"Google Faces Scrutiny from Congress, DOJ over Plans to Encrypt DNS"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Privacy on September 30th, 2019

https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/29/congress-doj-scrutinze-google-encrypted-dns/

"Study Proves The FCC’s Core Justification for Killing Net Neutrality Was False"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on September 30th, 2019

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kz4g9x/study-proves-the-fccs-core-justification-for-killing-net-neutrality-was-false

Library Systems Administrator at Pratt Institute

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 30th, 2019

The Pratt Institute is recruiting a Library Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under moderate supervision the Library Systems Administrator implements and maintains all of the Libraries' computer information systems and networks and is responsible for the development, design, installation, maintenance and coordination of computer-based systems across the libraries, and for related strategic planning which anticipates the evolving needs of the diverse community of students, faculty and visiting researchers served by the Libraries.

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"Scientific Sinkhole: The Pernicious Price of Formatting"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on September 30th, 2019

Allana G. LeBlanc et al. have published "Scientific Sinkhole: The Pernicious Price of Formatting" in PLoS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

To our knowledge, this is the first study to analyze the cost of manuscript formatting in scientific publishing. Our results suggest that scientific formatting represents a loss of 52 hours, costing the equivalent of US$1,908 per researcher per year. These results identify the hidden and pernicious price associated with scientific publishing and provide evidence to advocate for the elimination of strict formatting guidelines, at least prior to acceptance.

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Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 30th, 2019

The California Digital Library is recruiting an Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

he Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing will be a key collaborator in these efforts by leading and managing systemwide licensing activities for digital scholarly content worth in excess of $45 million on behalf of the University of California Libraries and UC-affiliated national laboratories, including oversight of all phases of licensing activity from inception through acquisitions and life-cycle management.

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"Plan S Point–Counterpoint: Discussing the Plan Together"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 30th, 2019

Rick Anderson and Micah Vandegrift have self-archived "Plan S Point–Counterpoint: Discussing the Plan Together."

Here's an excerpt:

At the ISMTE 2019 North American Meeting, Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah and Micah Vandegrift, Open Knowledge Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries, discussed their different opinions regarding some of the finer points of Plan S. They prepared responses for 10 questions for the meeting but were only able to respond to some of them in person. The following is the full Q&A that they prepared for the meeting, with references added.

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"What’s in a Name? How False Author Affiliations Are Damaging Academic Research"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on September 27th, 2019

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/09/26/whats-in-a-name-how-false-author-affiliations-are-damaging-academic-research/

"Texas Tech Professors Receive NSF Grant to Develop Training for Recognizing Predatory Publishing"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 27th, 2019

https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20190925/texas-tech-professors-receive-nsf-grant-to-develop-training-for-recognizing-predatory-publishing

"ARL Board of Directors 2019–2020 Elected by ARL Membership"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on September 27th, 2019

https://www.arl.org/news/arl-board-of-directors-2019-2020-elected-by-arl-membership/

Digital Production Coordinator, Maryland Province Archives at Georgetown University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 27th, 2019

Georgetown University is recruiting a Digital Production Coordinator, Maryland Province Archives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Production Coordinator for the Maryland Province Archives is a two-year term position within the Digital Services Unit at the Georgetown University Library. This position will assist the Library in its fulfillment of the recommendations put forth by the University's Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation by serving as a core team member on the reprocessing and digitization of the Maryland Province Archives project by overseeing the digitization of materials in the collection.

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Briefing Paper on Open Access to Academic Books

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on September 27th, 2019

Science Europe has released the Science Europe Briefing Paper on Open Access to Academic Books.

Here's an excerpt:

This briefing paper identifies the key issues at stake in implementing a policy of Open Access to academic books, and outlines a number of recommendations to facilitate and accelerate such a policy.

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Data Services Librarian at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 27th, 2019

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Data Services Librarian for its Knowledge Services Group (KSG). The selectee will develop data-related services for CRS analysts, attorneys and information professionals. The selectee will advance efforts in data management, acquire and curate data sets, manage data collections and facilitate the discovery of data sets.

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"A Comparison of Immersive Realities and Interaction Methods: Cultural Learning in Virtual Heritage"

Posted in Emerging Technologies on September 27th, 2019

Mafkereseb Kassahun Bekele and Erik Champion have published "A Comparison of Immersive Realities and Interaction Methods: Cultural Learning in Virtual Heritage" in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

Here's an excerpt:

In recent years, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Virtuality (AV), and Mixed Reality (MxR) have become popular immersive reality technologies for cultural knowledge dissemination in Virtual Heritage (VH). . . . In this regard, our paper attempts to compare the existing immersive reality technologies and interaction methods against their potential to enhance cultural learning in VH applications. To objectify the comparison, three factors have been borrowed from existing scholarly arguments in the Cultural Heritage (CH) domain. These factors are the technology's or the interaction method's potential and/or demonstrated capability to: (1) establish a contextual relationship between users, virtual content, and cultural context, (2) allow collaboration between users, and (3) enable engagement with the cultural context in the virtual environments and the virtual environment itself. Following the comparison, we have also proposed a specific integration of collaborative and multimodal interaction methods into a Mixed Reality (MxR) scenario that can be applied to VH applications that aim at enhancing cultural learning in situ.

