Director, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship at University of Notre Dame


The Center Director strengthens the role of the Hesburgh Libraries as a support hub and partner for literacies and fluencies in digital scholarship areas such as data use and visualization, digital humanities, media archaeology, research data management, immersive technologies, digital ethics, and other computationally engaged research and teaching methods and tools. The Director manages the Center budget, builds relationships across campus, and represents the University, the Libraries, and the Center externally through a broad network and a public presence at conferences and across the global digital scholarship community.

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Updated Report to the U.S. Congress on Financing Mechanisms for Open Access Publishing of Federally Funded Research


This current report elaborates on:

  • Implementation to advance federal public access policies. Updated agency public access policies will go into effect by December 31, 2025, in accordance with the 2022 Memorandum.
  • Trends in scholarly publishing since the release of the November 2023 Report, including further discussion of business models to enable public access to federally funded research, as well as domestic and global developments in advancing public access to research results.
  • An expansion of the analysis of estimated article processing charges paid to publish federally funded research from 2016 to 2022, with further discussion of limitations associated with calculating these charges.
  • Efforts to advance research integrity, including through implementation of federal public access policies and open science practices.
  • Continuing trends in peer review as they relate to research integrity, equity, and sustainability.

https://tinyurl.com/yryw9ejv

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Systems Librarian at Nevada State University


  • Oversees and administers library enterprise systems, including ExLibris’ Alma and Primo VE; OCLC Tipasa and Worldshare; OpenAthens; EBSCO Stacks; and Springshare LibApps.
  • Develops and sustains strong, cooperative partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders to support both library-specific and broader campus technological objectives.

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"Switzerland and Elsevier Sign R&P Agreement 2024-2028 "


On 10 June 2024, swissuniversities signed a comprehensive Open Access agreement with Elsevier on behalf of the Swiss universities and other mandating organisations. The agreement with Elsevier guarantees to members of Swiss universities and participating organisations a full reading access to Elsevier’s entire journal portfolio. The agreement also allows to publish, without restriction, in over 2,500 Elsevier Open Access journals, including the Cell Press and The Lancet journal series, at no additional cost. Furthermore, all institutions now receive permanent access to journal content that was published during the years of their participation in the agreement ("Post Cancellation Access"). . . .

The agreement now explicitly regulates the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in connection with licensed content. It guarantees members of Swiss universities and mandating organisations the greatest possible liberty in the use of AI tools for the analysis of Elsevier publications for research, teaching and innovation purposes. The agreement allows the analysis of open-access publications (under licences such as “CC BY”) with any AI tool or their use for the development of AI applications. The agreement also authorises any use of AI tools as long as it is guaranteed that the licensed content is not used for the further development of the model. The use of learning AI tools or the development of the university’s own AI applications is permissible insofar as these are hosted locally by the institution or operated by third parties exclusively for the institution.

https://tinyurl.com/2tkhekwv

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Data Services Librarian at Wake Forest University


As a member of the library’s Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication department, the Data Services Librarian will shape the library’s data services, including collaborating with faculty and subject librarians to integrate data literacy into the classroom and course projects. They will develop instructional resources and workshops on locating, analyzing, and visualizing data. In addition to classroom instruction and engagement, this position will offer individual and small group consultations for students.

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"Towards an All-Ireland Diamond Open Access Publishing Platform: The PublishOA.ie Project—2022–2024quot;


The Government of Ireland has set a target of achieving 100% open access to publicly funded scholarly publications by 2030. As a key element of achieving this objective, the PublishOA.ie project was established to evaluate the feasibility of establishing an all-island [Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland] digital publishing platform for Diamond Open Access journals and monographs designed to advance best practice and meet the needs of authors, readers, publishers, and research funding organisations in Irish scholarly publishing. It should be noted in this context that there is substantial "north–south " cooperation between public bodies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom, some of whom operate on what is commonly termed an "all-island " basis. The project commenced in November 2022 and will run until November 2024, with the submission of a Final Report. This article originated as an interim project report presented in September 2023 at the PubMet2023 conference in Zadar, Croatia. The project is unique in its mandate to report on the feasibility of a shared platform that will encompass scholarly publishing across the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, which are now, post-Brexit, inside and outside the European Union (EU): the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. The project is co-led by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Ireland’s leading body of experts in the Sciences and Humanities, and the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin. There are sixteen partners and affiliates from universities and organisations from the island of Ireland. The feasibility study will be based on a review of the publishing practices in the island of Ireland, with gap analysis on standards, technology, processes, copyright practices, and funding models for Diamond OA, benchmarking against other national platforms, and specifications of the requirements, leading to the delivery of a pilot national publishing platform. A set of demonstrator journals and monographs will be published using the platform, which will be actively trialled by the partner publishers and authors. PublishOA.ie aims to deliver an evidence-based understanding of Irish scholarly publishing and of the requirements of publishers to transition in whole or in part to Diamond OA. This paper provides an interim report on progress on the project as of September 2023, ten months after its commencement.

