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Data Jobs Friday: February 24

Google has started showing me ads for “How to be come a Data Scientist.”  I think we might be onto something.  Also, I’m starting to check old posts when university names sound familiar–though it seems to be mostly complementary positions, not turn over or failed searches. I’m optimistic.

But before we get into the regular job ads: DataOne has internships open! Go apply right now! There’s some money behind it and they’re looking for within less than 5 years since you got your last degree.  Heather Piwowar and my Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology are both part of DataOne and I recommend them to you.  Go forth.

  • Harvard Business School is hiring a Director of IT and Information Products for their library. I’m interested to see how this one shakes out, what with the upcoming transitions that are happening at Harvard Libraries.  No doubt, the candidates will be asking about that as well. (Data not explicit mentioned but data and business are peanut butter and strawberry jam and IT will need to work on the infrastructure if they’re storing it.)
  • UC-Davis is hiring an Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Librarian. My first thought was, I wonder if Purdue has one of those. I was a 4-H kid, though with more emphasis on the craft projects and bread making than the animal showing and there were a lot of agri interested people involved with it.  The library employment website shows that they just hired a new department head for Agricultural, Enviro, Physical, and Engineering Libraries–so perhaps this is to replace a person who has moved up in the ranks?  That job closed in October. This one technically closed today (sorry) but they did say accepting til filled? Maybe if you get something in by Monday?
  • So, either Purdue is hiring a LOT of Metadata Specialists (a hopeful possibility) or this one looks like a failed search. I have this job posted on the September 23 jobs listing. But I have it here again now.  Anyway, Purdue and Metadata?  Yay? I haven’t done a granular analysis to see if this is a substantially different job ad nor have I called anyone at Purdue. Hopefully if it was a failed, they’ll get excellent candidates this time. Go forth.
  • Last fall we saw a job from Washington University in Saint Louis that was for a Digital Data Outreach Librarian. Now, they’re looking for a Subject and Instruction Librarian in Engineering.
  • At Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania, they are seeking a Social Sciences Librarian.  It looks like you’d get to collaborate with other regional colleges: Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Maybe compiling data repositories together if you build them? I’m curious how many social science post docs there are though who also have an MLS.
  • Are you interested in getting data out of undergrads and helping them to find some? Go work for Jenica.  She (well, okay SUNY Potsdam) is hiring a Discovery Metadata Librarian. There is not an experience requirement on this one, so if you’re in final semester of your MLS, get your job ad out to her!
  • When I think of Marquette University, I think of their Dentistry school. At the moment though, they are looking for a Coordinator of Digital Services.  It’s an ambitious position, this person will “Manage and coordinate assigned projects for all Libraries digital initiatives, including training and supervising staff in processes and procedures, workflow management, metadata creation, web design and digital preservation” and the coordination seems to be for the library, not coordinating staff.
  • And finally, for this week, Northern Illinois University is hiring a Metadata Catalog Librarian.  This is a brand new position and looks a little more traditional cataloging than I usually include, but I was reminded today by a colleague that the catalogers really need to be involved in the data we’re taking into the library.
I’m cutting you off at 10 + intern this week….more next week!



Data Friday: Government Data for a Fee?

Scanning the headlines of the newest issue of Science (you can sign up for the RSS even if you don’t have full access, I’m one of the blessed with access through work), I was disturbed to see this one:

Congress Asks NOAA to Consider Charging for Data

Science 9 December 2011:
Vol. 334 no. 6061 p. 1337
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6061.1337

The short version is that it costs NOAA a lot to gather the data that they have and it’s used by a lot of other governmental departments, though the raw figures usually need to be massaged in some way before it’s particularly useful. They also are proposing charging academic scientific consortiums for the data.

This could set a really bad data precedent. If one government agency begins to sell their data or have a pay-per-use format around access to it, that could be an extremely tempting model for other cash strapped agencies. And if the charge for use means also for the lab scientist, academic, and general tax payer who funding this data collection, that points us right back at a lot of the challenges that we’re currently struggling against right now, with research funded by federal grants that taxpayers cannot access because it’s behind proprietary paywalls.

