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Archive October 2015

Research Data Management: Roles for Libraries

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:13:21 p.m.

I first became aware of research data management as a frontier area of expertise for libraries and librarians almost 10 years ago. Tony Hey was one of the first to popularize the term ‘e-science’ and the idea that librarians had a role to play in managing research data. This call might have stirred little interest at another time. But at least two things were happening around then that might have caused this to stand out and catch interest: 1) libraries were in the midst of redefining their roles and place in the digital scholarly communication ecosystem; and, 2) the ‘data deluge’ made possible by the ubiquity and power of computation and networks was beginning to overwhelm traditional methods of data storage and management. It was becoming alarmingly clear that a new approach was needed to grapple with the burgeoning need.

Embracing Differentiation and Reclaiming Audacity: An Interview with James Hilton

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:12:15 p.m.

James Hilton is the recipient of the 2015 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award, the association's highest recognition honouring exemplary leaders whose work has had significant positive impact on advancing the theory and practice of information technology in higher education.

Hilton is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at the University of Michigan. He began his career as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he also served as special assistant to the provost for media rights; associate provost for academic, information and instructional technology affairs; and interim university librarian. From 2006 to 2013, he was vice president and CIO at the University of Virginia.

Building Expertise to Support Digital Scholarship: A Global Perspective

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:10:54 p.m.

This report sheds light on the expertise required to support a robust and sustainable digital scholarship (DS) program. It focuses first on defining and describing the key domain knowledge, skills, competencies, and mindsets at some of the world’s most prominent digital scholarship programs. It then identifies the main strategies used to build this expertise, both formally and informally. The work is set in a global context, examining leading digital scholarship organizations in China, India, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The report provides recommendations to help those currently involved in or considering embarking on a digital scholarship program.

Research Library Issues (RLI) no 287

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:09:02 p.m.

In this issue Rikk Mulligan offers an overview of the history of scholarly communication from its beginnings in the 17th century to recent innovations in digital and hybrid publishing.



Research data management: A case study

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:04:57 p.m.

Like many other Universities, Loughborough faced a number of challenges in meeting the expectations of its research funders, in particular:

  • publishing the metadata describing the research data it holds
  • where appropriate providing access to the research data
  • preserving the research data for a minimum of ten years since last accessed.

In addition to these challenges, the University also wanted to further promote its world-leading research and believed that one method of doing so, was by exposing the underlying data that supported the research to its peers, future collaborators and the public at large.


New study sheds light on characteristics of the ‘predatory’ scholarly publishing market

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:03:20 p.m.

New light is shed on the volume and market characteristics of so-called ‘predatory’ scholarly journal publishing in a study conducted by researchers from Hanken School of Economics and published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. The study shows the number of articles published in journals defined as such that have increased nearly eight fold since 2010; however, it concludes that the problem of ‘predatory journals’ is limited to a few countries where researchers are known to be placed under pressure to publish in international journals.

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STM Consultation on Article Sharing

Friday, 30 October 2015 3:01:12 p.m.

To gain a better understanding of the current landscape of article sharing through scholarly collaboration networks and sites, STM conducted an open consultation across the scholarly community in early 2015. The aim of this consultation was to facilitate discussion by all stakeholders in order to establish a core set of principles that clarify how, where and what content should be shared using these networks and sites, and to improve this experience for all. Our hope for this initiative is for publishers and scholarly collaboration networks to work together to facilitate sharing, which benefits researchers, institutions, and society as a whole.