Reporting to the Digital Preservation Manager, the Software Preservation Program Manager is responsible for managing and growing the Emulation as a Service Infrastructure (EaaSI) Program of work (https://eaasi.info). EaaSI is a world-leading program of work providing open-source software and services that make emulation practical for use in long term digital preservation workflows. . . . The position has grant-based funding through June 2024 with a strong possibility of moving to organizational funding following this.
They even had a little humanoid version—shaped like a Lego figure—melt to escape a little prison cell, seeping through the bars and re-forming on the other side in homage to a scene from the movie Terminator 2.
The publishers of thousands of scientific journals have banned or restricted contributors’ use of an advanced AI-driven chatbot amid concerns that it could pepper academic literature with flawed and even fabricated research.
Eight years ago, a patient lost her power of speech because of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes progressive paralysis. . . .Now, after volunteering to receive a brain implant, the woman has been able to rapidly communicate phrases like "I don’t own my home" and "It’s just tough" at a rate approaching normal speech. . . .Philip Sabes, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the project, called the results a "big breakthrough" and said that experimental brain-reading technology could be ready to leave the lab and become a useful product soon.
Archival description is often misunderstood by librarians, administrators, and technologists in ways that have seriously hindered the development of access and discovery systems. It is not widely understood that there is currently no off-the-shelf system that provides discovery and access to digital materials using archival methods. This article is an overview of the core differences between archival and bibliographic description, and discusses how to design access systems for born-digital and digitized materials using the affordances of archival metadata. It offers a custom indexer as a working example that adds the full text of digital content to an Arclight instance and argues that the extensibility of archival description makes it a perfect match for automated description. Finally, it argues that building archives-first discovery systems allows us to use our descriptive labor more thoughtfully, better enable digitization on demand, and overall make a larger volume of cultural heritage materials available online.
Reporting to the Digitization Manager, the Audiovisual Digitization Specialist is responsible for all in-house audio-visual digitization, and provides quality control and editing for outsourced digitization of audiovisual materials in the Washington University Libraries’ collections. The position provides expertise that informs strategies for long-term preservation of and access to these digital assets and their analog counterparts.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Information Technologies and Collections Services, the Digital Collections Infrastructure Developer performs advanced technical and creative work essential to the University Libraries collections, services, and digital initiatives. Develop and implement digital library applications across multiple environments and operating platforms, including: tools for the integrated library system (ILS), digital collection repositories, library web content management, and collection management. The Developer manages technical projects and assures that deadlines are met and deliverables achieved.
Data management plans (DMPs) are an essential part of planning data-driven research projects and ensuring long-term access and use of research data and digital objects; however, as text-based documents, DMPs must be analyzed manually for conformance to funder requirements. This study presents a comparison of DMPs evaluations for 21 funded projects using 1) an automated means of analysis to identify elements that align with best practices in support of open research initiatives and 2) a manually-applied scorecard measuring these same elements. The automated analysis revealed that terms related to availability (90% of DMPs), metadata (86% of DMPs), and sharing (81% of DMPs) were reliably supplied. Manual analysis revealed 86% (n = 18) of funded DMPs were adequate, with strong discussions of data management personnel (average score: 2 out of 2), data sharing (average score 1.83 out of 2), and limitations to data sharing (average score: 1.65 out of 2). This study reveals that the automated approach to DMP assessment yields less granular yet similar results to manual assessments of the DMPs that are more efficiently produced. Additional observations and recommendations are also presented to make data management planning exercises and automated analysis even more useful going forward.
Reporting to the Collections Services Archivist/Processing Manager, the Digital Content Management Archivist for Institutional Collections (DCM Archivist) manages born-digital content including institutional records transferred from administrative and academic departments and systems, email, student scholarly output such as theses and prize papers, and archived websites, from initial receipt through deposit in a preservation repository. The DCM Archivist works with Harvard University Archives (HUA) staff across all units to develop, implement, and adjust workflows for the long-term management and delivery of born digital content created at the University and in the related community during all phases of the records lifecycle.
