach, and scholarly communications services.

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"Global OA APCs (APC) 2010–2017: Major Trends"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 18th, 2018

Heather Morrison has self-archived "Global OA APCs (APC) 2010–2017: Major Trends ."

Here's an excerpt:

The open access (OA) article processing charges (APC) project is a longitudinal study of the minority of fully OA journals (27% in 2016) that have APCs. The global average APC shows little change; in USD, 906 in 2010, 964 in 2016, 974 in 2017. The average masks currency differences and the impact of a growing market; new APC journals often start with an APC of 0. Traditional commercial scholarly publishers are entering the OA market: the largest OA journal publishers’ portfolios in 2017 were Springer, De Gruyter, Elsevier, and Wolters Kluwer Medknow. However, these are a small portion of OA journal publishing which is still marked by a very long tail and extensive involvement by very small, often university or society publishers. APC pricing shows a wide range and variability. The APC market can be described as volatile.

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"Apple Unveils New Book App"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing on June 15th, 2018

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/Apps/article/77220-apple-offers-new-book-app-with-update.html

"Robots Might Not Take Your Job—But They Will Probably Make It Boring"

Posted in Artificial Intelligence/Robots on June 15th, 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/robots-wont-take-your-jobbut-they-might-make-it-boring/

New UK OA Report: "Over 80% of Research Outputs Meet Requirements of Ref 2021 Open Access Policy"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 15th, 2018

https://re.ukri.org/news-events-publications/news/oa-report-130618/

Digital Services and Research Librarian at Bryant University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 15th, 2018

Bryant University is recruiting a Digital Services and Research Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Services and Research Librarian will facilitate and perform a leading role in the library's emerging digital scholarship and digitization initiatives. . . . The Librarian will assist in implementing strategies for publishing and integrating digital scholarship into the library and Bryant community.

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"MIT and Royal Society of Chemistry Sign First North American ‘Read and Publish’ Agreement for Scholarly Articles"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 15th, 2018

The MIT Libraries have released "MIT and Royal Society of Chemistry Sign First North American 'Read and Publish' Agreement for Scholarly Articles."

Here's an excerpt:

The MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a groundbreaking license agreement that incorporates elements of a traditional subscription purchase and open access to scholarly articles. The experimental two-year agreement is seen as an important step on the path toward making more research freely and openly available to the world.. . .

The agreement, known as "read and publish," will run through 2019. Through the agreement, articles published in Royal Society of Chemistry journals by MIT corresponding authors during this period will be made openly available at the time of publication at no cost to the author. The aim of the offsetting agreement is that, over time, as more universities adopt this type of contract, the proportion of paywalled articles will decline and funding will shift to supporting open access to research.

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Florida

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 15th, 2018

The University of Florida is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Librarian is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for providing leadership for the Smathers Libraries' services in support of students and faculty seeking guidance on copyright and intellectual property, as well as outreach and training efforts to build a scholarly communications program in support of Open Access (OA), Open Data activities, and OA publishing at UF. T

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"Unbundling Open Access Dimensions: A Conceptual Discussion to Reduce Terminology Inconsistencies"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on June 15th, 2018

Alberto Martín-Martín et al. have self-archived "Unbundling Open Access Dimensions: A Conceptual Discussion to Reduce Terminology Inconsistencies."

Here's an excerpt:

he current ways in which documents are made freely accessible in the Web no longer adhere to the models established Budapest/Bethesda/Berlin (BBB) definitions of Open Access (OA). Since those definitions were established, OA-related terminology has expanded, trying to keep up with all the variants of OA publishing that are out there. However, the inconsistent and arbitrary terminology that is being used to refer to these variants are complicating communication about OA-related issues. This study intends to initiate a discussion on this issue, by proposing a conceptual model of OA. Our model features six different dimensions (authoritativeness, user rights, stability, immediacy, peer-review, and cost). Each dimension allows for a range of different options. We believe that by combining the options in these six dimensions, we can arrive at all the current variants of OA, while avoiding ambiguous and/or arbitrary terminology.

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"Here’s the Status of Meltdown and Spectre Mitigations in Windows"

Posted in Alerts, Security, Techie on June 14th, 2018

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/heres-the-status-of-meltdown-and-spectre-mitigations-in-windows/

"California’s Net Neutrality Bill Has Strong Zero Rating Protections for Low-Income Internet Users, Yet Sacramento May Ditch Them to Appease AT&T"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on June 14th, 2018

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/californias-net-neutrality-bill-has-strong-zero-rating-protections-low-income

"Wiley Joins Kudos S-PDF Service to Better Support Author Sharing"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 14th, 2018

https://blog.growkudos.com/2018/06/13/wiley-joins-kudos-s-pdf-service-to-better-support-author-sharing/


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