Monday, March 31, 2014

And an early good night to Saint Louis...

Notes from @KarenS_Y & @DrMaltman at #CNI14S on the topic of researcher IDs

Integrating Researcher Identifiers Into University And Library Systems
Micah Altman
Director of Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karen Smith-Yoshimura
Program Officer
OCLC Research

Discussion of authorship trends, issues, and questions. Focus on how to analyze authorship in citations. How do you connect an author with a work?

One researcher can have multiple profiles or identifiers. This project identified seven stakeholders and their needs.

In addition to the stakeholder needs, there were other functional requirements identified. They than profiled 20 systems. Included things like VIAF, VIVO, Mendeley, Wikipedia, ORCID, NACO, ISNI, etc. One discovery was that there is a lot of overlap.

Where is everyone?
  • Lots of professional are in LinkedIn
  • Most researchers are unlisted
  • ORCID and ISNI are most represented but still small in number
Other thoughts:
  • Books v Journals: different needs and audiences
  • Remember that researcher identifiers are not equal to name authorities.
  • The is a complex environment where systems have overlapping services and are rapidly changing and don't often coordinate
  • Systems can have both producer and consumer relationships
Some emerging trends
  • Recognition that persistent identifiers for researchers are needed
  • Registration services, not authority files are the way forward
  • Publishers are early adopters
  • Funders are also starting to adopt identifiers
  • NIH integrated ORCIDS inSciENcv
  • Universities are starting to mandate research identifiers
Recommendations for universities
  • Prepare to engage
  • Start outreach to researcher
  • Future proof systems
  • Demand more from publishers, ask for more than PDFs
  • Prepare for more reporting
How to choose a system
  • ORCID and ISNI are logical first choices
  • Retain traditional systems like VIAF and NACO
  • Be aware of local systems like arXiv
Manage risks
  • Things are evolving
  • Researchers will not drive change and are sensitive as to who controls their profile
  • Incentive system help
A number of approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers have emerged, but they tend to be limited by discipline, affiliation or publisher. This talk provides an overview of an OCLC Research task group’s analysis of a complex ecosystem of systems and institutions that provide, aggregate and use researcher and name authorities: researcher identifier systems. The presentation will reflect on the state of the practice and on the remaining challenges to the integration of researcher identifiers into the systems and practices of libraries, universities, funders, and publishers. Comments on the group’s draft recommendations will be solicited.

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#CNI14S Notes from: Community-based Stewardship at Pennsylvania State University

Notes from: Community-based Stewardship at Pennsylvania State University  

Mike Furlough
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarly Communications
Pennsylvania State University

Patricia Hswe
Head, ScholarSphere User Services and Digital Content Strategist
Pennsylvania State University

Ben Goldman
Digital Records Archivist
Pennsylvania State University

Ecology more evocative than community in this context. However, it is harder to build an ecology than a community. Community implies a form of join ownership.

Penn State did this as a new system based around three community, have used Hydra for their ScholarSphere and implemented a way to bring in business records.

Built on HydraFedora, ScholarSphere includes tradition publication plus data, student work, presentations, etc. Patron driven for deposit, took a couple years to do.

Role of liaison librarians were a key, also having use cases for both librarians and faculty.

ScholarSphere is unusual in the amount of control it ceded to the users.

Systems should scale to the needs of the users and not the system managers.

ScholarSphere also serves as a digital preservation tool and manages file formats behind the scenes that is transparent to the users.

Q: how did you get buy in from liaison librarians?
A: started with does with a stake in it (science librarians), explained how this is an evolving service, started a users group. You can't force participation, some will embrace it and others will ignore it.

Q: How did you get button from upper management?
A: Barbara Dewey, UL, was a big super from the start and a cheerleader for the Library to be more than just "come read books in the library".

Q: How do you find it?
A: Infrastructure support is fairly easy, management has fought for appropriate be positions. Barbara Dewey noted that she had to fight for relocation of staff as positions came open.