The article points out that this was tried in the 1980s with Landsat Satellites and that usage of the data “plummeted.”

I do hope they can find a different path than pay-per-use. That’s a path I don’t want to go down.

Data Friday: Data Tidbits 7, Just the Jobs

It’s almost all cold weather jobs this week: NY, CT, MN, WI. That may not appeal when we’re already wearing heavy coats, though in Chicago we’re still curious as to when to expect the snow to start making our sidewalks treacherous. Flurries are expected today (watch, we’ll get a foot) but then it’s back to the 40s over the weekend. Not that I am complaining. I am certainly enjoying wearing only two layers of wool to work. The down coat has not yet been evoked.

If you’re reading from Australia or have the yearning to move down under, the University of New South Wales is specifically looking for a Data Librarian.  The job closes TODAY though!!

Ah yes, among all of the hard science data pouring out of chemistry labs and medical types, we musn’t forget the social sciences.  Brown University is looking for a Social Sciences Data Librarian, with emphasis on maps, statistics, and such.  Please make sure you have experience with SPSS, Stata, SAS or similar software if you’re applying! (Due 12/31)

If I were headed back to school, I might consider an E-Science PhD Fellowship.  This is from the Information School at Syracuse. They are recruiting a total of six new students.

Could be data?  My library is hiring a Resource and Acquisitions Management Librarian. While it’s not specifically focused on data, I wouldn’t be surprised to find some data responsibilities sneaking in over the next few years.  I’m happy to answer what questions I can, please let me know. (Due 12/31)

Have a hankering to move to Connecticut? Yale is looking for a Science Research Support Librarian and they’re specifically looking for someone who knows about and is interesting in data.  Case in point, from the job ad “The incumbent provides consultation and instruction in the discovery, use and management of locally and externally available science datasets. Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, and StatLab staff to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services in support of science research at Yale. ” 

George Mason, on the other hand, just put it in the job title. They’re hiring a Data Services Research Consultant. This is not necessarily an MLS position, at least they don’t require one, but they are looking for an advanced degree and would prefer a PhD.

Our near neighbors to the north, UW-Milwaukee, are looking for an Assistant Director of User and Research Services. They’re hoping to find someone with “Experience in working with faculty to support institutional repository participation and developing data curation strategies.” That’s a preferred qualification, probably because we’re still kind of thin on the ground with those people.

arXiv is hiring! I think 18 months ago I’d never heard of it and now hearing that one could be an arXiv Senior Administrator/Project Associate II-16516 sounds fascinating. It’s only a three year appointment, with potential for renewal, so that’s something to keep in mind before you head off to Cornell.

and finally…

The University of Minnesota is hiring Science Librarians for two of their campuses! Pack your long underwear and head off to the 1000 Lakes, they’re looking for people who can support data management plan education.

Data Friday: Data Tidbits 5

—There’s a new ALA/ACRL Listserv for Data Minded Types: Digital Curation Interest Group. I’ve signed on and hope to find lots of interesting things to share with you! (Thanks Dorothea!)

—Have you been reading the International Journal of Digital Curation? If not, the most recent issue has lots of Data focused peer reviewed papers, including impact of data, talking to researchers, linking issues, and goals once we get beyond managing our own data.

—Are you doing interesting things with data? The Journal of Web Librarianship would like to hear from you! They have a forthcoming special issue on Data Curation. Manuscripts are due January 1, 2012, though hopefully you won’t be burning the midnight oil on New Year’s Eve finishing your paper. This is a peer reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis.

—Trying to figure out what to do with data once you’ve got it? Check out FlowingData, which shows a lot of interesting data visualizations.  Check out their Beginner’s Guide for the best of and a little more about them.

—-From the White House Blog: The United States Releases its Open Government National Action Plan.  There’s not a lot in the press release, but if you look at the entire plan data, particularly Data.gov, comes up a lot. I saw the phrase “data driven” several times. Is that the new catch phrase (ala Evidence Based Practice for Medicine/Nursing/Dentistry/et al)?