Plan S was launched in 2018. At that time, cOAlition S recognised that transformative arrangements would provide a useful means to repurpose funds for journal subscriptions to publication fees, thus supporting legacy publishers in transforming paywalled to Open Access publication models. It was, however, also clear that the transformation would have to be completed at a definite point in time, by the end of 2024 at the latest. We maintain this timeline. We believe that the strategy of providing financial support for these arrangements—endorsed by many cOAlition S members—beyond 2024 would significantly increase the risk that these arrangements will become permanent and perpetuate hybrid Open Access, which cOAlition S has always firmly opposed.
The position leads the ULS’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) unit, an outward-focused, public-outreach unit, which serves as a front-end to the library’s resources, expertise, and services in support of a broad range of digital and data-intensive scholarly activities. In this capacity, the Head of DSS develops and maintains strategies, relationships, services, and project portfolios that enable meaningful library support of digital scholarship for faculty, students, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh. The Head of DSS also engages directly with digital scholarship practitioners through consultations, presentations, instruction, and project collaborations.
Canadian institutions are preparing for a research data management policy developed by three major federal granting agencies to go into effect this March. The policy of the Tri-Agency Council, comprising the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), asserts that "research data collected through the use of public funds should be responsibly and securely managed and be, where ethical, legal and commercial obligations allow, available for reuse by others."
The librarian in this position will support members of the UCSC community who work with 3D data throughout its lifecycle including 3D scanning, 3D modeling, VR, 3D printing, and preservation of 3D data. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in 3D modeling or VR/AR creation. The librarian in this position will provide support related to our newly expanded Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio, which includes 3D printers, laser cutters, Cricut maker machines, VR, and holographic equipment. Support for these methods includes both 2D and 3D design methods.
The state of open science needs to be monitored to track changes over time and identify areas to create interventions to drive improvements. In order to monitor open science practices, they first need to be well defined and operationalized. To reach consensus on what open science practices to monitor at biomedical research institutions, we conducted a modified 3-round Delphi study. Participants were research administrators, researchers, specialists in dedicated open science roles, and librarians. In rounds 1 and 2, participants completed an online survey evaluating a set of potential open science practices, and for round 3, we hosted two half-day virtual meetings to discuss and vote on items that had not reached consensus. Ultimately, participants reached consensus on 19 open science practices. This core set of open science practices will form the foundation for institutional dashboards and may also be of value for the development of policy, education, and interventions.
The UTA Libraries’ Digital Publishing Librarian oversees all aspects of producing local digital publications and making external publications accessible in support of faculty, staff, and students. This position also involves serving as an advocate for open access and associated issues pertaining to scholarly impact and communication, as a member of the Open Partnerships & Services department. This position focuses on building and supporting partnerships for research engagement with campus colleagues.
Today, the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force released its final report, a roadmap for standing up a national research infrastructure that would broaden access to the resources essential to artificial intelligence (AI) research and development.
While AI research and development (R&D) in the United States is advancing rapidly, opportunities to pursue cutting-edge AI research and new AI applications are often inaccessible to researchers beyond those at well-resourced companies, organizations, and academic institutions. A NAIRR would change that by providing AI researchers and students with significantly expanded access to computational resources, high-quality data, educational tools, and user support—fueling greater innovation and advancing AI that serves the public good.
Princeton University Library seeks two curious and innovative Digital Scholarship Specialists (DSS) to support its growing digital scholarship program. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Digital & Open Scholarship, the DSS will collaborate closely with library colleagues within the Research Data & Open Scholarship department to train, support, and collaborate with Princeton researchers on emerging digital research and interactive scholarship.