https://doi.org/10.3390/publications12030019

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University Librarian and Dean, University Library at University of Saskatchewan


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, and as one of the senior leaders in the university, the University Librarian and Dean plays a central role in setting strategy and overall direction; advises the President, the Provost, and other Vice Presidents; works collaboratively with and supports other leaders to achieve university goals; uses influence to align the University Library with university priorities; and models institutional values and competencies. With six locations across campus, the University Library is essential to students and researchers’ success. The University Library operates in an environment where its services and resources are multi-faceted, technologically rich, and continuously changing. The successful candidate will lead a team of approximately 115 faculty and staff members to meet and exceed the needs of a university that is a member of the U15 group of major research-intensive universities in Canada, one that welcomes more than 26,000 students from over 130 countries..

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Achieving Global Open Access The Need for Scientific, Epistemic and Participatory Openness


Often assumed to be a self-evident good, OA has been subject to growing criticism for perpetuating global inequities and epistemic injustices. It has been seen as imposing exploitative business and publishing models and as exacerbating exclusionary research evaluation cultures and practices. [Stephen] Pinfield engages with these issues, recognising that the global OA debate is now not just about publishing business models and academic reward structures, but also about what constitutes valid and valuable knowledge, how we know, and who gets to say. The book argues that, for OA to deliver its potential, it first needs to be associated with ‘epistemic openness’, a wider and more inclusive understanding of what constitutes valid and valuable knowledge. It also needs to be accompanied by ‘participatory openness’, enabling contributions to knowledge from more diverse communities. Interacting with relevant theory and current practice, the book discusses the challenges in implementing these different forms of openness, the relationships between them, and their limits.

https://tinyurl.com/msn9k945

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Digital Projects Coordinator at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


This position supports the handling and digitization of a wide variety of special collections materials for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. They coordinate the drop off and pick up of batches of materials from the Center’s partner organizations, assess the materials and determine the appropriate workflow, review finished images for quality and accuracy, and write blog posts related to the historical context of the materials. This position will supervise and train digitization staff.

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Paywall: "Toward Measuring Data Literacy for Higher Education: Developing and Validating a Data Literacy Self-Efficacy Scale"


This study aims to develop and validate a scale designed for measuring self-efficacy in data literacy within the context of higher education. Both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to determine construct validity and reliability. The resulting data literacy self-efficacy scale comprises 31 items organized into three factors: data identification, data processing, and data management and sharing. These factors represent distinct yet interconnected dimensions, highlighting the multifaceted nature of data literacy.

https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24934

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Project Digitization Archivist at St. Olaf College [Term]


The Project Imaging Archivist is a full-time project-based position working with the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) archivist to digitize and describe World War II archival materials, including the records of American Relief for Norway, Camp Little Norway Association, Campbell Norsgaard, Hermana Rye Haugen, and Jacob Stefferud. The three-year project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Paywall: "Social Media Archiving in Practice: A Troubled Landscape in Review"


This article looks at several notable examples of major social media data loss that have already taken place in recent history and examines one of the largest institutional attempts to preserve social media thus far in the Library of Congress’ Twitter Archive. By exploring some of the key challenges that arose during this attempt which ultimately grounded the project, this article aims to better understand what continues to keep the practice of social media archiving at bay, and what large scale changes might be necessary to make any further progress in the field.

https://doi.org/10.1080/0361526X.2024.2367405

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Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The Open Knowledge and Research Impact Librarian will have knowledge of open access, scholarly communications, copyright law, and collection development. They will gather, analyze, and interpret publication data on UNC authors and will analyze publishing costs and compare models. The librarian will develop and maintain a deep understanding of author, publishing, and collecting trends, and will advise on how to align library collection development and scholarly communications priorities within those trends.