  • 2. Data Availability.
    As agencies developed their Open Government Plans, they made unprecedented amounts of
    information available and easily accessible to the public, in part through a centralized government platform, Data.gov.
    This platform, designed in large part to provide people with information that they can readily find and use, now gives
    the public access to over 390,000 high value agency data sets on such diverse subjects as auto safety, air travel, air
    quality, workplace safety, drug safety, nutrition, crime, obesity, employment, and health care. (page 2)
  • 5. Enforcement and Compliance Data.
    The President issued a memorandum on January 18, 2011 requiring Federal enforcement agiences to make publicly-available compliance information easily accessible, downloadable and searchable online. (Page 2)
  • 2. Use Data.gov as a Platform to Spur Innovation
    The U.S. champions the publication of machine-readable data and the use of challenges, prizes, and competitions
    to catalyze breakthroughs in national priorities. The Data.gov site supplies the public with large amounts of useful,
    machine-readable government data that can be used by innovators without intellectual property constraint. (Page 7)
  • Publish Guidelines on Scientific Data.
    We will develop Federal guidelines to promote the preservation,
    accessibility, and interoperability of scientific digital data produced through unclassified research supported
    wholly or in part by funding from the Federal science agencies. (Page 9) <—This one could definitely impact scientists vying for all of those NIH, NSF, etc grants and I think will grow very much out of whatever best practices we’re starting to see from the NSF Data Management Plans.  Do your professors know about this? 

Want to work in/with data?

  • Digital Data Outreach Librarian at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.  Does it get more data than this?  Check here(number 22611) for the full details. Their medical school is hiring some data analysts as well, I see.
  • Metadata Specialist at Purdue University .  Pull quote ” this position will help develop new approaches to describing and managing research data and other digital collections. “
  • Digital Formats and Metadata Librarian at UNC-Wilmington. From their job ad, “This position will provide and enhance metadata for digital materials as well as….will work with the Coordinator of Cataloging and other library departments in the planning, development, and implementation of library digitization projects, including metadata creation, hosting, and archiving, and provision of access to digital and electronic collections; assist in evaluating and documenting policies, procedures and workflows for areas of responsibility;”
  • Digital Library Architect at Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library : Couple of things from the job requirements: “Expert knowledge of standard web programming tools/frameworks, database application development, content and data management, hardware and systems programming technologies and storage management. Demonstrated experience and commitment to designing and developing resource-centric applications that adhere to core architectural principles of the Web. Demonstrated experience with using mainstream Web 2.0 technologies. Ongoing interest in Semantic Web technologies and concepts including RDF and Linked Open Data.”

Have you seen a data librarianship ad? Please send it my way, I’d love to include it!

Data Friday: Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (Chapter Review)

Recently, I saw a request for reviewers for  CILIP for Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: a Guide for Librarians by David Stuart.  I’m not a part of CILIP, so I can’t be the reviewer (I assume, if I’m wrong, someone please let me know!), but I tweeted interest in the book and the publisher was kind enough to send me the first chapter and let me know that they should have an American published copy soon.

Stuart provides a very readable introduction to open data, walking introductorily through open science (and how it’s not just a comparison between open and closed), open access and the various levels, moving into e-science and e-humanities, and open source/open notebook science –using software to provide a quickly understandable comparison between proprietary and open source (e.g. MS Office vs. Open Office).  He’s quick to point out the big players: governments, academia, and the commercial sector–pointing to times where commercial entities have been able to use data and crowdsourcing to their advantage and how APIs help them reach broader audiences, but also pointing out how scandal from improperly scrubbed data quickly arises. He spends three pages looking at government data (one of the biggest sources) and identifies some of the data portals governments have provided and reminds us that these data sets are likely to have local interest. Finally he touches on types of data libraries collect and how we may be able to allow users to wrangle it for the applications they’re already using.

What I like thus far is that he is very much aware of his audience and is constantly tying it back to how libraries can be a part of it, what their role might be, where we can help. He identifies how resource heavy professional curation of data and digital resources can be–which may be a role, as well as  encouraging “the opening up of academic research data through freedom of information requests.” (9)

Also, he likes to start sentences with “Whilst”

I’m looking forward to getting to read a full copy of the book soon.