For life science infrastructures, sensitive data generate an additional layer of complexity. Cross-domain categorisation and discovery of digital resources related to sensitive data presents major interoperability challenges. To support this FAIRification process, a toolbox demonstrator aiming at support for discovery of digital objects related to sensitive data (e.g., regulations, guidelines, best practice, tools) has been developed. The toolbox is based upon a categorisation system developed and harmonised across a cluster of 6 life science research infrastructures. Three different versions were built, tested by subsequent pilot studies, finally leading to a system with 7 main categories (sensitive data type, resource type, research field, data type, stage in data sharing life cycle, geographical scope, specific topics). 109 resources attached with the tags in pilot study 3 were used as the initial content for the toolbox demonstrator, a software tool allowing searching of digital objects linked to sensitive data with filtering based upon the categorisation system. Important next steps are a broad evaluation of the usability and user-friendliness of the toolbox, extension to more resources, broader adoption by different life-science communities, and a long-term vision for maintenance and sustainability.
The Metadata Librarian leads in all metadata aspects for projects, repository configurations, and digital project grants, providing input, training, documentation, and feedback, as appropriate. This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment, fully remote or hybrid eligible, has supervisory responsibilities, and reports to the Head of Digital Projects, a department within the Division of Special Collections and Archives.
Funding-agency policies mandating that scientific papers and data are made publicly available have helped to drive the adoption of preprints, open-access publishing and data repositories. But agencies often struggle to measure how closely grant recipients comply with the funding policies. Awardees, and the institutes that employ them, can struggle to ensure they are following the rules. Now, digital tools are cropping up to help both sides of the funding equation stick to the regulations.
This position will provide leadership and management to re-envision data services and current workflows and build on the strong foundation already established to support technology services, emerging scholarship, and engagement in the research enterprise. The Associate Dean will oversee Data Services; the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC), which includes the Digital Media Lab (DML); Library Technology Services (LTS), which includes the Libraries’ technology infrastructure; and Scholarly Communication, which includes the Institutional Repository as well as support for Open Scholarship and Open Educational Resources.
Introduction: This investigation, originally conceived as a method for informing Albertsons Library on creative solutions to the collections budget shortfall, sought to determine an institution’s faculty perceptions of publishing and/or using open access (OA) materials, as well as to identify future mechanisms that would shift perceptions of OA publishing to a more favorable light, thereby fostering adoption of OA materials in faculty research and teaching. Methods: The study used an anonymous electronic survey of 468 faculty members, with a response rate of nearly 34%. Results and Discussion: Respondents indicated a mixed set of adoption, with equal distribution in willingness to engage with OA journals and publications. Quality of OA publications, combined with concerns for tenure and promotion, holds faculty back from utilizing OA journals and publications in their own research and in the classroom. Conclusion: The data collected through the course of this perceptions survey provide important insight into the perceptions of faculty at this point in time, laying the groundwork for future surveys to evaluate growth in engagement with OA publishing. Though the data provided do not immediately alleviate collections budget constraints at Albertsons Library, the survey contributed to a more holistic understanding of faculty publishing behavior in OA journals.
The Head of Digitization and Preservation is responsible for leading the creation, implementation, and ongoing policies, procedures, and workflows to collectively preserve the born-digital and digitized collections of the Texas State University Libraries. The person in this position will oversee operations of the Digitization Lab, provide strategic planning to expand digitization services, and operationalize processes for new media format digitization and the development of a robust digital preservation workflow. This position will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to align and expand digitization and preservation efforts of the University Libraries that increase access to research and digital scholarship.
Overlay journals, a potentially overlooked model of scholarly communication, have seen a resurgence due to the increasing number of preprint repositories and preprints on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) related topics. Overlay journals at various stages of maturity were examined for unique characteristics, including whether the authors submitted their article to the journal, whether the peer reviews of the article were published by the overlay journal, and whether the overlay journals took advantage of opportunities for increased discovery. As librarians and researchers seek new, futuristic models for publishing, overlay journals are emerging as an important contribution to scholarly communication.