My annual Giant Cliff picture from #CNI14S

MetroLink that will take me to #CNI14s in STL

FBI office in St. Louis

My neighbor across from the Marriott

Good morning St. Louis, looks like a sunny day for #CNI14s

Monday, March 17, 2014

And a bonus Chinatown for the first 2 months of 2014: London's Chinatown

2014.02.26-IMG_9559So I mentioned a few posts ago that I was able to visit three Chinatowns, Philadelphia, Melbourne and Singapore in a short period of time. Turns out that I got a bonus visit the the Chinatown in London.

It was compact, but quite nice. As a bonus, it had both a great Singapore/Malay restaurant (Rasa Sayang) and a fantastic cocktail bar (The Experimental Cocktail Club).

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

An eclectic and international dining tour around London

Here are some highlight of eating around London this February (2014)

Lamb Rogan Josh ThaliMasala Zone (Bayswater)
The Masala Zone is a chain, but it seems each one is different in its own way. I went with the Grand Thali, Lamb Rogan Josh version and added the Bhel as an appetizer. Quite tasty!

Lamb tangineCouscous Cafe (Bayswater)
After a long long day, I decided to head back to my Bayswater neighborhood to the Couscous Cafe which, being practically next to my hotel, I'd been passing regularly. A charming Moroccan cafe, I had a fabulous tabbouleh salad to start and then a very good lamb tangine (with potatoes and peas) with a side of harassa hot sauce.

Mixed plateTibits (Mayfair)
An upscale "styrofoam palace" (sans the styro!). All vegetarian. Very tasty selections. The veggie tartare was very good as were the salads. I splurged (calorie-wise) with the deep-fried cheese stuffed chili, but it was quite good. This was a lunch stop for me.

A Singapore treatRasa Sayang (Chinatown)
I had a number of very tasty looking options in Chinatown; Taiwanese? Southern Chinese? Northern Chinese? Or how about Singapore? I went with Rasa Sayang, a Singapore blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian. The deep fried tofu, roti with curry and chicken rendang were all fabulous. Oh, and they had Tiger Beer too!

Yo SushiYo! Sushi (Southbank)
Believe it or not, I'd never been to a sushi conveyor belt place before. It was a late night, so I din't have a chance to linger (and they were low on sushi), but still fun to grab the plates from the belt!

2014-02-27 13.01.02King's Head Pub (Mayfair)
My colleagues at the Royal Philatelic Society have the King's Head as their local. After a morning of stamp talk, we headed over for the Thursday lunch. I couldn't resist having some fish in chips in a very traditional English pub.

Ham House lunchHam House (Richmond)
A nice pre-Spring day touring the basement and gardens of Ham House (on the Thames, near Richmond). The small cafe had a nice selection of items. I went with the ham sandwich (!) with picalilly. Quite tasty.

Chez Sheen Park

Chez Sheen Park (Richmond)

A nice home cooked meal in charming Sheen Park.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

National Platypus day 2014: "Ornithorhynchus—grotesquest of animals, king of the animalculae of the world for versatility of character and make-up"

2014.01.31-IMG_8303In honor of National Platypus Day 2014, here's a quote on my favorite monotremes, the Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)  and an illustration of the little creature from a volume on display at the Melbourne Museum during BHL Day 2014.
Speaking of the indigenous coneys and bactrian camels, the naturalist said that the coniferous and bacteriological output of Australasia was remarkable for its many and curious departures from the accepted laws governing these species of tubercles, but that in his opinion Nature's fondness for dabbling in the erratic was most notably exhibited in that curious combination of bird, fish, amphibian, burrower, crawler, quadruped, and Christian called the Ornithorhynchus—grotesquest of animals, king of the animalculae of the world for versatility of character and make-up
 - Mark Twain, Following the Equator

British Airways 217: LHR to IAD

Gate A10

So long Bayswater, til next time