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ProQuest databases and RefWorks down time over this weekend

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:30

ProQuest will conduct a system improvement over this weekend. From approximately 10:00 PM EDT, Saturday, June 14, 2014 through 11:00 AM EDT, Sunday, June 15, 2014, the ProQuest databases and RefWorks won’t be available. Thanks for your understanding!

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NISO Altmetrics White Paper

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:18

Are you wondering about altmetrics? The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is in the midst of a project to define and promote community-based standards and recommended practices for alternative metrics.

From: NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comment

“Citation reference counts and the Journal Impact Factor have historically been the main metric used to assess the quality and usefulness of scholarship,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and consultant to NISO for the project. “While citations will remain an important component of research assessment, this metric alone does not effectively measure the expanded scope of forms of scholarly communication and newer methods of online reader behavior, network interactions with content, and social media. A movement around the use of alternative metrics, sometimes called ‘altmetrics,’ has grown to address the limitations of the traditional measures. With any new methodology, however, issues arise due to the lack of standards or best practices as stakeholders experiment with different approaches and use different definitions for similar concepts. NISO’s Altmetrics project gathered together the variety of stakeholders in this arena to better understand the issues, obtain their input on what issues could best be addressed with standards or recommended practices, and prioritize the potential actions. This white paper organizes and summarizes the valuable feedback obtained from over 400 participants in the project and identifies a road forward for Phase II of the project.”

The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014. It is available with a link to an online commenting form on the NISO Altmetrics Project webpage, along with the detailed output documents and recordings from each of the meetings and related information resources.

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Data Matters

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:46

Faculty authors and researchers are encountering new publishing paradigms about  research data.

Much of this interest in data by publishers is in response to:
Office of Science & Technology Policy on Open Data;

and grant funding agencies directives and policies:

See NSF Data Sharing policies
See NIH:NLM Data Sharing Policies

Keep up with these issues about publishing and research data at Data Matters  and Scientific Data updates blog – from Scientific Data, a peer-reviewed publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets.

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Post-Graduation Research Resources

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 15:08

CUA graduates have continued access to some library resources through the Alumni home page, in disciplines ranging from religious studies and philosophy to government affairs.   Resources available include:  RefWorks, ATLASerials, Annual Reviews, CQ Almanac, Project Muse, SAGE Journals, and POIESIS: Philosophy Online Serials .   To access these resources, go to Alumni Relations/Alumni resources/Benefits+Services.  Under Services, you will see “Access Library Databases Online.”  You will need to login and activate your account before you proceed.

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White House big data report

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:48

On March 17, 2014 the Data & Society Research Institute, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and New York University’s Information Law Institute co-hosted “The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of ‘Big Data.’“  [See conference speaker video presentations on the web site.]

This conference helped inform the White House report Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values released yesterday and available here 90 Day Review for Big Data.

 

Because we will need a growing cadre of data and social scientists who are able to encode critical policy values into technical infrastructure, we support investment in fields such as Science and Technology Studies which emphasize teaching scientific knowledge and technology in its social and ethical context, and the teaching of module courses to data scientists and engineers to familiarize them with the broader societal implications of their work. p68 

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Exhibition Commemorating CUA’s First Original Musical

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:53

Exhibition Title: When Yankee Doodle Came to Town

Where: May Gallery, Mullen Library

When: April – August, 2014

In 1939, CUA’s newly formed Department of Speech and Drama mounted an original musical, Yankee Doodle Boy.  The show portrayed the life of George M. Cohan, a legend of the American musical stage, and used for the first time the now standard device of telling a composer’s life through his own music.  Generating a photo spread in Life Magazine, inspiring the 1942 motion picture Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney; and bringing national attention to the university, CUA’s musical was a hit!

With photographs, memorabilia, and contemporary accounts, this exhibit, created by the CUA University Libraries, tells the little-known story of the production and the people who made it happen.

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Book Talk today at 5pm: Electronic Iran

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:38

Niki Akhavan, assistant professor of media studies, will discuss her book Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution in the May Gallery of Mullen Library on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00pm.

Electronic Iran explores the idea of an Iranian internet both in terms of virtual and offline spaces. Focusing on the years between 1998 and 2012, Akhavan discusses how a variety of actors from the state and its supporters to online activists, have constructed, challenged, and defended concepts of Iranian identity and politics. The book surveys overlooked aspects of the Iranian blogosphere to develop a more complete look at its dynamic landscape. Electronic Iran shows the transformative effect digital media can have on local and transnational geopolitics.

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Keeping up: RDS reading

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:54

Big data is here to stay, as it should be. But let’s be realistic: It’s an important resource for anyone analyzing data, not a silver bullet.

The New York Times weighed in on data this week with Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis. There is great faith in statistical correlations and “big data” predictions leading to Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthroughs. “Big data”, while seen as an “adjunct to science inquiry”, may not be the revolutionary 4th Paradigm of Science – read more  The Fourth Paradigm : Data-intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey (et.al.)

The Open Data initiative announced by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is bearing some fruit according to George Leopold of datanami. Read his April 9, 2014 article Survey Finds Open Data Boosting U.S. Economy.

On the Digital Humanities front, from dh+lib, there is discussion on the interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities in Defining Digital Social Sciences by Lisa Spiro  from Rice University.

 

 

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