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"Internet Archive Forced to Remove 500,000 Books after Publishers’ Court Win"


As a result of book publishers successfully suing the Internet Archive (IA) last year, the free online library that strives to keep growing online access to books recently shrank by about 500,000 titles. . . .

To restore access, IA is now appealing, hoping to reverse the prior court’s decision by convincing the US Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit that IA’s controlled digital lending of its physical books should be considered fair use under copyright law. An April court filing shows that IA intends to argue that the publishers have no evidence that the e-book market has been harmed by the open library’s lending, and copyright law is better served by allowing IA’s lending than by preventing it. . . ./p>

Freeland [Chris Freeland, IA’s director of library service] told Ars it could take months or even more than a year before a decision is reached in the case.

While IA fights to end the injunction, its other library services continue growing, IA has said. IA "may still digitize books for preservation purposes" and "provide access to our digital collections" through interlibrary loan and other means. IA can also continue lending out-of-print and public domain books.

https://tinyurl.com/47aws7z7

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Paywall: "AI Is Exhausting the Power Grid. Tech Firms Are Seeking a Miracle Solution."


In addition to fusion, tech giants are hoping to generate power through such futuristic schemes as small nuclear reactors hooked to individual computing centers and machinery that taps geothermal energy by boring 10,000 feet into the Earth’s crust. . . .

A recent Goldman Sachs analysis of energy that will power the AI boom into 2030. . . found data centers will account for 8 percent of total electricity use in the United States by 2030, a near tripling of their share today. New solar and wind energy will meet about 40 percent of that new power demand from data centers, the forecast said, while the rest will come from a vast expansion in the burning of natural gas. The new emissions created would be comparable to that of putting 15.7 million additional gas-powered cars on the road.

https://tinyurl.com/5fhwpc36

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Digital Humanities Research Facilitator at University of California Santa Barbara


Reporting to the Director of Research Data Services, the Digital Humanities Research Facilitator is responsible for the planning and implementation of scholarly initiatives in support of data-intensive research and digital scholarship in the humanities on campus with the goal of ensuring the high functionality, discoverability, and preservability of digital research data throughout its lifecycle. . . . The successful candidate will join a team that is re-envisioning the Library’s role within the research data lifecycle and who can respond to and support new research methods being used by researchers as well as lead the adoption of new methods. Research Data Services is also actively engaged with using, and informing development of, the digital asset platforms that are increasingly a core component of the toolset of the modern research university.

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"Copyright, the Right to Research and Open Science: About Time to Connect the Dots"


In this contribution, we highlight the necessity to design a research-enabling copyright framework that provides researchers with access to the necessary knowledge, information and data, and to tackle the challenges of the future.

For that purpose, we examine copyright through the prism of the Open Science movement and in the light of a "right to research " and connect both to a larger, constitutional argument which suggests that enabling research through copyright law is a pressing constitutional imperative. Based on this theoretical framework, we suggest substantive and institutional modifications to copyright law, through legislative interventions and judicial interpretations that would remove significant barriers towards open science as envisaged by European and international institutions. The conflict between the proprietary interests of rightholders and the societal interests in unhindered, purpose-bound research should, in case of doubt, be decided in favour of research and open science as crucial enablers for innovation and progress. For authors, remuneration is most of the time not the primary motivation or incentive to produce research; they can often rely on other revenues (e.g. through institutional employment) and other interest prevail, such as the broadest possible dissemination of their works that will secure them reputation and career advancement. The incentive mechanisms therefore are entirely different in the research field compared to other creative sectors, an aspect that must be taken into account when designing a research-friendly copyright system.

https://ssrn.com/abstract=4857765

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Scholarly Communications and Research Librarian at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


The Scholarly Communication and Research Librarian is responsible for assisting in managing the university’s institutional repository and ensuring the proper handling and dissemination of scholarly works, datasets, and special collections. Collaborates with university and campus stakeholders to develop and enhance digital collections, advising on best practices for data management and copyright compliance, and promoting and advocating for open access publishing. Provides expertise in the administration of research information systems and supports researchers in creating data management plans, organizing and preserving data, and improving metadata for discoverability. Assists with copyright issues, analyzes scholarly metrics, and supports faculty in managing their research profiles. Develops outreach programs and engages with the academic community.