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"Google Refuses to Pay Publishers in France"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on September 26th, 2019

https://www.politico.eu/article/licensing-agreements-with-press-publishers-france-google/

"The Formation of Research Ethics for Data Sharing by Biological Scientists: An Empirical Analysis"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 26th, 2019

https://doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-12-2018-0296

"California Ballot Proposal Would Tighten Data Privacy Rules"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on September 26th, 2019

https://www.apnews.com/38eeb4338e2d4c6890692df1da48318e

Library Systems Administrator at Boston College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 26th, 2019

Boston College is recruiting a Library Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This role will administer and support library systems including resource sharing (ILLiad) and library access mechanisms (proxy server), and will work closely with the Systems Librarian to support the library services platform (Alma).

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"How to Use Software Heritage for Archiving and Referencing Your Source Code: Guidelines and Walkthrough"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on September 26th, 2019

Roberto Di Cosmo has self-archived "How to Use Software Heritage for Archiving and Referencing Your Source Code: Guidelines and Walkthrough."

Here's an excerpt:

Software source code is an essential research output, and many research communities strongly encourage making the source code of the artefact available by archiving it in publicly-accessible long-term archives. Software Heritage is a non profit, long term universal archive specifically designed for software source code, and able to store not only a software artifact, but also its full development history. It provides the ideal place to preserve research software artifacts, and offers powerful mechanisms to enhance research articles with precise references to relevant fragments of your source code. Using Software Heritage for your research software artifacts is straightforward and involves three simple steps. This document details each of these three steps, providing guidelines for making the most out of Software Heritage for your research.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialist at University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 26th, 2019

The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is recruiting a Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

he GIS Specialist has interests in all facets of a geospatial program–hardware, software, data access, and user services–and the ability to support and move forward the Library’s geospatial endeavors in all of these areas. From a strong technical foundation, the GIS Specialist is adept at and enthusiastic about communicating technical information to non-technical users. GIS consultation and assistance is provided primarily in the Scholarly Commons but may also occur in the Map Library, other University Library spaces, and in academic department settings. The position is based in the Scholarly Commons (www.library.illinois.edu/sc) and reports to the Head, Scholarly Commons.

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Accelerating Scholarly Communication: The Transformative Role of Preprints

Posted in E-Prints, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 26th, 2019

Knowledge Exchange has released "Accelerating Scholarly Communication: The Transformative Role of Preprints."

Here's an excerpt:

Knowledge Exchange, a group of national organisations from six European countries, commissioned and co-designed this study as part of their work on digital infrastructures to enable open scholarship. This report investigates the preprints landscape: it highlights current thinking in this dynamic area and makes recommendations for future work.

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"Google Wins Case as Court Rules ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is EU-Only"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on September 25th, 2019

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/09/google-wins-case-as-court-rules-right-to-be-forgotten-is-eu-only/

From Wiley: "How the Max Planck Society Helped Transform Open Access"

Posted in License Agreements/Contracts, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on September 25th, 2019

https://www.wiley.com/network/featured-content/how-the-max-planck-society-helped-transform-open-access

Paywall Article: "Text Mining and Subject Analysis for Fiction; or, Using Machine Learning and Information Extraction to Assign Subject Headings to Dime Novels"

Posted in Artificial Intelligence/Robots, Metadata on September 25th, 2019

https://doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2019.1653413

Programmer Analyst at University of South Florida

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 25th, 2019

The University of South Florida is recruiting a Programmer Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position develops applications and databases for the Collections and Discovery department. This position will also be responsible for coordinating web applications and services. The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of programming and the ability to design and implement custom applications for various collections, discovery, metadata and linked data projects. This person will also administer and design multiple Library data management systems and their user interfaces.

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"Computational Intelligence to Aid Text File Format Identification"

Posted in Artificial Intelligence/Robots, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on September 25th, 2019

Santhilata Kuppili Venkata and Alex Green have self-archived "Computational Intelligence to Aid Text File Format Identification."

Here's an excerpt:

One of the challenges faced in digital preservation is to identify the file types when the files can be opened with simple text editors and their extensions are unknown. The problem gets complicated when the file passes through the test of human readability, but would not make sense how to put to use! The Text File Format Identification (TFFI) project was initiated at The National Archives to identify file types from plain text file contents with the help of computing intelligence models. A methodology that takes help of AI and machine learning to automate the process was successfully tested and implemented on the test data. The prototype developed as a proof of concept has achieved up to 98.58% of accuracy in detecting five file formats.

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