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"To Share or Not to Share? Image Data Sharing in the Social Sciences and Humanities"


Introduction. The paper aims to investigate image data sharing within social science and humanities. While data sharing is encouraged as a part of the open science movement, little is known about the approaches and factors influencing the sharing of image data. This information is evident as the use of image data in these fields of research is increasing, and data sharing is context dependent. . . .

Results. The findings show that image data sharing is not an established research practice, and when it happens it is mostly done via informal means by sharing data through personal contacts. Supporting the scientific community, the open science agenda and fulfilling research funders’ requirements motivate scholars to share their data. Impeding factors relate to the qualities of data, ownership of data, data stewardship, and research integrity.

https://tinyurl.com/nt8md9cj

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Open Science, Research & Engagement Librarian at University of California Santa Barbara


The Open Science, Research & Engagement Librarian will contribute to the advancement of open science in the campus’ research ecosystem, serving as an expert and advocate for open science principles, tools, and practices. The incumbent will be actively involved in envisioning and shaping new approaches to how the Library supports scientific disciplines and communities at UCSB in collaboration with other Library departments and staff. They will help accelerate Library support in the data-driven STEM disciplines by identifying strategic campus-wide opportunities, such as with the Office of Research and Information Technology Services, for the development of new initiatives and services. . . . The librarian will be actively involved in service and tool development and promotion of key pieces of open science infrastructure, such as ORCID, DataCite, eScholarship, Research Organization Registry (RoR), and Open Science Framework (OSF).

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"Empowering Knowledge through AI: Open Scholarship Proactively Supporting Well Trained Generative AI"


Generative AI has taken the world by storm over the last few years, and the world of scholarly communications has not been immune to this. Most discussions in this area address how we can integrate these tools into our workflows, concerns about how researchers and students might misuse the technology or the unauthorised use of copyrighted work. This article argues for a novel viewpoint that librarians and publishers should be encouraging the use of their scholarly content in the training of AI algorithms. Inclusion of scholarly works would advance the reliability and accuracy of the information in training datasets and ensure that this content is included in new knowledge discovery platforms. The article also argues that inclusion can be achieved by improving linkage to content, and, by making sure that licences explicitly allow inclusion in AI training datasets, it advocates for a more collaborative approach to shaping the future of the information landscape in academia.

https://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.649

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"Analyzing Research Data Repositories (RDR) from BRICS Nations: A Comprehensive Study"


As of March 2, 2024, re3data.org indexes a total of 3,192 Research Data Repositories (RDRs) worldwide, with BRICS nations contributing 195. China leads among BRICS nations, followed by India, Russia, and Brazil. . . . "House, tailor-made " software is widely used for creating RDRs, followed by Dataverse and DSpace. . . . Most repositories are disciplinary, followed by institutional ones. Most repositories specify data upload types, with "restricted " being the most common, followed by closed types. Open access is predominant in data access, followed by restricted access and embargo periods, while a small number restrict access entirely.

https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-04-2024-0040

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IT Support Specialist at Georgetown University Library


The IT Support Specialist plays a critical role within the Digital Scholarship & Technology Services department and the Georgetown University Library as a whole by serving as a member of the support team responsible for approximately 250 computers used on a daily basis by Library staff, patrons, and students.

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Diamond OA 2024: The World of No-Fee Open Access Journals

The overall picture for 2023, the last year covered here:

  • 422,941 articles in 2023—down a bit from 2022.
  • 12,991 journals, of which 11,847 had 2023 articles when checked.
  • Diamond OA is about half humanities & social sciences (49%of articles and 63% of journals).
  • Diamond OA is almost entirely (97%) either published or funded by universities and societies and is mostly in small and medium-sized journals.

Systems Librarian at Marquette University


Reporting to the Head of Library Information Technology, this position collaborates across all library departments to ensure continuous, integrated access between the library services platform, Ex Libris Alma/Primo VE, and related digital platforms including OpenAthens, Springshare products, CONTENTdm, and the bepress institutional repository.

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